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

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 on September 29th at 2:30 pm 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 $7.00, children’s/student tickets are just one penny! Tickets are available through TCDE in advance (4216 Sutherland Ave, 584-9636), or at the gate on the day of the performance. Don’t miss it!

As part of the Penny4Arts program, this presentation is a fantastic and affordable way to spend an afternoon with family and friends. We hope to see you there!

Proceeds from our program this year are going to the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation in memory of Garrett Jablonski, a friend of the TCDE family who passed away recently from this terrible disease. We hope that you’ll join us to highlight these amazing young artists from our area!

Location: World’s Fair Park Amphitheater, 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Contact: Cheri McKeever, 865-207-1954,

Old Gray Cemetery: 19th Annual Lantern & Carriage Tour

  • September 29, 2019
  • 4-7 PM

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

Full Disclosure Comedy: Longform Improv Workshop

Category: Classes & workshops and Comedy

Longform Improv Workshop: Character Development
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
The Emporium Center, 100 S Gay St

You know the phrase, “Just be yourself?” Well, that’s great advice for a lot of life’s situations.

But one of the most fun and amazing things about performing improv is the opportunity to be someone OTHER than yourself!

This workshop will challenge you to play characters who don’t necessarily sound like you or act like you or maybe even look like you! Stretch. Experiment. Get out of your comfort zone. “Just be (not) yourself.”

Cost: $10 per person or 2 for $15 (bring a friend or relative!)

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 (with fireworks at 9 PM), Sunday Family Festival 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.

Maple Lane Farms: Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

  • September 27, 2019 — October 31, 2019

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

Get Lost in Maple Lane Farms’ 21st Annual Corn Maze! This long-running Fall Festival has always been held on the farm of Albert & Shirley Schmidt. Although their son, Bob Schmidt passed unexpectedly in 2016, the corn maze lives on in the loving memory of Farmer Bob.

This year at the southeast’s oldest corn maze, activities also include a kiddie maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, inflatables, corn hole, kid’s activities, campfire, food vendors, and a Country Store with an assortment of Fall decorations. This year’s maze is haunted nightly from October 18th through October 31st. The cost is $15.00 for all participants while the maze is haunted (no discounted tickets).

It’s fun for the whole family! No pets allowed.

Friday: 6-10 PM **Friday nights, we offer 1 hayride, departing around 6:15pm prior to dusk.
Saturday: 10 AM - 10 PM
Sunday: 12-6 PM

1126 Maple Lane, Greenback, TN. Info: 865-856-3511, and

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,

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,

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