Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sundress Academy for the Arts: Retreat for Survival and Healing

Category: Classes & workshops and Literature & readings

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is hosting its second annual generative writing retreat celebrating survival and healing on July 21st and 22nd, 2018. This two-day retreat for sexual assault survivors will be held in Oak Ridge, TN and will be a safe space for creativity, generative writing exercises, discussions on ways to write trauma, advice on publishing, and more. Come join us in mutual support for a weekend of writing time for healing, safety, and comfort.

A weekend pass includes one-on-one and group instruction, writing supplies, food, drinks, and all on-site amenities for $75.

The event will be open to writers of all backgrounds and provide an opportunity to work with many talented, published fiction writers and poets from around the country, including T.A. Noonan, Krista Cox, Jennie Frost, and Macy French.


  • July 21, 2018 — July 22, 2018
  • July 21, 9pm, July 22, 7pm

Category: Festivals & special events and Music

Come and celebrate our third anniversary!
July 21 at Barley's Taproom, 200 E Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915, 9:00pm, $5.
July 22, The Pilot LIght, 106 E Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915, 7:00pm, $5.

UT Arboretum Society: Monthly Guided Hike

  • July 21, 2018
  • 9-10 AM

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Did you make a New Year’s resolutions to get more exercise or spend more time outdoors? The UT Arboretum Society can help with both! In 2018, the UT Arboretum Society is now offering a monthly hike on the third Saturday of each month.

The hikes will be led by Arboretum staff or a member of the UT Arboretum Society. The hike will begin at the parking lot of the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge at 9:00 a.m. This is approximately a one-hour fun, short trail hike. Participants are asked to wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. To learn more about this hike or the UT Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

McClung Museum: Family Fun Day: Art in the Galleries


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

Join the museum for a free Family Fun Day exploring art in the McClung’s permanent collections. There will be tours, crafts, games, and more!

All materials will be provided. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

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,

Second Harvest of East Tennessee: Music Feeds! Series

  • July 21, 2018

Category: Fundraisers and Music

Second Harvest excited to announce our newest event, Music Feeds! This concert series will feature 7 shows at the historic Tennessee Amphitheater in World’s Fair Park – Knoxville.

Our 2018 Music Feeds lineup:
– 7/21 Ben Haggard
– 8/9 Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters
– 8/11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
– 9/1 Hotel California
– 10/6 Absolute Journey Tribute

Series tickets will go on sale Monday, February 26 at 10 a.m. A series ticket will get you the same seat at all 7 shows. With the purchase of a Kroger Gold Circle $350 series ticket, you will help provide 1,050 meals to our neighbors in East Tennessee! Tickets can be purchased at

Join us for food, drinks and great music – all while giving back to your East Tennessee neighbors.

Tennessee Amphitheater, 963 World's Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37916.

Zoo Knoxville: Peppa Pig

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


Peppa Pig is making a big splash in Knoxville, Tennessee, and she’s giving out plenty of hugs and smiles at Zoo Knoxville from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Don’t forget to bring your camera when you meet Peppa, to capture the special day!  For more information about Peppa Pig, visit:

Included with General Admission

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

ORNL Federal Credit Union Free Concert Series

  • July 21, 2018
  • 6-9 PM

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

All concerts will be held outdoors at the pavilion in Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge, and are free to the public. Bring your lawn chairs and your friends and family for an evening of free Americana roots music. Oak Ridge’s own Crafter’s Brew will be on-site with craft beer along with local food truck vendors.

Future concerts will be held on the following Saturdays: August 18, September 8 (acts TBD), and October 6.

A special thanks to WDVX for their support of this event and bringing Americana music to Oak Ridge.

Red Shoes & Rosin is a folk stringband made of fiddle tunes, quaint vocal harmonies, and sometimes red shoes. Band members include Shawna Cyphers (fiddle, vocals, guitar), Jessica Watson (banjo, guitar, vocals), & Meade Armstrong (fiddle, guitar, vocals)

With a style best described as a mixture of folk and bluegrass, Jay Clark’s handcrafted lyrics run the gamut of hard living, civil disobedience, and old-time religion. Greg has been a fixture on the Knoxville songwriting and old time music scene for many years. Both have recently published CDs — Jay’s Of Mountains & Heartbreak and Greg’s Working on Engines.

UT Arboretum Society: Third Saturday Hike

  • July 21, 2018
  • 9:00am

Category: Free event and Science & nature

The UT Arboretum Society’s monthly hike (third Saturday monthly) for July will be held July 21 at the UT Arboretum, 9:00 a.m.

The weather is warm, and an early morning hike will be refreshing. Be sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated as you hike. Learn about the UT Arboretum’s trails on this short trail hike (1 to 1.5 hours). Hiking any trail above your fitness level can make for a less than enjoyable day while out on the trail. Hikes will be varied in intensity level, and the route may be changed due to weather conditions or leader’s choice. This hike will be held outdoors and will be led by a volunteer familiar with the Arboretum and the trail system.

Come to the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge at 9:00 a.m. Wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. We aim for these hikes to be suitable for all, but the difficulty level of the hike is dependent on individual fitness.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society.

To learn more about this hike or the UT Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

Smoky Mountain Storytellers

  • July 21, 2018
  • 6:00-7:30pm

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Storytelling July 21, 2018
Laughter! will be presented by Smoky Mountain Storytellers on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at NEW! Improved! Vienna Coffee House, 212 College Ave, Maryville, TN at 6:00-7:30pm. Professional Storytellers Susan Fulbright, Roland Mote and Stephen Fulbright get you laughing! Coffee and Dessert! FREE PARKING!!
Donations go to Storytelling Programs. Bring Friends and Family! Contact
865-429-1783 or

SMSA Performers:
Roland Mote grew up in Middle Tennessee and has lived in Maryville, Tennessee for 34 years. His stories are drawn from his family's oral history, personal experience, and "something I heard somewhere", all with some degree of fabrication and maybe a little truth stretching. While suitable for all ages, adults are his focus audience. For 50 years or so he has been telling stories to gatherings of professional colleagues, church fellowships, class reunions, and civic club meetings.

Stephen Fulbright 's tales of a boy growing up in East Tennessee would make
Mark Twain proud. Learning chemistry via snow bombs, physics with tater guns, he became a well known engineer, working for truth, justice and the American way.

Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association: 865-429-1783,

Renaissance Terrace Ball 2018

  • July 21, 2018
  • 6-10 PM

Category: Fundraisers

Join the celebration! The Renaissance Ball 2018 is an evening at Jackson Terminal designed to honor our residents, their families, and friends. We also want to take the opportunity to celebrate the many friends and supporters of Renaissance Terrace and SCHAS.

This special evening will be filled with great music, dancing, and delicious food provided by All Occasions Catering. We
will have a silent auction of items donated by sponsors and supporters. We also have a few surprises planned to help make the evening fun and interesting for all. This will be an event you don’t want to miss! For more information, call us today at 865-544-1710 and ask for Melody Jones or Carrie Jordan.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Renaissance Terrace Bridge the Gap Fund. This fund will provide subsidies to residents in need. TICKETS ARE $75 PER PERSON, at Jackson Terminal.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: The Fantasticks

Category: Music and Theatre

Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones
Directed by Rebecca Gomez

"Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 North Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

The WordPlayers: Jane Eyre

Category: Theatre

Music and Lyrics by PAUL GORDON; Book and additional Lyrics by JOHN CAIRD; Based on the Novel by Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë’s great love story comes to life with music to lift your heart and set your spirit soaring. This beloved tale of secrets and the lies that secrets create, of unimaginable hope and unspoken passion, reminds us what it is to fall deeply, truly and completely in love. Nominated for five Tony Awards, Jane Eyre explores religion, sexuality and protofeminism, all while enchanting audiences with a timeless love story.

At The Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902.
Friday, July 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 21 @ 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 22 @ 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 865-539-2490 or visit

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