Knoxville, TN Area Events Calendar
If you are in Knoxville for the day or for the weekend, there are always a multitude of events happening in and around town. The Comfort Inn Knoxville is ideally located only minutes from many of the event venues making it the perfect place to stay in Knoxville!
January - December, 2017 - First Friday Knoxville
Knoxville is home to a diverse community of artists, as well as arts and cultural organizations. The community come together on the First Friday of every month in downtown Knoxville. Over recent years, the celebration has extended throughout the city, encouraging people to venture out and enjoy great art and great company throughout all of Knoxville.
A number of galleries and venues throughout the city feature a variety of artists’ displays and live music. Downtown anchors include The Art Market, The Emporium and the downtown Visitors Center, home of the WDVX Blue Plate Special – all conveniently located on Gay Street. http://www.knoxvillefirstfriday.com/
May 20, 2017 - International Biscuit Festival Knoxville
Love biscuits?? This is the place to be! Featured in Southern Living, Garden and Gun, the New Yorker, the New York Post, as well as on CNN. This event was also selected as the #1 Food Festival in the U.S by Livability.com. http://www.biscuitfest.com/
July 4, 2017 - Knoxville Festival on the 4th
The Festival on the 4th delivers a wide variety of family fun including entertainment, activities and treats at the City of Knoxville's 4th of July celebration at the World's Fair Park. Throughout the day festival goers will be treated to good music, good food, good fun and good times on the Festival and Performance lawns of the World's Fair Park. http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/special_events/festival_on_the_4th
September 8 - 17, 2017 - Tennessee Valley Fair
Annual fair featuring East Tennessee's agricultural heritage, a concert series with great headliners, carnival rides, food and lots of entertainment. http://www.tnvalleyfair.org/
September 9, 2017 - Tennessee vs. Indiana State
September 23, 2017 - Tennessee vs. UMass
September 30, 2017 - Tennessee vs. Georgia
October 14, 2017 - Tennessee vs. South Carolina
November 4, 2017 - Tennessee vs. Southern Miss
November 18, 2017 - Tennessee vs. LSU
November 25, 2017 - Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
October 8, 2017 - Knoxville Brewers' Jam
Knoxville's olders beer festival featuring live music, great food and a great selection of local and regional microbrews. http://www.knoxvillebrewersjam.com/
November 1 - December 31, 2017 - Knoxville Christmas in the City
Christmas in the City is Knoxville's most anticipated winter festival. Knoxville dresses for the holidays with lighted trees and decorations including the popular Rooftops displays and best of all there are plenty of events guaranteed to bring holiday cheer! Enjoy train rides, caroling, marshmallow roasting, lighting of the Christmas tree, sparkling lights, photos with Santa, hot cocoa and much more.
Regal Celebration of Lights
November 25, 2017
Market Square, Krutch park and Market Street
Lighting of the Downtown Christmas tree. http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/special_events/christmas_in_the_city
WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown
November 25, 2017
Market Square Stage
Knoxville's Holidays on Ice
November 25, 2017 - January 8, 2018
Knoxville's open air ice skating rink located in Historic Market Square http://www.knoxvillesholidaysonice.com
WIVK Christmas Parade
December 2, 2017
Bands, dancers, lighted floats, characters and Santa Claus parade down Gay Street and brings fun holiday spirit to all! Great event for the entire family.
Dixie Stampede’s Holiday Adventure
3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
The “high-spirited adventure” of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction receives a festive twist for the 2017 holiday season with the magnificent sights and sounds of Christmas, including a full-scale living Nativity, holiday decorations, Santa Claus and a fabulous four-course Christmas feast. http://www.dixiestampede.com/pigeon-forge/christmas-show
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium
3540 Line Drive, Kodak, TN 37764
Dusk-10:00PM (or possibly later on the weekends) Open rain or shine and on holidays.
See a synchronized music and light show that will amaze you from the comfort of your vehicle and then get out at Santa’s Village to see Santa and do much more. http://shadrackchristmas.com/sevierville/
Christmas at Biltmore
1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
See the hundreds of trees, thousands of lights, and miles of garland around the picturesque estate. Visit Antler Hill Village on Saturdays and Sundays to see Santa! http://www.biltmore.com/events/christmas-at-biltmore-daytime-celebration-1
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
Pigeon Forge, TN
Dollywood Theme Park
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
A must see indeed, as a five time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event. Features over four million holiday lights and spectacular performances! You can also see Santa in the Parade of Lights! http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/festivals/Smoky-Mountain-Christmas.aspx?icid=smc-festlgd-leftrail-bnr
Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, TN
Enjoy viewing millions of twinkling lights as you drive down the Parkway through Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. http://visitsevierville.com/SpecialEvents.aspx#!/88004-smoky-mountain-winterfest-celebration
New Year’s on the Square
Downtown Knoxville, TN
Celebrate the coming of the New Year in Historic Market Square Knoxville with a countdown, ball drop, and fireworks! http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/special_events/christmas_in_the_city/
Knoxville, TN Tours
Dogwood Arts: Art in Public Places - Downtown Knoxville and McGhee Tyson Airport - Now thru March 10, 2017
Civil War Walking Tours – The Gunslingers, The Early Years, and more. Call for reservations 865-309-4522 - KnoxvilleWalkingTours.com
Tennessee Riverboat Cruises – Civil War History Cruises, Comedy Cruises, and more. Call for reservations 865-525-7827 - TNRiverboat.com
Knoxville Food Tours
February 22, 2017 — December 31, 2017
Enhance your time in Historic Downtown Knoxville! Enjoy a complete Knoxville experience in just a few hours by enjoy tastings of specially selected dishes from some of Knoxville’s best new and iconic restaurants featuring local, regional, Southern & Appalachian cuisine; add pairings of beer from local and craft breweries, wine flights, craft cocktails, Tennessee whiskey, or even moonshine; hear the history of the city and notable buildings.
Featured Weekly Tours – Spring, 2017
+ Saturday Special, 4:45 p.m.
+ Sunday Brunch, 9:30 a.m.
+ Sunday Afternoon, 2:00 p.m.
$79 Per Person - Reservations Required. Purchase Tickets at www.knoxvillefoodtours.com or call 865-201-7270.
Three Rivers Rambler – Christmas Lantern Express
All aboard the Christmas Lantern Express! Before departure, enjoy hot chocolate and gingerbread men at the depot. Onboard the train hear local celebrities read “The Christmas Lantern” book by Karen C. Bishop and visit with Santa, who gives each child a small gift. This trip will last 90 minutes to 2 hours. Become a part of this Knoxville tradition. - November through December. Call for reservations 865-524-9411 - ThreeRiversRambler.com
Knoxville Food Tours – Group tours, custom tours, and more Call for reservations 865-201-7270 - KnoxvilleFoodTours.com
Knox Brew Tours – Marble City and South Loop Tours, Sunday Fun-Day, and more. Call for reservations 865-951-6883 - KnoxBrewTours.com
Volunteer Princess Cruises – Dinner, Lunch & Brunch - Cruises through the heart of Knoxville. Schedule & Reservations 865-541-4556 - VolunteerPrincess.com
For more information on the events listed above, please call Visit Knoxville at 1-800-727-8045