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Secret City Festival

Festival Event

After exploring every option to move forward with a 2020 festival we have determined that we cannot provide the level of excellence this year that we wish to... all vendors, etc. have been reimbursed. We hope to support other gatherings happening and hope you will join us in the excitement for 2021! Stay safe, stay positive and contact us for ways you can be involved for next year! Peace and love -
SCF Board

Outdoor concerts are held Friday and Saturday nights during the Festival – Rob Welton

ADA Accessibility Notes

No parking on site; handicap shuttle accessibility

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages

Celebrating the history and heritage of the city of Oak Ridge and its role in the Manhattan Project, the Secret City Festival happens every year in June. Thousands of people visit the festival for arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles, tours of historic Manhattan Project facilities, concerts featuring national acts, and loads of free kids activities. The festival has been named Festival of the Year by the Southeast Tourism Society, a top 100 event by the American Bus Association, and has won more than 25 regional, national, and international awards.

A special Children’s Festival includes free games and activities for kids, including an inflatable slide, petting zoo, arts and crafts, magicians, music, and more. An area for Youth will feature games, inflatables, rock climbing, and more. A special area for Toddlers is also available with activities geared toward the youngest festival-goers.

Historic displays explain the fascinating history of the area. Visitors can tour original Manhattan Project sites, including the Graphite Reactor and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Arts and crafts vendors, antiques dealers, food vendors, and exhibitors can be found scattered around the festival grounds.

Music and entertainment from local, regional, and nationally acclaimed artists goes on all day with special headliners taking stage around 7 p.m. Previous headliners include The Oak Ridge Boys, Survivor, Rick Springfield, The Village People, The Charlie Daniels Band, Chubby Checker, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and more.

How to Get There

Located in A.K. Bissel Park next to the Library and Civic Center.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome outdoors only


Free day events; admission charged for evening concerts