Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

FREE Concerts on the Square - Jazz Tuesdays & Variety Thursdays

  • May 2, 2019 — August 27, 2019

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

The City of Knoxville’s Office of Special Events is excited to announce the lineup of performers for this year’s Concerts on the Square, presented by First Century Bank. The live music series begins Thursday, May 2, 2019 on Market Square.

Kicking off the season of Variety Thursdays on May 2, 2019 will be Karns Middle School Jazz Band at 7 p.m. and Karns High School Jazz Band at 8 p.m., followed on May 9, 2019 by Symphony on the Square, sponsored by Home Federal Bank, from 7:30-9 p.m.

Variety Thursdays continue through June 27, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. with the following performers:

• May 16: Katie Pruitt, a Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival preview
• May 23: Ensemble Swing Time Band
• May 30: Bary Jolly’s Jimmy Buffett Tribute
• June 6: Mike Snodgrass
• June 13: Frontier Band
• June 20: Uptown Moonlighting
• June 27: Square on the Square

Jazz Tuesdays begin with the University of Tennessee Saxophone Ensemble on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14th
6:30-7:30pm - Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra
8-10pm - Knoxville Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday, May 21st
8-10pm Vance Thompson Quartet

Tuesday, May 28th
8-10pm Larry Vincent Group

Tuesday, June 4th
8-10pm Mark Boling Trio

Tuesday, June 11th
8-10pm Vance Thompson Quintet

On Tuesdays, May 21 - Aug. 27, 2019, Jazz on the Square concerts will feature some of the Southeast’s finest jazz musicians including Vance Thompson and Friends, the Greg Tardy Quartet and many more. Show times are 8-10 p.m. For a full calendar and details about the bands visit www.KnoxvilleTN.gov/concerts.

Concerts on the Square events are free, including parking for motorists entering City-owned garages after 6 p.m. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. No food or beer is being sold on Market Square by outside vendors during these events. Food is available from restaurants for take-out, but alcohol can only be consumed inside establishments or on their patios.

Interested in finding some free parking? No search needed. We have over 5,500 spaces free after 6pm on weeknights. You can also find free parking all weekend. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...it's free all year. Find a spot and come enjoy the fun! http://knoxvilletn.gov/news/2019/concerts_on_the_square_series_begins_may_2

Spark: Drum Circle

  • April 23, 2019 — December 17, 2019

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us for an hour of instruments and fun! All are welcome. This is a free event.

Spark Center, 116 Childress Street, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-219-0130, www.sparktn.org

Spark: Sensory Art

  • April 23, 2019 — December 17, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Kids & family

Tuesdays, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Sensory art is about exploration and play, using our senses, and having fun being creative. We focus on the process of creating, more than the end result. All are welcome, for artists with and without special needs. $6 per class.

Spark Center, 116 Childress Street, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-219-0130, www.sparktn.org

Ijams Nature Center: Events

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

TAKE ACTION! An Evening With Living Lands & Waters’ Dan Breidenstein
April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
What’s it like to devote your life to cleaning up the planet and live on a barge nine months of the year? How much plastic is in our water? Dan Breidenstein, who serves as Living Lands & Waters' multimedia specialist and leads the LL&W Invasive Species Removal Project and the Adopt-A-Stream Mile Program, is here to tell you. LL&W is in town to lend assistance with the 30th annual Ijams River Rescue thanks to a partnership with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful, which…

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FREE Saturday Creature Feature
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. and 1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Join us every Saturday at 10 a.m. AND 1 p.m. for a FREE Creature Feature. Stop by the Visitor's Center main courtyard for a chat with our Animal Coordinator Mabre LaFollette about one of our Education Animals. Which one? You will have to come to find out. In cold or wet weather we meet inside the lobby of the Visitor Center.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Take Action! 30th Annual Ijams River Rescue
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Get ready for some good “clean” fun at the 30th annual Ijams River Rescue presented by TVA with support from Lowe's! This popular, community-wide event focuses on up to 50 different cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and its tributaries. Each year, between 600-800 volunteers spend several hours removing tons of trash from these areas. Volunteers may come as individuals or in a group, such as families, friends, corporate teams, scout troops or church groups. Bags and gloves are provided,…

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FREE Guided Trail Walk
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
ALL AGES On the first Saturday of each month Ijams offers a FREE guided trail walk. The walk leaves from the Visitor Center after the 10 a.m. Creature Feature. Each walk is guided by a naturalist who can answer your questions about what you are seeing, ongoing projects, future programs, and more. This is a perfect way to get to know more about Ijams Nature Center. Please bring weather appropriate clothing and water. Trails are dirt with some elevation changes…

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SPECIAL EVENT: Mayapple Marketplace 2019
April 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
Spring is on its ways! Though the weather may be a little chilly right now, it’s a great time to start thinking about your gardens for this year! Join Ijams for its annual spring celebration, the Mayapple Marketplace at Ijams Nature Center on Sunday, April 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This fun-filled event will feature plant nurseries, gardening vendors, local handmade wares from artists and crafters, food trucks and more! So whether you need wonderful plants for your yard, unique…

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FREE Saturday Creature Feature
April 13 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. and 1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Join us every Saturday at 10 a.m. AND 1 p.m. for a FREE Creature Feature. Stop by the Visitor's Center main courtyard for a chat with our Animal Coordinator Mabre LaFollette about one of our Education Animals. Which one? You will have to come to find out. In cold or wet weather we meet inside the lobby of the Visitor Center.

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CITIZEN SCIENCE: Salamander Search
April 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
$8.00
AGES 10 AND UP Ijams is starting a brand new long-term Citizen Science project to monitor the salamanders of our streams and ponds. Come join project lead Nick Stahlman to learn what salamanders call Ijams home, what Ijams is trying to learn, and how you can help. This Program includes time in the field searching for salamanders and putting our newfound skills to use. LOCATION This Program meets at the Ijams Visitor Center. REGISTRATION This program costs $8 per person.…

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TAKE ACTION! Action Hero Conservation Celebration
April 14
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
FREE
If you’ve participated in any of the activities as part of Take Action! Big and Small Ways You Can Save the Planet, it’s time to party! Celebrate the impact you’ve had on the Earth from March 1-April 14, 2019, with classic British rock from The Beatclub, food truck fare and beer or beverage from the Ijams Beer Garden at this festive low-waste event sponsored by Cherokee Distributing Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company! If you participated in two or more…

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VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
April 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
FOR AGES 18 AND UP Interested in learning about the various volunteer opportunities at Ijams? Volunteers support Ijams in many ways. Whether leading school fieldtrips, answering questions at the information desk, or removing invasive plants around the grounds, volunteers play an important role! Come out for a volunteer orientation to hear a brief history of Ijams, find out more about the various volunteer opportunities, and learn how you can contribute! LOCATION Meet at the Ijams Visitor Center. REGISTRATION Click here…

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NATURE NUGGETS: Egg Hunt
April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States + Google Map
$4.00
FOR CHILDREN AGE 2-4 AND THEIR CAREGIVERS On the third Thursday of each month Nature Nuggets helps preschool aged children and their caregivers become more comfortable in the outdoors through exploration, games, and stories. This month we are going on an egg hunt. Eggs come in all shapes and sizes, and we are going to find them all! We will learn how animals protect their eggs, build nests, and go on a very special egg hunt. Join us as we…

More events at http://ijams.org/events/. 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, www.ijams.org

Beginner Flamenco Dance Classes

  • January 3, 2017 — December 31, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance and Kids & family

Spice up your dance routine with flamenco dance classes. Our routines will challenge your coordination and stamina and will help you acquire stage presence. Our classes are geared towards beginners and intermediate dancers. Feel free to come and try it out! Classes are ongoing and drop ins are welcome in the beginner class! Check the website for updates.

Beginner Adults - Tuesdays at 6:30 PM

Pre-registration may be required. All classes are held at the Tennessee Conservatory for Fine Arts 8701 Unicorn Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922. Info: 865-202-0740, landronescu@tds.net, or www.flamencowestknox.com

The Muse Knoxville: Knoxville Skies Star Tour

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

Tuesdays & Fridays at 4:30pm

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, http://themuseknoxville.org/calendar