Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 15, 2018

McClung Museum: Museum Store Spring Sale

Category: Festivals & special events

McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture announces the Museum Store Spring Sale March 15 through March 31.

Shake off winter and enjoy blooming flowers with handmade garden art by local artisans, seeds, and beautiful botanical items in the Museum Store’s Spring Sale.

UT Students and Museum Members always enjoy 10% off all purchases, and all Store proceeds benefit the museum’s free educational programming.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144,

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Spring Porch Sale

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris will hold its Spring Porch Sale starting on Thursday, March 15, and continuing for about two weeks. The Porch Sale, held each spring features outdated stock, seconds, student crafts and nonjuried work by members. It’s an excellent time to get great deals.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is a nonprofit center with a mission to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. The center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton, TN, one mile east of I-75 north at Exit 122.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Carmina Burana


Category: Music

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season and features new Music Director Aram Demirjian.

Music Director Aram Demirjian continues the mighty Masterworks season with Mahler’s Blumine, Weill’s Suite from The Threepenny Opera, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. This concert illustrates how stories are told through music, with cantatas and symphonic tone poems. This concert explores melodies from the angelic, pure and sacred to the contrasting folksy music one might hear on the street. Performed in Latin by the Knoxville Choral Society, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is based on the medieval collection of poems by the same name.

Each concert includes a 30-minute pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m. with conductor and guest artist, allowing an up-close Q&A session, insights and background to the music, composers and more. Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 PM at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Maker Meetup and Block Party

  • March 15, 2018
  • 6:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events

Creative collisions happen when makers, artisans, small-scale manufacturers, and entrepreneurs get together! This Maker Meetup and block party is unlike anything we've done before, so you don't want to miss out on touring these local maker hotspots!
We will begin in the taproom of ELKMONT EXCHANGE (745 N Broadway), a welcome adventure of thoughtfully brewed craft beer paired with a uniquely familiar dining experience. We will walk out back to the new CENTRAL FILLING STATION (900 N. Central Street), Knoxville's first full-service food truck park. Family-friendly, dog-friendly neighborhood hangout featuring a daily rotation of Knoxville’s best food trucks and local beverages! And then across the street to STRIPED LIGHT (107 Bearden Place), a letterpress shop, recording company & gallery!

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Elkmont Exhange, 745 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917.
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Art Guild of Tellico Village Meeting

Category: Free event and Lectures

The Art Guild of Tellico Village will have the talented potter & painter Jane Cartwright as our featured speaker. She lives in Oak Ridge and is one of the founding members of The Atomic Mud and Mayhem Society. Jane teaches handbuilding at the Oak Ridge Art Center. In her previous life she was a graphic designer and illustrator. You can learn more about Jane and see some of her creations by going to her blogspot –

Top floor of the Tellico Village Yacht Club. Refreshments: Light refreshments and beverages will be served before the speaker presents. For more information please go to

A1LabArts: Closing Reception of Founders

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Last chance to view an exhibition celebrating those artists who established and sustained one of Knoxville’s prime community arts organizations. Formed in the early 1990s, A1LabArts has been a paradigm of experimental and interactive arts.

Closing reception on Thursday, March 15, 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Center for Creative Minds. Artists include: Susan Becker, Shirley Brown, Preston Farabow, Dario Gildrie, Cathy Freeman,Birney Hand, Cherry Hand Lemonds, Norman Magden, Susy Moesch, Mignon Naegeli, Dick Penner & Rip Lydick.

Through exhibitions, performances, and educational activities, it is A1LabArts’ intention to develop the creative artists’ and the community’s appreciation for interdisciplinary and new art forms..

A1LabArts @ the Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

Smart + Becker: Grand Opening

  • March 15, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

It's hard to believe Smart + Becker only opened just over a month ago, but it's true, people. It's true. And now, we've worked out (most of) the kinks, have settled on a floor plan that feels good (for now), and have a full docket of events and workshops (through April). In other words, it will never be done done. And it feels great to be creating an ever-changing thing that is built on the idea of evolution, is open to change and suggestion, and can be whatever it wants to be. Whatever you want it to be.

So I hope you'll come celebrate on Thursday, March 15 to the tunes of DJ Sarah Shebaro and share all the things you want to see happen here!

Smart + Becker, 1154 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: M-W by appt; Th-Sa 10-7, Su 1-7. Information: 828-707-8532,

Sevierville Commons Arts Council: Meet, Greet and Eat

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Free event

Connect with artists, keep up with SCAC and enjoy good food and good company! Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share and your beverage of choice. Artists of all experience levels are also encouraged to bring one or two artworks to show and discuss.

At Arts in Common Gallery, 129 Bruce Street, Sevierville, 37862. Information: 865-366-1475, or

The Knoxville History Project: An Evening with Jack Neely

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

Maple Hall and The Knoxville History Project are proud to present, An Evening with Jack Neely. From the Shadow Side: Legendary Swiss journalist Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s forgotten street scenes of Knoxville in 1937

Annemarie Schwarzenbach, a controversial author in her own time, has a bit of a cult following in Europe, but is little known in America. She spent several days in downtown Knoxville in 1937, and took dozens of striking photographs of Knoxville places and people for a travelogue of America that has never been published in English. We’ll read some of her work, show several of her photographs, and entertain a general discussion about this little-known chapter of our history.

As always, the Maple Hall bar staff will feature custom handcrafted cocktails for the event. Full menu available.

Upstairs. No cover. 21+. At Maple Hall, 414 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902.

Fountain City Art Center: Southern Appalachian Nature Photography and the Knoxville Book Arts Guild


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

"The Knoxville Book Arts Guild: and The Southern Appalachian Nature Photography"
Also showing: Watercolors by the students of Mary Baumgartner

Reception for both: March 16, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

Exhibit viewing hours: Hours: Tu & Th 9-6, F 10-1, 3rd-4th Sa 9-1. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787,

Zoo Knoxville: $2 Off Admission for Spring Break

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

To celebrate Spring Break, Zoo Knoxville is offering $2 off general admission tickets Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 2018.

Zoo Knoxville’s new Gibbon Trails and Langur Landing in Boyd Family Asian Trek, a $6 million multi-acre habitat for white-handed gibbons and silvered leaf langurs, immerses guests in a 360 degree aerial experience. The habitats are designed with multiple viewing levels that allow the primates to pass directly over the heads of visitors or be eye-to-eye with them in a 60-foot-tall treehouse accessible by a suspension bridge. The new expansion also allows soaring views of Tiger Forest and incorporates a new outdoor training demonstration area for Malayan tigers. Gibbon Trails is home to one of the zoo’s most beloved residents, Georgie, and his new companion Naomi. Langur Landing is home to Walter, Teagan, Melody and two-month-old baby Opie, a family of silvered leaf langurs that are a new species to Zoo Knoxville.

The zoo also has a full schedule of special Bird Show sessions and animal encounters with zoo staff for the week, weather permitting. Popular zoo activities such as giraffe feeding, camel rides, the Zoo Choo Train and the Fuzzy-Go-Round carousel will also be open. Discounted tickets may be purchased at the zoo’s ticket window during regular zoo hours.

Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

Kids In The Arts Spring Camp

  • March 12, 2018 — March 16, 2018
  • 9 AM - 4 PM daily

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance, Fine Crafts, Kids & family, Music and Science & nature

For ages 5-12. Local teachers teaching yoga, dance, nutrition, reiki, drumming, art, and hoop dance! $225 for the week or $50/day

At The Birdhouse, 800 N 4th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: Karl Hess, 865.208.9206,

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