Downtown Knoxville businesses will hold free arts events to complement the Big Ears Music Festival

Starting March 24, businesses in downtown Knoxville will host free events to showcase people’s creativity.

Knoxville, Tenn. – While Big ears, Knoxville fills with people from all over the world for a weekend filled with music and fun. This year, more than 25 downtown businesses will participate and host free events that complement the good vibes of the festival.

Organizers from the Downtown Knoxville Alliance and Maker City Knoxville said the businesses will showcase people’s creativity by hosting free art exhibits, live music and art classes. Some manufacturers will also hold live demonstrations, according to a statement from officials.

Megan Lingerfelt, an artist, will also add a spring theme to the mural in Strong Alley on Thursday and Friday during the festival. All galleries and businesses participating in the free events will be marked with colorful sidewalk graphics, officials said.

A complete list of participating companies, places and organizations is also available below.

  • able trade
  • Art Market Gallery
  • wake up coffee
  • Bijou Bistro
  • Boyd’s jig and reel
  • Christophe Robin Arts
  • Embassy Suite Lobby
  • Mall
  • five thirty living room
  • Gallery 1010
  • honey mouth
  • Knoxville Art Museum
  • Knoxville soap candle and gifts
  • Krutch Park
  • Maple Room
  • beer merchants
  • Old Town Sports Bar
  • Phoenix building
  • night light
  • pioneer house
  • postmodern minds
  • Pour the dining room
  • Pretentious Beer Co.
  • Pretentious Glass Co.
  • Radius Rooftop Lounge
  • Rala
  • RED Gallery
  • social dove
  • Silkscreen Status
  • Strong driveway
  • Tennessee Amphitheater
  • UT Downtown Gallery

Some of the venues hosting free events are also official festival venues. It will kick off on Thursday, March 24 and run through the weekend, ending on Sunday, March 27.

Tickets sold out for the festival after it was canceled 2 years in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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