Fall A&E Guide 2016: Festivals

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Spring may be the official festival overload season in East Tennessee, but fall offers its share of celebrations—in between football weekends, at least.


Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
Bristol • Sept. 16-18 • $40-$100
The region’s premier roots-music fest features Loretta Lynn, Buddy Guy, the Indigo Girls, and dozens more.

Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival
Cove Lake State Park (Caryville) • Saturday, Sept. 24 • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Free
An all-day celebration of one of the most accomplished and important musicians to land in Knoxville: Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, a mandolin player and fiddler and a member of the the 1920s and ’30s black string band the Tennessee Chocolate Drops. The music lineup includes the Armstrong Legacy Trio, with Howard Armstrong’s son Ralphe, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, and many more.

Pickle Fest
The Riverdale School (7009 Thorn Grove Pike) • Sunday, Sept. 25 • Noon-5 p.m. • Free
A celebration of the preservation of local food, with live music and puppet shows, food trucks, craft vendors, kids’ games and crafts, a poetry contest, a pickle contest, and pickling demonstrations.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Dumplin Valley Farm (525 E. Dumplin Valley Rd., Kodak) • Sept. 15-17 • $30-$90
An all-star bluegrass hoedown with more than a dozen bands over three days and nights, headlined by the Seldom Scene, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and the Gibson Brothers.

St. George Greek Orthodox Church (4070 Kingston Pike) • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 
The 37th installment of this fall fest will feature the usual excellent Greek traditional music, dance, and food.

Hola Festival
Market Square • Oct. 1-2
The area’s biggest and best celebration of Latin and Latin American culture.

Tennessee Fall Homecoming
Museum of Appalachia (2819 Andersonville Highway, Clinton) • Oct. 7-9 • $25-$75
Five stages of traditional country, old-time, and mountain music over three days, headlined by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, plus craft vendors, historical demonstrations, and tours of the museum.

Brewers’ Jam
World’s Fair Park • Saturday, Oct. 8 • 1-6 p.m. • $20-$100
The granddaddy of Knoxville beer bashes celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with another party on the lawn with more than 50 of your favorite local and regional brewers and brewsand music by Davis Mitchell’s New Power Soul Prince Tribute, Kelsey’s Woods, and more.

Open Streets
Sunday, Oct. 9 • 2-6 p.m. 
The third version of Open Streets Knoxville heads west into Bearden, allowing Knoxvillians to walk, run, bike, rollerblade, and practice yoga and tai chi in a familiar space that’s not always so welcoming to pedestrians.

Matthew Everett
Senior Editor

Senior Editor Matthew Everett manages the Knoxville Mercury's arts & entertainment section, including the comprehensive calendar section—Knoxville’s go-to guide for everything worth doing in the area. You can reach Matthew at matthew@knoxmercury.com.

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