Clinton merchants are gearing up for the 22nd Clinch River Fall Antique Festival, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7.
The event, sponsored by Historic Downtown Clinton, begins at noon Friday (Oct. 6) and runs until 8 p.m. It then resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday, and continues until 4 p.m., with live music and other entertainment, street vendors, food trucks and trailers, food demonstration, and special sales in Clinton’s popular downtown stores.
Events primarily take place on Main, Market and Cullom streets in the historic shopping district, and Market Street will be blocked to vehicular traffic both days.
Main Street also will be partially blocked on Saturday as the Clinton Car Club shows off antique and collector cars on the street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More than 80 vendors will be on hand selling a variety of new and used merchandise, and there also will be various demonstrations of crafts and other activities.
“Easily our biggest event of the year, with hundreds of antique vendors lining Market Street, this year will be the biggest yet,” the Historic Downtown Clinton group says on its website.
“It’s the perfect way to kick off the fall season.”
As usual, thousands of people are expected to attend, with many coming to see Clinton from out of town for the first time.
Among artisans already signed up for the event are Doodad Mosaics by Autumn Wilkins (handmade glass art), Creations by Penelope (handcrafted items), PL8Lady.com (recycled license plate art), Open Kiln (pottery), Jewelry by Renee, Sweet Nibbles Soap (handcrafted goat milk soaps), Briteyes Crafts (woodworking), and Precious Metals (functional garden art).
Live entertainment is being lined up for both days.
This year’s event will be the 22nd downtown fall festival.
The only interruption since it began was in 2020, when the event was canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ample free parking is available in the city of Clinton’s Commerce Street parking lots, one block west of Market Street.
More information can be found at HistoricDowntownClinton.org.