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John Muir Fest


To be held annually in September, the John Muir Fest is an Americana Music & Preservation Festival celebrating land and song.  It was first held on 9/7/17 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of John Muir's 1,000-mile walk from Indiana/Kentucky to Florida that included a trek into Roane County, across the Emory River, and into Kingston where he stayed the night. 

Plans are being made to hold it again on 9/15/18 that should again include a Sturgeon Release - so stay tuned!

This event is one of a kind with lots of great music but also learn about the environment and how to preserve it.  Last year the event included a sturgeon release, local botanists and well-known conservationists.  To read 2017 event's press release, including speaker bios and information - click here.

This event was sponsored by City of Kingston, Kingston Parks & Rec, Roane Tourism & Roane County News

John Muir Fest

Address Fort Southwest Point 1226 N. Kentucky Street Kingston, TN 37763 Phone 865-376-1356 Website

Recognized as 'The Father of the National Parks system,"Muir wrote as he walked across the Clinch and Emory Rivers into Kingston on September 12, 1867 that it was "the most heavenly place."