Festivals abound for the first weekend of summer

Festivals abound for the first weekend of summer

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Thousands turned out in downtown Knoxville for last year's PrideFest. Thousands turned out in downtown Knoxville for last year's PrideFest.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Couch potatoes will have little excuse to stay indoors this weekend. A number of festivals are kicking off across East Tennessee.

In Oak Ridge, the Secret City Festival runs Friday and Saturday. The event will feature musical acts Rick Springfield and Knoxville band The Dirty Guvnahs. Kids can also get in on the fun with arts and crafts and special kids areas.

In Knoxville, PrideFest will host its annual parade along Gay Street and Clinch Street. The festival aims to provide an open celebration for LGBT community members and friends. Music and food are also part of the fun.

Also in Knoxville, the Kuumba Festival continues this weekend with over 200 musical performers and a Friday night parade, featuring traditional stilts walkers and drum groups. Traditional African craft presentations will run all weekend long, too.

Brewers and imbibers alike can catch the end of Knoxville Craft Beer Week. Tastings and food pairings are the name of the game at several bars around Knoxville this weekend.

And if you're more hungry than thirsty, check out the Big Kahuna Wing Festival in World's Fair Park. More than 3,000 pounds of chicken wings are available to dine on while you watch the wing eating competition and wing cooking competition. Live music and kids entertainment are also on the slate.

For a more complete list of events in your area, visit WATE's events page.

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