Downtown Roads Closed Saturday for Rossini Festival

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Kristin Farley
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400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Roads Downtown Closed Saturday for Rossini Festival

Posted: 04/20/2023
Rossini Festival logoPortions of Gay Street and additional downtown streets will be temporarily closed to on-street parking and vehicular traffic this weekend for Rossini Festival, Knoxville Opera's annual International Street Fair, being held Saturday, April 22, 2023, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 

Rossini Festival will take place on Market Square, Market Street, Church, Clinch and Union avenues and part of Gay Street. (Note: On-street parking on the 400 block of Gay Street will be closed 7-9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. - noon Sunday in order for City crews to refresh parking markings between Summit Hill and E. Hill Avenue.)

Roads will close for festival set up starting at 12:01 a.m. April 22, and reopen no later than 4 a.m. Sunday, April 23. The following sections of roads will be closed to traffic and on-street parking during this timeframe: 

Gay Street between Summit Hill and Cumberland Avenue
Clinch Avenue between Walnut and State streets
Church Avenue between Walnut and State streets
Union Avenue between Walnut and Gay streets
Market Street between Cumberland and Union avenues

Downtown hotel guests driving to their accommodations will be able to access those entrances using Gay Street between Clinch and Summit Hill or Clinch Avenue between Gay and State streets. 

For additional information about Rossini Festival, visit To learn about the City’s Office of Special Events, visit