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5 Opportunities to Enjoy Outdoor Live Music in Knoxville for Free


As the weather warms and the dogwood trees begin to bloom, Knoxville comes alive with outdoor music throughout the city. This is one of Bedros’s favorite parts of living in Knoxville! As one of Knoxville’s top Realtors, a longtime resident and a major music aficionado, Bedros has watched Knoxville’s music scene grow and become the bustling, vibrant culture it is today. Knoxville offers great live music throughout the year, but there’s something extra special about listening to great tunes while enjoying a beautiful, sunny day. 

Here are five ways you can enjoy outdoor live music for free in Knoxville this season.

East Tennessee Bluegrass Association Monthly Jam 
When: Every 3rd Sunday: Apr. 16-Sep.17, 2023
Where: Mead’s Quarry

If you’ve lived in Knoxville for any stretch of time, you can probably think of at least one bluegrass tune. However, if you are new to the area or moving to Knoxville soon, it’s important to know that bluegrass music is rooted deep into East Tennessee’s history, and you will hear it at festivals and in shops and restaurants around town. Expand your bluegrass music knowledge while listening to local musicians jam out at Mead’s Quarry. Learn more.

Rossini Festival 
When: April 22, 2023
Where: Downtown Knoxville

For 20 years, Rossini Festival has taken over the streets of Downtown Knoxville to celebrate East Tennessee’s culture. During the event, you can enjoy non-stop live musical performances in a variety of genres. Expect to hear opera, gospel, chamber, and choral music on the four stages at the festival. Grab a seat and enjoy a performance, or listen as you explore the vendor booths and grab a bite to eat. Learn more

Dogwood Arts Festival 
When: Apr. 28-30, 2023
Where: World’s Fair Park

Dogwood Arts Festival has been a part of Knoxville since 1961 and celebrates the community’s local artisans and musicians. You can listen to a variety of live music as you explore the artist booths, check out the food vendor menus and participate in festival activities. Learn more.

Concerts on the Square: Jazz Tuesdays & Variety Thursdays
When: Every Tuesday starting May 2, 2023 & Every 3rd Thursday starting May 18, 2023
Where: Market Square

The City of Knoxville hosts live concerts in Market Square throughout the spring and summer seasons. Enjoy jazz every Tuesday and switch it up with variety music every 3rd Thursday. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs, so you can sit comfortably during the concert. You may also want to have dinner beforehand or order takeout from one of the nearby restaurants to enjoy during the concert. Learn more.

Second Saturday Concerts at the Cove
When: Concord Park
Where: Every 2nd Saturday: May 13 – Aug. 12, 2023

Pack your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy monthly live concerts at Concord Park. Hosted by Knox County Park and Recreation, this event is a great way to discover local musicians. Sit and enjoy the tunes, walk the park trails and play with your kids on the playgrounds. Learn more.

We hope this post inspires you to get out and enjoy all of the great music Knoxville has to offer! Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information about life in Knoxville and advice for moving to Knoxville. If you have any questions or need a Knoxville Realtor, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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