Here is a list of Middle East Tennessee Festivals and Events for November 2021 that I have all the details for so far. With uncertainty about travel and closings, many things are being planned or at least posted about at the last minute so I’ll have more to add as the month goes on. You might want to also check the lists for Southeast Tennessee and Northeast Tennessee.
Covid-19 numbers have thankfully declined but everyone should still be careful to keep them low. For your own and everyone else’s protection please wear your masks in crowded areas and follow any safety rules these events have in place. We advise checking websites or Facebook pages or calling ahead to make sure any of these you plan on attending haven’t been canceled or decided to change times and dates.
The Event List (in calendar order)
November 5th through 7th
Jurassic Quest will be at the Knoxville Convention Center from November 5th through 7th. Walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic Periods and see over 100 true to life-size animatronic dinosaurs from the very small to the gigantic. This event also features baby dinosaur shows, bounce houses, dinosaur rides, crafts, and more. Tickets start at $19 (slightly higher at peak time) and can be upgraded to include unlimited rides or dinosaur fun packs. Advance purchase is recommended and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
November 11th through 14th
There will be a Veterans’ Day Parade on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville on November 11th. The parade is scheduled to start at 10:45 and will last about an hour and a half.
You can enjoy a Neighborhood Holiday Stroll at the Old Mill section of Pigeon Forge on November 12th and 13th. Visit with Santa, sip cider, enjoy live music, participate in a scavenger hunt, and shop with the crafters in the Old Mill Village.
There will be a Christmas Marketplace at the Historic Ramsey House in Knoxville on November 13th. Craftsmen from near and far will gather and have quilts, paintings, and numerous other handcrafted items for sale. This event also features food vendors and entertainment. Admission is free.
The Knoxville Civil War Roundtable will be hosting a Living History event at Fort Dickerson on November 13th and 14th. Local reenacting units and historians will commemorate the Siege of Knoxville that took place in 1863. Besides the reenactments, there will be many demonstrators available to explain aspects of life from the time including medicine and fashion. There will also be American flag retirement ceremonies. Admission is free.
November 24th through 28th
On the evening of November 27th, Sweetwater will host its Small Town Christmas Event. There will be vendors, inflatables for the kids, hayrides, a reading of The Polar Express, a kids gift shop, live performances, pictures with Santa, and more.
November 29th through December 4th
The Great Smoky Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival will take place November 29th through December 4th at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This year the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community has combined their Thanksgiving and Christmas events into one show. You’ll be able to find unique handcrafted gifts made by members of the community like gorgeous quilts, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, pottery, dulcimers, and more. Admission is free.
November seems like a busy month for everyone but hopefully, you’ll have time to visit one of the Middle East Tennessee Festivals and Events for November 2021 (or maybe an event in a different part of the state). I know between these three posts there are definitely I few I’d like to attend.
There will be a separate post with information about Christmas parades taking place in all of East Tennessee coming near the middle of the month.
I will try to add to this post and update information (especially about cancelations) at least once a week.
If you are the organizer or publicity manager of an upcoming event contact me at LucindaBrown@TravelEastTennessee.com to have your event added to this or any future monthly posts.
Are you planning on attending any of these Middle East Tennessee festivals and events for November 2021? Did I miss an event you would recommend others attend? Let us know in the comments.