11th Annual Knox Asian Festival

Sep 7, 2024, 6 PM – 9 PM (Sponsors & Friend of Festival Member)

Sep 8, 2024, 10:30 AM – 6 PM (Public)

 Knoxville Asian Festival @ World’s Fair Park

Prepare to experience authentic foods, exciting performances, and traditional activities that represent the Asian cultures of

 Japan, Indonesia, China, The Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Nepal & Myanmar.

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Buy Tickets

In order to continue growing and sustaining the Annual Knoxville Asian Festival, we will be implementing a small ticket charge of $3 for any attendants older than 12. Please see the below FAQs and QR codes for information.

Why is There a Ticket Price for 2024?

Dear Community,

The Asian Culture Center of Tennessee extends our deepest thanks for your unwavering support over the past ten years. Our growth and successes have been extraordinary, largely because of the community participation in our events and your commitment to promoting Asian culture and cross-cultural education.

Today, we are announcing a change for the upcoming 11th Knox Asian Festival. We will be charging an entry fee to help cover the cost of the event. The ticket price will be $3 for adults and children over 12. Children 12 and under can attend for free. Tickets will be available for purchase online through Eventbrite. Given the limited ticket availability, we encourage you to reserve your spots as soon as possible. We will share further information as the event date approaches.

Introducing a modest entry fee will help us develop a more sustainable financial base, ensuring that the ACCT and Knox Asian Festival can continue for years to come. We remain a non-profit organization, dedicated to education and outreach. The proceeds from Knox Asian festival will be used to create the Asian cultural outreach programs to educate k-12 students and community to make the young generation to grow up as global citizens. 

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the 11th Knox Asian Festival.

What Are the Ticket Prices?


Adults & Children Over 12: $3

Children 12 & Under: FREE



Adults & Children Over 12: $25*

Children 12 & Under: FREE

*Includes Official T-Shirt

Where Can I Buy Tickets?

Please scan the following QR codes for your date or visit the following links to purchase tickets.

Click Here for Saturday Tickets (VIP & Friend of Festival Members)

Click Here for Sunday Tickets (11th Annual Knox Asian Festival)

Do I Need to Print My Tickets?

The tickets can be shown on your phone on festival day, or you can print them! A festival worker will scan your ticket QR code.

Click here to learn How To Access Tickets on the Eventbrite App and Eventbrite.com

1-Day Tickets for September 8th (Sunday)

Includes General Admittance to the Festival

qr code for september 8th ticket

2-Day Tickets for September 7th & 8th

Includes VIP Show on 7th + Official T-Shirt

qr code for september 7th ticket
What’s Happening in 2024:

The Asian Cultural Parade will start at 10:30 AM at the Water Fountain on the Festival Lawn and end at the Amphitheater stage. During the festival, booths for each country will have Food Vendors, Activities, & Performances. We will also have ongoing performances in the Amphitheater and 2 other stages.

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2024 Poster Contest

We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s poster contest!

First Place: Margarita Lu-McClure for their captivating design that embodied the festival’s theme.

Second Place: Thitinun Thuekhun for a unique interpretation of Asian culture and tradition.

Third Place: Savannah Jackson for an imaginative and visually striking poster design.

official poster for the 11th annual knox asian festival
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Be a part of the 11th Annual Knox Asian Festival!

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Coming in 2024

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Meet 4 Real Ninjas from Japan

ASHURA is a ninja corps that has clocked up more than 1,200 live-action performances at the Ninja Museum of Iga-ryu. Featuring shuriken, sword-fighting, and kusarigama (sickle-and-chain), the tremendous excitement of their stage shows will have you on the edge of your seat! Iga-ryu is one of the most famous schools of secret Ninja arts. Unlike Koka-ryu Ninja, its practitioners do not serve one specific master but prefer to take a similar role to that of mercenaries, operating under contract. Come to see the Real Ninjas technique. You can take photos with the ninjas after the show!

Green Tea Ceremony House
Built by UT Students

We are honored to announce that this year’s Japanese Tea Ceremony will take place in a mobile structure built by Interior Architecture students at UT Knoxville! Thank you to David Matthews & Milagros Zingoni Phielipp for the collaboration that brought this project to life, made possible by a grant from the Angelo Donghia Foundation.

japanese green tea house for 2024 festival
Asian World & Passport Program

The Asian Festival also includes a strong educational component: experience “Asian World,” as you and fellow visitors travel through various booths named after Asian cultural interactive activities and feature traditional foods and art. Children and adults will receive a stamp on their festival passports for each cultural booth visited. Everyone is encouraged to visit all cultural booths to learn about the diversity of cultural traditions!

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Passport Program


One of the most important components of the Knoxville Asian Festival is EDUCATION! Across both lawns, you’ll find booths representing different countries featuring traditional foods, activities, performances, & more. By joining in on the Passport Program, you can receive a stamp at each booth, and may even win a free t-shirt! (See Details) This project was supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

What will you discover at the festival this year?


  • Angklung Music (Indonesia)
  • Martial Art Demonstrations
  • Traditional Dancers
  • Thailand Dancers from Washington DC
  • K-Pop & J-Pop Performances
  • Kimono Show
  • Bonsai Exhibition
  • Taiko Drum from Disney World
  • And More!
Matsuriza Performance
Japanese Traditional Taiko Drums
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Our History

The Asian Culture Center of TN (ACCTN) was founded in 2014 to promote culture, diversity, and unity in our community. There is so much that a community benefits from when a cultural event organized. People not only develop an open mind about other people and their cultures, but the host community also becomes a center of interest for individuals and organizations looking to boost the economic capacity of that particular community. Therefore, as a highly focused organization interested in developing cultural diversity and understanding in our Tennessee community, we have strongly focused on popularizing the Asian culture, which has grown popular in the area.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a welcoming community by sharing our Asian Arts and Cultures. The Festival strives to bring together people from various cultural backgrounds, to promote peace, harmony, unity and a healthy lifestyle. We are promoting a diverse and harmonious society that prepares today’s children to take the stage as true global citizens.

This project was supported in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Kind Words:
It was wonderful and so well organized!!!! Thank you to everyone who was involved in this great event!!!!

– Ana Rivera

Absolutely wonderful event! Tahnk you for working so hard to put it together. Loved the food, performances, vendors…all of it was fantastic! Thank you!!

– Karol Harper

Absolutely awesome, amazing and super fun event! one of the best we have ever had the privilege of attending. All the participants brought their absolute best and it really showed. Our family learned so much and gained a greater appreciation towards the diversity, uniqueness and beauty of each country represented. We look forward to next years event!

– Grace Holt

I love this festival every year and ALL the cultures represented; it had a particularly important meaning to me this year though. My grandmother, who was born and raised in Japan, pased away of Covid. While I know my Dad will pass on some of the culture to them, sadly my young children will never get the full cultural experience she would have shared. But for a brief few hours, on a sunny day in Knoxville, I felt like they were embraced by the people and culture she so dearly loved. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

– Dani Helene

I was very glad to participate and watch so many performances from all over Asia!

– Ramya Sundaresan Kapadia

It was a great festival this year! It’s so great to have it back. Thank you for taking such good care of the volunteers – it was a pleasure helping out. Looking forward to next year.

– Matt Harper

It was really a great experience. I never thought this program could be that big … we had a great time taking part in the event.

– Anik Muhury

It was amazing. Diversity makes us all stronger. Thank you for sharing your culture with your neighbors here in our city. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

– Brandon Childress

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Prohibited Items & Rules
  • No motorized vehicles or scooters (unless necessary for persons with disabilities)
  • No picnic supplies or coolers
  • No outside food/beverage or alcohol
  • No skateboards, bicycles, skates, skate shoes
  • No tents, canopies
  • No firearms, laser pointing devices or weapons of any kind
  • No remote-controlled vehicles or aircrafts, including drones
  • No stickers
  • No soliciting
  • No unauthorized vendors will be allowed
  • No Pets are allowed

All attendees and their bags/belongings are subject to search and prohibited items will be removed at the discretion of security staff. At the gate, We might ask BAG CHECK.
We suggest you do not bring a big bag or backpack.

Knox Asian Festival is an outdoor venue and we use a weather data team to monitor weather conditions hourly on event days. Weather & event updates will also be posted on Facebook and pages and MC will make the announcement on stage in the case of extreme weather. All events are rain or shine. We offer no refunds or exchanges in the event of rain. Raincoats and ponchos are allowed. In the event of severe weather conditions (thunder/lightning, etc.)during events announcements will be made from the stage concerning the status of the event due to weather conditions. Information will be posted on Facebook. We ask all patrons to remain calm and listen to these announcements.

Guests visiting the Knox Asian Festival agree to assume all responsibility for their health and well-being and not hold Knox Asian Festival and its agents, employees, representatives, partners, sponsors, executors, and all others acting on its behalf responsible in any way with respect to COVID-19. If you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not enter Knox Asian Festival. Common symptoms of the COVID-19 virus may include the following: High Fever, Headaches, Loss of Energy/Fatigue, Cough, Sore Throat, Runny Nose or Stuffy Nose, Body Aches, Diarrhea and/or Vomiting. Those visitors that exhibit any of these symptoms will not be allowed access into Knox Asian Festival.



When you enter Asian Culture Center of TN event or program, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.

By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Asian Culture Center of TN and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote similar Asian Culture Center of TN events in the future, highlight the event and exhibit the capabilities of Asian Culture Centre of TN. You release Asian Culture Center of TN, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by Asian Culture Center of TN or the person or entity designated to do so by Asian Culture Center of TN.

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