50 + Fall Festivals in Knoxville TN and the Surrounding Counties (2021)

Fall in East TN is bursting at the seams with wonderful festivals perfect for making magical autumn memories. Each one is filled with its own unique brand of seasonal fun, colorful views, and scrumptious food options.

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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September Fall Festivals in Knoxville TN and Beyond

1.Sevier County Fair

  • Date: August 31 – September 6, 2021
  • Location: Sevier County Fair Grounds, Sevierville, TN

The Sevier County Fair has all your favorites including food, music, vendors, rides, entertainers, farm animals, juried shows, and more!

2. Monroe Life Balloon Fiesta

  • Date: September 4-5, 2021
  • Location: Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore, TN

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. Big Kahuna Wing Festival

  • Date: September 5, 2021
  • Location: World’s Fair Park, Knoxville, TN

At Big Kahuna, tasters will enjoy live entertainment, vendors, and 25 sample wings included with the cost of admission.

4. Ancient Sounds Celtic and Appalachian Music Festival

  • Date: September 5, 2021
  • Location: Historic Ramsey House, Knoxville, TN

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

5. Hooray For Harriman

  • Date: September 6, 2021
  • Location: Harriman, TN

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

6. 18th Annual Taste of Blount

  • Date: September 9, 2021
  • Location: Maryville, TN

At Taste of Blount, guests will sample delicious offerings from over 25 local vendors!

7. Great Smoky Mountain Half Marathon

  • Date: September 10-11, 2021
  • Location: Townsend, TN

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

8. Tennessee Valley Fair

  • Date: September 10-19, 2021
  • Location: Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, TN

At this traditional country fair, you’ll enjoy all your favorite fair attractions including, rides, live music, entertainers, food trucks, juried art, farm shows, arts and crafts vendors, and much more!

9. Twilight at IJAMS

  • Date: September 12, 2021
  • Location: IJAMS Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

This is IJAMS’ largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds go towards keeping the nature center up and running. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner, cocktail hour, a serenade under the stars from the Melony Dodson, and more.

10. Cherokee Fall Festival

  • Date: September 11-12, 2021
  • Location: Sequoyah Birth Place Museum, Vonore, TN

At this fun NativeAmerican festival, visitors will enjoy traditional Cherokee food, music, arts and crafts, and more! Living history demonstrators will also be present.

11. Ride Like an Animal Motorcycle Ride

  • Date: September 11, 2021
  • Location: Maynardville, TN

This ride benefits the Union County Humane Society.

12. New Ground Music Festival

  • Date: September 12, 2021
  • Location: Lakeshore Park, Knoxville, TN

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

13. Fall Rod Run

  • Date: September 16-18, 2021
  • Location: Leconte Center, Pigeon Forge, TN

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

14. Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

  • Date: September 16 – November 21, 2021
  • Location: Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, TN

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

15. Dancing Bear Bike Bash

  • Date: September 18, 2021
  • Location: Townsend, TN

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

16. Fly-in/Drive-in

  • Date: September 18, 2021
  • Location: Morristown, TN

At this fun fly-in, you can admire a variety of aircraft, while enjoying entertainment, kids’ activities, food vendors, and more. Flights will be available for $25/per person

17. 4th Annual German Oktoberfest

  • Date: September 18 – October 3, 2021
  • Location: Schulz Brau Brewing Company, Knoxville, TN

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

18. White Lightning Trail Festival

  • Date: September 18, 2021
  • Location: Cumberland Gap

This fall festival starts with a 5K run. Then enjoy a variety of food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and a variety of traditional Appalachian entertainment.

19. Fried Pickle Festival

  • Date: September 19, 2020
  • Location: Athens Regional Park, Athens

At this salty fall festival, you can 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!

20. Fall Heritage Day

  • Date: September 24-25, 2021
  • Location: Visitor Center, Townsend

Townsend’s Fall Heritage Day offers live bluegrass music, clogging, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, games, and more!

21. Knoxville Arab Fest

  • Date: September 24-25, 2021
  • Location: University of TN pedestrian walkway, Knoxville, TN

Celebrate the rich culture of the Middle East while enjoying traditional live music, dancing, food vendors, craft vendors, and more! Admission is FREE.

22. Craft Beer Festival

  • Date: September 25, 2021
  • Location: Morristown, TN

In addition to a variety of fabulous beers, 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!

23. Blue Ribbon Country Fair

  • Date: September 25, 2021
  • Location: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Townsend

This competitive fall festival features a variety of juried categories including poultry, vegetables, honey, flowers, needlepoint, photography, and more!

24. Sevier Days

  • Date: September 25, 2021
  • Location: Marple Springs State Historic Site

Sevier Days has tons of craft vendors, scavenger hunts, hikes, historic cabins, and more! Admission is FREE.

25. Hola Festival

  • Date: September 25-26, 2021
  • Location: World’s Fair Park, Knoxville

Celebrate Hispanic heritage while enjoying live traditional music, dancing, food vendors, arts and craft vendors, and much more!

26. Street Festival and Car Show

  • Date: September 25, 2021
  • Location: Lenoir City, TN

Enjoy a fabulous car show, food, music, arts and crafts vendors, and more! Admission is FREE.

Knoxville TN Fall Festivals

Knoxville Fall Festivals in October

27. Appalachian Fall Heritage Day

  • Date: October 1, 2021
  • Location: Museum of Appalachia, TN

At this fun fall event, museum visitors can enjoy a variety of living history reenactments on beekeeping, sawmilling, farming, blacksmithing, leatherworking, traditional Appalachian music, and much, much more!

28. Greek Festival

  • Date: October 1, 2, and 3, 2021
  • Location: s\St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Knoxville, TN

Explore traditional Greek culture while enjoying traditional Greek food, music, dancing, craft vendors, and more!

29. Clinch River Fall Antique Festival

  • Date: October 1-2, 20211
  • Location: Main Street, Clinton, TN

The fun antique festival boasts live music, food vendors, and 90 antique dealers.

30. Tennessee Medieval Fair

  • Date: Weekends from October 2-17, 2021
  • Location: Harriman, TN

This traditional medieval fair will have music, entertainment, food, historical reenactors, and more. Feel free to come dressed in character.

31. Water Lantern Festival

  • Date: October 2, 2021
  • Location: Chilhowee Park, Knoxville

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

32. Annual Newport Harvest Street Festival

  • Date: October 2, 2021
  • Location: Newport, TN

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

33. Morristown Fall Fest

  • Date: October 2, 2021
  • Location: Fulton-Hill Park, Morristown

This new annual festival boasts storytelling, live music, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and games and activities for all ages. Admission is free.

34. Union County Heritage Festival

  • Date: October 2, 2021
  • Location: Maynardville, TN

This fun fall festival boasts a variety of live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, a fiddling contest, a pie-eating contest, a kids’ zone, and more. Admission is FREE.

35. Fall Craftsmen’s Fair

  • Date: October 7 – 24, 2020
  • Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN

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.

36. Wears Valley Fall Fest

  • Date: October 15-17, 2021
  • Location: Wears Valley, TN

At Wears Valley Fall Fest you will enjoy a rainbow of sweeping scenic views, live music, food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, and of course pumpkins! Admission is FREE.

37. Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days

  • Date: October 15-16, 2021
  • Location: Cumberland Gap, TN

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

38. October Sky Festival

  • Date: October 16, 2021
  • Location: Oliver Springs, TN

At the October Sky Festival, guests will enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, car show, kids’ activities, farm animals, and more!

39. Harvest Pride Festival

  • Date: October 16-17, 2021
  • Location: Bean Station, TN

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!

40. Cherohala Skyway Festival

  • Date: October 23, 2021
  • Location: Tellico Plains, TN

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. Admission is FREE.

41. Lakeside of the Smokies Hot Air Balloon Festival

  • Date: October 23-24, 2021
  • Location: Chilton Farm, White Pine, TN

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!

42. Mountain Makins Festival

  • Date: October 23-24, 2021
  • Location: Rose Center, Morristown, TN

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!

43. Kingston Fall Street Fest

  • Date: October 23, 2021
  • Location: Old Court House, Kingston

The weather should finally be cool for this late-October fall festival, which boasts live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, and more! Admission is FREE.

44. Del Rio Days Festival

  • Date: October 23-24, 2021
  • Location: Del Rio, TN

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

45. Harvest Craft Fair

  • Date: October 23, 2021
  • Location: Maryville College, Maryville, TN

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

46. Bluegrass Jamboree

  • Date: September 23, 2021
  • Location: IJAMS Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

Dance the night away at this fun outdoor concert.

47. Arboretum Fall Festival

  • Date: October 24, 2021
  • Location: Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Knoxville, TN

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

November Fall Festivals Near Knoxville

In November, there is a good mix of both fall and holiday events. Holiday events will not be listed here. Instead, you can find them on our holiday events page.

48. Foothills Craft Guild Show

  • Date: November 5, 6, and 7, 2021
  • Location: Expo Center, Knoxville, TN

At this popular craft show, you can shop for a variety of gorgeously hand-crafted items from local artisans.

49. Grains and Grits Festival

  • Date: November 6, 2021
  • Location: Townsend Visitor Center, Townsend, TN

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

50. Veterans Day Parade

  • Date: November 11, 2021
  • Location: The parade begins at Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN

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

51. Veterans Day Celebration

  • Date: November 11, 2021
  • Location: Rocky Top Sports World, Gatlinburg, TN

Enjoy live music, speakers, and more.

52. Regal Turkey Trot

53. Goggled Gobbler Fun Run

Festivals Canceled in 2020

All of the events below should be returning when current events die down.

Nine Lakes Wine Festival

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, a car show, and more.

Repticon

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

Thread and Thimble Annual Quilt Show

This amazing show is FREE and open to the public!

Taste of Autumn

  • Date: TBA 2021
  • Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN

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

Sturgeon Fest

  • Date: TBA 2021
  • Location: Seven Islands State Birding Park

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

India Fest

Enjoy traditional Indian music, dancing, kids’ activities, food vendors, craft 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.

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!

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.

Old City Oktoberfest

  • Date: canceled 2021
  • Location: Historic Old City, Downtown Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $10/advanced purchase, $15/at the gate
  • View the Oktoberfest Websie

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

Louie Bluie Music Festival

  • Date: canceled 2021
  • Location: Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN
  • Cost: Admission is FREE, $10/per family donation is encouraged
  • View the Louie Bluie Website

In addition to over 30 great acts, there will also be an awesome kids’ zone, food vendors, craft vendors, an 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.

New Midland Arts and Crafts Show

Take advantage of the cool fall weather to shop the booths of 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.

Old Time Saturday

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

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!

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.

Chili Cookoff

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

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.

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!

Fall Books to Share

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