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© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

© 2018 Cityview Magazine. Photography by Hobe Brunson.

Photography by Trent Eades

Photography by Trent Eades

In March, thousands of Knoxvillians and visitors spent four days experiencing a wide range of music and other creative forms, such as art and film, in more than a dozen venues in downtown Knoxville, including the historic Tennessee Theater and the Bijou Theater. Founded in 2009, the Big Ears Festival has received enthusiastic acclaim from national media, including the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Photography by Trent Eades

Thousands of folks got their green on during the Knox Shamrock Fest on Market Square. The Saint Patrick’s Day event featured live music, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, and a “Lucky Kidney Fun Run.” For the adults, there was green beer, Irish whiskey, and other tasty libations. Knoxville Shamrock Fest raises funds for the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation.

Photography by Trent Eades

Dozens of dogs in colorful regalia paraded through downtown in early March to celebrate the 12th Mardi Growl, a benefit for the Young-Williams Animal Center. The event was sponsored by Merchants of Beer. After the parade the dogs, their owners, and thousands of spectators congregated on Market Square where there were more than 60 pet-friendly vendors.

Super-happy dogs jumping into water? What’s not to like? In mid-August, more than 40 dogs participated in Dog Daze II at the Village Green Shopping Center in Farragut. The canine-centric event was sponsored by Shop Farragut, the Town of Farragut, Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs, and Ricki’s Pet Depot.

Photography by Trent Eades

From mid-July through mid-August, Falstaff, Prince Hal, Imogen, Posthumous, Pisanio, and many other creations of William Shakespeare strutted and fretted upon the Market Square stage. Every summer since 2003, the Tennessee Stage Company has produced two plays on Market Square; this year’s were King Henry IV Part One and Cymbeline. The Tennessee Stage Company, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional theater company, has been operating since 1989; it engages in many educational outreach programs.

Photography by Trent Eades

Cosplayers costumed as Deadpool, Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Batman, Thor, and many other pop culture characters rubbed shoulders with celebrity guests during this year’s FanBoy Expo’s Knoxville Comic Con, held June 29-July 1 in the Knoxville Convention Center. Dozens of vendors sold comics, action figures, original art, and much else; attendees had their pictures taken with actors from shows such as Star Trek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; luminaries such as Roy Thomas, former editor of Marvel Comics, signed autographs.

Photography by Trent Eades

On June 23, thousands of people cheered the Thirteenth Annual Knox Pride Parade as it made its way through downtown Knoxville to the Mary Costa Lawn next to the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. The vast majority of observers appeared to support Pridefest though there was a very small contingent of vocal protestors.

Photography by Trent Eades

The rooftop of the Hyatt Place hotel downtown provided the perfect backdrop for Shane Archer’s Grow Salon VIP launch party. With summer cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the company celebrated their new partnership with L’anza Healing Center, becoming the first and only such center in Tennessee.

Photography by Nathan Sparks