Calendar of Events

Friday, August 28, 2020

UT Gardens: Dazzling Dogwoods online Art Auction

  • August 28, 2020 — September 10, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fundraisers and Science & nature

Dazzling Dogwoods: A Garden Art Exhibit has been on display in the UTG since early summer. On-line bidding is scheduled to begin Monday, August 31 and will close September 10. Members of the Gardens will have an opportunity to bid early from August 28-31.

It's time to add to your garden art collection! Local amateur and professional artists donated their time and talent to artistically interpret this year’s theme with a fun and creative design. Each artist was provided with their choice of a 3' or 18" marine grade plywood dogwood flower silhouette to embellish using media of their choice. Works were returned, mounted and installed throughout the Gardens for visitors to enjoy. The weather resistant dogwood sculptures will now be sold during the on-live auction with all proceeds benefiting the UT Gardens, Knoxville.

All pieces are currently on display in the UT Gardens, Knoxville during daylight hours with exhibit guides available at the entrance kiosk, or they may be viewed on-line at UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

UT Gardens: Fall Plant Sale

  • August 28, 2020 — September 7, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Garden members will receive the link on Friday, August 28 (and will, as always, receive their 10% discount on purchases.) Non-members will receive the link on Monday, August 31. The sale will be active through Monday, September 7.

Be aware that quantities of some items will be limited, so get your order in early for the best selection! Pickup of your plant purchases will be available on Saturday, September 12 at the UT Gardens in Knoxville. Members will have the option for early pickup on Friday, September 11.

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

Flying Anvil Theatre: Branching Out

Category: Theatre

Fri-Sat at 7 PM, Sun at 2:30 PM

On a Zoom call, three senior siblings are shocked to meet their father’s secret love child, a young black woman. Family traditions are challenged and hearts and minds are opened in this timely comedy.

For mature audiences due to language.

This play is being performed LIVE and SOCIALLY DISTANCED!

Once your pass is purchased, an email with the link to the livestream will be sent your way! Simply click that link when its showtime.

Tickets are $20, but a Pay What You Can option is available for Friday night

'SEATING' is limited. Reserve early!

Gallery 1010: Leftover Dough: a product of Victoria Wallace

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception on Zoom via Gallery 1010 - Aug 28, 7 PM
Aug 29-30 visit by appointment

1150 McCalla Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915
E-mail for an appointment!

Tennessee Theatre: Portrait Photography Sessions

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

On Friday, August 28 or Saturday, August 29, you can have your photos made in the Tennessee Theatre with Shawn Poynter Photographer. Family, graduation, engagement, holiday (we put up the decorations!), couple, or whatever the occasion, the Tennessee is a most gorgeous backdrop for your photographic memories. Take advantage of this rare opportunity at the Tennessee! Part of your session fee includes a donation to the Theatre during its closure.

Two packages available

Sessions can accommodate families/households of up to 6 people (all participants must be from the same household)

All participants must abide by COVID policies which includes a screening prior to entry and wearing masks when not being photographed

Reserve a date:

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Tall Tales of Tennessee: An Evening of Storytelling

Category: Kids & family and Literature & readings

We invite you to join us on Friday, August 28th for evening of Storytelling. Featuring Hannah Harvey, Elizabeth Rose, and Charles Maynard beginning at 6PM. Tickets are $10 (free for GSMHC members) and will be available for purchase the evening of the event. Please bring your folding chair and spend the evening with some of our area’s most beloved storytellers.

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,

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Pondering, Painting, & Planting Peace Poles

Category: Classes & workshops

With Claudia Fulshaw: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Join us for an end of summer mix of art, spirit, nature & rest as we spend a day creating peace poles for our yard, garden or community. Students will be creating their own Peace Poles in an array of colors with a message, thoughts, quotes, prayers, poetry, etc., all with the intention of spreading a little more peace, love and light in this world. Claudia Fulshaw lives in Durham, NC, is a graphic designer, artist, long- time wanderer and leader of retreats that combine Art, Spirit, Nature & Rest. She is passionate about designing retreats that connect people in unique ways to their spirit while creating art. Her infectious “art spirit” fuels her desire to share how there is freedom in spontaneity and joy in discovery while immersed in art-making – reminding us of how the arts offer insights into our personal and spiritual lives. Claudia’s fun-loving personality fosters a warm, natural and personal connection that will leave you energized and fed.

Registration Deadline: August 7 | Member Rate: $110 | Non Member Rate: $120

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.

Mighty Mud: Wine And Wheel

  • August 28, 2020
  • 6-8 PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Fine Crafts

Instructor: Ellie Kotsianas-Christner
What a better way to spend your Friday night than drinking wine and hand throwing your own ceramic wine cup or rocks glass! Join Ellie Kotsianas for a messy night out with your friends or a fun date. We encourage you to bring any beverage that you like, along with any food or snack. All materials will be provided. During the class you will get a hands on experience in throwing your cups and choosing your glaze colors.

** Due to state regulations, we are no longer allowed to provide and serve alcoholic beverages to a ticketed event. PLEASE, bring and enjoy whatever beverages you choose… we will provide the drinking vessel… and please drink responsibly.


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

UT Gardens class: Sowing Time

  • August 28, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops and Science & nature


Sow pansy, Swiss chard, ornamental kale and cabbage seeds with us to prepare for fall planting. You will learn how to start seeds, what to do when it is time to transplant your plants, and best care techniques to have a great fall landscape at a low cost. Each participant will receive a seed kit, sowing medium, seed trays, and more! Class instructor: Whitney Welch
Class size limit: 15
Cost: $20 members/ $30 nonmembers
Register here:
*Classes are scheduled to be in person. All attendees will be expected to follow University of Tennessee COVID-19 guidelines which include wearing face mask and completing a UTK screening for visitors form and bring it to class (

UT Gardens class: Seed Saving

  • August 28, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Science & nature

FRIDAY AT 12:30 PM – 1 PM
Online Event

Very few gardening activities are more economical or satisfying than seed saving. In this class, you will learn the terms and techniques of saving seeds as well as how to get started saving seeds from this year’s garden.
This class will be held via Zoom. Participants will receive a meeting link upon registration.
Register here:

This class is offered free of charge. Donations to the UT Gardens are always appreciated. To donate:
Instructor: PJ Snodgrass

Central Filling Station

  • August 27, 2020 — December 31, 2021

Category: Culinary arts and Kids & family

Central Filling Station is Tennessee's first full-service food truck park! We are a family-friendly, dog-friendly neighborhood hangout featuring a daily rotation of the city’s best food trucks and craft beverages. Welcome to Knoxville’s most unique outdoor dining experience!

Fri-Sat-Sun 12-7 PM

900 N. Central Street | Knoxville, TN

UT Downtown Gallery: First the Wurst - MFA Class of 2023

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Artists Reception August 28, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
(No food will be served, Gallery is limited to 15 guests at one time, Face Coverings are required)

The UT Downtown Gallery will host a short exhibition of the incoming class of 2023 graduate students. The exhibition includes, printmaking, painting, drawings, sculpture, and video. These ten artists have chosen UTK School of Art as their home for the next three years to complete their Masters studies. The exhibition highlights their current work and their artistic accomplishments prior to arriving at UT. Artists included in the exhibition are:
Delany Bal, Sculpture
Hanna Seggerman, Sculpture
Haley Takahashi, Printmaking
Sean Heiser, Painting
Danqi Cai, Printmaking
Sarah Bernstein, Time Based Art
Zoe Brester-Pennings, Printmaking
Noah Lagle, Printmaking
Emily Rice, Painting + Drawing
Abigail Freed, Time Based Art

Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge. UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802,

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