Fireworks, concerts and more: Things to do in Knoxville this summer


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The weather has gotten warmer and COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to loosen. Summer events are getting underway, to help you keep track of all the events, WATE 6 On Your Side has created a list featuring events taking place in East Tennessee.

June 2021

Summer on Broadway

Summer on Broadway will be held Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26, on Broadway Avenue in Maryville. The festival kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. Knoxville rock band Dirty Guv’nahs will close out the first night beginning at 9 p.m. The festival continues at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Ancient Lore Village June Events:

  • Halloween in June: June 26.

Tennessee Theatre’s Summer Movie Magic series will run from June 25 to the end of August. The series will feature six classic films and family favorites.

  • Casablanca (1942) – June 25, 27
  • Wizard of Oz (1939) – July 16, 18
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – July 23, 25
  • The Big Lebowski (1998) – July 30, Aug. 1
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Aug. 6, 8
  • The Goonies (1985) – Aug. 27, 29

Mardi Growl is on June 26 at World’s Fair Park, the event benefits Young-Williams Animal Center. For full details about Mardi Growl 2021, visit or call 865-215-6599.

Healthy Taste of Knoxville’s fourth annual Vegan Fest is at the Knoxville Expo Center on Sunday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include plant-based restaurants, cooking demonstrations, food samples, educators, wellness centers and healthcare professionals.

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales returns to the streets of Gatlinburg. Costumed musicians and storytellers will share traditional Appalachian music and rich stories from the Smoky Mountains dating back as far as the 1800’s. The cast will perform nightly beginning at 6 p.m. June 28 through July 31.

Morristown Parks and Recreation Department will host “Pedal the Park” at Frank Lorino Park on Saturday, June 26 from 10 am – 1 pm.

July 2021

July 2 & 3

Knoxville’s Fourth of July celebration will be on July 2 and 3 in World’s Fair Park. On July 2, there will performances by the 572nd Air National Guard Band of the South, jazz band Blue Groove, rock band Sound Barrier and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. On July 3, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Tennessee Amphitheater.

Farragut has announced the 33rd Annual Independence Day Parade will happen on Saturday, July 3rd. It is planned to start at 9:30 a.m. The parade will start at the Farragut High School junior lot. This year’s grand marshals will be the four principals from Farragut public schools.

Anderson County Community Veterans Appreciation Breakfast is back after a hiatus. The first breakfast will be held on July 3. Beginning in August it will be held on the second Saturday of each month. It will be held in the gymnasium of the Clinton Community Center, the “chow line” will open at 8:30 a.m.

Powell Lions Club is holding its annual Independence Parade on July 3rd beginning at 11:30 a.m. The parade will state at Powell Middle School and end in the back parking lot of Powell High School.

Gatlinburg’s “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation” beings at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. Later on the 4th, the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky will perform a concert beginning at 9 p.m. at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza followed by a fireworks display from the Space Needle.

Greeneville will be holding its ninth annual American Downtown celebration on Saturday, July 3, at the Big Spring. The free event will kick off at 4 p.m. July 3. There will be live music, food trucks, a nighttime parade, a hot dog eating contest, and a fireworks show.

Pigeon Forge’s 30th annual Patriot Festival will be headlined by Country music icon Clint Black. The festival will take place in the city’s Patriot Park on July 3 with activities beginning at 4 p.m. The fireworks display starts at 9:45 p.m. along with Knoxville radio station WIVK’s (107.7 FM) simulcast of the event.

July 4

Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Midnight Parade kicks off at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. The “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation” kicks off at 12:01 a.m. on the fourth honoring our nation’s birthday with elaborate floats, balloons, and patriotic displays. The River Raft Regatta is at 11 a.m. and a patriotic concert with the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky is at 9 p.m. at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. The Fireworks Finale tops off the holiday with a brilliant fireworks display beginning at 10 p.m. from the Space Needle.   

Mabry-Hazen House to celebrate Independence Day with “Fourth of July on Mabry’s Hill” on July 4 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The event costs $12 and each ticket includes two drinks from a local brewery. There will be food, beer, live music, and tours of the 1858 house.

The city of Athens will hold July 4, 2021, Buddy Liner Fireworks Show at 9:30 p.m. at the Athens Regional Park. The park will be closed to the public due to the fireworks launching there, but the show may be viewed from anywhere in the vicinity of the park. Choreographed music for the show can be heard on WSJQ 101.7 FM and WLAR 1450 AM and 95.1 FM.  

The city of Oak Ridge is holding its annual fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day in A.K. Bissell Park on July 4th around 9:45 p.m. The Oak Ridge Community Band will perform prior to the fireworks at around 7:30 p.m.

The Museum of Appalachia will celebrate the Fourth of July with an anvil shoot. The museum will launch a 150-pound anvil into the air using gunpowder. Shoots will occur at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at  Tickets are available at a 50% discount through June 28. The event is free for museum members.

July 8

Big Ears Festival will hold a special event at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 8 at Lakeshore Park where an all-star host of local artists and musicians will present Suttree’s Knoxville: A Hymn to the Past in Film & Music inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s iconic novel Suttree. This is a FREE, outdoor, multimedia experience including archival footage and photographs from the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS), music and performances.

July 9

Arts, crafts and music lovers can explore more than 150 booths filled with work from America’s largest group of independent artisans at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair held July 9-18 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Artists and craftsmen will be on-hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and sell their fine works of art. Live country and bluegrass music will also be on site for entertainment.

Farragut’s MUSICFEST at West End will take place and Friday, July 9 from 6 until 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 10 from 2 to 9:30 p.m. in the West End Shopping Center parking lot just south of Farragut High School.

  • Friday
    • 6:00: Solstice Band
    • 7:00: Common Interest
    • 8:00: Pale Root
    • 9:00: Mighty Blue
  • Saturday
    • 2:00: Barry Faust & Ben Kreiger
    • 3:00: Rey Pineda & Friends
    • 4:00: Bonfire Blue
    • 5:15: Mystic Rhythm Tribe
    • 6:45: Few Miles On
    • 8:15: Doug and Johnny

July 10

Knox County’s Second Saturday Concerts:

  • July 10
    • Wild Blue Yonder (Cove)
    • Jay Dee (Clayton Park)
  • August 14
    • Leftfoot Dave and the Magic Hats (Cove)
    • Davis Mitchell (Clayton Park)

August 2021

Mabry-Hazen House

On Aug. 7, Mabry-Hazen House is hosting special tours sharing stories related to local enslaved communities, and their emancipation. The free tours will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. and will be limited to 12 people per tour. Visit to reserve a tour.

Aug. 21

Knoxville Brewfest 2021 will be held at the Southern Railway Station. This year’s event will feature two sessions to allow for more social distancing. Session 1 will be noon to 3 p.m. and Session 2 will be 5-8 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 11, for the 21 and up event.

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