Visitors to the Secret City Festival next weekend can expect tighter security measures and maybe a few delays when entering the concerts this year, all in the name of safety.
“In light of recent events, we’re being extra vigilant in our protection of our attendees, staff, and the community during the festival concerts,” said Oak Ridge Police Chief Jim Akagi.
No backpacks or coolers will be allowed into the concert site and all bags will be subject to search. This includes bags used to store chairs. Visitors should expect delays if carrying in anything that needs to be searched. Organizers suggest festival attendees only bring their concert tickets, money for food, an ID to buy or consume beer, and a chair for the concerts. Once inside the concert site, festival seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The concert site opens at 5:30 p.m.
Attendees should also be aware that there is no parking onsite at the festival. Visitors can park at the City Center and take a free shuttle over to the festival grounds. For a map of available parking near the Secret City Festival, please visit www.secretcityfestival.com/festival-411/parking/.
B&W Y-12 and the City of Oak Ridge serve as the premier sponsors for the 12th annual Secret City Festival. The event is presented by the City of Oak Ridge, the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Arts Council of Oak Ridge. The festival features World War II displays and memorabilia, special events at the American Museum of Science and Energy, a children’s area, arts and crafts vendors, the Living History demonstration, “A Salute to Soldiers,” and nationally known concert entertainment.
Well-known ’80s rocker Eddie Money will perform Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. on the UCOR Concert Stage. The Friday night concert, sponsored by Pro2Serve, CROET, and Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX, also features Jada Blade and Dez Money & the Faze as opening acts.
LDA Engineering and 96.7 Merle FM are proud to present legendary country music artist Kix Brooks as the headline entertainment on Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m. on the UCOR Concert Stage. Nashville-native band Phoenix Drive will perform as the opening act.
Tickets for the festival concerts are available for $20 each and may be purchased online at www.secretcityfestival.com, by phone at (865) 230-2956, or in person at the Oak Ridge Civic Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.