Rossini Festival, 2 road races to result in Knoxville street closures this weekend

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The 14th annual Rossini Festival and two road races will result in some street closures in Knoxville this weekend.

The Knoxville Opera is the only opera company in the world that presents a free-admission street fair. Saturday’s event, sponsored by WATE 6 On Your Side, spans 11 hours and 14 city blocks with five outdoor stages and 800 entertainers.

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As a result, the following roads will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Sunday:

  • Gay Street, between Summit Hill Drive and Cumberland Avenue
  • Union Avenue, between Walnut and State streets
  • Market Street, between Union and Cumberland avenues
  • Church Avenue, between Walnut and State streets
  • Clinch Avenue, between Walnut and State streets

Temporary no-parking zones begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 24, on Gay Street, Union Avenue, Market Street and Clinch Avenue.

Also taking place on Saturday are the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation 5K and the Dogwood Classic 5K.

The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation 5K race starts at 10 a.m. at World’s Fair Park and will result in temporary rolling closures along the route:

  • World’s Fair Park to Jackson Avenue
  • Jackson to Broadway
  • Broadway to Depot Avenue
  • Depot to Gay Street
  • Gay to Magnolia Avenue
  • Magnolia to Ogden Street
  • Ogden to Depot
  • Depot to Gay
  • Gay to Jackson.

The Dogwood Classic 5K starts at 8 a.m. in the eastbound lane of Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills.

Rolling roadblocks will close streets while participants run from Cherokee Boulevard onto Agawela Avenue, then head back in the westbound lane of Cherokee Boulevard to Southgate Road. From there, runners will cross back to the eastbound lanes of Cherokee and continue on to the finish race.

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