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East Tennessee History Fair

Festival Event

Mike Rose demonstrates blacksmithing. – Dan MacDonald

ADA Accessibility Notes

Events are ADA accessible, with the possible exception of certain buildings in historic homes.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

Activities are planned for all age groups. There's something for everyone.

Join the East Tennessee Historical Society for the annual one-of-a-kind celebration of our region's history! Participants representing the people, places, and events that shaped our past spill out of the East Tennessee History Center and fill downtown Knoxville, making history truly come alive!

Celebrate a Birthday Party for Davy Crockett.

Walk the East Tennessee Timeline, replete with re-enactors interpreting time periods from early settlement to the Vietnam War. Participate in hands-on activities that keep cherished crafts alive. Board a bus and tour Knoxville's historic homes. Sit a spell in front of the Main Stage, listening to traditional music that has long been the soundtrack to our lives. All for FREE!

How to Get There

From I-40 E, take the downtown Knoxville exit and then follow the Henley Street exit. Take a left onto Church Street and go four blocks to Gay Street. Turn left. onto Gay St. The East TN HIstory Center is one block ahead on the left at the corner of Gay and Clinch. From I-40 W take James White Parkway, then right at the Summit Hill exit. Go two blocks to Gay St. Turn left. The East TN HIstory Center is three blocks ahead at corner of Market and Clinch.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome at outside events.


Festival admission and most events are free of charge.