International Sweater Vestival

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International Sweater Vestival
Date second Friday after Thanksgiving
Frequency annual

International Sweater Vestival or Vestival is a wear a sweater vest to work holiday that is a parody of other celebrations. It takes place on the second Friday after Thanksgiving. In 2016, International Sweater Vestival will fall on Friday, December 2nd.

Knoxville, Tennessee's unrelated version of Vestival is in its eighth year as a festival and occurs in May, rendering sweater vest wearing impractical unless it is cool out.[1]


The "vestival" holiday was coined in 2007 by Carolyn Johnson, a reporter for the Boston, Massachusetts daily newspaper The Boston Globe.


  1. ^ " blogs: Ramblin' Man". 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 


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