Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Nina and the Pinta Come to Volunteer Landing

  • September 19, 2019 — September 29, 2019
  • 9:00AM-6:00PM

Category: History & heritage and Kids & family

The Nina and Pinta come to Knoxville's Volunteer Landing September 19, 2019 to September 29, 2019.

Welcome to The Columbus Foundation and our two Columbus replica ships - our original Niña, the most historically accurate replica of a Columbus Ship ever built, and our newer Pinta.

The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492. Columbus sailed the tiny ship over 25,000 miles. That ship was last heard of in 1501, but the new Niña has a different mission. We are a floating museum, and we visit ports all over the Western Hemisphere.

Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours and has a 40 ft air conditioned main cabin down below with seating. Pinta is available for private parties and charters.

September 19 to September 29, 2019, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
$8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (age 60+), $6.50 age 5-16 (not in a school group), age 4 and under are free
Calhoun's on the River at Volunteer Landing, 956 Volunteer Landing Lane
Knoxville, TN 37915

(787) 672-2152,

Bijou Theatre: Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance, Festivals & special events and Theatre

The Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival (SMBF) will welcome world-class burlesque performers to East Tennessee for four days of glitter, glamour, and good old-fashioned fun. The 4th Annual event intends to educate local audiences on the traditional American art-form of burlesque and, in its modern interpretation, its celebration of diversity and acceptance. The festival will feature 85 performers and instructors from 19 states and 2 Canadian provinces, each hand-selected by the festival producers to represent their vision of burlesque and neo-fringe as a uniquely inclusive forms of performance-based entertainment.

This year's efforts to include additional performance disciplines only serves to enhance the festival's existing devotion to diversity, with participants representing a variety of ages, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and body types.

Tickets to the SMBF performance showcases are now available and range in price from $15 (General Admission, Single Show) to $100 (VIP Premium Seating, Weekend Pass). Get more information and/or purchase tickets at

The weekend experience also includes an educational component with 36 classes and workshops available to festival attendees and the general public. Get more information and/or purchase passes at

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Opening Night: The Planets


Category: Music

Aram Demirjian, conductor
Women of the Knoxville Choral Society

The Knoxville Symphony opens its 84th season by taking to the stars, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. Audiences will instantly recognize Richard Strauss’ On The Beautiful Blue Danube from the film “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Debussy’s Clair de lune, plus contemporary composer Missy Mazzoli’s “These Worlds in Us,” inspired by James Tate’s poem, “The Lost Pilot.” Gustav Holst’s iconic, celestial showpiece, The Planets, will feature video footage from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Each concert includes a 30-minute pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m. with conductor and guest artist, allowing an up-close Q&A session, insights and background to the music. Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 PM at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Bijou Theatre: Ruston Kelly


Category: Music

Thu • Sep 19 • 8:00 PM

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Clayton Center for the Arts: Wynonna & The Big Noise

Category: Music

Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo “The Judds,” Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Most noteworthy, this iconic country music performer has received over 60 industry awards. Because of countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days)”, Wynonna’s voice is certainly recognizable.

Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim. Wynonna has described the new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. The album features special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B. Schmit. NPR’s Ann Powers noted that, “With her tight band behind her after touring together for several years, she just sounds like she’s home…You can just feel the grin on her face.”

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590,

Centro Hispano de East Tennessee: Latino Awards Gala

  • September 19, 2019
  • 5:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

I want to invite you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with me on Thursday, September 19th at our Latino Awards Gala. Join us for traditional Latin American food and live music, an exceptional silent auction, and great company.

The happy hour begins at 5 p.m. and the program follows at 6 p.m.

All proceeds benefit Centro Hispano's workforce, youth, and family programs. Our vision is for every Latino and Latina thriving culturally, educationally, and economically.
I look forward to seeing you there!

More information at

Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: A Little Night Music

Category: Fundraisers and Music

Mark your calendars for our annual gala, A Little Night Music, a benefit for the Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus. Tickets will on sale for this amazing event Under the Stars! Visit This is your chance to experience the spotlight on the World’s Fair Park Amphitheatre Stage! (Don’t worry, no singing or dancing is required.) Join us for an elegant night of fine dining, drinks, and entertainment.

$100 per person, $175 VIP includes open bar

At the World's Fair Park Amphitheatre, 525 Henley Street Downtown Knoxville
Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: (865) 255-5623,

Food Truck Park and Market

  • September 19, 2019

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

At 306 West Depot Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

Event Times: Vendors available from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Band performances from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Price: Free
Location: Historic Southern Railway Station

Enjoy food, music, beer, and wine at Third Thursday food truck park! Knoxville’s best food trucks will be on site, and enjoy free musical performances! Kid and dog friendly! Each month we will feature different musical performances, and a variety of Knoxville's best food trucks.

Knoxville History Project: Third Thursday Parlor Talk at Maple Hall

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

At this month’s Parlor Talk, our Jack Neely will be talking about a completely different new book, The Old City: A Short History. Despite its title, it's actually Jack's longest book, the result of several years of research. It narrates the story of a very complicated part of town, not one neighborhood but the last remnant of multiple overlapping neighborhoods, including the Bowery, Cripple Creek, "Black Broadway," Irish Town, the railroad wholesale district, that on a daily basis attracted immigrants, millionaires, cowboys, prostitutes, factory workers, gamblers, voodoo practitioners. The book has just become available in recent weeks. The event's not in the Old City, but you can see it from there. It starts at 6:30.

Knoxville History Project information: 865-300-4559,

WDVX: Blue Plate Special in Market Square

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Join us outdoors on Market Square for Kacy & Clayton and Twisted Pine! Free show on Thursday 9/19 at noon, broadcasted live on WDVX & (In case of inclement weather – the show will be inside Visit Knoxville as usual).

WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-544-1029,

UT Center for Student Engagement: Dear World: Storytelling Show & Photo Reveal

  • September 19, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Dear World is a unique, interactive experience coming to the University of Tennessee this September! Dear World asks participants to share a message to someone or something they care about through powerful portraits. This event is part of the Vol is a Verb, campaign at the University of Tennessee and we are hoping for all students, staff, and faculty to attend this impactful event.

All the Dear World Portraits that were taken during the Open Photoshoot on September 12 will be revealed on September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium through a special slideshow. Participants will also hear from selected storytellers that will be sharing the stories behind their portraits.

Thursday, September 19 at 7:00pm

Student Union, Auditorium, 1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

Metro Drug Coalition: 3rd Annual Recovery Resource Fair

  • September 19, 2019
  • 10:00AM-2:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Health & wellness

On September 19, from 10 AM - 2 PM, Metro Drug Coalition and American Addiction Centers will host the Third Annual Knox County Recovery Resource Fair at Central United Methodist Church, located at 201 3rd Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.

The purpose of the event is to provide comprehensive resources to those in or seeking recovery and those who work with individuals in or seeking recovery. Over 40 vendors will be present to connect attendees who are in or searching for recovery resources in Knox County. The fair will also be providing FREE Hep A shots from Knox County Health Department and FREE and CONFIDENTIAL Hep C and HIV Testing from Choice Health Network.

The event is open to any person currently in or pursuing recovery. There is no RSVP required to attend.

more information at

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