Chinese Festivals

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East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival

This large celebration, held yearly in February during the Chinese New Year, brings together many local Chinese Organizations for an evening of singing, dance, martial arts, and other performances to celebrate the Lunar Festival.

Our 2019 Year of the Boar show was held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm in the Alumni Memorial Building on the University of Tennessee Campus. It was a great way to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Boar and the coming of Spring. For more details, please see our page on this event to get more details.

Moon Festival

The Center for International Education at the University of Tennessee hosts an annual celebration of the harvest moon in early September. They serve delicious Chinese food and have entertainment including a history of the Moon Festival, singing, dancing, martial arts, and other Chinese acts. Their most recent festival was held in Sept. 2018. Please visit their website to find out about the next Moon Festival in September 2019.

Knoxville Asian Festival

The Sixth annual Knoxville Asian Festival will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm in WORLDS FAIR PARK (new location) downtown Knoxville. This exciting outdoor event is organized by Kumi Alderman and involves exhibits of culture, food, performances, and more from China, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, and other countries. Admission to the festival is free, and there will be many food vendors for you to enjoy authentic asian cuisine throughout the day. Please visit their website for the latest information on this exciting outdoor festival.

UTK International Festival

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK) has one or more international festivals throughout the year, featuring food, singing, dance, and other performances to celebrate the diverse groups on campus. For more information about the next festival, please check the UTK International House website.

Oak Ridge Children's Museum International Festival

The Children's Museum of Oak Ridge has an annual International Festival in February. In recent years, the festival has featured performances of Chinese Dance from ETCS and FCC, Wushu from the East Tennessee Wushu Team, and Tai Chi from the East Tennessee Tai Chi Team. There are also booths with Chinese food and gifts for sale and cultural items for display. See more information at this page.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and many local businesses have displays, performances, and seminars celebrating Chinese culture.