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Weekend edition April 05, 2024 | Katelyn Keenehan

News Roundup: A weekend for the arts (and athletes)

The Weekend News Roundup features stories related to local business, technology, entrepreneurship, economy, events, and innovation.

This weekend is packed full of events, drawing large crowds to the Scruffy City. One of the year’s most anticipated events, the Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk kicks off on Saturday, April 6 at 8 a.m. The artists will work on their pieces until 5 p.m., and then end with an awards ceremony around 7 p.m.

Thousands of art lovers head downtown each year to experience this live art competition in Market Square. Chalk Walk features over 300 artists and collaborative teams. Cash prizes and ribbons are awarded to select artists who have created imaginative and inspiring artworks in their age division.

Click here for a list of all the competition categories.

First Friday

Twenty years ago, the local community began gathering on the First Friday of each month in downtown Knoxville to examine the arts and culture the city had to offer. Over time, this tradition has expanded beyond the city center.

An increasing array of galleries and venues across the city showcase diverse artist exhibits and live musical performances. Prominent downtown destinations encompass The Art Market, The Emporium, and the downtown Visitors Center, which are all conveniently situated on Gay Street. Embark on a leisurely stroll, indulge in refreshments, and walk through various shops throughout the evening. Extend your journey to Market Square and the Old City for additional artistic showcases, entertainment, and culinary delights.

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

The Knoxville Marathon is the premier event of the Knoxville Track Club (KTC), a 501c(3) nonprofit located in Knoxville, TN. The event is produced by the KTC, with the help of the City of Knoxville, the University of Tennessee, and the title sponsor, Covenant Health. The inaugural event was held March 20, 2005. This year is extra special because it is the 20th year of the marathon.

Runners will take off at 7:30 a.m. April 7 and the course will close at 2:30 p.m. in Worlds Fair Park.


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