Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Zoo Knoxville: Touch A Truck

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

Presented by Stowers Machinery Corporation

Zoo-goers can get hands-on with big trucks, emergency vehicles, race cars and special equipment that rival the animals for size and speed at Touch A Truck. Touch A Truck activities are included with general zoo admission.

Included with general zoo admission

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Family Fun Day


Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

Everyone is invited to celebrate the art and lives of Beauford and Joseph Delaney at the Knoxvile Museum of Art. Saturday, August 25, from 11am to 3pm. The summer Family Fun Day will be packed with fun art activities, artist demonstrations, continuous entertainment on stage, docents in the galleries to talk with guests about the current exhibitions and fantastic art-making activities inspired by the museum's current exhibitions and summer. Family Fun Day is free and open to the public.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101,

Ijams Nature Center: Movies Under the Stars

Category: Film, Kids & family and Science & nature

POSTPONED: Due to inclement weather, our Dark Crystal movie night has been postponed until Saturday August 25. Same times and place!

Movies fans rejoice, the Ijams Nature Center and Central Cinema Movie Series: Movies Under the Stars returns this summer! Doors for this event will open at 6pm. Movies will begin at dark. Food trucks and beer garden area will be open for this event. Feel free to bring your blankets and lawn chairs for this event. NO COOLERS AND NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL PLEASE. Dogs are allowed at this event- they must be on a leash the entire time. Tickets are $8 per person or $25 for a family four pack of tickets.

For the ultimate movie buff, we are offering Summer Movie Passes for $35 per person and that will get you into all 5 movie nights this summer!! (Deadline to buy Summer passes is June 2!!)

August 18: The Dark Crystal
September 1: Hook
October 5: Pet Sematary

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,

Sunset on Central

  • August 25, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Music

Sunset on Central is a FREE family friendly summer concert on Central St. at the Central Filling Station on Saturday, August 25th. The event will take place 4pm-9pm and is open and free to the public!

Come help us spread the elation and merriment with live music, food, beverages, mist tents, and the joy of hanging out with a few hundred of your closest neighbors and friends. Sunset On Central has something for everyone.

Artist lineup, food truck schedule and other event details to come in the following weeks. Be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event to keep up to date with the event!

The event is free and open to the public. VIP Tickets can be found here:

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Knoxville Children's Theatre: Networking for Young Artists workshop

Category: Classes & workshops, Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Ashlee Latimer, Part of 2018 Tony-Winning Producing Team, To Lead Pre-Professional Training Workshop
Thank You Cards, and YouTube, and Branding, Oh My!: Networking for Young Artists

Cost: $50. This workshop, geared toward high school students (especially rising seniors and recent graduates), will equip students with tips and tricks for honing one of the most essential skills for every future professional in the theatre industry: Networking. From finding your tribe, to emailing your heroes, and building your personal “brand.”

Tony Award-winning producer and KCT alum Ashlee Latimer will walk participants through maximizing their years as a student and how to give themselves a head start before they ever set foot in the Big Apple, Chicago, or LA. Utilizing practical exercises, insider resources, and step-by-step guides, this crash course will provide students with the tools they need to hit the ground running when they’re ready to make that leap into the professional world.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Sunset on Central

  • August 25, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Music

Coming Saturday, August 25th to Central Filling Station, Elkmont Exchange, and Schulz Brau Brewing Company--Sunset on Central!

Knoxville's biggest FREE music festival returns to Central Street in North Knoxville on Saturday, August 25th! We're thrilled to announce this year's amazing lineup that features The Lonely Biscuits as headliners with some other great Nashville bands like Harpooner, Sad Baxter, and Nightingail as well as a roster of awesome local acts.

We CAN NOT WAIT for this event his year. Last year''s event was probably our favorite day of the entire year, and we're thrilled to be expanding to three locations and getting even more of the North Knox neighborhood involved.

VIP Tickets are $35 and include drink tickets, a t-shirt and access to a really cool VIP area at the Central Filling Station Main Stage with shade, misting fans, and reserved seats. We also have brand new t-shirts from Riot Printing.

For tickets and information please visit

Ijams Nature Center: Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival

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

Join Ijams for the eighth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival presented by WBIR-TV Channel 10!
The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival began as a joint effort between Ijams and the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. The event features speakers on nature topics, wildlife educational demonstrations, and vendors selling food and drinks, plants, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, and garden items. The main highlight of this event is the opportunity for visitors to get close to ruby-throated hummingbirds and learn about them during banding demonstrations by Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander. Hummingbirds are harmlessly captured, weighed, measured and banded before being sent on their way. Banding provides a way to document hummingbird movement during migration. August and September are busy migration months in Tennessee with thousands of hummingbirds moving south on their way to wintering grounds in Central America and southern Mexico. The event also features a full schedule of wonderful education presentations.

Banding Demonstrations: 8 – 11:30 am*
Ticket Prices:
$7 Admission (ages 12 and up)
$3 Children (ages 5-11)
FREE (Children 4 and under)
$20 Family (Parents plus children)
Link 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,

Green! Summer Festival - Shop. Learn. Grow.

  • August 25, 2018
  • 10 AM - 5 PM

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

TDEC’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices is hosting a new festival at Cove Lake State Park August 25th, from 10 am to 5 pm. This festival is designed to highlight and support local artisans, businesses, and organizations, and to encourage economic development, environmental education, and sustainability. This event will enhance the local economy while facilitating partnerships between communities, schools, and TN State Parks. FREE guest admission and cheap vendor fee that goes to benefit the Friends Group of Cove Lake State Park!

Info page:

Postmodern Spirits First Anniversary Party

  • August 25, 2018
  • 12-11 PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Knoxville’s top-shelf distillery, PostModern Spirits, will hold its first anniversary party in August with a special “Full Circle” whiskey release. The special event also marks the release of the The Full Circle Whiskey, a one-of-a-kind project with local brewer Crafty Bastard Brewery: After PostModern Spirit’s American Single Malt Whiskey was aged in new American white oak barrels, the barrels were then used to age Crafty Bastard’s Hawaiian BBQ Pale Ale. The Full Circle Whiskey was nished in the same used beer barrels. “This is a unique release in the world,” said Stanton Webster, PostModern’s Owner. The release coincides with the one-year anniversary of the distillery opening in Knoxville’s historic and bustling Old City. In the year since the distillery has opened, the city has further renovated the streetscape to create a welcome and inviting area for people to enjoy the city. PostModern has become a staple in the area where visitors can enjoy a drink on the wide patio in front of the distillery. Because of that location, holding a party there is a natural fit for a summer evening where people can come relax and enjoy themselves.

“It’s a distillery patio party,” Webster said. “Stop by for special discounts on spirits, merchandise, and cocktails.” There will also be raffes during the anniversary party, along with special whiskey releases, food trucks and tours of the distillery, Webster said. The event is free and open to the public. Those who want to have alcohol must be 21 or older and have a valid ID.

PostModern Spirits opened in August 2017 and is located in the Jackson Terminal Building at 205 W. Jackson Avenue. PostModern Spirits is passionate about cocktails, cocktail culture and great whiskey. Their goal is to produce gins, liqueurs, whiskies and other spirits to elevate beverages for the modern cocktail and whiskey enthusiast. The distillery’s cocktail room is open 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday - Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. + + @postmodernspirits on instagram and facebook.

205 W. Jackson Ave., Suite 205, Knoxville, TN 37902
Contact: Stanton Webster (865) 384-7826,

First Lutheran's GermanFest 2018

  • August 25, 2018
  • 11 AM - 8 PM

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Music

First Lutheran, 1207 N Broadway NE, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Annual celebration of German culture, featuring German food, local beer, music, kids activities and more!

Food from: Hawg Dawgs, Cubish and First Lutheran Church/School
Beer from: Fanatic Brewing Co., Elkmont Exchange, Pretentious Beer, Schulz Brau Brewing
Music: Concord Brass, Knoxville Polka Kings, Mike Beckley (accordion), UT Organ Studio

Other Attractions: Silent Auction, Marketplace, Kids Games, Root Beer Garden, Face Painting
Admission: $2 Adults; Kids under 12 Free!

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Book of Mamaw

  • August 24, 2018 — August 26, 2018

Category: Theatre

Long-time Barter Theatre favorite Eugene Wolf brings his one-man show, The Book of Mamaw, to Flying Anvil Theatre for a limited run, August 24–26. The show is full of stories, songs and sketches about growing up in Greeneville, Tennessee, with a surprising spiritual path of love, kindness and compassion.

Wolf’s mamaw was Bernice Rader, a Church of Christ grandmother who recognized Eugene’s love of performing at an early age and guided him on his way. It’s an unorthodox story of a woman who tried to capture Patty Hearst and once advised her grandson that if he was going to make it in show business he’d better, “get a dress and wear it!” Wolf made his television debut on the Cas Walker show thanks to Bernice. Since then, he has had a varied performing career, as a member of the acting company at Barter Theatre for over 21 years, as half of the country duo The Brother Boys (with Ed Snodderly), who have appeared on albums with Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, as well as solo concerts and films.

Wolf says Bernice was a natural subject for the show. “Mamaw was funny in spite of herself. She’d take me along when she went to sell Avon and make me get up and sing Loretta Lynn songs. I was an eight-year-old singing about my lying, cheating, drinking husband. But I didn’t care. Mamaw sanctioned it, so it was all right.”

Reviewers have called The Book of Mamaw “storytelling at its best.”

The Book of Mamaw opens Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm, with a special fundraising performance including a reception with Wolf after the show for $35. Performances continue Saturday, August 25, 7:30 pm, for $25.00 and Sunday, August 26, 2:00 pm for $25.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information/tickets: 865-357-1309,

Knoxville Walking Tours

Category: History & heritage, Kids & family and Lectures

THE CIVIL WAR IN KNOXVILLE - AUGUST 24, 2018 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
A City Divided - It’s been over 150 years since the battle of Knoxville, one of the most sharply divided cities during the civil war. Occupied by both sides with recruiting offices set up on Gay Street on the same day, Knoxville was home to spies, street fights, and family feuds that outlasted the war. Visit the downtown sites and then get an overview of the battles and fortifications from the observation deck of the Sunsphere. Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street.

SHADOW SIDE 2 - AUGUST 24, 2018 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Old City Ghosts - The lively entertainment section now known as the Old City wasn’t always so friendly. The neighborhood has a history of dark times and dark deeds, and the remnants aren’t just in the architecture. Formerly known as the Bowery, the district was home to saloons, dance halls, pool rooms, and bars, where famous gunmen, thieves, ladies of the evening, and troublemakers of all kinds bumped elbows with naïve travelers and honest working folk. Life here was violent—and often short. Meet in front of The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, 418 S. Gay Street.

THE EARLY YEARS - AUGUST 25, 2018 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Early Years - Step back over two centuries and visit Knoxville’s founders as you listen to the stories of the settlement of White’s Fort and establishment of the capital of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee. Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street.

GUNSLINGERS - AUGUST 25, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
When Knoxville was the Wild West - Knoxville’s history is colorful and the predominant hue is blood red. Take a walk on the wild side, from the Old City to Gay Street, down to the river and beyond. The now peaceful streets were once the scene of violence and mayhem of all descriptions—family feuds, duels, lynchings, and riots. Telling all the stories might take years, so this tour varies its route and our guide is always finding fresh tales to share. Meet in the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street.

Tribal to Techno - Knoxville’s story has always been set to music, from the time when the poetic rhythms of the native Cherokee tribes still echoed in the hills and the ballads of the Scots-Irish settlers were sung around campfires on the riverbanks. Immigrants from all over the world brought new instruments and tunes to enliven the song and East Tennessee became known as a home to musicians of every genre, whether classical, jazz, R&B, rock-n-roll, Americana, or the avant-garde sounds of ska, techno, and whatever’s unveiled at this year’s Big Ears Festival. Meet in the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street.

Knoxville Walking Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Adults: $15. Children 6-12: $10 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website at Proceeds from many tours help to support the Knoxville History Project.

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