Knox Asian Fest celebrates beauty, diversity

Missy ZaloudekFeature, Inside 640

Knox Asian Fest hit downtown Knoxville Aug. 26. It was a gorgeous afternoon for the event which began on Market Square, but the fun and festivities spread far through the surrounding streets. It was obvious from the moment you stepped into downtown Knoxville, the bright colors and peaceful sounds of Asia had arrived.

This is the fifth year the festival has come to Knoxville. The free event is always a big hit with Volunteer fans. The event is a joint effort by volunteers and leaders within the Asian-American community. The goal each year is to promote Asian culture and bring people together from various cultures to promote peace, harmony, unity and a healthy lifestyle. The event lasted most of the day, and including both stages had over 50 live performances.

The main stage on Market Square was filled with performances, including the Japanese Drum Group, Korean Culture Center, and NCCC Chinese Dance. Plenty of vendors stood ready to satisfy your taste buds with authentic foods from Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea and more. There were also plenty of activities to do with the kids as well, including a Kids Asian World and a Country Street where you could learn about different Asian countries.

With so many sights to see and things to do, we can’t wait until next year.

Guests experience many cultures at Knox Asian Fest

The members of Sandsation Dance and Yoga cheer with the crowd as they complete their performance

NCCC Chinese Dance entertains the crowd on the main stage at Knox Asian Fest.

Children play in the Market Square fountain during Knox Asian Fest.

Carl Maguire and friends play traditional Asian music for the crowd at Knox Asian Fest.

Members of the Korean Culture Center perform in front of the main stage at Knox Asian Fest.

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