Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Old City Market: Mini Market

  • October 11, 2020
  • 11 AM - 4 PM

Category: Culinary arts, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Kids & family


The Old City Market transforms the patio of Jackson Terminal into an artist & maker market!

The Old City Market is made possible by our generous sponsors: Downtown Knoxville, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Old City Association, Robin Easter Design, Rala, Cor-Tenn, and many, many volunteers.

Information: 865-806-1960 or

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Knox Guitar Box (Podcast)

Category: Free event and Music

Jerry Willard
Jerry Willard is an accomplished player of all types of fretted instruments including the archlute, Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, nineteenth century guitar, and modern guitar. Willard has published many publications for guitar including "The Complete Lute Music of J.S. Bach", “The Complete Works of Gaspar Sanz” and “Seventeen Show Tunes Of George Gershwin”

Guitarist, Educator and Arranger: Stony Brook University, NY (Retired)
Knox Guitar Box (Podcast) 7:00 PM, Sunday, 10/11/2020

Knox Guitar Box is a monthly guitar-focused podcast sharing conversations and performances with music professionals, students, composers, and educators. Knox Guitar Box's host is Knoxville Classical Guitar's Executive Director, Andy LeGrand. Check out our guests on our Events page!

Cansler Family YMCA: Floating Pumpkin Patch

  • October 11, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us at the Cansler Family Y for a fall family event, our Floating Pumpkin Patch!

We’ll fill our pool with pumpkins; dive in, “pick” your pumpkin, then decorate your pumpkin at our decorating stations. We’ll have all the decorating supplies you’ll need, plus individually-packaged snacks for the kids.

This year to assist with social distancing, please register for a 30-minute time-block in our pool (2:00-2:30pm, 2:45-3:15pm, or 3:30-4:00pm). Spots are limited in each 30-minute block, and reservations are free for Y members.

Reserve a 2:00pm Time Slot here:
Reserve a 2:45pm Time Slot here:
Reserve a 3:3pm Time Slot here:

Non-members are welcome to reserve a spot and participate with the purchase of a guest pass ($12/individual or $25/family). Only participating children will be charged; no cost for parents/guardians accompanying their children to this family event. Join the Y during our Floating Pumpkin Patch, and we’ll waive your join fee!
Pumpkins have been graciously discounted by our community partner, Pratt’s Country Store.

Union Ave Books & Ijams: The Southern Wildlife Watcher

  • October 11, 2020

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

Online Event

Union Ave Books and Ijams Nature Center invites you to attend a virtual book event with Rob Simbeck to discuss his new book THE SOUTHERN WILDLIFE WATCHER. Rob will be joined in conversation by Sam Venable. This free virtual event takes place on October 11th @ 2pm (EDT) on Zoom, please send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the title of the book SOUTHERN WILDLIFE WATCHER in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event.
Purchase the book here:

The Southern Wildlife Watcher is a colorful look at thirty-six common and not-so-common animals found in the southeastern United States—from the hummingbird to the bald eagle and from the bullfrog to the bobcat. Rob Simbeck, one of the Southeast's most widely read naturalists, combines a poet's voice with a journalist's rigor in offering readers an intimate introduction to the creatures around us.

Through delightful storytelling each vignette offers accessible information supported by quotes from noted naturalists and biologists. Simbeck covers habitat, diet, mating and reproduction, environmental challenges, and even folklore in outlining the lives of insects and other invertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and fish. The Southern Wildlife Watcher is a refresher course and handbook for veteran nature lovers, an introduction for young readers, and fireplace or bedtime reading for those wanting to reflect on nature's bounty.

A foreword is provided by Jim Casada, the author or editor of more than forty books and some five thousand magazine articles. He serves as editor at large for Sporting Classics magazine.

Tennessee Theatre: Portrait Photography Sessions

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family


While we may be closed during this pandemic, we are offering the rare opportunity to have professional photographs taken inside the Tennessee Theatre with Shawn Poynter Photography. Get a jump on your holiday card photos, commemorate a recent graduation, celebrate an anniversary, or simply take advantage of one of Knoxville's most beautiful buildings to capture your family during 2020, a year we will never forget!

Choose between any occasion and holiday packages and take advantage of the Tennessee as a most gorgeous backdrop for your photographic memories! Take advantage of this rare opportunity at the Tennessee October 10 and 11 and November 21 and 22! Part of your session fee includes a donation to the Theatre during its closure.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information: 865-684-1200,

Muse Knoxville Re-Opens

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts, Kids & family, Science & nature and Technology

Muse Knoxville Reopens to Public
Knoxville’s children's museum opens doors to visitors for weekend and fall break hours

After being closed for seven months, Knoxville’s children’s museum has reopened for visitors, with exciting new exhibits and ways to play. The museum has taken precautions to ensure the health and safety of their guests. Visitors reserve their playtime in two hour time slots using the online platform, Bookeo. All guests ages 5 and up are required to wear masks and are encouraged to follow safe distancing practices. Muse Knoxville has placed Ionopure air sanitizers throughout the museum, and will also conduct temperature screenings and shoe sanitizing for all guests and employees.

“Our team has worked very hard to reopen safely for children and the adults that love them,” said Ellie Kittrell, executive director of Muse Knoxville. “Play is critical to early childhood development and we can’t wait to share all our new ways to play!.” During their closure, the museum has added two new exhibit areas, and reimagined old favorites for an enhanced play experience.

Muse Knoxville will expand their hours of operation during Oct. 12-16, in accordance with Knox County Schools’ fall break schedule. To view the most updated list of hours, visitors can visit

Muse Knoxville is a non-profit children’s science museum located in Chilhowee Park with a mission to inspire and empower all children through transformative learning experiences. We exist to serve East Tennessee by bringing hands-on, inquiry-based programming to children ages 6 months to 12 years old. In 2019, Muse Knoxville served over 200,000 individuals throughout 24 East Tennessee counties.

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

Zoo Knoxville: BOO! at the Zoo

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

So Much Fun It's Scary!

Zoo Knoxville is waiting to show you and your little ghosties, goblins, villains and heroes a fierce and fabulous time this October. BOO! at the Zoo is back with fun new features and some old favorites, too. Enjoy the slightly scary sights and sounds of the Baba Yaga haunted forest and zoo trails, special lighting effects that will cast a spell on you and giant inflatables.

Come prepared to trick or treat your way through the night! As always, Zoo Knoxville is a safe place for family fun and while this year will be a little different we are happy to continue Knoxville's favorite Halloween tradition.

Annual pass holders get a special preview (and $1 off each ticket) on October 8, followed by three weekends of creepy, silly, just-a-little-scary fun, Oct. 9-11, 15-18. and 22-25. Hours are from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., so get there early and don’t miss a minute!

Buy Tickets

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331,

UT School of Music: Virtual Concert and Lecture Series

  • October 9, 2020 — October 15, 2020

Category: Free event and Music

Join us every Friday for a new edition of our Virtual Concert and Lecture Series!

These videos are available on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Gallery 1010: Chronicle of Mountain and Sea

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Works by Amalia Memingas
Reception Oct 9 via Zoom
Open hours by appointment only on the weekends.

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

Knoxville Barristers: Clean Out Your Closet

  • October 5, 2020 — October 19, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events

Make room in your closet and help others at the same time! Seeking professional clothing and coats for individuals in need in Knoxville. Women's clothing will be donated to the YWCA and Connect Ministries Career Closet. Men's clothing will be donated to the Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). This 2020 Drive combines the annual KBA Barristers Professional Clothing Drive and the annual Coats for the Cold Drive.

Items needed are slacks & skirts, suits, blouses & shirts, dresses, ties, dress shoes, coats, jackets, parkas, rain coats, dusters. Please do not donate clothing wit holes, stains or rips. No undergarments, swimsuits, or intimate apparel.

Donation locations:

Gay Street - First TN Plaza (lobby) and BB&T Building (lobby)

Main Street - City County Building (3rd & 6th floor)
US Federal Courthouse
Bank of America Bldg (lobby)

Law Schools - LMU, UT

West Knoxville - Baker Donelson office (265 Brookview Centre Way, #600)

Questions: Charles or Meagan at 865-637-0203

The Knoxville Barristers are lawyers who are members of the Knoxville Bar Association and who are under 36 years of age or who have been practicing law less than five years. Probably no other local bar association and group of young attorneys work harder or have a more diverse list of public service opportunities than those right here in Knoxville. While providing valuable and appreciated public service, these young lawyers have fun enjoying each other and enjoying serving others.

Knoxville Opera: Regatta to Launch in October

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Music and Science & nature

Knoxville Opera is excited to announce it is launching a new project, literally. Like many performing arts organizations, Knoxville Opera is striving to find new ways to serve our community safely outside of the theater during the time of Covid. We have found an exciting way to do just that. Following the tradition of the VOL Navy, Knoxville Opera announces its new community project, the Opera Regatta. The Opera Regatta is a pontoon boat with 2 opera singers and Maestro Brian Salesky onboard, which will travel down the Tennessee River, making stops along the way on 3 consecutive Sundays in October. The dates for the Regatta are October 4th, 11th, and 18th. Knoxville Opera invites you to follow us, forming the Opera Regatta as we leave our home dock or to meet us at our Grand Finale location of the day.

On Sunday, October 4th the boat will launch from Volunteer Landing Marina around Noon and travel downstream toward Duncan Boat Dock. The boat will reach Duncan Boat Dock at 3:15.

On Sunday, October 11th, the Opera Regatta will launch from Duncan Boat Dock at 12:15, travel upstream to perform its Grand Finale at Volunteer Landing Marina, Downtown, Knoxville at 3:15.

On Sunday, October 18th
12:00 Launch from Volunteer Landing Marina (30-Minute Public Performance)
3:00 Arrive Duncan Boat Dock (30-Minute Public Performance)

(All times are approximate depending on weather conditions).

The performers will sing a variety of repertoire from, Broadway musicals, Disney movies and classic opera and operetta.
865-524-0795 or

Rala: October Featured Artist Mike C. Berry

  • October 2, 2020 — November 28, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Considered a versatile painter who works in vibrant colors, bringing energy and rhythm to each work, Mike C. Berry creates urban compositions that bend and twist the cityscapes that have become his identifiable style. His paintings consist of gestural brushstrokes and pure bright color. He credits the work of Wolf Kahn, Edward Hopper, and Knoxville artist, Joseph Delaney for encouraging his use of color, line and the cityscape as subject matter.

"Urbanscape" is the latest exhibition of small works by the artist. This body of work features the city of Knoxville as the main subject, but also illustrates the energy of our American urban landscape and cultural expressions. This exhibition includes paintings and drawings, as well as prints and notecards of previous works.

On display at RALA, October 2 - November 28, this exhibition can be viewed in person or online at

112 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

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