Two acres of special turf designed to withstand a large crowd, the Festival Lawn can accommodate a variety of events. This multi-purpose and carefully manicured lawn is centrally located within the park and is a favorite location for festival promoters. The Festival Lawn is bordered on the west by native plantings and to the east by a tree lined plaza. The Court of Flags Fountain is located on the northern end of the lawn. The Festival Lawn is easily accessed from World’s Fair Park Drive and can be secured for ticketed events. Electricity and water are readily available for use by event planners. Two large restroom facilities are located nearby.
Greater in size than two football fields, the Performance Lawn is a carefully maintained open area providing a natural amphitheater-like setting perfect for concerts, festivals, parties and other special events. The south end of the Lawn features an acre of reinforced turf, which will support portable stages, motor vehicle traffic and concertgoers. The venue is encircled by a fence and has three gates affording controlled access into the site. Electricity and water are readily accessible to meet the needs of event planners. Ample restroom facilities are located nearby.
The Tennessee Amphitheater was constructed during the 1982 World’s Fair and during that time, it was home to both country music and classical music concerts. The Sunsphere and the Tennessee Amphitheater are the only structures that remain from the 1982 World’s Fair.
The site of the Holston Treaty, Volunteer Landing was destined to become a waterfront destination that residents and visitors of Knoxville could enjoy daily. In 1988, a Waterfront Task Force was established to study and develop recommendations for the protection, enhancement, and development of the sever-mile stretch of waterfront space along the Tennessee River. One of the Task Force's main objectives was to establish a waterfront Greenway system to that would include landscaping, historical markers, lighting, maintenance policies, and a clean-up campaign.
From these objectives, Volunteer Landing became a three phase project that included public and private developments. The project broke ground in 1995, consisting primarily of public park improvements. Today, Volunteer Landing is a great place to take a quiet jog or walk along the waterfront or to host a small to medium sized event.