Visitors to the Secret City Festival will experience tighter security measures and maybe a few delays when entering the concerts this year, all in the name of safety “In light of recent events, we’re being extra vigilant in our protection of our attendees, staff and the community during the festival concerts,” said Oak Ridge Police Chief Jim Akagi.

No backpacks or coolers will be allowed into the concert site and all bags will be subject to search.  Visitors should expect delays if carrying in anything that needs to be searched. Organizers suggest festival attendees only bring their concert tickets, money for food, an ID to buy or consume beer and a chair for the concerts. Once inside the concert site, festival seating is available on a first come first serve basis. The concert site opens at 5:30 pm.

Attendees should also be aware that there is no parking onsite at the festival.  Visitors can park at the City Center and take a free shuttle over to the festival grounds. For a map of available parking near the Secret City Festival, please visit

The 11th annual Secret City Festival is presented by the City of Oak Ridge, the Oak Ridge Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Arts Council of Oak Ridge.  The festival features WWII displays and memorabilia, special events at the American Museum of Science and Energy, a children’s area, arts and crafts vendors, the Living History demonstration, “A Salute to Soldiers”, and nationally known concert entertainment.

Knoxville-native rock band The Dirty Guv’nahs will perform Friday June 21 at 7 p.m. on the UCOR Concert Stage. The Friday night concert, sponsored by Lamar Dunn and Associates, also features Soul Candy and The Traffic Jam as the opening act.

CROET and Pro2Serve are proud to present Grammy Award-winning rock icon, Rick Springfield, as the headline entertainment on Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. on the UCOR Concert Stage. American Idol contestant Casey Abrams will serve as the opening act.

Tickets for the festival concerts are $20.00 each and may be purchased online at, by phone at 865-482-4432 or in person at the Oak Ridge Civic Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.  


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