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Wicked Cool (Scary Stuff!) And One Last World’s Fair 40th Anniversary Celebration

Wicked Cool, Downtown Knoxville, October 2022

There are a few things happening downtown this week (until next Monday) that are worth highlighting. One celebrates the season, while the other is a final celebration for an event that happened forty years ago and helped shape modern Knoxville. One is free for the family and the other is a paid event.

First, “Wicked Cool” is ongoing and celebrating Halloween with a series of events and exhibits dotted around downtown. It offers fun adventures for children, of course, but also for their older counterparts. You’ll find “photo opportunities, activities and specials” all over downtown.

Wicked Cool, Downtown Knoxville, October 2022

In Market Square, Gay Street and the Old Town you’ll find spooky spiders, hovering apparitions, the dreaded black cats and spooky lights. The event had its first edition last year and has therefore returned for a second year in bigger and better form. You’ll also find Halloween-themed treats for kids and cocktails for adults at selected merchants.

Of course, there are plenty of selfie opportunities scattered around and you are encouraged to share your photos on social media platforms tagging #KnoxHalloween and tagging @downtownknox. You can find all the details here. Included is a scavenger hunt to find the nine black cats hidden in business windows (clues here). Don’t miss the Krutch Park creature and the full moon photo op outside the bedroom.

All the fun is brought to you by the Downtown Knoxville Alliance.

The second event is brought to you by Visit Knoxville and represents the closing event of the 40th anniversary celebration of hosting the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair. The event will be hosted at the Foundry this Friday and will include a menu which mirrors that of the World’s Fair, including steak, with beer and wine included.

The night begins with a reception and dinner includes memorabilia from the fair shared by former Mayor Tyree, Bo Roberts and other guests. A panel discussion will include Sam Maynard, Patricia Robledo and Jack Neely, all of whom attended the fair. An auction will follow the dinner, featuring items from the 1982 World’s Fair, as well as trips and more.

Tickets are $175 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10. You can learn more about the event here and order tickets here.

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