Calendar of Events

Friday, July 19, 2019

UT Downtown Gallery: Howard Hull: Paintings 1989-2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Artist Reception: Friday, July 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM and Friday, August 2 from 5-9pm for an First Friday reception.

Join us Friday, July 19 from 6-8pm for an artist's reception with Howard Hull. In 1965, Hull began teaching at the UT Knoxville College of Education. During his tenure at UT, Hull’s painting, collages, and sculpture were frequently seen in various competitive Mid-South and one-person invitationals. Hull’s articles have routinely filled the pages of Arts and Activities, Tennessee Education, and School Arts, and his in-depth history of Tennessee WPA post office murals was published in 1996. Before his 1999 retirement, Hull coordinated numerous art educational workshops, curricular projects and extension courses on behalf of his department. Since leaving UT, he continues to be a productive painter and writer.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802,

The WordPlayers: Broadway Bluegrass Musical: Bright Star

Category: Music and Theatre

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony ¬nominated, Broadway musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement."

Performances are July 19 @ 7:30 PM, July 20 @ 2:30 & 7:30 PM and July 21 @ 3:00 PM on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

Tickets range from $18 to $25.50 and may be purchased online through or, by phone at 865-684-1200, or at the door.

Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and forgiveness set in the mountains of western North Carolina in the 1920’s and ‘40’s. The story follows literary editor Alice Murphy and her relationship with Billy Cane, an ambitious young writer recently returned from World War II. (Suggested for ages 13+)

The WordPlayers’ production is directed by Leann Dickson and features Deanna Surber in the lead role of Alice Murphy and Jimmy Sherrod as Billy Cane. Sheryl Lawrence Howard is music director, leading an ensemble of talented local theatre artists whose voices and harmonies will stir the soul. They will be accompanied by a live 8-piece bluegrass band, comprised of excellent local musicians.

Bright Star received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Outer Critics Circles Awards for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding Score. Bright Star has it all: a brilliant score, beautiful voices and harmonies, a barn-raising bluegrass band, and a story of broken lives made whole.

The WordPlayers is a 501(c)3 theatre organization based in Knoxville. For more information about The WordPlayers, please visit or call 865-539-2490.

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville: Three-Day Back-To-School Sale

  • July 19, 2019 — July 21, 2019
  • 6 PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family


The rising costs of getting kids ready for another school year is something families face each year. Here’s the chance to save big-time on Goodwill’s Annual Back-To-School Sale July 19, 20, and 21. Kid’s and Junior’s clothing will be reduced by 25% at all of the 28 retail stores operated by Goodwill Industries – Knoxville.

Family budgets are stretched thin, especially with new fees and charges for school activities, so shopping at Goodwill is more attractive than ever. “Affordable prices exist throughout the year, but this special Back-To-School Sale means even more savings for more people. Kids can define their own style by making looks their own and find great bargains,” said Karen Conley, VP of Stakeholder Engagement.

Shoppers can also feel good knowing that their purchases benefit people in their communities. All items sold in Goodwill stores create Goodwill’s job placement and training in the community and in stores, as well as support services such as career counseling, core and technical skills for customer service-related positions, industry recognized credentials, and résumé development and interview preparation. Goodwill’s job training programs help people find jobs, build their skills and increase their earning potential.

To find the nearest Goodwill store, visit

Second Harvest of East Tennessee: Music Feeds Concert Series

  • July 19, 2019 — July 20, 2019

Category: Fundraisers and Music

Music Feeds is BACK for its second year! Music Feeds will consist of six shows, starting in June and ending in October, at the Tennessee Amphitheater in World’s Fair Park.

The concert series benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank will include the following acts:
 Friday, July 19: Simply Queen (Queen tribute band)
 Saturday, July 20: Corey Smith (a Knoxville favorite!)
 Saturday, Aug. 3: Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band)
 Friday, Aug. 30: Steve Earle & the Dukes
 Friday, Oct. 4: Scott Miller & the Commonwealth

AND we have an exciting addition this year: the Sweet P’s experience! Come enjoy dinner and drinks before each show (gates open at 5:30) by upgrading your Music Feeds tickets to include the Sweet P’s Experience! The Sweet P’s Experience includes BBQ, ribs, brisket, Creole favorites and season specialties, complimentary nonalcoholic beverages, a private cash bar and a private bathroom (that’s right– no walking to the bathrooms). When purchasing your Music Feeds tickets, be sure to add the Sweet P’s Experience for $30, BUT you have to act fast, only 150 Sweet P’s Experiences will be sold for each show!

Tickets are on sale NOW at

Knoxville Walking Tours benefiting Knoxville History Project

Category: History & heritage

JULY 19, 2019 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. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Adults: $25. Children 6-12: $17 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website. *Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

JULY 19, 2019 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. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Adults: $20. Children 6-12: $14 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website. *Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

JULY 20, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM - More Knoxville ghosts lurking in the side streets! Hear more tales of ghostly history as you follow storyteller Laura Still on the Side Street Shadows tour. Find out who haunts the Farragut, how a gunfight on Cumberland nearly started a war, and where you might meet the courteous spirit of a scholar or the grumpy ghost of a violent rebel. Meet on the porch of the The French Market Crêperie, 412 W Clinch Ave. 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. *Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five - Soulfinger

Category: Dance and Music

Alive After Five is a unique live music series that takes place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, and free parking. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries. Admission is $15 for general and $10 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

Tennessee Theatre: Summer Movie Magic - Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Category: Film

There’s something for everyone in the 21st Summer Movie Magic lineup! Movie-goers will travel back in time and see these classics, as they should be: in a historic theater surrounded by other movie-lovers, enjoying some popcorn and a cold drink. Come experience some of your favorite classics on the big screen! Prior to each screening, hear the Mighty Wurlitzer organ fill the auditorium with magnificent music by House Organist Freddie Brabson.

Monty Python & The Holy Grail July 19 • 8pm
Ghostbusters August 2 • 8pm
Saturday Night Fever August 16 • 8pm
Unforgiven August 23 • 8pm

The Wizard of Oz July 21 • 3pm
North by Northwest August 4 • 3pm
Singin’ In The Rain August 18 • 3pm
The Iron Giant August 25 • 3pm

Tickets can be purchasedat the Tennessee Theatre box office, or by phone at 865-684-1200. The ticket price for each movie is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for children under 12 and seniors 65 and over; and a six-entry punch card is $45.00 for adults and $36.00 for children and seniors.

604 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville:

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Summer Concert Series

Category: Kids & family and Music

Chris Muncey and the Narrow Way - Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm

Pistol Creek Catch of the Day - Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm
Jerry Butler Band - Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm

All concerts begin at 7 pm – Rain or shine in the covered amphitheater. Bring your own folding lawn chairs. Coolers and alcohol of any kind are prohibited. Pets are not allowed (Except Service Animals w/ Proper Identification). Concerts are FREE for GSMHC Members and for Children 5 and Under – $10 per person for non-members. Or, Reserved Seating! Only $5 Leave your chair at home and use ours!

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,

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Golf Tournament Fundraiser & Auction

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

The Silent Auction is an important and enjoyable part of the Art Guild’s 2019 Golf Tournament Fundraiser. Filled with popular, sought-after items donated by generous individuals and business sponsors, the Silent Auction and après-golf luncheon are both open to the public. After the tournament at Druid Hills, participating golfers will gather at Legends to enjoy beverages, lunch, and the Silent Auction. For those that are not playing golf in the tournament, the cost is for the luncheon is $16, and the Silent Auction is free. Between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., head over to Legends to view the unique Silent Auction items and make your bids in support of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade. Perhaps your silent auction bid will capture the special item that caught your eye at this event.

To give you an idea of the special items up for auction, one highlighted item is an antique schoolhouse chair, made of solid oak and valued at $500, which was donated by Beverly Olin and creatively painted by artist Gary Ruetenik. The minimum bid on the chair will be $200. Another featured item is a corner curio cabinet, which is valued at $250 with a minimum bid of $100. Both auction items may be viewed at the Art Guild’s Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC) this month prior to the July 19 Golf Tournament Fundraiser.

Volunteer Princess: Moonshine Dinner Cruise

  • July 19, 2019
  • 6:30-8:30PM

Category: Culinary arts

Experience an unparalleled view of Knoxville on our brand-new Moonshine Dinner Cruise, Friday, July 19th, Boarding: 6:00 p.m. and Cruising: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Take a seat at your Moonshine Mountain Family style table, which means you’ll be seated with a few others so get ready to have a cocktail and make some friends. Enjoy a two-hour cruise around Knoxville and indulge on a four-course meal featuring moonshine infused cuisine and fresh ingredients. Ole Smoky Moonshine’s resident Mixologist has hand crafted cocktails that pair with each course, these cocktails are included in the ticket price! This is a dining experience you’re going to love. Trust us…we’ve tried it!

– Pimento Cheese with Maple Whiskey Candied Bacon on a Toasted Round, paired with “The Dolly” moonshine cocktail
– Spinach Salad with Feta Cheese, Toasted Almonds, and Blackberries with a Citrus Vinaigrette made with Blackberry Moonshine, paired with “Blackberry Lemonade” moonshine cocktail
– BBQ Glazed Chicken with Peach Moonshine, paired with “Tennessee Sunset” moonshine cocktail
– Collard Greens sautéed with onions and Maple Whiskey Candied Bacon cooked in an Apple Pie Moonshine
– Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Whiskey Moonshine
– Rolls with butter
– Cheesecake with a Salted Carmel Moonshine drizzle, paired with a “Salted Carmel with Cream” moonshine cocktail

Tickets include a two-hour cruise on the Tennessee River, a four-course plated dinner with paired cocktails, and moonshine mountain family table! Tickets for these cruises must be purchased in advance. Tickets are for adults ages 21 and over, are $69.95.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! To learn more about Volunteer Princess Cruises or to make a reservation, call (865) 541-4556 or visit online at

Wine and Shine Don Sproles Memorial Evening

  • July 19, 2019
  • 6:30-9:30 PM

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Join us for a fun filled evening featuring a tasting and presentation of several premium moonshines through Sugarland’s Distillery as well as a collection of spectacular wines. The evening will also include delicious gourmet food, a live band, and a live and silent auction led by no other than Auctioneer Bear Stephenson that will provide you the opportunity to bid on some of the most fabulous and unique items in Knoxville! VMC is honored once again to have storyteller extraordinaire Sam Venable as the event MC! Proceeds from the ticket sales go directly to support the programs of the Volunteer Ministry Center.

The Wine & Shine Event is FUN with a PURPOSE- the purpose being ending and preventing homelessness in Knoxville! VMC’s programs support its two-fold mission of facilitating permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and providing services to prevent homelessness. VMC operates four main programs: The VMC Resource Center, The Bush Family Refuge, Minvilla Manor, and The VMC Dental Clinic. The goal for all clients is housing. Utilizing case management and the ‘Housing First’ approach to ending homelessness, VMC assists individuals into permanent, supportive housing and provides the resources necessary to maintain housing. Learn more about us by visiting

At Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 524-3926 x222
Price: $70

Oak Ridge Art Center: Mixed Media: Seen and Unseen

  • July 13, 2019 — August 21, 2019

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

The exhibition is for artists who work in both two and three–dimensional mixed media from throughout the region. Any work produced with multiple media is eligible. The “seen and unseen” may refer to the subject matter or the layering of techniques.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

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