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Students dancing at 2015 Knoxville Arab Fest. Photo by Caroline Knight.

The Knoxville Arab Fest, celebrating food, music, dance, crafts, and the vibrant Arab American community in East Tennessee, will be held October 26 and 27 on Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway.

The festival is open noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and all events are free and open to the public.

The fifth annual festival will include a traditional fashion show, a falafel eating contest, youth dance performances, cooking demonstrations, musical performances, as well as vendors selling food and crafts. There will also be activities designed for children.

Arab Fest is hosted by the UT Initiative for Middle East Studies and the Arab American Club of Knoxville. For more information about sponsors, vendors, and the event schedule, visit the event’s Facebook page or the UT Department of Religious Studies website.


Erin Darby (, 865-974-2466)

Jorden Albright (