Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 13, 2018

3rd Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest

  • October 13, 2018 — October 21, 2018
  • 11 AM - 6 PM

Category: Comedy, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Kids & family, Music and Theatre

This outdoor regional daytime costume-play entertainment-oriented festival will come to life in Harriman at the Tennessee Medieval Faire grounds--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. Patrons will feel transported to the fictional Caribbean town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1700-1800’s.

Rotating on several stages will be professional musical and comedy acts. Nautical, Celtic, and Caribbean music will be performed by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, The CrossJacks, steel drum by PanEZ Steelband and Vere Henry, The Minstrel Rav’n, Black Mash Hollow, and Sabrina Duvall. Portable benches will be available for seating, but patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs for their comfort. Performing interactive comedy shows will be The Tortuga Twins (PG), Einstein Simplified (performing as Blackbeard Simplified), and Up Down Go (a circus duo). Some of the acts will be different each weekend, and schedules will be available online and at the entrance.

Although costumes are not required to enjoy the festival, patrons are encouraged to dress in costume and enter the patron Costume Contest. This will be held twice a day with contestants grouped by age (4 and under, 5-12, 13+), and winners will be determined by audience applause. Patrons will also be encouraged to share their talents on stage in the Pirate Gong Show to join a pirate crew. New entertainment this year will include Tales of the True Pyrates, by the Trenton Street Irregulars, where patrons will learn about actual pirates. Other shows will include Pirate School, Folk Tales and Fairy Tales, the Royal Variety Show, and Combat Croquet performed by the Royal Players interactive street characters. There will also be a daily parade and on Saturdays the Bucketeers will be participating.

Available for the brave of heart will be a trick or treat Trail of Doom (PG). This is a 7-10 minute walk in the woods with slightly spooky displays and interactive characters giving out candy. Other free activities include corn hole, volleyball, croquet, tetherball, stocks, and steel drum. There will be other games to play for $1 each and a treasure hunt for $2.

Merchants will help create the village by selling custom crafts such as chainmaille, leather, and jewelry. Delicious food will be available including smoked BBQ, turkey legs, ribs, grilled brats, gyros, Bourbon chicken and rice, Philly steak and chicken sandwiches, homemade ice cream, Dixie fried donuts, cobblers, fresh fruit, shaved ice, and hot and cold beverages (including beer--21+ years with valid ID). A list of vendors and their fare can be found on the festival website.

The Tennessee Pirate Fest will be open rain or shine on October 13-14, 20-21, from 11am-6pm ET. The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman. Free field parking is provided. Ticket prices are $16 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5 to 12; and free admission for ages 4 and under. Tickets may be purchased on festival days at the ticket house for cash or credit. Ticket prices include sales tax; however, a $2 convenience fee will be added per total transaction for credit usage. There will be no ATM onsite, so patrons are encouraged to bring cash for purchases, tips, and convenience.

Festival safety rules include no pets (service animals only), no firearms or sharp weapons (all stage weapons must be sheathed and zip tied), and no outside food or drinks. There will be no onsite public camping, but a motel discount is available with free breakfast at the Baymont Inn in Harriman (call 865-590-9097 with promo code LKDE). For more information, please visit, like the Tennessee Pirate Fest on Facebook, or call 865-376-0319.

Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce: 1st Annual Crafts & Ale

  • October 13, 2018
  • 9:00am-5:00pm

Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerceis hosting the 1st Annual Crafts & Ale (The Faris A. Ashkar Memorial Craft Event) Saturday, October 13 9:00am-5:00pm at the West End Shopping Center, 11215 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934, in Farragut, TN. Featuring fine local crafts, a European-style beer garden with craft brewers and food vendors, we look forward to this community event showcasing local talent and the best “Craft” items in the area.

We hope you will be a part of this event!
For more information please visit

The Old City Market

  • October 13, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

Shop the Old City Market on West Jackson Avenue, second Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8

The Old City Market transforms Jackson Ave into a curated, outdoor market showcasing artists, crafters, and creative makers.

Oktoberfest in the Old City

  • October 13, 2018
  • 2:00-8:00pm

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Saturday, October 13, 2:00-8:00pm in Knoxville's Old City!

We're doing it up BIG in the Old City!! We'll have German food & beer, LIVE MUSIC, food and craft vendors. Break out your lederhosen!! All ages event!

$10 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Ticket price includes Stein glass and One drink ticket. Tickets at

UT Gardens: Garden Center Crawl

  • October 13, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Two Special Dates for Discounted Shopping & Lunch (Oct 13 & Oct 27)

NOTE: SHORT deadline for registration and payment and LIMITED to the first 52 people to register for each crawl. Registration is no later than Monday, October 1st. To eliminate credit card surcharges, only checks will be accepted. Go online to register for the trip(s) of your choice (links are below) and then send in your payment to finalize your registration. Please note: you will need to register for each trip separately if you would like to participate in both of the crawls, but you can pay with a single check. Make check out to University of Tennessee with Garden Crawl in the memo and mail to UT Gardens, Garden Center Crawl, 252 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg, 2431 Joe Johnson Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996. Be sure to indicate which crawl date(s) you are registering for. You will receive an email confirmation when your check is received. All email and phone inquiries regarding the trip itself should be directed to Faye Beck at or (865) 789-7817.

Join the UT Gardens and fellow plant enthusiasts for a local Garden Center Crawl. Two crawls are being offered on different Saturday’s in October giving you the opportunity to shop and get better acquainted with a total of 8 of Knoxville’s area finest garden centers. What really makes these two crawls special is that each of the garden centers are offering deep discounts to our group, lunch is provided, and we will haul your purchases back to your car! Choose to go on just one of the crawls or both. Dates are Saturday October 13th and 27th and the fee is $100 per trip.

On each Saturday, a chartered bus will take our group to visit 4-choice garden centers in our area who will welcome us and provide an introduction to their staff and business. Their staff will be available to assist if you have questions while you shop. Your purchases will be labeled with your name and we will haul them back to your car either in the cargo bay under the bus or in a UT box truck. Each Crawl will be a fun and unbelievable day of plant shopping with fellow plant enthusiasts and plenty of plant experts to answer your plant and gardening questions. What a great opportunity to learn more about and support the wonderful family-owned garden centers we are fortunate to have in our area. “Fall is for Planting” and the ideal time to add perennials, trees, and shrubs to your garden. This crawl is a benefit to the UT Gardens and the 8 family-owned garden centers.

See full schedule here for both dates:

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Benefit Gospel Concert

  • October 13, 2018
  • 10 AM

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and History & heritage

'Protecting the Legacy': Community Meeting
Statewide Project Documenting African American Women's Political History Prior to 1930

Protecting the Legacy is a statewide humanities project organized by Chick History that seeks help from the public to uncover local suffrage stories about Tennessee African American women and political activity as part of a commemoration project for the upcoming centennial of the 19th Amendment. The project is digitizing family and local history related to African American women’s political history in Tennessee prior to 1930.

For over a year, a statewide coalition of history partners has been working with communities across Tennessee to identify and document early African American women’s political history in an effort to expand the narrative of suffrage, voting, and political activity; and to preserve the contributions and experiences of African American women during this time period.

After a series of Knoxville Community Meetings in September and October, a public Digitization Event will be held in November. A team of scholars and archivists will be on hand for the public to bring in photographs and documents to be scanned and added to the growing collection of over 100 histories collected to date. Chick History is working with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and the East Tennessee Historical Society as the host partners for work in the East Tennessee area.

“We are very excited to begin work in Knoxville and East Tennessee so that African American women receive the recognition they deserve and have a place in this significant part of American History,” said Rev. Renee Kesler, President of Beck Cultural Exchange Center and a member of the Protecting the Legacy Task Force and Committee. “Our local history is full of African American women actively working for their political enfranchisement, as well as the unintentional heroes who changed their community by everyday acts.”

Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Office: 865.524.8461,

Knoxville Irish Society: Second Saturday Social

  • October 13, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Rub elbows with the Irish community at our regular social gathering, the KIS Second Saturday

Join us for our regular eat-&-greet at 3131 Morris Ave. from 3:00 - 5:00pm on the second Saturday of every month. The next one is October 13th, so please mark your calendar. We'll have traditional Irish tea & snacks, trad & sean-nós music, and good conversation & friendship. If you haven't been to a KIS event yet, or if you don't know many people and would like to get connected, this is a great way to get started and introduce yourself. We're looking forward to seeing you. Céad míle fáilte! A hundred thousand welcomes!

The Muse Knoxville: Free STEAM Carnival

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

October 13th 10am-4pm
FREE Admission

Join the Muse for the 2nd annual STEAM Carnival presented by TVA on Saturday! This event is FREE for everyone! Don’t miss a day full of Sumo Bot Competitions, Killswitch Robot Battles, Busker Science Pop-Ups presented by Arconic, Inc., the Global Cardboard Challenge sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement, food trucks, special activities, and more! Help us kick off the 2018 Tennessee STEAM Festival by joining us for this STEAM-filled day of family fun!

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

18th Annual Clinch River Fall Antique Festival

  • October 12, 2018 — October 13, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Friday, October 12, 5:00-9:00pm festival fun begins in historic downtown Clinton, TN with shops open late, food, beer garden and live entertainment.

Saturday, October 13, 9:00-5:00pm, there will be 80+ antique dealers and artisans, food vendors, a beer garden, antique car exhibit, live entertainment and antique appraiser Joe Rosson.

Free admission, parking & shuttle. Rain or shine!, 865 457-2559.

Zoo Knoxville: BOO! at the Zoo

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

Oct 11-14, Oct 18-21, Oct 25-28
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each evening

BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event featuring several nights of not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. A Halloween tradition for 32 years, BOO! at the Zoo is a family event featuring trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, where little trick-or-treaters can fill their bag with goodies as they make their way through the zoo. Each night of BOO! at the Zoo will have a variety of entertainment.

New This Year! We are offering combo ticket good for general zoo admission AND BOO! admission for $25.95 for ages 4 and up. Please note these tickets are available only on Saturdays.

Back by Popular Demand: Zoo Knoxville Annual Passholder Only Night! Thursday, October 11th is a special night exclusively for Zoo Knoxville Annual Passholders and Circle of Friends members as a thank you for supporting our mission throughout the year. (Please note: Tickets still have to be purchased for this night. Click on the Buy Passholder Tickets Now button below.)

$9 per person Thurs, Fri and Sun; $10 per person Saturday; Children under 4 admitted free
Free parking
$8 Zoo Knoxville Annual Passholders and U.S. Cellular customers

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

Zoo Knoxville: BOO at the ZOO Bedtime with the Beasts!

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

Bring your group to Boo at the Zoo and spend the night, too! Schedule a special night by getting VIP entry into Boo at the Zoo and then afterwards have an overnight educational adventure, exploring the zoo with our guides. Boo at the Zoo Bedtime programs include admission to Boo at the Zoo, educational activities and tours of the zoo, encounters with our animal ambassadors, a private keeper chat, breakfast, and admission to the zoo the next morning.

Offered by reservation only. For ages 6 and up.
Available only October 11th – 14th, 18th – 21st and 25th – 28th.
$55 per person (includes Boo at the Zoo admission and zoo admission the next morning)
For more information or to request a reservation contact us at

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

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Fall Porch Sale

Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris will hold its Fall Porch Sale starting on Friday, October 5, and continuing for about two weeks. The Porch Sale, held each spring features outdated stock, seconds, student crafts, and nonjuried work by members of the Craft Center. 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,

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