Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Museum of Appalachia: Santa Photos

  • November 21, 2020 — November 22, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family


Saturday, November 21st: 9am-12pm
Sunday, November 22nd: 2pm-5pm

This year’s set up will be modified to allow for space between the kiddos and Santa. We ask that wish lists for Santa be written down in advance, so they can be handed to Santa when it’s time for your family’s photos.

Photos will be held on the Museum of Appalachia grounds, either outside or on a covered porch area, and will take place rain or shine.

LHS Photography will provide at least 4 downloadable images for each session. A picture of the whole family can be done in addition to one of just children.

There are a limited number of spots available, so reserve yours now! $40 per family
Click here to purchase: Santa Photos 2020

Museum of Appalachia | 2819 Andersonville Hwy., Clinton, TN 37716

Tennessee Theatre: Portrait Photography Sessions

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family


While we may be closed during this pandemic, we are offering the rare opportunity to have professional photographs taken inside the Tennessee Theatre with Shawn Poynter Photography. Get a jump on your holiday card photos, commemorate a recent graduation, celebrate an anniversary, or simply take advantage of one of Knoxville's most beautiful buildings to capture your family during 2020, a year we will never forget!

Choose between any occasion and holiday packages and take advantage of the Tennessee as a most gorgeous backdrop for your photographic memories! Take advantage of this rare opportunity at the Tennessee October 10 and 11 and November 21 and 22! Part of your session fee includes a donation to the Theatre during its closure.

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

Ijams Nature Center: 31st annual River Rescue

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Saturday, Nov.21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ijams Nature Center’s annual communitywide event focuses on removing trash and tires from 32 sites along the Tennessee River and its creek tributaries from the river’s headwaters in Knoxville to the shores of Loudon County.

“This event was originally scheduled for March 28, but the pandemic forced us to cancel it,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. “Because the cleanup is outside and volunteers can distance themselves from each other or work with family members and friends in their own ‘bubble,’ it’s something we can do safely to bring the community together and make a difference.”

Volunteers can register using an online, interactive site map accessible from the Ijams River Rescue page on Ijams’ website at Slots are filled on a first-come, first served basis, and typically book quickly. The deadline to register is Nov. 14 or until all slots have been filled.

Those wishing to sign up as a group should have all members register individually so that they can complete a waiver and provide personal contact information should Ijams need to communicate with everyone at a particular site.

The 31st annual Ijams River Rescue is sponsored by Home Federal Bank, TVA, City of Knoxville Stormwater Management, First Horizon Foundation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, CAC AmeriCorps, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Waste Connections, and the Water Quality Forum.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: 865-577-4717,

UT Gardens class: Winter Tree Identification Class 1 and 2

  • November 21, 2020

Category: Classes, workshops and Science, nature

Class 1: November 21st from 9am-11am
Class 2: January 23rd from 9am-11am

Do you love trees? Do you love them so much that you’ve wished you could identify them during the dead of winter? Look no further – we have a class for you! Join Alice Kimbrell, UT Gardens Volunteer Coordinator, Horticulturist and avid tree lover as she takes you through the garden in winter. In this class, we will learn the basic anatomy of trees and will look at different ways to identify several plant species during their dormancy with their bark, fruit, buds and more. You’ll be surprised how much you can identify during winter! Be sure to wear comfy walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing as these plant walks are entirely outside.

It is recommended to enroll in both tree identification courses for the best experience, though you may opt to just register for one of the classes.

Both Classes 1 and 2: Garden member $35.00/ Nonmember $45.00
Only Class 1 on November 21st: Garden member $20.00/ Nonmember $25.00
Only Class 2 on January 23rd: Garden member $20.00/ Nonmember $25.00

*Classes are scheduled to be in person. All attendees will be expected to follow University of Tennessee COVID-19 guidelines which include wearing face mask and completing a UTK screening for visitors form and bring it to class (click here for a copy of the form). Classes may move virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. In the event of classes going virtual, participants will be given a garden kit with garden materials to compete the class at home. For more information on University of Tennessee’s COVID-19 event guidelines click here. Stock number: I121000037
Price: $45.00

The Mill & Mine: Movie Night: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • November 21, 2020

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

Movie Night at The Mill & Mine featuring Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! We have indoor and outdoor pods set up with a great view of the big screen! Reserve via our Tako Taco Resy link below.
Doors 6PM; Movie 6:30PM
Movie starts at 6:30PM, Pod sizes range from 2-10 people. Each pod offers your group their own space to hang out, safely distanced from others.

Inside & outside pods
$5 per person
More info:
Movie starts at 7:30PM, 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. If you have any further questions, please send us an email at

214 Magnolia: Trunk Show with Lesley Eaton and Joanna Warren

  • November 21, 2020

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

214 is doing a couple events for the quickly approaching holiday!

The first event will be Saturday November 21, 12-8 PM - Enjoy a trunk show for two of our represented artists, Painter-Lesley Eaton and Leather worker- Joanna Warren.

214 Magnolia, Knoxville.

(865) 337-7106

Jubilee Community Arts: 51st Jubilee Festival

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Music

Friday-Saturday November 20-21 Virtual Jubilee Festival on Facebook

For a full half century we have showcased old-time music, ballads, blues, shape-note singing and other area music in this annual event. The 51st Jubilee Festival originally scheduled for late March will take place online. Planning for our first festival started in the fall of 1969 with the implementation of an Appalachian Craft Festival in the spring of 1970 that included a music stage. In the next few years the traditional music component grew and the event came to be known as Jubilee Festival which Jubilee Community Arts has continued to produce each year. Last year's 50th Jubilee Festival was held during a historic flood, but still filled the Laurel for three days with old and new friends. Though the current pandemic forced us to cancel this year's live event, we cannot let a year pass without the Jubilee Festival.

November 20-21 at the Laurel Theater on Facebook
There is no charge for the event but tips and donations will be very much appreciated!

Ijams Nature Center: Pop-up Programs

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

Friday, Nov. 20 , 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mead's Quarry
Saturday, Nov. 21 , 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ijams Visitor Center

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! 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,

Workshops at Knoxville Community Darkroom

  • November 17, 2020 — November 21, 2020

Category: Classes, workshops

Tue Nov 17, 6-8 PM: Learning Series - The Camera will teach you all about analog shooting. Topics covered will be: selecting a camera, camera functions, operating in that mysterious "Manual" mode, metering your subject, lens selection, and more. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.
Wed Nov 18, 6-8 PM: Learning Series - The Negative will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn to load and process your film. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.
Sat Nov 21, 11 AM – 2 PM: Cyanotype Prints - Learn one of the original photographic processes! Cyanotype is one of the oldest printing processes invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. In this workshop, you will learn to make a unique one of a kind handmade print by coating various papers with Cyanotype chemicals and developing them in the sun. A materials fee of $40 is due at or before the event. This class is limited to 5* participants.
Sat Nov 21, 6-8 PM: Learning Series - The Print will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn the basics of enlarger use, burning and dodging and developing finished prints. For this class, you must bring your developed film and B&W photo paper. We suggest buying film and paper locally from F32 near West Town Mall. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.

Terra Madre Women in Clay: 11th Annual Virtual Fall Show

  • November 15, 2020 — November 22, 2020

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events and Fine Crafts

Our Virtual Fall Show is coming soon.
The Virtual Fall Show is available only one week during this period; so, don’t miss it!!

We are an eclectic group of lively women who happen to be clay artists from East Tennessee. Together, we create a place where mutual support, education in clay and the pursuit of excellence are celebrated, not only with each other but with our community in East Tennessee and beyond, through regional exhibitions, shows and community events.

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,

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