Calendar of Events

Friday, June 19, 2020

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Summer Concert Series

Category: Kids & family and Music

June 19 – Acoustic Eidolon
June 26 – Grizzly Goat
July 10 – Angela Easterling
July 17 – Drift Boat Cowboys
July 24 – Pistol Creek Catch of the Day
July 31 – Jerry Butler

All concerts begin at 7 pm – Rain or shine in the covered amphitheater. Bring your own folding lawn chairs. Coolers and alcohol of any kind are prohibited. Pets are not allowed (Except Service Animals w/ Proper Identification). Concerts are FREE for GSMHC Members and for Children 5 and Under – $10 per person for non-members. Or, Reserved Seating! Only $5 Leave your chair at home and use ours!

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

YWCA Knoxville: 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

  • June 19, 2020 — July 17, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Health & wellness

The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

You will be presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you will join us on this journey and we can’t wait to get started!

Originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving, this 21-Day Challenge has been adapted by organizations across the country. It is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

Anyone can take part in the YWCA 21-Day Challenge. Participation in an activity like this helps us connect with one another, discover how racial inequity and social injustice impact our community, and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

Participants will be prompted daily with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experiences and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us discover how racial and social injustices impact our community, motivates us to connect with one another, and inspires us to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you’ll join us and accept this challenge.

Each day (Monday-Friday) starting on Friday, June 19 through Friday, July 17 you will receive an email prompting you with a daily challenge. Please make sure you've signed up for the challenge!

Art Market Gallery: Jury Process Accepting Applications

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

Fri-Sat Jun 19-20, 11 AM – 5:30 PM delivery

Applicants may submit work in: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, natural materials, mixed media, sculpture, paper arts, jewelry, painting/drawing, printmaking, computer-generated art and photography. You may apply in one medium per jury. All works must be original work of the artist and should be representative of the quality and nature of the art the applicant intends to exhibit at the Gallery. Please deliver: application documents, $30 Jury Fee, and four of your original artwork pieces in a single medium. Jurying will take place on Sunday, June 21 and results will be mailed on Monday, June 22. A panel of six active members of the Art Market Gallery will evaluate all work submitted in each of four categories: technical skill, design, artistic style, and presentation. Consideration will also be given to the current needs of the Gallery. The jury will look for art that will complement but not duplicate our current artists’ work. If you are not juried into the gallery, please pick up your artwork NO LATER than Sunday, June 28. Applicants whose work is accepted will be contacted to schedule a required interview by a panel of two to three active gallery members. This interview offers an opportunity for the applicant, as well as the panel, to ask questions and ensure that the applicant understands the commitment of joining our cooperative gallery. New members will be contacted to schedule an orientation session and additional work may be brought to orientation for processing. Accepted applicants may pick up their work after the jurying, during the interview, or may leave the pieces at the Gallery to be checked in during the orientation session. or

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902

Socks & Undies Comedy Show

  • June 19, 2020

Category: Comedy and Free event

Friday, June 19, 2020 at 9 PM – 10:30 PM
The Chatterbox Tavern, Est. 1952
8227 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Cover charge: Bring new socks, undies, and a good sense of humor. All items go to the homeless.
Check @elviscomedy (IG) for a list and map of donation sites.

Marble City Opera: Pint Sized Opera

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Music

Friday, June 19, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

We're bringing our Pint Sized Opera outreach directly to your living rooms!

Bring your own Beverage and Join us for a casual evening of arias and interviews!

Mighty Mud: Mug Makers workshop

  • June 19, 2020
  • 8 PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Fine Crafts

Instructor: Anais Lux
Who doesn’t love a hand made mug for their morning coffee? Try your hand at wheel throwing in this hour and a half workshop! We take care of the hard part (centering and trimming) and you get your hands in clay (short nails recommended). Each student makes 2 mug forms on the wheel and two handles. Work will be fired and glazed in a color of your choice from available studio glazes and ready for pick up 2 weeks later.

All Materials Provided

Mighty Mud, 126 and 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-595-1900,

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: A Discussion on Racial Justice

  • June 19, 2020

In recognition of the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, the public is invited to a Juneteenth Virtual Town Hall Meeting for a discussion on racial justice, on Friday June 19 at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude at 6:00 p.m.

Annually, Beck has hosted a series of programs to commemorate Juneteenth including a Town Hall Meeting. Over the years, the Juneteenth Town Hall Meeting has included a panel of elected officials including members of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators. This year, Beck will host a virtual Juneteenth Town Hall Meeting with a panel consisting of leaders from the black community for a discussion on racial justice. One hundred and fifty-five years after major general Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas to announce that enslaved people were to be freed, we are still wrestling with freedom in every area for black people.

Make plans to join us along with our panelist:

Vice Mayor & Sixth District City Councilwoman
Gwen McKenzie

Knoxville Branch NAACP President
John Butler

Knoxville Area Urban League President
Phyllis Nichols

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Chair
Deborah Porter

Beck Cultural Exchange Center President
Rev. Reneé Kesler

Community Defense of East TN
Imani Mfalme

Police Advisory Review Committee Vice-Chair
LaKenya Middlebrook, esq.

My Brother’s Keeper
Pastor Daryl Arnold

My Brother’s Keeper
Bishop Kevin Perry

Civil Rights Activist & Justice Advocate
Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook

Civil Rights Activist & Justice Advocate
Theotis Robinson

Medical Physician
Dr. Daymond McDuffy

In addition to a discussion on racial justice, Dr. McDuffy will address pressing health concerns while organizing amid the COVID-19 pandemic that is disproportionally affecting the African American community.

A link with access to the event will be available on the Beck website at before the event along with information on additional platforms available for this event.

ThinkTennessee Town Hall with TN Nonprofits

  • June 19, 2020

Category: Free event

Friday, June 19th, 12:30 p.m. EDT

From promoting the arts to meeting the needs of the food insecure, nonprofits are vital to the civic health of Tennessee communities. Through their work, they seek to provide enrichment, information, and resources, build connections, and solve problems. However, nonprofits do not operate in a vacuum, and their work is routinely impacted by policies and politics.

Join ThinkTennessee for an important conversation via Zoom on how civic engagement can support your mission and work. Our conversation will include an overview of the current state of voting in Tennessee and provide actionable, light-lift recommendations for getting your organization more civically engaged.

We welcome our panelists:
Terri Freeman, National Civil Rights Museum
Michele Johnson, Tennessee Justice Center

Ijams Nature Center: Safe Summer Fun Programs for All Ages

Category: Health & wellness, Kids & family and Science & nature

Join Ijams Nature Center for safe summer fun! The nature center is offering new programs, from rock scrambling and creek walks for families, to bird watching for beginners, introduction to bouldering and art programs for all ages. Space for all programs is limited to ensure physical distancing and Ijams is following safety and sanitization protocols. In addition to scheduled programs, Ijams naturalists will rove the grounds on Saturdays. The following programs are listed on the Ijams website’s Event Calendar; more will be added. To learn more or to register, visit the calendar at

• Intro to Bouldering (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 16, 9-11A
June 23, 9-11A
June 30, 9-11A
• Nature Senses (Children 2-4 With Caregivers)
June 16, 10-11A (SOLD OUT)
June 18, 10-11A
• Ijams Insect Safari (Families with Children 5-13)
June 16, 1:30-3:30P
June 18, 1:30-3:30P
• Bird Watching for Beginners (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 18, 9-11A
• Art and Mindfulness in Nature (Adults; Teens)
June 18, 10A-Noon
June 19, 3-5P
• Toll Creek Walk (Families with Children 6+)
June 18, 12:30-2:30P
June 19, 10A-Noon and 1-3P
June 26, 1-3P
• Nature Arts & Crafts (Families with Children 5-13)
June 18, 3-5P
June 20, 1;30-3:30P
• Off-Trail Adventures (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 19, 9-11:11:30A
• Creature Feature (All Ages)
Saturdays, 10-10:30A and 1-1:30P
• Behind the Scenes Animal Program (All Ages)
June 20, 11A-Noon
• Birds Say the Darndest Things (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 25, 9-11A
• Rock Scrambling Adventure (Adults and Families; Ages 6+)
June 26, 9-11:30A

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. 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,

Bijou Theatre: Free Virtual Summer Camp Video Series

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event, Kids & family and Theatre

Do you have a budding actor or playwright in your family? If so, the Bijou Theatre is offering a FREE virtual summer acting camp for young actors between the ages of 9 and 12. Our five-part video series is centered around learning, performing, and most importantly – fun! Throughout the course of the series, actors will write a script, block it, create characters, and bring their play to life when they perform it at the end of the series. Camp will change per video as we focus on the basic understandings of acting through the text, voice, movement, and characters. Each video will include warm-ups, fun and interactive lessons, journaling, as well as self-guided improv games and exercises for kids to play at home.

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Peter Rabbit


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Peter is famous as the clever and daring rabbit who succeeds in invading mean Farmer McGregor’s cabbage patch, in spite of traps, scarecrows and other dangers. His sisters Flopsy and Mopsy, their friend Squirrel Nutkin and Cawdy the Crow all share his adventures in this charming, and endearing dramatization.

The play will be performed Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM.

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

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Summer Porch Sale

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center located in Norris, TN will hold its Summer Porch Sale June 12 - June 26. The Porch Sale held each year features work from juried and nonjuried members of the Craft Center. It’s an excellent time to shop for discounted artwork! The Porch Sale provides local artisans the opportunity to replenish their artwork for the remainder of the year.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is a nonprofit center with a mission to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. The center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton, TN, one mile east of I-75 north at Exit 122. For more information, stop by the center, call 865-494-9854, or visit or Facebook.

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