East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival

We just completed our largest event of the year, the 2019 East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival. This family-friendly variety show is held annually in February during the Chinese New Year and brings together many local Chinese organizations for an afternoon of singing, dance, martial arts, and other performances to celebrate the coming of Spring! Our Special Guests for 2019 were Gordon Tsai, an extraordinary violinist and Associate Concertmaster of the Knoxville Syphony Orchestra, and pianist Sophie Wang from the Univ. of North Carolina Greensboro.

Please visit us on Facebook to see some fantastic pictures of the show!

Time, Date, and Place of our upcoming 2020 Show

Please check back here to get a date for our 2020 show!


Our venue is the beautiful Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building on the UTK Campus. All seats are reserved. Please check back here in Fall 2019 to get info on purchasing tickets for the 2020 Festival!


Please check back on this page in late Fall 2019 for details on our special guest performers for 2020!
Many images from past performances can be found on our Facebook page -- please like and follow us there!

Please click here for highlights of our past shows.

For memories of our 2018 show, please click here.

For memories of our 2017 show, please click here.

For memories of our 2016 show, please click here.

For memories of our 2015 show, please click here.

For memories of our 2014 show, please click here.

For memories of the 2013 show, please click here.

For memories of the 2012 show, please click here.

For memories of the 2011 show, please click here.


The East Tennessee Chinese New Years Festival is Produced by Michael Smith of the East Tennessee Wushu Team / East Tennessee Tai Chi Team. In 2019, he was assisted by Xiaqing Chang, Mei Ling Davis, Xiaohui Li, Yayun Liu, Heqian Kuang, Daisy Shen, Dan Wang. Special Thanks to Eric Zhang, Jin Zhang, Nan Zhang, Larry Zhang, and Alia Smith for staging and setup!


We rely heavily on sponsors to keep our ticket prices low. We would like to sincerely thank the sponsors of our 2019 Festival:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, UTK Center of International Education, MyNextSuite, Ventry LLC, Confidence Learning Services, Jin Harmon, Knoxville Asian Festival, Healing Hands Spa, MassageWorks, Mr. Ed’s Adventure Swim School, No. 1 Chinese Restaurant Sevierville, Pacman Shipping LLC, Rose Swanger. and Volunteers for China.

Would you like to advertise in the printed commemorative brochure of the 2020 Festival to help out our show -- and your business? Your ad will go out to all attendees of the Festival, and also be distributed at cultural events throughout the year. We provide up to 4500 impressions of your message and brand to the audience. You will also be listed and linked on our website !

Please click here for more details on sponsoring our show, and please click here to get a list of our sponsorship levels

Please send any suggestions for the show to Coordinator@KnoxvilleChineseCulture.org.