Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair!

2022 marks four decades since Knoxville hosted the World's Fair; our annual fundraiser will honor this iconic location.

What: Food from 'around the world', drinks, a silent auction featuring local artists, tours, and more!

When: Wednesday, August 3rd from 6:00 - 9:30pm

Where: The Tennessee Amphitheater at World's Fair Park,  Knoxville

You've Got to Be There!
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Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair!

2022 marks four decades since Knoxville hosted the World's Fair; our annual fundraiser will honor this iconic location.

What: Food from 'around the world', drinks, a silent auction featuring local artists, tours, and more!

When: Wednesday, August 3rd from 6:00 - 9:30pm

Where: The Tennessee Amphitheater at World's Fair Park,  Knoxville

You've Got to Be There!



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The 1982 World's Fair

On May 1st, 1982, Knoxville welcomed the world to a newly-designed park located next to downtown and the campus of the University of Tennessee. The park was filled with dozens of brightly-colored, post-modern structures housing the culture, food, and innovations of various countries around the earth. The event, which would run for six straight months - until October 31st - was The World's Fair, and it helped to prove that Knoxville was more than just a 'scruffy little city'.

Now, 40 years later, the ETCDC is holding our annual gathering at two of the most iconic structures from the Fair - and the only two still remaining - the Tennessee Amphitheater and the Sunsphere. 

While the Park as a whole and the surrounding areas have gone through major changes in the past four decades (for example, the Sunsphere is painted green now, instead of blue), the same spirit of fun and innovation that marked the Fair persists.

We are excited to honor this event and the Park that was created from it with an event of our own. We look forward to having our annual fundraiser at this iconic Knoxville location and celebrate it's 40th year of existence!

As well, we have partnered with Visit Knoxville this year to help take care of the iconic Sunsphere! If we reach our fundraising goal of $140,000, the next $40,000 we raise after that will directly go to the Sunsphere Restoration Fund!

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The 1982 World's Fair

On May 1st, 1982, Knoxville welcomed the world to a newly-designed park located next to downtown and the campus of the University of Tennessee. The park was filled with dozens of brightly-colored, post-modern structures housing the culture, food, and innovations of various countries around the earth. The event, which would run for six straight months - until October 31st - was The World's Fair, and it helped to prove that Knoxville was more than just a 'scruffy little city'.

Now, 40 years later, the ETCDC is holding our annual gathering at two of the most iconic structures from the Fair - and the only two still remaining - the Tennessee Amphitheater and the Sunsphere. 

While the Park as a whole and the surrounding areas have gone through major changes in the past four decades (for example, the Sunsphere is painted green now, instead of blue), the same spirit of fun and innovation that marked the Fair persists.

We are excited to honor this event and the Park that was created from it with an event of our own. We look forward to having our annual fundraiser at this iconic Knoxville location and celebrate it's 40th year of existence!