What to Do in Downtown Knoxville This Weekend (March 1-3)

I don’t generally intend for this to be a “coming events” sort of page, but sometimes it seems like a good thing to do, particularly on First Friday weekends. A surprising number of jazz opportunities present themselves. This promises to be a bitterly cold weekend, so I’m not sure how high everyone’s get-out-and-do-something spirits will be, but just in case, here are some things you might consider:


Friday March 1

Saturday, March 2

  • Mardi Growl: Bring your pooch dressed in his or her best Mardi Gras attire. Festivities start at 9:00, Parade starts at the dog park (corner of Central and Summit Hill) at 11:00. After processing to Market Square, the fun will continue until 2:00 with vendors, microchipping, dog rescue groups and more. Prizes for best dressed and best naked dog!
  • Writing and Bookmaking Workshop: Informational Session for this five week series at Casa Hola, 11:00 AM, 100 S. Gay Street. This is a bilingual event and the cost for the entire week series is $10. For ages 13 – 20
  • Union Avenue Books Storytime with Caryn: 517 Union Avenue, 11:00 AM
  • Union Avenue Books: Author Holly Jones discusses her new book The Next Time You See Me which recently received a great review from the New York Times.
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: 12:00 Noon at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center, The Emancipators and Small House, Free Show
  • Roux du Bayou: Laurel Theater in Fort Sanders, Cajun Dance Lessons at 6:00, Zydeco and Cajun music at 7:00
  • Katy Free at Remedy Coffee on Jackson Avenue: 8:00 (Jazz)
  • Swingbooty with the Johnson Swingtet: Relix Theater, 8:30, $4

Sunday, March 3

  • KSO Chamber Series: Bijou Theater, 2:30 PM ($11)
  • Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang: Tennessee Theater, 8:00 – Sold Out
  • Boyd’s Jig and Reel: Sam Lewis and the Kenny Vaughn Trio, 8:00
  • Preservation Pub: The Mumbles, 10:00 PM