Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Knoxville Opera Guild: 5th Annual Knoxville Croquet Tournament

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Knoxville Opera Guild invites you to celebrate the 15th year of this landmark event, a benefit for Knoxville Opera, on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at UT’s superb RecSports Fields on Sutherland Avenue. The tournament is a rapid form of croquet, perfect for novices and social players. It requires no experience and is lots of fun. Ask a friend to participate – make a party of it! Please register for the tournament on or before May 16, 2019.

Traditional White Sports or Old World Elegant attire is encouraged. For example, women might wear a long dress with garden party hat and men might be seen in turn-of-the-century whites.

Event Features:
Playing Croquet on the Green*
Gourmet Brunch under the Great Tent
High Tea and Champagne with Strawberries & Cream
Trophies for Croquet Tournament & Vintage Costume Contest
Competition for the Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup
Bocce Game
Vintage Autos

Croquet Tournament Details:
We will be playing a shortened version of croquet, an easy-to-learn variation of the game we all love. Two-player teams proceed through up to five wickets; no experience is necessary. The first team to score three wickets wins! There will be a court captain at each court who will give instructions, organize the game, and answer any questions. Games typically run around 20 minutes – it’s fast-paced and lots of fun! Additional excitement will mark the awarding of the Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup. Cheer on the heads of Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Clarence Brown Theatre, as they compete for Knoxville’s most prestigious croquet award!

Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

Open Streets Knoxville

  • May 19, 2019
  • 2:00-6:00PM

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

Open Streets Knoxville brings together community groups and local businesses, giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to walk, ride bikes, hula hoop, and much more - all in a setting that is fun and safe! More than a street festival, Open Streets Knoxville gives residents an opportunity to explore their neighborhood and local businesses in a safe, fun, and family-friendly way. Participants can enjoy being physically active and visiting local businesses by foot or on bike. It encourages the use of active transportation and healthy living, and has a goal of giving residents an opportunity to rethink our streets as public space.

Open Streets will be back in the street on Sunday, May 19th from 2-6pm. Sutherland Ave. from N. Bellemeade Ave. to Division St. will be closed to car traffic. Mark your calendar and tell your family and friends; don't miss out!

Beginning in 2019, we will offer 1 Open Streets event per year (in the Spring), as opposed to the 2 we have held in previous years. The goal of Open Streets is to have at least a one mile route on Knoxville streets closed to traffic. Our events typically bring thousands of people into the street! Bike Walk Knoxville has in kind support from the City of Knoxville and funding from a Knoxville Community Agency Grant, as well as other community sponsors that help defray the substantial costs of Open Streets Knoxville events.

Knox Heritage: Springtime Afternoon Tea

Category: Culinary arts and History & heritage

This month, it's all about Mom and the beautiful signs of spring, so why not enjoy them both at Historic Westwood. Bring your Mom, Dad, and all the siblings, too! In addition to a variety of teas and three delicious courses of biscuits and scones, sandwiches and delectables, EST8TE, one of the sponsors of our tea series, will be setting up a pop-up shop during the event for our guests to browse and purchase something special for themselves or to give as a gift. $40 per person.

Knox Heritage, at Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-8008,

Smoky Mountains Blues Society: Blues Cruise

  • May 19, 2019
  • 4:00-7:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Music

Take a blues cruise with the Smoky Mountains Blues Society on May 19,
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

The Kara Grainger Band will be performing on the second Blues Cruise of the season! Cruise along the beautiful Tennessee River (Loudon Lake) and enjoy listening to amazing Blues music!

Boarding at 3 pm, cruising from 4 pm to 7 pm on the beautiful Tennessee River! Full bar and limited food service available.

Cruise Tickets $16 for members (Call Riverboat Office and ask for discount price), $20 for non-members, $25.00 day of show.

Call 865-525-7827 for TICKETS or Online at Tennessee Riverboat.
Smoky Mountain Blues Society:

Knoxville Choral Society: The Sing!


Category: Festivals & special events and Music

The Knoxville Choral Society has for many years established itself as the premier ensemble for choral masterworks and classical choral music in East Tennessee. The Sing! Knoxville concert is an opportunity for us to show our audiences the versatility of the choral art in today's performing arts scene. Choral music today spans far more than the masterworks and church music we regularly perform. We'll be looking at new, atmospheric music by modern, living composers, artful arrangements by popular artists such as Ed Sheeran and John Legend, world music styles incorporating Spanish and Arabic languages, as well as new arrangements of well-known spirituals. The audience will be invited to sing with the Knoxville Choral Society as well. We're going to be singing about singing, and why singing is such an important part of our culture and how we connect with each other through music and togetherness.

Come sing with the Knoxville Choral Society under the direction of conductor and artistic director, John R. Orr, at the Bijou Theatre for Sing! Knoxville. The Sing! Knoxville concert, presented by Rush's Music, takes place Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 7:30 PM at the historic Bijou Theatre, 803 S Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased from a choral society member, by visiting the Bijou Theatre website, or by calling 865-684-1200 option 2.

Knoxville Community Band Concert

  • May 19, 2019

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

May 19, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. - World's Fair Park Amphitheater - Downtown Knoxville

The Knoxville Community Band gives musicians of all experience levels the opportunity to perform in various concerts, including an outdoor concert series during the summer and other festivals and City events throughout the year. The band plays an assortment of light classical, festive and marching songs. The band meets in the band room at Northwest Middle School at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night (no practices in August or December). The band is directed by Larry Hicks, retired band director of Heritage High School in Maryville. Mark Boring, also retired from the Blount County school system, is the assistant band director. For more information on concert dates or about joining the band, please contact Larry Hicks at

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.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth

Category: Theatre

Directed by Sarah Campbell

After history professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the University, his startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. But they're shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement: John claims he must move on because he is immortal, and cannot stay in one place for more than ten years without his secret being discovered. Tempers rise and emotions flow as John's fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, but it soon becomes clear that his tale is as impossible to disprove as it is to verify. What starts out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax. Acclaimed science fiction writer Jerome Bixby, writer of the original 'Star Trek' and 'The Twilight Zone', originally conceived this story back in the early 1960's. It would come to be his last great work.

"The Man From Earth restores dignity to science fiction of the mind."
—Michael Guillen, Twitch (

"A tall tale ... that ends with a devastatingly clever twist."
—Michael Janusonis, The Providence Journal

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

10th Annual Rhythm N' Blooms Music Festival

Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Kids & family and Music

The music festival that brought artists like Jason Isbell, Amos Lee, Young the Giant, The Decemberists, Mutemath, and so many more returns to Knoxville’s Historic Old City May 17-19, 2019. Festival producers, Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions, are pleased to release the first wave of the 2019 festival lineup, which includes headliners Dawes and Tyler Childers as well as additional artists The Black Lillies, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and My Brightest Diamond.

Day and weekend festival passes are on sale now at

This year, Rhythm N’ Blooms will also include a Street Fair that will be free and open to the public. Jackson Avenue will be closed from S Central St. to Morgan St. and will feature live music on the Kid Curry Stage, two bars, an Art Market, and several vendors.

In celebration of the festival's tenth year, Rhythm N' Blooms is excited to welcome back some favorites from years past. Dawes headlined the festival in 2013, and the band has seen explosive growth since their previous Rhythm N' Blooms performance. The genre-bending My Brightest Diamond also appeared in 2013, dazzling festival attendees with a now-legendary post-midnight set that was so packed audience members watched from outside the open windows of Boyd's Jig & Reel. Knoxville-based Americana darlings The Black Lillies (and frontman Cruz Contreras) have been involved since the festival's inception, headlining the very first year at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and returning in some capacity almost every year since.

New to the festival this year is headliner Tyler Childers, whose Sturgill Simpson-produced album Purgatory has put him solidly on the map as his generation's preeminent Southern Gothic songwriter and storyteller. Also festival newcomers, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have had a watershed year - Lukas (son of Willie) wrote or co-wrote the majority of the music for blockbuster film "A Star is Born" and he and the band appeared in the film and on the soundtrack, backing Bradley Cooper.

The Art Market will be unique addition to the festival, featuring artists who create jewelry, leather goods, paintings, natural body products, and more!

Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival is presented by Yee-Haw Brewing Company and produced in partnership by Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey. For more information, visit or

Ijams Nature Center & Seventy Thirty Creatives: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Category: Theatre

Ijams Nature Center is happy to bring back the Seventy Thirty Creatives for the 3rd year in a row to present Shakespeare’s lighthearted comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor. There will be three performances for this theatrical performance:

Friday, May 17th, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 18th, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 19th, 2:30 PM

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

Follow the wives of Windsor as they gossip and scheme to foil the advances of wanna-be playboy, Falstaff. While Falstaff woos the wives, Mistress Page and Mistress Ford band together to prank the fat fool. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s daughter, Anne Page, is pursued by three odd suitors; Mistress Ford’s husband deals with his all-consuming jealousy; and Falstaff’s rag-tag group of friends sit back and watch as he is humiliated for the whole town to see.

Ijams Nature Center is a picturesque venue nestled in the heart of South Knoxville. Bring a chair or a blanket, soak in a late spring day, and enjoy the show! Ticket are $12 for an individual ticket or you can get two tickets for $20. For tickets and other information, please visit

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