Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 15, 2018

UT Arboretum Society: Monthly Guided Hike

  • December 15, 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.

Knoxville Guitar Society: Winter Benefit Concert

Category: Kids & family and Music

Join the Knoxville Guitar Society for its Winter Benefit Concert. This concert will feature local guitar students, teachers, and professionals, including the following:

+ The Knoxville Adult Guitar Ensemble (Barbara Emery, Ben Kass, Chris Lee, Gina Rogers, and Mary Weaver)

+ The Knoxville Youth Guitar Quartet (Joshua Bean, Josh Chapman, Kieran Maben, and Gari Popescul) plus

+Robert Anderson, Andy LeGrand, Jeff Comas, Tony Negron, Rick Cooper, Saif and Ruh Tmeizeh, Heather Stewart, and Alex DeRose.

See the full program at our website:

Only $10 admission for adults. Tickets are available at the door. Concerts are open to all ages. Children 12 & under admitted free; Students 12 - 18 $5. Seating is general admission. Box office opens 1/2 hour before performance. Free reception immediately following concert. Concerts take place at Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff, Knoxville. Knoxville Guitar Society: 865-694-4108,

Bijou Theatre: Maria Bamford

Category: Comedy

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone.

The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South Park).Maria is the creator and star of Maria Bamford the special special special and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design. She was the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy The Movie.Maria voices characters on numerous animated series including BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, Legend of Korra, Puss in Boots and PBS’s Emmy- winning series Word Girl. She can also be heard voicing lead roles on Fox’s Golan the Insatiable and Yahoo’s Talking Tom & Friends.Maria recurred as DeBrie Bardeaux on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot, for which she was praised as a “standout” (TIME) and “perhaps one of the high points of the entire new season” (Black Book Magazine). She has also recurred on USA’s Benched, FX’s critically-praised Louie, and currently recurs on the ABC hit Fresh Off the Boat. Her new special Old Baby is available on Netflix.

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Historic Ramsey House: A Gift for Mom and Dad


Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Do you need some time to get that last minute shopping done without the kids? And what about the kids? Do they need a gift for Mom and Dad? Bring them to Historic Ramsey House on Dec 15th to spend 3 hours making hand-crafted gifts, playing vintage games and other fun activities. Each child will need to bring a bagged lunch. Ramsey House will provide juice or water and a cookie for snack. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions ahead of time. All supplies are included along with gift wrapping.

Ages 6-12 years. Class fee $15 Purchase tickets at or call (865) 546-0745.
Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914.

InFullSight: Share Your Struggles

  • December 15, 2018
  • 7-9 PM

Category: Classes & workshops

Join in community to share where your life may be daunting, difficult, or darn annoying! We will focus on understanding why the former D’s are wreaking havoc on your life. There will be tools & exercises available to you and the group so you'll be able to rejoice in more (or all!) areas of your life.

Please bring a notebook and a willing spirit to share and receive.
The intention and goal is for you to be able to leave feeling lighter than when you came and refreshed to great the next day.

COST: $20
LOCATION: Alma Diem, 222 S Peters Rd Knoxville 37923

Knox County Public Library: Author Speak: Meet Local Authors

  • December 15, 2018

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Saturday, December 15 @ 2 p.m.
Powell Branch Library

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear local authors David Hunter, Ronald Pressley, and Nancy Holder read from their work. The readings will begin promptly at 2:15 p.m. and be followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be provided. For more information please call 865-947-6210.

Royal YOUth Dance Ensemble: 2018 Winter Performance

  • December 15, 2018

Category: Dance, Free event, Fundraisers and Kids & family

Saturday at 3 PM – 5 PM at Central United Methodist - Knoxville TN
201 3rd Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Join the Royal Youth Dance Ensemble aka RYDE as we travel to the Land of Sweets! This small version of the most popular holiday ballet plays, The Nutcracker, will leave you feeling the magic and wonder of how sweet our gems dance journeys have been.

With Special Guest appearances by two of Knoxville's hidden treasures, you are definitely in for a treat!

Doors open at 2:30pm.

Cost is a donation of ANY amount that will go towards supporting the Royal Youth Dance Ensemble tuition and uniform assistance fund.

865-964-7251 or

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: AIR Mid-Residency Exhibition

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,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: 32nd Annual Clayton Holiday Concert


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

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 7:30pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 3:00pm

East Tennessee's favorite holiday tradition continues as the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and special guests celebrate the season. Enjoy all your favorite songs and carols, plus an appearance by Santa himself!

At the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

The WordPlayers: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

The WordPlayers & The Arts at Pellissippi Present: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dec. 14 @ 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15 @ 2:30 p.m. & Dec. 16 @ 2:30 p.m.

This dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

At Clayton Performing Arts Center, Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Rd., Knoxville, TN 37933

Tickets: Adults: $15, Students (13+): $12, Child (12 & under): $8, Groups of 10 or more: $2 off each ticket price. Tickets available online at and at the door. Seating is reserved. Call 865-539-2490 for more information.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405,

Zoo Knoxville: Santa's Village

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

Santa Claus is coming to Zoo Knoxville and will be in residence at Santa’s Village this Thursday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 18, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily.

Santa Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes and available for photos in the festively decorated Santa’s Village, located in the zoo’s Kids Cove area. Guests will have the option to purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer or opt to take their own photos.

Complimentary event activities included with general admission are a visit with Santa Claus, reindeer games and holiday crafts. Kids can also write a letter to Santa and they will receive a personal reply from Santa himself in the mail after their visit.

Santa’s Village is included with general admission. Rides on the “Polar Express” train through Santa’s Village will be available for an additional . All activities take place in the enclosed and heated Kids Cove tent for guests’ comfort.

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

Circle Modern Dance: Modern Dance Primitive Light 2018

Category: Dance and Kids & family

Circle Modern Dance is proud to present its 27th annual production of Modern Dance Primitive Light, an anticipated solstice celebration of movement and creativity in Knoxville. This unique performance brings together local choreographers, dancers, and musicians for an unforgettable community arts experience. Audiences will enjoy exciting new contemporary dance works accompanied by live music set amidst the warm ambiance of the Historic Laurel Theater. This year’s production features work from Circle company members as well as some of Knoxville’s best guest choreographers.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at Ticket sales done with Penny4Arts in mind will have the options available online! We stop giving out Penny4Arts tickets one hour prior to show time.

Performance times: Thursday, December 13, 8:00 PM
Friday, December 14, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 15, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

At Historic Laurel Theatre, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916
Contact: 309-253-4137,,

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