Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ijams Nature Center: National Moth Week

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

Honeybees may get the lion’s share of attention as pollinators, but you may be in the dark about another insect doing this important work: The moth. Nature’s often unheralded nighttime pollinators will be in the spotlight July 20-28 during the eighth annual National Moth Week (NMW).

This event invites moth enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to participate in a worldwide citizen science project that literally shines the light on moths, celebrating their beauty, ecological diversity and the critical role they play in the natural world. Since its inception, NMW has inspired thousands of public and private moth-watching and education events in all 50 states and almost 80 countries. Sites have included national parks and monuments, museums and local recreation areas, private backyards and front porches. All you need is a light and somewhere for moths to land.

Anyone can register a public or private event, or can find one in their area by visiting Event registration is free. This year, Ijams Nature Center is getting in on the action with some friendly competition. Ijams will offer two simultaneous citizen science moth programs, one at the Ijams Visitor Center in South Knoxville and one at McFee Park in Farragut. Attendees for both programs will stay up late to attract, capture and identify moths. At the end of the night, they’ll total their catch to see which group identified the most species of moths.

Both Ijams programs are designed for ages 8 and older and take place on Saturday, July 20, from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per individual or $10 per family. For more information or to register, visit

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Tennessee Theatre: Little River Band


Category: Music

The Eagles founding member, the late Glenn Frey, knew what he was saying when he dubbed Little River Band “the best singing band in the world.” Through the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, LRB enjoyed huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and chart topping hits like: “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy On Me,” “Help Is on Its Way,” “Happy Anniversary,” “We Two,” “Man On Your Mind,” “The Other Guy,” and “It’s A Long Way There.”

Worldwide album, CD sales and digital downloads now top 30 million and LRB has set a record for having had Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years – In fact, they were the very first band to achieve that remarkable status! According to BMI, “Reminiscing” has garnered rare status with over 5 million air plays on American radio, and“Lady” is close behind with over 4 million air plays.

Bringing their vocal and musical energy along with great arrangements to their timeless classic hits, each show creates new memories for the audience. The band enjoys watching their fans fall in love with the songs all over again as they are swept up by the show’s powerful performance and the volume of hits from LRB’s history. Little River Band is hotter than ever selling out shows and making music from coast to coast nationwide continuing their legacy of being “the best singing band in the world.”

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Cades Cove Tours with Bill Landry

Category: History & heritage and Science & nature

Cades Cove tour with Bill Landry - A memory for a lifetime. The best way to experience Cades Cove is with the storyteller himself. Limited opportunities to join Bill Landry of "The Heartland Series" fame for a wonderful personal guided trip around Cades Cove. Bill will share stories, tales and adventures while touring Cades Cove.

Advance reservations required. Limit of 17 guests per tour. Departs at 9:30 am from the GSM Heritage Center, tour is approximately 4 - 5 hours. Tour will be conducted rain or shine.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Cades Cove Heritage Tours, PO Box 268, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882. Call 865-448-8838 for registration.

McClung Museum: Family Day: Stories and Illustrations


Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

Saturday, July 20 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm join us for this free monthly programming featuring activities, crafts, tours, and more.

How do you bring stories to life? The museum will host UT professor and author, Dr. Renée D’Elia-Zunino, and artist Mike Berry as they show us how books are brought to life through illustration.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144,

East Tennessee Music Collectors Show

  • July 20, 2019
  • 10:00AM-4:00PM

Category: Music

East Tennessee Music Collectors Show, July 20
Rothchild Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN, 10am-4pm, admission $2.00.

Come shop for 1000s of rare vinyl LPs and 45s, 78s, plus CDs, music DVDs, memorabilia, and more ... It's the biggest music store in Tennessee-for one day only!,

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: 2nd Annual Rt 73 Car Collector’s Show

Category: Festivals & special events

Over 50 Antique Cars on Display at The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend on Saturday, July 20
10am - 4pm Show is Free
(Non-Members-Additional fee for visiting the museum)
Presented by the East Tennessee Region Antique Automobile Club of America

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,

UT Arboretum Society: Third Saturday Hike

  • July 20, 2019

Category: Free event, Health & wellness, Kids & family and Science & nature

The UT Arboretum Society’s Third Saturday Hike for July will be held July 20 at the UT Arboretum. A mid-summer hike is a great time to explore the UT Arboretum and to learn about the trails on this short hike (1 to 1.5 hours).

Meet at the UT Arboretum Visitors Center, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge at 9:00 a.m. Please wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. Hikes will be varied in intensity level, and the route may be changed due to weather conditions or leader’s choice. These hikes are designed to be suitable for all, but the difficulty level of the hike is dependent on individual fitness. Be sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated at you hike. This hike will be led by a volunteer familiar with the UT Arboretum and the trail system.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. No registration is required. To learn more about this hike or the UT Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

Knoxville Swing Dance Association: Swing Dance Workshop

  • July 20, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops and Festivals & special events

Saturday at 12 PM – 11:59 PM
At Flynn Dance Center, 828 Tulip Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37921

We're excited to be bringing Natalia Eristavi from California for a swing dance workshop in Knoxville this summer! She'll be teaching Intermediate and Advanced classes with Scott Angelius.

$50 workshop (pass includes admission to Jump Shop Sextet that evening). Please message Aliceann Talley if you are interested in learning about volunteer discount opportunities.

Class Schedule
Noon - 1:00 pm Intermediate Workshop
1:15 - 3:15 pm Intermediate and Advanced Workshop
3:30 - 4:30 pm Advanced Workshop

Dance Schedule
7:00 - 10:00 pm Dance with Jump Shop Sextet
10:30 pm Soul After Party at Scott & Kelly's

About our Instructors:
Natalia Eristavi began swing dancing in 2010 at Atomic Ballroom in Irvine, CA, and quickly became one of LA’s up and coming Lindy Hop and Balboa dancers. Since then, she has won numerous competitions around the world, including at Lindy on the Rocks, Smokey Feet, and London Swing Festival. Drawing much of her inspiration from the original swing dancers from Southern California, she always seeks to maintain a level of attention to detail that is both authentic and creative. Her philosophies on dance stem from a desire for solid technique underneath a playful, musical approach to social dancing. Natalia loves to choreograph and perform but she is at the height of her self-expression when out on the dance floor dancing with different partners. There is something magical about creating an improvised dialogue of creativity with another person and she can’t get enough of it!

Scott Angelius has been teaching swing dancing since 1998. He started in what is now a mecca of swing dance, Austin, TX, in which he helped build the community by teaching at the university, with multiple studios, and running a successful dance company for over 10 years. Scott teaches, performs, and competes throughout the U.S. He has won numerous Lindy Hop competitions and was a member of the renowned team Lindy Hoppers’ Dozen. While his first love is Lindy Hop, he has also trained extensively in West Coast Swing and has a passion for Carolina Shag. He teaches Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, and Carolina Shag, with a focus on the building blocks that connect to everything within the dance.

East Tennessee Historical Society: Country Music - A Film By Ken Burns

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

Saturday at 4 PM – 6 PM

East Tennessee PBS, in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society and ETSU's Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music Studies present an advanced preview of Ken Burns' COUNTRY MUSIC! Arrive early for a special performance by the ETSU's Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program

COUNTRY MUSIC chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form. From southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from California honky-tonks to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, we follow the evolution of Country Music over the course of the twentieth century, as it eventually emerged to become “America’s music.”

Directed and produced by Ken Burns, written and produced by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Julie Dunfey—Emmy-award winning creators of PBS’s most-acclaimed and most-watched documentaries for more than a quarter century. This eight episode, sixteen and a half hours series will begin airing on PBS September 15, 2019.

This event is free and open to the public.

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,

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

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