24 Fall Festivals in Knoxville TN and the Surrounding Counties (2020)

Fall in East TN is bursting at the seams with wonderful festivals perfect for making memories. Each one is filled with its own unique brand of seasonal fun, colorful views, and at many, a wealth of rich history waiting to be rediscovered.

With so many fall festivals in Knoxville TN and the surrounding areas, you’re sure to find one that will please the entire family!

Fall Festivals in Knoxville TN

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Fall Festivals in Knoxville TN and Beyond

1.Sevier County Fair

  • Date: September 1 – 7, 2020
  • Location: Sevier County Fair Grounds, Sevierville, TN
  • View Event Website

Enjoy all your fair favorites including food, music, vendors, rides, entertainers, farm animals, juried shows, and more!

2. Monroe Life Balloon Fiesta

Claiming to be the largest hot air balloon festival in the state, this fiesta features a variety of balloons flying in over the water and landing to treat guests to an after-dark balloon glow. For an extra charge, guests can also visit the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.

3. Ancient Sounds Celtic and Appalachian Music Festival

  • Date: September 6 & 20, 2020 from 5 PM
  • Location: Historic Ramsey House, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $15
  • View Event Website

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy one of the last summer days with good friends and great music!

4. Nine Lakes Wine Festival

5. Great Smoky Mountain Half Marathon

Enjoy gorgeous scenic views as you run a half marathon or 5K. Earn really awesome mountain and black bear medals for your time!

6. IJAMS Symphony FROM the Park

This year, this fundraising event is going virtual. This is IJAMS largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds go towards keeping the nature center up and running. Guests will enjoy a virtual symphony performance and can reserve a special to-go meal from a local restaurant. Enjoy a delicious dinner, cocktail hour, and a serenade under the stars from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. There will also be visual arts on display throughout the night.

7. Fall Rod Run

Car enthusiasts can swoon over their favorite vehicles all weekend long!

8. Fried Pickle Festival

Get your fill of all kinds of fried foods, live music, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, and more! Of course, there will be plenty of pickles!

9. Gazingstock Music and Arts Festival

This fun Christian music festival is one of the largest in the US and features a variety of musical styles, food vendors, craft vendors, car show, and more.

10. Dancing Bear Bike Bash

Choose from 3 different bike rides. Then enjoy an after-ride lunch, and free beer!

11. Fly-in/Drive-in

This year’s event is virtual. Admire a variety of aircraft, while enjoying entertainment, kids’ activities, food vendors, and more. Flights will be available for $25/per person

12. Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

The Smoky Mountains kicks off its annual Harvest festival, which boasts gorgeous fall decor throughout the area. New decorations are added each year!

13.Sevier Days

Enjoy craft vendors, scavenger hunts, hikes, historic cabins, and more!

14. Fall Craftsmen’s Fair

This highly anticipated annual event features artisans from all across the United States. There will be live demonstrations and many items for sale including metal art, fiber arts, paintings, wood crafts, homemade brooms, and more.

15. Wears Valley Fall Fest

Enjoy a fall rainbow of sweeping scenic views along with live music, food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, and of course pumpkins!

16. October Sky Festival

Enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, car show, kids’ activities, farm animals, and more!

17. Cherohala Skyway Festival

This fall heritage day and bluegrass festival features a variety of live music, fall decor, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, and more. All of this is offered with sweeping scenic views, dripping with fall color.

18. Water Lantern Festival

This nighttime event features a stunning sea of glowing lanterns floating across the water. It’s a gorgeous site you’ll never forget!

19. Smoky Mountain Fall Festival

  • Date: October 30-31, 2020
  • Location: Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center, Townsend
  • View Event Website

Enjoy arts and crafts venddors, food trucks, hayraides, games, and more!

20. Arboretum Fall Festival

Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, kids’ activities, live music, and more, all with a gorgeously scenic garden backdrop.

21. Grains and Grits Festival

At this popular festival, attendees will sample a variety of local food and spirits with a Southern flair.

22. Veterans Day Parade

  • Date: November 11, 2020
  • Location: The parade begins at Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: FREE
  • View the Parade Website

Come out to celebrate our veterans with all your favorite parade entertainment!

23. Christmas Craft Fair

Complete your Christmas shopping with a variety of gorgeous handcrafts from local artisans.

24. Repticon

Enjoy a variety of live reptile demonstrations, shop for supplies, and more!

25. Home for the Holidays

Attendees will kick off the holiday season by decorating outdoor Christmas trees.

Festivals Canceled in 2020

Goggled Gobbler Fun Run

Fantasy of Trees

Meander through a stunning forest of themed Christmas trees. The fully decorated trees are available for purchase. While the trees are different every year, past themes have included Harry Potter, Star Wars, superheroes, black bears, Dr.Seuss, upscale traditional, and much, much more! There is also a large kids craft area, and a concession stand. This is a fundraiser to benefit East TN Children’s Hospital.

Big kahuna Wing Festival

  • Date: canceled this year, will return next year
  • Location: World’s Fair Park, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the gate
  • View Big Kahuna Website

Enjoy live entertainment, vendors, and 25 wings with the cost of admission.

Hooray For Harriman

Come celebrate the rich history and traditions of Harriman at this fun street festival, which boasts food, music, arts and crafts vendors, and more!

18th Annual Taste of Blount

Sample delicious offerings from over 25 local vendors!

Tennessee Valley Fair

Enjoy all your favorite fair attractions including, rides, live music, entertainers, food trucks, juried art and farm shows, arts and crafts vendors, and much more!

Holiday Shopping Expo

Get your Christmas shopping done early at this huge event featuring arts and crafts vendors, retail stores, direct sales booths, food vendors, and more.

Cherokee Fall Festival

Visitors will enjoy traditional Cherokee food, music, arts and crafts, and more! Living history demonstrators will also be present.

New Ground Music Festival

Enjoy 10 performances from great local musicians, with awesome scenic views. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.

Thread and Thimble Annual Quilt Show

This amazing show is FREE and open to the public!

Taste of Autumn

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Cost: $30

Your ticket allows you to sample delicious offerings from 20 different local restaurants. Proceeds from this event go towards supporting the regional United Way.

Days of the Pioneer Antique Show

Enjoy live music, living history demonstrations, food vendors, and over 60 dealers of 18th and 19th century antiques.

Sturgeon Fest

This family-friendly festival, held along the French Broad River, boasts educational exhibits, hands on demonstrations and more! Bring your own lunch and drinks.

Ride Like an Animal Motorcycle Ride

This ride benefits the Union County Humane Society.

Taste of Turkey Creek

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Turkey Creek, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $25/adult, $10/kids

Sample offerings from all your favorite Turkey Creek restaurants. Tickets include unlimited food samples and 2 drinks.

Once Upon a Time in Arabia

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: University of TN pedestrian walkway, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission
  • View the Website

Enjoy traditional live music, dancing, food vendors, craft vendors, and more!

Brick Universe Lego Fan Convention

Discover a wide array of fantastic Lego creations, both large and small. Pieces include a Star Wars gallery, artist gallery, air and space gallery, life size sculptures, and much more! Vendors will also be on site to help you find all the unusual pieces and parts you’ve been looking for.

White Lightning Trail Festival

Kick the day off with a 5K run. Then enjoy a variety of food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and a variety of traditional Appalachian entertainment.

India Fest

Enjoy traditional Indian music, dancing, kids activities, food vendors, craft vendors, and more!

Street Festival and Car Show

Enjoy a fabulous car show, food, music, arts and crafts vendors, and more!

Outer Realm Festival

Paranormal investigation and Bigfoot groups from all over the state will share their hunting stories. There will also be paranormal and energy-minded (Reiki, crystals, etc.) vendors on site. Although the festival is free, you must pre-print a ticket to enter.

Great Smoky Mountain Auto Fest

This is one of the largest car shows in the region, and all different types of stunning cars will be on display. There will also be a variety of vendors.

Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day

Enjoy a wealth of Appalachian style live music, dancing, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities and more!

National Muscadine Festival

This popular festival boasts a Muscadine stomp, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, live music, parade, and more! September 27 is for VIPs only, which includes a wine tasting, glass, and first choice shopping!

Greek Festival

Enjoy traditional Greek food, music, dancing, craft vendors, and more!

Craft Beer Festival

In addition to a variety of fabulous beer, you can enjoy live music and a cornhole tournament. This is an all-ages event featuring a full kids’ zone with bounce houses, games, and more!

Blue Ribbon Country Fair

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Townsend
  • Cost: $5
  • View the Fair Website

This annual competition festival features a variety of categories including poultry, vegetables, honey, flowers, needle point, photography, and more!

4th Annual German Oktoberfest

Attendees will enjoy traditional live entertainment, an authentic German breakfast, and of course beer in your very own special edition stein.

Garden and Grape Wine and Food Festival

Sample delicious wines from 12 different wineries and gourmet food from a a variety of restaurants throughout Knoxville. This is a fundraiser for the UT Agriculture Extension Program.

Hola Festival

Enjoy live traditional music, dancing, food vendors, arts and craft vendors, and much more!

Old City Oktoberfest

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Historic Old City, Downtown Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $10/advanced purchase, $15/at the gate
  • View the Oktoberfest Websie

Entry includes stein and 1 drink ticket. Food and craft vendors will also be available.

Louie Bluie Music Festival

  • Date: postponed
  • Location: Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN
  • Cost: Admission is FREE, $10/per family donation is encouraged
  • View the Louie Bluie Website

The festival will be virtual this year. In addition to over 30 great acts, there will also be an awesome kids’ zone, food vendors, craft vendors, art show, and more!

Old Mill Heritage Day

Enjoy family games, make-and-take crafts, live music, dancing, tractor show, kids’ zone, and more!

Green Thumb Gala

Enjoy dinner, a live auction, and entertainment. Proceeds go towards running and maintaining the gardens and arboretum.

Happy Hollerpalooza

This festival is canceled this year, but the festival will return in 2021.

Knoxville TN Fall Festivals

October Festivals and Events

New Midland Arts and Crafts Show

Take advantage of the cool fall weather to shop various arts and crafts vendors and food vendors.

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

This single hook rainbow trout tournament is for both kids and adults. Win cash prizes in a variety of catch categories.

Union County Heritage Festival

Enjoy a variety of live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, fiddle contest, pie eating contest, kids’ zone, and more.

Annual Newport Harvest Street Festival

Take in the stunning fall decor while you enjoy live music, craft and food vendors, kids’ activities, and much more.

Fall Fest

This new annual festival boasts story telling, live music, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and games and activities for all ages.

Old Time Saturday

Enjoy food, music, handmade crafts, and more. This event is hosted by the Mossy Creek Foundation.

Art in the Valley

This juried southern fine arts and crafts festival is a local favorite. There will be all types of art work featured at this event, and all art will be produced by southern artists.

International Food Festival

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: World’s Fair Park, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: FREE entrance, $5/to enter kids area

Enjoy a variety of food styles from across the world!

Clinch River Fall Antique Festival

Enjoy live music, food vendors, and 90 antique dealers.

Heritage Day

Celebrate the wonderful beauty of fall and the rich heritage of East TN with live music, food trucks, craft vendors, Native American ceremony, kids’ activities, and more!

Tennessee Pirate Fest

This is essentially a pirate version of a Medieval Fair. There will be traditional music, entertainment, food, historical reenactors, and more. Feel free to come decked out in your best pirate garb, but leave the parrots at home.

Lit Up Festival

Enjoy a full day of free activities celebrating creativity and critical thinking. This event is hosted by the Knox County Public Library.

Scruffy City Vegan Fest

Celebrate all things vegan and discover local restaurants and vendors that support the cause!

Homecoming Craft Fair and Parade

The college has a whole weekend of homecoming events planned, but the craft fair and parade are open to the public.

Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days

Enjoy living history reenactments, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live music, speakers, kids’ activities, and more!

Harvest Pride Festival

This festival boasts a jack-o-lantern forest, tractor show, live wood carving demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, kids’ activities, live music, and more!

Fall Harvest Festival

Admire the stunning fall decor while you listen to live music, shop food and craft vendors, and more!

Del Rio Days Festival

This festival boasts a car show, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, kids’ zone, cornhole tournament, and more!

Mountain Makins Festival

This award winning arts and crafts festival showcases all kinds of art, with a special focus on traditional Appalachian crafting techniques. Visitors will enjoy live demonstrations, live music, dancing, kids’ activities, and more!

Lakeside of the Smokies Hot Air Balloon Festival

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Chilton Farm, White Pine, TN
  • Cost: $20/per passenger vehicle, + cost of extras like balloon rides, tastings, etc.
  • View the Balloon Festival Website

This is one of the 2 largest hot air balloon festivals of the year and features both in flight balloons and a gorgeous after-dark balloon glow. In addition to the balloons, this event boasts food trucks, live music, kids’ activities, wine tastings, and more!

Foothills Craft Guild Show

Shop for a variety of gorgeously hand crafted items from local artisans.

Kingston Fall Street Fest

Enjoy live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, and more!

Holiday Handcrafters Fair

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

Get all of your holiday shopping done early at this free arts and crafts festival.

Chili Cookoff

Sample a variety of mouth watering chili from over 20 vendors.

Fall Heritage Days

These action-packed living history days are geared towards kids and families. Guests can get hands-on with old-fashioned fall fun like historic games, ragdoll making, pottery making, square dancing, weaving, and much more!

Knoxville Brewers Jam

Your ticket gets you unlimited samples from over 45 craft breweries. There will also be a variety of food vendors on site.

Veterans Day Celebration

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Cost: FREE
  • View the Veterans Celebration Website

Enjoy live music, speakers, and more.

Chocolate Fantasy and Festival of Trees

Visitors will be treated to stunning Christmas decor and will get to sample treats from 20 different dessert vendors. If you can’t eat it all, you can take it to go.

East TN Heart Fest

Get your fill of classic rock at this rockin’ fundraiser benefiting Project Heart

Marble City Comicon

All the gloriously nerdy fun you can dream of!

Holiday Homecoming

This family-friendly festival boasts make-and-take holiday crafts, live music, self-guided tours, living history demonstrations, Santa Claus, and more!

Festival Of Trees

Similar to the event above, guests can admire a variety of stunningly decorates Christmas trees. Proceeds go towards the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.

Regal Turkey Trot

Downtown Peppermint Trail

Hop on the downtown trolley and travel to over 70+ local businesses, marked with a peppermint, to purchase a tasty peppermint treat. Record your progress for a chance to win prizes.

Holidays on Ice

Throughout the month of December, the center of downtown Market Square is transformed into a magical outdoor skating rink!

Regal Celebration of Lights

Ring in the holiday season with a festive tree lighting ceremony! The event will feature live music, train rides, face painting, kids activities, and more!

Christmas Tree Lighting

Fall Books to Share

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