Secret City Festival History

From the 40's to the Future

The Secret City Festival, presented by the City of Oak Ridge, the Arts Council of Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau includes a wide variety of events and activities for the entire family.

The “original” festival concept began in 1982 as the Azalea Festival, a small one-day arts and crafts show featuring food and entertainment. The celebration grew and evolved over the years and “Mayfest” became its official title in 1990. Until 1992, most of the activity took place on the Civic Center Plaza and was known as the Plaza Party. When the Performing Arts Pavilion was completed, all the entertainment was moved out into the park and the weekend was renamed Party in the Park. In 2003 “Mayfest” was changed to the “Secret City Festival” to showcase Oak Ridge’s heritage. In 2004, in a continuing effort to improve the festival, the dates were changed to the first Friday and Saturday in June in hopes of missing the unpredictable May weather.  The mission of the Secret City Festival is to become a premier event in East Tennessee while fostering pride and involvement in the Oak Ridge community by showcasing its diversity through cultural events and activities for people of all ages. The festival promotes the history of the city and unites its World War II heritage with the technological advancements that are ongoing within the City of Oak Ridge.

You may also be interested in Los Alamos Science Fest.