Festival Info


Q: What are the festival dates and hours?
A:  The 2020 Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival takes place Friday, May 15th, Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th.

Box Office: The Box Office is located in front of the Cripple Creek Entrance.

Friday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Saturday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Sunday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Other Festival Venues: All other venues will be open for all scheduled performances. The businesses will be open for their regularly scheduled hours outside of festival performances. All performances will still require a wristband for entry at all participating venues.

Q: Where is Rhythm N’ Blooms held?
A: Rhythm N’ Blooms is held at various locations* along Jackson Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee:

• Barley’s Taproom
• Boyd’s Jig & Reel
• Cripple Creek Stage sponsored by Blühen Botanicals [parking lot cross from Barley’s] • Kid Curry Stage sponsored by Sugarlands Distilling [Jackson Avenue] • Pretentious Beer Co.
• Pilot Light

Venue Age Restrictions:

Cripple Creek Stage: All ages, all day/night
Kid Curry Stage All Ages, All day/night
Pretentious Beer Co. : All Ages
Barley’s Taproom: All ages until 10pm and then it’s 21+
Boyd’s Jig & Reel: All ages until 10pm and then it’s 21+
Pilot Light: 18+ all day/night

Here’s a handy-dandy Jackson Avenue venue map for you of the venue locations!

Q: What can I bring?

Make sure you are fully prepared for Rhythm N’ Blooms. Feel free to bring the following items with you:

  • Sun block
  • Blankets, sheets, and towels
  • Point-and-shoot cameras
  • Small backpacks and purses and empty hydration bladder packs. Large backpacks, book bags, or any bag that is not clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC, and over 12”x6”x12” in size will not be allowed.
  • Empty water bottle (free, filtered water provided to all patrons.)
  • 1 sealed bottle of water
  • REMEMBER: All travelers and their belongings are subject to search and prohibited items will be removed at the discretion of the front gate and security staff.
Q: What should I leave at home?

We make every effort to provide an environment where all festival goers can fully enjoy their time at Rhythm N’ Blooms. With that in mind, kindly leave these items at home:

  • Weapons
  • Large backpacks, book bags, or any bag that is not clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC, and over 12”x6”x12” in size will not be allowed.
  • Food and Drink
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Umbrellas
  • Coolers
  • Lawn chairs or picnic baskets
  • Lasers
  • Glow sticks
  • Stickers
  • Silly String
  • Confetti
  • Glitter
  • Spray Paint
  • Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans
  • Detachable lens cameras
  • Recording devices of any kind including professional recording equipment, GoPros, audio recording equipment, and video recording equipment
  • No unauthorized vendors will be permitted
  • No solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.
  • Remote-controlled vehicles or aircrafts, including drones
    REMEMBER: All travelers and their belongings are subject to search and prohibited items will be removed at the discretion of the front gate staff. These items are subject to change at anytime and at the discretion of the front gate and security staff.
Q: What are the prices for festival passes? Where can I purchase one?
A:  You can find more information on tickets here. If you’ve purchased your tickets, you can retrieve your wristband at will-call on the festival footprint. Please read through our ticket policy for more info. TICKET POLICY
Q: Can I purchase a VIP package?
A: Yes, but online only.  A limited quantity is available!  All VIPs will receive:

  • 3-day Festival Pass
  • VIP Check-In
  • VIP Welcome Reception at 5:30pm in VIP area at Cripple Creek Stage.
  • Access to various scheduled artist meet & greets. (space limited)
  • Reserved VIP Seating at the Main Stage
  • Three (3) Beverage Tickets
  • VIP Bathroom Facilities [Main Stage]
  • VIP Parking
  • Rhythm N’ Blooms T-Shirt
  • Commemorative Rhythm N’ Blooms poster by Status Serigraph
Q: Are passes required for children?
A: Children age 6 and under will be admitted free of charge.  All children 7 and over will require a festival pass. VIP passes will be required in the VIP area for patrons 2 and older.
Q: Can I purchase weekend-long and day passes on site?
A: Yes, as long as passes remain!  Keep in mind that quantities are limited.  Buy early!
Q: Is there free parking?
A: Yes.  There is ample free parking in downtown Knoxville; parking garages are free after 8pm Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Find all of the parking available here: http://www.parkdowntownknoxville.com
Q: Is there any public transportation??
A: Yes. Downtown Knoxville is serviced by a wonderful trolley system. You can find the route map and additional public transportation information here.
Q: What is Musician's Corner?
A: Rhythm N’ Blooms will again include an educational element this year with Musician’s Corner. Musician’s Corner is free, open to the public, and will include workshops and artists’ conversations.  You’ll also be able to gain insight to some of our performing musicians’ accounts and views about their experiences as well as contemporary subjects regarding the musical world.  *Workshops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis

Schedule to be announced soon!

Q: Where can I purchase Rhythm N' Blooms artist merchandise on-site
A: The artist merchandise will be available in the Merchandise tent at Cripple Creek Stage along with our festival merchandise. Stop by to find the cds, shirts and poster of your favorite performers from the weekend.
Q: Can I reserve seats to select shows?
A: No.  VIPs will have a reserved seating area at the Main Stage.  All other seating is general admission and therefore first come, first seated.  Please be aware that while every effort will be made to accommodate large audiences, some venues will have to limit attendance due to capacity restraints.
Q: Is there a rain policy?
A: Rhythm N’ Blooms happens rain or shine! All venues are indoors except for all shows at the Main Stage.  Due to festival seating, some venues will fill to capacity but may have availability outside of covered areas.
Q: Where can I stay?
A: The Official Hotel of Dogwood Arts is the Crowne Plaza.  Click HERE for a special RnB rate: 10% off of their Best Flexible rate.  For a complete list of area lodging and info, please visit www.visitknoxville.com
Q: Should I bring my own seats?
A: Some Indoor venues will provide seats, but we advise you to bring a blanket to the Main Stage.  Please refrain from bring large outdoor chairs at this venue, as we want everyone to be able to see all the great performers on stage!
Q: Can I bring pets?
A: Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed at any indoor venues.  Please be sure to pick up after them!
Q: What is the smoking policy?
A:  All concert areas are non-smoking.
Q: Can I ride my bike?
A: Yes! There will be bike racks set up at the Main Stage.
Q: Are there places to eat at festival venues?
A: We will have several food trucks set up along our footprint, along with beverages, all weekend. There are also a number of restaurants in the old city and around downtown for any size budget. For a list of downtown Knoxville eateries, please see visitknoxville.com.
Q: How can I volunteer?
A: Sign up through our Volunteer Page!  Each four-hour shift grants you a Day Pass and three shifts worked = A three-day Festival pass!  Thanks in advance.
Q: Can my band play Rhythm N' Blooms?
A: We spend a lot of time thoughtfully and carefully picking the artists who perform at this festival. Because of this process, we do not accept unsolicited musician applications. Additionally, due to our long planning process and the increasing interest in this festival, we are unable to reply to submissions sent to our general address.

Information will be updated frequently, so check back here, but if you have further questions or you feel information is missing, please email info@dogwoodarts.com or give us a call at [865] 637.4561.  Thanks – see you in May!