An outstanding college of music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a premier classical performing ballet company, the oldest continuing symphony orchestra in the Southeast, The Knoxville Opera Company’s Rossini Festival or the Knoxville Museum of Art,  home to one of the largest figurative glass-and-steel assemblages in the world, create a supportive environment for artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions.

Performing Arts

Fine Arts


  • Big Ears Festival, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance, and the visual arts
  • Dogwood Arts Festival, the longest-running civic celebration in North America, hosting over 350 events for three weeks annually in April
  • Greek Fest, authentic greek food, live music, traditional Greek dancing
  • Rossini Festival, week-long taste of Europe with opera, jazz, classical and ethnic music
  • Rhythm N' Blooms, three day music festival draws thousands of fans to Knoxville's Historic Old City
  • Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival, weekend of authentic Scottish Highlands games, dress, dance and festivities held at Maryville College