The Dogwood Arts Festival Fills Downtown with Beauty and Fun

It’s sort of like the grand finale of a fireworks show. We’ll have more festivals as the summer and fall move along, but the most intense portion of festival season has come and gone and it ends in spectacular fashion with the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square. It really starts months ahead of time […]

Rossini 2017 Dances Around the Rain Until It Can Dance No More

The forecast looked bleak. The history is spotty, at best. We all remember the year the Rossini Festival, sponsored by Knoxville Opera, was washed out by buckets of day-long rain. I slipped out early to watch the dogged preparations, as vendors and planners put on their game-faces and went about the business of getting ready […]

Mardi Growl 2017

Mardi Growl, sponsored each year by Young-Williams Animal Center, and this year presented by the Old City Wine Bar, has come to serve as the unofficial kick-off for festival season, which is expanding to be approximately nine months long from the looks of it. Knoxville is so dog-friendly that it only seems fitting that our […]

Hola Festival 2016 Draws Big Crowds for a Happy Celebration

I’ve said before that Hola is one of my favorite festivals of the year. Knoxville has just a little more of an international, big city feel with the sights and sounds of other cultures filling Market Square and nearby areas. Yesterday’s festival replicated the success of the many years of Hola in downtown Knoxville. While […]

International Biscuit Festival 2016

The festivals and major events keep rolling through spring in Knoxville and this weekend saw a couple of massive events. First, the International Biscuit Festival hit downtown on Saturday and approximately a million (give or take) people descended on the center city. After gorging on biscuits on Saturday, Knoxville rallied for a health and activity […]