Calendar of Events

Friday, November 16, 2018

Foothills Craft Guild: A Showcase of Fine Crafts

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts and Kids & family

Imagine being surrounded by the handmade work of over 140 fine craft artisans! Designated as a TOP 20 EVENT by the Southeast Tourism Society for the second year in a row, the 52nd annual Fine Craft Show is presented by the Foothills Craft Guild, the oldest nonprofit artisan guild in Tennessee.

Hours are Friday and Saturday, November 16-17, 10 AM - 6 PM and Sunday, November 18, 10 AM - 4 PM at the historic Jacob Building in Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave.

Participants have been juried into the Foothills Craft Guild according to the highest standards for quality workmanship… woodwork, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber arts, metalwork, sculpture, basketry, and more! It's a great time to shop for unique gifts representing Tennessee at ALL PRICE RANGES and support your local fine craft artisans! Enjoy a free Make It & Take It Crafts booth for all ages, daily demonstrations of artisans making their crafts, and an Authors’ Corner where local favorites will be personally autographing books.

Admission is Adults $8, Children ages 6-12 $4, Children 5 and under Free. Saturday special - group of 4 adults $20.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Smoky Junction Model Railroad Exhibit


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

A New Holiday Tradition!
Running on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

A multi themed model railroad experience at the GSM Heritage Center featuring a Townsend/Walland landscape, a garden scale train, and a winter wonderland!

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Storytime at the Library

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra string quartets are visiting our libraries this fall! Each performance combines children's literature with classical music, sound effects, and hands-on learning. Free and open to the public.


November 6 @ 4 p.m. | Farragut Branch
November 28 @ 11 a.m. | Karns Branch
November 30 @ 10:30 a.m. | Powell Branch
December 4 @ 10:30 a.m. | Sequoyah Branch
December 5 @ 10:15 a.m. | Bearden Branch
December 12 @ 11 a.m. | Halls Branch

Zoo Knoxville: 70 Cent Admission

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

To celebrate their 70th anniversary as part of the Knoxville community, Zoo Knoxville will be offering 70 cent admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item for Mission of Hope or pet supplies for Young-Williams Animal Center, The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley and Knox County’s Office on Aging PAWS program Nov. 1-30, 2018.

General zoo admission tickets for ages four and up are 70 cents each and parking is free Nov. 1-30, 2018, with a donated item for each ticket. To ensure a safe and pleasant experience for guests, a limited number of tickets are available for each day, and advance online purchase is required. Tickets can be purchased online at

The donations help local non-profit organizations Mission of Hope, Young-Williams Animal Center, The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley and Knox County Office on Aging’s Knox PAWS program.

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

Ijams Nature Center: Events


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

November 15, 2018 SPECIAL PROGRAM: Nature Preschool Open House
November 16, 2018 NATURE AT NIGHT: Sky Stories
November 17, 2018 CREATURE FEATURE
November 17, 2018 CITIZEN SCIENCE: BioBlitz
November 21, 2018 NATURE EXPLORERS: UnbeLEAFable
November 24, 2018 BIRDING 101: Birding in Winter
November 24, 2018 CREATURE FEATURE
November 30, 2018 IJAMS OUT AND ABOUT: Night Hike at Founder's Park
December 01, 2018 CREATURE FEATURE
December 01, 2018 FREE Guided Trail Walk
December 02, 2018 SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Making your own Homemade Wine
December 07, 2018 SUNSET STROLL: Winter Whereabouts
December 08, 2018 MEMBERS ONLY: Hike at Ramsey Cascades
December 08, 2018 CREATURE FEATURE
December 09, 2018 SPECIAL EVENT: 6th Annual Ijams Holiday Marketplace

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: Knoxville Skies Star Tour

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

Every Tuesday & Friday at 4:30pm
Live guided tour of the East Tennessee night sky in our full-dome Planetarium.

Learn about important features of the day and night sky, locate the five northern constellations and the north star. Learn which stars, constellations, and planets are currently visible. This show is always different!

Tickets for this show are $2 (Free for members) and can be purchased at the front desk. Museum admission not required for the 4:30 live star show. All ages welcome!

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

The Muse Knoxville: Science & Art a la Cart

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

Every Friday from 12:30-1:30pm

Explore a different object or experiment every week with our educators! Find this guided activity in the exhibit area. Free with your admission cost! *Planned activities are subject to change.

• November 2: Pumpkin Smash- Bring your leftover Jack-O-Lanterns for some destructive fun!
• November 9, 16, 23, 30: LittleBits Bubble Bot

Planned activities are subject to change. The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,