Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 25, 2024

A Taste of Tennessee Music & Food Festival

  • May 25, 2024 — May 26, 2024

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Fundraisers, Kids, family, Meetup and Music

Everyone under the sun is invited to come and experience a sensational diversity of cultural cuisines to delight your palate along with a diverse Taste of Tennessee’s very own energetic and talented musicians to sway and sashay the crowd. Gracing our audience with a little bit of country, blues, jazz, bluegrass, and soulful R& B vibes to keep your feet tapping and moving all day.

Enjoy a fun-filled 2-day outdoor event, rain or shine for the entire family. The kids can enjoy the kid's zone, with games, rides, bouncy houses, arts, crafts, face painting, contests, prizes and free give aways. Live non-stop musical vibes for everyone to enjoy. Adults can have just as much fun with the mechanical bull, corn hole, hula hoop, line dance, and axe throwing contest, prizes, give-a-ways and a savory, flavorful selection of cultural cuisines. Don't forget to sign up and win bragging rights, great prizes and a trophy for being the best line dance team in Tennessee. **Some of the proceeds will support the Cancer Support Community East Tennessee and Center City Youth Sports Program.**

Sat May 25, 12-8 PM: Marty Ray Project, Kelsey Cate, B Courtland, Nikki Cunningham, Geo Sandino, Smoke Dogg870, and The Z-Force Band

Sun May 26, 12-8 PM: Americalypso, Brian Clay, CJ the Piano Man, Tabu, Paula Harris, and Lakeside

World's Fair Park
963 Worlds Fair Park Dr
Knoxville, TN 37916

Art Fair/Market

  • May 25, 2024

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

At Broadway Studios, 1127 Broadway, May 25 (rain date May 26), 11 AM - 4 PM

Info: manie4000 @

The Bottom: Music and Knowledge: West African Drumming with Corey Hodge

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event and Music

About the Workshop:

As West African music exponentially grows in global popularity, learning how to only play the instrument deprives many individuals of fully connecting with the instruments and tapping into their power. Join us as we explore both the instrument and the history, as well as the make-up, power, and influence of the instruments that we will sing as we play.

About the Program:

Black Creatives Meetup is an initiative that holds space for Black artists, makers & creatives to gather and gain artistic & professional development. Read more about our Black Creatives Meetup program here!

May 25, 2024, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917

The Dinner Detective Comedy Mystery Dinner Show

  • May 25, 2024

Category: Comedy, Culinary arts, food and Theatre

May 25, June 8, June 15, July 13, July 27, Aug 10, and more

America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theatre show is now playing! Solve a hilarious mystery while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it!

Join us for an event that is very different from a traditional murder mystery dinner show. Our actors are not dressed in costume and are hidden in the audience! This results in a fun, social and interactive evening suitable for all adults.

Each ticket includes our signature award-winning murder mystery dinner theatre show, along with a full plated dinner, waitstaff gratuity, and plenty of surprises during the show.

At Hilton Knoxville, 501 West Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
(866) 496-0535

Ijams Nature Center: Upcoming Events

Category: Classes, workshops, Health, wellness, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

5/24 • Movies Under the Stars: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
5/24 • Full Moon Paddle
5/25 • Early Morning Paddle
5/25 • Pond Exploration
5/25 • Evening Paddle
5/26 • Self Care Sunday Yoga

And more!

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,

8th Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest

  • May 18, 2024 — May 27, 2024

Category: Comedy, Culinary arts, food, Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Kids, family, Music and Theatre

The eighth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest invites you to go back in time to the Age of Piracy. This outdoor daytime family entertainment-oriented festival will be held the last two weekends in May including Memorial Day at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.

“Get Yer Pirate On! with famous British privateer, Sir Captain Henry Morgan, in Port Royal, Jamaica, circa 1679. Now as Governor of Jamaica, Captain Morgan is throwing a festival in his honor, and all are invited – especially YOU. Drama awaits as Lord Carbery, of British high society, has come to Port Royal, waving his papers of nobility, demanding HE should be governor not a PIRATE! Will sparks and swords fly? Come and See!” said Barrie Paulson, President/GM.

Rotating on several stages will be professional touring and local talent. New this year will be comedy duo, The Washer Well Wenches; Disney Cruise headliner, Magic of E.C. Hannah; interactive circus trick artist, Tony the Tosser; and award-winning author, Robert Jacob (May 18-19). Back by popular demand will be slapstick Punch and Judy puppet shows by Professor Brent DeWitt, Middle Eastern dance by Tanasi Fusion (May 18-19), and comedy improv by Einstein Simplified (May 25-26-27). Pirate and Celtic acoustic music will be brought to you by The CrossJacks, Kris Colt the Black Rose, Bravura Music Academy (May 18-19), and Timothy Russell (May 25-26-27). The interactive costumed street character ensemble—the Royal Players--will seek to entertain in Kombat Kroquet (sword-fighting), Tales of Port Royal (show premise), Royal Follies (talent show), and Throw Me A Line (comedy improv). For those who like slightly spooky entertainment, Captain Davy Jones and Calypso will guide those willing on the Trail of Doom (G-PG light). The tour is a pirate version of A Christmas Carol, based on Captain Morgan’s heroic adventures.

Patrons are encouraged to dress in pirate costume and enter the Costume Contest to win a prize. All can learn to be a pirate in Pirate School or join a pirate crew by performing a talent on stage in the Gong Show. Other free games and activities will include Pirate Olympics, the mid-day parade, folk dancing, speed courting, corn hole, giant chess, and steel drum. There will also be pay-to-play activities, including axe-throwing, goat cuddles, and taking photos with a Captain Redbeard and his pyRAT. More information about the entertainment can be found at and is subject to change as needed. Schedules will be available online and at the entrance.

The merchants of Port Royal will be selling their custom wares such as period costumes, leather goods, chainmaille, drinking horns, bath and body items, gaming accessories, wooden wares, face-painting, and unique jewelry. A variety of food will be available, including Turkey legs, BBQ, loaded baked potatoes, grilled wraps and salads, sandwiches, shaved ice, snacks, and desserts. Beverages will also be available, including water, soda, sweet tea, fresh lemonade, and beer.

The Tennessee Pirate Fest will be open rain or shine on May 18-19, 25-26-27, 2024 from 11am-6pm ET. The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. Free parking is provided in rough-cut fields, and handicap parking is available. Entrance tickets can be purchased online now at Tickets will also be available for purchase on festival days at the ticket house for cash or credit. Entrance ticket prices include all taxes and fees and are $20 for ages 13+, $10 for ages 5 to 12; and admission is free for ages 4 and under. Festival beverage tickets (in $1 increments) are available online, will be available at the gate, or patrons can use exact change. There will be no ATM onsite, so patrons are encouraged to bring cash for purchases, tips, and convenience.

Bennett: Group Show

  • May 17, 2024 — June 15, 2024

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

Featuring Richard Jolley, Andrew Saftel, Maggie Taylor, Margaret Scanlan, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Michael Poness, Eric Pardue, Jennifer Theom, Denise Riddle and Sally Brogden

Closed Sat May 25 - Mon May 27 for the holiday weekend

Bennett, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30. Information: 865-584-6791,

Oak Ridge Art Center: David Underwood: Gravitational Waves

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A new solo exhibition of mixed-media, image-text artworks

Opening with a public reception, Saturday, May 11, 2024, 1pm to 5pm

Also showing work by Jennifer Simon in an adjacent gallery

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Jennifer Zialcita-Simon - Collage Artwork

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A new solo exhibition of collage artwork
Instagram @burdenhill_tribe

Opening with a public reception, Saturday, May 11, 2024, 1pm to 5pm

Also showing work by David Underwood in an adjacent gallery

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Tennessee Artists Association: Exhibition at The Frothy Monkey

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Frothy Monkey is currently exhibiting artworks from the Tennessee Artist’s Association’s show of “Take Care of One Another” from May through July at the Frothy Monkey, 419, S. Gay St. Knoxville, TN 37902.

The Frothy Monkey is the perfect stop for coffee, conversation and community. The restaurant serves breakfast through dinner, and loves it when a coffee chat turns into a lunch or dinner date. The Frothy Monkey seeks to provide a safe and welcoming environment that can nourish guests and build community relationships.

Tennessee Artists Association; A great place to learn and grow as an artist. Monthly programs of TAA include practical art demonstrations, discussions, and opportunities for individual artists to get involved in learning, community and shows. More on TAA can be found on the web at or on Instagram at @tn_artists, and on Facebook at TNArtistsAssociation.

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Exhibition by Curt Imerman and Cheri Jorgensen

  • May 6, 2024 — June 24, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Pen, Ink and Colored Pencil drawings of weathered barns throughout the Midwest, Kentucky and Tennessee by Curt Imerman

“Blessed are the Meek” and “Animal Spirits” : Wildlife drawings by Cheri Jorgensen

Westminster Presbyterian Church Schilling Gallery, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-R 9-4, Fri 9-1. Information: (865) 584-3957 or

Knoxville Museum of Art: Tools as Art: Work and Play

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Drawn from the remarkable collection of John Hechinger, a hardware store magnate, and art collector, the 68 featured works in the exhibition present images of the most familiar tools as extraordinary works of art. Encompassing photographs, paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, the exhibition celebrates the value of labor and honors the creativity of builders, artists, hobbyists, and self-reliant DIYers. Featured artists include Colleen Barry, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, Maria Porges, James Surls, and Wayne Thiebaud.

The renowned art collection of the late hardware magnate John Hechinger exemplifies this practical and artistic universality. Over his long career, Hechinger devoted much of his energy, playfulness, and passion to this collection, seeking out works from numerous genres and artists of many backgrounds, all of them bound by a common theme: the democracy of the tool. In Work and Play, curator Sarah Tanguy explores interlocking principles: tools as icons of labor; labor as a component of creativity; creativity as a form of play; and the art of tools as the most incisive expression of their interrelatedness. This exhibition celebrates the virtues inherent in the art of the tool and highlights the astounding breadth of the Hechinger Collection by illuminating this unique, but ubiquitous, idiom.

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.

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