Vestal is the name of the small Knoxville neighborhood surrounding the historic Candoro Marble Building. So, every year, on Mothers Day weekend, everyone comes together to celebrate “VESTIVAL” which takes place on the grounds of the historic 1923 building which is made of marble. VESTIVAL sets itself apart as “not your typical event.” One word describes VESTIVAL and that word is “unique.” Families with children really appreciate the imaginative children’s activities. Foodies love the fresh and local food offerings. The music? Outstanding. Typically, about a dozen bands play throughout the day on 3 stages. From interactive art project booths to quality crafts for sale, it is a celebration enjoyed by all generations.

What: Vestival: South Knoxville’s Art & Heritage Festival
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Candoro Arts & Heritage Center at the historic Candoro Marble Company site at the corner of
681 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920
4450 Candora Ave. Knoxville, TN 37920

It was started in 2001 as a way to celebrate and honor the rich heritage of Vestal and surrounding communities, which was home to the marble industry as well as lumber and textile industries, a fertilizer plant, and home to many farmers, craftsmen, and musicians.

We will be weaving stories, photos, and artifacts into the grounds to help ensure that the public memory of Vestal and South Knoxville lives on. Many people have lended their memories and emotions to this festival project and it will truly be a special day!

This will take place alongside:

-Live music all day on two stages! (See schedule below)
-Puppets, acrobats, and magic!
-A Mothers Day brunch generously sponsored by Three Rivers Market! Served at 11am!
-Many children’s activities!
-Local craft and food vendors!
-Hand skill demonstrations (blacksmithing, woolspinning, pottery, etc)!
-Art exhibits
-An old fashioned cake walk
…..and much more!

K-Town SouthThere are several parking areas for Vestival this which are all stops along the free Vestival shuttle South Knoxville Alliance!

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Every spring, visitors flock to this annual art and heritage festival known to locals as “VESTIVAL.” Proceeds from the event go toward the preservation and programs that take place at the historic marble building. Visit the VESTIVAL Facebook Page.

Vestival 2016 Poster Join us for this extra special year in which we honor and celebrate the 225th Birthday of Knoxville!

Scenes from VESTIVAL 2014 (photos generously provided by John Capps, Jr.)

How much: Suggested $5 per person donation at the gate.
All donations go to Candoro Arts & Heritage Center.

What makes VESTIVAL so special? VESTIVAL features the following forms of entertainment: Mothers Day Brunch, Hula Hoopers, Dancers, Acrobatic Dancers, and Art Exhibits! The event is free, but a $5 donation is greatly appreciated. Participation in this annual fundraising event keeps Candoro Marble Company growing and helps South Knoxville thrive.

Woo Hoo! Let us know if you plan to attend VESTIVALThe beautiful main building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It serves as a main hub for the Vestal Community. VESTIVAL is special time of year when South Knoxville focuses on how it will shape itself — its design, its future. VESTIVAL is all about community empowerment. This event reflects the pride of South Knoxvillians who enjoy gathering at their very own  historic site and participating in something beautiful. View scenes in the photo gallery.


a scene from Vestival, photo by Jay Baird

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