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Top 5 Summer Festivals in Knoxville

Looking for a way to beat the heat this summer? Here are our top 5 picks for Summer festivals in Knoxville this year:

Southern Tequila and Taco Festival

Our first summer festival recommendation is The Southern Tequila and Taco Festival, it’s the perfect way to kick off the beautiful early summer weather here in Knoxville! The fun begins on Friday, April 29th and doors open at 6pm. This summer festival will host over 50 different vendors of tequila, including some of the biggest brands in the world, as well as plenty of food vendors bringing you the best taste in Eastern Tennessee. Not to mention this is all for a great cause as the event raises money for RAM which delivers medical supplies to inaccessible regions around the world. So if you’re looking to taste hand-crafted tequilas, margaritas, cocktails and beer, listen to some great music & eat some tacos, make sure to check out the Southern Tequila and Taco Festival on April 29th!

Southern Skies Music Festival

What says summer more than music? Up next, the Southern Skies music festival is the place to be if you want to enjoy great music here in Knoxville this summer. It takes place in World’s Fair Park from 2 – 10pm on May 14. There will be a lineup of 6 musical acts along with food trucks, craft beer, specialty cocktails, and more. Hosted by local band The Dirty Guv’nahs, this event brings the sound of rock & roll to Knoxville. Simply bring your blanket and find a spot to tune in to the music and soak up the summer sun. General admission is $50 on the day of the festival. Go over to the website for more details, including this year’s lineup!

Bike Boat Brew & Bark

The next summer festival on our list is Knoxville’s Bike Boat Brew & Bark festival. This festival has a little something for everyone. This Knoxville summer festival brings cyclists, dog lovers, boat enthusiasts, craft beer aficionados, and outdoor gurus together for a day filled with fun. Bike Boat Brew & Bark will take place at the Knoxville Adventure Collective on June 4, 2022. The event line-up for this festival is complete with historical tours around Knoxville, guided bike rides, paddleboarding, and kayaking. There are even doggie splash pools and puppucinos for all your furry friends, and more! Make sure to check out the official website for more information regarding registration and events. 


If you’ve ever thought, “I wish there were more Dolly Parton-themed festivals in Knoxville” then I have an announcement for you! The second annual DollyFest will be happening June 3rd through the 5th in the Old City. This summer festival is for anyone interested in having a great time and supporting an amazing cause. At this event, there will be live music, art shows, a Dolly-themed costume contest, and screenings of Dolly’s movies! Drop by the festival to raise money for Imagination Library so they can keep sending books to children in Knox County. So mark your calendars for a weekend of summer festivities at Dolly Fest 2022 in Knoxville’s Old City!

*This event is not affiliated with Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton Enterprises, Dolly Foundation or Dollywood. Dolly Parton will not be at this event.

Knox Asian Festival

For our final recommendation, we have a great way to wrap up your summer! If you love experiencing different cultures and learning about other heritages, then you most certainly must check out the Annual Knox Asian Festival this summer! The Annual Knox Asian festival highlights the diverse Asian cultures and talents found among our local Knoxville community! It is a day where each participating country/region can proudly share their respective cultures in Knoxville’s inviting summer weather. During the festival, there will be stage performances, a variety of Asian food vendors, wine tasting, Asian films & bounce houses! It is an experience that gathers Knoxvillians of cultures and backgrounds to promote peace, harmony, unity, and healthy lifestyles! The festival will be held on August 22, 2022, to learn more visit: Knox Asian Festival.

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After deciding which Knoxville Summer festivals to attend, make sure to grab our Knox Skyline tote bag. It’s perfect for carrying everything you need while enjoying all the activities the festivals have to offer!

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