Knox Area Weekend To Do List, May 3-5, 2024

Do: Blooms, Bluegrass, & BBQ Festival

When: Friday, May 3rd, 12pm-8pm and Saturday, May 4th, 10am-8pm
Where: Historic Downtown Sweetwater

Head to Sweetwater Friday and Saturday for the popular Blooms, Bluegrass and BBQ Festival! Enjoy live bluegrass performances both days, kids zone, BBQ that will satisfy all of your taste buds, beautiful blooming topiaries throughout downtown & LOTS of vendors! Event admission is free! Be sure to check out the schedule of events and event map at:

Eat & Drink: Cinco de Mayo Rooftop Party

When: Sunday, May 5th, 11am-Midnight

Where: Loco Burro @ West Town Mall / 7600 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 

Join Loco Burro for an electrifying Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Get ready to spice up your celebrations with an unforgettable Tex-Mex experience at West Town Mall. Here's what's in store for you:

  •  Donkey Riding Contest: Test your skills at taming their spirited donkey at 6:00 pm!
  • Taco Eating Contest: Think you can handle it? Join in at 7:00 pm for some serious munching!
  • Raffle Drawing: Purchase your tickets for a chance to win fantastic prizes! Drawing at 9:00 pm. 
  • Live DJ: The rooftop DJ will start spinning beats at noon to keep the party going! 
  • Indulge in delectable jello shots! 
  • Rooftop 21+ and Taco bar starting at 5 pm

Quench your thirst with these specials:

  • 32oz Beers: Yee-Haw Beer for $13 or Double Barrel Borracha Beer for $10.
  • 32oz Top Shelf Margaritas: Sip on signature margaritas and receive a complimentary tank top for $25. 
  • Buckets of Beer: Choose from domestic for $23 or imports for $28.

Don't miss out on this festive celebration filled with great food, drinks, and entertainment. 


Try: Learn Stained Glass

When: Sunday, May 5th, 1pm-4pm
Where: Appalachian Arts Craft Center / 2716 Andersonville Hwy. Clinton 

Join in for an engaging and hands-on class where you'll delve into the fascinating world of stained glass creation using the copper foil technique! Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, this class is designed to guide you through the entire process from start to finish.

All necessary supplies will be provided, including various design patterns to spark your creativity and a vibrant selection of colored glass. Under the expert guidance of instructor Marc Rotman, you'll learn essential techniques such as glass cutting, applying copper foil, and soldering to bring your masterpiece to life.

By the end of this 3-hour session, you'll have crafted your very own stained glass creation, ready to adorn your home or gift to a loved one. Who knows, you might even uncover a newfound passion for this beautiful art form!

No prior experience is required, just come with enthusiasm and a willingness to explore something new. Open to ages 16 and above..

Member Rate: $75 | Non-Member Rate: $90 Material Fee: $18 (paid directly to instructor)

Secure your spot today and embark on a journey of creativity and discovery with stained glass!

Buy: Just Listed Investment Cabin in Pigeon Forge

Listed By: Suzanne Walls, Real Broker (724) 456-1720

Prime location investment opportunity in the heart of Pigeon Forge! Introducing this 3-bedroom, 2-bath rental cabin, perfectly situated in the desirable Brookstone subdivision. With city-maintained paved roadways from the parkway to your front door, bolstered by ample parking accommodations, guest travel experiences will be 5 stars!

Step inside to discover a haven of comfort in the open-concept living area which exudes rustic charm, creating an inviting space for guests to unwind after a day of exploration.

This cabin boasts three spacious bedrooms, ensuring ample accommodations for families and groups seeking relaxation on their Smoky Mountain getaway.

Ascend to the expansive loft area, where endless entertainment opportunities await. From movie nights to friendly competitions, this versatile space has potential for an array of amenities or additional sleeping accommodations. Outside, the sprawling wrap-around porch offers a picturesque setting for enjoying nature.

As a bonus, residents of the Brookstone subdivision enjoy exclusive access to the community pool facilities, adding high value and appeal to this already desirable property.

But the benefits don't stop there - this cabin presents an exceptional opportunity for generating substantial rental income. With its prime location in Pigeon Forge and array of nearby activities, it's sure to attract a steady stream of eager vacationers seeking an unforgettable mountain retreat.

Don't miss your chance to own a piece of paradise with excellent income potential. Seize this opportunity to invest in the thriving vacation rental market of Pigeon Forge and start reaping the rewards of ownership today!

Family: Children's Day by Knox Asian Festival

When: Sunday, May 5th, 1pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center / 348 W Clinch Ave. SW, Knoxville 

Koinobori, carp windsocks, streamers or banners, decorate the landscape of Japan from April through early May, in honor of the Children's Day (originally the Boys' festival) on May 5.

In Japanese culture, the carp symbolizes courage and strength because of its ability to swim up a waterfall.

The Boys' Festival was originally an event, expressing hope that each boy in the family will grow up healthy and strong like wild carps.

During this festival, people set up a warrior doll or a yoroi armor set in the house, and Koinobori, large carp-shaped windsocks, outside the house.

Come to the East Tennessee History Center this day to make a carp craft and eat Red Bean Mochi. You can even pound your own Mochi! 

Watch & Listen: The Creekside Downs Triple Crown Kentucky Derby Party

When: Saturday, May 4th, 5pm-10pm

Where: Creekside / 6729 Malone Creek Dr. Knoxville 

Prepare your finest attire and tighten that bowtie because the 2nd Annual Creekside Downs Triple Crown Kentucky Derby Watch Party is just around the bend! Join in for an exclusive viewing experience in the newly enclosed, climate-controlled indoor/outdoor area, complete with a projector screen and multiple big-screen TVs.

Savor a welcome cocktail or mocktail while indulging in complimentary appetizers and desserts before placing your "bet" on your chosen favorite to win. Embrace the Derby spirit with the dress code of "Derby Best" and showcase your elegant style at the 360 Winners Circle Photo Booth, where prizes await for the best hat and best dressed.

As the excitement of the race unfolds, capture the moment with keepsake glassware and party favors. After the main event, dance the night away at the Post Derby Dance Party featuring DJ Littlefield. Don't miss out on what's sure to be an unforgettable evening!


  • Dress Code: "Derby Best"
  • Doors Open: 5:00 PM
  • Racetime: Approx. 6:50 PM
  • Free Parking 
  • Food Trucks
  • Prizes for Best Hat and Best Dressed
  • 360 Winner Circle Photo Booth
  • Welcome Cocktail or Mocktail
  • Complimentary Appetizer Buffet and Dessert Table
  • Post Derby Dance Party with DJ Littlefield

This event is exclusively for adults aged 21 and above. Secure your spot and get ready for an unforgettable Derby experience! See you at the Races! 

Furry Friends: Dog Prom

When: Saturday, May 4th, 4pm
Where: The Bark / 601 Lamar St. Knoxville 

Teenagers all over have been getting fancied up and heading to prom the last month or so. Now is your chance to fancy up your canine friend and take them to their very own Dog Prom! Grab a date and go grab a drink. They will crown prom king and queen at the end of the night!

Go and pawty with The Bark - one of Knoxville's best dog park's and daycares. Make sure to them in your Bark dog promposals!!

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