Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Plant Sale

Category: Free event and Science & nature

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center will hold its annual Plant Sale starting Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and running for about 2 weeks.

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

Knoxville Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Sat May 4, 12 PM and Sun May 5, 4 PM

The apex of Knoxville Opera’s 2018-2019 Season promises to thrill audiences on May 4th and 5th at the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Northshore Drive. Designed as an immersive, unique audience experience, the two-part event on each day begins with a Sacred Must Concert inside the stunning Cathedral featuring works by Verdi, Rossini, and Mascagni. After an intermission the audience will be seated in front of the church surrounding the action as witnesses to the gut-wrenching drama of Mascagni’s masterpiece, Cavalleria Rusticana. Rustic Chivalry, the opera that lit up the Godfather III finale, is a tale of betrayal, rage, and revenge in a small Sicilian village on Easter Sunday. The popular opera, which includes an inspiring Easter prayer procession, has been performed all over the world every year since its 1890 premiere in Rome.

“Knoxville Opera is deeply appreciative of the generous support and hospitality of the Cathedral’s clergy and staff whose enthusiasm and cooperation has made this unique production possible” said Brian Salesky, Knoxville Opera’s Executive and Artistic Director.

The blockbuster cast includes three distinguished artists who have performed worldwide. Canadian mezzosoprano Catherine Daniel is returning to Knoxville after her sensational 2017 portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Mary Queen of Scots. American tenor Richard Troxell, last heard here in the Opera’s 2017 production of La Boheme, is most well-known for his starring role in Frédéric Mitterrand’s award-winning movie of Madame Butterfly filmed on site in Japan. American baritone Scott Bearden’s most recent triumphs at Knoxville Opera include this season’s Gianni Schicchi and the spectacular 2016 production of Tosca.

Also featured in the Sacred Music Concert will be performances by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster, William Shaub, the Knoxville Opera Chorus, and the Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir. Tickets, starting at $23 for adults and $15 for students, may be purchased online at or by calling the Ticket Office at (865) 524-0795 ext. 1.

At Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 711 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Auditions for 45 Seconds From Broadway

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

By Neil Simon
Directed by Courtney Woolard
Performances: June 28-July 14, 2019
Rehearsals: begin May 27 (subject to change)

Audition Times
• Sat, May 4, 2:00 pm
• Sun, May 5, 7:00 pm
Available Roles
• several men and women, ages 20s-70s [see web site for details]
Audition Requirements
• No monologue is necessary. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
• A headshot and resume are helpful but not required.
• Please bring a detailed list of conflicts for May-June.
Auditions will be held at the theater

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Bijou Theatre: WDVX presents Steep Canyon Rangers


Category: Music

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

Inaugural Knoxville Asian Festival Year of Pig 5K & 1 Mile Walk

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

The race is part of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month takes place in the United States every May. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout United States.

Custom participation medals with be distributed at the finish line to all 5k finishers.

Post-Race Festivities: Japanese Rice balls, Miso soup, and fruit (bananas and oranges). We will also host a Japanese Mochi pounding event.

The proceeds from this race will go toward creating an educationally themed festival where we will be providing educational services to public schools in Knoxville and surrounding areas. We want to thank you so much for your support in our drive towards diversity awareness and bringing programs that benefit local education.
Asian Culture Center of TN Web site:

Jazz in the Park with Swingbooty

  • May 4, 2019
  • 5:30-7:30 PM

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

At James Agee Park, 331 James Agee St. Knoxville, TN 37916

Live music and live art! Headliner: gypsy jazz band SWINGBOOTY… upbeat swing with its roots in gypsy music from France and Eastern Europe. Dancing, yoga, massage, and tacos by Captain Muchachos. Hula-hoopers and other flow artists always welcome. Bring your picnic blanket and take in a beautiful Spring day enjoying great jazz and exhibits by some of the area’s best visual artists.

Info: 865-522-6853 or

[Knoxville] By Design: Design Awards Gala

  • May 4, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

April in Knoxville is [Knoxville] by Design Month! It is month full of activities and events that promote the importance of architecture and the power of design in creating the places that give shape to our stories, our lives, and our communities. [Knoxville] by Design is part of National Architecture Week which falls in April each year to coincide with the birth of Thomas Jefferson – our nation’s only Architect-President.

Saturday, May 4th, 6:00PM – 10:00PM
@ Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum
Sponsored by SESCO Lighting

A red carpet event in celebration of design excellence, individual achievements, and fellowship. All are welcome. Stick around for the after party. Purchase Tickets online here! (

Tennessee Pottery Festival at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Festivals & special events

In its third year, the Tennessee Pottery Festival will be held on the grounds of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend on Saturday, May 4th from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Featuring a selection of the nation’s finest potters, this festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase different styles of pottery and other goods made of clay. Clay Art connoisseurs and novices are invited to enjoy the pieces of art in the historic village at the Heritage Center. This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. The Tennessee Pottery Festival is a unique opportunity to find the perfect piece of custom clay art for your home. Whether it is for decoration or function, this festival will have something for everyone at a wide range of price of art as unique as the state of Tennessee.

GSMHC Member and Non-Member Admission $5

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Fundraiser to Support Knoxville's First Responders

  • May 4, 2019
  • 10 AM - 2 PM

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

The Middle Path, an intensive outpatient counseling entity, is hosting an event for Knoxville First Responders and their families.

The carnival will be at The Middle Path, 245 South Peters Road in Knoxville.

Rural Metro Fire Department is exhibiting their antique fire truck, the Knoxville Police Department is bringing a vehicle and officer, The Knoxville Sheriff’s Office is displaying their bomb squad equipment, and Rural Metro Ambulance is bringing a box ambulance.

Also featuring old time carnival games, cakewalk, food trucks, balloon toss, and more!

Star Wars Costume Contest at 12 noon with an entrance fee of $5. 50% of total prize money will be donated to First Responders, and 50% will be donated to the winner of the costume contest.

Info: 865-693-7453 or

Studio Open House: Eun-Sook Kim

  • May 4, 2019
  • 11:00AM-4:00PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Music

Saturday, May 4, 11:00AM-4:00PM.
109 Windham Road, Oak Ridge, 37930.

Presenting William Doran, Eun-Sook Kim, Yumika Komatsu, Betsy Smith and Phyllis Wichner. Special live piano concert by William Doran.

For more information call 865 483-4514.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum 8th Annual Spring Plant Sale

  • May 4, 2019
  • 8:00AM-2:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Mark your calendar for our 8th Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 4! Join us in the Historic Mule Barn to shop for a selection of dazzling perennials, beautiful natives, unique herbs, ceramic pots, and more. Stay tuned for more information, and check out our Facebook event for regular updates.

2649 Boyd’s Bridge Pike Knoxville, TN 37914
Public Sale: 8 am – 2 pm Saturday, May 4

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

Clarence Brown Theatre: Marian Brown's Circle Kick Off

  • May 4, 2019
  • 1-3 PM

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Theatre

Saturday at 1 PM – 3 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre

Join us for tea, coffee, and light hors d'oeuvres as we introduce a new CBT initiative! Marian Brown's Circle members will come together to read plays produced at the CBT, attend quarterly lunches with guest speakers, sign-up for exclusive theatre events/classes established by members, and more!

Carol Mayo Jenkins will make a special appearance.

First come, first served, please RSVP to Amanda Middleton at

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