Spring Events in Knoxville

March 6, 2020 (First Friday of Every Month)- Enjoy a fun art-filled evening complete with music and food on the first Friday of each month in Downtown Knoxville.

March 7, 2020 Mardi Growl-Young-Williams Animal Center is celebrating its 12th annual Mardi Growl Parade and Festival presented by Merchants of Beer, and we don’t want you to miss it! Save the date and sign up now for Saturday, March 2, when thousands of spectators will line the streets of downtown Knoxville to watch hundreds of furry friends, many in costume, march with their humans to raise both awareness for the life-saving efforts of Young-Williams Animal Center and support for Knoxville’s pet-friendliest community.

March 13, 2020 Knox Shamrock Fest- Knox Shamrock Fest™, presented by Fresenius Kidney Care, is the region’s premier St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.   Knox Shamrock Fest™ is a weekend-long, family friendly way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. The weekend features two days of live Irish and Celtic-roots music, dance performances, cultural activities, authentic Irish food & drink, games, bounce houses, face painting, a Lucky Kidney 6K run/walk and an Old City Pub Crawl. All proceeds benefit the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation.

March 13, 2020 Women in Jazz Festival- Concerts, history lectures and workshops in and around downtown. This event supports women in jazz by providing opportunities professional educational experiences and performance opportunities.

March 26, 2020 Big Ears Festival- The Big Ears Festival is Knoxville’s biggest, boldest, and most dynamic festival experience. Over four days in March, the festival features the world’s most celebrated performers and composers of our time. Big Ears is a weekend of surprise collaborations and unexpected artistic collisions, celebrating the never-ending adventure of creation and exploration. Effortlessly crossing the boundaries of musical genres as well as artistic disciplines, the Big Ears Festival features an array of world-class artists, including GRAMMY Award winners, Pulitzer Prize recipients, and MacArthur “Genius Grant” winners.

April 4, 2019 Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk- Chalk Walk is a one-day street painting festival that turns Knoxville’s downtown sidewalks into a seemingly infinite canvas for the region’s most talented professional and student artists. Chalk Walk is Dogwood Arts' largest-community driven event, and is open to the public where novice and professional artists alike can apply for a space on historic Market Square to ‘chalk.’ Over 25,000 people attend this one-day event, and the winning artists are presented ribbons and cash awards.

April 18, 2020 Knoxville Operas Rossini Festival- This annual gift to our community has been designated a “legacy event” by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and serves as a celebration of the performing arts. Each year, tens of thousands of children and adults enjoy 11 consecutive hours of live entertainment (opera, jazz, ethnic music, gospel, modern and ethnic dance, ballet, vocal and instrumental ensembles) by 750 performers on several outdoor stages. Children are always thrilled to participate in the YMCA FunZone, and adults enjoy shopping at the exhibits of over 100 prominent artisans. Dozens of food vendors provide a wide variety of cuisine and beverages, including beer and wine.  This unique event transforms downtown Knoxville into a European-style pedestrian street mall appropriate for the entire family.

April 18, 2020- UT Knoxville Orange and White Game- The Tennessee football team will hold its annual Orange and White Game presented by Chevrolet on April 18, 2020. The intrasquad scrimmage will be televised live on the SEC Network. Admission is FREE and its a great opportunity to get inside Neyland Stadium!

April 24-26th, 2020- Dogwood Arts Festival- The 59th annual Dogwood Arts Festival will be held April 24-26, 2020 in the heart of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. This spring celebration features a fine art market, live music, artist demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids and adults. The Festival is located on bustling Market Square and adjoining Krutch Park set against a canvas of blossoming trees and outdoor sculptures.

May 9th, 2020- Color Me Rad- You'll dress in sparkling whites with bright color accents in preparation to become a human work of art. We’re the only 5K that will send you running (or walking!) through RAD color stations and leave you covered from head to toe in powders of pink, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Not only will you be having healthy amounts of fun, but you’ll be getting your daily exercise in the process. 

May 15th, 2020- Bloomin BBQ & Bluegrass Fest- Live music. Delicious food. Awesome fun. Whether you’re enjoying toe-tapping tunes, devouring the nation’s best barbeque, or simply enjoying the sights and sounds of one of the southeast’s top festivals, Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass is a weekend of fun for the whole family.

May 15-17th- Rhythm and Blooms Festival- The springtime Rhythm N’ Blooms prides itself on celebrating Tennessee’s rich musical heritage and discovering bands that are on the verge of mainstream success. The fest spreads a variety of alternative, roots, and blues acts across seven stages in downtown historic Knoxville. The weekend is also filled with secret shows, guitar design contests, and guided music history tours. 

May 16, 2020 Childrens Festival of Reading- Enjoy arts and crafts, storytelling, games, music, food and dozens of interactive enrichment activities from community groups. Watch performances by world-class children's book authors and illustrators, meet and ask them questions, and even get autographs!

May 16, 2020- Southern Skies Music Festival- The inaugural Southern Skies Music Festival comes to World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, TN on May 16, 2020. Curated by hometown favorites The Dirty Guv’nahs, the one-day event will feature seven musical acts across two stages, food trucks, craft beer and wine, a Maker Market, and more. 

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