Chinese Festivals

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East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival

This large celebration, held yearly in late January - early 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 upcoming Festival will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 6:30pm in Cox Auditorium on the University of Tennessee Knoxville Campus. Our Special Guest this year will be musician Yao Lu from Atlanta (pictured above), who will play the guzheng for us, a traditional Chinese musical instrument. We also will have a Lion Dance, dancing, singing, martial arts, poetry, and more.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS for the 2023 East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival on Saturday, January 28, 2023.

For more details, please click here to see our page on this event.

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Knoxville Asian Festival

The 10th annual Knoxville Asian Festival will be held on August 25, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and August 26, 2023 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm in WORLDS FAIR PARK in downtown Knoxville. This exciting outdoor event is organized by Kumi Alderman and involves exhibits of culture, performances, and more from China, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, and many other asian countries. There will be more than 40 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.