Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Repticon Knoxville

  • November 14, 2020 — November 15, 2020

Category: Science, nature

At Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville

This show features everything that you’ve come to love most about Repticon’s two days of fun and excitement! See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts at amazing prices you won’t find anywhere else, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals. Repticon Knoxville is one reptile and exotic animal expo that you can’t afford to miss!

East Tennessee Bluegrass Association and Ijams Nature Center: Jamboree

Category: Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

5:30-8:30 PM on select evenings at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

The East Tennessee Bluegrass Association and Ijams Nature Center have partnered up to bring you the Ijams Jamboree presented by ETNBA! We will have four different concerts series throughout the year. Cost is $5 for those 6 and up. Beer and food available! Make plans to join us!

Ijams Nature Center: Offline Learning

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

Thursday, Nov. 12
4-5:30 p.m.

Pond Life and Life Cycles (Ages 6+ and Caregivers) Collect and identify creatures using dip nets!
Sense of Wonder (Ages 4-7 and Caregivers) Allow your five senses to guide you through the natural world!
Animal Form and Function (Ages 6-9 and Caregivers) Lift rocks, roll logs and sweep nets to discover Ijams creatures and how they are adapted to living here!
Plant-tastic! (Ages 6-9 and Caregivers) Learn about the life cycle of plants as you hike around Ijams!

Monsters Made with Love Workshop

  • November 14, 2020

Category: Classes, workshops, Fine Crafts and Kids, family

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 crafting supplies are included with ticket. Ticket also includes a pumpkin muffin from our cafe!

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." See Less

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,

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,,

UT Downtown Gallery: Shiny by David Wilson

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Join us for First Friday reception from 5-8pm on Friday November 6. Ten visitors at a time will be permitted in the UT Downtown Gallery. Please bring a mask to wear. We look forward to seeing you!

Shiny, an upcoming exhibition by Professor Emeritus David Wilson at the UT Downtown Gallery, will feature 49 drawings of imitation silver leaf on translucent vellum.

Wilson began his academic career at the UT School of Art in 1985. He uses non-traditional materials and approaches, including process and chance, in his large temporary artworks and drawings. The drawings in Shiny rely on reflected light to reveal the image.

“This exhibition is an opportunity to realize images that have been in my head for a long time and to do so using a process that makes them new.”

All the drawings in Shiny are available for purchase, and proceeds benefit the UT School of Art David C. Wilson Community Outreach Endowment that supports local community engagement projects and initiatives by students and faculty. The endowment was established in honor of Wilson’s service to the School of Art by his long-time friends and School of Art development council members Sarah and Oliver Smith.

The exhibition runs through Wednesday, November 25. The UT Downtown Gallery is open Wednesday - Friday, 11am - 6pm and Saturdays 10am - 3pm.

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