Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Tennessee Theatre: Behind the Scenes Tours

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Kids & family

We’ve added more tour dates in November and December, and a few October dates are still available. We’ve also added a Family Tour, which is great for kids and adults alike, but has added elements to spark awe in children and includes activity and coloring sheets for them to take home to remember their visit and what they will learn. Join us for a behind the scenes tour and learn details about the history, performances, and complete renovation of the Official State Theatre of Tennessee. You’ll go to areas not usually open to the public, and walk away with a better understanding and appreciation for this architectural and cultural gem.

Once a tour reaches capacity, it will no longer appear in the list of available dates.

Basic Tours are offered on Tuesdays at 11AM.
Tuesday, October 27 at 11am
Tuesday, November 10 at 11am

Deluxe Tours are offered on Saturdays at 11AM and 1PM.
Saturday, October 24 at 11am
Saturday, October 24 at 1pm
Saturday, November 7 at 11am
Saturday, November 7 at 1pm
Saturday, November 28 at 11am
Tuesday, December 1 at 11am
Saturday, December 5 at 11am
Saturday, December 5 at 1pm
Tuesday, December 8 at 11am
Saturday, December 12 at 11am
Saturday, December 12 at 1pm
Tuesday, December 15 at 11am
Saturday, December 19 at 11am
Saturday, December 19 at 1pm
Monday, December 28 at 1pm
Tuesday, December 29 at 1pm
Wednesday, December 30 at 1pm

Family Tours are offered select weekdays at 11AM, especially during school breaks.
Monday, December 28 at 1pm
Tuesday, December 29 at 1pm
Wednesday, December 30 at 1pm

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

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Screenwriting and Storytelling workshop

Category: Classes & workshops and Literature & readings

Saturday, October 24, 10 AM – noon
Screenwriting and Storytelling: How to Structure your Story for the Screen

Writing for a viewer and writing for a reader are different. In this workshop, we will talk about how to take the story you want to tell and structure it for the screen. We will address the screenwriting process as well as the differences between screenwriting and writing for the page. This workshop will provide a new perspective and can be useful for writers of both fiction and nonfiction.

Kyla Carter writes true crime, reality and historical television scripts for networks such as Oxygen, Investigation Discovery and Reelz. She has written for Snapped and Sins and Secrets. She is also a published writer of fiction, a teacher of creative writing and an editor. A native of East Tennessee, she’s an alumnus of the MFA program at Arizona State University and the University of Montana.

Reduced prices for this online class: $10 students, $20 members, $30 nonmembers. Register by midnight Wednesday, Oct. 21. Register today!

National DEA Take Back Day

  • October 24, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Health & wellness

Medication Disposal

Oct 24, 10 AM - 2 PM at Kroger in Cedar Bluff: 9225 Kingston Pike, 37922

Metro Drug Coalition is a collaborative member of The East Tennessee Regional Medication Collection Task Force. This task force hosts quarterly take back events where law enforcement and other volunteers are present to ensure medications are properly disposed. Disposing of medication properly eliminates the risk of your medications being stolen and abused. MDC also provides locks to encourage safely securing your medications for those in need.

What we accept for disposal:
Prescription medications (unwanted, expired, unused)
Cold and flu medications
Vitamins/herbal supplements
Pet medications
Medication Samples
Medicated ointments/lotions
What we do NOT accept for disposal:
Business waste
Unused/used needles and other sharps (epinephrine, unused pricking devices etc.)
If you are in need of disposing needles or sharps, please contact Choice Health Network

Historic Ramsey House: Felted Pumpkin Workshop

Category: Classes & workshops, Fine Crafts and Fundraisers

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a fun workshop benefiting the Ethan Anderson Blacksmith Shop Project! In this interactive workshop, you will create and make your very own Felted Pumpkin. All instruction and supplies are provided, and all proceeds go directly towards the building of the working blacksmith shop here on the grounds of the Historic Ramsey House. We thank you for your support!

Class Fee: $25.00. All instruction and supplies needed are included with admission. This workshop is appropriate for those 10 years and older. Credit card fees apply. Payments with cash or check are available. Call 865-546-0745 to arrange payment.

To learn more about the Ethan Anderson Blacksmith Shop Project, please visit,

*This event will be held inside our Visitor Center. Per the Knox County Face Covering Mandate, masks are required while indoors.

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

Knoxville Track Club: 3rd annual Beer Run Series

  • October 24, 2020

Category: Fundraisers and Health & wellness

Run, Beer, Repeat.

Join the Knoxville Track Club for the 3rd annual Beer Run Series! Each run is 2-4 miles and takes off from a local brewery. Reserve your Sunday afternoons to get out and run, enjoy a taste of our local brews and support Legacy Parks Foundation! A portion of proceeds from race registrations is donated to Legacy Parks Foundation.

Sunday, October 24 - Alliance Brewing

The Mill & Mine: Gameday Pod - UT vs Alabama

  • October 24, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Film and Kids & family

We miss you Knoxville, and although we aren’t back to normal, we are hosting safely spaced events at The Mill & Mine via our “Pods”. We’re excited to begin offering Gameday Pods and Halloween Movie Pods the month of October! Pod sizes range from 2-10 people. Each pod offers your group their own space to hang out, safely distanced from others.

Reserve your spot either inside the venue or outside on the courtyard lawn via Tako Taco’s Resy page. For all pods, check in at the Tako Taco hostess stand to be seated. Food and beverage from Tako Taco available for purchase, both by walk-up ordering and by QR code without ever having to leave your spot. For everyone’s safety, masks are required any time you are not in your pod.

Indoor & outdoor pods available.
2-10 people, $10 per person

Sat, Oct 24 vs Alabama
2:30PM Doors (Check-In at Tako Taco hostess stand)
3:30PM Kickoff

Union Ave Books: Young Readers in Appalachia - Brooks Benjamin & Hannah Rials

  • October 24, 2020

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

Union Ave Books welcomes Brooks Benjamin to talk about their book MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS. Brooks will be joined in conversation by Hannah Rials, bookseller and author of The Ascension Series, most recently RECLAMATION.

All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

This free virtual event takes place on Saturday, October 24th @ 2pm on Zoom, send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the the title of the book MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS 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.

Central Cinema Returns with POSSESSOR and KHFF Tennessee Terrors

  • October 23, 2020 — December 31, 2020

Category: Film

We've watched a few great new releases slip by us in recent months, so we jumped at the opportunity to include Brandon Cronenberg's Possessor in this year's horror film fest, and have decided to take the plunge back into business in order to share the acclaimed thriller with Knoxville audiences at large, starting Friday October 23.

As you may be able to guess, this wasn't an easy decision. We put a lot of work and hope into June's trial re-opening, only to have our plans dashed by skyrocketing COVID diagnoses. Things are, of course, not much better now. But the show must eventually go on, so we're going to take things week by week (usually with just one showing per day) and go from there! We hope that some of you will come out, but as always we respect and support individual health decisions that may keep you away. We want you safe.

The bulk of next weekend will be dedicated to Knoxville Horror Film Fest programming, but we will be offering general public screenings of Possessor at 9pm on Friday (10/23) and 7pm on Saturday (10/24). We plan to hold Possessor over through Halloween weekend, dates/showtimes TBA.

For anyone interested in local film productions, we'll also be offering a general public screening of this year's Knoxville Horror Film Fest "Tennessee Terrors" regional film block at 7pm on Friday. This hourlong program features the short films Crones Haulin' Bones, Secret Shed, The Lion's Den, Timekeeper, The Nice House, The Getaway, The Gift and That Kind of Friend.

Safety note: Facemasks are required at Central Cinema when not actively eating or drinking, and our capacity remains limited to 35% to facilitate proper distancing.

We also continue to offer and encourage private rentals, including discounted rates for films in current release at Central Cinema.

Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917

Artsclamation! Fine Art Sale

  • October 23, 2020 — November 30, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Fundraisers

2020 Artsclamation Fine Art Sale To Be Held Virtually
Knoxville Artsclamation!, the annual fine art sale that supports behavioral health care services at Peninsula, is going virtual! This important fundraiser, which also serves to increase awareness of mental health issues in East Tennessee, has raised almost $1 million since its beginning in 2002 to support critical programs and care for patients and families served by Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center.

Traditionally held as an in-person two-day event in late October, Artsclamation! 2020 will host a secure, online store at from Oct. 23 to Nov. 30 where shoppers can view and purchase art from the convenience of their smart phone, tablet or computer. More than 2,000 original works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, as well as jewelry, glasswork and sculpture are available from 46 professional artists and Peninsula client artists Other items for sale include calendars, posters and prints featuring participating artists’ work.

Additionally, in its online format, the fine art sale is extended through to Nov. 30, which will allow more time for patrons to browse and select special gifts for the holiday shopping season. Event staff will coordinate pickup of artwork from the event’s climate-controlled warehouse and delivery to patrons, ensuring the artwork arrives in pristine condition. No-contact delivery options are also available.

“This decision to go virtual was made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of our artists, donors and community during this challenging time,” said Patrick Birmingham, Covenant Health’s vice president of philanthropy and government relations. “We have designed a plan that still allows art patrons to experience the uniqueness of Artsclamation!, while remaining safe from close indoor contact.”

Sarah Pollock uses oil paints to create landscapes and cityscapes that reflect her journey throughout the country. She is a former color stylist for Walt Disney Feature Animation and now works as a professional artist in East Tennessee. Sarah paints in oils, often working outdoors, to capture the many beautiful landscapes around her home. Pollock’s featured piece for Artsclamation! 2020 is titled “Autumn Blaze” and portrays the Middle Prong of the Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains at the turn of fall. All proceeds from the sale of this featured piece will go directly to Peninsula.

One in four people in East Tennessee suffer from a mental health illness. However, there is a significant gap in funding for programs to serve these individuals compared to other diseases and diagnoses. Artsclamation! is Peninsula’s only fundraiser and helps to fill some of the gaps left in those funding sources. Proceeds in past years have funded garden courtyards for adult patients, vans for transporting clients in outpatient programs, play areas for hospitalized children, therapeutic games and activity supplies.

Elizabeth Clary, BSN, RN, MHA, vice president of behavioral health for Peninsula, noted how the community’s support of this year’s virtual art sale will help Peninsula meet a public health need, which because of the impact of COVID-19, has become even more critical.

“Peninsula relies heavily on proceeds from Artsclamation!,” she says. “We are good stewards of every dollar that is spent to provide care and treatment for those that need us. Funds from this event assist Peninsula with therapeutic spaces and activities for our patients that would otherwise not be an option.”

Peninsula has helped thousands of people recover from disorders and dependencies to lead healthy, productive lives. Peninsula provides inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults in Knox and nearby counties, including individual and group therapy, specialized programs and peer support groups. Behavioral care is also provided at Parkwest Medical Center for senior adults with co-existing psychiatric and medical conditions. Peninsula is the region’s most comprehensive provider of mental health services; its outpatient centers serve more than 15,000 people annually, while the inpatient hospital treats more than 5,000 patients per

Knoxville Horror Film Fest 2020

  • October 23, 2020 — October 25, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Film

Screenings at the Parkway Drive-In in Maryville

The twelfth annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest was already set to be a great time for 80s horror connoisseurs with Saturday night's 35th anniversary double feature of Return Of The Living Dead and Demons, and now we're doubling down on Friday night with Sam Raimi's horror-comedy watershed Evil Dead 2 and the cult slasher Pieces!

All four films (along with this year's Grindhouse Grind-out filmmaking contest, selected short films and an indie horror premiere to be announced on Monday) will screen at Maryville's Parkway Drive-In, with additional film programming & events held at Central Cinema and Maryville's Southland Books. An increasingly limited number of standard ($60) and deluxe ($90) weekend passes are available now at FilmFreeway, and standalone drive-in passes will be available soon... so stay tuned and we'll see you there!

Gallery 1010: Pastoral Fertility & Love

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Works by Nichole Schappert
Reception Oct 23 via Zoom
Open hours by appointment only on the weekends.

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

Oak Ridge Art Center: Open Show 2020

  • October 22, 2020 — November 28, 2020

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

2020 Juror: Kim Winkle, Executive Director of the Appalachian Center for Craft at Smithfield, TN and Professor of Art at Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft, and Design

Open Show 2020 is the Art Center’s annual juried exhibition. That means that many were entered, but only a few were chosen to be shown. Only 100 of 292 entered remain with the exhibition. Through the generosity of our donors, awards totaled over $3,000 and is one of the main reasons Open Show has become so highly competitive.

Gallery Talk - Round One:
Gallery Talk - Round Two:

Closed Thanksgiving Day. Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

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