Celebrating Cultural Diversity

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Knoxville is home to a rich culture and diverse people nestled together within a beautiful urban wilderness. Plentiful festivals provide locals and visitors with a taste of Knoxville's daily diversity in food, language, dance and song.

Arab Fest
Food, craft vendors, children's activities, and demonstrations of Arabic music, dance, fashion, cooking, and much, much more. Admission is free and open to the public. Held on the UT Campus between Andy Holt Ave. and Volunteer Blvd. The festival is usually held in October.

Casa HoLa
Casa Hola at the Emporium. On First Fridays come celebrate the art, craft or work of a Latino artist member of HoLa. Once a month, Cinema at Casa HoLa features a Hispanic film (typically in Spanish with English subtitles), accompanied by a light meal or dessert typical of the country featured in the film and followed by commentary and conversation.
Emporium for the Arts
100 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Centro Hispano de East Tennesseentro Hispano
Centro Hispano is a welcoming community center, serving as a source of essential information and as a gathering place for the civic participation of Hispanics in our community. Language Exchange and volunteer opportunities (English classes, GED, etc.)
2455 Sutherland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919

German Fest
The German Fest is presented by the First Lutheran Church and School during August.
1207 N. Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917

Greek Fest
Enjoy authentic Greek food, delicious Greek pastries, live Greek music, traditional Greek dancing, shopping and more at the Greek Fest each year on the last weekend of September/beginning of October. Festival is presented by St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church
4070 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Haiti Fest
The Annual Hait Fest is held by the Immaculate Conception Haiti Committee usually in October. Haiti Fest is a celebration of the rich culture, delicious Haitian food, steel drum music and more.
Immaculate Conception Church
414 W Vine Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902

Hola Festival
The Hola Festival is a day-long celebration of diversity and a cultural salute to our East Tennessee community. The festival is part of the local celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated nationwide from the September 15 through October 15. This is a great opportunity for the general public to learn and enjoy the best of our music, food, arts, crafts and so much more!
Market Square
Downtown Knoxville

International Food Festival
The International Food Festival provides the public a chance to taste some of the most popular and tastiest foods from different countries around the world. Festival also includes market place shopping, kids corner and entertainment. The event is usually held in October at the World's Fair Park.
World's Fair Park
963 Worlds Fair Park Dr. 
Knoxville, TN 37916

India Fest
The Indian Community hosts India Fest each year with the greater Knoxville Community to share and allow the members to enjoy Indian culture, food, dance, music and art. The event will be held at the World's Fair Park. You can RSVP for this years event at

World's Fair Park
963 Worlds Fair Park Dr. 
Knoxville, TN 37916

Irish Fest
This festival features live Irish music, tours of the historic church, Celtic goods, a silent auction, Irish food and drinks and activities for kids. Event is usually held in August at the Immaculate Conception Church.
Immaculate Conception Church
414 W Vine Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902

Knox Asian Fest
Knox Asian Festival aims to promote diverse cultures and celebrate traditions and talents from the Asian continent. The Festival aims to bring together people from various cultural backgrounds, to promote peace, harmony, unity and healthy life style. Each participating country will showcase its unique music, dance, food, fashion, handicrafts and other products. The event is usually held in August at Market Square.
Market Square
Asian Culture Center of TN, 831-241-1189
Contact: Kumi Alderman, asianfestivalknox@gmail.com

Kuumba Festival
The Kuumba Festival (KUUMBA) was started in 1989 by local Knoxville artists and community activists who were looking to showcase local African American art and artists therefore sharing, educating and exposing rich cultural art forms to the Knoxville community. This event gives African American Appalachian Arts Inc.(AAAA) an avenue to reach out and service the Greater Knoxville community through the offering of cultural arts activities. The event is usually held in June in Downtown Knoxville.
Downtown Knoxville

University of Tennessee International House

The essence of the I-House is its multi-cultural atmosphere. It is here that individuals from all over the globe come together to share experiences and dreams and to learn mutual understanding and respect. It promotes cross-cultural exchange and understanding. Everyone is welcome here because we are all citizens of the world. Events include: Culture Night, International Film Series, Language Tables, International Festival and more.
University of Tennessee
1623 Melrose Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996

World Refugee Day Celebration
Organized by Bridge Refugee Services, this celebration offers an opportunity to learn about Knoxville’s resettled refugees.
3839 Buffat Mill Road
Knoxville, TN 37914