Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 12, 2020

UT School of Art: Special Events with Steve A. Prince

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures & discussions

In conjunction with his September exhibition at UT Downtown Gallery, Steve A. Prince will present several activities on Zoom and Instagram Live, including:

Saturday September 12: Watercolor Monotype Demonstration from the UT School of Art Printshop, 2pm. Please see the Facebook event for information about connecting via Zoom.

Sunday September 13: Gallery Talk from the UT Downtown Gallery, 4pm. This event will also be broadcast from the gallery's Instagram Live. Follow the UT Downtown Gallery @utkgalleries.

Thursday September 17: Artist Lecture, 7:30pm. Please see the Facebook event for information about the artist and connecting via Zoom.

During his time on campus, Prince will work with faculty and students in the School of Art Printmaking Program in the creation of a large woodcut and a stone lithograph. His exhibition is co-sponsored by the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and his campus visit is supported by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement and the UT School of Art.

The Maker City Summit 2020

  • September 12, 2020 — September 13, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops and Festivals & special events


The Maker City Summit is designed to provide you with practical maker business know-how, offer dialogue about growing a successful maker business, and leave you full of inspiration so you’ll be ready to accomplish your next business milestone.

This year, through a virtual conferencing platform, you will have the unprecedented opportunity to interact with keynote speakers, workshop leaders, and subject matter experts throughout the two-day experience. You will gain useful knowledge and participate in speaker dialogue like never before. Most importantly, at the Summit you will connect with fellow makers and small businesses at interactive ‘tables.’



Van Tucker is the former CEO of the Nashville Fashion Alliance and current Interim CEO of Launch Tennessee. Since 2013, she has been working with a variety of small businesses to grow and make an impact. Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership, guided by a vision of making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation.

Also known as the Confidence Guru, Regina is celebrated as one of the most trusted voices challenging individuals to use their confidence to improve, enhance, and ultimately elevate their lives.

After working as a costume designer for television and film in New York City, Stephen launched Glitterville, his successful line of giftware and holiday decor. You can find his remarkable retail shop and studio in downtown Knoxville, where fun and glitter rule the show

Nine Lakes Winemaker's Market

  • September 12, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events

East Tennessee has the best wines in our state!
Because of COVID-19, the 4th Annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival has been converted to an open-air, spread out, COVID-safe, Winemaker’s Market, Sept. 12, 2020, at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge.

4th Annual Cheers to Clean Water Celebration

  • September 12, 2020
  • 12:00-4:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Join us for the 4th Annual Cheers to Clean Water Celebration on September 12th, 2020, benefiting the Water Quality Forum! This year, we are headed back to the south waterfront at Suttree Landing Park for the 2020 Tennessee River Paddle-Off to celebrate the amazing resource we have in our backyards, the Tennessee River!
Participants are encouraged to bring a kayak, canoe, or paddle board and take part in a competitive race, or just float and enjoy the river. There are two route options: from Suttree Landing Park to the western tip of Dickinson Island, or from Suttree Landing Park and going up and around Dickinson Island. Friendly floaters can go as far as they would like.
Following the float is a celebration in the name of clean water at Suttree Landing Park, with craft libations from Alliance Brewing Company Printshop Beer Co., & Hi-Wire Brewing, live bluegrass music from Check Engine, a chance to take home a giveaway, and educational activities for adults and kids alike.
With full registration, participants will receive entry to the event, one dry bag (13.75"), one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets. Race Only and Kids 12 & under race registrants receive entry to the event and one dry bag. Celebration only registrants receive entry to the event, one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets. Those who want to free float the river as part of this event receive free entry, with suggested donation of $5.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Water Quality Forum, a coalition of diverse partners working together to keep our waters in East Tennessee clean. A portion of the proceeds go directly to WaterFest, the Water Quality Forum’s largest annual education event. The event serves 800 students in kindergarten through third grade, introducing them to water science concepts and engaging them in fun, hands-on activities that teach them about their local water resources and how to protect them.
Boats are available for rent from Knoxville Adventure Collective, but supplies are limited! Make sure to choose desired boat upon registration.
The City of Knoxville Waste and Resources Management Department is facilitating a river cleanup by boat! This will take place DURING the race. A limited number of boats will be provided.
THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. In the event of severe weather, boaters will be required to get off the water as quickly as possible. Dogs are welcome, on leash and well-behaved.

IMPORTANT: Parking is VERY LIMITED. Please consider carpooling, cycling, or walking to the event. There is a free lot at 2011 Kay Street, less than a mile from the event. We want to respect our neighbors and not crowd the residential streets. Thank you!

For more information please see or

Sustainable Future Center: Permaculture Tour

  • September 12, 2020

Category: Free event, Health & wellness and Science & nature

Sustainable Future Center holds an annual Permaculture Tour, featuring garden and permaculture projects in our area, meant to inspire, catalyze and invigorate you in your permaculture journey.

Here's a list of the sites on tour:
Sustainable Future Center
James Artman, Permaculture Developer
Luke Moore

And more to be announced!

How does it work?

You come to the Sustainable Future Center between 9 - 11am, start your tour at our site and then you'll sign up for other tours at our front desk. Then you're off! Most sites are within 15 minutes of us. (you will be driving yourself to the other sites)

This is your chance to see permaculture sites in different stages of development, observe and ask questions.

First on the tour is the Sustainable Future Center where we will showcase our burgeoning practice of permaculture design. View the sites, systems, and regenerative practices put in place in the five years since the center's inception.

Meet some of the people who farm, garden, teach, and create at the Sustainable Future Center, as well as connect with your permaculture/farming community.

Sat, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Sustainable Future Center
201 Ogle Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920

Union Ave Books: Young Readers in Appalachia series - Natalie Lloyd & Hannah Rials

  • September 12, 2020

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Literature & readings

Union Ave Books welcomes Natalie Lloyd to present her newest book in the Problim Children Series: ISLAND IN THE STARS. Natalie will be joined in conversation by Hannah Rials, bookseller and author of The Ascension Series, most recently RECLAMATION. This free virtual event takes place on September 12TH @ 2pm on Zoom, send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the the title of the book ISLAND IN THE STARS in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event.

This is a part of a new series we are calling Young Readers in Appalachia. Stay tuned for forthcoming virtual event announcements!

Purchase the book here:

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The Carpetbag Theatre: 2nd Annual Carpetbag Theatre Day

  • September 12, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Saturday, September 12, 2020
7:30 PM 10:00 PM

On September 12th, 2019, then Mayor Madeline Rogero and the 111th General Assembly officially named September 12th Carpetbag Theatre Day here in Knoxville, TN! We are eternally grateful and intend to celebrate it to the fullest from here forward!

In celebration, we will be streaming on Facebook Live a screening of the hit stage production, “Red Summer”. If you missed it the first time, you don’t want to miss this!

Stay tuned after the screening for an opportunity to get your questions answered by members of the cast and crew!
The pandemic won’t slow us down! Celebrate with us LIVE on Facebook this coming Saturday!

RALA: Lost in Paradise with Harry Underwood

  • September 11, 2020 — September 27, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Come dip your toes into these colorful painted dialogues and view the magic of Harry Underwood! We are so grateful to have Harry as our September Featured Artist. It's not too late see the show. Pop by to view it in person (remember to mask up) or shop online 24/7.

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Holes


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

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

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live production of “HOLES” based on the 1998 award-winning novel by Louis Sachar, and the 2003 adventure comedy film produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures.

Tickets will be limited to 60 attendees for each performance and groups/families will be distanced from each other. Masks will be required for entry.

The play focuses on Stanley Yelnats, a troubled kid who is sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake. The warden tells the boys that they must dig holes five feet wide by five feet deep in order to “build character.” But Stanley soon realizes that this isn’t the real reason they’re being subjected to such treatment. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something, and Stanley will do his best to dig up the truth.

The show is directed by Artistic Director Dennis E. Perkins.

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

Tennessee Valley Fair: Virtual Fair 2020

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

Join the Fun! While the traditional fair is not happening this year, the fair fun will continue!

On Friday, Sept 11th we will be offering a Fair Food To-Go event from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the area which is usually Kiddieland. We have 5 great local food vendors that will be participating.

On Saturday, Sept 12th the Junior Dairy show will be held at the barns. In addition, the state cornhole tournament will be going on in Patriot Circle beginning at 10:00 AM. Fair Food To-Go will also be offered from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

The Cotton Candy Classic 5K Virtual Edition will be held how until September 20th. Here is a link to sign up regardless if you are a runner or not: The Cotton Candy Classic directly supports the Fair Foundation, so please sign up and spread the word. When you sign up, you get a really neat t-shirt!

On Friday, Sept 18th we will be offering a Fair Food To-Go event from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the area which is usually Kiddieland. We have 5 great local food vendors that will be participating.

On Saturday, Sept 19th the Junior Beef show will be held at the barns. Fair Food To-Go will also be offered from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Please check on the Fair’s website for other great events. We will also be offering a virtual Fair everyday day on the website with segments from the Marvelous Mutts, how to grow the perfect vegetable, and others.

During fair week, we will be sharing ag facts, fair trivia, virtual competitions, and more! Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates: and

UT School of Music: Virtual Concert and Lecture Series

  • September 11, 2020 — September 17, 2020

Category: Free event and Music

It's time for the second performance in our Virtual Concert and Lecture Series. Today, we have organ lecturer Edie Johnson performing the Finale from Symphony No. 1 by Louis Vierne.

To view the video:

These videos will also be available on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Gallery 1010: Motion Pictures

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Film and Free event

Moving posters by Jonathan Glenn
Reception Sep 11 via Zoom
Open hours by appointment only on the weekends.

Gallery 1010, 1150 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: and

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