Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 2, 2019

FREE Concerts on the Square - Jazz Tuesdays & Variety Thursdays

  • May 2, 2019 — August 27, 2019

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

The City of Knoxville’s Office of Special Events is excited to announce the lineup of performers for this year’s Concerts on the Square, presented by First Century Bank. The live music series begins Thursday, May 2, 2019 on Market Square.

Kicking off the season of Variety Thursdays on May 2, 2019 will be Karns Middle School Jazz Band at 7 p.m. and Karns High School Jazz Band at 8 p.m., followed on May 9, 2019 by Symphony on the Square, sponsored by Home Federal Bank, from 7:30-9 p.m.

Variety Thursdays continue through June 27, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. with the following performers:

• May 16: Katie Pruitt, a Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival preview
• May 23: Ensemble Swing Time Band
• May 30: Bary Jolly’s Jimmy Buffett Tribute
• June 6: Mike Snodgrass
• June 13: Frontier Band
• June 20: Uptown Moonlighting
• June 27: Square on the Square

Jazz Tuesdays begin with the University of Tennessee Saxophone Ensemble on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14th
6:30-7:30pm - Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra
8-10pm - Knoxville Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday, May 21st
8-10pm Vance Thompson Quartet

Tuesday, May 28th
8-10pm Larry Vincent Group

Tuesday, June 4th
8-10pm Mark Boling Trio

Tuesday, June 11th
8-10pm Vance Thompson Quintet

On Tuesdays, May 21 - Aug. 27, 2019, Jazz on the Square concerts will feature some of the Southeast’s finest jazz musicians including Vance Thompson and Friends, the Greg Tardy Quartet and many more. Show times are 8-10 p.m. For a full calendar and details about the bands visit

Concerts on the Square events are free, including parking for motorists entering City-owned garages after 6 p.m. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. No food or beer is being sold on Market Square by outside vendors during these events. Food is available from restaurants for take-out, but alcohol can only be consumed inside establishments or on their patios.

Interested in finding some free parking? No search needed. We have over 5,500 spaces free after 6pm on weeknights. You can also find free parking all weekend. Spring, Summer, Fall,'s free all year. Find a spot and come enjoy the fun!

YWCA: 9th Annual Keys of Hope Luncheon

  • May 2, 2019
  • 11:30 AM

Category: Fundraisers

At the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street

Bring your friends and learn more about the life-changing Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program at this annual luncheon! All proceeds benefit the YWCA’s transitional housing program in downtown Knoxville.

Tickets: $35, table $350

865-523-6126 or

Tfhe Mill and Mine: Elle King

  • May 2, 2019
  • 9:00pm (Doors 8:00pm)

Category: Music

Elle King; Shake the Spirit tour with Barns Courtney
Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM).
The Mill & Mine
227 W. Depot Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
$25.00 - $79.00
Ages 18+

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

The Central Collective: Mini Horse Photobooth and Group Art Show

  • May 2, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Festivals & special events

Hosted by The Central Collective and Horse Haven of Tennessee
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Have you always wanted to meet a miniature horse? Or maybe you have a secret desire to own a horse statue customized by your favorite Knoxville artist. Perhaps you’d like to donate to Horse Haven of Tennessee, a non-profit that rehabilitates and re-homes abused and neglected horses in Tennessee. Well boy howdy, we have the event for you!

Join us for a miniature horse photobooth with Horse Haven’s mascot Twinkie hosted by Poynter Photo Co.. For a donation of $20 or more you can have your photo taken with Twinkie. You’ll also have the chance to purchase funky and unique horse statues customized by local artists including Tricia Bateman, Hannah Bingham, Tracey Crocker, Nick DeFord, Melissa Everett, Katie Gonzalez, Jason Amos Oaks, Josh Shorey, Martha Cate Spencer, and more.

The Central Collective, 923 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-236-1590,,

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Amy Campbell: The Making of the Tennessee Farm Table Podcast

Category: Literature & readings

Amy Campbell: The Making of the Tennessee Farm Table Podcast
Thursday May 2, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Central United Methodist Church

As a creative, Amy Campbell shares stories of the people in our region who produce, prepare, and preserve our “food ways” and agricultural products. Her podcast, now in its sixth season, is the medium at the end of a long process. She will demonstrate, step by step, her process for research, interviews, editing, website use, and formation of her radio show and weekly podcasts.

Campbell is a Knoxville native and an advocate of art and farming. She holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in Graphic Design from UTK. She is a former professor of Fine Art at Maryville College and Carson Newman University. Her portraits of farmers, southern food “saints,” and regional icons hang in J.C. Holdway and Walnut Kitchen restaurants.

For more information on Campbell’s art & The Tennessee Farm Table go to
After the May 2nd reading, the KWG after-party will be at the Elkmont Exchange Brewery--745 North Broadway.

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Meetings take place at Central United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

Pellissippi State Community College: Interior Design Technology Showcase

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Charrette and interior design concepts by Pellissippi State IDT students

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9 AM - 9 PM. Information: 865-694-6405,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Little Women


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live stage adaptation of the beloved children’s novel Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. The play will be performed April 26 through May 12: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

Little Women is one of the most widely read novels of all time and named one of the “Top 100 Books for Children” by the National Education Association. As another Christmas arrives with Mr. March still off at the war front, Mrs. March’s daughters are growing up to be strikingly different from each other. Jo is willful, impulsive, and temperamental, whereas Beth is humble and selfless. Meg does not see a future outside her hometown, whereas Amy dreams of Europe. Jo and Laurence are inseparable in their youth, but which of the “Little Women” will he marry? And if “Laurie” is too conventional for Jo, what kind of man will she ever end up with? Ripe with life lessons about the change from child into young adult, Little Women is a timeless American classic.

The play is performed by 14 talented young actors, from ages 12 to 17. The March sisters are portrayed by 4 veteran KCT performers: Brycen Ritchie plays Jo, Emma Stark plays Amy, and Beth is played by Maddy Grace Payne. Campbell Ella plays the oldest March sister Meg, while the sisters’ mother, Mrs. March, also known as Marme, is played by Kennis Van Dyke. The girls’ friend Laurence is played by Dale Gross. The play is directed by KCT student intern, Charlotte Stark. The production team includes 3 students from the L&N STEM Academy. KCT is east Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children.

Tickets are $12 per Adult, $10 per child. Reservations are strongly recommended. Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more by making advance reservations by phone. Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

The Venue at Lenoir City: Steven McQuilkin Exhibition

  • April 25, 2019 — July 10, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Featuring recent works by local artist Steven McQuilkin

Address: 7690 Creekwood Park Blvd, Lenoir City, TN 37772
Viewing hours: Tue-Fri 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Clarence Brown Theatre: The Madwoman of Chaillot

Category: Theatre

By Jean Giraudoux. Translated by Laurence Senelick.
CBT Mainstage

Starring Carol Mayo Jenkins

A group of corrupt oil men want to drill right under the streets of Paris. But Countess Aurelia and her band of eccentric followers are having none of it! a treasure of French poetic satire since its premiere in 1945, the characters, the absurdities, and the political commentary seem just as relevant today.

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

New Harvest Farmers' Market

  • April 18, 2019 — November 21, 2019

Category: Culinary arts, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Thursdays, 3pm-6pm

NHFM joins the Market Square Farmers' Market and Winter Farmers' Market at Nourish Knoxville, all as producer-only markets in Knox County that accept SNAP benefits, offer SNAP doubling, include PoP Club, and provide a Market Money program for customers who forget cash.
4775 New Harvest Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee 37914
(865) 805-8687

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church: Exhibit by Robert H. Thompson and Anita DeAngelis

  • April 13, 2019 — June 12, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Free and open to the public
Reception Friday, April 19, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Robert H. Thompson
Robert H. Thompson paints words -- ideas and phrases -- which appear as realistic physical objects existing in landscape settings. The landscape settings are reproductions of paintings by other artists, which Thompson modifies by adding words painted with acrylic paint. (This practice was extensively developed by artist and Chattanooga-area native Wayne White.) Describing the resulting images as "something like illustrated fragments of haiku," Thompson tries to create modestly benign dreamlike (surrealistic) images that might lead viewers to experience modestly benign creative responses as the left sides of their brains (verbal processing) and right sides (visual processing) try to work together to sort things out.

Anita M. DeAngelis
In Repose is a collection of drawings of retired racing greyhounds. While the dogs are known for running at great speeds in short burst upwards of 45 miles per hours, the dogs represented in this work are now adopted into homes and intentionally depicted in a resting state. Greyhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs, and they are the only breed named in the Bible (Proverbs 30:29-31, King James Version). Racing greyhounds are often misunderstood. While their racing lives are greatly scheduled, transitioning from an athlete to a pet is a significant change in lifestyle requiring adjustment to new families and living in a home. They are typically gentle, quiet, and loyal dogs, and most find pet homes upon retirement from the racing industry.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 10-5, Su 10-1. Information: 865-523-4176,

East Tennessee Historical Society: A Home for Our Past


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and History & heritage

When the Museum of East Tennessee History opened in 1993, it fulfilled a shared vision to preserve and interpret the region’s rich history for the benefit of all, a vision first articulated a century and a half earlier. On May 5, 1834, Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey addressed a group of a historically-minded citizens gathered for the first annual meeting of the East Tennessee Historical and Antiquarian Society. Concerned that many of the participants in Tennessee’s early history were passing away and with them their memories, Ramsey issued a call to action: “Let us hasten to redeem the time that is lost.”

Today, 185 years later, Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey’s plea to save Tennessee’s past continues to reverberate in the galleries of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s museum, a permanent home for our region’s cherished stories, traditions, and artifacts. The East Tennessee Historical Society actively began collecting artifacts and producing award-winning interpretive exhibits in 1993, which has now grown to more than 15,000 artifacts housed within the East Tennessee History Center. In this special exhibition, ETHS is excited to highlight East Tennessee’s unique history through a variety of artifacts, with at least one exhibited item from each year of ETHS’s active 25 years of collections, most of which are on display for the first time.

The exhibition, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Museum of East Tennessee History and the tenth of the signature exhibition “Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee,” includes more than thirty-five artifacts and numerous photographs and illustrations representative of East Tennessee’s unique history. Some of the items include an 1883 Springfield penny-farthing, the first apparatus to be called a “bicycle”; an 1822 artificial hand that belonged to a teacher from Union County; a silver coffee and tea service from the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad presented to Superintendent James Baker Hoxsie upon his retirement in 1866; a coverlet woven by one of the famed Walker sisters of Greenbrier; a shirt stating “Healing in the name of Jesus. Take up serpents, Acts 2:38” worn during religious services practicing snake handling in Cocke County; an 1817 bead necklace belonging to Eliza Sevier, the wife of Templin Ross and the granddaughter of both John Sevier and Cherokee Chief Oconostota; a 1907 baseball uniform from a coal town’s team in Marrion County; and the distinctive backdrop and wall clock from WBIR-TV variety program "The Cas Walker Farm & Home Show." The exhibit also features a brilliant display of East Tennessee furniture, textiles, folk art, instruments, and vintage toys.

New artifacts have been added to the exhibition for its extension, including a flag of the 39th Tennessee Regiment from the Battle of Horseshoe Bend; Civil War field drum, drumsticks, and daguerreotype that belonged to Martin E. Parmelle, Knoxville's last Civil War veteran; a Tennessee muzzle-loading percussion rifle; a “Pots of Flowers” quilt attributed to Mary Jane Spangler Green that is said to have been hidden under her dress in Civil War raids to prevent being taken by Union soldiers; a wood-fired face jug by local potter Peter Rose; an 1825-1850 pie safe from the border of Greene and Hawkins Counties; a 1902 oak basket from the Riverdale Community of East Knoxville; a 1930s roadside sign for Indian Cave, the Grainger County tourist attraction; and paintings by Charles Krutch, Jim Gray, and Lucile Smith.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

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