Calendar of Events

Monday, October 14, 2019

Joy of Music School: Swing for Joy Charity Golf Tournament

Category: Fundraisers

At Gettysvue Polo & Golf Club
11:30 am – 5:00 pm

11:30 a.m. Registration and Lunch
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Compete for prizes: Long Drive, Short Drive, Closest to Pin, Putting Contests and more.

Play golf on an awesome course while helping to raise funds to support the programs of the Joy of Music School, a nonprofit organization providing free lessons and instruments for hundreds of financially disadvantaged, at-risk children and teens in the Knoxville area. Our teacher/mentors are volunteers.

Joy of Music School, 1209 Euclid Avenue Knoxville, TN 37921. Information: 865-525-6806,

McClung Museum: Stroller Tour: Eclectic Elephants

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their infants through four year olds. Crying and wiggly babies welcome!

Join us in the Geology Gallery as we learn about the fascinating fossil history of elephants!

Make a Free Reservation:

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144,

Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy: Venezuela lecture

  • October 14, 2019

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

Venezuela - Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5 PM – 6 PM
Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
1640 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Ambassador William Brownfield has an extensive professional background. He was US Ambassador to Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela. In addition to that, he also served as Career Ambassador which is the highest rank in the US Foreign Service.

In January 1999, Hugo Chavez assumed office as president of Venezuela on a political platform of radical change. Venezuela had a prosperous middle class, was the world’s third-leading oil exporter, enjoyed 40 years of political and electoral stability, had a violent crime rate below the Latin American average and hosted millions of refugees and immigrants. Brownfield will discuss these matters in greater detail.

This event is part of the Ashe Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. Ashe Lectures are sponsored by former Knoxville mayor and US Ambassador to Poland, Victor Ashe . For the series, ambassadors and mayors are invited to speak on a variety of public matters, including foreign relations, diplomacy, world affairs, and local government. The series also is part of the Center's Leadership & Governance Program .

Guests may park in the Vol Hall Garage on White Avenue at no charge by requesting a parking voucher from Baker Center staff at the event.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church: Exhibit by Knoxville Photography Collective

  • October 13, 2019 — December 11, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Free and open to the public
Reception Friday, October 18, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Organized in 2001, the Knoxville Photography Collective is a group of photographers who meet monthly to share images, technical information, encouragement, and inspiration. Members Katharine Emlen, Tony Hayzen, Owen Weston, Wayne Setser, David Bryant, Robert Minick, and Brian McDaniel each have distinctive styles and perspectives. Hayzen, for instance, is passionate about landscapes and wildlife photography, whereas Weston looks for hidden images in the commonplace.

Gallery hours: 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Thursday and 10 AM – 1 PM, Sunday
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919,

Flying Anvil Theatre: Hand to God

  • October 11, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Theatre

HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us. Adult language.

“The fearsome critter [Tyrone], who takes possession of a troubled teenager’s left arm in Robert Askins’ darkly delightful play really inspires goose bumps as he unleashes a reign of terror…But he’s also flat-out hilarious, spewing forth acid comedy that will turn those goose bumps into guffaws.” —The New York Times. “Furiously funny…Askins’ most impressive talent is his ability to make us laugh while juggling those big themes that make life so terrifying: death, depression, alcoholism, sexual guilt, emotional repression, religious hypocrisy and the eternal battle between your good puppet and your bad puppet.” —Variety. “HAND TO GOD is so ridiculously raunchy, irreverent and funny it’s bound to leave you sore from laughing. Ah, hurts so good.” —New York Daily News.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309,

Three Rivers Rambler: All Hallow's Eve Special

  • October 11, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Hop aboard the Three Rivers Rambler train for the All Hallows' Eve Special! Enjoy a 2-hour trip out to the Forks of the River and take part in an exciting audio story experience along the way! All passengers are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume! Boarding begins 20 minutes before departure at the Three Rivers Depot located at 2560 University Commons Way.

Appropriate for Ghosts & Ghouls of all ages. All fall trains are scheduled to be Diesel.

October 11, 2019 to October 27, 2019
All Hallow's Eve Special Schedule:
October 11th - 1:13pm and 5:15pm
October 13th - 1:13pm and 4:30pm
October 18th - 5:13pm
October 19th - 1:13pm and 4:30pm
October 20th - 1:13pm and 4:30pm
October 25th - 5:13pm
October 27th - 1:13pm and 4:30pm

Adults $28.50, Seniors $27.50, Kids (ages 3-12) $16.00, Toddlers (1-2) $7.50, and Infants are Free
Three Rivers Rambler
2560 University Commons Way
Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 524-9411 Ext.123,

Pellissippi State: Stacey Heil Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A Maryville-based graphic designer creates playful images that combine different media.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9 AM - 9 PM. Information: 865-694-6405,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Open Show 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Our annual juried exhibition! Details TBA

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

The District Gallery: Barry Spann: Vaulted Space

  • October 4, 2019 — November 16, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Following his 2017 exhibit Twenty-One Still Lifes, Barry Spann returns with a compelling new body of work that playfully explores inner and outer spaces, and the realms in between. We invite you to experience a very special evening featuring a bold new installation singular to this exhibit.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, October 4 from 6-9 p.m. Meet the artist and enjoy live music & refreshments. The gallery will be transformed for a bold new installation singular to this exhibit. This is a dressy-casual First Friday event that is free & open to the public.

The District Gallery & Framery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 200-4452 or
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10-5:30, Saturday 10-4

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Autumn Blaze Fall Art Show

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Enjoy the Opening Reception of the “Autumn Blaze” Fall Art Show on Friday, October 4, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. This special reception is scheduled on the regular monthly “Fun and Wine Friday” reception date. Participants can view the show entries and watch the presentation of awards to the winning artists. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and other beverages will be available. The reception is free and open to the public. The “Autumn Blaze” Fall Art Show will be on display in the gallery through October 31.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Dogwood Arts: "Pieced" by Nick DeFord and Melissa Everett

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8PM.

Pieced is a collaborative exhibition of work by Melissa Everett Textiles and Nick DeFord

Melissa Everett: Each dyed, painted or printed textile, a unique work of art in itself, is cut and deconstructed to then be reconciled into a larger quilted piece. The steps taken resonate and reveal how hope and beauty can emerge from brokenness.

Nick DeFord: The work in Pieced represents both an exploration of mapping, but also the metaphoric properties of gaming and escapism. By embellishing the already decorative surfaces of game boards, it both accentuates their paths and trails, but also destroys their utilitarianism. Additionally, by starting to use alchemical signs, symbols, images and monsters, the work alludes to the transformation from low art to high art, from ephemera to gold, and from the starting square to finished line.

More about the Artists:

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,
Gallery hours M-F 9-5

Rala: First Friday with Pippin Long

  • October 4, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

October 4th 6-9PM (Will be on display the entire month)

Join us in welcoming Pippin Long as our October First Friday artist. She is a native Tennessean and a graduate of UT Knoxville with a degree in art. While she enjoys experimenting with various mediums and techniques, Pippin’s main focus is in drawing and painting, and has worked with watercolors from a very young age. Her newest work explores portraiture and the treatment of skin using watercolor and negative space. Pippin currently makes her home in Asheville, NC.

Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
HOURS: Mon - Thurs: 10:00am to 8:00pm, Fri - Sat: 10:00am to 9:00pm, Sun: 11:00am to 5:00pm
PH: (865) 525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

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