Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Bottom: Quilting Workshops with Gary White

  • April 30, 2022 — May 7, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops and Fine Crafts

Gary White is back to lead a 2 weekend quilting course, April 30 & May 7, designed for beginners & experts alike. Participants will explore the history of string quilts, the importance of quilting within the African American/Southern experience, and created unique string quilt pieces to take home. Free to attend & participate - RSVP HERE!

The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, 865-444-5915 or

East Tennessee Hosta Society: Plant Sales

  • April 30, 2022 — May 1, 2022

Category: Free event and Science, nature

April 30, 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, Ivan Racheff House and Gardens Plant Sale, 1943 Tennessee Ave., Knoxville.

April 30, 8:00 am until 12:00 pm, Mountain Laurel Garden Club plant sale, Fairview Elementary School, 2130 Old Niles Ferry Rd., Maryville. Visit the Mountain Laurel Garden Club on Facebook.

May 1, Noon until 4:00 pm, ETHS Hosta and Plant Sale, UT Gardens Parking Lot next to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the UT Gardens. The UT Gardens, Knoxville, will also have plants available if you missed their sale in early April. Great gifts for Mom - Mother's Day will be on May 8!

Knoxville Opera: Rossini Festival

Category: Culinary arts, food, Dance, movement, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival Int’l Street Fair will be returning to Downtown Knoxville! This free-admission celebration of the performing arts features 11 hours of non-stop entertainment on five outdoor stages. Up-to-date information regarding performance schedules and festival maps will be posted on as they become available.

Festival highlights include:
● 5 Musical Stages, with 50 hours of free entertainment by 1000 artists
● YMCA FunZone on Market Square
● Eagle Distributing Beer Garden
● 100+ Artisans and Food Vendors
● Welcome Ceremonies with Elected Officials
● Mini-recitals by KO’s April 29 Puccini Gala Concert Guest Artists
● Streamliner’s Swing Orchestra free concert from 8-10 pm at the Instrumental Music Stage

Performances throughout the day will include:
Knoxville Opera Puccini Concert Soloists: Rochelle Bard, soprano; Amy Shoremount-Obra, soprano;
Adam Diegel, tenor; Scott Bearden, baritone

Webb School Singers, Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir, Pellissippi State Variations, Lucia Andronescu Flamenco Dancers, Alexia Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble, Momentum Dance Lab, Knoxville Community Band, UT Jazz Big Band, Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra, Hardin Valley Thunder Bluegrass, Volunteer Statesmen Barbershoppers, UT Trombone Choir

Phone: 865-524-0795 | Email: |

East Tennessee Music Collectors Show

  • April 30, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

2022 Show Schedule

* We urge ALL of you to please follow current health dept. guidelines regarding the wearing of masks, and social distancing, etc.

East Tennessee Music Collectors Show, ROTHCHILD CONFERENCE CENTER, 8807 KINGSTON PIKE, Knoxville TN, 10am-4pm, admission $2.00.,

Come shop for 1000s of rare vinyl LPs and 45s, plus CDs, music DVDs, memorabilia, and more ... It's the biggest music store in Tennessee-for one day only! *CONTACT the promoter, GREG NEAL, for information on becoming a vendor at our events.

Ivan Racheff House & Gardens: Annual Plant Sale

  • April 30, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Help support the historic landmark Ivan Racheff House & Gardens at the Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 30, 9 am to 3 pm. There will be beautiful selections of perennials, annuals, wildflowers, vegetables, herbs, garden items and decor. There will also be a Bake Sale and a Food Truck, so pick up lunch, a delicious dessert, and some plants! Don’t forget to take a stroll through the beautiful gardens and arboretum.

1943 Tennessee Ave, Knoxville

Beck & Bijou: TranscenDance: A Celebration of our Black Butterfly Malaika Guthrie

Category: Dance, movement and Music


A dance concert honoring the retirement of Malaika Guthrie featuring Contemporary and African dance presented by AE Dance Co Alumni and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.

For 28 years Malaika Guthrie has been a staple in the Knoxville community teaching Dance and African culture. She has taught at Austin East High School, Vine Middle Magnet School, and served as the artistic director of Kuumba Watoto Children’s Dance Ensemble for many years. This performance is a tribute to her legacy including African Dance & Drum, Contemporary, Hip-hop, and spiritual dance. Additional proceeds will be donated to Austin-East High School.

Transcendance takes place at the Bijou Theatre on April 30, 2022. Tickets range from $15-$20. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm.

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

Unfiltered: From Scars to Beauty - Art & Fashion Show

  • April 30, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family, Literature, reading, writing and Music

Unfiltered: From Scars to Beauty
April 30 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Avenue Campus

After much communication with youth and young adults that have been suffering with mental health concerns, depression, and suicidality, there is a common theme of feeling unheard and dismissed. The purpose of this event is to provide a platform for youth to display their hidden emotions through art. Expect to be amazed at the creativity of our young adults but also prepared to get a glimpse into the mental health struggles they experience.

If you are a STUDENT, click the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES below to learn how to submit your art for the show on April 30. If you are a COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION that is interested in partnering on this event, click the COMMUNITY PARTNER GUIDELINES below to learn more about partnering with us.
Questions? Email TSPN East Regional Director Emily Hager at

Ijams Nature Center: Paint with Watercolors

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art and Science, nature

Recommended for ages 16 and up

Description: Spring is full of beautiful colors but capturing these colors on paper sometimes can feel like a daunting task. With the help of spring wildflowers and new leaves, this Ijams Field Day will introduce participants to the basics of watercolor painting including tips on mixing colors, composing a painting, and enjoying the spring weather with a paintbrush in hand. This is a beginner course led by Ijams teacher/naturalist and amature painter Eliza Phillips.

Materials Participants Should Bring: Comfortable trail walking shoes, hat, water bottle, snacks, weather appropriate clothing, and a handss-free way to carry everything. Optional: camera, hand lens. Watercolor paper, paints, and brushes will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring their own.

Information to Note: This program will take us in search of spring ephemeral wildflowers and will likely take place on trails with roots, rocks, and some elevation change. We will spend the entirety of the class outdoors.

Location: This program meets outside the Ijams Visitor Center. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-5; grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Spark: E-Cycling Event

  • April 30, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Sat Apr 30, 10 AM – 2 PM: Your Old Electronics Can Help Spark Change Lives
Do you have old laptop or desktop computers, monitors, tablets or other electronic devices sitting around gathering digital dust? Here’s a chance to put them to good use! Spark, an East Tennessee nonprofit organization that provides technology access for people with disabilities, has teamed up with Scott Recycling of Knoxville for an e-cycling event. A portion of all of the computers and tablets donated will be wiped clean and have new operating systems installed and will then be provided at no cost to members of our community with disabilities. The event will take place at Scott Recycling, 5049 S. National Dr. in East Knox County. At the same event, Scott will also accept electronic equipment including printers, scanners, fax machines, video game systems, wires and cables, and small household appliances. “This is a great opportunity for people to clear out their technological clutter and provide assistance to people with disabilities. For the families we serve, having a reliable and accessible laptop, desktop or tablet can be a digital lifeline,” said Mary Thom Adams, executive director of Spark. Spark was founded in 1988 as the East Tennessee Special Technology Access Center by a group of parents, business people, service providers and members of the disability advocacy community who held an uncommon belief in the power of technology to help people with disabilities reach their goals. Over the years, the organization has provided a wide range of assistive technology services to thousands of people with disabilities throughout East Tennessee. People with disabilities interested in receiving one of the donated, repurposed devices can contact Spark at 865-219-0130.

The Bottom: #IndieBookstoreDay: Local Author BookFair

  • April 30, 2022

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Literature, reading, writing

In honor of National Independent Bookstore Day, The Bottom is hosting an event to highlight local authors! Each author will host a booth in our space showcasing their books, and will also introduce their work & take questions from the audience at 2pm. We invite you to attend & bring a friend!

The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, 865-444-5915 or

Zoo Knoxville: Zoofari

Category: Fundraisers

For 35 years, Zoofari has been the premier fundraising event for Zoo Knoxville and a highlight in the local social calendar. The annually changing theme keeps Zoofari a fresh new adventure. This year, guests of Zoofari 2022 are promised another memorable night at Knoxville’s most unique gala. Sponsors and their guests will enjoy an evening at the zoo accentuated with a gourmet meal, signature cocktails, and the thrilling auction. Alternatively, sponsors may choose to have a Virtual Zoofari At Home. Ours is an event that truly stands on its own as an evening of entertainment complemented by the support it raises for one of Knoxville’s crown jewels, Zoo Knoxville. Zoofari brings in over $1,100,000 for Zoo Knoxville every year.

Tickets begin at $800.00 per person. Limited seats are available.

5:30 Cocktails
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Auction
9:00 After Party

Retrospect Vintage Store: April RetroFlea

  • April 30, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Step out into the sunshine and join us for the April version of RetroFlea! There will be over 25 vintage vendors set up with all types of wares - from clothing, smalls, furniture, glassware, and just about everything else!

1121 N Central St Knoxville, TN 37917
Retrospect is your one stop shop for everything vintage! We are a Vintage shop that specializes in retro furnishings, pop culture, antiques, vintage clothing and all things good. You name it we have it!

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