The Rossini Festival started this weekend and a bunch of friends met up to walk around, sip wine, listen to opera and enjoy the sunshine.
The Rossini Festival is on its 11th year in Knoxville and benefits the Knoxville Opera. This year it is estimated that 100,000 people showed up.
We listed to different forms of music, sampled delicious food and mostly enjoyed the social aspect of it. We put down a large blanket in Krutch Park (just next to Gay Street) and listened to the opera singers and watched Shakespearian actors from Pelissippi State perform Romeo and Juliet.
The Rossini Festival is dog friendly so our friends Katie and Jonathan brought their bulldog down. His name is Athos and is such a sweetheart.
The evening ended with more music from the Johnson Swingtet with Brad Walker of the Brad Walker Orchestra at Crown and Goose (not only does Brad play a mean trombone, he knows how to dance!). Such a fun day and evening. Can't wait for next year!