Knox Area Weekend To Do List, April 19-21, 2024

Do: Spring Featured Gardens

When: Saturday, April 20th, 10am-5pm and Sunday, April 21st, 12pm-4pm
Where: Featured Gardens around the Knoxville-area

Three Knoxville residents have opened their properties to the public as a part of the annual celebration of East Tennessee's natural beauty! The Spring Featured Gardens event features three spectacular properties:

  • GATOP (God's Answer to our Prayers): 2634 Delrose Dr. Knoxville - Included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens, GATOP [God’s Answer To Our Prayers] features many hundreds of botanical specimens such as conifers and hollies, extensive displays of wildflowers, perennials, and ground covers, as well as numerous water features and large marble outcroppings.
  • Anderson Estate: Shuttle parking at 3140 Maloney Rd. Knoxville - Set on a hilltop overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains, Anderson Estate is a plant collectors garden. This young, but ever-expanding garden, features an extensive hosta collection with over 500 varieties and also includes a wide assortment of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, conifers, and a native plant display garden. The kitchen garden with 11 raised vegetable beds, fruit trees, and berries is home to an apiary. The property also includes a cemetery from the 1800’s, an Enchanted Forest, and a professionally landscaped frog haven with a bubbling brook and waterfall.
  • The Hopkins Cottage Garden: 1708 Pheasant Ridge Trail, Knoxville - A labor of love cultivated over 35 years. This enchanting space features a lovely gazebo,cozy outdoor fireplace, arbors, bridges, stone terraces,a shaded pergola and winding stone paths that beckon you to explore. Inspired by a lifelong passion for gardening that began in Indiana, this Tennessee haven offers an extended growing season and a true gardener’s paradi

This event is free though a $5 donation per garden is suggested. Tours are self-guided; although Dogwood Arts staff and volunteers will be on-site for questions. No tickets are required.

NOTE: There is limited parking at each garden, and guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. Comfortable or hiking shoes are recommended. No pets allowed.

Eat & Drink: Chef Inspired Tasting Dinner 

When: Friday, April 19th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Where: Ancient Lore Village / 7107 Sevierville Pike, Knoxville 

Do you want a sneak peek of everything Ancient Lore Village's culinary world has to offer? Get ready to let your tastebuds soar! Join in for Taste of the Village. View the menu below.


  • Beef Empanadas with Cilantro Cream
  • Bacon Wrapped Dates


  • Spring Mix, Strawberries, Red Onion, Feta, White Balsamic Dressing

Main Dishes

  • Sage Rub Pork Tenderloin
  • Spaghetti Squash with Mixed Vegetables


  • Fresh Lemon Broccolini
  • Buttery Spiced Apples
  • Baked White Cheddar Mac N Cheese


  • Dark Chocolate Lava Cake with Fresh Berries 

Sample Sizes of each item. Cost is $49 / person (gratuity not included). Be sure to make reservations. 


Try: Cosmic Night at The Pickleball Playground

When: Friday, April 19th, 6:30pm-9pm
Where: The Pickleball Playground / 2810 Ball Camp Byington Rd. Knoxville 

Illuminate your evening at Cosmic Night with a Glow-in-the-Dark Pickleball Event!  Glow balls and exciting accessories will be added to add a radiant touch to your game on the court. 

Sport your best neon shirt (just steer clear of orange to help the staff stand out), and be sure not to miss out on the raffle sponsored by Easton Upchurch with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. They'll be selecting 10 lucky winners to receive $20 club credits each!

Member pricing is $25 and Non-Member pricing is $35. Be sure to secure your spot: here

Buy: Just Listed -  Remodeled & Minutes from Downtown

Listed By: Camila Metchikoff, Real Broker (865) 556-1287

Welcome to your charming Knoxville haven! Nestled just minutes from downtown, this gem offers the perfect blend of trendy and cozy charm.

Step inside to discover a delightful one level living space home boasting three bedrooms, with one of them being a versatile third room, ideal for a guest bedroom, crafting your home office or a cozy bonus room retreat. This trendy kitchen offers butcher block countertops and less than 2 years old appliances. With a convenient laundry area, every chore becomes a breeze.

Fully renovated less than two years ago, this home has been thoughtfully upgraded with new plumbing, electrical, roof, siding, and HVAC system, ensuring peace of mind for years to come. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or a vibrant urban lifestyle, this Knoxville treasure offers the best of both worlds.

Family: Kid Entrepreneurs Event

When: Saturday, April 20th, 12pm
Where: The Greens Oak Ridge / 201 Tuskegee Dr. Oak Ridge 

Kids of all ages bring out their hand-crafted items to sell to the public!

Anyone who wants their kid to be a vendor needs to email [email protected]

Each vendor will need to provide their own table for setup if you’re going to be outside - Indoor will be provided in case of rain. 

Don't have anything to sell? Just come and shop and support child entrepreneurs! 

Watch & Listen: Taylor Swift Album Release Silent Disco

When: Sunday, April 21st, 4pm

Where: Hey Bear Cafe / 9044 Middlebrook Pike NW, Knoxville Moved to Orange Hat Brewing / 10246 Hardin Valley Rd. Knoxville

Prepare for an electrifying evening dedicated to the one and only Taylor Swift. Swifties, gear up for an unforgettable silent disco event as The Tortured Poets Department Drops brings the vibes your way!

They'll be rocking three channels:

  • The Red channel will be exclusively Taylor, all afternoon long.
  • The other two channels will feature all your other favorite songs and accept requests.

Limited space available with headphones provided. Tickets: $12 for early birds, $15 for general admission All ages are welcome.

If you've never experienced Silent Disco before, it's a love story waiting to happen, so just say yes. Once you're in the zone, belting out tunes off-key, you'll realize that nobody can hear you, and even if they could, they'd be doing the same. All worries fade away like snow on the beach.

Here's the deal: Three DJs spin tunes through headphones, and you control the switcher. If one channel isn't hitting the right notes for you, shake it off and switch to another – you've got options!

Festival Fun: Rossini Festival 

When: Saturday, April 20th, 10am - Sunday, April 21st, 6pm
Where: Downtown Knoxville including Market Square, Union Ave, Clinch Ave, and more

Experience the vibrant essence of East Tennessee's diverse culture at the Rossini Festival, an annual International Street Fair hosted by the Knoxville Opera. Immerse yourself in a celebration of music, cuisine, art, and heritage from around the globe.

With four dynamic outdoor stages, the festival offers continuous entertainment spanning opera, classical, jazz, gospel, and ethnic music, as well as ballet, modern dance, and more. Indulge in culinary delights from numerous food vendors and explore the craftsmanship of over 75 artisans. Meanwhile, The Y FunZone ensures that children are kept happily engaged throughout the day.

Having enchanted over half a million residents of Knox County and beyond, the Rossini Festival has become a beloved tradition, cherished for its fun-filled, family-friendly atmosphere. Best of all, admission is always free, inviting everyone to join in the festivities and create lasting memories together.

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