Saturday, March 19 

10 am – 10 pm  

World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn

The Knox Shamrock Fest is the region’s premier, family friendly St. Patrick’s Day Festival! The all day festival kicks off with everyone’s favorite Lucky Kidney Run™! All-day entertainment includes live musical performances by Way Blue Yonder and other local artists, plenty of children’s activities, face painting, balloon twisting and crafts, cultural presentations, and delectable food from our local food trucks!

Why Lucky “Kidney” Run?

Did you know that 1 in 7 Americans has kidney disease? That’s 30 million people! However, 96% of those with early kidney disease (stages 1 and 2) don’t even know they have CKD. And of those with severely reduced kidney function (stage 4) but not on dialysis, 48%, are not aware of having the disease.* That’s why we at the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation host the annual Lucky Kidney Run™ and Knox Shamrock Fest, to bring awareness of this “silent” disease and educate the community about its risk factors, symptoms, and prevention. 

The Lucky Kidney Run™ is a major fundraiser for the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. ETKF asks for your help in making this a strong and successful fundraising event. No donation or fundraising goal is too small! Please support our local mission of improving the lives of East Tennesseans suffering from kidney disease; 100% of funds raised stay right here in East Tennessee! 

The Lucky Kidney Run™ options include the traditional in-person 6k and 1 mile walk, as well as virtual options for both distances! This way you can register for the option with which you are most comfortable. Refer others and fundraise through the 19th to earn SWAG rewards and prizes! So grab some friends, come up with a unique team name, then register on the events page at

Knox Shamrock Fest Bonus Online Content

Check out presentations from 2021’s virtual Knox Shamrock Fest, presented by the professional leadership at Cumin Gaelach Knoxville (Knoxville Irish Society).

Visit, 2022 Knox Shamrock Fest and Lucky Kidney Run for more information.

*Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017