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, 2020 - First Friday Knoxville
Knoxville is home to a diverse community of artists, as well as arts and cultural organizations. The community comes 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/
March 26 - 29, 2020 - Big Ears Music Festival
April 18, 2020 - Rossini Festival International Street Fair
Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival International Street Fair brings a taste of Europe to East Tennessee by celebrating the color, fun, and excitement of opera and international culture.
Combining a vibrant International Street Fair with world-class opera performances, art and craft exhibitions, and a wide variety of other events, the Rossini Festival transforms downtown Knoxville’s Gay Street into a colorful International festival. The festival features multiple stages with a range of entertainment options, an upscale artisan’s market, the smells and tastes of wonderful foods and beverages, and a special children’s area on Market Square, complete with fun entertainment and games. http://www.knoxvilleopera.com/rossini-festival-3/
May - November, 2020 - Knoxville Market Square Farmers Market
May 1 - 3, 2020 - NSRA Street Rod Nationals Knoxville
July 4, 2020 - Festival on the 4th
September 11 - 20, 2020 - Tennessee Valley Fair
September - November, 2020 - University of Tennessee Football
Watch the University of Tennessee face the SEC's toughest opponents at Historic Neyland Stadium alongside 102,455 college football fans. http://utsports.com/index.aspx?path=football
SEPTEMBER 5, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VS CHARLOTTE - KNOXVILLE, TENN.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT OKLAHOMA - NORMAN, OKLAHOMA.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VS FURMAN - KNOXVILLE, TENN.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VS UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA - KNOXVILLE, TENN.
OCTOBER 3, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VS MISSOURI - KNOXVILLE, TENN.
OCTOBER 10, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA - COLUMBIA, SC.
OCTOBER 24, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VS UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA - KNOXVILLE, TENN.
OCTOBER 31, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS - FAYETTEVILLE, AR.
NOVEMBER 7, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VS UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY - KNOXVILLE, TENN.
NOVEMBER 14, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA - ATHENS, GA.
NOVEMBER 21, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE VS TROY - KNOXVILLE, TENN.
NOVEMBER 28, 2020 (SAT) UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT VANDERBILT - NASHVILLE, TENN.
November 2020 - Knoxville Brewers' Jam
November 27 - December 31, 2020 - 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 27, 2020
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 27, 2020
Market Square Stage
Knoxville's Holidays on Ice
November 27, 2020 - January 6, 2021
Knoxville's open-air ice skating rink located in Historic Market Square http://www.knoxvillesholidaysonice.com
WIVK Christmas Parade
December 4, 2020
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-10:00 PM (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
12/31/20 10:00 PM
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 - Feb thru March 10, 2020
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
Three Rivers Rambler – Authentic stream train. The Three Rivers Rambler (3RR) is a tourist train operation located in the heart of Knoxville, TN. Since the year 2000, the 3RR has provided memorable train rides from downtown Knoxville to the start of the Tennessee River for thousands of passengers of all ages. 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