Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Knox Pridefest 2018

  • June 23, 2018

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

Knox Pridefest 2018 is an open (and free) celebration of music, celebration and speakers focused on promoting Equality and Inclusion of ALL people. This year it will be held at the same venue as last year, the Mary Costa lawn next to Knoxville Coliseum in downtown Knoxville on June 23rd, 2018 from 12pm-9pm. The Pride parade is at 11 am.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, vendors will have the opportunity to display information about their organizations and/or business, sell or handout items of interest and interact with our community to promote inclusion and equality for the LGBTQ citizens of Knoxville and surrounding areas.

Knoxville Museum of Art's Art House: Painting with a Purpose with Freddy Paske

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

Painting with a Purpose, an Art House event, will feature London-based wildlife and animal painter Freddy Paske whose work has been recognized by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation for bringing attention to the difficulties facing what remains of the world's wildlife population. Elephant population, for example, was 1.3 million in 1979 and now only 450,000 remain today. Paske creates large scale works using a combat boot as a brush to drive home a sobering point - the rangers who are tasked with protecting elephants and other animals facing extinction in Africa often do not have enough resources to have proper footwear to trek through the bush.

Prints of these works along with watercolor originals will be available for purchase.

Admission includes dinner catered by Cazzy's Corner Grill, drinks, and entertainment; must be 21 and up.

Admission - Art House Member $75
Admission - Non Art House Member - $125
Admission – Individual (1 guest) PLUS a year-long Membership to Art House - $200
Admission - Couple (2 guests) PLUS a year-long Membership to Art House -$300

A membership group at the Knoxville Museum of Art for 50 and under that aims to connect a new generation to the museum by providing exclusive (and fun) opportunities to learn through art. Previous events include tours of artist studios and private collections, behind-the-scene experience at the museum, and a secret location holiday party. Email to learn more.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr SW, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916.

KIN and Bridge Refugee Services: World Refugee Day Celebration

  • June 23, 2018
  • 6-8 PM

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

The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is observed globally every year to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

KIN and Bridge Refugee Services have partnered for the third year in a row to host a World Refugee Day Community Festival to welcome and celebrate our international neighbors and friends.

PERFORMANCES: Multi-cultural Music, Dance, and more.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES: Crafts, Face Painting, Boy Scouts of America Archery, Soccer, Knoxville Zoo and many more activities and attractions.

FOOD: Multi-ethnic food: African, American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern, and more.

ARTISANS: Refugees will have booths to share their various talents in arts and crafts. Many items available for purchase.

RESOURCES: Dozens of organizations will have booths to share information, resources and connect with refugees and volunteers who advocate for and serve among our international neighbors.

Where: On the grounds of Bridge Refugee Services /St. Luke's UMC, 3839 Buffat Mill Rd,

Cost: FREE...Bring your chairs/blankets, easy-up canopies for additional shade and join us on the lawn for music, crafts, food and FUN!

James White's Fort: Knoxville Homecoming


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

Step back in time and experience Knoxville’s first home as it was in the 1790s. There will be lifestyle demonstrations by re-enactors from various time periods, plus a blacksmithing demonstration all day. The day will also include an author’s area for local publications and other historically oriented crafts.

The Fort will partner with Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Blount Mansion, and Legacy Parks for this event. Educational for all ages and free to the public. Donations gladly accepted.

James White's Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514,

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • June 22, 2018 — June 23, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

The lively entertainment section now known as the Old City wasn’t always so friendly. The neighborhood has a history of dark times and dark deeds, and the remnants aren’t just in the architecture. Formerly known as the Bowery, the district was home to saloons, dance halls, pool rooms, and bars, where famous gunmen, thieves, ladies of the evening, and troublemakers of all kinds bumped elbows with naïve travelers and honest working folk. Life here was violent—and often short. Meet in front of The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, 418 S. Gay Street.

Home of Cormac McCarthy, Nikki Giovanni, James Agee, and more. You’ll visit the scenes that inspired them and walk in the footsteps of their characters. There’s so much to tell that it’s hard to squeeze it into 90 minutes. We’ll give you an overview or tell us what you like and we’ll concentrate on what you’re most interested in. From George Washington Harris and Frances Hodgson Burnett to Cormac McCarthy and Nikki Giovanni, poetry, mysteries, bestsellers, and great movies. There’s plenty to choose from. Want to see all the real locations in Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree? Well, that would take all day, but we can give you some highlights. Just let us know. Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street.

Knoxville’s history is colorful and the predominant hue is blood red. Take a walk on the wild side, from the Old City to Gay Street, down to the river and beyond. The now peaceful streets were once the scene of violence and mayhem of all descriptions—family feuds, duels, lynchings, and riots. Telling all the stories might take years, so this tour varies its route and our guide is always finding fresh tales to share. Meet in the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street.

Tours last approximately 90 minutes. For the above tours: Adults: $15. Children 6-12: $10 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit *Proceeds from these tours help to support the Knoxville History Project.

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours: Paranormal Adventure Tour

  • June 21, 2018 — November 24, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Friday & Saturdays thru Nov 24th
Operate at Dusk (See Website for current start time)

Since 2010, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours is America's First Investigation-based Paranormal Adventure Tour. Excursions are personally led by Famed Paranormal Historian & Film Star, J-Adam Smith who is both the Founder and the Guide. J-Adam Smith has been recognized as an paranormal expert on Travel Channel's "Paranormal Paparazzi", his work received a feature in SyFy Channel's "Ghost Hunters" official magazine "TAPS PARAmagazine" classifying his work, as Knoxville's own paranormal historian, labeling Knoxville Tennessee as the "Hidden Gem of Haunted America". He has been on Internationally syndicated radio shows, magazines, books, & journals all around the globe. J-Adam has been investigated paranormal activity for over a decade and now takes tour-goers on educational, researched journeys to local haunts on public or private tours that, depending on the tour, traverse historically haunted graveyards, Gay Street Bridge, and an old Confederate jail. Participants may reach out and connect with the spirits who committed a three-way homicide or the ghosts of hanged men at the actual locations of paranormal activity. Tours take guests on investigations with trained paranormal professionals to locations known for their traumatic histories. Participants are given professional tools to help encourage team building exercises and measure paranormal activity. Let Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours be your destination for your next... Late Night Adventure... Note: This is what we call an Express Investigations... Please be aware that we are taking you to many Ground Zero's in a short 2hr period.

Please visit for more updated tour information and added Newly added Tours as well as to purchase tickets! Additional information: 865-377-9677

8th Annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival

Category: Festivals & special events and Music

The Nief-Norf Summer Festival (nnSF) is an interdisciplinary summer music festival, bringing together dozens of performers, composers, and scholars to collaborate on the performance, creation, and discussion of contemporary music. The nnSF offers an immersive think-tank environment in the state-of-the-art Natalie L. Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and presents 7-8 concerts of modern music, aiming to encourage both appreciation for live music and support for contemporary art.

The Nief-Norf Summer Festival features full-time, faculty-led workshops in performance, composition, and music technology lasting the duration of the festival. In addition, each year the nnSF hosts two international calls for projects: the first, a Call for Papers for a weekend-long Research Summit on contemporary music, and the second, a Call for Scores competition for composers. These projects bring some of our generation's brightest and most promising composers and scholars to the festival for interaction with the fellows, the faculty, and the Knoxville community.

For more information, go to

Nourish Knoxville: Market Square Farmers' Market

  • May 2, 2018 — November 17, 2018

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

Wednesdays from 11 am – 2 pm
Saturdays from 9 am – 2 pm

The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more. With interactive fountains, delicious local food, and surrounded by shops and restaurants, the MSFM is a perfect family destination.

Free parking is available on Saturdays at several parking garages downtown including the Market Square, Locust Street, Walnut Street, and State Street Garages, as well as in commercial loading zones. Parking is $1 per hour on Wednesdays in all four garages. Short-term parking meters around Market Square are in effect Wednesday and Saturday, and are $1.50 per hour. See for more information on downtown Knoxville parking options.

Tai Chi Classes with Karl Hess

  • March 25, 2018 — December 31, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events

Meeting every Sunday from 11 AM - noon at Adair Park, 1807 Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918, near the Gazebo and Playground.

Meeting every Wednesday from 6-7 PM at Good People, 4026 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Beginning April 7, meeting on Saturdays from 11 AM - noon at Olde Mechanicsville Park on Arthur St. near the Firehouse and the Lotus Light Center.

Requested donation of $10 for each class, $17 for two classes/week, or $22 for 3 classes/week.

Information: Karl Hess,

Ijams Nature Center: Events


Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

June 16, 2018 BIRDS AND BISCUITS: Good Dads; Bad Fathers
June 17, 2018 FAMILY ADVENTURE SUNDAYS: For Goodness Snakes!
June 23, 2018 BIRD-ABOUTS: Osprey at Sequoyah Park
June 23, 2018 IJAMS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Canoeing 101
June 27, 2018 SPECIAL FUNDRAISER: Sweet P's Taste and Toast for Ijams!
June 29, 2018 IJAMS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Full Moon Paddle
June 30, 2018 IJAMS DOWN AND DIRTY: A Celebration of Mud

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,