Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Ceramic Journey to the East Artist Talk

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Lecture, discussion, panel

Join Ceramic Artist Maggie Connolly for a Virtual and in-person talk about her time studying ceramics in China and Japan. The first American to graduate from Tsinghua University's MFA course in ceramic design and the second American graduate from Tokyo University of the Art's Ph. D program, she lived and worked in factories across China and visited numerous traditional ceramic production areas in Japan, affording her an insider's peek at how ceramic cultures develop and flourish, becoming intimately intertwined with the culture at large. For students wishing to attend this artist talk remotely, instructions will be sent via email on how to attend the class remotely. Maggie Connolly is an artist/potter originally from Dubuque, Iowa, but now based in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is the first American to earn a MFA in Ceramic Design from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; and the second American to earn a Ph. D in studio ceramics from Tokyo University of the Fine Arts in Tokyo, Japan. She has published extensively about her travels for Ceramics Monthly. Her observations of Asian Ceramic Culture provide the foundation of her ceramic practice and she is interested to how to create a more intentional and purposeful American ceramic culture. Maggie was the Arrowmont Artist-in-Residence in functional ceramics from 2019-2020.

Members: $25 | Non-Members: $35. Registration Deadline: November 29.

Ballet Gloria Dance Company: What Child Is This?

  • December 6, 2020

Category: Dance, movement and Kids, family

Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM EST
Knoxville Convention Center
701 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

What Child Is This? is a unique telling of the Christmas story using dancing, drama, and music. Join us at the Knoxville Convention Center this year as we bring you this amazing show.

We encourage you to get your tickets in advance at the Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts, LLC in Fountain City. Call 865-689-8525 for more information. You can also email us at

Tickets are $15/adults and $10/Seniors & Students. Call for group rates.

Please enter at the Henley Street entrance. Doors open at 5:30. There will be temp checks when entering. We encourage people of high risk to stay home this year, and know that we will be back next year with this wonderful show.

First Baptist Knoxville: Strings at Christmas

  • December 6, 2020

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

11 am Service | Sanctuary

Join the First Baptist Family and members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for a COVID-conscious Christmas Celebration! Our Quartet, Women’s Ensemble, and Men’s Ensembles will lead us as we pray for peace and also welcome our new Senior Pastor!

Oak Ridge Art Center: Gallery of Holiday Shops

  • December 5, 2020 — December 12, 2020

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Fine Crafts

Gallery of Holiday Shops is our annual fine arts and crafts fair. Due to the pandemic, the question has been, how to host the event and keep our Patrons safe. We believe the answer is to spread the event out over several days from December 5 to 12 and limit the number of individuals in the building at any one time. To do so we are offering appointments for, or in, small groups to shop for special hand made items for gifting or your home. You may also drop by and, if you don't mind waiting a bit if there are too many people in the building at one time, you can join us in the galleries once others complete their transactions. This will enable us to host more people safely. Should social restrictions continue this fall, we will ask participants to wear masks and social distance while in our facility. In addition, we will offer a few items from each vendor through this website during the event, so whether you can join us in the gallery, or prefer to shop on-line, you are sure to find something wonderful for friends, family or yourself!

The 2020 Gallery of Holiday Shops is our 25th annual event and will offer guests an opportunity to access the one-of-a-kind creations of regional artists and artisans in a variety of media. There is no admission fee, and proceeds from the artists’ sales will benefit both the artists and the Art Center. Shopping local is a great way to support the local economy, regional artists, and the Art Center. We realize many of our art and craft artists are in need of sales outlets because they depend on the sale of their creations and many, if not most events were cancelled this fall. We hope Gallery of Holiday Shops will truly be a win/win/win for all - crafters, shoppers and the Art Center.

We are accepting applications to exhibit now and will add a list of exhibitors soon. We are fortunate to have several returning favorites as well as new vendors to titillate your mind and add new flair to your gifting ideas. Watch this space for news and updates on this special event. Please plan to join us!

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

JTV: Home for the Holidays Festive Lights Display & Charitable Giving Event

  • December 4, 2020 — January 4, 2021

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

Dec 3-Jan 4, 4:00pm – 10:30pm

Where: 9600 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922

JTV (Jewelry Television), the national jewelry retailer and broadcast network, today unveiled its “Home for the Holidays” display that will support three Knoxville nonprofit agencies as part of the season of giving. Known for adding sparkle to life with beautiful jewelry and gemstones, JTV invites the public to enjoy its incredible “Home for the Holidays” display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and numerous holiday displays in the park of JTV’s West Knoxville headquarters. “This holiday season is unlike any other,” said Tim Matthews, President and CEO of JTV. “In a time when many traditional holiday events are canceled, we wanted to create an enjoyable event at JTV that brings us together in spirit and celebrates the joy of the holidays, albeit a bit differently than we have celebrated in the past.” While there is no cost for visitors to enjoy the festivities, donations to the three area nonprofits are welcome. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Emerald Youth Foundation, which helps serve thousands of local urban youth; the Restoration House, which assists women who face challenging situations; and Elder Care, which will provide gift boxes to area nursing home residents. Visitors can easily donate by scanning QR codes as they walk through the holiday displays or via the links above.

“Now more than ever, the holidays remind us that we are in a season of giving,” Matthews continued. “JTV’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ event will celebrate our hometown of Knoxville and give back to three charitable organizations that are focused on helping youth, women, and the elderly.”

JTV’s “Home for the Holidays” light display is part of Knoxville’s Neighborhood Holiday Trails. Guests can walk the track and enjoy the festive atmosphere in a socially distanced way, which features three signature trees, a stunning life-sized Nativity display, two “tunnels of lights” and climb into Santa’s sleigh for terrific photo opportunities.

The event is located at JTV’s headquarters at 9600 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37922 and is open every day from 4:00pm-10:30pm from now through January 4, 2021. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department is lending a hand to oversee JTV’s park attendance every evening. For more information on JTV, visit and follow @JTV on Instagram, @jewelrytelevision on Facebook, @jewelrytv on Pinterest and @jewelry on Twitter

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Art Thru The Window #2

  • December 4, 2020 — December 31, 2020

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

Art Thru The Window #2
Featuring the works of the BSG resident artists

Broadway Studios and Gallery
1127 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917
To purchase works please call 865-556-8676

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Category: Kids, family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Clayton Foundation will present a live production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” based on the classic novel by Barbara Robinson. The play will be performed December 4th through December 20th, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM and 6 PM. Tickets will be limited to 65 attendees for each performance and groups/families will be distanced from each other. Masks will be required for entry.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids-probably the most inventively awful kids in history! You won’t believe the mayhem and the fun when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best selling book and has become a holiday staple for theatre audiences everywhere featuring lots of laughs for audiences of all ages.

The play is performed by 22 talented young actors, from ages 8 to 16.

The show is directed by KCT student intern Quintin Rhodes, a senior at L & N STEM Academy.
KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families.

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

Clarence Brown Theatre: Capote's A Christmas Memory

Category: Free event, Fundraisers, Literature, reading, writing and Theatre

Online Event

The University of Tennessee Department of Theatre presents Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” read by Carol Mayo Jenkins, recorded on location at the Mabry Hazen House, and directed by John Sipes. The free, streaming recording is available NOW through December 25, 2020. In conjunction with the reading, a “Full Belly Fund” virtual food drive has been set up with Second Harvest to provide food for the community. To watch “A Christmas Memory” and to donate to the Full Belly Fund, go to

Truman Garcia Capote was an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Several of his short stories, novels, and plays have been praised as literary classics, including the novella “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and the true crime novel, “In Cold Blood.” First published in 1956, “A Christmas Memory” is an autobiographical recollection of Capote's rural Alabama boyhood. Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an enduring friendship between two innocent souls--one young and one old--and the memories they share of beloved holiday rituals. Now a holiday classic, "A Christmas Memory" has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions.

The Booth Fairy's Traveling Trunk Show

  • December 4, 2020 — December 6, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events

At 133 S Gay St SW, Knoxville, TN 37902

note: we will be following the health guidelines for COVID-19 by limiting guests and requiring masks.

What to expect:
Racks upon racks of pre loved clothing. 100's of awesome pieces that have all been hand picked by Elle Erickson, who you can usually find seated behind her S#%ty Advice Booth giving out free (air) hugs and engaged in some alluring conversation. The scene feels fantastic, and puts a smile on your face, and some fabulous new pieces in your wardrobe.
This is a guilt free shopping zone. One where we empower each other. We lift each other up. You will leave feeling better than you arrived. That is my goal. Plus, it feels awesome to buy secondhand first, to support a more sustainable shopping experience.
Most items are like $8!!! and there are random give-a-ways and dancing discounts! There’s usually a great mix of vintage, bohemian, 80’s, casual, and one-of-kind items in the collection.
There 's even a super spectacular FREE BOX - no purchase required!
Expect to move your booty a bit while shopping, it’s called ‘shancing’ (shopping & dancing simultaneously) and make some new friends. It’s more than just shopping. Local artists join in to offer wonderful experiences like tarot readings and henna art.
Come out & bring your friends
Credit card, Venmo & cash accepted
Discounts given if you arrive in a tutu or if you watch the following documentaries on Netlix : The True Cost, Cowspiracy, 13th , Happy
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also...this is a fundraising trunk show for the nonprofit
The Booth Fairy Project
you will have an opportunity to sponsor a positive sign to go up in a community near you and help uplift humanity!
check it out:
also, you get cash off every purchase if you become a patron of the project.

Knoxville Museum of Art: 2020 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association present the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition now through Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Now in its 15th year, the exhibition offers middle and high school students from around East Tennessee the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment.

The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to students in grades 6-12 attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Approximately 311 works of the more than 530 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. The best-in-show winner will receive a purchase award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art's Education Collection.

Since 2005, the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition has presented the work of nearly 4,000 students who have competed for a total of $7 million in scholarships made available to eligible juniors and seniors by colleges and universities from around the nation.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public on a limited schedule Wednesday through Sunday 1–5pm. Admission and parking are free. Reservations are recommended by going to

For more information about this exhibition, contact Rosalind Martin at or 865.523.6349. Or visit

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Work by Melanie Ford Fetterolf

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Ijams Visitor Center’s Hallway Gallery features the diverse paintings of Melanie Fetterolf in December. Whether creating "rain paintings" (above left), capturing nature or studying human forms, Melanie employs a variety of techniques and styles to create something unique every time. She also teaches art classes and hosts painting parties at Painting Your World Studio.
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts Studio: December Classes

Category: Classes, workshops, Dance, movement and Kids, family

We're excited to offer each of these classes for the 3 week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Questions? Just reach out! We're looking forward to seeing you!

Intro to Aerials: Mondays 5:30-7pm: 2 spots left!
Stilt Walking: Mondays 7:30-9pm: 1 spot left!
Sling (full)
Trapeze (full)
Intro to Aerials: Thursdays 5:30-7pm: 3 spots left!
Embodiment (full)
Kids class: Saturdays 9-10:30 am: 2 spots left!
Kids class: Saturdays 11-12:30pm: 4 spots left!
Inversion Bootcamp: Saturdays 1-2:30pm: 3 spots left!
Creating a Routine (Knots B): Sundays 1-2:30pm: 1 spot left!
Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts Studio
4506 Fennel Road
Knoxville, TN 37912

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