30 Terrific Things to Do in Knoxville in September

The trees may not be changing color just yet, but fall fun is starting to ramp up already. This big list of things to do in Knoxville in September is filled with great festivals and activities that will get you excited for the fantastic autumn days ahead.

Happy family at a BBQ with grandfather cooking, representing things to do in Knoxville in September.

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Things to Do in Knoxville in September

Apple Orchards

Apple picking has a long season that lasts throughout the fall, but it really starts ramping up in August and September. If you can’t make it this month, don’t worry.

Pick a farm now to visit when the weather gets cooler. Or, go early in the morning to beat the lingering summer heat.

Kid-Friendly Hot Spots

Looking for something to wow the kiddos? Check our big list of 100 things to do in Knoxville with kids.

Free Outdoor Concerts

Most of these popular concert series are wrapping up this month. So, if you haven’t already caught a show, there’s no better time than the present.

Free Fun

Is there ever a bad time for free fun? These awesome activities are great ways to round out your monthly calendar without breaking the bank.

Plan a Date Night

There’s no better time to plan a romantic night on the town for you and your honey. Mom and Dad deserve a night away from the kids every once in a while.

Happy family rough housing on an outdoor picnic blanket on a sunny day.

September Events

Makebreak Art Activities

Sundays in September 2023
Michaels Crafts Stores (All Locations)

This September kids can paint fall-themed rocks, make yarn trees, and create a watercolor leaf painting. These activities are completely free and all the supplies are included.

The store is also hosting a pumpkin fest where you purchase a craft foam pumpkin and they provide all the decorating supplies.

Family Baking Classes

Weekends in September 2023
The Cutting Edge Classroom, Knoxville
Prices Vary by Class

This month’s family baking and cooking classes include a rainbow sprinkle cake, fall-flavored donuts, fall-decorated sugar cookies, fluffy croissants, homemade pasta, and more!

For these classes, parents and kids get to work together to make these scrumptious creations.

Ancient Sounds Music Festival

September 1-2, 2023
Ramsey House, Knoxville
$35-$90 Per Person

This unique music festival celebrates the rich Celtic roots of traditional Appalachian music. Food and craft vendors will also be on-site.

Thunder in the Park

September 2, 2023
Wilson Park, Maynardville
FREE Admission

At Thunder in the Park, visitors will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a boom! There will be fireworks, live music, food vendors, and more!

Build Your Own Microscope

September 2, 2023
Home Depot (All Locations)

Kids will use real tools to build their own working microscopes that they get to take home. All the supplies are included and this activity is completely free.

Monroe Life Hot Air Balloon Festival

September 2-3, 2023
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore
$10 Per Person, Children 3 and Under Are FREE

Billing itself as the largest balloon festival in East TN, this popular event will have a fun kids’ zone, live music, food vendors, and more.

If wind conditions allow, the balloons will fly in over Tellico Lake. Regardless of the wind, there will be a group balloon glow after dark.

Guests will also be able to purchase additional tickets for tethered balloon rides.

Big Kahuna Wing Festival

September 3, 2023
World’s Fair Park, Knoxville
$20/Advanced Purchase, $30 at the Gate

This is a HUGE wing tasting festival. Need we say more?!

Okay, okay. There will be over 10,000 pounds of wings, a fantastic kids’ zone, live music, a wing-eating competition, and an after-dark fireworks show.

Labor Day Sunflower Project

September 4, 2023
Knoxville Botanical Gardens

Join in this community art project to create a stunning arch of living sunflowers.

Tennessee Valley Fair

September 8-18, 2023
Chilhowee Fairgrounds, Knoxville
$8/Adults, $6/Children + Cost of Food, Rides, Games, Etc.

This is the largest fair in East TN and it truly brings all your fair dreams to life. The rides, the cows, the juried art shows, the giant pumpkins, the funnel cakes, the music, it’s all there. Just come on out and get your fill.

Meet Me at the Market

September 9, 2023
Knoxville Expo Center
$5/Ages 13 and Up, FREE/12 and Under

This fall-themed vendor expo is a great place to find adorable fall crafts and decor.

Cherokee Fall Festival

September 9-10, 2023
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore
$10/Adults, $5/Children 13-18, FREE/Children 12 and Under

This tribally-owned museum hosts a fantastic fall festival each year with live demonstrations of Cherokee crafts, music, and dance. There will also be a variety of vendors and traditional food available for purchase.

Second Sunday Art Activity

September 10, 2023
Knoxville Museum of Art

Bring your kids out to participate in a free hands-on art activity. All the supplies are included.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

September 14-16, 2023
525 E Dumplin Valley Rd, Kodak
$40 – $110 Per Person

A fun-filled weekend of rockin’ bluegrass concerts.

Moss Walk

September 16, 2023
Knoxville Botanical Gardens

On this unique nature walk guests will explore moss, an underrated garden addition.

Build Your Own Football Cardholder

September 16, 2023
Lowes (All Locations)

Kids will use real tools to build an adorable football card holder. All supplies are included and this activity is completely free. Advanced registration is encouraged.

National Public Lands Day

September 16, 2023
Multiple Locations
Volunteer Hours

Is your kiddo looking for community service hours? On National Public Lands Day, volunteers come out to help local parks maintain their trails with weeding and other tasks.

Seven Islands Birding Park is hosting a volunteer event as well as many other parks in the greater Knoxville area.

The Great Pumpkin Festival

September 16-17, 2023
Putnam County Fair Grounds, Cookeville

Join Charlie Brown and Snoopy in welcoming the Great Pumpkin this season. Kids will get to paint a pumpkin, pick a pumpkin from the patch, and even get a picture with Charlie and Snoopy.

Unicorn World

September 16-17, 2023
Knoxville Convention Center
$30 Per Person

This unicorn-themed festival will blow your kiddo’s mind with life-size animatronic unicorns, unicorn rides, unicorn bounce houses, unicorn-themed food, photo ops, and so much more!

Hola Festival

September 16-17, 2023
World’s Fair Park, Knoxville
$3 Per Person

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Hola Festival. There will be traditional food vendors, live music, dancing demonstrations, a kids’ zone, and more.

FREE Family Night

September 22, 2023
Muse Knoxville
FREE Admission

Enjoy free after-hours admission to the children’s museum on the 4th Friday of every month.

Bluegrass Festival

September 22, 2023
Leconte Center, Pigeon Forge
$25-$35 Per Person

Enjoy fantastic bluegrass music from 9 popular bands.

Community Work Day

September 23, 2023
Beardsley Community Farm, Knoxville
FREE Admission

Beardsley Community Farm grows and distributes free food to local charities that help at-risk community members.

Once a month visitors are invited to take a free tour of the farm in exchange for work hours. Guests will help with the weeding and other simple farm chores.

This is a great way for kids to learn about farming while helping neighbors in need.

Down South Craft Market and Vendor Show

September 29 – October 1, 2023
6547 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville

This South Knoxville craft show will feature vendors from Knox, Sevier, and Blount counties.

It’s a great place to find all the fall crafts and decor you’ve been dreaming of.

Fall Heritage and Bluegrass Festival

September 29-30, 2023
Townsend Visitors Center
$10 Per Car

Townsend’s annual Heritage Festival will have a variety of craft vendors, food vendors, tons of traditional music, dancing demonstrations, and fun kinds’ zone.

Scots Irish Festival

September 30, 2023,
Downtown Dandridge
FREE Admission

Break out your bagpipes and get ready to boogie at Dandridge’s Scots-Irish Festival. This event will feature tons of traditional music and dancing demonstrations, craft vendors, Scottish clan tents, and so much more!

There will also be a unique children’s area featuring old-fashioned yard games of days gone by.

Smoky Mountain Bike Week

September 30 – October 7, 2023
Smoky Mountains

If you are a biker, this is your jam. There will be tons of motorcycle-themed events and activities all week.

If you aren’t a biker, this is your warning that our local mountains are going to be extra crowded all week. Come on back around October 8th.

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