Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum: Green Thumb Gala

  • September 29, 2019
  • 5-9 PM

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

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum invites you to join us for an evening of food, cocktails, auctions and fun! Help us celebrate 10 years of this spectacular FUNdraising event, and BUY your tickets now! This year's Gala theme, "Pollinators," recognizes the unique interactions between our bees and butterflies that are so vitally important for the biodiversity of our Green World. Seating for this event is limited and tickets are selling quickly. Don't wait until it's too late!

Buy your tickets today at

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Transformed


Category: Music

Aram Demirjian, conductor
Edward Pulgar, violin
Kathryn Gawne, viola

The Chamber Classics Series begins an eclectic season with a program about transition and transformation. Highlighting the program is Tchaikovsky’s Chamber Symphony No. 1, a new version of his much beloved String Quartet No. 1, scored now for orchestra by American composer Christopher Theofanidis. The program opens with a sonic journey by Knoxville composer Dosia McKay called Unveiling, which begins with a single note, morphs into a seemingly infinite sea of polyphony and returns to where it began. At the heart of the program lies Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, composed at a time of transition in young Mozart’s life following the death of his mother and the beginning of his most mature period of composition.

At the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble: Children in the Arts

Category: Dance and Kids & family

Location: World’s Fair Park Amphitheater, 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

The internationally acclaimed Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble hosts “Children in the Arts”,an exciting performance featuring a variety of Knoxville’s talented youth at the historic World’s Fair Park Amphitheater! Join us as we showcase young artists from around our area in a delightful family-friendly production. Get ready for everything from captivating modern dancers to fantastic singers and instrumentalists to theatrical performers and more!

Adult tickets are $7, children/student tickets are just one penny. Tickets are available through TCDE in advance (4216 Sutherland Ave, 865-584-9636), or at the gate on the day of the performance. This presentation is a fantastic and affordable way to spend an afternoon with family and friends. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Cheri McKeever, 865-207-1954,

Old Gray Cemetery: 19th Annual Lantern & Carriage Tour

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

Join us for an afternoon of food, fun, carriage rides, and some amazing stories! (rain or shine)

Entrance Fee: $10 Adults; $5 Students
Carriage Ride (add'l): $5 Each

Pay upon entry with cash or credit card. No reservation required.

Parking for this event will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Volunteer Ministry Center, and neighboring parking lots.

543 N Broadway St, Knoxville, TN. Info: (865) 522-1424 or

HoLa Festival


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

Save the date for the annual HoLa Festival, September 28, to September 29.
Saturday 7:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm in Knoxville's Market Square.

HoLa Hora Latina’s signature event highlights the diversity of the Hispanic culture while extending a cultural salute to the East Tennessee community. Enjoy a rich mix of music, dance, food, arts, crafts, heritage tables, a Parade of Nations and children’s activities.

HoLa Hora Latina, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-335-3358,

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Pinocchio

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Sat Sep 28, 2019 | 2:00PM
Sat Sep 28, 2019 | 5:00PM
Sun Sep 29, 2019 | 2:00PM

When a woodcarver’s beloved puppet, who is like a son to him, turns up missing, the classic children’s tale becomes a comical take on Hollywood true detective stories. Lured astray by a slick Fox and Cat duo, Pinocchio’s troubles with the truth only continue to grow, setting off an unpredictable chain of events, driven by bigger and bigger lies.

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

Smoky Mountain Orchid Society's 2019 Show and Sale

  • September 28, 2019 — September 29, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

September 28 and 29.
Stanley's Greenhouse
3029 Davenport Road Knoxville, TN, 37920
Stanley's is honored to host the Smoky Mountain Orchid Society's 2019 Show and Sale. Join us as local growers display their best rare and exotic orchids to be judged by certified American Orchid Society judges. You can view the prize-winning orchids on Saturday and Sunday at the hours shown below, and you can also purchase rare orchids, orchid pots, and garden art from visiting vendors during this special show and sale:

Saturday, September 28 - Orchid Sales Area Open to the Public from 9 to 5
Saturday, September 28 - Orchid Show Area Open to the Public from 11 to 5
Sunday, September 29 - Orchid Show and Sales Areas Open from noon to 4

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information about the orchid show and sale, please contact Rich Gettings at 989-213-8362 or give us a call at 865-573-9591.

Greek Fest!

  • September 27, 2019 — September 29, 2019

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

It's that time again... mark your calendar to join us in celebrating Greek Fest!

Greek Fest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church
September 27, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Join us at St. George Greek Orthodox Church for authentic Greek Food, delicious Greek Pastries, live music, traditional Greek dancing, shopping, and so much more!

With all of the savory and sweet Greek foods on the menu, you can get a taste of all of your favorites and take some home, too.

Visit our Facebook page to learn more about everything you can see and do at Greek Fest!

The parishioners of St. George Greek Orthodox Church are working hard to make this the best Greek Fest yet and are thankful, grateful and excited to host our Knoxville community friends who have generously supported Greek Fest for 39 years!


McClung Museum: Science in Motion Exhibition


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and History & heritage

Science in Motion: The Photographic Studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Berenice Abbott and Harold Edgerton

Photography itself was born out of a passionate engagement between art and science.

“…there needs to be a friendly interpreter between science and the layman. I believe that photography can be this spokesman, as no other form of expression can be; for photography, the art of our time, the mechanical scientific medium which matches the pace and character of our era, is attuned to the function. There is an essential unity between photography, science’s child, and science, the parent.”
—Berenice Abbott, Photography and Science, 1939

Photography’s pioneers, Josef Nicéphore Niépce, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot, were inventors, scientists and mathematicians. The results of their intellectual endeavors dramatically affected the art form and forged a reciprocal relationship between art and science in photography that has continued to this day.

This exhibition of thirty-six photographs offers a rich and extensive view of the scientific studies done by three of photography’s greats—Eadweard Muybridge, Berenice Abbott and Harold Edgerton. Each of these artists invented devices to study and represent aspects of light and motion scientifically and photographically. Their works not only illustrate scientific phenomena clearly and elegantly but also reveal the artists’ individual artistic sensibilities.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-974-2144,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Charlotte's Web


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live stage adaptation of the classic children’s novel Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White. The play will be performed September 13 through October 6: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

Charlotte’s Web is one of the top 100 bestselling books of all time and the best-selling children’s paperback book ever. The New York Times called it “just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done.” Tony-winning playwright Joseph Robinette’s touching and faithful stage version will make audiences believe this beloved book is coming to life on the KCT stage.

In rural Maine, Wilbur, a young orphan pig, is loved by his owner, Fern Arable. But the pig is destined to be slaughtered for food, and as soon as he is old enough, the Arables send the pig to his fate on the Zuckerman family farm. A lonely, childless spider named Charlotte, who lives in a dark corner of the Zuckerman’s barn, takes pity on the pitiful little pig and decides to do what she can to save his life. Wilbur is grateful for this mysterious mother figure, but the act of true motherhood will come at a costly price for the tiny spider. The play is performed by 19 talented young actors, from ages 7 to 17.

Reservations are strongly recommended. Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: All in the Timing

Category: Comedy and Theatre

Featuring six diverse but equally hysterical one-act comedies, David Ives’ All in the Timing is a witty, romantic, absurd, and existentially-minded evening of theatre.

In Sure Thing, a couple on a first date has the opportunity to reset and try again each time they say the wrong thing. Words, Words, Words takes the “infinite monkey theorem”– the idea that given enough time, three monkeys in a room could eventually compose any given text, including Shakespeare’s Hamlet — and turns it into reality. In The Universal Language, a shy young woman places her faith in her fraudulent language tutor, who is changed for the better when he discovers the language they share: not the the made-up “Unamunda” that he professes to be fluent in, but rather the language of love. Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread is an existential mini-musical parody based on the work of composer Philip Glass. In The Philadelphia, a man discovers that he’s entered a strange pocket of the universe where the only way to get what he wants is to ask for the opposite. Finally, in Variations on the Death of Leon Trotsky, the audience is treated to the hilarious vision of the famous Marxist waxing poetical — and dying, over and over and over again.

Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

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,

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