Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices

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


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts presents the National Juried Invitational Exhibit, "Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices," featuring artists who seek innovative approaches to traditional craft practices and create historically conscious work, while resonating with newer audiences and current issues. This exhibit recognizes artists under 35 years of age who are making significant strides in their craft in bold and diverse ways.

For more information about the show and participating artists, visit:

Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Gallery hours: M-R 8:30-5, Fri 8:30-4, Saturdays call ahead. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Asian Film Festival

Category: Film, Free event and Kids & family

The first Asian Film Festival will run educational as well as fun films related to Asia and Asian culture at the East Tennessee History Center from 10AM - 4PM. FREE admission. We invite everyone to sign up online to reserve your seat and join us to learn more about history and culture.

You will learn how to make Asian Satay & taste Satay after the film.


  • August 24, 2019
  • 11:00AM-8:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Kids & family

Save the date, August 24, 2019, for Germanfest, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Germanfest is Knoxville's annual celebration of German culture featuring German food, local craft beer, live music all day, children's games and events, silent auction and more!
$2 Adults; Children Under 12 Free
First Lutheran Church, 1207 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917.

For more information visit

Knoxville Museum of Art: Family Fun Day

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Music


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,

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Cades Cove Tours

Category: History & heritage and Science & nature


Tour Cades Cove and discover parts of Cades Cove that most visitors never experience or hear about. Discover Cades Cove a short walking distance off the Cades Cove Loop Road and see and learn about:
*Gregory's Cave and the thriving business of Joe Gregory
*The story of the Primitive Baptist Church
*Managing wildlife in Cades Cove and the Deer Exclosure
* The CCC Camp
*The WW II Memorial Tree
*Cable's Lodge
...and much more

Departs at 9:30 am from the GSM Heritage Center, returns at approx 4:30 pm. Tour will be conducted rain or shine. Guests must be able to walk on uneven ground. $65 per person (Includes box lunch)

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Cades Cove Heritage Tours, PO Box 268, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882. Call 865-448-8838 - ask about our private "Behind the Scenes" tours for groups of 10 or more.

Zoo Knoxville: Touch a Truck!


Category: Kids & family

Touch a Truck! Saturday, August 24, 9:00AM - 1:00PM.
Presented by Stowers Machinery Corporation

Zoo-goers can get hands-on with big trucks, emergency vehicles, race cars and special equipment that rival the animals for size and speed at Touch A Truck. Touch A Truck activities are included with general zoo admission.

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

McClung Museum: Family Day: Map It


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

Join us for this free monthly programming featuring activities, crafts, tours, and more.

Let’s map it! Come along as we examine the unique maps on display in our newest exhibition, Debut: Recent Acquisitions. Crafts and activities included.

Saturday, August 24 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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,

Historic Ramsey House: Vintage Baseball


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

Experience America’s game as it was played in 1864! This free public event is enjoying its 6th season and Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, is proud to be a part of this historic reenactment. The players play by 1864 rules, wear period uniforms and our local Knoxville teams bear the names of actual teams that existed in Knoxville during that time. The Knoxville Holstons and Emmett’s Machinists play other vintage league teams from around the state. Admission and Parking are Free! Concessions will be available with proceeds supporting Historic Ramsey House

Game Time and Day: Saturday, August 24th 11 am and 1 pm

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Ijams Nature Center: 9th annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival

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

If you love hummingbirds, butterflies, gardening and learning about nature, make plans to attend the 9th annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival! The highlight of this amazing event is the opportunity for attendees to get close to a ruby-throated hummingbird and learn all about this tiny feathered friend during a banding demonstration by Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander. One lucky attendee from each small group will get to release the newly banded bird back into the wild!

In addition to the special experience of hummingbird banding, you’ll also find speakers on nature topics, wildlife educational demonstrations, and vendors selling food and drinks, plants, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, and garden items. NOTE: COME EARLY TO SEE HUMMINGBIRD BANDING DEMONSTRATIONS!

Banding demonstrations are scheduled from 8–11:30 a.m., but banding is weather dependent and may end earlier if hummingbirds can’t be captured. This event takes place at the main Visitor Center at Ijams Nature Center.

Pre-registration is not required; tickets are sold at the door on the day of the event.

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,

Sunset on Central

  • August 24, 2019
  • 4:00-10:00PM

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

Sunset on Central is a FREE family friendly summer concert on Central St. on Saturday, August 24th. The event will take place 4pm-10pm and is open and free to the public!
This year we have stages at Elkmont Exchange, Central Filling Station, Schulz Brau, and Hops & Holler. Fifteen bands on four stages plus a silent disco afterparty, and it's all free!

ELEL, josiah and the greater good, grandpa's stash, Gamenight, Stoop Kids, The Mailboxes, Jaymison, Thrift Store Cowboys, Travis Bigwood, Bob Newscaster, newscast, Shayla McDaniel, High Heat, Brian Clay, Haley Labelle, Connor Kelly, Twicegood, Hunter Lyons, octavio, Madi Diaz, Rock Eupora, Brian Brown

Come help us spread the elation and merriment with live music, food, beverages, mist tents, and the joy of hanging out with a few hundred of your closest neighbors and friends. Sunset On Central has something for everyone.

Sunset On Central is a proud partner with local non profit, Tailgating For A Cause. A portion of proceeds from each of our events will go towards a different worthy cause in Knoxville.

More information at

Pasta and Bluegrass Festival

  • August 24, 2019
  • 6:00-8:00PM

Category: Culinary arts, Fundraisers and Kids & family

Pasta and Bluegrass Festival benefiting Family Promise
Saturday, August 24, 6:00-8:00PM
Sacred Heart School Gym, 711 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville,


A fun family festival with 15 competitive pasta tastings, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan offerings! Live bluegrass music from The Foothills Quartet and Rescue, a kids carnival with blow-ups, face painting, cotton candy, homemade dessert silent auction and Italian Market where craft wares will be sold. All proceeds benefit Family Promise of Knoxville.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Whistler & Company includes nearly a dozen works by Whistler accompanied by more than 50 etchings by some of his most accomplished American and European contemporaries. Whistler’s gritty images of the River Thames, views of Venice, and Parisian scenes are among works featured in the exhibition. Other artists who participated in the etching revival include Francis Seymour Haden, James McBey, Edwin Edwards, David Young Cameron, Muirhead Bone, Mortimer Menpes, Charles Meryon, Maxime Lalanne, Joseph Pennell, and Frank Duveneck, among others.

Although best known for innovative paintings such as Arrangements in Gray and Black No. 1 (popularly known as “Whistler’s Mother”), Whistler was a talented printmaker. The exhibition Whistler & Company examines the artist’s influential role in the etching revival of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This revival took hold in France, England and the United States. Artists set out to reestablish etching—the art of incising lines with an etching needle into a thin copper plate which was then inked and pressed into paper with the help of a printing press to create impressions—as an art form that could stand on its own. Inspired by Rembrandt, and the old masters, practitioners created remarkable original and expressive compositions that gained popularity with refined collectors and the broader public.

The legacy of expatriate American artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler (Lowell, Massachusetts 1834-1903 London) was far-reaching, and his sphere of influence included early 20th-century East Tennessee. The Nicholson Art League, for instance, Knoxville’s leading art group of the period, dedicated its entire December 1, 1911 program to Whistler. Led by noted impressionist Catherine Wiley, the gathering featured presentations including “Whistler’s Influence on American Art,” and Whistler, His Life and Work.”

All of the works in in the exhibition are drawn from the Reading Public Museum’s permanent collection of works on paper, which numbers more than 10,000. Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

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,

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