40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair Celebration Dinner

Visit Knoxville will host an Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Friday, October 28 at The Foundry at World’s Fair Park, 747 Worlds Fair Park Drive.

The evening will be filled with a nostalgic menu of food and drink served at the restaurant that operated at the Sunsphere during the Fair. The surf and turf menu includes filet, lobster, sides and dessert as well as hosted beer and wine. A cash bar for mixed drinks is available.

Schedule of Events
6:00 • Reception
6:30 • Dinner and Reminiscing
7:30 • Live Auction

Highlights include a lighthearted panel discussion with local individuals including Patricia Robledo, Sam Maynard and Jack Neely, all of whom worked at the 1982 World’s Fair. They will share memories and stories of those glorious six months of the Fair. Bo Roberts, who served as President and CEO of the Fair, will greet guests and introduce the panel. He will also be available to sign copies of his new book, Forever Young. The book will be included with the cost of each ticket and additional copies will be available for purchase.

The night will close with a live auction of 1982 World’s Fair collectables and other items donated to benefit the Sunsphere Fund. Visit Knoxville created the Sunsphere Fund with support from Knox County and the City of Knoxville in 2019 to preserve and maintain this historic structure. Monies from the fund are utilized for enhancements to the experience on the 4th floor Observation Deck staffed and operated by Visit Knoxville. 

Tickets for the event are $175 per person. SEATING IS LIMITED. Proceeds benefit the Sunsphere Fund.