Calendar of Events

Friday, April 26, 2024

Museum of Appalachia: Sheep Shearing Days

  • April 26, 2024 — May 10, 2024

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Kids, family

The Museum of Appalachia will welcome the warmth and renewal of spring by trimming the winter’s heavy growth of wool from their flock of sheep. Visitors are invited to join the museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, in celebration of this beloved pioneer tradition on April 26, May 3, and May 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sheep Shearing Days will include demonstrations of shearing, herding, carding, spinning, and weaving the fleece into woven goods, plus many real-life examples of some of the many finished products derived from the freshly shorn wool. Family-friendly activities will also include live Appalachian music and historic demonstrations of quilting, soap making, rug hooking, pottery, beekeeping, blacksmithing, and much more.

Admission includes a tour of the Museum, which contains some three-dozen historic log structures, exhibit halls filled with thousands of Appalachian artifacts, working gardens, and farm animals.

Tickets are available for purchase at Admission rates for this event are $10 for both adults and children. The event is free for Museum members.

Tickets at

Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716. Information: 865-494-7680,

UT School of Art: BFA Capstone Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A three-credit-hour course, the BFA Capstone allows studio art majors to engage in a self-initiated research project to demonstrate that a graduating senior has learned and can practice the skills and concepts of a chosen concentration (2D, 3D, or 4D Art). The Capstone also demonstrates the students’ ability to intellectualize and articulate issues and ideas about contemporary art. Successful completion of the Capstone course is a requirement of graduation.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-T-F 10-5, W-R 10-7:30, Su 1-4. Information: 865-974-3200,

Dogwood Arts: Dogwood Arts Festival

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


Established in 1961, the Dogwood Arts Festival is one of the most celebrated cultural events in Knoxville! The festival is held on the beautifully redesigned Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park and features over 100 fine art vendors, live music, entertainment, children's activities, food & beverage vendors, and more.

Friday & Saturday: 10AM - 7PM
Sunday: 10AM - 5PM

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

Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio: Circus Extravaganza

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

13th ANNUAL CIRCUS EXTRAVAGANZA: THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS BEAR will be held the last ​weekend of April 2024:
​Friday, April 26 - 7:30PM
Saturday, April 27 - shows at 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, April 28 - 2:00PM

Come one, come all to Dragonfly Aerial's 13th Annual Circus Extravaganza! Walk through the doors of the big top into "The Case of the Curious Bear," where amazing acrobats, daring aerialists, wacky clowns, and a host of zoo inhabitants draw you into their world of magic, mystique, and mayhem! Join us for performances on silks, chains, stilts, lyra, trapeze, aerial pole, original poetry by Knoxville's poet laureate Black Atticus, and more. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for monkeys, tigers, and even bears*! Rediscover childlike joy and wonder as you get whisked away into the amazing world of our Curious Bear!
*no live animals in the show

Our annual Circus Extravaganza funds our scholarship program for kids. We're always grateful for donations from those wanting to give more than the price of a ticket to help sponsor a child, or from those who can't make the show but want a way to give. Circus Extravaganza benefits #CircusForEveryBody: programs that share the circus with ​under-served + special-needs people


Art Guild of Tellico Village: Art Show

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

Free! Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4
Opening reception Fri 4-6

Presented at the Community Church at Tellico Village near Loudon TN, this acclaimed display showcases more than 250 pieces of art, highlighting the exceptional and varied talents of Art Guild members. The Art Show offers a wide variety of subjects, styles and media, in both 2- and 3- dimensional works. Watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, inks, graphite, colored pencil, scratchboard, photography, gourds, 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.

Throughout the 3-day Art Show guests are invited to watch and learn from “Artists at Work.” Over a dozen member artists will demonstrate various media while sharing their inspirations, techniques, tips, materials and more. The public is also invited to vote for Peoples’ Choice Awards, to be awarded at 3:30 on Sunday afternoon.

Visitors will be treated to a continuous variety of live music each day of the show. 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.

Hardin Valley Musical Theatre: The Addams Family Musical

  • April 26, 2024 — April 28, 2024

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

Fri-Sat 7 PM, Sun 3 PM

Hardin Valley Academy Theater, 11345 Hardin Valley Rd, Knoxville, TN 37932
865-690-9690 or


Camporee on the Hill

  • April 26, 2024 — April 28, 2024

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

The Knox Co. Parks & Recreation Dept. is hosting the 2nd annual "Camporee on the Hill." The weekend-long immersive camping experience April 26-28 at Melton Hill Park (3230 Williams Bend Road) will feature interactive nature programming for both kids and adults, a sunset movie and local band campfire jam session, water sport rentals, and an information command center that details potential plans for Melton Hill Park. The event is free and open to the public, but camping sites are limited and pre-registration for a tent or group camping site is required. Register at this link and hold your spot!

Phone: (865) 215-6600

Muse Knoxville: Free Family Night

Category: Free event, Kids, family, Science, nature and Technology

Join us the 4th Friday of every month from 5-7PM when Muse Knoxville at Chilhowee Park offers the public a FREE evening of play at our museum. These nights are all about community, so be sure to invite your family and friends!

Stay in close proximity to your children at all times.
Muse Knoxville has a set number of guests that can be allowed into the museum at any one time.
Please be respectful of museum exhibits, staff, and guests.
Shoes are required at all times.
Muse Knoxville reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone that poses a threat to the well-being of museum guests or property.

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

Bijou Theatre: Ruston Kelly - Too Chill to Kill Tour

Category: Music


Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,

Bluegill Productions: Friday Night Live! with Milk Man & The Big Band

  • April 26, 2024

Category: Music

With special guests Geoff Trabalka and Bluegill

Presented by Bluegill Productions and The Concourse
5:30 PM Doors | 6:30 PM Show

Admission: advance tickets at
Tickets: $10 + fees Advance | $15 At The Door
Children 12 & under are free
Limited seating available


Jubilee Community Arts: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

Category: Music

Presenting traditional African-American blues and folk repertoires from Civil War days to the present. Banjoist, guitarist and storyteller Sparky Rucker is joined by Rhonda Rucker on blues harp, piano and guitar.

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over fifty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children's author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances.

Over fifty years of performing, Sparky and Rhonda have appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well as NPR's On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.

Sparky and Rhonda weave their music into captivating stories that the history books don’t always tell. Their educational programs span over three centuries of African-American history, including slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the birth of blues music, and the civil rights movement. Each era is interspersed with stories and popular songs from the time period, celebrating the diversity of the nation's history.

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

Pienkow Art Gallery: Forms and Figures

  • April 26, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opens Friday, April 26th, 2024, at 5:30 pm

The exhibition is titled "Forms and Figures: Work by the University of Tennessee Painting and Drawing Faculty."
It features works from Jered Sprecher, Mary Laube, Maurice Moore, Rubens Ghenov, and Joshua Bienko

West Knox Plaza, 7417 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

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