Show it off this summer as we kickoff Summer Library Club and meet world-class authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians at the Children's Festival of Reading.
- May 16, 2015; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville
- Sign up for a summer of reading
- Admission and parking are free
BOOM! Enjoy arts and crafts, storytelling, games, music, food, and dozens of interactive enrichment activities from community groups.
POW! Chase a working robot or participate in an experiment at the Science Village, join the Book Parade, and watch local child performers show off their budding talent in the Amphitheater.
KABLAM! Watch performances by world-class children's book authors and illustrators, then meet and ask them questions at the Authors' Tent, and even get an autograph!
See more pictures of the Children's Festival of Reading
A few books by our featured artists
Where do I park for the Festival?
Thanks to the University of Tennessee, free and convenient parking will be available at the 11th Street Parking Garage. Free parking is also avaialble at the Blackstock lot on Grand Avenue, Locust Street Garage, the Market Street Garage, and on the street. This map of the parking options will help you plan. Limited handicap parking is available on World's Fair Park, but you must register for one of the spots.
What if it rains?
We'll still be having a great time, so throw on some galoshes and come on down! The activities and booths are under tents, and there will be someplace to play no matter what.
What about food and bathrooms?
There will be food vendors offering up a whole host of tasty drink, snack, and lunch options, even vegetarian choices. There are nearby bathrooms for use. We also have a family services tent onsite for breast feeding.
How old should my child be to attend?
The Festival is fun for kids of all ages. We have activities geared towards infants and toddlers up to teens and adults. Bring the whole family.
How can I plan ahead to have a safe and fun day?
Be alert and stay with your children. Plan ahead with these lost prevention tips before attending the festival. Staff and vounteers are there to help make it a safe and fun day for everyone, but a little planning goes along way.