Frequently Asked Questions

How much is it to get in?

Admission is $20 in advance and $30 at the gate.  A select number of VIP tickets are available for $200.  Children under 8 years old are admitted free!

What does my admission ticket get me?

Patrons of the festival receive 15 complimentary wings with their ticket.  You can try as many of the teams as you like and any additional wings are sold at 1 wing for a $1 donation.  VIP ticket holders receive unlimited wings.

How many wings can I get from a team?

You are allowed to get up to five (5) wings at a time from teams.

Where do I park?

Complimentary parking is available at the 11th Street garage across the street from the Performance Lawn.  Parking is also available in multiple areas in Downtown Knoxville.

Are credit cards accepted?

Credit cards are accepted for all purchases inside the festival.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

No outside food or beverages are permitted.  Soda, water, beer, and select other beverages are available for purchase inside the festival.  VIP ticket holders receive complimentary beverages inside the VIP area.

Can I bring a backpack or large bag into the festival?

Clear backpacks and bags are allowed.  We do not allow any non-clear backpacks or large bags into the festival.

Are there ATM machines available?

Yes!  Although we don’t have them on the festival grounds, there are multiple ATM machines around the Worlds Fair Park area.

Are pets allowed at the festival?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed inside the festival grounds.

Where is there to sit at the festival?

We have multiple areas to sit inside the festival including expanded covered areas for those who want to take a break from the heat.

Can I bring my own chair to the event?

Yes, you are allowed to bring folding chairs into the festival.

Will there be tickets available at the door for this year’s event?

Yes, there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door unless the event is sold out.

What time is the event?

The event starts at 2pm for VIP ticket holders and 3pm for General Admission ticket holders.  The festival goes until approximately 9:15 pm.

How can I purchase tickets?

Online at

If I have pre-registered for the Wing Eating Competition, do I need to purchase a ticket to the event?

Yes.  The competitions are only open to valid ticket holders.

Where can I stay overnight?

Our sponsor hotel for the event is The Marriott Knoxville Downtown at Worlds Fair Park and they offer attendees discounted rates.  To book your room please visit The Marriott Knoxville Downtown and use the code BKW.

Will there be other food available?

Yes, we will have select food vendors that will serve some additional items for purchase other than wings.

Will Alcohol be served?

Yes, we will have a selection of beer available for purchase to those over 21 with a valid ID and wristband.

What will the festival have for kids?

The festival has a large section dedicated to kids with face painting, balloons, and other activities.

I’m thinking of entering my restaurant/cooking team into the festival, where can I go for information?

Please visit the Competition Team section for more information or email Matt at