Knoxville Opera’s annual Rossini Festival International Street Fair, now in its 17th year, has been designated a “legacy event” by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and serves as a celebration of the performing arts. The public enjoys 11 consecutive hours of live entertainment on five outdoor stages (opera, jazz, ethnic music, gospel, modern and ethnic dance, ballet, vocal and instrumental ensembles) and the YMCA FamilyZone while shopping at exhibits of over 100 prominent Artisans and enjoying cuisine from dozens of food vendors. This unique event transforms downtown Gay Street, Market Square, and the adjoining streets into a European-style pedestrian street mall appropriate for the entire family. The Rossini Festival has entertained well over 500,000 people from Knox County and the surrounding region in the first 16 years! As the Street Fair is offered free to the community, it is largely dependent upon sponsor support for its funding.
More information at http://www.knoxvilleopera.com/rossini-festival-3/.