Knox Area Weekend To Do List, April 29 - May 1, 2022

Do: Rossini Festival 

When: Saturday, April 30th, 10am
Where: Downtown Knoxville and Market Square 

After a two-year hiatus, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival International Street Fair is returning to Downtown Knoxville on April 30, 2022. This free-admission celebration of the performing arts features 11 hours of non-stop entertainment on five outdoor stages.

The festival will feature more than 1000 performers and more than 100 artisan and food vendors sharing their talents with attendees. There will be five musical stages, a YMCA FunZone in Market Square, a beer garden, and more.

In addition, the Streamliner’s Swing Orchestra will play from 8-10 p.m. at the Instrumental Music Stage. Other performers include the Webb School Singers, Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir, Pellissippi State Variations, Lucia Andronescu Flamenco Dancers, Alexia Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble, Momentum Dance Lab, Knoxville Community Band, UT Jazz Big Band and Knoxville Jazz Youth.

The Rossini Entertainment Schedule, Map, and Vendor Lists are now available at

Photos Courtesy of Rossini Festival Facebook Page 

Eat & Drink: Southern Tequila and Taco Festival

When: Friday, April 29th, 5pm-9pm
Where: JCPenney's Parking Lot / Turkey Creek 

Come join in for a very fun festival to raise funds for Remote Area Medical! This will be the 7th annual event, and will continue growing to be the largest annual tequila and taco festival in the country! They have some of the biggest names in tequila showcasing their signature products and the best food in East Tennessee. Join in to taste hand-crafted tequilas, margaritas, cocktails and beer, listen to some great music & eat some tacos! 

For details, including entertainment, tequila vendors, food vendors, directions, and more, check out


Try: American Sign Language Practice  

When: Saturday, April 30th, 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Union Place Bar and Grill / 4884 Chambliss Ave. Knoxville 

Join in for Fun With Friends first ever American Sign Language Practice ASL meetup ~~ This is NOT a class ~ They are hoping it becomes "a group of friends just hanging out helping each other with thier sign language" !  They will be bringing a few things including flashcards for everyone to use. Feel free to bring whatever you have. The Union Bar and Grill is a fun place with a full bar, a fantastic menu, a kitchen that opens rite at 11, and a private room for the group! Wear your FwF tee shirt and enjoy $1.00 of drafts and 10% off all food.

Fun with Friends (FwF) Knoxvillle is about helping create friendships in a safe and welcoming environment. This group is all about getting Knoxville locals together for all sorts of group outings. Everyone is welcome to any of the events.


Buy: Just Listed - 3 Acre Lot w/ Boat and Jet Ski Slip in Lashbrooke

Listed by: Lainey Jones (865) 356-5003 and Eleanor Cippel (865) 712-3656, eXp Realty 

Build your dream home in the Preserve at Lashbrooke!! This lovely lot includes one boat slip & one jet ski slip. HOA membership includes access to the neighborhood clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, marina, picnic area, and playground. The lot lays perfectly for a ranch or basement ranch home as it is level in the front and gently rolls down in the rear. Schedule your showing now! Visit for restrictions and additional info on Lashbrooke.

Family: Madisonville Carnival at the Park

When: April 28th - April 30th

Where: Industrial Park Rd, Madisonville

Bring the family to Madisonville’s Carnival at the Park! Enjoy a ton of rides, games and food! Take a spin on the swings, a ride on the carousel and enjoy the view from the Ferris wheel!

  • Thursday, April 28 - 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Wristbands: $20 (unlimited rides)
  • Friday, April 29- 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Wristbands $20 (unlimited rides)
  • Saturday, April 30-12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Wristbands $25 (unlimited rides)


Watch & Listen: 1982 World's Fair Opening Day 40th Anniversary Screening

When: Sunday, May 1st, 1:30pm
Where: Tennessee Theatre / 604 S Gay St. Knoxville  

Produced for the 1982 World’s Fair, World of Wonders was the first film to offer a look at the history of fairs and their landmarks, from London’s 1851 Crystal Palace to Knoxville’s very own Sunsphere. Directed by Kennedy Maxwell and featuring archival images from sources such as the Smithsonian Institute and Movietone News, the 45-minute film is narrated by Knoxville native and Broadway and film star John Cullum. From late July into early August 1982, World of Wonders screened daily at the Tennessee Theatre, every hour on the hour from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a Continental Breakfast served to attendees. In the evenings the Theatre presented the Cullum-directed play “The Conversion of Buster Drumwright.”

This film has rarely if ever been publicly screened since the close of the Fair, and the Knox County Public Library's Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) will present a new 2K digital scan of the film at the Tennessee Theatre. Funding for the restoration of the film was provided by T and T Signs, Inc. and TAMIS.

TAMIS will also draw upon its film and video archive to present a compilation of some of the more interesting performances, commercials, and news segments documenting the Fair. Closing out the day, East Tennessee PBS will be on hand to showcase video from their extensive library of World’s Fair material, including performances from the Folk Life Festival.

Between screenings, visitors are invited to explore the Tennessee Theatre on self-guided tours, and cross Gay Street to see the Museum of East Tennessee History's World's Fair exhibition "You Should've Been There!" 


1:30 - 2:00pm - Doors open, self-guided tour
2:00 - 2:45pm - TAMIS World's Fair footage
2:45 - 3:00pm - Self-guided tour
3:00 - 3:45pm - World of Wonders
3:45 - 4:00pm - Self-guided tour
4:00 - 4:45pm - East Tennessee PBS World's Fair footage

Photo Courtesy of Tennessee Theatre and East Tennessee Historical Society Facebook Page

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