Special Events in Knoxville

Boomsday is Knoxville, Tennessee's signature event with more than 400,000 visitors per year. It takes place on the Tennessee riverfront in downtown Knoxville and features a large display of dazzling fireworks at dark. Boomsday is one of the largest events in the state of Tennessee and boasts the largest fireworks show in the Southeastern United States. The firework show is choreographed to music flowing through speakers throughout the area. This event also features all-American food, a kid's play area, and live music, making it a wonderful event for the entire family.

Cherokee Heritage Day celebrates an event that helped to shape the beginning of Knoxville and serves to provide visitors with an appreciation for Cherokee Indian and pioneer culture. Costumed actors re-enact the signing of the Treaty of Holston in 1791 that was an agreement between the Cherokee Nation and Governor William Blount. The re-enactment comes complete with a 21-gun salute. This event also features traditional Cherokee dances, blacksmithing demonstrations, open-hearth cooking, spinning wheel demonstrations, and Cherokee and Pioneer crafts and artifacts.

The Dogwood Arts Festival, established in 1955, is an event that actually takes place over the entire month of April and into May. The festival boasts over 60 miles of beautiful landscape, including flowering dogwoods, blossoming trees, and flowers. Bus tours are available to take visitors through the dogwood driving trails, and there are numerous musical performances and art events as well. The Dogwood Arts Festival is a non-profit organization that works to support arts in schools.

Earth Fest is a "green" event that prides itself on being a "zero waste" event. Although over 10,000 visitors attend Earth Fest each year, there are no trashcans, and about 1,000 pounds of material is either recycled or composted. Many programs within the event aim to teach visitors more about recycling and upcycling and about green living. Located at Pellissippi State College, the festival also features live music and performances.

Feast With The Beasts is a huge outdoor party that takes place at the Knoxville Tennessee Zoo. This is an annual zoo fundraiser where people can drink, eat, and dance amongst the animals throughout the many paths of the zoo. Sampling of food and drinks from more than 25 restaurants, breweries, and wineries can be enjoyed, and music is featured on three different stages throughout the park.