2019 Summer Festivals

Music City Hot Chicken Festival
July 4
700 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN
Created in 2007, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival brings together the local community and visitors to celebrate the uniquely-Nashville dish, Hot Chicken.
As recently featured by the famous food chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken… Hot Chicken is an infamous Nashville, Tennessee, food. So what is this Hot Chicken?
It turn out there is quite a story behind this famous chicken recipe. Back in the 1930s, there was a man named Thornton Prince, a handsome, tall and good-looking man known for being somewhat of a womanizer. One of Thornton’s women got fed up and wanted revenge. So she made him his favorite fried chicken. But this time she added the hottest spices in her kitchen with the hopes of making it beyond ability to digest. But her plan backfired. He loved it.
In 1945, Prince Thornton, along with his brothers, created their own Hot Chicken recipe and opened Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville. This family legacy has been transformed into a Nashville icon and has everyone’s mouth watering for a taste. Not too far from the original location of Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, the inaugural Hot Chicken Festival took place. It has grown to be one of Nashville’s largest festivals.
This FREE event starts off with the Fire Truck Parade at 10:30am followed by free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Festival gates open at 11:00am. Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville’s best Hot Chicken establishments and other delicious edibles from local vendors.
Live music from local bands keeps the “Nashville” vibe going all day long, and visitors can look on while five teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.
The event ends at 3pm, when visitors can make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display.
www.hot-chicken.com

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
July 12-21
Gatlinburg Convention Center
Gatlinburg, TN
Daily 10am-6pm
Sundays 10am-5pm
Filling the 150,000 square feet of downtown’s Gatlinburg Convention Center, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products are beautifully displayed as these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents. All items represented are handmade, and of utmost quality and without duplication. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers and many more unique items.
There is something for everyone at the Fair. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair and Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries provide a free Kid’s Corner during the July fair, with a selection of D.I.Y. crafts for our youngest visitors to take home with them. Enjoy contemporary country, bluegrass and your favorite gospel tunes at 12 and 3 daily. Concessions are available for sale through the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair usually takes most of the day to see. If you didn’t quite get through it all, multi-day passes are available. Come off the street and beat the July heat to celebrate the 44th Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair.

Grainger County Tomato Festival
July 26, 27, & 28
7480 Rutledge Pike
Rutledge, TN
Friday. Noon-8pm
Saturday. 9am-6pm
Sunday. Noon-5pm
The Grainger County Tomato Festival was organized in 1992 to promote the world famous Grainger County Tomatoes. Over the years, a number of special events have been added, making the festival one of the largest free festivals in East Tennessee. The Grainger County Tomato Festival has been named by Parade magazine as one of the top ten festivals in the USA.
It’s a weekend of Grainger County Tomatoes, Live Music, the infamous Tomato Wars, Arts & Crafts, great food and so much more. Pets are welcome and are accommodated by several water stations on the festival grounds. Mark your calendars to spend the last full weekend of July in Rutledge, Tennessee. You don’t want to miss it.
Pets are welcome, and we have several water stations on the festival grounds. We also have misting tents for cooling off that the critters and their people love.

Butterfly Dash & Burger Bash
August 10th
World’s Fair Park
Enjoy gourmet burgers, live music and a family-friendly atmosphere for a great cause when Burger Bash returns to World’s Fair Park on Saturday, August 10. The event is a fundraiser for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Gather at World’s Fair Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as teams of chefs and grill masters compete to present the best slider. There is something for everyone to enjoy including kids activities and live music all day by The Coveralls and Soul Finger.
Admission to Burger Bash is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and under. Admission price includes tickets for adults to sample three sliders (kids to sample two sliders). Additional burger tickets are available for purchase.
The day’s activities will kick off with Butterfly Dash, a 10K race. There is also a 5K and family fun walk. Butterfly Dash and Burger Bash tickets sold separately. Proceeds from race entry fees and sales of food and drink tickets will benefit the Pain and Palliative Care program at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Tickets available online now at www.etch.com/dashandbash. For more information, call Children’s Hospital Development office at (865) 541-8668

Virginia Highlands Festivals
July 26 – August 4
Robert Porterfield, founder of both the Virginia Highlands Festival and the famed Barter Theatre, held
the first Festival in
1949 at the Martha Washington Inn. His purpose was to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of this area. The Festival, over the past seven decades, has grown in scope to represent all of Southwest Virginia. Now it not only preserves the arts, crafts and skills that developed in this region, but it also imports talented artists and performers from around the world for creative exchange and the enjoyment of area residents and visitors.
More than 100 volunteers work year-round planning events, tours, performances and exhibitions for the annual Festival. They staff information booths, take up tickets, shuttle out-of-town performers to their programs and represent the Festival to local media. Chartered in 1778, Abingdon is a Virginia Historic Landmark. Visitors enjoy amenities usually reserved for much larger communities. You can stroll shaded, brick sidewalks and savor the ambiance of the oldest town west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or explore a 20-block Historic District filled with outstanding examples of Federal and
Victorian architecture.
Antiques Market
Washington County Fairgrounds
Last year the Antiques Market moved to a better, indoor location that is more convenient for everyone: the Washington County Fairgrounds, 17046 Fairground Drive in Abingdon!
Covering about 45,000 square feet and sporting a concrete floor, restrooms and a catering kitchen, this venue offers many upgrades including safety and security for venders, cooler temperatures and protection from the elements.
The show is open rain or shine under tents.
The “Best in Virginia” Juried Arts and Crafts show will once again set up on the beautiful Barter Square at Barter Stage II.

Dog Daze
August 16, 17, & 18
Village Green
The festivities will start on Friday evening with a local dog “Pooch Plunge!” Local dog owners will have the opportunity to have their ‘puppy’ try a Dock-Dive! K9 Pet Services of East Tennessee has underwritten The Plunge activity, which will allow non-competitors to try the DockDog experience free of charge. Between 4 and 7pm, members of the Smoky Mountain DockDogs Club will assist area pet lovers with their introduction to the sport. If anyone is interested in entering their dog in the actual competition, (all breeds accepted), they can email dd_admin@dockdogs.com, call the office at 330-241-4975 https://dockdogs.com/eventscal/dog-daze-at-village-green/#

Smokey Mountain Dock Dogs
Event Schedule:

Fri Aug 16
Onsite Registration/ Practice
3:00 pm

Try DockDogs
THE POOCH PLUNGE!
4:00-7:00 pm

Sat Aug 17
Onsite Registration/ Practice
10:00 am

Big Air WAVE # 1
11:00 am
Big Air WAVE # 2
12:30 pm
Big Air WAVE # 3
2:00 pm
Big Air WAVE # 4
3:30 pm
Extreme Vertical (All in one)
5:00 pm

Sun Aug 18, 2019 Onsite Registration/ Practice
10:00 am

Big Air WAVE # 5
11:00 am
Big Air WAVE # 6
12:30 pm
Speed Retrieve (All in one Finals)
2:00 pm
Big Air Finals start at
3:30 pm
(Pro, Semi-Pro, Contender & Amateur Finals)

Event Format: Outdoor Big Air®, Extreme Vertical®, Speed RetrieveTM , and Iron Dog Rankings

The final rounds of competition
and award presentations will take place Sunday afternoon.

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10th Annual Taste of Farragut

The 10th annual Taste of Farragut, presented by Turkey Creek Medical Center by Tennova Healthcare returns to the Old Kroger Parking Lot at 11240 Kingston Pike on Friday, May 3rd from 6:30-9:30pm. Hosted by Shop Farragut and the Town of Farragut, the festival will draw more than 1,200 attendees to sample the “best bites” of Farragut’s area restaurants and food providers. Patrons can pair those bites with wines, beers and ready-to-drink cocktails (ID required) from Farragut’s wine stores and their distributors.
Attendees can enjoy general admission to taste the varied food vendors and beverages or the “VIB” admission offering a sit-down plated course tasting that is paired with wines. All attendees will be given a rate card upon entrance for scoring the tastings and the cards will be tabulated to determine the winning Taste of Farragut. Water into Wine Bistro & Lounge took home the award last year and is back to battle for the “Best of Farragut.”
It’s a showcase of Farragut Life, not just the culinary arts but also a unique gathering
of retail and service providers. There is something for all ages including live music to enjoy while new friends are made, old friends reconnect, and Farragut shares it’s best
with everyone.
General admission tickets are $30 for adults (if purchased in advance) or $35 if purchased at the gate. VIB seats are limited to the first 100 sold and are $75. Admission for children under 12 is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, with children under 5 free.
11240 Kingston Pike | Friday, May 3 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Buy Tickets: www.KnoxvilleTickets.com or call 865-656-4444

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Spring 2019 Festivals

Townsend Spring Festival & Old Timers Day
May 3-4
Each Spring and Fall Townsend celebrates its rich Appalachia history through music, crafts and foods. This free event includes two days of Bluegrass music, handmade crafts and food. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy all of the Spring Festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.
Parking is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. Parking passes may be purchased at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend), the Maryville Welcome Center (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) or at the parking gate on event days.
www.smokymountains.org/what-to-see/spring

New Midland Plaza Spring Craft Fair
May 10-11
Up-cycled & recycled creative art, photography, candles, soaps, jewelry, paintings, hand-sewn items, sculptures, quilts, glassware, knitted novelties, crocheting, woodworking, & much more are showcased at one of the largest and most enjoyed craft fairs in the region. Enjoy unique and yummy food offerings from multiple food trucks, & local participants like the fire & police departments.
It’s two days of family friendly fun!
www.newmidlandcraftfair.com/

Come Celebrate Our Historical Railroad Heritage
Niota Model Railroad Show
May 4-5
Niota, Tennessee is home to the oldest railroad depot, built in 1854. Originally named Mouse Creek Station, it is the oldest standing depot in the State of Tennessee and one of the oldest in America.
During the Civil War it was used by both the Confederate and Union soldiers as a place of safety and rest. Today, the depot is owned by the City of Niota and used by city departments.
This May 4th – 5th, the depot will host the 2nd annual Niota Model Railroad Show, a free to the public event showcasing train model exhibitors and vendors from around Tennessee and beyond. Last year’s inaugural event featured around 400 businesses from cities including Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Crossville, Knoxville, and Maryville.
The event will be held at the Niota Depot and the Memorial Building- Saturday, May 4th 2019 9am-5pm and Sunday, May 5th 2019 10am-4pm.
tennesseeoverhill.com/niota-depot/

Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival
June 1-2
The 57th Annual Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival will be held in beautiful Lenoir City Park on June 1st and 2nd, and it promises to be better than ever! The quality of the event and superb reputation of the 240 crafters have made this one of the area’s most popular events. Items range from ceramics and glassware to metal work and jewelry,to baskets and much more! A wide array of fast food and home baked delicacies will be available throughout the festival. Your taste buds will delight in old favorites and new flavors. And plenty of cold beverages to satisfy a summer thirst!
lenoircityartsandcrafts.com/

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Smoky Mountain Lights

The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged soft-bodied beetles, commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey.Did you know that Tennessee is one of the only places in the world that is home to a rare type of firefly? They light up together, completely in sync with each other. Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns. Once fireflies reach the age for which they can fly around and light up, they only live for about 21 days. That means the phenomenon that happens in Tennessee is only viewable for about three weeks per year.The largest population of these synchronous fireflies in the Western Hemisphere is right here, close to home at Elkmont Campground. Every year, in late May and early June, the Elkmont fireflies (sometimes also referenced to as Sugarlands Visitor Center fireflies) light up the sky. Located eight miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Elkmont Campground is the largest and busiest campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At an elevation of 2,150 feet, the area enjoys a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers.For the last few years the National Park Service has used a lottery system to allow only 1,800 cars to park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center during the 8-day event (225 per day). The lottery works like this: You apply on their page during the three-day application period, choosing two possible dates that you would like to attend. About a week later you will receive notice whether your application was accepted or not. If you were accepted you will pay a $20 reservation fee. On the day you are scheduled for, you will show your ID and your parking pass at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Then you will board a trolley for Elkmont Campground.If you are not fortunate enough to score parking passes for the main event at Elkmont, don’t be discouraged. Consider visiting within three days either side of the event when passes are not required. The synchronous fireflies can also be found at the backend of Cades Cove (near the Abrams Falls trailhead) or at Cataloochee Valley. It also appears in recent years that the famous fireflies are showing up in surrounding locations, so as the time approaches stay in touch with your local media outlets or the internet to learn about other locations.Most of us have memories of running around outside on summer nights to watch and catch the fireflies lighting up around us. The synchronous fireflies event is a memory of a lifetime. If you want to experienced it make plans this year to light up your life.

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2019 Memphis in May Festival

Each May Memphis brings the world to Memphis to experience one of the largest festivals in North America. They have something for everyone – from lectures and exhibits, to movie screenings and our core events. Attendees come from all 50 states and several foreign countries during the month of May to our city, one that’s rich in history and experience. This year the focus of the 2019 Memphis in May International Festival will be Memphis and Shelby County. This s a break from the tradition of honoring international countries. This year they celebrate Memphis’ bicentennial and the start of a new century for the city and county.Memphis in May is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 206 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association, and has been named to Travel +Leisure’s International List of Festivals Worth Traveling For. The Beale Street Music Festival was named one of the World’s Top Festivals by Fest300.Memphis in May hosts the city’s largest events like the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.Celebrate Memphis has been added to the Festival lineup, promising to be spectacular salute during the month-long event. On May 25, Celebrate Memphis will honor the past and celebrate the future with the music, food and art that make this part of Tennessee unique.Memphis in May salutes Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, celebrating 200 years and a new century of soul!www.memphisinmay.org

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22nd Annual National Cornbread Festival

On April 27th and 28th of 2019, over 27,000 festival-goers from throughout the southeast gather in South Pittsburg to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the 23rd Annual National Cornbread Festival. Located 30 miles west of Chattanooga, TN, this quaint southern town hosts a celebration of cornbread, often considered the cornerstone of southern cuisine.In 1996, the National Cornbread Festival started to promote civic engagement and help local businesses. Lodge, local maker of world-class cast iron cookware seemed the perfect fit for a food-oriented festival. The community created a non-profit organization with volunteers, businesses and organizations joining in to produce the first annual festival in 1997.Now over 350+ community volunteers of all ages put on this wonderful festival every year. Over 15+ committees drive the planning and execution of this fun-filled weekend. All proceeds are distributed into the community through donations and other improvement projects. To date they have built and supported athletic facilities, supported boy scouts, schools and day cars, donated to theaters, churches and libraries, restored historical buildings and much more.The festival is packed with great family fun including a Kid’s Corner with games, face painting, and inflatables. There are games, carnival rides, and booths hosting cornbread, handmade crafts, honey, fudge and rock candies that line the streets of historic South Pittsburg, live entertainment throughout the festival with tours of the historic homes and the Lodge® Cast Iron Foundry as well.Major events during the festival include the National Lodge® Cast Iron Cornbread Cook- off, Cornbread 5K race, Classic Car Cruise-in and Cornbread Eating Contests. The best part is strolling down Cornbread Alley to taste amazing variations of this staple of southern cuisine.Feeling creative…give it try! Take this basic three ingredient cornbread recipe and add you own special touch like cheese, bacon, peppers, oranges, or add them all. Bake your amazing original cornbread to your family’s delight!Southern Cornbread RecipeIngredients:1 Cup White Self-Rising CornmealEgg1 Cup – Enough buttermilk to make thin batterDirections:Bake for 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

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Celebrate the Season Thursday, December 6 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Get ready for Christmas with cookies, music, and, of course, Santa! Town Hall is beautifully decorated for this annual free event, hosted by the Farragut Arts and Beautification Committee. In addition to sweet treats and musical performances by local school and church groups, children can make crafts and get their photo taken with the man in red. The Farragut Museum is also open for tours. See visitfarragut.org/events for more information.

Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive
Thursday, Dec. 6 4:30-7:00 p.m.

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Monroe Life Balloon Fiesta

NEW BIGGER LOCATION
SEQUOYAH BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, VONORE

The 6th Annual Monroe Life Balloon Fiesta will return to East Tennessee at The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee. Enjoy balloon rides, live music, food, games, an inflatable Kid’s Zone and much more all while supporting CASA Monroe. The two-day Balloon Fiesta begins on Saturday, September 1st from 2pm – 10pm, and runs through Sunday, September 2nd, from 2pm – 10pm. The finale each night will be a Balloon Glow set to music with over 22+ colorful hot air balloons beginning at dusk. “We are delighted to be bringing back a fall family favorite to East Tennessee,” says Lisa Bingham, publisher of Monroe Life Magazine and owner of The Bingham Group, a long-time supporter of CASA Monroe. “We have 22+ of the most talented balloon pilots in the country excited to entertain the community. We invite everyone to come out and join in the celebration!”

Buy tickets EARLY or at the gate.
We will have separate gates for attendees that already have tickets.

www.monroelifeballoonfiesta.com

This is a rain or shine event. No Refunds. Balloons will fly weather permitting.

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Chef Omar Samawi And Water Into Wine Win Farragut Food and Wine Festival

SHOP FARRAGUT and the Town of Farragut presented the 9th Annual Farragut Food & Wine Festival again this year to rave reviews.

The Farragut Food & Wine Festival is an event of the Farragut Business Alliance aka SHOP FARRAGUT. Their mission is to positively impact Farragut’s economic growth by assisting new businesses, supporting and promoting existing businesses and, in coordination with the Town of Farragut, aiding in the economic development and promotion of the community.

The much anticipated evening brought more than 1,200 food lovers to 11240 Kingston Pike, area across from Farragut High School, for an evening of culinary arts from over 24 local restaurants and bakeries.

The festival introduced attendees to amazing flavors with a showcase of samples from each food provider that could be paired with wine & beer, if desired. The great line-up bringing those flavors to savor included Restaurant Linderhof, The Cutting Edge Classroom, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Seasons Café, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Citico of Wind River, Clean Eatz, Don Delphi’s Pancakes & Restaurant, Water Into Wine, Longhorn Steakhouse, Buddy’s BBQ and The Casual Pint just to name a few.

Attendees enjoyed general admission to walk around tasting the varied food vendors and beverages or the “VIB” admission to the Very Important Bites tent offering a sit-down 4 course plated tasting from different Chefs. The VIB tent paired each food selection with a wine as volunteers were available to provide details on the chef selections and beverage pairings. All festival attendees were given a rate card upon entrance for scoring the tastings, each card was submitted and tabulated to determine the winning Taste of Farragut.

Food is not all there was to be enjoyed at this event, Live music entertained from the center of the festival where a tent with banquet style seating was available. There was something for all ages to enjoy and the festival setting allowed attendees to enjoy family, friends and even make new friends from Farragut and the surrounding region.

The 9th Annual Farragut Food & Wine Festival closed with a celebration for the winning dish, Prime Rib Crostinis by Water Into Wine, Bistro & Lounge located at 607 N. Campbell Station Rd. Also voted Best Wine Menu in Knoxville, Water Into Wine offers a full bar, local craft beers, artisan food pairings in addition to fresh cocktails and over 100 wines that change monthly. The mission at Water Into Wine is to provide a warm, cozy, social lounge and eatery which promotes relationships, connection opportunities and local patronage, all while offering the enjoyment of wine and artisan food pairing in the heart of the community. Congratulations to Owner, Candace Viox and Chef Omar Samawi on being the Taste of Farragut!

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Lenior City Arts & Crafts Festival

Join The Team That Presents One of East Tennessee’s Most Popular Events!

The members of the GFWC Suburbia Women’s Club (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) organize and execute an extremely successful annual festival. The Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday June 2nd, 9am-5pm amd Sunday June 3rd, 10am – 4pm. In 2018, we will celebrate 56 years of holding this festival at the Lenoir City Lake Park along the peninsula of Fort Loudoun Lake. The average yearly attendance is between 5,000 and 7,000 people. Anywhere from 150 to 200 artists, craftsmen and food vendors participate in the festival offering a variety of foods, culinary choices and outstanding artistry from all over the Southeast.

The Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival is a tradition in the East Tennessee area that has garnered the respect and support of the surrounding community and region. In the last 55 years, the money raised by the GFWC Suburbia Women’s Club has been used to help the local communities.

By supporting this festival, it benefits everyone in four ways: first, proceeds are given back to the community via financial donations to charitable organizations and college scholarships; second, you provide a venue for artisans to promote and sell their crafts; third, you bring awareness of the resources that are available within the local community; and finally, visitors can enjoy taking in the scenery of an award-winning lake community.

Join Us In Supporting Our Community By Becoming A Sponsor!

For more information visit: www.lenoircityartsandcrafts.com

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