Calendar of Events

Friday, September 18, 2020

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Fall Sunset Series

Category: Kids & family and Music

Sept 18 – Tennessee Sheiks
Sept 25 – Early Morning String Dusters
Oct 2 - Jerry Butler Band

All concerts begin at 7 pm – Rain or shine in the covered amphitheater. Bring your own folding lawn chairs. Coolers and alcohol of any kind are prohibited. Pets are not allowed (Except Service Animals w/ Proper Identification). Concerts are FREE for GSMHC Members and for Children 5 and Under – $10 per person for non-members. Or, Reserved Seating! Only $5 Leave your chair at home and use ours!

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Gallery 1010: Carpet Bombing

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

An experience by Nuveen Barwari
Reception Sep 18 via Zoom
Open hours by appointment only on the weekends.

Gallery 1010, 1150 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: and

2020 Knoxville Film Festival

  • September 18, 2020 — September 20, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Film and Free event






Mabry-Hazen House: Savoring Suffrage: Women’s Celebration Suffrage Dinner

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, Fundraisers and History & heritage

UPDATE 09/10/20: this event has been rescheduled to Fri Sep 18. Updates below:

Friday, September 18, 2020 from 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Mabry-Hazen House invites you to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment with a historic dinner inspired by recipes written by suffragists. Drawing on historic suffragist cookbooks, period recipes, and locally-sourced ingredients, Mabry-Hazen House and Chef Jessica Hammond of Sister South Fine Foods have partnered to craft a four course dinner that exhibits the tastes and history of the women’s suffragist movement. This dinner blends a unique eating with learning for a tasteful historic evening. Leveraging their domestic roles, women peppered the cookbooks with propaganda for the fight to get the right to vote. Each course was directly inspired by recipes from suffragist cookbooks first published from 1886 until ratification in 1920. And each course will be used to tell the history of the women’s suffrage movement through food. Patrick Hollis, Executive Director, will guide diners to important people, places, events, and foods of the Great Cause between each course to how “good cooking and sure voting went hand in hand”

Mabry-Hazen House is committed to making this event as safe as possible for all involved. Dinner will occur outside and tables spaced to allow for six feet distance between groups. Masks are required to be worn whenever you are not seated at your table. Each group will have an individual table and tables are limited to 8 people. Guests are encouraged to follow the 5 Core Actions to keep those around them healthy and Mabry-Hazen House open.

Tickets are $75 and seating is limited. Wine will be provided, but guests are encouraged to BYOB. Seating is limited. All proceeds benefit Mabry-Hazen House. Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting In case of rain, the dinner will be rescheduled for Friday, September 18, 2020.

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661.

East Tennessee Preservation Conference

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

The East Tennessee Preservation Conference has become a cherished event for those who love history, historic sites, and learning about preservation methods.

Join preservation professionals, architects, planners, tourism professionals, government and community leaders, economic developers, real estate professionals and others who have found that advanced knowledge of historic preservation principles and practices has value.

September 18 | 9 AM to 4 PM
Location: Wherever You Are (Virtual via ZOOM)
Keynote Speaker: Ethiel Garlington, Historic Macon Foundation

$25 | AIA CEC Approved | REGISTER at

PARK(ing)DAY Knoxville: Urban Transformation on a Microscale

  • September 18, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

PARK(ing) Day is an international event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks or parklets. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of public space in communities around the world.

In response to social distancing and other requirements, we have opted to forgo the traditional PARK(ing) Day event this year in favor of a completely virtual event. What does that mean? Just wait and see, rest assured that it will be something you haven't seen before.

We've gone VIRTUAL! You don't want to miss this one. Stay tuned to see what teams are up to this year.

UT Gardens Knoxville: Growing Lettuce Indoors

  • September 18, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event, Health & wellness and Science & nature


This class will explore different lettuce cultivars and how to grow them. We will look at ways to grow lettuce outside and also indoors. This class will focus on growing lettuce in soil, but we will briefly touch on the subject of hydroponics. Resources for purchasing seeds and other items needed for growing lettuce successfully will be provided to class participants.
Instructor: Derrick Stowell

This class will be held via Zoom. Participants will receive a meeting link upon registration.
Register here:

This class is offered free of charge. Donations to the UT Gardens are always appreciated. To donate:

Union Ave Books: The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth

  • September 18, 2020

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Online Event

Union Ave Books welcomes Alyssa Hollingsworth to present her newest book the THE INVISIBLE BOY. Alyssa will be joined in conversation by Hannah Rials, bookseller and author of The Ascension Series, most recently RECLAMATION. This free virtual event takes place on September 18TH @ 6pm on Zoom, send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the the title of the book THE INVISIBLE BOY in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event.

Buy the book here:

If no one sees him, does he exist? This superhero-inspired adventure story explores friendship and what it means to be truly brave. Nadia looks for adventure in the pages of her Superman comic books, until a mysterious boy saves her dog from drowning during a storm and then disappears. Now she finds herself in the role of Lois Lane, hunting down the scoop of the Invisible Boy. Suddenly she’s in a real-life adventure that’s far more dangerous than anything in her comic books.
The Invisible Boy is a mystery and an adventure story, as well as a story about child labor trafficking. Like Katherine Applegate, author of Crenshaw and Wishtree, Alyssa Hollingsworth takes a difficult subject matter and makes it accessible for middle-grade readers.

The Knoxville Community Darkroom: Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes & workshops and Exhibitions & visual art

SEP 15, 6 PM
Learning Series - The Negative

SEP 16, 6 PM
Learning Series - The Print

SEP 19, 11 AM
Cyanotype Workshop

Our mission at the Knoxville Community Darkroom is to educate and provide facilities for our community to experience traditional film processes. The darkroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

RALA: Lost in Paradise with Harry Underwood

  • September 11, 2020 — September 27, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Come dip your toes into these colorful painted dialogues and view the magic of Harry Underwood! We are so grateful to have Harry as our September Featured Artist. It's not too late see the show. Pop by to view it in person (remember to mask up) or shop online 24/7.

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Holes


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

The play will be performed Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM.

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live production of “HOLES” based on the 1998 award-winning novel by Louis Sachar, and the 2003 adventure comedy film produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures.

Tickets will be limited to 60 attendees for each performance and groups/families will be distanced from each other. Masks will be required for entry.

The play focuses on Stanley Yelnats, a troubled kid who is sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake. The warden tells the boys that they must dig holes five feet wide by five feet deep in order to “build character.” But Stanley soon realizes that this isn’t the real reason they’re being subjected to such treatment. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something, and Stanley will do his best to dig up the truth.

The show is directed by Artistic Director Dennis E. Perkins.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Tennessee Valley Fair: Virtual Fair 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Join the Fun! While the traditional fair is not happening this year, the fair fun will continue!

On Friday, Sept 11th we will be offering a Fair Food To-Go event from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the area which is usually Kiddieland. We have 5 great local food vendors that will be participating.

On Saturday, Sept 12th the Junior Dairy show will be held at the barns. In addition, the state cornhole tournament will be going on in Patriot Circle beginning at 10:00 AM. Fair Food To-Go will also be offered from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

The Cotton Candy Classic 5K Virtual Edition will be held how until September 20th. Here is a link to sign up regardless if you are a runner or not: The Cotton Candy Classic directly supports the Fair Foundation, so please sign up and spread the word. When you sign up, you get a really neat t-shirt!

On Friday, Sept 18th we will be offering a Fair Food To-Go event from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the area which is usually Kiddieland. We have 5 great local food vendors that will be participating.

On Saturday, Sept 19th the Junior Beef show will be held at the barns. Fair Food To-Go will also be offered from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Please check on the Fair’s website for other great events. We will also be offering a virtual Fair everyday day on the website with segments from the Marvelous Mutts, how to grow the perfect vegetable, and others.

During fair week, we will be sharing ag facts, fair trivia, virtual competitions, and more! Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates: and

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