Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Concerts on the Square: Jazz Tuesdays

  • May 3, 2022 — June 28, 2022

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Bring your kids, lawn chairs, blankets, pets, and friends to enjoy outdoor Knoxville nights, live music, food, fun, and community in Market Square. The City of Knoxville provides these free Concerts on the Square all summer long.

Jazz Tuesdays – Every week at 7 pm
May 3: Sam Adams QuartetConcerts on the Square
May 10: Eric Reed
May 17: Karns Highschool Jazz Band: 5:30-6:00pm
Jack Roben Trio 7pm-9pm
May 24: Greg Tardy Quartet
May 31: Mark Boling Trio
June 7: Greg Tardy Quartet
June 14: Taber Gable Trio
June 21: Ken Brown Quintet
June 28: Margherita Fava Trio

To stay updated on bands and any cancellations due to weather, visit the City of Knoxville Special Events Facebook page. No Tickets. It's Free!

Tinca Tinca: Songwriter Open Mic at Next Level

  • May 3, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Music

At Next Level Brewing Company, 700 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

Knoxville songwriters, musicians, and singers--come play a song! Come try out your new songs and creative works-in-progress, connect with other Knoxville creatives, and enjoy a tasty brew from Next Level Brewing. As a bonus, anyone who performs has a chance to win the "lottery tip jar," at the end of the night!

Signups start at 6pm. Open mic from 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 15, Apr 5, Apr 19, May 3, May 17, Jun 7

Hosted by Travis Tench of Tinca Tinca:

As a bonus, anyone who performs has a chance to win the "lottery tip jar," at the end of the night!

UT School of Music: VolOpera Workshop: Horned and Hidden Child

  • May 3, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event, Music, Theatre and Virtual

VolOpera presents a performance of opera scenes including parts of an opera written by Mikeila McQueston.

May 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. Venues: Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Boulevard; James R. Cox Auditorium and Performance Hall 32, Alumni Memorial Building, 1408 Middle Drive. Information: 865-974-8935,

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club: Pint Night Benefit

  • May 3, 2022

Category: Fundraisers and Health, wellness

Join us for a pint or two from Hexagon out on the patio at River Sports. Ride over on the greenway, grab supper from the food truck, join us in some fun games and win prizes from our sponsors Yakima, Helinox, Bell, Giro, Camelbak, Blackburn, Dometic!!!
TUESDAY MAY 3rd From 6-8

River & Rail Theatre: Pop-Up Theatre & Music Bingo

Category: Festivals, special events and Theatre

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2022 AT 5:30 PM
At Knox Brew Hub

We are excited to host River & Rail for a preview of their newest production SWEAT! Join us from 5:30-7 pm for a Pop-Up Theatre experience and from 7-9 pm for SWEAT inspired Music Bingo with Cassie and Guest Host Kenneth, of River & Rail and The Old City Performing Arts Center! This will be a unique evening, so be sure to join us at The Hub in Downtown Knoxville!

Union Ave Books: Author Event with Ashlee Latimer

  • May 3, 2022

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

Union Ave Books is proud to present an author event celebrating Ashlee Latimer and her book FRANCIS DISCOVERS POSSIBLE. This event will take place on May 3rd, 2022 at 6pm at Union Ave Books.

Ashlee Latimer is writer, producer, and director focused on creating work that supports and celebrates young people of all ages. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and travels as much as possible. You can find her online talking about books, theater, and Disney movies at @ALNL on Twitter and @ashleelaurynnichole on Instagram.
About "Francis Discovers Possible": Francis loves learning new words. At school, when her class is reviewing words that begin with the letter “F,” someone sneers “Fat, like Francis.” Francis always thought “fat” was a warm word—like snuggling with Mama or belly rubs for her puppy. But now “fat” feels cold, and Francis feels very small. After school, Baba takes Francis to the park. She chooses the bench instead of the swing set, and gets very quiet. But when Baba uses the word “possible,” Francis wants to know what it means. They explore the park together, discovering what’s “possible” around them. Is it like airplanes, hovering in the sky? Or does it look like planting and how some things take a long time to grow? “Possible” makes Francis feel warm and big—like “fat,” before someone else made her feel small. This ode to self-acceptance will model for child readers what “possible” might mean in their own lives.

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Exhibition by Michelle Barillaro and Charles Osten

  • May 1, 2022 — June 26, 2022

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

Paintings by Michelle Barillaro and Jewelry by Charles Osten

Westminister Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-R 9-4, Fri 9-12. Information: (865) 584-3957 or

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

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

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,

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Knoxville Covid Story Project,

Category: Theatre

Flying Anvil Theatre shares Knoxville stories. A new play captures the real-life stories of a diverse group of Knoxvillians in Flying Anvil Theatre’s The Knoxville Covid Story Project, opening April 28. Using interviews compiled over the past two years, the show covers the gamut of pandemic experiences from teachers, students, front line workers, engineers, artists and more. Each audience will get the chance to share their Covid stories as well. Director Jayne Morgan says the play is an interactive experience. “In addition to hearing the moving and funny stories we’ve gathered through interviews, audiences can share what they’ve learned, what aggravated them and what challenges they faced. But we’ve learned that people also talk about surprising benefits that came out of this time. About how they’ve grown, the sublime and the ridiculous. Sharing these stories is really cathartic and healing.”

The Knoxville Covid Story Project interviews were conducted by Linda Parsons, Jayne Morgan, Summer Awad, Brandi Augustus, Jazmin Witherspoon and Ginger Lyvere Peck, beginning in 2020. “We originally had the show planned for last year,” Parsons says. “But the continuing pandemic made that impossible. The blessing was that the cancellation allowed us to continue interviewing people as conditions changed. The result is an overview of the past two years in local people’s lives, a tapestry of their journeys both individually and in community.”

Parsons and Morgan compiled the final script, which will include new stories from the audience each night. The stories will be read by actors Josh Brandon, Brandi Augustus, Carolyn Corley and Barbara Kistler-Martin. Jade Hurst is stage manager, set design by David Hutto and lighting by Adam Baranowski.

The show is partly underwritten by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Tickets for The Knoxville Covid Story Project are available at or on the theatre’s Facebook page.

Following CDC guidance, the theatre no longer requires masks, but they are highly recommended.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, Facebook and Instagram @flyinganviltheatre

Pellissippi State: Animation Student Showcase

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Mondays-Fridays, April 25-May 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405,

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