Local Festivals and Events
Campbell County is quickly becoming East Tennessee's premiere adventure tourism destination. Campbell County’s greatest resource is its natural beauty. Campbell County is home to Cove Lake State Park, Indian Mountain State Park, Cumberland Trail State Park, Norris Dam, and Norris Lake—along with ten marinas. Nearby, enjoy the historic Cumberland Gap and hike to the pinnacle where you can stand in three states at the same time! We are a short drive down the interstate to Knoxville, and less than two hours to the Smokey Mountains and Dollywood.
Campbell County also proudly hosts award-winning festivals and offers local cultural events that we hope you enjoy during your stay.
Big Creek Fall ATV Festival: October 12, 2019
The Big Creek Fall ATV Festival is an event that began a few years ago, in October of 2014. Named after Big Creek that runs through the middle of downtown LaFollette, this festival allows for a fun day of ATV (all-terrain vehicle) riding, music, food, arts, crafts, and an amazing firework show. The month of October is the perfect time to enjoy the changing of the seasons by taking an organized ride on the TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) Trails through the Appalachian Mountains. There you can see the changing color of the leaves, the natural waterfalls, the grazing Elk, and the beautiful skyline view of the Appalachian Mountains.The City of LaFollette offers 3 different organized rides to choose from: the Easy ride, the Medium ride, and the Challenging ride. The Challenging ride lasting from 4-5 hours. All rides cover an amazing amount of mountain terrain. When your done exploring the Appalachians and are feeling a little hungry, you can ride your ATV into town and eat at one of our downtown restaurants or at one of our many great food vendors. The enticing smell of bbq, hot dogs, popcorn and funnel cakes will guide you back through downtown to the festival. The City of LaFollette had over 60+ vendors that joined us for the festival last year. These vendors bring all kinds of arts and crafts, a variety of different foods, activities for the kids, and much more! Be sure to register to win some of our FREE amazing door prizes!!!!At the end of the day, the City of LaFollette, along with festival sponsors will present an outstanding music concert that everyone will enjoy, and when the sun starts to set, the City of LaFollette and Pyro Shows puts on a fantastic fireworks show that showers the night sky with a colorful display of sparkling glitter. The Big Creek Fall ATV Festival is accessible from Walden Woods by ATV.
Louie Bluie Festival: September 2019
Typically held in September, the Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival is a project of the Campbell Culture Coalition. It’s named in honor of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armostrong (1909-2003), the internationally acclaimed string band musician who grew up in LaFollette in the 1920s and became of the nation’s finest string band musicians, as well as artist, storyteller, and writer. The festival is held at Cove Lake State Park and includes live music, a kids fun zone, an artisan village, an art show, quilt show, and food court. Admission is free.
Postmark LaFollette: Year-round events
Postmark LaFollette’s mission is to enhance, support, preserve, and showcase local artistic and cultural expression. Yearround events include the Postmark Jamboree which showcases bluegrass artists and is typically held on the third Saturday of the month and broadcasted on local radio station WLAF. Other events include the Home and Garden Show, and theatrical productions that celebrate Appalachian culture. Most events are held at the old LaFollette Post Office at 119 S Tennessee Avenue. Postmark LaFollette events are accessible from Walden Woods by ATV. For more information and to see upcoming events, visit: https://www.facebook.com/PostmarkLaFollette/
Hwy 25W Yard Sale: June 6-8, 2019
On the first weekend of June of each year, Hwy 25W turns into a 325-mile yard sale! Stretching from Clinton, Tennessee, to Richwood, Kentucky, our cabin is located in the center.
Allan Miller’s Ghost Walk LaFollette: October 2019
The Ghost Walk is a leisurely stroll back in time to LaFollette Tennessee's creepy past. Hear stories of murder, mayhem, and Ghosts that walk the streets late at night! The walk is a 2-hour walking tour that starts at Seargent Park across from the LaFollette Police Department and ends just past the historic LaFollette House. There are about 16 stories at select stops along the way. Cost is only $10 per person. The regular tours are during the month of October every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm and 10:15pm. However, Allan offers private tours year-round for groups of six or more. The tour is accessible from Walden Woods via ATV.
Brandon Card High College & High School Bass Open: December 2, 2019.
Nationally-renowned angler Brandon Card sponsors annual tournaments for college and high school anglers. In its first year, the 2018 tournament award over $15,000 in cash and prizes. Over 100 boats are expected to enter.