Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Knoxville Opera: Rossini Festival

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

Knoxville Opera is thrilled to announce the expansion of its annual Rossini Festival to a two-day extravaganza on April 20th and 21st, 2024. For the first time in its history, the festival will span two days, promising an even more vibrant and enriching experience for the East Tennessee community and visitors from afar.

The Rossini Festival remains Knoxville Opera’s premier International Street Fair, celebrating the rich tapestry of music, food, art, and culture in East Tennessee. With non-stop entertainment across four outdoor stages featuring opera, classical, jazz, gospel, ethnic music, ballet, modern dance, and more, there's something for everyone. The festival also boasts scores of food vendors, artisans, and activities for children, making it a perfect family outing. Admission is free, reflecting the festival's commitment to community inclusivity.

This year's entertainment highlights include the sensational band Teen Spirit, set to deliver an electrifying performance on Saturday night at 8 pm. Their concert is bound to captivate audiences of all ages. Following this, the festival will transition into a unique Silent Disco experience on Market Square, capping off the night with an epic celebration of music that promises to be unforgettable.

Back by popular demand, the Journey Around the World offers festival-goers an enchanting quest through opera and international fairytales. With three tracks available, including two child-friendly fairy tale adventures and a 21+ track for adults seeking a downtown journey, participants will collect stamps and solve riddles to unveil their fairy tale ending and win exciting prizes.

In 2024, the Rossini Festival will elevate its offering with the new VIP Experience. This premium option grants exclusive access to a private oasis where guests can enjoy food, fine beverages, and private restroom facilities. The VIP experience is further enhanced with special events, including wine tastings, cheese pairings, and a mesmerizing performance by the acclaimed artist Flora Hawk.

Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

Dogwood Arts: Spring Featured Gardens

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

The public is invited to experience three spectacular private gardens during the Dogwood Arts Spring Featured Gardens event next weekend, April 20th & 21st. The event will feature GATOP (God’s Answer To Our Prayers) in East Knoxville, Anderson Estate in South Knoxville, and the Hopkins Cottage Garden in West Knoxville. Each garden is unique in design and offers a variety of plant material and special features. From an enchanting cottage garden to a 20+ acre property complete with water features, outdoor sculptures, and the largest collection of conifers in the Southeast — this year’s Featured Gardens showcases the full range of natural beauty present in our community.

Facebook Event:

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

Knoxville Garden Club: Talahi Plant Sale

  • April 20, 2024
  • 9:00 AM--2:00 PM

Category: Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and Science, nature

Talahi Plant Sale, Saturday, April 20, 9am - 2pm at a **New location**, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, 37919.

Presented by the Knoxville Garden Club and Garden Study Club, the 60th anniversary of the plant sale will debut at a brand new location, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Benefitting the Knoxville Garden Club. Native plants dug straight from members’ gardens along with herbs, trees, shrubs, annuals, homemade baked goods, and the ever-popular green elephant sale. The sale boasts a vibrant assortment of plants, shrubs, perennials, annuals, home-baked goods and local gardening vendors. Come find the perfect annual or unique perennial to plant as the weather warms in East Tennessee!

Tennessee Theatre: Ashley McBryde

Category: Music

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 8:00PM at the Tennessee Theatre.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,

Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art: Artists on Location

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

The Guild of The Knoxville Museum of Art will be hosting Artists on Location 2024, an art show and sale, on Saturday, April 20 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Artists on Location promotes the museum’s connection to the local and regional art community and provides both new and seasoned collectors a rare opportunity to buy original paintings of Knoxville and East Tennessee.

Artists will be painting in Plein-Air from Monday, April 15 thru Friday, April 19 outdoors in and around the Knoxville area. The public is invited to watch AOL’s artists in action as they capture on canvas a wide variety of subject matter, from urban street scenes to pastoral garden settings. The artists’ specific locations will be published on the KMA website prior to the event and will be followed on the KMA Guild’s Instagram page @artistsonlocation.

The paintings produced will be sold from 5:30 to 9pm on Saturday, April 20 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Proceeds of the sale will benefit both participating artists and the Knoxville Museum of Art. Artists on Location is organized by the Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, Admission and parking are free.

American Museum of Science and Energy: AMSE Foundation Gala

  • April 20, 2024

Category: Fundraisers, Science, nature and Technology

Please Save the Date for our AMSE Foundation Gala, Celebrating Excellence in Energy and Elements. This event will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN.

The AMSE Foundation works to preserve the vital history of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and its impact on critical American science through the American Museum of Science and Energy and the K-25 History Center. It also provides robust STEAM programming to inspire the next generation of the nation's best scientists.

American Museum of Science & Energy, 300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-576-3200,

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Spring Stargazing

Category: Free event, Meetup and Science, nature

Marble Springs State Historic Site invites the community to its Stargazing event on April 20th, from 6 PM to 11 PM, in partnership with the University of Tennessee Physics Department. Attendees will have the chance to witness nature's celestial fireworks with the possibility of sightings from both the Eta Aquarid and Lyrid meteor showers.

From “The upcoming Eta Aquarid meteor shower, will be active between April 15 and May 27, with its peak on the night of May 4 and predawn hours of May 5. The Lyrid meteor shower, which occurs between April 16-25 every year and will next peak on the night of April 22, 2024.”

While sightings cannot be guaranteed, attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the mysteries of the night sky and explore the cosmos. Graduate students from the Physics Department will be available to provide engaging talks on various astronomical phenomena. Admission is free, but RSVPs on Zeffy are encouraged. Bring your own telescope or cozy up with a lawn chair for an unforgettable evening of cosmic exploration.

For more information and to RSVP, visit our Facebook event or this link:

Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-712-9076,

Jubilee Community Arts: Jay Clark

Category: Music

April 20 at 8 pm.

Jay Clark has been a staple in the East Tennessee music scene for more than 25 years. Jay grew up in Winchester, Tennessee, near where the western escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau crosses from Tennessee into Alabama. His dad was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister for 42 years. His mom an English teacher. Jay wrote his first song in 1990. He didn’t know how to play guitar, so he taught himself to play in order to put music to his first song. That song was the first of many. During his college years, Jay not only trapped & conducted research on black bears in the Smokies, but also played in a couple of different bluegrass bands, most notably a brother-style duo with Keith Garrett (currently of The Boxcars) and later in a bluegrass band, The Stringbeans, with Robinella and Cruz Contreras. Since releasing his first record in 2004 (Pen to Paper), Jay has supplemented his career as a scientist with performing his songs across the Southeast & southern Appalachia.

Tickets available at TicketLeap (, by mail or at the door 30 minutes prior to show. $20 at the door, $15 General Audience Advance, $14 JCA members, students & seniors 65+

(865) 522-5851
1538 Laurel Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916

Tennessee Theatre: Rissi Palmer at Muse Knoxville

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

Join us for a morning of learning and listening at MUSE Knoxville! Attendees will have the opportunity to experience exhibits at the MUSE, take part in special crafts and activities, and listen to a special concert from musician Rissi Palmer in the planetarium! There will be two sessions, each beginning with exploring the MUSE and craft-time followed by the performance.

The first session will be from 9:15am - 10:45am, and the second session will be from 10:00am - 11:40am.

Please arrive at the beginning of your session to allow time to enjoy MUSE and our special activities!

Rissi Palmer's gift lies in reaching across all musical boundaries. While she made her mark in Country Music, she is equally at home in R&B music, bringing the entire spectrum of popular music to bear on music she calls “Southern Soul.” This performance will feature Rissi’s first children’s album, Best Day Ever.

RSVP for this FREE event:

The Bottom: Adults Black Hair Love Workshop

Category: Classes, workshops and Health, wellness

Explore the beauty and significance of black hair with us at our Black Hair Love event! Join us on Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm for a panel discussion featuring author and licensed cosmetologist Hailey Robinson, alongside other esteemed hair care professionals. Then, dive into our hands-on hair styling workshop to master braid and twist techniques. Tickets:

865-444-5915 or
2340 East Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917

Marble Springs State Historic Site: "Clothing in the 18th Century: Layers and High Heels, Oh My!"

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, panel

Unraveling the Threads of History: "Clothing in the 18th Century: Layers and High Heels, Oh My!" Join us at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, at Marble Springs State Historic Site as we delve deep into the historical significance of attire.

Marble Springs State Historic Site invites you to embark on a journey through time with the launch of our year-long series, "Beyond Petticoats: Courage and Conviction in 18th-Century Women." The inaugural event, "Clothing in the 18th Century: Layers and High Heels, Oh My!" promises to transport attendees to the captivating world of 18th-century fashion.

Local historical weaver, Artemis South, will lead the audience through an immersive lecture, exploring the colors, fabrics, and materials that shaped societal norms in the burgeoning United States.

In this enlightening presentation, attendees will uncover the hidden tales of courage and conviction behind 18th-century fashion. From the settlers of Europe to the evolving landscapes of early America, discover how clothing not only adorned bodies but also influenced environmental and societal landscapes.

Following the lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in historical dye demonstrations, immersing themselves in the vibrant world of color creation from centuries past.

This event marks the first of our monthly educational programs for the 2024 programming season, promising a captivating journey through the untold stories of courageous women from centuries past.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to unravel the threads of history with Marble Springs State Historic Site. Reserve your spot today and step into the fascinating world of 18th-century fashion.

Admission is free, but RSVPs on Zeffy are encouraged.
For more information and to RSVP, visit our Facebook event or this link:

Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-712-9076,

Knoxville Symphony League: Symphony of Spies: License to Trill

Category: Fundraisers and Music

The Knoxville Symphony League proudly presents its 2024 Symphony Ball, Symphony of Spies: License to Trill. The KSL is thrilled to bring an evening of espionage and elegance to the Mill & Mine on April 20, 2024.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to enjoy cocktails — including a unique specialty drink created just for this event — dinner, and a live auction to benefit the KSO. Live music will be provided by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the phenomenal vocalist Morgan James.

Tickets are on sale now at Don't miss out on one of Knoxville's highly anticipated events of the year.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: 865-291-3310,

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