Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Knox County Public Library: Know It Knox: Our Haunted History

  • October 20, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Literature & readings

Think you know it all? Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20 at 7 pm for Know It Knox: Our Haunted History

Test your knowledge of the unquiet spirits that haunt Knoxville with hosts Thomas Anderson of Knox County Public Library, and Laura Still, local author and proprietor of Knoxville Walking Tours. The grand prize for top points is a signed copy of Laura's book A Haunted History of Knoxville.

Register now! https://kcpl.wufoo.com/forms/know-it-knox-online-trivia/

James White's Fort: HearthScares Tours & Fireside Stories

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Literature & readings

Tour Dates: October 20 & 27
Fireside Stories Dates: October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30

COVID-19 policies will be followed

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 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.

NEW THIS YEAR! Come and hear some of Knoxville’s scariest stories. The fireside chat, which last approximately two hours each, will cover some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. Ample free parking is available for participants at the Fort. The Fireside stories will begin promptly at 7:00 pm each evening. Please plan to arrive between 6:30-6:45 pm for check-in.

For both events, 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.

205 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915. 865-525-6514 or https://www.jameswhitesfort.org/hearthscares-tours-2020/

UT Gardens: Friday Fun Day: Virtual Bewitching Beasts

  • September 18, 2020 — October 31, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Date: October 31, 2020
Cost: $8 per child or 4 children for $24

Bewitching Beasts is going virtual! We will still do all the fun crafts and learn about bewitching beasts all while being in the comfort of our own homes. This year we are focusing on some of our favorite creatures and can’t wait to share them with you. Participants will pre-register and then pick up a kit from the gardens. Then on Halloween we will send you links to several videos to watch that will show you how to make each craft and give you information about interesting living things. Additionally, from Friday through Sunday, you will be able to visit the gardens to take pictures by various signs and photo spots. Send us your pictures by 4pm on Sunday to receive a prize. Don’t forget to be in costume for all of your pictures!

This program is sponsored by Allergy and Asthma Affiliates, Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center, and University of Tennessee Federal Credit Union. Kits can be purchased either individually for $8 or for a set of 4 for $24.

Knox Makers: Open Hack Night**

Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Technology

Open hack nights are a chance for people to come out to Knox Makers and hack on anything at any skill level. You can come out to practice a new programming language, get help working on your personal projects, or try your hand at using the 3d printer. You might just come out to see what other folks are working on and lend a hand. If you know anyone who has been curious to come out to Knox Makers, please invite them along!

Like all other Tuesday nights, this event is free and open to the public, 6:30-9:30 PM. Our night will begin with a Show and Share where attendees are encouraged to bring out the projects they have been working on. This is a great time to request feedback for the future direction of your project, or you can just bring out something you want to show off. We hope to see you there!

Knox Makers: 116 Childress Street, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: https://knoxmakers.org/

Ijams Nature Center: Opening Quarry Swimming Area, Paddling Rentals

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

Ijams Nature Center has opened the swimming area at Mead's Quarry in phase two of the City/County reopening plan, which went into effect May 26.

River Sports Outfitters (RSO) began offering paddle rentals on the lake Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Rentals will close due to inclement weather and will be announced on the RSO Facebook page at @RiverSportsOutfitters.

The Ijams Outpost, which offers concessions, beer and other items, will mirror RSO hours. Restrooms at the quarry remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Visitor Center restrooms and limited-contact gift shop/concessions purchases continue to be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All restrooms will close for short periods at set times each day to allow facilities to be cleaned and sanitized. During those times, the front lobby of the Visitor Center also will be closed.

Navitat is open Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are by appointment only.

You are encouraged to wear masks when entering the Visitor Center and while passing other people on the grounds. Ijams remains committed to the health and safety of visitors and staff, and will be evaluating reopening policies, procedures and hours; changes may be implemented at any time. www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours: COVID-19 Program

  • May 1, 2020 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Since 2010, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours have created the highest level of enjoyment. With the hard times we are facing as a country, we feel that entertainment IS 100% essential. Getting out of the house, enjoying the outdoors with loved-ones is extremely beneficial to personal health.
With this being said, we have decided to adjust our Tours operation so we can offer service to the public, while also maintaining social distancing requirement.
Public Tours are postponed till social distancing requirements are lifted. (RESCHEDULES will be available once social distancing requirements are lifted.)
Private Tours will be offered for “Households” and social circles. (We have decided to offer these events to individuals who spend time in close proximity of each other.) This is a great solution for slowing the spread of the virus while also offering activities that can bring enjoyment to families in the community.

Information: 865-377-9677 or www.hauntedknoxville.net