Event Calendar

Events Along the East Tennessee Crossing Byway

Traveling along the East Tennessee Crossing Byway offers scenic beauty and a rich tapestry of cultural and community events. Each of these festivals and celebrations provides a glimpse into the vibrant life of East Tennessee, making it a destination worth exploring year-round. Following are just a few of the annual events occurring throughout the year. Be sure to visit local community calendars for more events including the area’s farmer’s markets, county fairs and holiday celebrations.


Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta

For adventure seekers, the Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta offers an exhilarating 12-mile race. Participants paddle through the serene waters of the Powell River, surrounded by picturesque views, making it a must-visit for kayaking enthusiasts.

 Sky Mart Arts, Crafts & Makers Festival

The Sky Mart Arts, Crafts & Makers Festival is an annual event dedicated to artists and crafters. Enjoy food trucks, entertainment, and a variety of handmade goods from local artisans.


Morristown Strawberry Festival

Celebrate all things strawberry at the Morristown Strawberry Festival. This family-friendly event includes craft vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities, entertainment, and of course, plenty of strawberries.


Tennessee State Disc Golf Championships

Disc golf enthusiasts will love the Tennessee State Disc Golf Championships, which attracts over 350 professional and amateur disc golfers for a competitive and thrilling tournament.

Popcorn Sutton Jam

Celebrate the life and legacy of Popcorn Sutton!  Great music, food, cars, and crafts will be there!  Don’t forget to bring a chair and be prepared to have fun!


Grainger County Tomato Festival

The Grainger County Tomato Festival celebrates local agricultural commerce with a focus on tomatoes. This event showcases local artists, talent, and craftsmen, promoting the unique culture of Grainger County.


Davy Crockett’s Birthday Celebration

Join the celebration of Davy Crockett’s birthday with blacksmithing demonstrations, storytelling, reenactors, music, and museum tours, honoring the legendary frontiersman’s legacy.

Cocke County A&I Fair

A 75-year tradition, this county fair is certain to have something for everyone. The family-friendly summer event in June is not to be missed!


Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival

Honor the area’s earliest settlers at the Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival. Enjoy pipe bands, Celtic entertainers, highland games, dance competitions, and traditional Scottish and Irish food.

HOLA Lakeway International Food Festival

This festival has grown into a remarkable platform that brings together individuals and families from diverse backgrounds to embrace and appreciate different cultures. The festival has become a staple in the Morristown community, attracting over 7,000 attendees from the Lakeway region and beyond.

Pine Festival

Celebrate life in White Pine, Tennessee at the Pine Festival. This annual event features food and craft vendors, live entertainment, a history museum, Native American artifacts, guest speakers, and a cornhole tournament.


Cumberland Gap Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days

Step back in time at the Cumberland Gap Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days. This event combines historical lectures with period reenactments and storytelling, providing a rich educational experience about the area’s heritage.

Mountain Makins Festival

Experience traditional Appalachian crafts and skills at the Mountain Makins Festival. This event includes craft and artisan sales, children’s activities, entertainment, and delicious food.

Newport Harvest Street Festival

The Newport Harvest Street Festival features craft and food vendors, inflatables, demonstrations, and a beauty pageant, celebrating the autumn season in style.

Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival

The Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival is a spectacular two-day event featuring hot air balloons, food, drinks, and a kids’ fair, offering a magical experience for attendees.


New Tazewell Merchants’ Parade

The New Tazewell Merchants’ Parade is a festive lighted tractor parade featuring vendors, food trucks, live music, kids’ activities, and a motorcycle show, creating a fun-filled evening for all ages.