Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ancient Lore Village: Tours

  • October 12, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events, Fundraisers and Kids & family

Saturday-Sunday, Oct 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

Our First Dwelling is OPEN! Come Tour our Open House and Support a Non-profit! We are so excited to open our doors and let Knoxville come in and visit our first complete unit. This luxurious unit is 1,600 square feet and can hold eight houseguests! What are you most excited to see? Is it the nearly 20 foot stone fireplace? Is it the bunk beds built into the walls? Is it the full body spray shower? The wooden tub? Is it the secret under the stairs... We can't wait to hear from the brave explorers coming to our open house! Visit our website to buy your ticket now!

Tickets are required to tour Ancient Lore Village and 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go directly to a local charity or nonprofit organization. Children two (2) and under are free. Strollers are not allowed.

Boyd Hollow Resort · 7305 John Norton Rd · Knoxville, TN 37920

A1LabArts: Membership Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A1LabArts Member Exhibition October 2019
If you are not a member yet – don’t fret! You can join now! A discounted membership cost of $30 will get you discounts to upcoming workshops and into the Membership Open Show in October! This fall is an OPEN SHOW! Bring us whatever you want!

OPENING: Saturday, October 12 6-10pm
Closing: Friday, October 25th 6-9pm
*more open times TBA

At 23 Emory Place,

4th Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest

  • October 12, 2019 — October 20, 2019

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

This costumed family-fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. All are invited to escape to the fictional Caribbean town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1685.

“The Governor of Port Royale is celebrating his birthday, and all are invited--including pirates! Get ready to Get Yer Pirate On! and join in hours of fun,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager. Back by popular demand will be the Patron Costume Contest, where prizes will be awarded based on audience applause. Also returning will be the Pirate Gong Show, where patrons will be invited to share their talents to join a pirate crew. There will also be a Pirate School where landlubbers will learn to walk, talk, and sing like a pirate. Continuous professional pirate entertainment will include interactive comedy shows, live pirate music, costumed British and pirate street characters, Combat Croquet, beach games, photo ops, pirate displays, and original crafts. Food and hot and cold beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase.

The fourth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest will take place Saturdays and Sundays, October 12-13 and 19-20, from 11am-6pm ET--rain or shine. Ticket prices will be $16 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5 to 12; and entry will be free for ages 4 and under. Field parking will be free, and tickets will be available for purchase at the gate with cash or credit. A small convenience fee will be added for the use of credit. Discounted motel rooms will be available for Pirate Fest fans at Baymont by Wyndham in Harriman by calling 865-882-5340. The festival will be held at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. For more information, please visit and sign up for updates. Like and follow them on Facebook at Get Yer Pirate On!

Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC - Produces costumed interactive PG festivals

Old City Market: Fall Market

  • October 12, 2019
  • 11 AM - 4 PM

Category: Culinary arts, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Kids & family

Old City Market transforms Jackson Ave into a curated, outdoor market showcasing artists, crafters, and creative makers.



Information: 865-806-1960 or

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.

WDVX: Kidstuff Live with Buffalo Fiasco


Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

The best way to give somebody a love and appreciation of their culture is to start ‘em out when they’re young. Hosted by Sean McCollough, Kidstuff on WDVX is a show full of great music that kids and kids at heart will love.

Tune in or join us. 89.9 | 102.9 | 93.9 |

Featuring Buffalo Fiasco - 10-11 AM

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

Knoxville History Project: The Ijams Family and the Smokies

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Literature & readings

At The Bird and the Book in Maryville
Saturday October 12 at 4:30pm

The early 1900s was a time when there were few parks in Knoxville, and for most the Smoky Mountains were a remote and forbidding place. Yet, Harry Ijams, a commercial artist of imagination and wit, was exploring parts of what we now enjoy as a beloved national park.

KHP’s Paul James presents a new look at Ijams’ accomplishments and connections including local birding, a cadre of fascinating regional naturalists, Girl Scout traditions in the Smokies, and one of Ijams’ daughters Martha Ijams Lovingood, a long-time Maryville resident, who grew up in a family and a setting like no other.

The event is at The Bird and The Book, part of Southland Books & Cafe at 1505 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37804 -

Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559,

Knoxville Irish Society: Second Saturday

  • October 12, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Rub elbows with the Irish community at our monthly social gathering
Join us for our regular eat-&-greet!

3131 Morris Avenue, Knoxville 37909
3:00 - 5:00 pm on the second Saturday of every month.

We'll have traditional Irish tea & snacks, trad & sean-nós music, and good conversation & friendship. If you haven't been to a KIS event yet, or if you don't know many people and would like to get connected, this is a great way to get started and introduce yourself.

Flying Anvil Theatre: Hand to God

  • October 11, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Theatre

HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us. Adult language.

“The fearsome critter [Tyrone], who takes possession of a troubled teenager’s left arm in Robert Askins’ darkly delightful play really inspires goose bumps as he unleashes a reign of terror…But he’s also flat-out hilarious, spewing forth acid comedy that will turn those goose bumps into guffaws.” —The New York Times. “Furiously funny…Askins’ most impressive talent is his ability to make us laugh while juggling those big themes that make life so terrifying: death, depression, alcoholism, sexual guilt, emotional repression, religious hypocrisy and the eternal battle between your good puppet and your bad puppet.” —Variety. “HAND TO GOD is so ridiculously raunchy, irreverent and funny it’s bound to leave you sore from laughing. Ah, hurts so good.” —New York Daily News.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309,

Three Rivers Rambler: All Hallow's Eve Special

  • October 11, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Hop aboard the Three Rivers Rambler train for the All Hallows' Eve Special! Enjoy a 2-hour trip out to the Forks of the River and take part in an exciting audio story experience along the way! All passengers are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume! Boarding begins 20 minutes before departure at the Three Rivers Depot located at 2560 University Commons Way.

Appropriate for Ghosts & Ghouls of all ages. All fall trains are scheduled to be Diesel.

October 11, 2019 to October 27, 2019
All Hallow's Eve Special Schedule:
October 11th - 1:13pm and 5:15pm
October 13th - 1:13pm and 4:30pm
October 18th - 5:13pm
October 19th - 1:13pm and 4:30pm
October 20th - 1:13pm and 4:30pm
October 25th - 5:13pm
October 27th - 1:13pm and 4:30pm

Adults $28.50, Seniors $27.50, Kids (ages 3-12) $16.00, Toddlers (1-2) $7.50, and Infants are Free
Three Rivers Rambler
2560 University Commons Way
Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 524-9411 Ext.123,

Tiger Lily Theatre: Lysistrata

Category: Theatre

Details TBA
Production Dates - 10/11-10/13 & 10/18-10/20

At Broadway Academy of Performing Arts

Zoo Knoxville: BOO! at the Zoo

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

Oct 10-13, 17-20, 24-27
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each evening

BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® begins this weekend! Knoxville’s favorite Halloween event features 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary fun scheduled over three weekends; Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13 and Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 17-20 and Oct. 24-27, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. each evening. A special night exclusively for zoo annual passholders and Circle of Friends members is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. A Halloween tradition for 33 years, this family event features trick-or-treating through the zoo along the BOO! Trail on a new route through Asian Trek, the Bank of America Monster Mash Dance Party, friendly costumed characters and entertainers each night. Additional activities include the Scary-Go-Round, the BOO! Choo Train, the new Baba Yaga Haunted Forest, and camel rides. Each weekend will feature special appearances by Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion, famous princesses, and on Thursday, Oct. 24, Simon and Siouxsie from Nat Geo’s “Snake City” will be meeting guests.

For more information, please visit

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

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