Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Maker City Summit 2019

  • September 8, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Fine Crafts

The Maker City Summit 2019 will be here before we know it. This year our daylong learning, sharing, and networking event is on September 8 at The Mill & Mine. Be sure to mark the date. Circle it. Star it. Add some stickers and doodles around it. We promise we'll tell you more about it soon.

Ijams Nature Center: 34th annual Symphony in the Park

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, Fundraisers, Music and Science & nature

Get your tickets now for Ijams Nature Center’s 34th annual Symphony in the Park presented by Clayton Homes! It’s the most magical night of the year! There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by amazing art and friends during a cocktail hour and then settling in to enjoy a delicious dinner on the Visitor Center lawn and listen to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra while the sun sets.

This year’s event features guest musical artist is Christina Horn and guest visual artist Matthew Cummings and the artists of Pretentious Glass Company. Join us from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019

Ijams Nature Center Visitor Center and Front Lawn

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 21+. Tickets are $175 per person; tables of 10 are $1750 ($50 of each ticket is nondeductible). Call Elizabeth Newman at 865-577-4717 x123 to reserve your seats. The deadline to RSVP is Monday, Aug. 19.

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,

UT Gardens: Wings of Wonder Art Auction

  • September 8, 2019
  • 2:00PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fundraisers and Science & nature

The silhouettes created for the 2019 summer “Wings of Wonder: A Butterfly Exhibit,” will be auctioned on Sunday, September 8. The auction is the last phase of this art project designed to promote community participation and artist collaboration as well awareness and support for the UT Gardens.

25 local amateur and professional artists creatively interpreted this year’s butterfly theme by painting or embellishing large-scale plywood butterfly silhouettes. The works were installed throughout the UT Gardens and have been on display for the last several months. Now these beautiful, one-of-a-kind butterfly silhouettes will be sold to the public at a live auction.

The event starts with a preview of the works at 2 p.m. and the auction begins at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the UT Gardens.

UT Gardens, 2518 Jacob Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996, University of Tennessee campus off Neyland Drive

Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Docent Tours & Art Activities


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, Kids & family and Lectures & discussions

Each Second Sunday of the month at 2pm, docents offer free guided tours of Higher Ground, Currents, and traveling exhibitions to the public with tours available in Spanish as well.

From 1-4pm there are art activities for all ages!

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,

Dogwood Arts: Chalk Walk at the Tennessee Valley Fair!

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

One of Knoxville’s favorite springtime festivals, the Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk, is making another appearance this fall with Chalk Walk at the Tennessee Valley Fair! Professional and emerging artists of all ages will turn sidewalks into brilliant canvases to help celebrate 100 years of the Fair.

Chalk Walk at the Fair will feature over 30 artists and collaborative teams working on site from 12-4PM to complete their artwork. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded to select artists who create imaginative and inspiring artworks that reflect the vibrancy and history of the Tennessee Valley Fair.

Chalk painting is a unique form of public art that combines both the visual and performing arts, captivating a crowd while challenging the artist to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in a short period of time. Kids of all ages can also create their own chalk masterpiece with free chalk provided in The First Tennessee Fun Zone.

When: Sunday, September 8th from 12-4PM (The Fair is open until 11PM)
How Much : Adults (12-64): $10 | Seniors (65+): $8 | Children (6-11): $8 | Children (5 & under): Free

Dogwood Arts information: 865-637-4561,

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: Cherokee Fall Festival

Category: Culinary arts, Dance, Festivals & special events, History & heritage, Kids & family and Music

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally owned museum, will host its 28th annual Cherokee Fall Festival on September 7-8, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day.

Visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance. A blacksmith will be doing on-site demonstrations in the shop both days. Other demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in 1700’s and a Civil War encampment. There will be a Civil War battle re-enactment at 2:00 p.m.

This year’s theme will be Cherokee Folklore, Legends, and Traditions. Visitors will be able to meet and talk with Cherokees from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Special entertainment will be provided by the Warrior Dancers of Ani-Kituhwa who are the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians official ambassadors. Check out our reconstructed 1800’s dog-trot log cabin. Meet and chat with Miss Cherokee and have your name written in Cherokee. The Tennessee State Parks will be doing a Birds of Prey program on both days. Also there will be Cherokee cooking demonstrations and Civil War gun display.

Other activities include posters from Cherokee Elementary school. Darts, beads, talking sticks, face painting and free Cherokee name cards will be available for children. We will also host a children’s blowgun competition and an adult blowgun competition on both days. Traditional Indian Fry bread and Indian tacos, and other food and drinks will be sold.

This event is funded in part by Tennessee Arts Commission Rural Arts Program Grant, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Tickets Adults are $10.00, children 13-18 years old are $5.00 and children 12 and under are free. Family rate for $25.00 also available. For more information about the Great Island Festival, contact the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at (423) 884-6246

HoLa Hora Latina: Frutos Latinos exhibition

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

A unique exhibition by HoLa Hora Latina member artists celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - one exhibition, two venues!

Opening Fri Sep 6, 5-9 PM at the Emporium

Then, on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art from Sep 18 - Oct 15. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101,

Information: 865-335-3358,

First Friday at Rala with Ryan Blair

  • September 6, 2019 — September 30, 2019
  • Opening Reception 6-9PM Sept. 6

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

Bout a Mile Up the Holler" - First Friday at Rala with Ryan Blair:
September 6th 6-9PM (Will be on display the entire month)

Join us in welcoming Ryan Blair as our September First Friday artist. Blair's current work consist of paintings and mixed media pieces based on his observations and experiences of living in the south. Come meet the artist and view all of the rad art he's been makin' and creatin'!
112 W. Jackson Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902
PH: (865) 525-7888
Instagram: @ShopRala

Art Market Gallery: Featuring Dennis Sabo & Johnny Glass

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

September Featured Artists - First Friday Reception: September 6, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Both painterly and emotionally charged, Debbis Sabo photographic artwork is reminiscent of how the impressionists recorded light. His fine art natural world abstracts and landscapes are often sought out by home decor and interior designers and has been included in solo and group art gallery exhibitions, commercial installations and private home collections throughout the United States and internationally. Says Dennis, “My September art exhibition covers our aqueous planet Earth from the marshes of Acadia National Park, Maine to the surf conditions in Tennessee and ends in Botswana, Africa. The art of photography is not taking a shot but transforming a composition into an emotional in-teraction with the viewer. My interest is in the natural details; how the environment on a particular day, in a par-ticular light, and at a particular moment in time correlates to my personal vision and interpretation of nature."

Johnny Glass began his glass career in Los Angeles, CA, where he was first introduced to glass at Santa Monica College. In 2008 he formed Glass by Glass LLC and began traveling the west coast art show markets. In 2012, Johnny decided to expand his market and finish his BFA; he returned to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he grew up, to open Glass by Glass’s east coast mobile Glassblowing studio. Johnny received a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in glass from Tennessee Technological University's, Appalachian Center for Crafts in 2016, Graduating Cum Laude. Glass by Glass studios is now a bi-coastal Mobile Glass Studio Extravaganza. Glass by Glass, has made it their mission to bring a new awareness and interest back to the art of glass. 2016 - 2017 were big years for Johnny and GbyG, performing thousands of live glass demos throughout the US. From craft fairs, public schools, music venues to museums, Glass by Glass Studios participated in over 30 plus live glass events in 6 states. In 2016 Johnny’s sculptures were selected to participate in the Tennessee crafts best of show, held at the Reese museum in Johnson City TN. In the Summer of 2017, Johnny ran the glass studio at Buck’s Rock summer camp in New Milford, NY continuing his love for teaching. Johnny Glass resides in New Orleans LA where he teaches glass sculpture at Tulane University while he is receiving his MFA.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,

Awaken Coffee: Artwork by Michelle Barillaro

  • September 6, 2019 — September 29, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host artist Michelle Barillaro for First Friday, Sept. 6th from 6-9pm.

Barillaro works in acrylic, oil and cold wax. Her style is abstract with a multi-textural and often ethereal feel. Michelle says, “to me an abstract is so pleasing because it allows the viewer to conjure the meaning in the image and tell a story from their life experiences.”

Come join us for refreshments, beautiful art and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee is a live music venue, espresso bar, craft beer & wine bar and organic restaurant in the heart of downtown. Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

C for Courtside: 52 Hertz Whale

  • September 6, 2019 — September 27, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Fri Sep 6, 7-10 PM

Participating artists: Bethany Springer, Brianna Rigg, Christine Rebhuhn, Christy Singleton, Hannah Walsh, Kayla Green, Mika Agari, Skye Gilkerson, SLINKO and Stephanie Loggans.

Organized and curated by Stove Works, which endeavors to serve the Chattanooga community by providing local, national, and international artists a venue for the production of, exhibition of and education through contemporary works of art.

C for Courtside is an artist-run curatorial project space located just north of downtown Knoxville. Founded in the fall of 2017 with the intentions of facilitating multiple creative activities, the Directors (Eleanor Aldrich, Joshua Bienko, Eric Cagley, Lynne Ghenov, John Powers) will work to add to the exciting artistic development and momentum already at foot in the Southeast. In addition to exhibitions, C for Courtside will host artist lectures and guest speakers, live performances, pop-up shows, experimental theatre, justice seeking organizations in need of a place to meet, and other situationist aligned activities. Each endeavor will aim to extend the space of the gallery beyond its physical limitations, while fostering a community based in and on the exigencies of art-making. The launch and operation of the space has been made possible in part by the support of an Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant.

C for Courtside, 513 Cooper Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:,

100th Tennessee Valley Fair

Category: Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, History & heritage, Kids & family and Music

The 100th annual Tennessee Valley Fair is set to debut a variety of new and noteworthy attractions for East Tennesseans! From culinary arts to crafts, livestock shows to action sports, headline concerts and special events, there are thousands of ways to enjoy a little Homegrown Happiness at this year's Tennessee Valley Fair.

The Concert Series has a wide range of genres for all of East Tennessee to enjoy:

The Dirty Guv'nahs - Friday, September 6, 8pm
Battle of the Cover Bands - FREE ENTRY - Saturday, September 7, 8pm
Erick Baker with The Young Fables - Sunday, September 8, 8pm
Morgan Wallen - Monday, September 9, 8pm
Keith Sweat - Wednesday, September 11, 8pm
Riley Green - Thursday, September 12, 8pm
Bret Michaels - Friday, September 13, 8pm
Uptown Funk - Saturday, September 14, 8pm
KC And The Sunshine Band - Sunday, September 15, 8pm

To see a full list of attractions and activities, visit Tennessee Valley Fair: 865-215-1471 or

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