Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ijams Nature Center: Mother Nature's Day Out


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

(Ages 3-5) It's Mother's Day Out...with a twist! Mother NATURE'S Day Out at Ijams gives your kids a chance to enjoy a safe, fun outdoor experience while you enjoy some time to yourself! Kids will go on leaf scavenger hunts, make leaf art and take easy nature discovery walks from
9 a.m.-noon. Register online for Oct. 21 and/or Oct. 26, or call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110.

More events at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

The Muse Knoxville: STEAM Carnival Family Fun Day

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family, Music and Science & nature

Help us cap off the TN Steam Festival with a family-freindly carnival at The Muse! Be inspired at this event with immersive activities, play and fun! Activities include a magic show, live music, science demos, arts and crafts, special characters and more!

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

Knoxville Center for the Deaf Festival

  • October 21, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

It's here! KCD's 40th Festival is October 21 at 3731 Martin Mill Pike, 37920. If you are attending we need you to register at We want to make sure we have enough lunch!

Schedule of events:
11am - registration opens
noon - lunch and chili cook-off contest tasting starts
1pm - Proclamations read by Mayor Tim Burchett and ADA Coordinator with the city of Knoxville
TBA - UT/BAMA game on the tv!
Dunk Tank! Who do you want to dunk??
Games, activities, crafts and prizes for the kids
Trunk or Treat - volunteer for this and you will have all day to decorate your car!
6pm -Costume contest for adult and kids - PRIZES!!
6pm - Trunk or Treat will begin right after the judging
There will be a prize for the best dressed car!

If you have any questions, please contact Becky Wood at or vp 865-622-2333 or voice 865-579-0832, or
Please spread the word and share with your friends! This will be an amazing time to celebrate with KCD!!

BreastStrokes Knoxville: Silent Auction & Art Sale

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

2017 BreastStrokes Knox Art Auction and Fundraising Event

At Hexagon Brewing Co., 1002 Dutch Valley Dr, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918

It's here! It's here! We're thrilled to invite you to join us for our annual Auction for Artwork and Fundraising Event - this year, at the Hexagon Brewing Co!

$10 gets you in to bid on matted, framed photographs from Paint Days to help us raise healing money for local women whose lives are impacted by cancer. ALL of the photographs taken at our Painting Days will be printed, matted and available for purchase, so come find yours - or just come enjoy the incredible artwork.

Can't join us on October 21? We will miss you, but we do have 50 images from previous years already posted at Hexagon and available for purchase now. Stop by to browse, purchase, or pick out your favorite ahead of this year's auction.

Central Cinema: Knoxville Horror Film Fest

  • October 20, 2017 — October 22, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events and Film

In case you're not aware, Central Cinema grew largely out of its owners' experience presenting the Knoxville Horror Film Fest, which returns October 20-22 for its ninth annual weekend event. This year's fest features one of our strongest lineups yet, including Takashi Miike's Blade Of The Immortal, Flying Lotus' Kuso, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead's The Endless and Synapse Films' 40th anniversary restoration of Dario Argento's Suspiria! (This is also the official announcement of this year's tenth feature: a special preview screening of the upcoming slasher comedy Tragedy Girls!) And though we hope to present much of KHFF at Central Cinema in the years to come, in the meantime we've scheduled out our first wall-to-wall weekend at Regal's Downtown West Cinema 8, ensuring an optimal theatrical setting for every one of this year's films.

Weekend passes go on sale Friday, September 1 at a discounted price of $60. For more information please visit

Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

  • October 20, 2017 — October 22, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events

October 20 – 21, 10 am – 6 pm; October 22, 11 am – 5 pm

Each year the Knoxville Gem & Mineral Society hosts a Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show to the public. This show is a must see for any rock connoisseur or anyone with a love and fascination with gems, minerals, fossils, and other mineralogical and geological wonders.

The three day 27th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show opens October 20th at 10 am at the Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave in Knoxville TN. Show times are from 10:00 am to 6 pm October 20th – 21th, Friday and Saturday; from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 22th. The Gem Show is open to the public and has an admission fee of $6 a day for adults or $10 for the whole show; children under 12 are admitted free. The Gem and Mineral Show will have many vendors that offer great products including a wide variety of jewelry, rare fossil and mineral specimens, meteorites, gems of all colors shapes & sizes, lapidary & jewelry equipment, and much more.

The Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society is a non-profit organization. A portion of the proceeds from our annual show is used for educational purposes in the earth sciences. This includes scholarships to the University of Tennessee Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the East Tennessee State University Geoscience Department.

Arab American Club of Knoxville: ArabFest 2017

  • October 20, 2017 — October 21, 2017

Category: Culinary arts, Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family and Music

by Arab American Club of Knoxville And Yassin Falafel House

great food items
Coffee drinking and fortune teller
Middle East photo booth
nonstop upbeat and beautiful music
wonderful cooking demonstration
children and youth dance ensembles
UT Middle East Music ensemble performances like no other
a traditional and modern day Middle East fashion show
fantastic belly dancing
Debke (Chaine Dancings)
Falafel Eating Contest
Bazaar Market
Much Much More!

1620 Melrose Ave., University Of Tennessee Pedestrian Walkway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

James White's Fort: HearthScares Tours

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Kids & family

Come and join the spirits for a tour of Downtown Knoxville’s scariest landmarks. The tours, which last approximately two hours each, will visit the sites of some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. The tour will be about one and a half miles in length. All tours begin and end at James White’s Fort located at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive. Ample free parking is available for tour participants at the Fort.

Tours are given October 19, 20, 23, 24, 28, 30. Tours will depart promptly at 7:00pm each evening. Please plan to arrive between 6:30-6:45pm for check in. Each tour will end with a marshmallow roast around the fires at the Fort.
Admission for Adults 16 and over will be $10.00 and $6.00 for children ages 6–15.

Reservations are requested for large groups of 12 or more and may be made by calling the Fort at (865) 525–6514. RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BEFORE THE GHOSTS AND GOBLINS DO!

In case of inclement weather, please call James White’s Fort to find out if the tour is cancelled (865) 525-6514. James White's Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514,

Junior League of Knoxville: Tinsel and Treasure

  • October 19, 2017 — October 22, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Tinsel & Treasure is an annual shopping event and fundraiser for the Junior League of Knoxville, highlighting local and regional merchants. Our merchants sell everything from women's fashions to home decor to handcrafted jewelry and leather goods. Proceeds from vendor booth purchases and ticket sales go directly back into the community.

Shopping days are Friday, October 20th, 2017 from 9 AM-6 PM, Saturday, October 21st from 10 AM-6 PM and Sunday, October 22nd from 12-5 PM. This year's event will be held at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center in West Knoxville.

The Junior League of Knoxville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Please visit for tickets and information.

Ghoulishly Goodwill Costume Contest

  • October 12, 2017 — November 3, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events

Are you creating a jaw dropping costume this year? Enter the Ghoulishly Goodwill Costume contest and show off your ultimate Halloween costume! Submit your entry by 8am Friday, November 3rd and win tickets to the Knoxville Zoo. Enter the contest by doing one of the following:
• Post to the Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. Facebook page at or
• Post the picture on Twitter and tag @GWIKTN or
• Post the picture on Instagram and tag @goodwillknoxville or
• E-mail the image to

Don’t forget to include a picture, description and which parts came from Goodwill. Check out for more information on the contest!

Zoo Knoxville: BOO! at the Zoo

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

BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event featuring 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. A Halloween tradition for 31 years, BOO! at the Zoo is a family event featuring trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, where little trick-or-treaters can fill their bag with goodies as they make their way through the zoo. Each night of BOO! at the Zoo will have a variety of entertainment.

New This Year: Annual Passholder Night! On Thursday, October 12th, only annual passholders will have the chance to experience BOO! at the Zoo before anyone else!

October 12 – 15, 2017
October 19 – 22, 1017
October 26 – 29, 2017

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. each evening

$9 per person, Children under 4 admitted free, Free parking
$2 off for Zoo Knoxville members and U.S. Cellular customers

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

Tennessee STEAM Festival

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

The Tennessee STEAM Festival is an event-based celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Making it engaging for the diverse areas of Tennessee requires the entire community. The Festival will go well beyond the walls of children’s museums and science centers and into our businesses, universities, schools, and neighborhoods. From families to young adults, Tennesseans of all ages and backgrounds will interact with scientists, engineers, and designers and just about every sort of expert in between.

This unique event brings science to life in the heart of Downtown Knoxville in Market Square. The FREE event welcomes all ages to compete in a variety of robotics competitions, create in a global cardboard challenge, and to enjoy some ‘busker science’--roaming hands-on science entertainment!

ORNL Traveling Science Fair OCTOBER 16-18, 2017
The ORNL SCIENCE FAIR provides guests of all ages the opportunity to learn more about science and the importance of research being done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This event will be held at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park across from The Muse and Zoo Knoxville. Students and families enter carnival-style interactive trailers that describe various fields of research and areas of future job opportunities.

FAMILY STEAM Night at west town mall OCTOBER 19, 2017
FREE Family event at West Town Mall that includes 5 different STEAM learning activity stations. Each station contains hands-on activities and provide a wonderful oppotunity for families to learn and play together!

Where do your allegiances lie?! Join us for the comic book battle of the ages at Schulz Brau! We’re going to explore the science behind the two powerhouses of the comic book world – from high-tech gadgetry to super powers –this ones for ‘big kids’ 21 and up!

STEAM Carnival Family Fun Day OCTOBER 21, 2017
Help us cap off the TN Steam Festival with a family-freindly carnival at the muse! We will inspire all ages at this event with hands-on activities, play and fun! Activities include a magic show, live music, science demos, arts and crafts, special characters and more!

Contact Ellie Kittrell at 865-594-1494 X100 or for more information. Or see

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