February FEB. 9–12 KNOXVILLE 2017 BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES TOURNAMENT The Elite Series’ first-ever visit to Cherokee Lake. Weigh-ins lakeside and during a family fun expo in Knoxville at the Convention Center. 865-342-9108, bassmaster.com March MAR. 23–26 KNOXVILLE BIG EARS FESTIVAL A highly acclaimed weekend of world-class musical performances in theaters, clubs and galleries with workshops, exhibitions, film screenings and more. 865-523-2665, bigearsfestival.com April APRIL 1–2 KNOXVILLE KNOXVILLE MARATHON The largest road race in East Tennessee with marathon, half-marathon, relay, 5K and kids’ run. Finish line is at Neyland Stadium. This is a Boston Marathon qualifier. 865-684-4294, knoxvillemarathon.com April APRIL 8–9 WARTBURG 50TH ANNUAL WILDFLOWER PILGRAMMAGE Botanists, park rangers and photography teachers will lead hikes in one of our state’s best wildflower viewing sites, Frozen Head State Park. 423- 307-9304, tnstateparks.com/parks/ about/frozen-head Lakeway Latin Food Festival, Morristown Big Ears Festival, Knoxville APRIL 15 MAYNARDVILLE BIG RIDGE STATE PARK ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT Annual Easter egg hunt for children 10-years-old and under, featuring 12,000 treat-filled eggs and many prizes split into four hunts for different ages. 865-992-5523, tnstateparks.com/parks/about/ big-ridge May MAY 6 CLINTON 13TH ANNUAL CLINCH RIVER SPRING ANTIQUE FAIR The streets of historic downtown Clinton will be lined with more than 100 exhibitors offering a wide range of antiques and collectibles. 865-463-8699, historicclintonsantiques.com MAY 6–27 WARTBURG TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN LAUREL FESTIVAL Our beautiful mountain laurel will be spotlighted all month long with a 5k run and guided hikes. Watch a live band concert on festival day on May 20, 2017. 423-628-6393, tnmlf.com MAY 13–14, 20–21, 27–29 HARRIMAN TENNESSEE MEDIEVAL FAIRE The medieval/renaissance events are a rugged, outdoor, interactive festival full of entertainment, food and crafts. It is all set inside a recreated medieval village. 865-248-8414, tmfaire.com June JUNE 3–4 LENOIR CITY LENOIR CITY ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Shop ‘til you drop on the banks of Fort Loudoun Lake with more than 200 vendors offering ceramics, glassware, metal work, baskets and jewelry. 865-986-3880; lenoircityartsandcraftsfestival.com JUNE 9–10 OAK RIDGE SECRET CITY FESTIVAL Enjoy inflatables for the kids, a petting zoo, zip line, crafts, vendors, giveaways, great food choices, music, historic memorabilia and more. 865-294-0110, secretcityfestival.com JUNE 23–25 KNOXVILLE 2017 USA CYCLING NATIONAL ROAD & TIME-TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS See the best cyclists, the highest level of competition and a jampacked weekend festival. The 2017’s men’s and women’s national champions will be crowned here. 865-342-9108, usacycling.org July JULY 4 NORRIS JULY 4TH CELEBRATION AND ANVIL SHOOT AT THE MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA Enjoy July 4th in an unusual and dramatic fashion at the Museum of Appalachia with historic anvil shoots. There will be arts and crafts, bluegrass and more 865-494-7680, museumofappalachia.org August AUG. 12–13 WARTBURG 37TH ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY FESTIVAL Frozen Head State Park’s Heritage Day features craftspeople, demonstrators and musicians from around the region performing throughout the day. 423-346-3318, tnstateparks.com/parks/about/ frozen-head AUG. 18 MAYNARDVILLE BIG RIDGE STATE PARK ANNUAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Enjoy an evening of bluegrass music from local artist. There are some vendors and local artists set up as well. 865-992-5523, tnstateparks.com/parks/about/ big-ridge September SEPT. 2 MORRISTOWN LAKEWAY LATIN FOOD FESTIVAL This community festival at Rose Center is a feast for the senses incorporating traditional Latino and Hispanic customs, food and entertainment. 423-586-3083, facebook.com/holalakeway/?fref=ts SEPT. 9–10 VONORE CHEROKEE FALL FESTIVAL Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally owned museum, hosts the Cherokee Fall Festival. See Cherokee dances, demonstrations, food, crafts and music. 423-884-6246, sequoyahmuseum.org SEPT. 16 ONEIDA HAUNTING IN THE HILLS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL Make plans now to come to the Bandy Creek Field and enjoy a fun day of stories, music, crafts and more. Free admission. 423-663-6900, discoverscott.com SEPT. 22–24 SWEETWATER NATIONAL MUSCADINE FESTIVAL Held in historic downtown Sweetwater, you will find live music, parades, muscadine stompers, wine tastings, U-pick muscadine shuttle farm and barbecue contests. 423-337-6979, nationalmuscadinefestival.com SEPT. 30 DANDRIDGE DANDRIDGE SCOTS-IRISH FESTIVAL Experience Scottish and Irish music, the Bagpipe & Drum Band Playoff Challenge, Highland dancing, Irish step dancing and more. scots-irish.com SEPT. 30 CARYVILLE LOUIE BLUIE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL Set amid the incomparable natural beauty of Cove Lake State Park, this festival celebrates community with live music, heritage crafts, regional arts and quilts, and children’s entertainment and activities. louiebluie.com TAZEWELL SMOKE IN THE VALLEY FESTIVAL Enjoy live music, drinks, food and more at this family-friendly festival on a 70-acre farm. smokeinthevalleytn.com Knoxville Marathon October OCT. 14 LAFOLLETTE BIG CREEK ATV FESTIVAL With the guided ATV rides beginning in historic downtown LaFollette, this festival provides ATV enthusiasts with heavenly views from more than 600 miles of ATV trails in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains. lafollettetn.gov OCT. 16–29 ROCKY TOP NORRIS DAM STATE PARK’S ANNUAL FALL COLOR TRIPS Take a one-hour pontoon boat trip on beautiful Norris Lake to view fall colors and wildlife. Call to register. $7/person. Trips offered at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 865-426- 7461, tnstateparks.com/norrisdamstatepark OCT. 19–21 OLIVER SPRINGS WINDROCK PARK FALL JAMBOREE Guided rides, rock crawls, drag races, mud bogs, live music and more! Windrock Park has more than 72,000 acres of off-road adventure for the entire family. 865-435-3492, windrockpark.com November NOV. 17–19 KNOXVILLE A SHOWCASE OF FINE CRAFTS The Foothills Craft Guild is the oldest nonprofit artisan guild in Tennessee dedicated to promoting and preserving the finest handmade crafts in the state. 865-705-1425, foothillscraftguild.org December DEC. 9 ROCKY TOP 13TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOMECOMING Come to the east side of Norris Dam for an evening of historical interpretation throughout the CCC cabins and ol’ time music and dinner served in the Tea Room. 865-426-7461, tnstateparks.com/norris-dam Want more? For more major events and festivals visit tnvacation.com.
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