#KDUB Guide to Festivals – October

Festival season in Knoxville is in full swing! And here are just a few of the incredible fairs, festivals, and events going on in East Tennessee to help you plan your perfect weekend!

You're ultimate planning guide to Knoxville in October! *cue "Monster Mash"*

Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade

Dress up your dog for the annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade. With a judged costume competition, food trucks and a pet food drive, what’s not to love?

Where: UT Gardens
When: October 22nd
Time: 1PM – 5PM
How Much: Free to attend, fee for parade participants

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BOO! at the Zoo

12 nights of safe, family-friendly Halloween fun! Each night there’s trick-or-treating and live entertainment.
Where: Knoxville Zoo
When: October 12th – 29th
Time: 5:30PM – 8PM
How Much: $9 per person, children 4 & under free

$2 off for Knoxville Zoo members

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International Food Festival

Try tasty food and drinks from around the world right here in Knoxville. The festival will have authentic merchandise, crafts for the kids and live entertainment.
Where: World’s Fair Park
When:October 28
Time: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
How Much: No entrance fee, food & drink tickets sold for $1 each. Kids armbands for play area are $5

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Tennessee Pirate Fest

Calling all Scallywags and Capn’s! Tennessee Pirate Fest is back for its second annual year! Enjoy grog (beer), tasty food and live entertainment…just don’t walk the plank!
Where: Harriman, TN
When: October 7th – 8th
Time: 11AM – 6PM
How Much: $16 for 13+, $8 5-12 year-olds, age 4 & under free

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Knoxville Zombie Walk

Walk with the dead Halloween weekend. Dress up in your goriest, scariest zombie attire for the annual walk. After party at Scruffy City Hall!
Where: Market Square
When: October 28th
Time:  3:00PM – 5:30PM
How Much: FREE to attend, the event will be collecting items for The Love Kitchen

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7th Annual All-Star Show! A Night of Imitation!

Get ready for a good laugh! Knoxville locals dress up as some of comedy’s finest for a night of imitations.

Where: Scruffy City Hall
When: October 25th
Time:  8:00PM – 10:00PM
How Much: No cover, 18+

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Onsight's 2nd Annual Halloween Bash

Show up in your Halloween costume for $5 off rock climbing! There will be food trucks, costume contests and climbing for treats!

Where: OnSight Rock Gym
When: October 28th
Time:  6:00PM – 9:00PM
How Much: free for members, $5 day pass for non-members in costume

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Paranormal Adventure Tour

Knoxville’s history comes to life with ghosts and ghouls! Take a tour of the Marble City with a famed ghost hunter and after stop in at Pres Pub and Scruffy City Hall!

Where: Market Square
When: October 27th
Time:  8:00PM – 10:30PM
How Much: prices vary


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Looking for more "festive" goings on in and around Eats Tennessee? Head to our events calendar for everything you need!