Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Tesla Quartet with Thomas Gallant

Category: Kids & family and Music

Featuring the Tesla Quartet with Thomas Gallant, oboe
Chamber Concert
Pre-concert talk begins at 2:30 PM

Each returning to Oak Ridge by popular demand, the Tesla Quartet and oboist Thomas Gallant join forces this year in a special collaboration featuring string quartet repertoire and works for oboe and strings. Award-winning artist Thomas Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso performers on the oboe, and has been praised by New Yorker Magazine as “a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit.” Winner of the 2017 John Lad Prize and numerous international chamber music competitions, the Tesla Quartet was dubbed “technically superb” byThe Strad. Members are violinists Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, violist Edwin Kaplan, and cellist Serafim Smigelskiy.

At Pollard Auditorium. Tickets/information: 865-483-5569,

Zoo Knoxville: Penny for the Arts Day

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

Zoo Knoxville will offer children ages 12 and under general zoo admission for one penny when accompanied by a paying adult. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount and valid on September 23, 2018, only. Limit four children per adult.

Last admissions will be at 3 PM. The Zoo is open until 5:00 PM on Sundays. Parking is available in the zoo’s upper and lower lots and is $5 per vehicle. Zoo members park for free.

See for other Penny4Arts events!

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

The Muse Knoxville: Art Inspirations - StoryMaking

Category: Fine Crafts, Kids & family, Literature & readings and Science & nature

StoryMaking is a special event that allows children to explore the materials in the art MakeSpace and other exhibits to help them imagine stories to write and play out. Your little ones will enjoy an engaging lesson on the stage, create with craft materials to help them unleash their imagination, and share stories with an audience.

September 2nd & September 23rd 2:00-3:30pm.

This activity is FREE with museum admission! All ages are welcome!

Please note that the Muse will be CLOSED September 6th-16th for the TN Valley Fair.

Note: We do NOT schedule large school groups during this time. The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

Oak Ridge Playhouse: 5 Chinese Brothers

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 2:00PM
Sat Sep 22, 2018 | 5:00PM
Sun Sep 23, 2018 | 2:00PM

Many hundreds of years ago, in a land far away, there lived five brothers who, despite looking exactly alike, were each different in his own extraordinary way. One fateful day, when tragedy strikes, one brother finds himself accused of a horrible crime. In order to defend him, his brothers each use ingenuity and their individual talents to help save him. The beloved children’s tale of courage and resourcefulness is faithfully brought to life in this imaginative and stylized adaptation.

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: 101 Dalmations: The Musical Jr.

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with Clayton Foundation, will present 16 live performances of “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids,” a new adaptation of the classic Disney film for children and families. The play contains all the wonderful songs from the hilarious film.

The live stage musical will be performed September 21 through October 7:
Fri., September 21 at 7 PM, Sat., September 22 at 1 PM & 5 PM,
Sun., September 23 at 3 PM & 7 PM
Thurs., September 27 at 7 PM, Fri., September 28 at 7 PM, Sat., September 29
at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., September 30 at 3 PM & 7 PM
Thurs., October 4 at 7 PM, Fri., October 5 at 7 PM,
Sat., October 6 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., October 7 at 3 PM & 7 PM

Based on the classic animated film, Roger and Anita live happily in London with their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita. But the villainous Cruella de Vil, plots to steal the dogs from the happy couple. The Dalmatians must rally all the dogs of London for a daring puppy rescue from Cruella and her hilarious bumbling henchmen.

The play is performed by 21 talented young actors, from ages 6 to 16.

TICKETS are $12 per Adult, $10 per child. Reservations are strongly recommended. Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more. To obtain a group rate, reservations must be placed by telephone. Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Ijams Nature Center: Events


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

September 21, 2018 IJAMS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Full Moon Paddle
September 22, 2018 CREATURE FEATURE
September 28, 2018 NATURE AT NIGHT: Sunset Stroll (Bugs)
September 29, 2018 NATURE EXPLORERS: Insect Investigators
September 30, 2018 IJAMS SANCTUARY SERIES: Mindfulness Walk with Ijams
October 05, 2018 MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: Pet Sematary
October 06, 2018 CREATURE FEATURE
October 06, 2018 IJAMS 101: FREE Guided Trail Walk
October 08, 2018 - October 12, 2018 FALL BREAK CAMP: Autumn Adventures
October 13, 2018 CREATURE FEATURE
October 13, 2018 IJAMS OUT AND ABOUT: Nature Walk at Founder's Park
October 13, 2018 CITIZEN SCIENCE: Butterflies and Monarch Tagging

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: Tech Time

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

Saturdays 2-4 pm and Sundays 3-4 pm.

Tech Time is a special activity that explores tech and coding featuring robots, circuits, and more! FREE with your admission cost!
The featured activity for September is LittleBits! *Planned activities are subject to change.

Please note that the Muse will be CLOSED September 6th-16th for the TN Valley Fair.

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