Showcasing Music, Food and More All Spring Long

March – May 2016

Knoxville, TN – Knoxville is the place to be this spring.  Starting in March and running through May, the city will showcase the “Knoxville Beats & Eats” series with a full line up of festivals featuring live music, arts and crafts, food and more.  The spring long celebration will introduce visitors to a vibrant mix of culture and cuisine, creating an unexpected feast for music lovers and foodies alike.  Knoxville Beats and Eats is presented by Visit Knoxville in partnership with Scripps Networks Interactive.

The “Knoxville Beats & Eats” series will provide a breath of fresh air to visitors seeking an “under-the-radar” alternative to the usual city destinations.  Situated at the crossroads of two major highways— I-75 and I-40 and right off of I-81—Knoxville is an easily accessible urban hub.  Recently named by Trip Advisor as a Top 10 Destination on the Rise, the city has wide-ranging appeal whether visiting for a day or staying through the weekend where mountains meet music, art meets adventure and culture meets cuisine.

Over the course of three months, dozens of artists will perform across the city as part of the “Knoxville Beats and Eats” series.  Music will showcase a modern twist and run the gamut, including performances by critically-acclaimed indie bands as well as avante garde, Americana, and rhythm and blues musicians.  Featured artists at various events will include The Mavericks, Mute Math, Andrew Bird, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass and Dom Flemons, one of the founding members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  

Knoxville will also host various opportunities for visitors to indulge in the best of the region’s cuisine from uptown European fare to down home American favorites. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy the reading festival as well as the opportunity to see and run the streets of Knoxville.

“Visit Knoxville is extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with Scripps Networks Interactive. This partnership helps us promote a variety of Knoxville’s outstanding spring festivals and events with a combined vision. The “Knoxville Beats and Eats” campaign will showcase these events on an even broader scale outside this region,” said Kim Bumpas, President, Visit Knoxville. “We are looking forward to a very exciting festival season.”

“Scripps Networks Interactive employees have enjoyed a variety of entertaining events in Knoxville since we launched HGTV in 1994,” comments Jim Clayton, Executive Vice President, Corporate Giving & Community Relations. “Clearly, Knoxville has become a popular destination for the finest music, food and art. No matter how you look at it, these social activities are good for our community, fun for our employees, and a big contributor towards the economic strength of the Southeast.”

The “Knoxville Beats & Eats” events will have something for every palette and palate.

Big Ears Festival (March 31st - April 2nd) – A weekend of interactive exhibitions and musical performances in Knoxville historic theaters, clubs and galleries combined with film showings, workshops and discussions with artists. This festival has been named “the classiest, most diverse festival in the country” by Rolling Stone and is produced by the founder of Bonnaroo.


Dogwood Arts (Month of April) – A 55-year old celebration of Knoxville’s natural beauty through a month-long series of art, music and culture events. Over the years, this signature springtime festival has brought many famous—and varied—performers to Knoxville spanning a wide spectrum from Elvis Presley and Jimmy Buffett to Whitney Houston and Liberace.


Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Kids Run and Relay Races (April 2nd and April 3rd) – The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon includes a 26.2-mile marathon, 13.1-mile half-marathon, four-person marathon relay, 5K run and one-mile fun run for children 12 and under.  The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has grown to become the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee. As in previous years, all races will have an exciting finish on the 50-yard line inside Neyland Stadium.

Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival (April 8th -10th) – A weekend-long musical celebration showcasing American Roots music, Knoxville’s diverse musical history and the rich identity of the region. This one-of-a-kind urban music festival brings nationally known and local artists onto a unique stage on the streets of Knoxville’s historic Old City.


Rossini Festival International Street Fair (April 23rd) Beginning with the amazing free-admission International Street Fair featuring artisans, food, and five stages of entertainment, the Festival concludes with a unique multi-venue production of Puccini's Tosca on April 30th.


The Knoxville Stomp Festival of Lost Music (May 5th-8th) – A downtown four-day event celebrating the re-mastering and release of a newly recovered collection of recordings made at Knoxville's St. James Hotel in 1929 and 1930 known as the St. James Sessions. The festival is headlined by Dom Flemons and features a museum exhibition, record show, panel discussions, and lots of live music.


The International Biscuit Festival (May 12th -14th) – A roster of Southern food activities that launched in 2009 and has since become a nationally recognized event where guests mingle with chefs, authors and speakers passionate about Southern food while sampling biscuits from the region’s top restaurants and browsing a variety of biscuit-related products and art presented by vendors from across the country.


Children’s Festival of Reading (May 21st) – A day of enrichment activities for children organized by Knoxville community groups: storytelling, arts & crafts, science exploration along with fun games, food and music.


ABOUT VISIT KNOXVILLE
Visit Knoxville (Knoxville Convention and Visitors Bureau) is the official CVB for the City of Knoxville and Knox County. Visit Knoxville is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, private company that works together with the community, business leaders and local and state government to further develop Knoxville as a premier leisure, meetings and travel destination.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. The company's lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively engage more than 190 million U.S. consumers each month. International operations include TVN, Poland’s premier multi-platform media company; UKTV, an independent commercial joint venture with BBC Worldwide; Asian Food Channel, the first pan-regional TV food network in Asia; and lifestyle channel Fine Living Network. The company’s global networks and websites reach millions of consumers across North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.

 

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