6 things you need to know about the 18th annual Rossini Festival

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The annual Rossini Festival in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Rossini Festival International Street Fair is Saturday.

This long-running street fair — 17 years and counting — attracts thousands to downtown Knoxville for its international flavor and fun.

The event is presented by Knoxville Opera. Here are six things you need to know before you go.

1) The big change for the 18th year: It’s not on Gay Street. This year’s festival performance stages and vendors will be located on Market Square, Krutch Park, Krutch Park Extension, Market Street, Church Avenue, Union Avenue, Clinch Avenue, and the Republic Parking lot bounded by Gay and Market streets and Cumberland Avenue.

2) When:  It’s from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

3) Streets will be closed. Streets close for the Festival on Friday at 11 p.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. Sunday. The streets that close: Market Street, between Cumberland and Union avenues; Union Avenue, between Walnut and Gay streets; Clinch Avenue, between Walnut and Gay streets; Church Street, between Walnut and Gay streets. In addition, Wall Avenue will be closed between Gay Street and Market Square from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

4) Entertainment: The festival has multiple stages, nearly 1,000 performers and over 100 artisans and food vendors.

5) Where to park: During Rossini, there is free parking in city-owned garages, including Market Square, Locust Street, Main Street and the City County Building. Additional parking is available at the Dwight Kessel and Civic Coliseum garages, where you can catch a free KAT trolley to Rossini.

6) The Weather: The WATE Storm Team says in and out of clouds with a few showers (40% rain chance). Cooler. High: 73 degrees. Check the forecast Saturday morning for any changes.

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