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Rossini Festival International Street Fair

Festival Event

100,000 attendees in 2011 – Jimmy Chiarella

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All Ages

Knoxville Opera’s annual Rossini Festival International Street Fair, now in its 18th year, has been designated a “legacy event” by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and serves as a celebration of the performing arts. The public enjoys 11 consecutive hours of live entertainment on five outdoor stages (opera, jazz, ethnic music, gospel, modern and ethnic dance, ballet, vocal and instrumental ensembles) and the YMCA FamilyZone while shopping at exhibits of over 100 prominent Artisans and enjoying cuisine from dozens of food vendors. This unique event transforms downtown Gay Street, Market Square, and the adjoining streets into a European-style pedestrian street mall appropriate for the entire family. The Rossini Festival has entertained well over 500,000 people from Knox County and the surrounding region in the first 16 years! As the Street Fair is offered free to the community, it is largely dependent upon sponsor support for its funding.

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How to Get There

Covering 11 blocks of downtown Knoxville including Market Square and Crutch Park.

Located on Gay Street between Summit Hill and Cumberland Avenue and Market Street.

Pet Friendly Notes

pet friendly event


FREE Admission