Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Circle Modern Dance: Modern Dance Primitive Light

Category: Dance, movement, Free event and Music

YouTube Premiere Celebrating 30 Years of Circle
Streaming December 17, 7:00 PM EST - December 19, midnight EST

This video tribute of Modern Dance Primitive Light is free to view (donations are gratefully accepted!).
Sign up below for a reminder email on December 17 with a direct link to view the YouTube Premiere.

Knoxville History Project: Zoom Chats

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

Thursdays 6-7 PM

Dec. 17th we’ll have another look at how Knoxville has celebrated the Christmas holiday over the years, and Knoxville's connection to Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Join Jack Neely and staff each week for a new topic on Knoxville's rich and fascinating history. For more information and to register for this week's chat please visit

Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559

Big Ears: Streaming H.C. McEntire & Band playing Eno Axis

Category: Music


H.C. McEntire has one foot planted in the traditional country gospel roots of her upbringing while boldly wrestling with its complications, creating an Americana sound of her own. Pitchfork gave McEntire’s new release, Eno Axis, a score of 8.1 and noted, “With poetic lyricism, the North Carolina songwriter’s album brings order to the chaos of the day.” In addition to her solo material, McEntire spent the last two years touring with Angel Olsen, has performed on releases by Amy Ray, Megafaun, and Superchunk, and for nearly a decade she fronted another acclaimed band from the Merge roster, Mount Moriah.

In mid-November, McEntire assembled her full band for the first time since the outbreak to play through the new album (which was released by Merge in late-August). The result is a stunning concert film shot at North Carolina’s storied rock club, The Cat’s Cradle.

This stream — which was initiated by the McEntire and Cat's Cradle — will show on the NoonChorus streaming platform.

Ijams Nature Center: Nature Nuggets Gets Winterized

Category: Kids, family, Lecture, discussion, panel and Science, nature

(Ages 2-4 + Their Caregivers) When it’s cold, you put on a coat and hat, but animals don't do that! Discover some of the amazing ways animals survive in the winter at Nature Nuggets: Animals in Winter next Thursday, Dec. 17, from 10-11 a.m.

Learn More at

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,

Marble City Opera: Pint Sized Opera Virtual Concert

Category: Free event and Music

Join us on Thursday, December 17th at 7pm on our YouTube Channel for our special Pint Sized Opera Online! Grab yourself a beverage and enjoy opera arias and musical theater selections from your local Knoxville artists!

Hosted by Managing Director, Brandon Gibson local singers Noelle Harb Brundige, Kayla Beard, Ryan Colbert, Maurice Hendricks, Whitney Myers, Tori Franklin, Elise Bianconi, and Kathryn Frady bring delightful songs from their living rooms to yours!

Knox Heritage: 2020 Annual Meeting

Category: Free event

Join us for our annual meeting of the membership. We'll review 2020, introduce incoming board members, and look forward to 2021. This is a free event but requires registration.

Online via Zoom
Thu, December 17, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

The Mill & Mine: Pod Events & Movies

  • December 16, 2020 — December 30, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events and Film

We have indoor and outdoor pods set up with a great view of the big screen!

Wed Dec 16, 23 & 30, 7-9 PM
Trivia Pods at The Mill & Mine with Challenge Entertainment

THU, DEC 17, 6-10 PM
TV Thursday Pods

FRI, DEC 18 AT 6:30 PM
Movie Night: Krampus

SAT, DEC 19 AT 2:30 PM EST
Movie Night: Home Alone

SAT, DEC 19 AT 6:30 PM EST
Movie Night: Christmas Vacation

More info:
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

Knoxville Opera Holiday Music Celebration

Category: Music

Knoxville Opera is happy to announce that it has produced a new holiday concert and has made it available for free on their website and YouTube channel. The concert features local favorites Jacqueline Brecheen, Aubrey Odle, and Wayd Odle with Brian Salesky as the program host and accompanist.

Recorded at the Timothy B. Matthews Theatre
Jewelry Television, Knoxville, Tennessee
December 8, 2020

“We are so grateful to be able to continue to find ways to inspire our community during these trying times, especially with this holiday season being so challenging for everyone,” said Jason Hardy, Executive Director. “Knoxville Opera had numerous free holiday programs planned that were canceled due to spikes in the virus. Jtv generously opened its recording studio to Knoxville Opera so we could present this holiday gift to the community,” continued Hardy.

The video may be found here:
The digital program book may be found here:

HoLa Hora Latina: Holiday Bazaar at Casa HoLa

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

This is the last week that Casa HoLa will be open during December and the last week you can shop our Holiday Bazaar before the end of the year! The store will be open every day this week (December 14-18) between 10AM and 4PM in Suite 112 of the Emporium for the Arts (100 S. Gay St. Knoxville TN, 37902). Stop by during your next visit to #downtownknoxville to find artisan jewelry, home décor, holiday cards, handbags, Oaxacan alebrijes and nichos, piñatas, and many more handmade crafts imported from Latin America or made by local artists.

¡HoLa, Knoxville! Esta es la última semana que Casa HoLa está abierta durante diciembre y la última semana que pueden hacer compras de nuestro Bazar Navideño antes del fin del año. La tienda estará abierta todos los días de la semana (14-18 de diciembre) entre las 10AM y 4PM en Suite 112 del edifico Emporium for the Arts (100 S. Gay St. Knoxville, TN 37902). Pasen por Casa HoLa durante su próxima visita a #downtownknoxville para encontrar joyas, decoraciones, tarjetas navideñas, alebrijes y nichos oaxaqueños, piñatas, artesanías y muchos más regalos hechos a mano y importados de América Latina o hecho por artistas locales.

Knoxville's Holidays on Ice - CANCELLED

  • December 11, 2020 — January 3, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

UPDATED DEC. 18, 2020: Following the Knox County Board of Health’s recommendations that we all adhere to Safer at Home measures, the City of Knoxville has suspended Holiday’s on Ice at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum for the remainder of this season. We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.

Holidays on Ice will be moving to the Civic Coliseum for the 2020/21 season. Opening day will be December 11! We are excited to still be able to bring you some winter holiday fun and look forward to another great season! Whether with family, friends or on a date you'll love skating in Downtown Knoxville on the same ice where the Ice Bears play hockey! Join us at Holidays on Ice to make memories that will last long after the holidays are over. Enjoy skating on a 180 ft rink while listening to music every night. There may even be a panda sighting by our Holidays on Ice Mascot, 'Peppermint Panda'! The rink will be open December 11, 2020 through January 3, 2021

Holidays on Ice is located inside the Civic Coliseum at 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave, 37915. You can reach the Ice Rink by phone at 865-215-4423.

Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice!
We accept cash, Visa and Mastercard.

Adult: $11
Children Age 12 & Under: $8

Season Pass Adult: $50
Season Pass Children Age 12 & Under: $35

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: First Fiber Arts Exhibit

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

The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade invites the public to venture to the Plateau Creative Art Center and enjoy the first Fiber Arts Exhibit. This exciting new display was featured during the First Friday Fun and Wine Reception on December 4th and will grace the gallery through Thursday, February 4th, 2021. The exhibit presents works by 11 artists, 5 which are members of the Art Guild, 6 are non-members, with 15 pieces of fiber artwork.

We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to both artisans and attendees, with the expectation of generating more interest and acceptance of many varieties of Fiber Arts as Fine Arts. This medium is non-utilitarian work that consists primarily of natural or synthetic fiber or yarn. It focuses on the design, materials, and artistic labor as basic for the works’ significance that prioritizes aesthetic over utilitarian values.

The term Fiber Arts originated shortly after World War II, defining work by craft artists incorporating fabric into their works. The 50’s gave more recognition to Fiber Arts as Fine Arts, and by the 60’s and 70’s, Fiber Arts was embraced worldwide, with a growing number of artists creating 2 and 3-dimensional fiber works in a variety of genres. Fiber Arts continues to thrive and evolve, and the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade is thrilled to share a variety of Fiber Art for public viewing.

PCAC regular hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through December 23. Winter hours: Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning December 24th and running through February 28. The PCAC will be closed on Christmas Day.

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,

UT Downtown Gallery: Beauford Delaney: Transcending Race + Time

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and History, heritage

Opening Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
As always, please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you visit the UT Downtown Gallery. Please do not come if you are feeling sick.

December 4, 2020 - January, 30, 2021

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present a selection of paintings and drawings on loan from the Estate of Beauford Delaney. This exhibition of 21 works includes 4 oil on canvas paintings, abstract watercolors, pastel portraits, and 3 self portraits. Some of these pieces have never been exhibited publicly. Please join us for a small First Friday opening December 5th from 5-8pm. We hope you will be able to make time during the holiday season to see this beautiful and important exhibition.

Events and exhibitions at the UT Downtown Gallery are free and open to the public. As always, please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you visit the UT Downtown Gallery. Please do not come if you are feeling sick.

The UT Downtown Gallery is open Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. The UT Downtown Gallery will be closed December 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802,

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