The two-day Secret City Festival on Friday and Saturday will feature music, food, history, science, and much more, a press release said.
The festival is hosted by the City of Oak Ridge and presented by Celebrate Oak Ridge. It will be in Alvin K. Bissell Park from 10 a.m. until about 11 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8.
The festival showcases Oak Ridge’s unique role in American history and scientific innovation with various events and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Musical headliners at the concerts will include iconic rock bands Loverboy, performing on Friday, June 7, and 38 Special, performing on Saturday, June 8. Tickets for each concert are available online. The festival is free to attend, but concert-goers must purchase a ticket.
Musical guest Jeanine Fuller will perform before Loverboy on Friday night, and Emily Ann Roberts will perform before .38 Special on Saturday.
Festival-goers with an appreciation for history will enjoy free admission at the new American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) on Friday and Saturday, tours of Y-12’s New Hope Center, special exhibits at the Oak Ridge History Museum, appearances of Manhattan Project National Historical Park–Oak Ridge site rangers, and Oak Ridge Public Library speakers presenting “From the 40s to the Future,” a look at Oak Ridge’s world-changing history.
Children’s attractions will be set up throughout the park on both days, including Little Ponderosa Petting Zoo, the Home Depot craft table, bungee trampoline, surf simulator, laser tag, video game truck, water slides, and inflatables. An obstacle course, bungee run, and other activities will be available for teens. There are no admission fees for these events.
Events scheduled for mornings and afternoons include various children’s entertainers, the Secret City Ice Cream Eating Contest (Friday), live musicians, and comedy improvisation shows. Be sure to check the pavilion stage schedule to see the full list of performances and activities.
Those with a fondness for science and innovation can visit the new and improved Technology Village, experience the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Traveling Science Fair with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities for kids, and check out the Second annual Secret City Invitational FIRST Robotics Competition.
Attendees with a creative eye can stop by the Oak Ridge Civic Center for the Juried Arts Show by Tennessee Creates. Filled with original artwork, these recognized artists and artisans will have paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and so much more on display and available for purchase. There will also be numerous craft and food vendors throughout the festival.
Gates for the concerts on Friday and Saturday open at 6 p.m. The shows are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.
Concert tickets are $25 per person per show or $45 per person for both shows (plus any applicable online processing fees). Tickets are still available for purchase on the Secret City Festival website at https://www.secretcityfestival.com/.
Free parking is available near the American Museum of Science and Energy in Main Street Oak Ridge (along Wilson Street, East Main Street, and Main Street West). Shuttles will run on a regular basis between the parking area and the festival. Accessible parking is available at the Oak Ridge Civic Center.
Premium festival parking is also available for a fee in the Oak Ridge High School lot. Proceeds will benefit ORHS Student Council and the Navy Junior ROTC program.
For questions about the Secret City Festival or additional information on events, please visit the FAQ (frequently asked questions) section of https://www.secretcityfestival.com/.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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