Plenty of free events amid Big Ears Festival

Jay FitzDowntown, Our Town Arts

Starting Thursday, March 24, and throughout the weekend, more than 25 downtown businesses will host free artist exhibits; live music and art classes; and local makers doing live demonstrations to complement the ticketed and free Big Ears events and performances. Big Ears, The Maker City and the Downtown Knoxville Alliance are collaborating to inform the public of these activities.

“We are eager to spotlight downtown businesses that support the arts, especially amid the Big Ears Festival weekend,” said Michele Hummel, executive director of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. “Whether you’re visiting from far away or just down the road, this event is an opportunity to explore something new in Downtown Knoxville alongside visitors literally from around the world.”

The free events include live music performances; art exhibitions and demonstrations; and hands-on classes. In addition, artist Megan Lingerfelt will add a spring theme to the Downtown Knoxville mural in Strong Alley, which is located between Market Square and Gay Street, on Thursday and Friday.

Participating galleries and merchants will be marked by colorful sidewalk graphics, and the weekend’s activities are available here, which is also accessible via a QR code on “Love Knox” window signage at each location.

“We like to say that we’re bringing the world to Knoxville and we’re showcasing Knoxville to the world,” said Ashley Capps, executive and artistic director for Big Ears. “Downtown will be hopping with energy and excitement during the Big Ears Festival, and I truly hope our local community will be a part of it.”

Information provided by Moxley Carmichael


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