Knoxville Arts & Entertainment Fall 2013 Guide: Festivals

Happy Hollerpalooza

Celebrate the history and future of Knoxville’s north-of-downtown neighborhoods with live performances by Robinella, Ian Thomas and the Band of Drifters, the Barstool Romeos, and Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle, vintage motorcycles, and unique wares from Happy Holler businesses, and you have a small-town street fair right here in the semi-big city.

Happy Holler • noon-5 p.m. • Free

Pints for Preservation

A beer fest to raise money for the Thompson Cancer Survival Center. Featuring beer from Yazoo, Saw Works, Terrapin, and more.

Central Flats and Taps • Saturday, Sept. 14 • 5-10 p.m. • $25-$40

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson Barks and Brews

A local beer fest featuring brews from Bluetick Brewery, Smoky Mountain Brewery, Downtown Grill & Brewery, and five other micro and homebrews. Proceeds benefit the Blount County Humane Society.

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (Maryville) • Saturday, Sept. 14 • 7-11 p.m. • $30 •

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

The annual festival features 15 bands, a covered performance area, camping, vendors. Tickets available at gate.

Dumplin Valley Farm • Sept. 19-21 • $27-$80 •

Fountain City Art Center’s Fall Festival: Art-a-Palooza!

Live music, food, children’s art activities, and art and craft booths.

Fountain City Park • Sept. 19-21 • Free

Knoxville Film Festival

The Secret City Festival is renamed and relaunched as the Knoxville Film Festival. See our feature story.

Real Downtown West • Thursday, Sept. 19-Sunday, Sept. 22 • $10-$100 •


Greekfest is a longtime popular favorite, not least because of the food it offers: traditional Greek cuisine such as roast lamb, gyro, souvlaki, pastichio, saganaki, spanakopita, and other delicacies that are usually difficult to find in Knoxville. Then there’s live bouzouki music. Add in the Greek marketplace, dancing, traditional costumes, and tours of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, and you have a wide-ranging taste of Greek culture that draws 15,000 visitors. Admission is $2, or $3 for a weekend pass.

St. George Greek Orthodox Church • Friday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Sept. 22 • $2-$3 •

Luttrell Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass in the park, featuring Gospel Strings, Joyce Morris, Victoria Welker, Tim Lovelace, Outta the Blue, David West, Chicken Man, Big Mike, Melba Greene, the Beasons, Wayne Burnette Revue, and the Pleasant Valley Boys.

Luttrell Park • Saturday, Sept. 21 • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Free •

Hola Festival

One of Knoxville’s best festivals is this event sponsored by HoLa Hora Latina, whose mission is to create a sense of place among Latinos in the Knoxville area and to build cultural bridges with the community at large. Featuring live music by Anibal de Gracia and Batukealo and Willie Ziavino and the C.O.T. Band. The food tables will groan under a Latino bounty of empanadas, tamales, arroz con pollo, and pinchos, and kids can make a charango. And just in case you thought you knew exactly what to expect, the event begins with a parade of culture with native dress on full display. Cuba? Argentina? Colombia? Paraguay? Say hola to folks from all of the above—and the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, and Spain.

Gay Street and Depot Avenue • Saturday, Sept. 21 • 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Free •

John Sevier Days

Marble Springs Historic Site celebrates the first governor of Tennessee with 18th-century demonstrations such as open-hearth cooking; spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, weapons demonstrations, which will showcase tomahawks and period-appropriate firearms; tours of the historic buildings; 18th-century style militia drills; and regional crafts.

Marble Springs Historic Site • Sept. 21-22 • $5 •

4th Annual Fall Festival

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum celebrates fall with its Fall Plant Sale, demonstrations and workshops, children’s crafts and activities, local food vendors, marshmallow roasting, a petting zoo, a cake walk, a giant inflatable slide, and hayride tours of the garden.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum • Sunday, Sept. 22 • 1 p.m.-5 p.m. • Free •

Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival

The three music stages will feature old-time, blues, gospel, mountain jazz, and bluegrass. A theater performance will document the life and times of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong. Oh, and music jam sessions are welcome! Another musician’s heaven.

Cove Lake State Park (Caryville) • Saturday, Sept. 28 • Free •

Boo at the Zoo

A Halloween tradition for 26 years, this family event features music and games at the Monster Mash tent in the Clayton Family Kids Cove, costumed characters throughout the zoo, and the Scary-Go-Round.

Knoxville Zoo • Oct. 10-27 • 5:30-8 p.m. • $7 •

Foothills Fall Festival

Maryville’s biggest festival throughout downtown features concerts, juried arts and crafts, and family activities. This year’s music performers include Rascal Flatts, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blues Traveler, the Black Lillies, and nearly a dozen more. The festival is free; concerts require day or weekend passes.

Downtown Maryville • Oct. 11-13 • Free-$125 •

Tennessee Fall Homecoming

The 34th annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming will host 400 musicians and 175 artisans sharing their tradition southern Appalachian art. The museum’s village and farm complex is also open to visitors, as well as the church.

Museum of Appalachia • Oct. 11-13 • $25-$65 •

Brewers’ Jam

Brewers from around the world share their brews. But if you want to get in, buy your tickets now—it sells out every year.

World’s Fair Park • Saturday, Oct. 12 • 1p.m.-7 p.m. • $5-$100 •

Knoxville Horror Film Festival

This ever-growing festival of scary films, now in its fifth year, will include big-name features (Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, the comedy creature feature Bad Milo, and the boozy Irish sci-fi epic Grabbers), shorts, an awards ceremony, and the popular Grindhouse Grind-Out, a collection of horror, exploitation, and genre-bending trailers from local and regional filmmakers. For the second year in a row, KHFF will split its events at Relix Variety Theatre in Happy Holler and Regal’s Downtown West.

Relix Variety Theatre and Downtown West • Friday, Oct. 25-Sunday, Oct. 27 • $5-$40 •

Fantasy of Trees

Knoxville’s biggest Christmas-tree display celebrates its 29th year.

Knoxville Convention Center • Nov. 27-Dec. 1 • $12 •

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