KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The 10th Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival takes over the Old City this weekend with some road closures and traffic changes you need to know before you go.
The festival’s main stage area is in the City parking lots underneath James White Parkway between Willow Avenue, Jackson Avenue and Patton Street.
East Jackson Avenue between Central and Humes streets is closed to traffic until 11 p.m. Sunday. Patton Street between Willow and East Jackson avenues will be closed to through traffic during the festival. Some festival-breakdown activity will continue in this area until 10 a.m. Monday.
Emergency vehicles will have access to the festival site at all times.
A new feature of this year’s Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival is the Kid Curry Stage on Jackson Avenue, which will feature a variety of local and regional performers. Access to this stage, with an associated street fair with an art market and local vendors, is free and open to the public without festival admission.
In collaboration with the festival, Knox Area Transit is adapting the Green Line free trolley route to accommodate road closures and facilitate festival goers parking in downtown lots and riding to the festival site. RhythmNBloomsFest.com/guide has a map of the trolley route and the festival site.
Parking is free in City-owned garages and lots after 6 p.m. weeknights and all day weekends, including the nearby lots on Magnolia Avenue at N. Central Street.
While festival attendees are encouraged to ride bikes and scooters to the festival, they will be prohibited within the boundaries of the festival site.
For a map of parking options and additional downtown events, see DowntownKnoxville.org.