Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Appalachian Ballet Company: Auditions

Category: Auditions, Dance and Kids & family

APPALACHIAN BALLET COMPANY will hold company auditions on Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th at the company’s home studio - Van Metre School of Dance, 215 West Broadway, Maryville, TN 37801.
Dancers will participate in a ballet class with a panel of qualified judges. Artistic Director, Amy Morton Vaughn and the panel are searching for dancers with solid classical training, good musicality, engaging acting skills and a desire to dance. Dancers must be 10 years old by December 31, 2020 in order to audition.

Information can be found at The dancers ages 10 - 11 will begin auditions on Saturday, August 29th at 2:00 pm and dancers ages 12 and up will audition Sunday, August 30th beginning at 1:00 pm. Dancers ages 12 and up should be prepared to dance en pointe. Dancers will audition with the group based on age on the day of auditions. After registration information is submitted, the dancer will be emailed an audition time. The audition fee is $20. Registration forms will be online.

Due to Covid-19, all performances on the calendar are pending.

The ballet company is the proud Resident Dance Company for The Clayton Center for the Arts. For more information visit or call 865-982-8463. Please call the studio at 865-982-8463 or email us at with any further questions.

Historic Ramsey House: Bears & Brunch: Paint Your Own Masterpiece

Category: Classes & workshops and Exhibitions & visual art

August 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn to paint the fun and easy way and create this beautiful masterpiece to hang in your home or give as a gift. It could even be a great Mother’s Day present for the mama bear in your life! We’ll provide the coffee and pastries, you bring your favorite beverage. (Mimosas, anyone?) Bring a friend or make a friend!

Class Fee: $35 ($30 for Historic Ramsey House Members). All supplies included, and all skill levels welcome. Reservations required.

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

James White's Fort: Music & Drinks in the Courtyard

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Music

Music & Drinks Outside in the Courtyard - Members Only

Not A Member? Come Join!

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Enjoy the fort! The staff and board of JWF invite member to come out and enjoy the recent upgrades to Knoxville's first home. Courtyard concert from 7-8 PM. Covid policy in effect; masks required if you cannot social distance while in the courtyard. Capacity limited.

205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915

Powell Station Celebration

  • August 29, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2020 AT 8 AM – 5 PM
Powell High School

Hosted by Powell Business and Professional Association, Karns Community Fair and 3 others
A community-building event with fun for everyone!
- 6th Annual Travis Wegener Memorial Car Show (Open to the Public; $20 Car Entry Fee; All Makes & Models)
- 3rd Annual Powell Station Flotilla (FREE; on Beaver Creek)
- Powell's Station History Presentation (FREE; in the Auditorium)
- Vendors & Exhibitors (Open to the Public; $30 Booth Fee for PBPA Members; $80 for Non-Members)
- Silent Auction (Open to the Public; PHS Lobby)

- EnergyFound & Food City Disc Golf Tournament
- Powell Lion's Club Corn Hole Tournament
*see separate event links to register for this pay-to-play events
*Prizes awarded!

Please follow social distancing, hand washing, mask wearing and other requirements, as applicable and per the law, as you participate. We want everyone to have a safe and super fun day in Powell.

Open Chord / All Things Music: Yakov Smirnoff "United We Laugh”

  • August 29, 2020

Category: Comedy

Yakov Smirnoff - "United We Laugh" LIVE STREAM
All Ages | 9pm | $25

Yakov Smirnoff is a Russian Immigrant who loves America and being American. "UNITED WE LAUGH” is a comedy special brought to you by Yakov that will leave you in stitches laughing and shedding a tear at the same time. After enjoying this 75 min journey, Yakov will have everyone Laughing United.

Yakov Smirnoff is a legend in American comedy. After escaping communist Soviet Russia in the 1970’s, he came to this country with nothing but a dream. Not even knowing the language, Yakov humbly began working as a bartender at the famous Grossinger’s Catskill Resort in New York, where he was able to tell jokes each night after his shifts. As his English improved, he quickly grew in popularity. He would then make the move to Los Angeles where the owner of The Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore, took him under her wing.

His lovable view of life through the eyes of a poor immigrant captured the hearts of America. He soared to the top of the comedy world performing on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and countless other television programs, including as a regular character on "Night Court" and the star of his very own show, named after his famous catch-phrase, “What a Country!” He branched out to the big screen where he starred in movies with Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, and Jack Nicholson to name a few.

Yakov Smirnoff is an iconic comedian, movie star, best-selling author and most recently, he has earned a doctorate degree in Leadership from Pepperdine University. Living a life that’s as exciting as ever, Yakov has married his sweetheart, is currently touring the world doing stand-up, and even has his very own theater in Branson, Missouri. With the heart of dreamer, Yakov Smirnoff has made the impossible possible and continues to inspire others with his message that America is still "What a Country! "Keep an eye out for his brand new podcast on ABC radio, look for him at at heater near you, and stay tuned for what Dr. Yakov does next!

Zoo Knoxville: Big Truck Safari

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

Saturday, August 29 . 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for Big Truck Safari presented by Stowers Machinery Corporation and safari through the zoo to see big trucks and machinery that rival the animals for size and power! The first 500 children through the gate will receive a free child's-sized construction hat.

Visitors can download a Truck Scavenger Hunt upon arrival and explore the zoo to find a variety of heave duty power equipment from Stowers Machinery Coporation, Claiborne Hauling and the City of Knoxville Public Works Department. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, this year's big truck event will be all about the thrill of the hunt and not a hands-on experience.

Big Truck Safari activities are included with general zoo admission.

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

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:

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

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