Calendar of Events

Friday, November 13, 2020

38th Annual Christmas Fair

  • November 13, 2020 — November 15, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events and Fine Crafts

Held at the Knoxville Expo Center on Clinton Highway. One level shopping, drive-in entry to unload, and easy access. Register early! Craft fair, arts, gifts and more! Extensive local and regional advertising; admission is charged. Hours: Fri 2-8 PM, Sat 10 AM – 8 PM, and Sun 12-5 PM. Registration fees range from $175 and up. Info: 865-687-3976 or

Ijams Nature Center: Pop-up Programs

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

Nov 13 & 14, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Visit the educational tent outside Ijams Visitors Center to schedule one of the outdoor nature experiences the Ijams Educational Team is offering this weekend. First come, first served!

Pop-ups are scheduled next Friday and Saturday at the Visitor Center and Mead's Quarry on both days! You can schedule an experience, meet an Ijams animal staffer and more!

Pop-Up activities are free, but donations are gratefully accepted! Suggested donation: $5 for a program.

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,

Bijou Theatre: Live from the Bijou with Temp Job

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.

One half band & the other half party, Temp Job is an eclectic eight-piece group filled with local Knoxville, TN musicians inspired by punk, funk, and rock n roll.

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

East Tennessee PBS: Airing A Celebration of Knoxville Opera

Category: Film, Free event and Music

Knoxville Opera and East Tennessee PBS have collaborated to create “Knox Opera for All: A Celebration of Knoxville Opera” - a concert that will be broadcast on East Tennessee PBS November 13 at 9:00 p.m.

The concert features Maestro Brian Salesky accompanying soprano Jacqueline Brecheen, soprano Adia Evans, mezzosoprano Audrey Odle, baritone Michael Rodgers, tenor Wayd Odle, and bass Andrew Wentzel. They are joined by Miroslav Hristov, violinist and University of Tennessee Professor of Music. “It was a pleasure to record this concert in our home, the magnificent Tennessee Theatre, although we certainly missed the presence of our loyal audience,” noted Salesky. “This PBS program highlights all aspects of KO’s programming, ranging from mainstage opera productions to the African-American Voices Series and Knoxville Opera Goes to Church, as well as in-school performances and The Rossini Festival.”

The telecast offers the audience to experience a performance from the artists’ point of view with the camera on stage facing the stunning interior of the Tennessee Theater as a backdrop. The Knoxville Opera Guild is planning at least one virtual event to complement the release of this production. “We know our audiences are missing not only our regular performances but also the sense of community Guild social events provide our patrons,” said Guild President Julia Mullaney.

Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

Big Ears presents Lonnie Holley & Friends

Category: Music

Friday, November 13 | 8pm (eastern)

Acclaimed visual and performing artist Lonnie Holley joined by a remarkable ensemble featuring cellists Ben Sollee and Dave Eggar, guitarists Christopher Paul Stelling and Phil Faconti, fiddler Evie Andrus, and drummer Jordan Ellis. The band — assembled from musicians across the region — made this special recording set-up in the round at Knoxville’s The Mill & Mine, one of the cornerstone venues at the annual Big Ears Festival.


The stream will be hosted on Tickets are $14 (plus service charges) in advance and $16 (plus service charges) on the day of show. For those unable to watch the initial stream, it will be available on replay for 48 hours after the initial stream (note: tickets may only be purchased, however, before or during the initial broadcast).

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Summit: Individual Pathways to Sustainability

  • November 13, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Science, nature

Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s annual summit will be going virtual this year. The KKB Summit: Individual Pathways to Sustainability will be held on November 13 from 9:00am to 12:30pm via Zoom Webinar.

KKB seeks to showcase ways you can be more environmental and sustainable in your everyday life. The Summit will consist of three presentations each an hour long. Attendees came join the Zoom Webinar for all three or doing the topic of their choice.

The Summit will kick off at 9:00am, with a presentation from Melissa Hinten of UT’s Department of Geography. Hinten will focus on carbon footprinting and how you can reduce your footprint. At 10:15am, Harley Bryant with KUB will give tips on reducing your home energy and water bill. The final presentation will be at 11:30am, focusing on creative reuse with Ashlee Mays, the creator of the Museum of Infinite Outcomes in Parkridge.

The Summit is free, those wishing to attend may pre-register at Pre-registering allows you to receive reminders about the event.

The Early Stages of the UT-Oak Ridge Partnership presentation

  • November 13, 2020

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Science, nature and Technology

Friday, November 13 via Zoom

Lee Riedinger, emeritus professor of physics and emeritus director of the Bredesen Center at UT, will present “The Early Stages of the UT-Oak Ridge Partnership,” Friday, November 13 via Zoom.

In 1940, Oak Ridge did not exist and UT did not have PhD programs. In the last 80 years, much has changed as UT and the federal facilities in Oak Ridge have grown enormously and – in many examples – jointly. Riedinger will discuss the first decades of this partnership evolution with special emphasis on some of the people who made it happen.

The UT Science Forum takes place via Zoom Friday, Nov. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is required. Once registered, you will receive a link to join the Zoom presentation.

Clarence Brown Theatre: Auction & 50th Birthday Bash

Category: Festivals, special events

This virtual event is free and open to the public!
Sunday, November 15 at 6:30pm
Virtual event thru Lunchpool (RSVP required to receive event link)

Dude, can you believe we’re just one month away from partying like it’s 1970? Don’t miss out and RSVP now to join us on Sunday, November 15 as we celebrate the 50th birthday of the Clarence Brown Theatre building. An hour of catching up with old friends, making new ones, and seeing what the CBT has been up to these past 50 years as we look ahead to the next 50 years. Dy-no-mite!

If you RSVP, you will automatically be signed up for the online auction when it opens on Monday, November 9 on Handbid. All donations will go to support the CBT Artists Endowment, a fund that brings in guest artists like Actor Dale Dickey (Sweeney Todd, A Streetcar Named Desire) or Scenic Designer Ron Keller (Amadeus, The Crucible, Blithe Spirit, and more).

Big Ears presents Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

Running November 6 thru December 11, ‘Sites & Sounds from Big Ears’ hosts the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival, a 15-act series highlighting many of the most compelling artists from that nation’s fertile musical scene.

Big Ears is teaming up with Musikkprofil Booking & Management, Oslo’s Sentralen performing arts center, and Hes & Falck to present the series which launches on Friday, November 6 and spans five weeks of programming. Big Ears is the exclusive North American presenter of the festival — the only place in the US, Canada, and Mexico where you can stream the series.

Norway has been home to a rich jazz landscape for decades, an ecosystem that has been documented notably over the years by ECM Records. The festival offers a multi-faceted portrait of the country’s unique jazz scene, over seven double-bill concerts, featuring artists including pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, saxophonist Tryvge Seim, guitarist Eiven Aarset, and trumpeters Mathias Eick and Nils Petter Molvær, plus an evening with pianist Tord Gustavsen — as well as many other essential Norwegian jazz artists. Each performance has been elegantly filmed on-site at the Sentralen in Oslo, Norway.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: People’s Choice Art Show

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

The public is invited to the opening reception of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade’s annual People’s Choice Art Show. This event will take place on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at the Plateau Creative Art Center, 451 Lakeview Dr. in Fairfield Glade. All in attendance can view over 80 show entries and cast their ballots for their favorite artwork. If unable to attend the reception, the public can come during regular hours between November 6 through the 25 to vote. Atlas Real Estate of Crossville, Tennessee is sponsoring this event. Cash prizes will be awarded to First through Fifth Place winners at the Awards Ceremony on December 4, 2020.

A unique feature of this year’s art show is that all award ribbons were handmade by a small group of the Art Guild’s talented artists. Each ribbon will be a treasured small piece of art for the winning artists.

An assortment of beverages will be served at this free reception event, weather permitting. Stonehaus Winery is providing a selection of fine wines. The Art Show will feature all genres of art. Please visit the PCAC to see all of this fabulous artwork from November 6th through December 4th. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM - 4 PM. Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Art Thru The Window

  • November 6, 2020 — November 30, 2020

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

Ongoing beginning First Friday Nov 6th.

"Art Thru The Window" Broadway Studios and Gallery. Featuring our 6 new resident artists!

Vincent Drake
Jes Distad
Laura Gasparrini
Larry Blount
Melinda Adams
William Holbert

24/7 viewing safely through the glass! Purchase info will be listed on the window.
1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville TN 37917

Art Market Gallery: Elaine Fronczek & Terri Swaggerty

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

November Featured Artists

Terri Swaggerty, Painting
For me the process of creating Art is the place where soul meets body. I look for and discover Art every single day; in manmade structures, the natural world and even while looking down while crossing a street or parking lot. I especially like to document the many and varied details of Knoxville, my hometown. What I see and experience constantly sparks a creative response in me. I use my experience as a pro photographer and pro retouch artist to transform the literal image into a work of Art.

Elaine Fronczek
I come from a family that has made beautiful and functional objects with their hands. My mother baked, my grandmother sewed and crocheted, my father and aunt were multitalented. At an early age I could usually be found in my grandmother’s sewing room creating my first designs. Fiber fascinated me and drew me in. It was an avocation for over 50 years. In 2008 I attended a class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts where I learned to wet felt. Here I realized that wool, silk and other natural fibers could be manipulated into both 2 and 3 dimensional creations in the shape and color of my choosing. Thus I began my current pursuit in the world of fiber. I am inspired by the colors of nature and the simplicity and functionality of pieces created by contemporary artists and designers. Using natural renewable materials and repurposed items allows me to create simple pieces that bring beauty and comfort to the eye.

Hours: Tue-Sat 11 AM - 6 PM, Sun 1-6 PM
Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-5265,,

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