Oak Ridge hosts Lavender Festival

OAK RIDGE – The 19th annual Lavender Festival returns Saturday, June 17, 2017 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Historic Jackson Square, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Celebrating all things herbal, crafts, local foods and more, the Lavender Festival is a perennial crowd favorite, full of tradition, fun and always something new.

As is tradition, a bagpipe player will open the festival at 8 a.m., playing from upper Blankenship Field into Jackson Square. Also keeping with tradition, Alan McBride will follow with the hammered dulcimer in the bandstand.

The Lavender Festival features more than 100 artisan vendors, herb and floral vendors, herbal tasting, Herb of the Year information, and children’s activities. Vendors will line the covered walkways of Jackson Square, the parking lot, and both sides of Broadway Avenue, which will be closed to traffic.

Admission to the Oak Ridge Lavender Festival is free, with plenty of free parking available in surrounding city and business lots, and on side streets. Photo by Shawn Millsaps/Jackson Square Lavender Festival.

The music schedule is as follows:

8:00 Andrew Payzant, bagpipe
8:15 Allen McBride, hammered dulcimer
8:45 Lisa Dunn, Celtic Harp
9:15 Good Ole Music, Mountain Music, Liza Jane Alexander and Curly Cottrell
10:00 Liz & Tim, Appalachian Music
11:00 Mighty House Band
12:00 AM Station Band, Classic Rock & Roll
1:00 Early Bird Special, Classic folk, rock oldies, a little bit of bluegrass
2:00 Jubal, Taylor Kress & Bonnie Simmons, Americana-folk