Knoxville’s Old City Presents
for the Love of Dolly!
formerly Dolly Fest
June 2-4, 2023
Ya’ll dress up in your Dolly-best for a weekend of art, music, history, food and fun celebrating Dolly!
Our 3rd annual Dolly-themed festival, formerly Dolly Fest, is expanding to encompass all artists, musicians, and do-gooders that Dolly has inspired throughout her rhinestone-studded career! Rhinestone Fest will take place on June 2, 3, 4, 2023 at various locations in and around the Old City. Rhinestone Fest is a family friendly event and is free to attend.
Events will commence at Rala for the announcement of the winners of the 4th Annual Dolly Art Contest. In conjunction with other First Friday activities individual businesses throughout the Old City will be offering Dolly-themed events and specials. Guests can expect art shows, live music, Dolly movie screenings and more.
Our Main Stage event, taking place on W Jackson Avenue, will feature live music, as well as interactive activities such as a Dolly costume contest, talent show, and other local performers.
A special-edition Rhinestone Market will be held on W Jackson Avenue will highlight local and regional artists and makers displaying their Dolly themed creations.
Restaurants, bars, and retail shops will feature specials throughout the weekend.
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Rhinestone Fest is benefiting Dogwood Arts’ Art Kits for Kids program, and the Historic Old City Association.
The Art Kits for Kids program provides a variety of age-appropriate art supplies like crayons, colored pencils, markers, modeling clay, coloring pages, construction paper, scissors, pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue, pens, notepads, and more to kids in need all across East Tennessee. To date, Dogwood Arts has compiled and distributed 13,800 Art Kits to students of all ages across East Tennessee. Now more than ever, it’s important that we invest in and inspire the next generation of artists.
The Historic Old City Association serves to promote and advance the success of Knoxville’s Old City as a historic, unique, and vibrant neighborhood. The OCA partners with local businesses, residents, organizations, and visitors in a spectrum of ways, including live events, neighborhood advocacy, business promotion, beautification, and supporting our community.
Any Old City business or resident who wants to participate in Rhinestone Fest with a food or drink special, special sale, or event is welcome and encouraged! We will be compiling and sharing a Community Events calendar to help folks learn about your event! Participation is welcome any day/time during Rhinestone Fest.
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This event is not affiliated with Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton Enterprises, The Dollywood Foundation or Dollywood. Dolly Parton will not be at this event.