Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Dogwood Arts: Bazillion Blooms

Category: Fundraisers and Science & nature

Dogwood Arts is on a mission to Keep Knoxville Blooming and make it easy for you to make a difference: one tree at a time. Dogwood trees are native to our area and offer 4 seasons of interest: spring blooms, summer shade, crimson fall color and winter berries for wildlife. Our trees come from a grower in Middle Tennessee, are disease-resistant, spring-blooming, and available in pink or white.

Bare-root dogwood trees are available in pink or white for just $25 each (or five for $100).


How it works:
Option 1: Pick-Up & Plant Yourself
Purchase bare-root trees and plant them yourself! Order trees now through November 18th to pick-up locally on December 5th (pick-up location TBD). Plan ahead for spring blooms! Fall/winter is the best time to plant trees: the combination of warm soil, fall rains, and cool temperatures stimulates root growth to help your tree get established for next spring.

Option 2: Buy in Memory or Celebration
No matter what time of the year, you can celebrate a special event, honor an individual, or memorialize a loved one by donating a tree to the Historic Dogwood Trails. Your gift will Keep Knoxville Blooming and include a commemorative card (with your personal message) that will be mailed to the recipient of your choosing.

Tennessee Stage Company and 70/30 Creatives: Macbeth at Ijams

Category: Free event, Science & nature and Theatre

On October 1, we will open a three week run of Macbeth, which seems a wonderful show for the Halloween season. We will play Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm, October 1 – 18. Reservations can be made at the Ijams web site, Reservation fees are $15 for guests 13 years and older.

We will use a limited cast as we did with Much Ado and will once again collaborate with 70/30 Creative on the production. The audience will be limited in size as well to maintain social distancing. The cast will be Caleb Burnham, Gray Casterline, H. Caitlin Corbitt, Tyler Gregory, Garrett Marshall, Nathan McGhee and Raine Palmer. It will be directed by Ashley Frietag.

Find Out More:

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue, 37920. Info: 865-546-4280 or

Appalachian Ballet Company: The Soul of Blue Jeans and Ballet

Category: Culinary arts, Dance and Fundraisers

Appalachian Ballet 16th Fundraising Blue Jeans and Ballet Performance.

Due to Covid-19 seating is limited and tickets are available only by calling the Box Office @ 865-981-8590. Ticket confirmation will be emailed. Therefore, there will be no will call on the evening of the event. As always, this will be an exciting evening to support ABC!

Ticket includes performance, dinner & wine in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt theatre. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m.

Ticketing info:
Thu Oct 1:
Fri Oct 2:

At Clayton Center for Arts, 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37804. For more information: Appalachian Ballet Company: 865-982-8463,

Tennessee Theatre: Stars on Stage virtual fundraiser

Category: Fundraisers and Music

Our annual fundraising event is going virtual this year!

We are pleased to announce a special streaming concert from the Tennessee's legendary stage with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors on Thursday, October 1, which is the Theatre's 92nd Anniversary. The concert will be free to watch, but we encourage donations and there will be an online auction with autographed items, unique experiences, art, and more. There are also special packages available to purchase to make your viewing experience even better (including the opportunity to join us in person at the Theatre to watch the concert on the big screen!).

This year’s fundraiser is more important than ever as we have lost 95% of our revenue due to closing during the pandemic. The Tennessee Theatre misses being filled with audiences who come together to experience its magic and make memories to be cherished for years to come. But this dark period is only an intermission, and we look forward to the next act! We need your help so that we will be ready to bring back live events as soon as it is safe and possible for everyone. Join us for the streaming concert, make a donation, participate in the online auction, and share the event with your friends, family, and colleagues. This is an easy way to show your love and support for the Official State Theatre of Tennessee!

Special Stars on Stage Packages:
No Place Like Home ($125)
• Dinner and a signature cocktail from one of our restaurant partners (RT Lodge, Emilia, Northshore Brasserie, or Chef Holly Hambright)
• Commemorative Event Poster from Status Serigraph
• Early access to online auction

Tennessee Waltz ($250)
• Screening of the concert on the big screen at the Tennessee Theatre
> Social distancing will be in place
> Masks must be worn at all times while not eating or drinking
> Very limited tickets
> Assigned seating
• Charcuterie box from Grazey Table
• Open bar service at your seat
• Certificate for a private tour of the Tennessee
• Commemorative Event Poster from Status Serigraph
• Early access to the online auction

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center: Inc 5000 Virtual Happy Hour

  • October 1, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Virtual Happy Hour + Discussion with Knoxville's Inc 5000 Businesses

Bring your beverage of choice and join the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center for a virtual happy hour honoring the Knoxville area's Inc. 5000 nominated businesses! There will be time set aside for introductions from each of the businesses, as well as round table discussions led by Brandon Bruce, co-founder of Knoxville Technology Council and Startup Knox. Brandon also co-founded Cirrus Insight, which ranked #41 on the Inc. 500 list in 2016.

More information about participating companies will be coming soon.

Thu, October 1, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center: Raising + Rising | An Innov865 Week Event

  • October 1, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Join the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and 3 Roots Capital as we host a hybrid event of pre-recorded pitches, live Q+A, and round table discussions and networking.

We're bringing together investors and local Knoxville companies that are either on the rise, or looking to raise some capital, all under the same virtual roof!

This virtual event will be hosted on LunchPool.

More information on participating companies coming soon!

Thu, October 1, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Persevering to Publication

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Literature & readings

Jeannette Brown published short stories in respected journals for decades, but landing a publishing house for her first novel was another story. Come hear the journey, one full of creative maneuvers as well as persistence, to getting The Illusion of Leaving published by Texas Review Press in May 2020.

Brown’s work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Southwestern American Literature, New Millennium Writings and Steel Toe Review. She is the co-editor of Literary Lunch, a KWG food anthology. She has enjoyed residencies at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Rivendell Writers’ Colony and Hedgebrook/India.

As always, programs are free, but you must register by midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 30, to receive the link.

October 1, 7-8 pm
Register here:

Volunteer Ministry Center: Carry the Torch Knoxville

  • October 1, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Join Us In Keeping The Torch Lit
Carry the Torch Knoxville Has Gone Virtual!

2020 marks the 12th anniversary of the VMC Carry the Torch Knoxville Luncheon featuring Krista Tippet.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to take this inspiring event virtual! Attendees can choose between two presentation times (either 12:15pm during lunchtime or early evening at 7:15pm) and join us from the comfort of their office, home, or patio!

Upon registering as a virtual guest, you will receive a thank you/receipt email that will include a link for you to join the presentation on October 1, 2020 at either 12:15pm during lunchtime or early evening at 7:15pm. You can join the presentation from the comfort of your home, office or other setting that is comfortable for you! You will have the opportunity to support VMC's mission to end and prevent homelessness in Knoxville during the presentation!

The Marco Institute: Other Christians of the Late Medieval Mediterranean

  • October 1, 2020

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Hosted by University of Tennessee College of Arts & Sciences and The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Thursday at 5 PM – 6 PM
Online Event:

Please join us at 5:00 PM on October 1, 2020 for our annual Riggsby Lecture! Samantha Kelly (Rutgers Univ.) will speak about “The Other Christians of the Late Medieval Mediterranean: Ethiopian Settlement and Exchange with Latin Europe, c. 1200–c. 1550.”

The talk will take place virtually via Zoom. To get the link, please register at

Ethiopian Christian settlements, which dotted the eastern Mediterranean from the twelfth century, became both a primary source of Latin Christian knowledge about Ethiopia and the springboard for a similar settlement in Rome around 1500. This talk explores the Mediterranean facet of Ethiopian Christianity in these centuries, both as a network for Ethiopian pilgrims and settlers and in the perception of many Latin Christians.

Samantha Kelly is a professor of history at Rutgers University. Her research examines relations between Europe and the Christian kingdom of Ethiopia in the pre-modern era. She is the author of The ‘Cronaca di Partenope’: An Introduction to and Critical Edition of the First Vernacular History of Naples (2011) and The New Solomon: Robert of Anjou (1309-1343) and Fourteenth-Century Kingship (2003, winner of the Marraro Prize of the American Catholic Historical Association).

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Momentum Dance Lab: Yard Art October 3-4

Category: Dance, Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

This event will occur on the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. Time slots range from 10am-8pm. The last day to reserve a slot is October 1st at midnight.

Momentum Dance Lab is launching a new fundraiser! Imagine a few highly trained beautiful dancers performing in your own back (or front!) yard for you and your family or a small group of friends. We’re ready to come and perform one or two small pieces, performed by some of our most highly skilled dancers, and you don’t even have to get dressed for the theater! Our dancers will arrive, perform, and leave during your chosen one hour time slot. They’ll be able to stay about an extra five minutes after the performance to answer questions about dance or MDL in particular, and for you to browse and order MDL logo’d merchandise. The dancers will need to travel to their next drop in performance site in a timely manner, so they sadly will have to stick to their schedule. This is guaranteed to be great fun!

Where: In order to participate, performance locations must be within Knox County. If you live more than 30 minutes away from Downtown Knoxville please note that when you reserve your time slot, so we can do our best to accommodate all our hosts.

Payment will be accepted upon arrival. Payment options include Venmo, Paypal, Credit/Debit Card, and Exact Cash. The cost is $30 for a one-piece performance, or $50 for a two-piece performance.

Please follow the link below to request your private performance.
Email with any and all questions.

Athens Area Council for the Arts Exhibition

  • September 29, 2020 — October 28, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Athens Area Council for the Arts is excited to announce its current exhibit is available to view in person at The Arts Center and online through October 28, 2020.

The exhibit is hosted by AACA’s Visual Arts Committee and includes work from four of its members: Clarice Baggett, Sandy Brown, Stefani Burchfield, and Jan Burleson. The twenty one paintings featured are oil, acrylic, or watercolor and vary in technique, style, and subject matter.

The public is invited to tour the exhibit free of charge at The Arts Center. The Arts Center remains closed to the public; however, exhibit tours are available by appointment. To schedule a tour, please call 423-745-8781 or email AACA’s Gallery Coordinator, Leslie Arnold, at

Thanks to support from Burleson-Brown Photography, this exhibit is also available to view online in AACA’s first virtual exhibition. You may tour digital images of each painting and review a price list anytime online at

For more information on this exhibit and all AACA programs visit or schedule a tour at 320 North White Street, Athens, TN.

Bennett: Brighter Days Ahead Exhibit

  • September 25, 2020 — October 31, 2020

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

We're thrilled to have our gallery graced by the work of 14 innovative American craft artists. Stop by for a chance to make one of these pieces part of your own collection!

lighting, home accents, vessels


art objects, jewelry


lighting design

hand-painted jewelry

wood sculpture

Bennett, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-5027
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
865-584-6791 or

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