Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Dogwood Arts: Featured Gardens

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Select properties with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds to the public for a short time only. This event is free though a $5 donation on-site is suggested. Comfortable or hiking shoes recommended.

SPRING: April 13th & 14th | 10AM – 5PM
SUMMER: June 1 & 2 | 10AM – 5PM

Celebrate the best that spring in East Tennessee has to offer at the Dogwood Arts Featured Gardens event this weekend - April 13th & 14th. The public can enjoy self-guided tours of two exceptional private gardens this weekend only. Each garden is unique in design and offers a variety of plant material and special features: from an extensive collection of large outdoor sculpture to immaculate European-inspired garden rooms. Website:

Dogwood Arts is honored that these Knoxville residents are sharing their magnificent gardens with the public as we celebrate another blooming spring in East Tennessee.

Dogwood Arts information: 865-637-4561,

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Bach to Broadway!

Category: Kids & family and Music

Featuring the Oak Ridge Chorus

Music, mingling and munching make for another perfect evening with the Oak Ridge Chorus! Enjoy music by J.S. Bach before you browse through the silent auction items to support ORCMA’s mission. Broadway music sets the stage for your bidding in the second intermission. Take home a treasure from this night to remember!

Two intermissions, wine, and hors d'oeuvres complement the silent auction, with proceeds benefiting ORCMA. “Always an enjoyable evening, the chorus will delight you with Jesu, meine Freude and then Broadway tunes. This concert clearly shows the versatility of our volunteer Oak Ridge Chorus!” said Chorus Director Jaclyn Johnson. Adult tickets are $15.

At Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. Tickets/information: 865-483-5569,

Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival International Street Fair

Category: Culinary arts, Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family and Music

The Knoxville Opera 18th Annual Rossini Festival International Street Fair will be taking place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10am to 9pm in Downtown Knoxville. The streets will be filled with a European-style pedestrian street mall featuring 100 prominent artisans to shop from, cuisine from dozens of food vendors, and 11 consecutive hours of live entertainment including 45 performances by 750 artists featuring opera, jazz, ethnic music, gospel, modern and ethnic dance, ballet, vocal and instrumental ensembles. This celebration of the arts is the largest community engagement event of Knoxville Opera’s season. Given legacy status by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, the Rossini Festival is the only such free-admission one-day arts festival in the country.

Kids will have a blast at the YMCA FunZone, packed with hours of exciting play for kids of all ages. Five dollars lets a youngster play all day, and the first 100 will receive a bike helmet courtesy of the Epilepsy Foundation.
This year’s four stages include:
 Pilot Flying J Opera & Choral Stage on Church Avenue
 YMCA Dance Stage on Market Square
 Krutch Park Extension Instrumental Music Stage
 Market Street Music Stage

“There is something for everyone at Rossini,” said Knoxville Opera Executive and Artistic Director Brian Salesky. Rossini is one of East Tennessee’s most unique cultural festivals and celebrations. It is so massive that more than 200 volunteers are needed to help produce this fantastic event. Over the past 17 years, well over 500,000 people have come out, rain or shine, to experience Knoxville Opera’s joyous celebration of the arts.
In the fan favorite Beer Garden, the quartet of Cool Beans, West Hills and Central Flats and Taps, and SoKno Taco Cantina will be serving regional brews along with their signature flatbreads and tacos.
Starting at 8:00 p.m. the crowd will be dancing into the night to the beat of the ever-popular Knoxville Jazz Orchestra in Krutch Park Extension.

For more information, including the complete Entertainment Schedule, map of vendors and exhibitors, and short videos illustrating the Festival’s entertainment, art, and refreshments, visit
In Downtown Knoxville. Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

Tennessee Theatre: Spamalot


Category: Theatre

April 13, 2019, at 8:00pm, Spamalot comes to the Tennessee Theatre.

The Tony Award winning Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, begins its search for the Holy Grail in the Fall of 2018. This outrageous musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide are eating up SPAMALOT!

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Historic Ramsey House: Vintage Baseball


Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Experience America’s game as it was played in 1864. Vintage Baseball starts on April 13th! This free public event is enjoying its 6th season and Historic Ramsey House is proud to be a part of this historic reenactment. The players play by 1864 rules, wear period uniforms and our local Knoxville teams bear the names of actual teams that existed in Knoxville during that time. Come join the fun! Outside food, snacks and beverages prohibited. Please support Ramsey House concessions.

Game Times and Dates: Saturday, April 13th, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm
Saturday, April 27th, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Old City Market: Spring Market

  • April 13, 2019
  • 11 AM - 4 PM

Category: Culinary arts, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Kids & family

Old City Market transforms Jackson Ave into a curated, outdoor market showcasing artists, crafters, and creative makers.



Information: 865-806-1960 or

Cattywampus Puppet Council: LGBTQ Student Group Puppet Making Workshop

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

Hosted by Voices for Trans Youth Campaign and Cattywampus Puppet Council
Contact VFTY for Location

The VFTY Student Group will be learning how to make puppets and props with Cattywampus Puppet Council. Then we'll show off our creations at the 2019 Cattywampus Puppet Pageant!

This workshop is FREE. All supplies are provided, and participants get to keep their creations.

Open to LGBTQ teens and children ages 19 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Knoxville Irish Society: Second Saturday

  • April 13, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

Rub elbows with the Irish community at our monthly social gathering, the KIS Second Saturday
Join us for our regular eat-&-greet at 3131 Morris Avenue, Knoxville 37909
3:00 - 5:00 pm on the second Saturday of every month.

We'll have traditional Irish tea & snacks, trad & sean-nós music, and good conversation & friendship. If you haven't been to a KIS event yet, or if you don't know many people and would like to get connected, this is a great way to get started and introduce yourself. We're looking forward to seeing you.

In addition to the regular social period, we'll also get a special presentation from Dr. Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College. He will give a presentation entitled "The Easter Rising and the long struggle for Ireland." His talk will cover the makings of the rebellion through to current events on the Island of Ireland. If you don't mind, please RSVP by getting free tickets at this link so that we can anticipate attendance size. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you!

Céad míle fáilte! A hundred thousand welcomes!

Water Lantern Festival

  • April 13, 2019
  • 5:30-10:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events

Water Lantern Festival, April 13, 2019 in Chilhowee Park, 3301 E. Magnolia Avenue,
Knoxville, TN 37914.
5:30 - 7:30
Enjoy Food Trucks / Music / Fun
Design your Lantern
8:30 - 9:30
Lantern Launch
Event Ends

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.

What's Included
Each adult ticket comes with the following:

- Entry into the festival area
- Floating lantern
- Commemorative drawstring bag
- Marker
- Wristband

In addition, the price covers the cost of collecting and removing the lanterns from the water following the event as well as cleaning up any trash that may have been previously been in or around the water.

Tickets and information at

UT Arboretum Society: Spring Wildflower Walk

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

The UT Arboretum Society will hold a “Meet and Greet” followed by a spring wildflower walk on Saturday, April 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Haw Ridge Park on Edgemoor Road in Oak Ridge. Participants are asked to meet at the parking lot which is at the west end of the park next to the kiosk, near the Soccer Trail. The walk is free and open to the public. Kris Light, an expert naturalist, educator and photographer will lead this fun, educational and easy walk.

Participants may want to bring a camera to take pictures of the many wildflowers on the grounds. If participants have a wildflower book, Kris suggests bringing that as well.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. No registration is required. For more information on this program, contact or 865-483-7277.

UT School of Music: Pride of the Southland Marching Band Junior Day

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Music

Become a member of the Pride for a day this year and experience what it's like to be part of this amazing band. It's open to all current high school students who play woodwinds, brass, or percussion (snare, tenors, basses, cymbals). You'll be able to visit the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center and band facilities, meet the members of the Pride, and perform school songs with the Pride at the annual UT Orange and White Football Game.

The registration deadline is Sunday, April 3.

Natalie Haslam Music Center
UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. (The James R. Cox Auditorium is located in the Alumni Memorial Building.) The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678,

WDVX Kidstuff Live with David Mayfield

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

APRIL 13 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab your adult & join the fun with David Mayfield on this Kidstuff Live!

WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-544-1029,

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