Calendar of Events

Friday, October 26, 2018

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Juried Student Show (Figurative Association)

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

Reception date TBA

In the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Living History Weekend at Fort Dickerson

  • October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018
  • 9 AM

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Knoxville Opera: Mozart’s The Impresario and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Double Bill)

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

Long before Bugs Bunny made a mockery of opera, it was none other than Mozart who wrote the definitive parody of opera directors and singers. In this contemporary adaptation, Knoxville Opera’s egomaniacal Impresario engages Cristoforo Cannelloni, a “know-it-all” Italian opera fanatic, to deal with the trials and tribulations of casting his upcoming production of Gianni Schicchi. Later, you’ll see how the casting works out in Puccini’s comic masterpiece about Florence, Italy’s most notorious reprobate. Gianni Schicchi’s hilarious plot and ravishing music includes opera’s most beloved soprano aria, “Oh! mio babbino caro.” Performed in English, German, and Italian with projected English translations.

Performances are Friday, October 26 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 28 at 2:30 PM. Doors open one hour prior to performance. Opera previews hosted by Maestro Salesky begin 45 minutes prior to performances. Patrons enjoy insight into the opera’s music, story, history, and cast.

A limited amount of free Penny4Arts tickets are available either in advance by calling the Knoxville Opera Box Office or by visiting the Tennessee Theatre Box Office one hour prior to performances. Up to two free student admissions are available per adult paying for a full-price ticket. Please allow extra time for parking downtown and security lines. Please be aware of the Tennessee Theatre security policies. See for more details.

At the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

Mabry-Hazen House: A Victorian Séance Experience

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

From 6pm-10pm on October 26-28, 2018, Mabry Hazen House will host “A Victorian Séance Experience” inside the parlors of the 1858 historic house. Relying on primary sources from the nineteenth century, Mabry-Hazen House will reenact a Victorian séance and give “investigators” an immersive experience filled with “mysterious and startling wonders.” Along with the historic buildings, grounds, and family history, Mabry-Hazen House also preserves a darker history of Americans' experiences with death, funerals, spiritualism, and the occult and this year the museum will exhibit those macabre, yet fascinating cultural moments during their Victorian Séance Experience.

Under the guidance of a Victorian medium, the séances will follow the rituals of nineteenth century Spiritualism and investigators will participate in historic “demonstrations” of mediumship. Whether true manifestations of spirits or clever parlor tricks, sitters at the séances will participate in this eerie, yet ubiquitous aspect of 19th century American life.

Séances will occur every 20 minutes starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 10:00pm. Guests must select a specific date and time to reserve a seat at the table. They should arrive 15 minutes before their table reservation. Each session is limited to 8 guests, tickets must be purchased in advance, and all sitters must be 16 or older. Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets may be through purchased through Facebook, Eventbrite, or

In addition to the séances, psychics, astrologers, and tarot card readers will be perform their craft for interested parties. Once a séance concludes, guests may purchase $5 vouchers to exchange to have their fortunes told. “We want people to have sense of the past and present by offering guests an opportunity to interact with present-day mediums,” says Patrick Hollis, Executive Director at Mabry-Hazen House.

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661,

Knoxville Civil War Roundtable: Fort Dickerson Living History Weekend

  • October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Knoxville Civil War Roundtable will sponsor a living history weekend at Fort Dickerson Park October 26-28.

Activities include Civil War infantry drilling with rifle firing demos, battle reenactments, medical and surgical exhibits, cannon firings, living history campsites, ladies fashions, lectures, and a salute to all veterans.

Fort Dickerson Park located just off Chapman Highway in South Knoxville at 3000 Ft. Dickerson Road.

Contact Info: Stan Sech 865-556-8066, Director -KCWRT or

B. J. Clark Artist Estate Sale

  • October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Festivals, special events

October 26-28 Hybrid Estate Sale in Westmoreland Hills
Fantastic Sale, just a mile from West Town Mall
We are selling the entire contents of the home of local Artist Berna Jean ‘BJ’ Clark including dozens of Original Paintings and all remaining Prints from her well known series of Knoxville landmarks and others

HOURS Friday Oct 26th: 1-6 PM for Online Auction Preview and Tag Sale Day 1
Online Auction Ends Friday Night, starting 8 PM!
Saturday, Oct 27th: 9-3 with 25% off and Online Auction Pickup Day
Sunday Oct 28th: 11-2 for 50% off Blowout with bag lots at the end.

Seven Seas is honored to have the privilege to sell all remaining contents of local art is Berna Jean ‘BJ’ Clark. BJ is still living in Knoxville but is no longer painting. She received several awards for her Art and Historical Series of Knoxville has been very popular. We have lined this home with all remaining original artwork from her decades long career, making it essentially the largest showing of her work ever presented in one place! In addition to originals we have all remaining signed and unsigned prints and cards. All the art and framing supplies in her studio and workshop are also being sold. BJ collected works from other local artists so we have framed and ceramic art from many other people! And all that is in addition to the extensive contents of their large home! The house is filled with fine quality Cherry and other Furniture, Grandfather Clock, Electronics, Clothing, Kitchen & Dining Items, Patio items, Books, Toys, Collectibles and much, much more! Be sure to check out the big Tag Sale photo gallery and the Online Auction to see the full extent of this sale!

Gallery 1010: Variegaytion

  • October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Hosted by Caroline Gwyn

Gallery 1010, 1150 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37915

Opening Reception:
Friday, Oct. 26th 6-9pm
Exhibition Hours:
Friday - Sunday 12-4pm

“Variegaytion” is photographic series focusing on how members of Knoxville's LGBTQ+ community express their gender and sexuality through style of clothing, accessories, makeup, hair, etc. I first began this series when I decided to publicly come out as queer in the Fall of 2017. Since my coming out, my style has shifted, as it has helped me identify and express myself comfortably day-to-day. I created the LGBTQ+ style series, "Variegaytion," in hopes to raise awareness about the fluidity and spectrum of gender and to show how individuals present their gender identities.

There will be snacks and refreshments (with vegan options).

University of TN: Arab Fest

  • October 26, 2018 — October 27, 2018
  • Fri. 12:00-9:00PM, Sat. 12:00-6:00PM

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage and Kids, family

October 26 and October 27, 2018, Friday 12:00-9:00PM and Saturday 12:00-6:00PM at the University of Tennessee Pedestrian Walkway.

Enjoy the flavors, sights, and sounds of the traditional Arab world at Arab Fest 2018, featuring live performances and traditional Arabic cuisine. Find treasures at the pop-up souk; explore arts and crafts; and discover fun family activities during our two-day event. Come experience the Middle East, here in east Tennessee!

Presented by the Arab American Club of Knoxville and the Tennessee Initiative for Middle East Studies.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Storytelling Festival


Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage, Kids, family and Literature, reading, writing


We invite you to join us on Friday, October 26th for evening of Storytelling. Featuring 3 Storytellers beginning at 6PM. Tickets are $10 (free for GSMHC members) and will be available for purchase the evening of the event. Please bring your folding chair and spend the evening with some of our area’s most beloved storytellers.

Roxanna Jones- grew up in the mountains. The stories are real, the people are friends and family who helped form her into the adult she now is. She says that she sees through the eyes of love and respect for those whose lives she now tells. With her words, she strives to bring them to life once more so others can know them too. As with all storytellers, Jones says there is “sometimes exaggeration, but the kernel of what was and what now lives only in memory is true.”

Doug Elliott’s stories derive from his unique lifestyle as well as his deep interest in plants, animals and people. Since humanity’s beginnings our connections with the natural world have defined us and made us who we are. Elliott’s stories explore and celebrate the rich diversity of that special human connection to nature. His programs are textured by his use of traditional lore, regional dialects and accents, and enhanced by his soulful harmonica playing.

Charles Maynard is a United Methodist minister, storyteller and author. A graduate of Emory & Henry College in VA and the Candler School of Theology an Emory University, he has served in the United Methodist Church for over 30 years. Charles tell traditional Appalachian Mountain tales, stories of American history and personal narratives of growing up in the mountains. He tells stories in schools, churches and at festivals.

On Saturday, Oct 27th, 11am -4pm
Bring the whole family out for a day of Storytelling workshops, Arts and Crafts, and Music! Join the Pair family from the Mountain Shadow String Band (12-1) for storytelling through music, learn from Charles Maynard in a storytelling workshop (1-2), and work on a crafts project with the Puppetry group, Cattywampus, and enjoy their one of a kind puppet show. Finish the day with Trick or Treating through the Historic Village at the Heritage Center and a chance to get your picture taken with one of their larger than life puppets! Children and Adults are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters!

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Museum of Appalachia: Haunts and History


Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage, Kids, family, Literature, reading, writing, Music and Science, nature

A new engaging, family-friendly event featuring a trick-or-treat trail, filled with homemade and vintage candies and treats, as well as local storytellers sharing true and inspired stories about our Appalachian ancestors. Guests can also enjoy hay rides, live music, blacksmithing, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and festive snacks.

For an additional charge, attendees can pick pumpkins from the patch or choose a pumpkin to paint and take home.

Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Hwy., Clinton, TN 37716 (16 miles north of Knoxville at I-75, exit 122, then one mile east). Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Information/tickets: 865-494-7680,

Thompson Boling Arena: Chris Stapleton

  • October 26, 2018
  • 7 PM

Category: Music

With Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb

Thompson Boling Arena, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN. Info/tickets: Concerts & Special Events - or (865) 656-4444. Athletic Events - or (865) 656-1200.

The Mill and Mine: Ben Rector and the Band Camino

  • October 26, 2018

Category: Music

Friday, October 26 at The Mill and MIne.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Rector returns along with the Band Camino to Knoxville this fall for two nights of his Magic Tour!

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

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