Calendar of Events

Monday, August 8, 2022

Mabry-Hazen House: Celebrating Eighth of August with Special Tours

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and History, heritage

Join Mabry-Hazen House for special tours to commemorate Eighth of August. Mabry-Hazen House will share stories, objects, and research related to the historic house museum, local enslaved communities, and their stories of emancipation. Visitors will learn about the lives of African-Americans connected to Mabry-Hazen House, their achievements and struggles, and the various ways they gained their freedom. From self-liberation to the 13th Amendment, “..And Then I Became Free: Stories of Emancipation at Mabry-Hazen House” will explore the different methods enslaved people broke down the oppressive institution of American chattel slavery and fought to gain their personal liberty.

The museum will open from 10am – 3pm and tours will offer three (10:30, 12:00, 1:30). Admission is free, but tours are limited to twenty-four (24) visitors per tour. Reservations are encouraged and donations are appreciated. To reserve a tour, please visit or

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

East Tennessee Historical Society: A Brown Bag Lecture with William Isom II

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, discussion, panel and Virtual

"8th of August: East Tennessee's Emancipation Day"
on August 8, 2022, at 12 pm
In-Person Location and Reservations:

East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.)
Register on Eventbrite

Online Reservations:
Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom. (Or visit the ETHS Facebook Page at the start of the program to watch this on Facebook Live.)

Isom will discuss the history of our own version of Juneteenth, the spread of the 8th of August across the South, and today's recognition of National Emancipation. William Isom II is a 6th-generation East Tennessean and director of Black in Appalachia: Research, Education, & Support. There, he coordinates the project’s research, community database development, documentary film and photography production, oral history collection, and educational events in conjunction with local residents. He is also the proud father of two boys, Devin and Isa.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: 8th Annual 8th of August Jubilee

  • August 5, 2022 — August 8, 2022

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

Stay Tuned for More Information ... Tickets available beginning Friday, July 15 for the Red-Carpet Movie Screening

Evelyn Jack & The Summer Soul Whitty Band Concert

Lonsdale Homecoming Parade with Beck Emancipation Tribute

SUNDAY AUGUST 7, Freedmen's Mission Historic Cemetery, Knoxville College
Libation Ceremony

MONDAY AUGUST 8, Historic Tennessee Theatre
“After Selma,” by Emmy-winning filmmaker Loki Mulholland.
The march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday galvanized a nation and forced the country to create the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Now, everyone could vote. What has happened since and what tactics are being used today to suppress voting rights? The fight for the right to vote continues.

Featuring Special Guest Jo Ann Bland
Featuring Special Guest Loki Mulholland

Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: Tu-F 10-2. Information: 865-524-8461,

East Tennessee Historical Society: You Should Have Been There World's Fair Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, History, heritage and Kids, family

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair, the Museum of East Tennessee History announces the opening of a new, one-of-a-kind exhibition, "You Should've Been There!," in the Rogers-Claussen Feature Gallery from March 19 to October 9, 2022.

The exhibition’s theme is not only a nod to the international exposition’s marketing catchphrase, “You Have Got to Be There! The 1982 World’s Fair!,” but also an acknowledgement that four decades removed, there is a generation of East Tennesseans who were not alive to experience the historic event.

Organized by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Knox County Public Library, “You Should've Been There!” traces the fair’s development from conception to the pivotal moment when The Wall Street Journal referred to Knoxville as a “scruffy little city” and questioned its ability to host an international event. More than 11,000,000 visitors from around the world were informed and entertained in the various pavilions, exhibitions, and attractions put on by 22 countries and some 50 private organizations. Popular souvenirs were shirts and buttons proclaiming, “The Scruffy Little City Did It!”

The fair’s theme, “Energy Turns the World,” played to the region’s reputation as a technology and science center. For example, it was at the 1982 World’s Fair that users were able to try out a touchscreen for the first time. Elo, a Knoxville-based company, debuted the touchscreen technology, then known as "talk back" computers, in the United States Pavilion. To honor this spirit of innovation, “You Should've Been There!” incorporates engaging touchscreens alongside displays of original fair materials from pickle pins to deely bobbers and everything in between.

To learn more about the exhibition, please visit:

"You Should've Been There!" is an official event of the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair. To learn more about upcoming commemorative events, please visit:

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • January 1, 2021 — December 31, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Storyteller Laura Still helps you live the stories of pioneers, soldiers, outlaws, and even fictional characters who walked these streets before you.

Knoxville has a rich history full of colorful characters and famous, and infamous, figures whose lives have been the inspiration for books, movies, and works of art. Take a stroll through history in beautiful downtown Knoxville while listening to true tales of the heroes, heels, and hardened criminals that are part of the hidden lore of this unique East Tennessee town.

A portion of the proceeds for downtown tours go to help fund the work of the non-profit Knoxville History Project. Many stories are based on the books and stories of award-winning journalist and writer Jack Neely. Knoxville Walking Tours opens a window to Knoxville’s varied past and leads you on a journey through both hard times and high times of a city growing through over two centuries of history.

Tours include:
• Knoxville: The Early Years
• Misbehaving Women
• Civil War
• Gunslingers
• Musical History
• Literary Heritage
• Side Street Shadows Ghost Tours
• Knoxville Botanical Garden
• Old Gray Cemetery
• Side Street Shadows Ghost Tours

Tour on Your Schedule! Rather than posting a calendar, we’re letting you pick the tour and time — subject to availability. Call (865)309-4522 or visit

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours

  • May 1, 2020 — December 31, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Real History | Real Hands-on | Real Investigations | REAL FUN!

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours is a Hands-On Paranormal Adventure that gives the participant the opportunity to Investigate the Historic and Haunted side of Knoxville TN and Special Event Venues.

The events include the use of Paranormal Investigation Tools and is Host by Famed Paranormal Historian and Master Teacher in the Paranormal Field, J-Adam Smith

PUBLIC TOURS (FRI & SAT - Exception when Briceville Special Events are running.)
PRIVATE TOURS (SUN, MON, & THURS - (Tickets are Sold as Packages. Pricing starts at $200 for Groups up to the size of 6)

Information: 865-377-9677 or