Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Plateau Creative Arts Center: Knoxville Watercolor Society Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The public is invited to a special exhibit by the Knoxville Watercolor Society at the Art Center from May 6 to June 1 in addition to art exhibited by the Art Guild’s members. The show opening is May 5, 5:00-7:00 pm at the Art Center, which is always free and open to the public.

Formed in 1963, the Knoxville Watercolor Society has a long history of gathering artists to learn, develop, show and teach this beautiful art form to the community. Their work has been displayed in various venues throughout Tennessee, including Nashville, Morristown, Fountain City, and of course, multiple venues in Knoxville. Several members have exhibited in other watercolor shows as well, consistently winning regional, state and national awards.

Watercolor painting has a fascinating history, with its roots in cave drawings dating back to paleolithic Europe, with color being extracted from plants and accented with the charcoal tips of burnt wood. Upon the development of papyrus (paper), watercolor was used to create exquisite highlighting in manuscripts from early Egypt. For centuries, artists made their own paints and closely guarded their formulas and techniques . The Renaissance period saw a large surge in watercolor art. Mass manufacturing of simple watercolors started in the 1800’s and was often one of the early art forms taught to school children. Many of us can recall the Prang brand sets of watercolors that children coveted. Today, many people still think of watercolor as pastel and soft edged, but it can also be more hard edged and vibrant, eliciting a variety of emotional responses and appealing to a wide range of art appreciators.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Hours: M-Sa 9-4. Information: 931-707-7249,

Printshop Beer & Knox Loves Bikes: Pints & Bikes

  • May 5, 2022 — May 26, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Free event and Health, wellness

Super excited about Printshop's benefit pint night series with us and these awesome organizations! Hope to see you out in May!

Thursdays, featuring Two Bikes, Kickstand, Spokeswomen, AMBC Joy Ride


Bennett: Mother's Day Event with IN2 Design Trunk Show

  • May 5, 2022 — May 7, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Fine Crafts

Exceptional, fine quality jewelry. Appointments encouraged to see the pieces, or stop by in person 11-4 daily.

Shop for Mother's Day, glass of champagne in hand on Saturday - gift wrapping and parking lot vendors!
Maggie Taylor pop up from 1-3 on Saturday (book signing and photography).

5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 37919
865-584-6791 or

Random Acts of Flowers: Garden Party

  • May 5, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers and Science, nature

A fantastic event being held at the incredible home and gardens of Sharon Miller-Pryse and Joe Pryse. The Pryse's home is located on Kingston Pike, and the beautiful gardens cascade all the way down to the Tennessee River. This wonderful outdoor event will be an opportunity to see old friends and make new friends, all while celebrating the beauty and happiness that flowers impart. Proceeds from this special event will sustain our efforts to improve the emotional health and well-being of individuals in local healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness.

Relax and enjoy live music, cocktails, delicious food and good company while celebrating Random Acts of Flower’s positive impact on the community. Since 2009, (formerly known as Art in the Garden Party) RAF sponsors, volunteers, donors and community leaders have gathered to support the RAF mission in a festive and lively way. Guests will be entertained with live music, delicious fare from Holly’s Catering, and refreshing drinks. Wear your garden-party-chic attire to this family-friendly fundraiser and support the RAF mission.

Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Justin Moore

  • May 5, 2022

Category: Music

Justin Moore with Granger Smith ft. Earl Dibbles Jr. & Scott Stevens
Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 PM // Civic Coliseum

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association: Stars of the Industry Luncheon

  • May 5, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

Guest Speaker: Kellie Harper, University of Tennessee Head Women's Basketball Coach

We invite you to celebrate the Greater Knoxville STARS of the Hospitality & Tourism industry. We can't wait for you to hear their stories and meet our brightest stars! As we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, we want to celebrate our local hospitality industry with our PAULY Awards.

Hospitality Education scholarships will be presented to the industry's rising stars from the University of Tennessee Hospitality/Tourism Management Program and Pellissippi State Community College Hospitality Management and Culinary Programs.

GKHA Partners - $30; Table of 10 - $300 (no walk-ins please)
Register your attendance by Monday, May 2
Nominations from GKHA Partners for PAULY Awards will be accepted through April 15. Click HERE for nomination form.
Parking is available at Locust Street Parking Garage or Knoxville Museum of Art

Thu, May 5, 2022
11:15 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Fiction Writing About Mental Illness

Category: Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

May 5 Program
Fiction Writing About Mental Illness -- When You Live With It Yourself

May is Mental Health Month, and we are honored to offer a program by KWG member Melanie K. Hutsell, a native of Kingsport, Tennessee, who has been learning to live with bipolar disorder for more than fifteen years. Her second novel, The Book of Susan, is forthcoming in May 2022 from Paraclete Press. In the novel Hutsell offers a first-person narrative of Dr. Susan Huffman, a woman whose mind has never failed her—until an ill-fated dinner party. The story is the spare and sympathetic recounting of a journey—from derailment, to diagnosis, to the discovery of a lifetime.

Hutsell’s first novel, The Dead Shall Rise, was published in 2016 by Celtic Cat Publishing. Her work has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Madison Review, Still: The Journal, The Sow’s Ear, and elsewhere. Hutsell was a Featured Author at Knoxville’s National Authors Day in 2019 and has appeared on WDVX’s WordStream. An avid reader and music lover, she currently resides in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Follow this LINK to a great article in the Maryville Daily-Times about Melanie and The Book of Susan.

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Meetings take place at Central United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

Authors Guild of Tennessee: Meeting

  • May 5, 2022

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

The Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 5 at 11:00 am at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut. Social time and book exchange begins at 10:30. Published authors are invited to attend. AGT is now accepting applications for associate membership from authors who have written a book but are not yet published. Serious authors only. In the event of inclement weather, check the AGT Website for updates and information:

UT Arboretum Society: Nature Supper Club - Birds at Higher Elevations

Category: Free event, Science, nature and Virtual


The highest elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains resemble another world. The environment is more like Canada than the Tennessee Valley, so different birds are found there in the summer like raven, saw-whet owl, peregrine falcon, black-capped chickadee and many more. Join local naturalist, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a look at the birds of the high country at the UT Arboretum Society’s First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom on May 5 at 7 p.m. EDT.

You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as Stephen Lyn will entertain and teach us via Zoom about these beautiful birds. The program is free, but registration is required to receive your link. Register at This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please note this program is scheduled on Eastern time. Please contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, at with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at

Goodwill Industries: 50th Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast

  • May 5, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events and Fundraisers

Join Goodwill Industries-Knoxville for our 50th Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast. We are celebrating 50 years of successful job training programs and honoring our program participants that have overcome significant barriers and have made inspiring progress toward self-sufficiency and career advancement in 2021. Tickets include a full breakfast and are only $15 each. This is a great event to learn about the impact Goodwill has on our community and the variety of ways you can help, while enjoying breakfast and networking!

8:00 - 9:30 AM

The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm, 9133 Hunter Valley Lane, Knoxville, TN 37922

Transplant Root Presents: La Mesa de Centro Hispano

  • May 5, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and Science, nature

Join us for an evening of community, cooking, and conversation at the beautiful Knoxville Botanical Gardens to benefit Centro Hispano.

One of the most visual and visceral ways we experience culture is through food. This Cinco de Mayo, let Michelin Starred Chef Brian Runge whisk you away on a culinary tour of Mexico as we celebrate the cuisine that sustains us and the culture that makes our community so vibrant.

In Spanish, mesa means table, where friends and family gather as a family to share their stories. For Knoxville’s Latino community, Centro is that mesa—a community center and hub where we commune, support each other, and share in rich cultural exchange.

As our city, county and region continue to grow, organizations like Centro Hispano are critical not only to the wellbeing and success of the communities we serve but to the larger community as a whole. From housing and financial resources to English-language training, adult education, youth development, and business services, Centro Hispano has spent more than a decade empowering Latinos and building a network of allies. We are the bridge that connects the Latino community, Knoxville, and East Tennessee.

We invite you to take a seat at La Mesa.
*The address for the Carriage House is 2649 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914

Five course dinner $250.

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

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