Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 18, 2019

25th Annual Iris Festival

  • May 18, 2019 — May 19, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Kids & family, Music and Science & nature

The Greene County Partnership’s annual Iris Festival was created in 1994 and has become the community’s major festival of the year, featuring artists, craftsmen, merchants, food vendors and entertainers from across the country. The festival is designed to offer entertaining local and regional talent, and is promoted as a juried arts/crafts festival.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 12-5 p.m.

Historic Ramsey House: Antique and Garden Show


Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Come enjoy the grounds of this historic home and browse the wares of quality antique dealers, nursery owners and food vendors. $5 per person per day, children 12 and under free. For tickets go to or call 865-546-0745

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914.

Peter Rose Pottery Spring Kiln Opening

  • May 18, 2019 — May 19, 2019

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

May is a wonderful time of year to come out to my opening. The trees are green again, the flowers are blooming, and there will be plenty of pottery spread out on the green grass and in my studio gallery. Come and pick something out to brighten up your home or garden for the spring and summer. CLICK HERE to like my Peter Rose Pottery Facebook page to keep up with the latest news on my pottery: Thank you for your continued support and patronage, and I look forward to seeing you at my kiln opening!

Kiln opening dates:
Saturday, May 18th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 19th, noon to 4 p.m.

Gallery and studio are located at 6319 Tazewell Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Directions: Take I-40 East or West to I-640. Take Exit 6 off I-640, north on Broadway and follow the signs to "Tazewell Pike." Turn right on Tazewell Pike at the first traffic light (by Pratt's Country Store). I am 6 miles away on Tazewell Pike, the first driveway on the left past Atkins Road.

Knoxville Guitar Society: Spring Benefit Concert

Category: Kids & family and Music

Join the Knoxville Guitar Society for its Spring Benefit Concert. This concert will feature local guitar students, teachers, and professionals.

Tickets are available at the door. Concerts are open to all ages. Ticket prices (unless otherwise noted): $20 adults; Children 12 & under admitted free; Students 12 - 18 $5 General Admission. Seating is general admission. Box office opens 1/2 hour before performance. Free reception immediately following concert.

Concerts take place at Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff, Knoxville. Knoxville Guitar Society: 865-694-4108,

Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: Make Your Own Kind of Music!

Category: Music

The Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus takes the stage for their Spring show, Make Your Own Kind of Music. “Make Your Own Kind of Music” celebrates the special qualities that make each of us unique! The show includes music by Queen, The Eagles, Radiohead, Florence and the Machine, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and many more! This concert will leave you empowered, feeling good, and ready to conquer the world. Join the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus and fill your spirit! Join KGMC at either 3pm or 7pm on May 18th. (7pm show- Sign language interpreters)

At Bijou Theatre, 803. S Gay Street, Downtown Knoxville. Tickets: or

Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: (865) 255-5623,

City of Knoxville's Neighborhood Conference

  • May 18, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events

The City of Knoxville's Neighborhood Conference is held annually for everyone who participates in a neighborhood organization and for all local residents who are interested in the quality of life in Knoxville's residential neighborhoods.

Each year, the conference includes a Neighborhood Awards and Networking Luncheon, workshops, 75+ information booths, door prizes, and lots of opportunities to meet others, like you, who are working to make their neighborhoods safer, more livable and more friendly.

The 2019 Neighborhood Conference will be held on May 18, 2019 at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Check back for more information:

Tennessee Theatre: Jerry Lee Lewis


Category: Music

Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the all-time best singer-songwriters, musicians, and pianists. A true American Stylist akin to all-time greats Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Al Jolson, he is an architect of great genres such as Rock n' Roll and Rockabilly as well as a commander of Country music and the Blues.

He was born in 1935 to Mamie and Elmo Lewis of Ferriday, Louisiana. In November of ‘56 Jerry Lee made his way to Memphis, Tennessee where he would join Sun Records and launch hit records with "Crazy Arms," "Whole Lotta Shakin,’", and "Great Balls of Fire." Jerry Lee, along with with his friends, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins would become known as the Million Dollar Quartet and there is not any part of music that their influences haven't touched. As a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s very first class of inductees, “The Killer” holds numerous awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, numerous GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award and countless other honors. He is truly rock’s first great wildman, and shows no signs of stopping, touring around the globe still today!

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

Knox County Public Library: Children's Festival of Reading

  • May 18, 2019
  • 10:00AM-3:00PM

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

On Saturday, May 18, more than 10,000 East Tennessee children and their families will come to World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville to meet their favorite authors, illustrators, and musicians. The Children's Festival of Reading is fun for the whole family and a great way to kick off a summer of reading and learning.

We are looking forward to this year's festival with astronomically talented authors like Ame Dyckman, author of Misunderstood Shark, Kevin Lewis, author of Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo, Allison Varnes, author of Property of the Rebel Librarian, Natalie Lloyd, author of A Snicker of Magic, and Debbie Dadey, author of Mermaid Tales. As always, the festival is free and open to the public.

Ame Dyckman is short, loud, mischievous, and often dresses like her book characters. She's also an award-winning, internationally-translated author of the fantastically illustrated picture books Boy+Bot, Tea Party Rules, the New York Times Bestselling Wolfie the Bunny, Horrible Bear!, You Don't Want a Unicorn, and more. Ame lives in central New Jersey with her family, ridiculously big eared cat, book collection, closet full of hair dye colors, and of course, the characters from her stories. She's currently building a homemade swimming pool for the protagonist of her latest release, Misunderstood Shark--mostly so she can have her bathtub back.

Kevin Lewis is the author of many children's picture books for toddler and early elementary grades including the classics Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo and My Truck is Stuck, Halloween favorite The Runaway Pumpkin, Dinosaur Dinosaur, and Not Inside This House. Kevin started his career a Book of Wonder. From there he moved on to Scholastic Inc. where he assisted on the SeeSaw school book club until landing a position at Scholastic's Blue Sky Press. In 2015 Kevin resigned his position as executive editor at Disney/Hyperion to focus more attention on his writing. He lives with his husband and dog in a 200-year-old farm house in the Hudson Valley.

Knox County Public Library: 500 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8750,

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Heritage Haooening Dinner and Auction

Category: Fundraisers, History & heritage and Music

Preparations are well underway for the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center's sixteenth annual Heritage Happening Dinner and Auction. The well-attended event supports the Heritage Center's goals to preserve, communicate, and celebrate the rich history of the Smoky Mountains and their people.

This year, the Heritage Happening will be held at the Center's home in Townsend on Saturday evening, May 18, 2019. It will feature both silent and live auctions as well as an elegant dinner catered by Rothchild's of Knoxville. Guests will enjoy live Appalachian music and welcome from local writer and storyteller Sam Venable.

The wide array of unique items to be auctioned this year includes beautiful artwork from area craftsmen, destination vacation trips, wine, Smoky Mountain activities, and food and dining experiences, thanks to the generosity of donors across East Tennessee and to the dedication of our Guild members who solicit these diverse items. To preview action items, please visit the Heritage Happening website on or around May 1 items will be continually added, so check the website frequently.

Invitations to the 2019 Heritage Happening will be mailed in April to Heritage Center members and past attendees, but all are welcome to purchase tickets by calling the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044
Monday thru Friday 10 am - 5 pm or by going on-line to or visiting the Heritage Center website at

Tickets are $125.00 per person, $90.00 of which is tax deductible. On-line pre-bidding on silent auction items will open on or around May 1st, and a code to access the auction site will be emailed to ticket holders on that date.

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,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Picnic in the Park

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Theatre in the Park, Maryville Greenbelt (free & open to the public - rain date: May 19)

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra provides classical music for communities that do not usually have the opportunity to hear a live orchestral performance.

KSO musicians have performed in communities throughout Tennessee, including Athens, Crossville, Dandridge, Greeneville, Harrogate, Jefferson City, Maryville, Morristown, Sevierville and Tellico Village, as well as in Richlands, VA. The KSO takes pride in its dedication to serving this region, and we are thrilled to provide live orchestral music for the people of East Tennessee. For information on hosting the KSO in your community contact the Director of Education and Community Partnerships.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Guild Annual Gala

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Presented by the Heritage Center Guild. The Heritage Center’s annual benefit dinner is a social highlight of the spring season with great food, music, and both live and silent auctions.

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,

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: Family Day

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Family Day: Inspirations and Creations
Join us for this free monthly programming featuring activities, crafts, tours, and more.

This will be the last opportunity to tour the temporary exhibition, Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India. Take a guided tour through the gallery and use it inspiration to create your own work of art!

Saturday, May 18 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

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