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!

Vendor FormInterested in being vendor at VESTIVAL? Click here to fill out the online form or download a PDF of the form

Interested in performing at VESTIVAL?

Performer FormInterested in being performer at VESTIVAL? Click here to fill out the online form or download a PDF of the form

Join us for an extra special year where we honor and celebrate the 225th Anniversary of Knoxville, Tennessee!

Vestival takes place on the grounds of the Historic Candoro Marble Building, a beautiful building that began as the office and showroom for Candoro Marble Co., and now serves as home for Candoro Arts and Heritage Center, a non-profit that serves as a gathering place. Everyone comes together to celebrate with art and history. Candoro celebrates Knoxville’s legacy in the marble industry.

Any amount of support you can lend to the production of this event is appreciated! Any proceeds generated from this free community event support the programming efforts of Candoro Arts & Heritage Center.

Sponsorship and donation opportunities are tax deductible and include public acknowledgement at various levels. Help make the 16th year of Vestival its best ever.

Many volunteers are needed to bring this popular event to the community for the 16th year. Please fill out the volunteer interest form, and the Vestival Volunteer Coordinator will connect with you.

Here is the list of performers that have been booked so far:
-Shelby Bottom Duo
-Jordan Hull
-Turnaround Norman
-Dragonfly Aerial Arts
-Cattywampus Puppet Council
-The Good Guy Collective feat. Black Atticus
-Bill & the Belles
-Paul Lee Kupfer
-Zoë Nutt
-Jack Herranen & the Little Red Band
-Jubal, Pickers & Grinners
-Dancing Spider Yoga
-Sandsation Dancers
-KAB Fencing Demos
-Storyteller Julia Walker
…plus more special guests and surprises!

For questions, please call or message 865-307-0800

For years since the closing of the marble business, artists and musicians have been drawn to the Candoro Marble Building because of its inspirational architecture and beautiful grounds.

Make plans to attend the Friday, May 6th@7pm Vestival 2016 Opening Night kickoff event with an art exhibit! Featured artist to be announced.

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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