Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bijou Theatre: Mandolin Orange


Category: Music

Mandolin Orange comes to the Bijou Theatre on Saturday, April 20.
Doors open at 7:00 PM and show time is 8:00 PM.

Mandolin Orange’s music radiates a mysterious warmth their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. The North Carolina duo have built a steady and growing fan base with this kind of intimacy, and on Tides of A Teardrop, due out February 1, it is more potent than ever. By all accounts, it is the duo’s fullest, richest, and most personal effort. You can hear the air between them and the taut space of shared understanding, as palpable as a magnetic field, that makes their music sound like two halves of an endlessly completing thought. Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi- instrumentalist Emily Frantz have honed this lamp glow intimacy for years.

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum: Earth Fest 2019

  • April 20, 2019
  • 10:00AM-5:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

EarthFest 2019
Saturday, April 20, 10 AM- 5 PM
Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum

EarthFest is an annual Earth Day celebration with several green objectives: provide family-friendly (pets included) environmental education, support our sustainable local marketplace, showcase responsible environmental leadership, and demonstrate low- to zero-waste principles.

This is EarthFest’s 20th year anniversary! To celebrate, our theme is 20/20 Vision. This theme hopes to explore ways Knoxville and EarthFest has engaged in sustainable practices for the past twenty years, as well as showcase what sustainability in the area will look like in the next 20 years.We are hoping to bring local leaders, small businesses, and corporations to share their vision or their products that will help 2020 look greener.

Join us again this year for engaging speakers & demonstrators, our youth area, music, food, and craft beer.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717,

The Heart of Town Fest

  • April 20, 2019
  • 4:00PM-11:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Music

What better way to spend 4/20 than with the music of the Grateful Dead and an all-star lineup of groove, funk, and hip-hop? We're bringing something new to Knoxville with The Heart of Town Fest. Saturday, April 20th, we're going to party all day and spread good vibes all over this city. Look, if you get confused, just listen to the music play. Saturday, April 20th from 4pm - 11pm.

Shakedown Six (Grateful Dead Tribute)
Grandpa's Stash
The Palmer Squares
Milkshake Fatty
The Aquaducks

Heart of Town Fest takes place at Riot Printing, 1321 Chilhowee Avenue 37917.
Advance tickets are $15, Day of show tickets are $20
This is a 18+ event.

Tickets and information at

Marble Springs State Historic Site: 2nd Annual Easter Egg Roll

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

Guests can color eggs with natural dyes and participate in both an Easter egg roll and an Easter egg hunt. Governor John Sevier and his wife, Catherine “Bonny Kate” Sevier, will host the day’s event, and there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the couple. Cabins will be open for touring. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds and period fiddle music. Admission to the event is free, but guests are asked to consider a donation of $3 per person. All money raised goes directly to Marble Springs educational programs.

Marble Springs State Historic site is the farm and last remaining home of John Sevier, Revolutionary War hero at the Battle of Kings Mountain and first governor of Tennessee. The site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00pm and on Sundays from 12:00-5:00pm. Guided tours of the cabins are available for a fee. The site is located at 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. For more information visit our website at, email, or call (865)573-5508.

Jubilee Community Arts: Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole


Category: Music

French Creole Music from the Illinois Country

In the heart of North America is a story that remains to be told, the story of the French creoles who founded the illinois country over three hundred years ago. Along the Wabash and Mississippi River corridors, today they remain with their songs, stories and language, and one music group continues to carry the torch of this enduring culture....Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole.

Tickets $15 (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students, seniors 65+)

Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tickets (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students & seniors) available through, 1-800-838-3006 ext 1, and at the door. For information: 865-522-5851,

UT Arboretum Society: Third Saturday Hike

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

The UT Arboretum Society’s third Saturday hike for April will be held April 20 at the UT Arboretum. The weather is starting to get warmer and this is a great time to spend outdoors. Learn about the UT Arboretum’s trails on this short trail hike (1 to 1.5 hours). Our April hike is one of the official hikes of the 2019 Covenant Health Dogwood Arts Patch Program On the April hike we will choose a route to highlight our dogwood collections and any spring ephemerals that may still be in bloom.

Meet at the UT Arboretum Visitors Center, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge at 9:00 a.m. Please wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. Hikes will be varied in intensity level, and the route may be changed due to weather conditions or leader’s choice. These hikes are designed to be suitable for all, but the difficulty level of the hike is dependent on individual fitness. Be sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated at you hike. This hike will be led by a volunteer familiar with the UT Arboretum and the trail system.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. No registration is required. To learn more about this hike or the UT Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

New2Knox & Mabry-Hazen House: Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Social media presence New2Knox is partnering with Mabry-Hazen House to host an Easter egg hunt for adults on Saturday, April 20. The event will be $10 and open to the public to attend, and half the proceeds from the event will go to support the Mabry-Hazen House. Eggs will contain prizes ranging from candy to discounts at local businesses to several small group experiences unique to Knoxville. Tickets can be purchase on Eventbrite, or on the New2Knox Facebook website.

“Why do the kids get to have all the fun?” says Emilie Finke, New2Knox co-founder and the face of the organization on Instagram. “Especially around Easter, there isn’t a lot that people in their 20s and 30s without children can do to celebrate. We came up with this event because it was something that we wanted to do.”

New2Knox’s mission is to help people plug in to the Knoxville community. It encourages its more than 8,000 social media followers to discover local businesses, parks, and events and organizes a monthly meet-up to connect and make friends. “We’re hoping that people will come for a coffee and a quick egg hunt, then use their coupons or small group vouchers right away with the new people they meet,” says Emily Stevens, another of New2Knox’s founders. “That’s the goal of everything we do: to help people make new friends and discover new, awesome places in Knoxville.”

The event will be held at the Mabry-Hazen House, starting at 1:30 p.m. and running until 3:30 p.m. For more information on the event as it approaches follow the New2Knox on Instagram or Facebook. Businesses interested in participating can contact Emily Stevens at

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915.

Indian Festival of Color with Manthan

  • April 20, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Hosted by Manthan - Indian Student Association - UTK
Saturday at 1 PM – 3 PM
Humanities Amphitheater, 1115 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

Come and celebrate the Indian Festival of Color with Manthan-Indian Student Organization!

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Garden Art Fair

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center will hold a Garden Art Fair on Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of beautiful handcrafted items from clay, glass, and other mediums: wind chimes, birdhouses from gourds, garden markers and more will be available! Rain or shine - after all it’s garden art!

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854,

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • April 19, 2019 — April 22, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

APRIL 19, 2019 5:00 PM – 6:30
Step back over two centuries and visit Knoxville’s founders as you listen to the stories of the settlement of White’s Fort and establishment of the capital of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee.
Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $20. Children 6-12: $14 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website
*Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

APRIL 20, 2019 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Tribal to Techno
Knoxville’s story has always been set to music, from the time when the poetic rhythms of the native Cherokee tribes still echoed in the hills and the ballads of the Scots-Irish settlers were sung around campfires on the riverbanks. Immigrants from all over the world brought new instruments and tunes to enliven the song and East Tennessee became known as a home to musicians of every genre, whether classical, jazz, R&B, rock-n-roll, Americana, or the avant-garde sounds of ska, techno, and whatever’s unveiled at this year’s Big Ears Festival.
Meet in the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $20. Children 6-12: $14 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website
*Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

APRIL 22, 2019 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
A City Divided
It’s been over 150 years since the battle of Knoxville, one of the most sharply divided cities during the civil war. Occupied by both sides with recruiting offices set up on Gay Street on the same day, Knoxville was home to spies, street fights, and family feuds that outlasted the war.
Visit the downtown sites and then get an overview of the battles and fortifications from the observation deck of the Sunsphere.
Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $25. Children 6-12: $17 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website
*Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

Gallery 1010: Corners and Murmurs

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception Fri Apr 19, 6-9 PM

Installation by Angelina Dee Parrino

Gallery 1010, 1150 McCalla Ave. Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: Friday – Sunday 12-4pm, Friday 6-9pm. Additional hours by appointment. Info: or

McClung Museum Spring Store Sale


Category: Festivals & special events and Fine Crafts

McClung Museum Spring Store Sale

Enjoy new merchandise and 10 percent off all sales at the McClung Museum Store's annual Spring Sale from April 15 through 21, 2019. Books, jewelry, children's toys, and more!

Museum members receive an additional 10% off all purchases.

Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996
Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144,

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