Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Retropolitan Craft Fair

  • May 1, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Retropolitan Craft Fair has been bringing indie-craft markets to the Knoxville area twice a year since 2014. The goal of the fair is to provide independent makers with a space to sell their quality and unique goods to the community. Each vendor is chosen exclusively after a juried event and are curated based on one-of- a-kind products, creativity and retropolitan swagger.

At The Mill and Mine, 227 West Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN

Knox County Public Library: Screenings: World's Fair Opening Day

  • May 1, 2022

Category: Film, Free event and History, heritage

Sunday, May 1 | 1:30–4:45 PM at Tennessee Theatre

Forty years ago, Knoxville transformed itself into an international city when it cut the ribbon on the 1982 World's Fair. This year, we are commemorating that feat in a six-month celebration of the year that the Scruffy City did it!

TAMIS is partnering with the Tennessee Theatre for a rare screening of footage from the opening day and a documentary narrated by Knoxville's own Johnny Cullum called Wonder of the Worlds which looks at the history of the fairs and their landmarks. East Tennessee PBS will be on hand to showcase video from their extensive library of World’s Fair material, including performances from the Folk Life Festival. In between screenings, visitors are invited to take self-guided tours of the majestic theatre.

UT School of Music: A Capella Ensembles Outreach

  • May 1, 2022

Category: Free event and Music

May 1, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
Farragut Presbyterian Church
209 Jamestowne Blvd, Knoxville, TN

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. Information: 865-974-8935,

Two Bikes: Knox Bike Swap & Show

  • May 1, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Health, wellness

Two Bikes and Central Filling Station are proud to host the 2022 Knox Bike Swap & Show on Sunday, May 1st 2022 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Central Filling Station (900 N. Central St, Knoxville, TN).

The Knox Bike Swap & Show is the place to unload all your used bicycles and parts OR pick up more bikes and more parts. Buy, sell, trade, hang out and talk about nerdy bike stuff.

The Knox Bike Swap & Show is free and open to the public, but if you want to sell items you’ll need to register for a vendors’ table. The Registration Fee is $10 and includes a free beverage ticket.
For any additional information please see the FAQ below or email:

A bike swap and show? What’s that?
Got a lot of bike-y junk and looking to make some cash? Wanna buy more bike-y junk? How about trading bike-y junk for other bike-y junk? O yea!

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!

Arts in the Airport

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

For the past thirteen years, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) have partnered to present a biannual exhibition entitled “Arts in the Airport”. This juried exhibition was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork by:

Cosima Aryee, Kate Aubrey, Sally Brogden, Jan Burleson, Gino Castellanos, Elle Colquitt, Barbara Bolton Cornett, Denise Cumming, Yvonne Dalschen, Vincent Drake, Melissa N. Everett, Diana Ferguson, Alan Finch, Elena Ganusova, Carl Gombert, Brian Horais, Anthony TungNing Huang, Kathleen A. Janke, Siobian Jones, Gretchen Kaplan, Anne W. Kinggard, Andreas Koschan, Judy Lavoie, William M. Long, Allison Meriwether, Anders V. Nienstaedt, Tom Owens, Dennis Sabo, Phil Savage, Baxter Stults, Kelli L. Thompson, Chloe Wack, Carl Whitten, Douglas Wielfaert, Marianne Woodside, and Museum of Infinite Outcomes.

View and purchase artworks at

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Reluctant Dragon

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

The play will be performed Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.
The show will be directed by KCT Artistic Director, Steve Sherman.

Synopsis: An adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame classic book about an unlikely friendship. The village of Guildermere blames the dragon who lives upon the downs for their dying crops and sour milk. But this dragon is a peace-loving, poetry-spouting fellow who would much prefer a cup of tea to a battle. When Saint George arrives, the dragon and his young friend, Glaston, face quite a challenge indeed.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Art Guild of Tellico Village: Annual Art Show

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

"Art for Everyone" Celebration in Tellico Village
The annual Art Show of the Art Guild of Tellico Village takes the limelight on April 29, 30 and May 1, 2022. Presented at the Community Church at Tellico Village in Loudon TN, this acclaimed display showcases more than 250 pieces of art, highlighting the exceptional and varied talents of Art Guild members.

“This professional-level exhibit has long been a favorite community event of the spring season, welcoming art enthusiasts from near and far,” says show leadership team member Laura Hersh. “After more than twenty years of presenting an annual Art Show, the Art Guild is thrilled to bring this exhibition back after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Our members are excited to once again have this opportunity to present their artwork directly to the public.”

This year’s theme of “Art for Everyone” appropriately reflects a wide variety of subjects, styles and media in the Art Show. Watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, inks, graphite, colored pencil, photography, wood turning, wood carving, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture, weavings, fused glass, stained glass, collage and mixed media will be featured. Much of the artwork will be for sale.

During the 3-day Art Show visitors can observe “Artists at Work,” learning about unusual media, inspirations, techniques, materials and more. The public is also invited to vote for Peoples’ Choice Awards, to be announced at the end of the show. Jerry's Artarama of Knoxville, which sells an extensive selection of fine art supplies, will be awarding $500 in prizes to the winners.

The 2022 Art Show takes place April 29-May 1: On Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 10-4.
The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, April 30, from 4:30-6:00, when many exhibiting artists will be on site to meet and greet visitors. The Community Church at Tellico Village is located at 130 Chota Ctr, Loudon, TN. Art Show attendance is FREE to the public and all are welcome. For more information visit

Townsend Artisan Guild: Spring Art Show & Sale

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

9am-4:30pm daily
Townsend Visitor Center, 7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN

We will be exhibiting originally created work by local artists at the Townsend Visitor Center, April 29 through May 1. Artisans will be on site to discuss their work and demonstrate the processes that they use. The art work will represent fiber arts, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, and pottery. We look forward to visiting with you over the weekend.

Other work can be seen year-round at the Townsend Artisan Guild Gallery, 7719 Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882. Hours: Mon, Thu-Sat 10-5, Sun 1:30-5. Information: 865-448-8018 or

Schulz Bräu Brewing: Maifest

  • April 29, 2022 — May 1, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Music

Maifest is our newest festival at SB! Starting in 2022, we've got a great line up of events for our three-day festival. Expect a farmer's market, spring festival, and mini-Oktoberfest all in one! This Event is Rain-or-Shine!

Maifest is a beloved time in Germany. These parties consist of open-air venues, dancing, drinking, and indulging! Our Maifest celebrations will include these activities and more! In terms of what it celebrates, Maifest is similar to many Spring festivals that usher in new growth and rebirth. At Schulz Brau, you’ll be able to peruse different vendors from plant nurseries, local farms, and crafters/artisans. Don’t forget to enjoy the live music as you peruse the vendor stalls!

We always keep to our German roots for any event. Therefore, drinks all around! Expect some extra delicious cocktails to pop up on the bar menu. Along with the menu newbies, our latest release of Maibock is available the opening day of Maifest.

Lots to do and even more to see! You’ll feel like you’re in the middle of The Sound of Music with the foliage and decor throughout the Biergarten. Ilona is a bit of a green thumb!

River & Rail Theatre Company: Sweat

Category: Theatre

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. When layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT examines the impact of a national economic shift on a local, tight-knit community in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the year 2000, layoffs and lockouts threaten their factory floor jobs, thrusting them into a bitter fight for survival. Produced across the country to critical and popular acclaim, SWEAT considers the effects of America’s economic decline and deindustrialization alongside a heart-wrenching examination of friendship, race, class, and trust within this community of family and friends.

River & Rail Theatre, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727,

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