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CHANGES TO EVENT APPLICATION PROCESS
Please take note that there are changes to the application process for special events in the City of Knoxville

Due to increasing demand for space, resources, and manpower – new deadlines and fees are now applicable for all future event requests.

The changes come as more people and businesses move downtown, while event applications have picked back up to pre-COVID levels. Simply put, managing downtown venues and street closures has become logistically more complicated and labor intensive and requires more public resources than ever before.

Please keep in mind, using the green space at World's Fair Park and other City parks will often be a more affordable option than an event request with road closures. The City has nearly 100 parks and we are open to exploring alternative locations.

Thank you for your understanding as we work hard to meet the requests of so many organizations.

Special Events Forms & Guides




Special Events are a very important part of any community’s quality of life, they enhance our local community, provide an economic benefit to businesses, promote cultural diversity and provide affordable entertainment. The City of Knoxville’s Office of Special Events is committed to working with event organizers and city departments to produce successful and safe events with minimal impact on the environment, surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. 

This office is responsible for all special events that happen on city property within the City of Knoxville.  


COORDINATING EVENTS

Special Events Coordinating meetings take place quarterly, in January, April, July, and October, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. at the Knoxville Coliseum Ball Room.

For more information, call the Office of Special Events at 865-215-4248.

Please fill out the appropriate forms and return to our office 60 days in advance to your event.


EVENTS DURING COVID-19

Events taking place on property owned or leased by the City of Knoxville must follow COVID-19 Safety guidelines. These guidelines are based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. Each event organizer must coordinate their plan with the respective venue staff and/or Special Events Office. DUE TO THE CONTINUOUS CHANGES WITH COVID-19 GUIDANCE, THE CITY OF KNOXVILLE MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SAFETY REGULATIONS AND MAY CANCEL YOUR EVENT AT ANY TIME FOR SAFETY REASONS.

See Updated Event Guidelines for Covid-19


EVENT CALENDAR

To have your event added to the city's event calendar, please submit the event to the Special Events Office by calling 865-215-4248 or send an email to [email protected].

View the Event Calendar
View Visit Knoxville's Event Calendar


STAFF

Kyndra Brewer
Director of Special Events
865-215-2955
[email protected]

Elaine Frank
Deputy Director of Special Events
865-215-2024
[email protected]

Rachel White
Special Event Coordinator
865-215-4248
[email protected]