Calendar of Events

Friday, October 30, 2020

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Tempest


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

The play will be performed Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM (no show at 5 pm on the 31st), and Sundays at 3 PM

Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Clayton Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission, will present a live production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” “The Tempest” is traditionally considered Shakespeare’s final work and, as such, is sometimes seen as a kind of artistic farewell. Whether the Bard of Avon actually thought in those terms or not, we’ll never know; but the play is certainly among his most poetic. KCT’s version is adapted to 90 minutes and is geared for ages 12 and up.

Tickets will be limited to 60 attendees for each performance and groups/families will be distanced from each other. Masks will be required for entry.

Prospero, a magician of sorts, is also the deposed Duke of Milan. Usurped by his treacherous brother, Antonio, Prospero and his daughter Miranda are marooned on an exotic island, which is home to the sprite, Ariel, and Caliban (which Shakespeare describes as a deformed savage). Prospero uses his magic to subdue the island and compel both Ariel and Caliban to do his bidding. Twelve years later when Antonio’s ship sails close to the island, Prospero conjures a storm to bring his brother and his party to the island.

The play is performed by 15 talented young actors, from ages 13 to 17.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Gallery 1010: Worse Artists, Better Spreads II

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

More Worser Art & Cyber Spreads curated by Conor McGrann & Mary Climes
Reception Oct 30 via Zoom
Open hours by appointment only on the weekends.

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

Historic Ramsey House: The Spirits Within

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Literature & readings

6:30-8:30 PM

Who is the woman in the window, the man in the uniform, and the child playing hide-and-go-seek? On this special candlelit tour (which lasts about 30 minutes), learn all about the spirits that still roam the rooms and grounds of Historic Ramsey House. Before and after your tour, enjoy s'mores and refreshments around a warm bonfire and folklore and ghost tales told by storyteller, Janice Brooks-Headrick.

Tickets are $12 per person (kids 12 and under are free). We are only allowing one (1) household/group (up to 10) per tour at this time. We HIGHLY recommend that visitors reserve your tour in advance, either online or by calling ahead of time. One (1) ticket represents a reservation for your entire household/group. Please note that this is just to reserve your time. Payment will be taken upon arrival.

*Each tour lasts about 30 minutes

COVID-19 Policies
In order to keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe, we will be practicing the following policies, and kindly ask that visitors do the same.
1. Per the Knox County Face Covering Mandate, all staff, volunteers, and visitors over the age of 12 are required to wear a mask or face covering when in any of the buildings.
2. The staff and volunteers of Historic Ramsey House will be regularly sanitizing restrooms, door knobs, and other commonly touched surfaces.
These policies will be in place until further notice. We appreciate your support and cooperation during this time, and look forward to welcoming you and your family to Historic Ramsey House!

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

Town of Farragut: Freaky Friday Drive-Thru Boo

  • October 30, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

Freaky Friday Fright Nite has turned into Freaky Friday Drive-Thru Boo from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on Jamestowne Blvd. from Campbell Station Road to Village Green Parkway.

Children, ages 12 and under, are invited to drive-thru “trick or treat” and as always, costumes and festive attire are encouraged. Participants must preregister their car with the number of children that will be riding for a 15-minute slot. Registration opens Thursday, Oct. 1, at Participants are still encouraged to bring a donation for Ronald McDonald house. For more info, a list of donation items and updates about the event, check out

YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley: Phyllis Wheatley on the Grounds**

  • October 30, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

Phyllis Wheatley Center: 100 Years of Opportunity

A free community event shining a light on the programs and services at the Phyllis Wheatley Center, in partnership with neighbors and community supporters.

UT Gardens: Friday Fun Day: Venus Fly Traps and Other Strange Plants

  • October 30, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Kids & family and Science & nature

Friday Fun Day: Venus Fly Traps and Other Strange Plants
October 30, 2020
9-11 am
Class size limit: 15
Cost: $10 Garden members/ $15 nonmembers

Did you know that some plants eat living creatures? They sound scary, but are actually really interesting to see and learn about! Join us as we learn about Venus fly traps and other strange plants, including what and how they eat. We will also play a game or two and will make a fun craft.

This program is designed for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds, but all kids are welcome. This class will be held outside in the Children's Garden rain or shine. In the event of rain, we will use the McIlwaine Friendship Pavilion.

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

Bijou Theatre: Live from the Bijou with Shakedown Six

Category: Music


We're excited to welcome fans back to the Bijou Theatre with 'Live from the Bijou', a reduced capacity, in-venue experience and live streaming concert series happening every Friday night as we close out 2020! New safety measures have been put in place to ensure fans' well-being while inside the venue. View a full list of these procedures and precautions on our Health & Safety Update page.

Few tickets will be made available to attend the live events in person, creating an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Bijou Theatre.

For those not able to join us in person, we're happy to bring the show to you! The Bijou Theatre has partnered with veeps to stream each performance live each week for a minimum donation of $10 plus applicable fees. This donation will allow you to tune in live and also view a replay of the show until the following Sunday at Midnight. Proceeds from 'Live at the Bijou' will support the artist and help sustain the venue during these trying times. We appreciate your support and cannot wait to bring you live music once again! View the current schedule and full details, including tickets for both in person and online options here.

Shakedown Six is a Grateful Dead tribute band from Knoxville, TN. The lineup is a supergroup made up of members from Knoxville's finest bands. The group features current and past members of Tree Tops, The Burnin' Hermans, Cereus Bright, Maps Need Reading, Electric Darling and many more! The Shakedown Six cover entire shows or official releases at all of their shows. The approach to the music focuses on covering the original live performance and then adding personal flair to the improvised sections of the music. The result is a high energy blend of your favorite tunes that will leave you dancing at times and with a tear in your eye at others!

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

The Mill & Mine: Movie Pod - Hocus Pocus

  • October 30, 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.
2-8 people, $5 per person

Fri, Oct 30:
Hocus Pocus
7:00PM Doors
7:30PM Movie Starts

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Virtual Town Hall Meeting Part V

  • October 30, 2020

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

Friday, October 30, 4P - 6P
Virtual Town Hall Meeting Part V
RACIAL JUSTICE : Vote / Voter Suppression - Then & Now

MAKE PLANS TO JOIN! Stay tuned for additional information.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center · 1927 Dandridge Avenue · Knoxville, TN 37915 | 865-524-8461,

UT College of Arts & Sciences: The Astonishing Architecture of Fossil Starfish

  • October 30, 2020

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

Colin Sumrall, associate professor in the UT Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will present “The Astonishing Architecture of Fossil Starfish” Friday, October 30 via Zoom.

In his presentation, Sumrall will explore fossil echinoderms (sea stars and allies). He will discuss their use as building stones; the complex structure of their skeleton, which may have as many as two million elements; the microstructure of the elements that is both complex and beautiful; and the lattice structure of the calcite mineral from which the skeleton is built.

The UT Science Forum takes place via Zoom Friday, Oct. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is required. Once registered, you will receive a link to join the Zoom presentation.



  • 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,

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