Tour de Lights

Friday, September 14, 2018

Tour de Lights

celebrates 12th year!

More than 1,000 people participate in this fun, free 5-mile bike parade through downtown, 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville. Many spectators watch along the route. Participants decorate their bikes and themselves to try to win one of the coveted awards. More details on our website

6:15 - 7:15 pm 
Photo booths, refreshments, bike safety checks at both staging areas – helmet giveaway at south location

7:15 pm 
Line up 

7:30 pm 
Ride starts

8:15 – 9 pm 
Photo booth and refreshments - Market Square stage (north) location only

8:45 pm 
Announce winner of Best Themed Group

There will be two staging areas - one on the north end and one on the south end of Market Square. Photo booths, bike safety checks, and refreshments will be located in both areas. 

- Experienced riders (e.g. people who are confident on bicycles and in large crowds) will line up on Wall Ave from Gay to Walnut. 

- Families, themed groups, and beginner riders will line up on Union from Gay to Market and down Market to Clinch. 

Judging for the decorating/costume contest will be online this year from noon on Sunday to noon on Tuesday! In addition to our usual categories decided by judges, there will also be a People's Choice winner, decided by Facebook likes. The only award presented the evening of the ride will be Best Themed Group. Judges will be watching from along the route at Vienna Coffee at Regas (just after the Gay Street viaduct). Online judging means that if you are not going for the Themed Group award, you can get your photo taken after the ride, if you are running late.

Vienna Coffee at Regas will be open until 8:30 p.m. just for Tour de Lights, so if you are looking to watch the parade instead of ride in it, that would be a great location.

Remember that State Street Parking Garage will be under construction. Check the project's blog for updates, but you likely should plan to park somewhere other than Market Square or State Street garage. Check the map below for other free parking locations.