Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Leesa Osburn

  • April 1, 2023 — April 30, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event, Kids, family and Science, nature

This show will be framed and gallery wrapped canvases in water based oils. Featured will be a collection of local Tennessee wildlife. Leesa has lived in East Tennessee for three years, a retiree from the Western states. She lives North of Knoxville with husband and two rescue dogs.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

Zoo Knoxville: Big Egg Hunt

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

Celebrate Spring with Zoo Knoxville’s annual Big Egg Hunt for children ages 6 and under.

This year’s event is a “Dinosaur Edition” millions of years in the making-experience 22 life-like animatronic dinosaurs on an egg hunt as epic as the Mesozoic era! To ensure a successful hunt for participants, there are two egg hunt areas for designated ages; one for ages 0-3 and one for ages 4-6.

All ticketed children receive a keepsake plush animal when they return their eggs for recycling.
Find one of the Golden Eggs* and win a grand prize of a zoo meals or zoo memberships.
Soaky Mountain Waterpark is proud to offer each participating child of the BIG Egg Hunt one free ticket to Soaky Mountain which can be redeemed from June 1, 2023 until June 30, 2023.
*limit one Golden Egg per participant

Guests are asked to bring their own baskets, please.

Dates and Times:
Saturday, April 1 exclusively for Zoo Members only. Tickets for participating children required.
Saturday, April 8 - Gates open at 7:30 a.m. The Big Egg Hunt starts promptly at 8:15 a.m., ends at 9:00 a.m. Please plan your arrival accordingly.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open 9 AM - 4 PM everyday. Information: 865-637-5331,

Appalachian Ballet Company: Peter Pan

Category: Dance, movement and Kids, family

A full-length magical tale for all ages!

The Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN
Saturday April 1, 7:00 PM
Sunday April 2, 2:00 PM

Peter Pan, a ballet full of adventures, will be presented by The Appalachian Ballet Company in early April. Lavish sets, scenery, costumes and Peter Pan flying will fill the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre on April 1 and 2. Kylie Morton Berry will once again dance the role of Peter Pan with guest artists James La Russa as her Captain Hook and Laura Morton La Russa as Tinkerbell. Pirates, Indians, Lost Boys and a drum circle will entertain you and your family. This adventurous production featuring a Peter Pan that flies will send you to Neverland with the Darling children.

Tickets: 865-981-8590 or

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: Fairy Tale to Fairy Tale

  • April 1, 2023 — April 2, 2023

Category: Dance, movement and Kids, family

Featuring scenes from The Little Mermaid, Snow White, The Frog Prince, and Beauty & The Beast

At Oak Ridge HS Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Saturday, April 1st @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 2nd @2:00 pm

Ticket prices: Adult (Ages 18+): $20
​Youth (Ages 3 - 17) $10

Tickets available through Eventbrite at the link below, and will also be available at the door.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Auditions for Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School for Magic and Magic

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

By Matt Cox
Director: Courtney Woolard

• Saturday, April 1st at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, Time 7pm
• Sunday, April 2nd at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, Time 7pm

Performance dates are June 3-June 18th, 2023

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

Sides for Auditions can be found at

No monologue is necessary. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. A headshot and resume are recommended but not required.

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

Able Trade: Big Ears Events featuring Paul Sherry

  • April 1, 2023 — April 2, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

Paul Sherry of Sherry Guitars has been making guitars for almost 20 years. He went to Baylor University for music theory degree but began making guitars and never stopped. Paul is a staggering guitar player himself and so tests out every guitar he makes to be sure it carries the right balance and tone he’s looking for. Come by Able Trade to hear him present on his creative process in building each guitar, ask him questions, hear him play, and check out the guitars he has available for sale!

Sun Apr 2, 2-4 PM: Big Ears featuring LOCI, Prototyp3 and Artifact Custom!
Come by Able Trade to see the ultimate collaboration! Three of our members joined together to create a 3D printed drum set. LOCI Robotics built an incredible 3D printing robot for Prototyp3 and then used that robot to print a custom drum set with Tony of Artifact Custom. Come by Able Trade to watch the robot print, see the finished drum set, and hear Tony play it!

Able Trade, 203 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: or

Dogwood Arts: Chalk Walk

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

Knoxville's favorite live art competition is back! Dogwood Arts will host the 15th Annual Chalk Walk from 8AM-7:30PM in Downtown Knoxville on Saturday, April 1st. Over 300 artists and collaborative teams will turn downtown sidewalks into an infinite canvas — from kindergarteners to professional artists, this event allows the entire community to showcase their creative talents. Alongside what’s happening on the ground, attendees can also enjoy food trucks, a blooming beer garden, and free art activities for kids. The City of Knoxville estimates that over 30,000 people come out to enjoy Chalk Walk each year. Organizers expanded the event footprint in 2022 to ease congested areas in Market Square, add additional space for artists, and create an overall better experience for attendees.

“Chalk Walk is one of our most popular events — and not just for attendees, but in terms of artist participation as well” said Dogwood Arts Visual Arts Project Manager, Emily Curran. “We’re always blown away by how quickly the spots fill up — there is room for right around 150 squares on the footprint and they were almost all filled within just a day or two of putting the application online. This year, we have over 200 artists on the waitlist!”

● Artists Working: 8AM-5PM
● Award Ceremony: 7PM (Market Square Stage)
● Participating Food Vendors: Captain Muchacho’s, Cruisin’ Cuisine, Daddy D’s, AppeThai, Mama Bear’s Sweet Treats, King of Pops, and there will be free filtered water provided by the AB Project (attendees are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles).

There are 12 competition categories including: Elementary (Single & Collaborative), Middle School (Single & Collaborative), High School (Single & Collaborative), College (Single & Collaborative), Adult (Single & Collaborative), Family, and SideWalk of Fame. Artists will work from 8AM-5PM on their squares, at which point a team of jurors will review each piece and award cash prizes and ribbons to select artists who have created imaginative and inspiring artworks in their age division.

Kids Chalk Free! Kids of all ages can also create their own chalk masterpieces with free chalk provided by First Horizon Bank in the First Horizon Fun Zone—located on Market Street directly behind the East Tenneessee Historical Society. The People’s Choice Award, presented by WIVK FM-107.7, will allow guests to text-to-vote for their favorite square.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Tennessee Stage Company: Knoxville Shakespeare's "Richard II"

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing and Theatre


Join Knoxville Shakespeare for our Production of 'Richard II" at Mabry-Hazen House. Dates & Details TBD.

For further information please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at 865-546-4280.

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: Lecture Series: Author, Lin Stepp

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

Join us on Saturday April 1st at 1 pm to 4 pm with Author Lin Stepp for a book signing of her latest book Seeking Ayita.

Dr. Lin Stepp is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author. A native Tennessean, businesswoman, and former faculty member at Tusculum College, Lin has over twenty published novels set around the Smoky Mountains near her home and at the South Carolina coast. Her latest mountain book, SEEKING AYITA, is set in Cherokee, NC. She and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks and have published a guide to Smoky Mountain hiking trails and two guidebooks for TN and SC state parks. Lin enjoys hiking and exploring out of doors, speaking for events, and sharing about her work and interests through her monthly blog and newsletter, both on her website at:

This free lecture will be held in the multipurpose room.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Hwy 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Information: 423-884-6246,

Big Ears: Parade & Street Party

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

We can't wait to parade again with you on April 1st! The Big Ears community arts parade is free and open to all.

At the 2022 festival, Big Ears partnered with Knoxville’s Cattywampus Puppet Council to forge Krewe du Cattywampus, the festival’s inaugural parade, pairing giant puppets made by East Tennessee youth with musicians representing New Orleans’ and Haiti’s second line, rara, and kanaval traditions. We’re excited to fill our Knoxville streets again with art, joy, and revelry!

Our people-powered parade will kick-off in the Old City at 1pm and then transition into a Street Party from 2-4pm at the Southern Railway Station with a mixture of local and Big Ears musical acts, kids’ activities, food trucks and more. Both the parade and street party are free and open to the entire community.

Ijams Nature Center: Big Night Hike

  • April 1, 2023

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

(Ages 10+) It's salamander season! Join a naturalist and explore the evening trails in search of salamanders, frogs and other amphibians that are waking up from their sleepy winter state.

Learn More and Register online

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

The Central Collective: Welcome to the Show: Live Variety Show and Television Pilot Celebration

  • April 1, 2023

Category: Comedy, Festivals, special events, Film and Music

Welcome to the best new show in town, as Dale Mackey hosts the dual launch of her public access television show and live variety show. April 1 at 10am at The Central Collective. Y’all come!

Doors and Gallery Open: 10 am - 1pm
Show: 10:00 am Sharp (tickets $10 advance / $15 door)

See Art! Abstract paintings by Jessica Gosney, Figure Drawings by Amanda Mohney, Garbage Scarves and Doom Vending Machine by Dale Mackey!

Win Prizes! Live Game Show Opportunities! Try Your Luck (only if you want to)!

Laugh at Jokes By Brandi Augustus And Rowan Young!

Listen to Music By Tinca Tinca, Cecilia Wright, House Tigers, And your host, Dale Mackey!

923 N. Central St. | Knoxville, TN |

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