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Hola Festival Knoxville Tennessee

Friday, November 17, 2023

Hola Festival Knoxville Tennessee

By Waldo y Jacqui

The Hola Festival Knoxville is organized by Hola Hora Latina during Hispanic heritage month.

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For a little taste of Latin America right here in the United States, look no further than the Hola Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee!

This annual festival celebrates Latin American culture with music, dance, home-cooked food, and more.

This year's festival is sure to be the best one yet, so mark your calendars for October 8th and 9th.

Here's a preview of what you can expect at this year's Hola Festival.

The fun begins Saturday night
October 8th, 4 pm – 10 pm

October 9th, 11 am – 6 pm

- Event Schedule

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Event Schedule

The Hola Festival will begin on Saturday, October 8th at 4:00 pm.

- Live music performance by Melvin Macias "Sunrise Latin Band"

- Live music performance by Jimmy Bonilla and his Orchestra at 8 pm.

The parade will feature floats, dancers, and local dignitaries. After the parade, the festival will move to World's Fair Park for a day of family-friendly fun.

There will be live music on two stages, Folkloric and Salsa dancers lead by Waldo y Jacqui from SalsaKnox Dance Company, face painting, crafts, and much more.

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The festival will conclude on Sunday by Performance by:

- SalsaKnox Dance Company at 12:40

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- Educational Children's Activities

The Hola Festival is not just for adults - there will plenty of activities for kids too! In addition to face painting and crafts, there will also be inflatables, clowns, and a petting zoo.

The whole family will enjoy the Hola Festival!

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- Parade of Nations

The Parade of Nations is a celebration of the diversity and culture of East Tennessee. Participants march in costumes and traditional dress from around the world, representing their home countries.

The parade is the highlight of the Hola Festival, a multicultural festival that celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture. The festival features music, dance, food, and crafts from Latin America and Spain. It's a fun event for the whole family, and a great way to learn more about another culture.

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- Home Cooked Food and Drink Vendors

Hola hora Latina will have home-cooked food and drink vendors will be on-site all weekend selling traditional Latin American dishes as well as drinks like aguas frescas and tropical cocktails. So come hungry and thirsty!

- Artisan Craft Vendors

Hola hora Latina has artisan craft vendors showing a rich and diverse cultures at the Hola Festival Knoxville, TN including a variety of local artisans who sell their handmade goods. You'll find everything from jewelry to paintings to soaps and lotions.

It's a great opportunity to support local artists and pick up some unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family. So be sure to stop by the artisan section and take a look!

- Parking is available at the following lots

FREE 11th Street Garage – next to the Festival (enter through the non-UTPD entrance) 1 min walk.

FREE World’s Fair Park North Lot – 5 min walk.

FREE Fort Kid Lot- 6 min walk.

FREE Locust Street Garage – 8 min walk.

FREE Blackstock lot (connect to Grand Avenue/WFP North Lot by passing underneath the train tracks on the south side of the lot)- 10 min walk.

Free on Sundays and metered Fort Sanders Street Parking – Be aware that parking in private lots in the Fort Sanders neighborhood will subject you to towing and fees, paid lots are available near the Fort Sanders Hospital Complex – a 5-15 min walk.

FREE Market Square Garage – 13 min walk.

FREE State Street Garage – 13 min walk.

FREE Main Street Garage -11 min walk.

FREE City and County Building Garage – 15 min walk.

FREE Jackson Avenue Parking Lot 17 min walk.

- Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Hola Festival have food tickets? At 3 locations: Big HoLa info tent at the center of the festival, at the drinks tent between the main stage and food vendors serve, or United States Heritage table at the end of the heritage tables section closest to the main stage. 1 food ticket is equal to 1$. Food vendors cannot accept any other form of payment.

The Hola Festival will sell drinks? The HoLa tent at the center of the festival and the drinks tent between the main stage next and the food vendors sell cold, non-alcoholic beverages and wristbands, and tickets for the purchase of beer. Wristbands are $1 and draft beer tickets (Modelo or Miller Lite) are $5 and purchase 1 beer.

The festival will have bathrooms? Portable bathrooms will be located inside the Festival on the greenway on the East side of the lawn. Additionally, public restrooms are available across from the Festival entrance (outside of the Festival) next to the train tracks and on the other side of Clinch Avenue Bridge.

- Conclusion

Don't miss the Hola Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 8th and 9th! This annual event is a celebration of Latin American culture with music, dance, food, and more.

Come out for a weekend of fun for the whole family. We'll see you there!

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