John Martin highlights some of the weekend's biggest events

4:39 PM, May 3, 2012   |    comments
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Nearly 3,000 street rods, muscle cars, custom cars, trucks and specialty vehicles traveling from near and far will be seen cruising the streets of Knoxville. Each of these vintage painted and chromed cars and trucks are at least thirty years old or older and will be in town to take part in the region's largest automotive event, The National Street Rod Association's 38th annual Street Rod Nationals South Plus at Chilhowee Park. The public is invited during the three-day event beginning at 8 am daily.  Tickets will be on sale at the gates.

It's time once again for the "Smokies Spring Festival". The day starts at 9 am with a wildflower walk and a book signing with Roy Oliver, "Last Man from Tremont". From there...a ton of stuff happens, including bluegrass music, crafts, food and much more. Visit for a full list of events. There is an $8 parking fee.

The Tillers with Roy Schneider will be the musical guest on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The free broadcast begins at noon, at the Knoxville Visitor Center.

"2 Many Pixels" photo gallery is proud to present "STREETWISE-Knoxville". The work of 4 photographers who intimately captured the streets of Knoxville from the mid-1960's to the present. This exhibit is presented in collaboration with the KMA-Knoxville Museum of Art- "STREETWISE-Masters of the 60's" feature show.

Stanley's Greenhouse, in South Knoxville, is hosting a fundraiser for "Knox Paws" from 5 to 7:30 pm. Knox PAWS (Placing Animals With Seniors) matches eligible seniors with adoptable pets. Everyone is invited to join in for an evening of music, flowers, plants, and hors d'oeuvres. Dogs are welcome, too! Tickets are $25 at the door.

The East Tennessee History Center presents "First Friday- Film Series". An evening of silent films with pianist accompaniment featuring The Goose Woman, Dizzy Daisy, and Comicalamities. The Museum of East Tennessee History opens at 5:30 and the films will begin at 7:00.

The Knoxville Museum of Art's "Alive After Five" series continues with the sounds of Carib Sounds Steel Band. General admission for non-members is $9. "Alive After Five" runs from 6 to 8:30.

It's time once again for the 8th Annual Clinch River Spring Antique Fair at Historic Downtown Clinton. This 90 vendor Fair starts with a "Kick-Off Party" from 6 to 9 pm, with musical entertainment. The shops on Market and Main Street will be open late and food vendors will be set up in Hoskins-Lane Park. On Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Knox County Schools Career Technical Education (CTE) program is hosting its second annual "CTE goes Live" at 6:45 pm, from Market Square. The audience can text their votes immediately after the live event and the winner will receive a complimentary trip to Nashville to professionally record a song at Nash10 Studio. If you are unable to attend CTE goes Live on Market Square, you can listen live on WKCS Radio 91.1 FM, East Tennessee's only high school radio station.

The Tennessee Smokies play host to the Montgomery Biscuits. Not only is it a "Fireworks Friday" event, it also happens to be "Star Wars Night" at Smokies Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15.

Clayton Center and Foothills Community Players present, "Greater Tuna" by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Greater Tuna is one of the most-performed comedies in the community theatre genre. Tickets are available for $15. Show time is set for 7:30 pm, at the Haslam Family Flex Theatre.

Side Splitters Comedy Club welcomes April Macie. You can check out April's set at 7:45 for just $12 at the door.

"Kiss Me, Kate" continues at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Adult tickets are $30 and can be purchased at The multiple Tony Award winning musical is set to begin at 7:30 pm.

The Breakfast Club will perform at The Valarium. Doors open at 9 pm. Tickets are $10.

Boyd's Jig & Reel welcome Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, to the stage. The free show begins at 9 pm, in The Old City.


It's time once again for "Old Timers Day" in Townsend. The day starts at 10 am and runs to 9 pm. There's almost way too much stuff to mention, including bluegrass music, pottery and crafts, hikes, food and much more. Visit for a full list of events. There is an $8 parking fee.

The Market Square Farmers' Market opens at 9 am. Grab some cash and bring some friends down to support your local farmers and artisans.

Ever wondered if that family heirloom you have been keeping locked away for years truly has value? Find out at the Antiques Appraisal Fair, from 9 am to 4 pm at Cherokee Mills on Sutherland Avenue in Knoxville. Appraisals are only $5 per item and there is no limit.

Youth ages 13 and under are invited to the 28th annual Bob Watt Youth Fishing Rodeo, at Anchor Park for a morning of fishing and competing for prizes in various categories. Registration will begin on site at 9 am, with fishing to follow from 9:30 to 11 am. The Town of Farragut will provide the bait (any type may be used), and a limited number of fishing poles will be available for use during the event. Poles will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis; participants are encouraged to bring their own poles.

The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program is opening the gates to five of Knoxville's most beautiful gardens. Highlights include a formal English-style courtyard and walled rose garden, sculpture in bronze, stone, and stainless steel, and a large veranda with breath-taking vistas set against a backdrop of 100-year-old oak trees. Visitors may begin the tour at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, where descriptions and directions to each location will be provided. There is a $5 per garden charge. The event runs from 9 am to 5 pm.

Join Ijams Nature Center educator and storyteller Stephen Lyn Bales at Victor Ashe Park at 10 am. Lyn will lead the search for wildflowers and entertain you with his favorite fun and lively stories about nature. For a terrific outdoor experience, don't miss this Tour de Fleur. The free event requires no registration.

Mariachi music, salsa dancers and Chihuahuas will take over Gatlinburg for the "Cinco de Mayo Celebration" presented by Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina. Beginning at 11 am, this free family-friendly event will begin with a "Dog Parade" from the Four Season's Motor Lodge parking lot near Traffic Light #8 on the Parkway and proceed to Loco Burro's Courtyard. Owners are encouraged to bring their furry companions dressed in festive attire ready to parade. At 1:30, "Chihuahua Races" will take place in the Loco Burro Courtyard. Chihuahuas will compete against each other in random heats to be named "Champion of Gatlinburg's Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Race." Only pure breed Chihuahuas will be allowed to compete. The celebration will continue until 8 pm at the Loco Burro Courtyard with music provided by acclaimed mariachi band "Espuelas de America." Folkloric dancers dressed in traditional costumes will perform throughout the day as well as salsa dancers and karaoke featuring DJ Azul. To add a little heat to the event, a "Hot Burrito Eating Contest" will be held sponsored by All Sauced Up. Food City will be offering free food samples for all attendees. Face painters, clowns, mimes, and a dunking booth will also add to the Cinco de Mayo fun.

The Cohen Brothers will perform on the Saturday edition of the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You can be entertained at the Knoxville Visitor Center at noon.

It's time for "Fiesta on Market Square!" Events start at 3 pm with green, white & red decorated Market Square with sombreros, mustachios, face painting, hair ribbon braiding, glitter tattoos, candy-filled piñatas, soccer goal kicks, authentic Hispanic foods, spicy costumes, and much more for all you hot tamales. As things heat up near the Market Square Stage,Corona, Dos Equis, Pacifico, and Modelo beers will cool the adults, while musical acts lead the fiesta charge, including Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego (Latin Jazz!), Rolando Y Los Tocadores (Mariachi!), Truth & Salvage Co (Americana!), Biz'Cirque (Fire Dancing!), Super King y Los Excelentes (Fiesta!) and Christabel and the Juans (Swing!) will follow to keep your tangos and boleros bouncing until the jalapeño finale of Fiesta on Market Square!

Broadway at the Tennessee presents, "Riverdance". There will be two performances at the Tennessee Theatre as part of the "Farewell Tour". The matinee begins and 2 pm. The second show is set to begin at 8 pm. Tickets range from $37 to $77, and can be purchased at all Tickets Unlimited locations.

The Tennessee Smokies finish up their series with the Montgomery Biscuits at Smokies Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 pm.

The Knoxville Nighthawks play host to the Alabama Hammers at the Civic Coliseum. Tickets range from $10 to $45 and can be purchased at the Coliseum box office. Game time is set for 7 pm.

WWE presents RAW Wrestlemania Revenge Tour, at Thompson-Boling Arena. Though the card is subject to change, there will be a triple treat match featuring CM Punk -vs- Dolph Ziggler -vs- Alberto Del Rio. The main event will feature John Cena -vs- Mark Henry. Tickets range from $15 to $95. The first bell should ring at 7:30 pm.

The Square Room on Market Square welcomes Ben Sollee to the stage. General admission tickets are $22. Poeta Brown opens the show at 8 pm.

The Oak Ridge Playhouse presents "Chicago". You can check out this version of the six-time Tony Awards winner for just $20. Show time is set for 8 pm.

Boyd's Jig & Reel welcome Four Leaf Peat, to the stage. The free show begins at 9 pm, in The Old City.

Set sail with the Cinco De Mayo Comedy Booze Cruise aboard the Star of Knoxville. The cruise takes off at 10:30 pm and hits the Tennessee River waters for two hours of stand-up comedy. Appearing on this cruise will be Atlanta comics Jake Head and Remi Treuer along with local comics John Upton, Nakht Ricks and Drew Morgan. Tickets are $10 in advance, and can be purchased at


The Revolution 3 Triatholon hits the streets, waterways and trails throughout the area. The USA Triatholon sanctioned event, begins at 7 am from Volunteer Landing and finishes at World's Fair Park. Visit for more information.

May is National Bike Month, and the Knoxville region has many free rides, classes and events to celebrate it locally. To kick off the month-long series of activities, the I Bike KNX Festival and Neighborhood Bike Ride will be held at Market Square from 1 - 5:30 pm. Festivities begin with helmet and bike decorating and free safety checks. The ride commences from the square at 2 p.m. for a tour of South Knoxville before returning downtown for the Festival.

KSO Chamber Classics present Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony. Tickets range from $11 to $32, and can be purchased at all Tickets Unlimited locations. Performance time is set for 2:30 pm.

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