Calendar of Events

Friday, September 25, 2020

UT Arboretum Society: Online Plant Sale

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Fall is always a wonderful time for planting as it gives your plants time to establish great root systems for the spring. If you want to buy plants to enhance your garden this fall, but want to avoid crowds, visit the UT Arboretum Society’s Annual Fall Plant Sale which will be held online only from September 25th to October 10th. Our plant sales are some of our biggest fundraisers of the year and help support the arboretum’s community education, trail improvements such as our Nature Book Trail, and children’s programs.

For two weeks, you can browse the selections of perennials, trees, and shrubs available from our vendors Tennessee Naturescapes, Riverdale Nursery and East Fork Nursery of Sevierville. The three vendors offer a wonderful selection of plants including dogwoods, unique conifers, both evergreen and native azaleas, hydrangeas, milkweed, beauty berry, and a wide variety of pollinator plants to name just a few! Quantities are limited so we suggest early shopping! Beginning September 25th, log on to to shop and make payment. All payments must be made by credit card online in advance. No sales on the pick-up days are possible.

Upon ordering, you will be provided a link to choose a pick-up time on either Friday, October 16th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, October 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. Arboretum Society members will have your plant orders ready for pick-up. This is a no contact pick-up system. When you arrive at your scheduled time, you will come to designated pick up spots and your order will be brought to your car.

This is an amazing opportunity which allows the public to shop for an extended period of time without gathering in large groups on one day. People will also have access to a wonderful selection of plants from three outstanding nurseries all at one online site. To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the plant sale, contact

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Alabama Story

Category: Theatre

Virtual productions are now the reality in theatre. At least for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, we have the goal of providing you - our patrons - with as similar an experience as you could get if we were all gathered in the Paul Ebert Auditorium at the Playhouse.

As a result, we're putting together our first fully realized stage production while maintaining safety precautions related to COVID-19. You're still going to get a full-blown show. Scenery, costumes, lighting, the works. But streamed in your home.

The show must go on, as they say. So, join us for our first virtual play, ALABAMA STORY, as we strive to continue to provide you with top notch entertainment.

Streaming online select dates: September 25-October 4

The passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 Montgomery are enflamed when a gentle children’s picture book about the marriage of two bunny rabbits finds its way into the public consciousness, just as the Civil Rights movement is flowering. Simultaneously, another story of childhood friends – an African-American man and a white woman, reunited in adulthood that same year – provides a private counterpoint to the public events swirling in the state capital. Political foes, star-crossed lovers, and one feisty children’s storyteller inhabit an unforgettable Deep South of the imagination brimming with humor, heart, and humanity.

Oak Ridge Playhouse - Po Box 5705, Oak Ridge, TN, (865) 482-9999

Bliss Fest Kundalini Yoga & Healing Arts

  • September 25, 2020 — September 27, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events, Health & wellness and Kids & family

Kundalini Yoga is a Celebration of Spirit
The 5th annual Bliss Fest (formerly "Kundalini Rising Yoga Fest) will take place at Buckeye Farm in Lenoir City, TN, just 10 minutes outside of Knoxville.

The Bliss Fest brings community together to practice Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in nature. In order to thrive and persevere through these tumultuous times, we need to step away from our day to day and create a new way of living, a new paradigm of peace on earth. Now is the time, to awaken our group consciousness and to pool our energies and intentions to uplift ourselves, our community and our planet.

Led by teachers in the​ 3HO and IKYTA​ traditions, ​this ​specially curated ​and intimate ​yoga festival ​is family friendly and ​features gifted practitioners, ​master healing artists, musicians and ​a focus on cleansing and bringing the community ​together in ​health, ​joy, ​and celebration.

Featuring Legacy Kundalini Teacher Rai Kaur Khalsa and Kirtan musician, Harnam

For more information and registration:

Gallery 1010: Prosumer

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

An installation by Wes Roden
Reception Sep 25 via Zoom
Open hours by appointment only on the weekends.

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

Bijou Theatre: Ghost Hunt with Tennessee Wraith Chasers

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

SEPTEMBER 25 and 26 at 8PM

The Bijou Theatre is best known for two things: amazing concerts and lots of ghosts! Over the last 200 years, the Bijou has served as a hotel, tavern, civil war hospital, and even a brothel. If the walls could talk, they would tell tales of the thousands of people who lived and died here, making the Bijou one of the most haunted buildings in Knoxville.

Don’t believe it? Come experience it for yourself! We’re excited to present a ghostly evening of paranormal investigation with the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, stars of Travel Channel’s Haunted Towns.’ Your evening will begin with a Meet & Greet, Photo Op, and Q&A Session followed by a lights-out ghost hunt with Chris, Mike and Brannon. This is a very rare opportunity with extremely limited availably that you won’t want to miss! If you’re a ghost hunter, a fan of the Tennessee Wraith Chasers or anything paranormal, you won’t leave disappointed!

** Please note the ghost hunt may require you to climb several flights of stairs, enter tight spaces, and is best suited for mature audiences. Participants will be required to wear a face mask while inside the Theatre. **

At Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Town of Farragut: Bluegrass on the Lawn

  • September 25, 2020

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family, Music and Science & nature

Bluegrass on the Lawn, A Lawn Chair Concert Series Event
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7 PM – 10 PM
417 N Campbell Station Rd, Farragut, TN 37934

**We are in the process of rescheduling this event. Stay tuned for new date.**

Join us for some Bluegrass in founders park this spring.
The East Tennessee Bluegrass Association will fill the air with traditional bluegrass music.
Dust off that Banjo and join the Open Jam from 6pm-7pm
Performance 7pm-9pm
We will have food trucks & picnics are welcome.
Bring a blanket or chairs and lets have some fun.
as ALWAYS Lawn Chair events are

Tennessee Bike Walk Summit

  • September 25, 2020

Category: Health & wellness

Bike Walk Tennessee is proud to announce our annual TN Bike Walk Summit will be taking place virtually on Friday, September 25th!

The Virtual Summit will be a much smaller version of a typical summit and look a lot different, but the focus will still be on walking and biking. This focus grows from a commitment to building streets that are safe and inviting for all people. We believe that our communities are stronger and more economically vibrant when people walk and bike, and we are proud to still be able to build on the success of the Tennessee Bike Summit these past eight years, as we continue to support a bright future for our great state.

The virtual summit will offer presentations from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. We will send additional details, as well as registration information soon, but in the meantime, please save the date on your calendar!

Any questions about this year's virtual summit can be sent to Lindsey Kimble at
You can also check out the website:

Knox Heritage: Summer Supper

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

On Friday, September 25, we’re heading to the farm – Tim and Deanna Hill’s Rivershack Farm overlooking the Holston River and the Great Smoky Mountains. Return with us to a simpler time as we celebrate the end of summer under a big sky with an old-fashioned barbecue-fueled extravaganza. This special gathering will linger in your memory for many summers to come.

6:30 PM | Tickets $150 per person
Attire: Country Chic

Jubilee Community Arts: Sarah Pirkle & Griffin Vann

Category: Free event and Music

Acoustic Originals & American Roots Music

Friday, September 25 8 pm at the Laurel Theater on Facebook

Sarah Pirkle and Griffin Vann of the band the Naughty Knots feature harmony vocals, fiddle, dobro, guitar, original songs, and covers from all over the American roots music catalog. Free online event (artist tips accepted!)

The Laurel Theater is located on the corner of 16th and Laurel Avenue in the historic Fort Sanders neighborhood of Knoxville near the UT campus. For additional information or photos call Brent Cantrell or Toby Koosman at (865) 522-5851 or email

Marble City Opera: Amelia Lost - Watch Party

Category: Free event, Music and Theatre

Live on Facebook

Watch part of Amelia Lost by Larry Delinger on Friday, September 25th at 7:30pm

Join us as we explore the first World Premiers Marble City Opera produced in 2014.

Amelia Lost is about a homeless woman who believes she is Amelia Earhart. Using Earhart's word's she goes on an emotional journey experiencing her final flight.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Virtual Town Hall Meeting Part IV

  • September 25, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Beck is hosting its fourth Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Racial Justice with Public Officials on Friday September 25 at 4:00 p.m. and concluding at 6:00 p.m. This Beck event is proudly supported and sponsored by Pellissippi State Community College, an academic institution taking a stand against racism. Following the death of Mr. George Perry Floyd, Jr., an African American unarmed man, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, Beck launched a series of monthly Virtual Town Hall Meetings on Racial Justice beginning June 19 during the annual commemoration of Juneteenth. The discussions have attracted large audiences with some hosting crowds of over a thousand participants. Beck is continuing this discourse. Make plans to join Beck Cultural Exchange Center president and event moderator, Rev. Reneé Kesler, for Part IV of the discussion on Racial Justice along with our distinguished panel of Public Officials:

• The Honorable Mayor Glenn Jacobs, Knox County
• The Honorable Mayor Indya Kincannon, City of Knoxville
• Director David Rausch, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
• Sheriff Tom Spangler, Knox County
• Chief Eve Thomas, City of Knoxville
• Chief Gus Paidousis, Knox County Schools
• Chief Nathaniel Allen, City of Decatur

As panelist address the topic, viewers will have an opportunity to submit questions and offer comments throughout the discussion. To access the Virtual Town Hall Meeting visit: or additional telephone options are also available. It is important that you join us. We want and need to hear from you. We welcome your questions and comments in our pursuit of Racial Justice.

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1927 Dandridge Avenue | Knoxville, Tennessee 37915 | 865-524-8461

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Book of Mamaw

Category: Theatre

Long-time Barter Theatre favorite Eugene Wolf brings his one-man show, The Book of Mamaw, to Flying Anvil Theatre’s virtual stage from September 24th through October 5th. The show is full of stories, songs and sketches about growing up in Greeneville, Tennessee, with a surprising spiritual path of love, kindness and compassion.

Wolf’s mamaw was Bernice Rader, a Church of Christ grandmother who recognized Eugene’s love of performing at an early age and guided him on his way. It’s an unorthodox story of a woman who tried to capture Patty Hearst and once advised her grandson that if he was going to make it in show business he’d better, “get a dress and wear it!” Wolf made his television debut on the Cas Walker show thanks to Bernice. Since then, he has had a varied performing career, as a member of the acting company at Barter Theatre for over 21 years, as half of the country duo The Brother Boys (with Ed Snodderly), who have appeared on albums with Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, as well as solo concerts and films.

Wolf says Bernice was a natural subject for the show. “Mamaw was funny in spite of herself. She’d take me along when she went to sell Avon and make me get up and sing Loretta Lynn songs. I was an eight-year-old singing about my lying, cheating, drinking husband. But I didn’t care. Mamaw sanctioned it, so it was all right.”

Reviewers have called The Book of Mamaw “storytelling at its best.”

Filmed on stage, Flying Anvil is taking another step into their Virtual Mini Season by bringing back The Book of Mamaw, which last appeared on their stage in 2018. General Manager Chris Freeman says the play was the perfect opportunity to try something new. “Since March we’ve been wanting to produce a show on stage again. The Book of Mamaw gives us that chance- it’s intimate enough to feel right in your living room, safe for actors and crew, and we still get to sprinkle in some of that theatre magic we know and love.”

The Book of Mamaw is sponsored by Bill Cherry. It is filmed on stage and will be broadcast from September 24th through October 5th- Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm. Streaming Passes are available at

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