Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 29, 2020


  • October 29, 2020 — October 31, 2020

Category: Culinary arts and Festivals & special events

Hey it’s 2020! So this year we are doing something different!
It’s time for Greek food and pastries to go! Instead of our traditional Greek Fest, the parish of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Knoxville will offer “Greek-To-Go” on Friday and Saturday, October 30 & 31.

For those wanting Pastries Only, we will have an “Early Bird” Pick Up opportunity for you on Thursday, October 29, from 4 – 8pm! This date will have Pastries Only. Online pastry orders will begin Friday, October 23.

Come and experience the taste of authentic Greek food and delicious Greek pastries. The most popular items from our traditional Greek Fest will be offered by way of a drive-thru pick up on the church grounds. Hours both days will be 11am – 7pm.

We will offer two combination plates featuring Gyros and Souvlaki (grilled pork tenderloin kabobs) as the entree. Also available will be favorite pastries…Baklava, Kourambiedes (powdered sugar-covered butter cookies), and a Deluxe Assortment box including those and other pastries.

You will enjoy the same authentic Greek food as in years past. Our drive-thru will be located on the church grounds parking lot at 4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Order from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle!

Mabry-Hazen House: Victorian Séance Experience

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It is time when restless souls, vengeful spirits, and mythical creatures can more easily cross the plane between the two worlds. With All Hallowed Eve’s approach, it is a time when ghost stories and haunted tales more easily cross into the realm of our daily lives as these accounts help us remember the dead and contend with the unexplained. Along with the historic buildings, grounds, and family history, Mabry-Hazen House also preserves a darker history of Americans' experiences with death, funerals, spiritualism, and the occult. For the second year, the historic house museum will exhibit those macabre, yet fascinating cultural moments during their Victorian Séance Experience.

Mabry Hazen House will host “A Victorian Séance Experience” inside the parlors of the 1858 historic house. Relying on primary sources from the nineteenth century, Mabry-Hazen House will reenact a Victorian séance and give “investigators” an immersing experience filled with “mysterious and startling wonders.” Under the guidance of a Victorian medium, the séances will follow the rituals of nineteenth century Spiritualism and investigators will participate in historic “demonstrations” of mediumship. Whether true manifestations of spirits or clever parlor tricks, sitters at the séances will experience this eerie, yet ubiquitous aspect of 19th century American life.

Event is Tentative on Public Health Conditions

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661,

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Deadline

Category: Theatre

Flying Anvil Theatre presents a streamed horror play at The Mill & Mine in a socially distant premiere.

Flying Anvil Theatre presents The Deadline, a new play for Halloween, described as “The Blair Witch Project Meets War of the Worlds. .. on a Video Call” in a socially distanced premiere screening on October 29th at The Mill & Mine. The Deadline can also be streamed from October 29-31 at 7:30 each night.

The Mill & Mine has hosted “Pod Events” since September, and Flying Anvil hopped on the opportunity to create an event that would bring their halloween performance to the “big screen” while keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind. With ample amounts of indoor and outdoor space, audience members purchase a “pod” which is distanced from all other pods. They can order food and drinks on a special menu from Tako Taco via a QR code at their table, and everything is delivered straight to their space. Masks are strictly enforced, enhanced cleaning measures are in place, and capacity is limited so everyone feels comfortable.

Creating a way to present safe theatre has been a part of Flying Anvil since the beginning of the pandemic. Keeping audience members safe and comfortable is only one of the challenges. Making sure actors, designers, and technicians chances are also kept at a low risk of exposure of the Coronavirus is also paramount.

Artistic Director, Jayne Morgan, wrote this new horror play after the success of her first virtual play Branching Out.
The Deadline is being shown on screen at The Mill & Mine for $15 a person, or may be watched on any computer or cellphone and be cast to a TV. A streaming pass for the show is $20, and an email containing a link to the show will be received after ticket purchase. More info on both ways to watch the show can be found at

Blount Mansion: Gone to Rest: Funeral Customs Through History

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

Blount Mansion is partnering with Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory to offer special FREE Halloween evening tours Thursday, October 29 through Saturday, October 31. Gone to Rest: Funeral Customs Through History takes visitors on a hauntingly historic trip into the past. The experience begins in our garden with Cherokee tales and spooky stories from colonial days, continues inside historic Blount Mansion with a chilling exploration of death and dying in the 18th century, and concludes with a look at creepy Victorian funerary traditions inside the circa-1818 Craighead-Jackson House next door—featuring “corpse photos” and a wreath made from the hair of the dearly departed!

Jack-o-lanterns in our garden are provided by Pratt’s Country Store in Fountain City.

*Note: this program may not be suitable for young children.

Tours take thirty minutes, and begin every half hour at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center at 200 W. Hill Ave. on the following dates and times:

• Thursday, Oct. 29: 8-9:30 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 30: 8-9:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 31: 8-10:00 p.m.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED as capacity is limited to fifteen guests per tour. Please RSVP at

*ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS DURING THE TOURS. Masks will be provided for those who do not have one.

Free parking is available during the event at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center and in the Dwight Kessel Garage across the street.

Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375,

Ijams Nature Center: Family Fun Night Hikes

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

(Families with Children Ages 6-12) Learn about the animals and insects that have a wild nightlife during Creatures of the Night hikes next Thursday, Oct. 29, or Friday, Oct. 30, from 7-9 p.m.! Learn More at

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Ijams Nature Center: Owl Prowls

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

(Adults and Families with Children Ages 10+) Do you give a hoot about owls? Learn everything about them on a fall owl prowl next Thursday, Oct. 29, or Friday, Oct. 30, from 7-9 p.m. Learn More at

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Marble City Opera: Behind the Scenes - Winterreise (Winter Journey) Online

Category: Free event, Music and Theatre

• October 29 at 6pm
o Behind the Scenes - Winterreise Online - FREE

• November 6 & 7 at 7:30pm
o Winterreise Performance - Live in-person at Trentham Hall First Baptist Knoxville Downtown & online - Ticketed Event

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Marble City Opera: 646-217-1580,

North Side YMCA: Trunk or Treat

  • October 29, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wear your costumes and join us for trunk-or-treating and other fun family activities!

Endeavor Summit 2020

  • October 29, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Lectures & discussions

Knoxville's annual Endeavor Young Professional Summit motivates the city's emerging leaders to engage in their community and take ownership of their professional growth. Compelling keynote speakers and dynamic discussions empower attendees to grow personally and professionally and invest in regional progress.

9:00AM: Welcome

9:15AM - Opening Session
Topic: Finding Success in Knoxville
Speaker: Chris Blue, Performer

10:00AM - Break

10:15AM - Doing Diversity: From Rhetoric to Reality
Topic: Making Diversity More than a Business/Impactful Behaviors vs. Checking the Box
Speaker: Pamela Newkirk, journalist and author

11:15AM – Public Policy
Topic: Importance of Engaging in Public Policy
Speaker: Ramon Looby, Bank of America


1:00 PM - Impacting Area Non-Profits
Format: Panel Discussion, recorded
Speakers: Tanika Harper, Matt Ryerson, Alizza Punzalan-Randle

1:30 PM – Leadership and the Art of Growing Up
Topic: How better humans make better leaders
Speaker: Jerry Colonna, author and executive coach
(Featuring Randy Goodman, Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Nashville)

2:30 PM: Wrap-Up/Close Day



Knoxville History Project: Haunted Knoxville

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

Join Jack Neely and staff each week for a new topic on Knoxville's rich and fascinating history. For more information and to register for this week's chat please visit

Thursday October 29 at 6:00pm

For the last Zoom of October we’ll have a special Halloween tie-in with KHP partner, author and walking tour guide extraordinaire, Laura Still who’s A Haunted History of Knoxville, published in 2014, is still a perennial favorite at KHP. Jack Neely’s research provided the inspiration for several of Laura’s stories which, unlike most ghost stories, are based on actual events that took place here in Knoxville.

For a special touch of fun, we encourage you to dress up with us for this special seasonal Zoom!

Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559

Monsters Made with Love workshop + Costume Contest

  • October 29, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops and Fine Crafts

At Scruffy’s Cafe

Create a fleece stuffed monster or kitten with a self-love twist! Laurie will talk you through all the steps to make a truly one-of-a-kind, perfectly imperfect creature of your very own. If you've never sewn, you will learn something new. If you know how to sew, come create and have fun with some amazing people and furry friends. All supplies are included with ticket! Ticket also includes a pumpkin muffin from our cafe! Come dressed in your best costume for a costume contest! Winner gets a FREE gift card that includes five visits to Scruffy’s. Come on out for an evening of spooks and crafts.

A bit about Laurie Kay, Founder of Monsters Made with Love: "I teach sewing with a self-love twist. Through workshops and sewing kits, I teach people to make perfectly imperfect monsters while encouraging self-love. The kits include everything you need to make a fleece monster to have and to hold. Workshops are great for all ages, genders, and sewing levels. Kids exercise their fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination, teens express their deep dark side, and adults don't do enough things for themselves."

UT School of Art: Artist Lecture: Sangmi Yoo

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

Thursday, October 29 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Born in Korea, Sangmi Yoo is a professor and associate director of art at Texas Tech University. Yoo received her MFA in printmaking from The Ohio State University and her BFA in painting from Seoul National University.

Her recent work is informed by and comments on housing and the built environment. Her recent sculptural prints are dawn from her childhood memories of New Village houses from Korea and everyday encounters of standardized residential homes from living in West Texas. Her work explores visual systems and patterns in these architectural forms and ways they reflect both social conformity and individualization. Many of her recent prints take the form of installations of large-format digital prints and laser cuts which are based upon patterns created from residential homes, colonial botany, and dazzle camouflage. Visit her website,, for more of her innovative work.

In conjunction with her campus visit, Yoo will present Traced Revisited, an exhibition of her works in the Printmaking Showcase Gallery on the second floor of the UT Art + Architecture Building, and will collaborate virtually with students in printmaking on a publically displayed art project.

Her exhibition, collaboration, and virtual campus lecture is sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement with assistance from the UT Print Club.

Register for this Zoom session.

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