The Knoxville Symphony League presents the annual symphony ball on March 30 at Cherokee Country Club. The evening is hosted by KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian and includes live and silent auctions, plus a performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Arrive at 6 p.m. for cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.
The annual used book sale for the public begins Sunday, March 31, at 10 a.m. (Members Only Day is Saturday, March 30.) The sale runs through Tuesday, April 2. Thousands of carefully selected used books and more will be sold for low prices. The Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park is an 81-acre venue located near the Knoxville Zoo.
Set for its 14th annual running on a loop course that takes runners along the banks of the winding Tennessee River, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, Half Marathon 5K and Relay typically draws more than 4,000 participants in all four race events each year, including more than 2,000 runners in the half marathon alone.
The program features the Knoxville Choral Society and its 130 members to perform along with the orchestra, which bring excellence to the musical experience by combining enticing melodies with technical brilliance. Additional voices will join Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 from Webb School of Knoxville Chamber Singers. Both performances (April 11 and 12) begin at 7:30 p.m. KnoxvilleSymphony.com
Enjoy a taste of the energizing music that occurs from a steel pan orchestra, 55-gallon oil barrels turned into instruments, and samba batucada, a high-energy drumming ensemble that originates from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Free to the public.
The Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, begins its search for the Holy Grail in the fall of 2018. This outrageous musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Showing April 13 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and April 14 at 1:30 p.m. TennesseeTheatre.com
This event transforms downtown Knoxville into a free European-style pedestrian street mall appropriate for the entire family. The Rossini Festival has entertained more than 500,000 people from Knox County and the surrounding region in its first 17 years and serves as a celebration of the performing arts. KnoxvilleOpera.com
Admission is free for this Tennessee Vol intrasquad football scrimmage. Vol Village opens at 3 p.m., stadium gates open at 4:30 p.m. and kickoff is at 6 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature music, face painting and autographs/photo opportunities with Smokey, the Spirit Squad and VFLS. UTSports.com
Black River Entertainment’s Kelsea Ballerini is dominating arenas with her headlining Miss Me More Tour with Brett Young in 2019. Named after her chart-rising bold anthem “Miss Me More,” the most-added new single on Country radio upon release, the 14-date tour includes a night in Ballerini’s hometown of Knoxville. KnoxvilleColiseum.com
Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. His latest book is a New York Times best-selling collection of his essays entitled Calypso. KnoxBijou.org
Knoxville’s premier Earth Day celebration takes place at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens. Free and open to the public, EarthFest provides environmental demonstrations and educational opportunities along with entertainment, food, fun and a great marketplace for local, environmentally friendly vendors. EarthFest is both kid- and pet-friendly. KnoxGarden.org
This group of corrupt oil men wants to drill under the streets of Paris, but Countess Aurelia and her band of eccentric followers are having none of it! A 1945 treasure of French poetic satire, the characters, absurdities and political commentary seem just as relevant today. Showing through May 12. Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. ClarenceBrownTheatre.com
Enjoy the splendor of spring in East Tennessee on this scenic and popular route. The start is primarily flat but on a narrow two-lane road which means some congestion at the start. The out-and-back course takes you within sight of the Tennessee River/Ft. Loudon Lake, and the view of the bluffs across the river is noteworthy. KTC.org/racedogwood