Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • January 1, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Are you looking for a safe and engaging outdoor activity during the pandemic? Take a historical tour of downtown Knoxville – its past, its present, and most of all its people - with poet and storyteller Laura Still with Knoxville Walking Tours.

Laura opens a window to Knoxville’s varied past and leads you on a journey through hard times and high times of a city growing through more than two centuries of history.

Tours include:
• Knoxville: The Early Years
• Misbehaving Women
• Civil War
• Gunslingers
• Musical History
• Literary Heritage
• Shadow Side Ghost Tours

A portion of all downtown tours support the Knoxville History Project. You can schedule your tour at http://knoxvillewalkingtours.com/.

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.

2020-2021 DAILY ADMISSION:
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

https://knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/special_events/knoxvilles_holidays_on_ice

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
URL: https://youtu.be/2DcW6HQf7Yw

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 JTV.com and follow @JTV on Instagram, @jewelrytelevision on Facebook, @jewelrytv on Pinterest and @jewelry on Twitter

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/knoxville-museum-of-art-timed-entry-visitor-registration-registration-109053985406.

For more information about this exhibition, contact Rosalind Martin at rmartin@knoxart.org or 865.523.6349. Or visit www.knoxart.org.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to benefit TKD

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased from this web site benefits Theatre Knoxville Downtown.

A ticket entitles you to view the performance as many times as you like in one 24-hour period. Buy one ticket and invite the whole family to watch together!

Experience A Christmas Carol unlike any other— past, present or future. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award® winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gentleman’s Guide…) plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. This theatrical achievement comes from the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden (Tony-winning Best Revival – Once on this Island). Staged exclusively for this production and captured live with breathtaking clarity, this must-watch streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theatre home for the holidays.

Starring JEFFERSON MAYS
Adapted by JEFFERSON MAYS, SUSAN LYONS, MICHAEL ARDEN
Production conceived by MICHAEL ARDEN & DANE LAFFREY
Directed by MICHAEL ARDEN

World Premiere Live Capture: NOVEMBER 28
Video available on demand until JANUARY 3
https://www.theatreknoxville.com/charles-dickens-a-christmas-carol/

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Lights

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

If you haven’t heard, you can light up your nights this winter when you experience the all new outdoor lantern light-up at Zoo Knoxville! See a variety of animal lanterns, an enchanted forest, moravian stars, and a snake tunnel! Plus, hot chocolate, spirits, and some authentic Chinese wares! Starting November 27 and lasting until January 3, 2021, nightly from 5-9 PM

*Closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.

https://www.zoolightsknoxville.com/

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org

Downtown Knoxville's Peppermint Trail

  • November 27, 2020 — January 3, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Follow the Peppermint Trail - November 27 thru January 3

Follow the peppermints along the sidewalks in Downtown Knoxville to discover all sorts of treats featuring the favorite red-and-white candy, plus plenty of gingerbread, cinnamon, cranberry, apple spice, and other holiday flavors. From candy cane coffees and hot buttered rum, to eggnogs and peppermint martinis, you'll feel the holiday magic with every sip!

That's not all. Restaurants make holiday cheesecakes, fudge, donuts, cookies, and macarons, and boutiques and gift shops sell holiday t-shirts, soaps, and scented candles.

A list of businesses – and their treats – is below. Come back to this site often as we add new holiday specials.

We're excited to welcome you to the Peppermint Trail, but remember to make health and safety the top priority. Wear your mask (more festive, the better), practice physical-distancing, and stay home if you're sick.

Holiday magic awaits along the Peppermint Trail. Come back to this site often, as we add holiday specials throughout the season. Post photos of your peppermint adventures with #KnoxPeppermint. You’re MINT to be downtown this season! https://www.downtownknoxville.org/holiday/peppermint/

Knoxville Museum of Art: Thorne Rooms Virtual Tour

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

Explore the Knoxville Museum of Art’s collection of rare miniature rooms in this fascinating virtual tour. The KMA’s nine Thorne Rooms, each inspired by a different historical period, were created by Mrs. James Ward Thorne in the 1930s and 40s and were among the museum’s earliest acquisitions. You’ll get close enough to appreciate the tiniest details of these antique miniatures, and go behind the scenes to learn about the technology that illuminates and preserves these treasures. You’ll learn the fascinating story behind Narcissa Thorne’s obsessive passion for miniatures and how she created these 1-inch-to-12-inch scale models of historic interiors.

The Thorne Room collection was gifted by IBM in 1962 to the Dulin Gallery of Art, which later became the Knoxville Museum of Art. The 2007 restoration of the Thorne Rooms was made possible by the generous support of Sherri Lee in honor of Mrs. McAfee Lee.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-525-6101, https://knoxart.org/kma_events/thorne-rooms-virtual-tour/

Central Filling Station

  • August 27, 2020 — December 31, 2021

Category: Culinary arts and Kids & family

Central Filling Station is Tennessee's first full-service food truck park! We are a family-friendly, dog-friendly neighborhood hangout featuring a daily rotation of the city’s best food trucks and craft beverages. Welcome to Knoxville’s most unique outdoor dining experience!

Fri-Sat-Sun 12-7 PM
https://www.facebook.com/knoxfoodpark/

900 N. Central Street | Knoxville, TN
https://www.knoxfoodpark.com/

East Tennessee Historical Society: Black & White, Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art and History & heritage

Black & White, Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era featuring the stories of African American artists Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, and Ruth Cobb Brice, with contributions by guest historian Robert J. Booker. The exhibition, which opened February 20, 2020, right before the Museum closed, has now been extended to provide visitors’ access to this important part of East Tennessee’s past.

The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) desires all to stay healthy and with our re-opening we continue to work to help curb the spread of the highly contagious disease that is COVID-19. ETHS is following the guidelines within the Tennessee Pledge and has modified the Museum of East Tennessee History’s visitor experience. We ask that all museum visitors support our community’s health by observing these guidelines:
· Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times (masks are available on site)
· Make regular use of the hand sanitizing stations located throughout the building
· Stay at least six feet away from anyone not in your household
· Follow one-way path markers
· Stay at home if you are sick

The Museum will close one hour early each day for enhanced cleaning. The hours, which are updated on our website are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Certain Museum features have also been modified to increase visitor safety. Examples are interactive exhibitions have been turned off, and seating has been removed to provide additional room for physical distancing.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8824, www.easttnhistory.org

Knoxville Museum of Art: Sculptural Objects from the KMA Collection

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

This special display inaugurates the KMA’s newly renovated Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Education Center, a multi-purpose space named in honor of the KMA’s first director of education. We are taking advantage of current COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings to use this event and classroom space to display a diverse selection of sculptural works, many small in scale, from the KMA collection. Some were acquired years ago and have been displayed many times, while others have rarely been shown or were recently acquired. Figurative works by Tennessee artists Bessie Harvey, Richard Jolley, and Red Grooms explore human life in all its struggles, timeless beauty, and satirical moments. Small objects by Henry Moore and John Himmelfarb reflect contrasting approaches to bronze. John Jordan, Jen McCurdy, and Brad Sells each explore the vessel as a sculptural form from distinct vantage points. Together, this selection reflects a broad cross-section of modern and contemporary art from East Tennessee and beyond as expressed in a variety of materials and techniques.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-525-6101, https://knoxart.org/exhibitions/sculptural-objects-from-the-kma-collection/

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours: COVID-19 Program

  • May 1, 2020 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Since 2010, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours have created the highest level of enjoyment. With the hard times we are facing as a country, we feel that entertainment IS 100% essential. Getting out of the house, enjoying the outdoors with loved-ones is extremely beneficial to personal health.
With this being said, we have decided to adjust our Tours operation so we can offer service to the public, while also maintaining social distancing requirement.
Public Tours are postponed till social distancing requirements are lifted. (RESCHEDULES will be available once social distancing requirements are lifted.)
Private Tours will be offered for “Households” and social circles. (We have decided to offer these events to individuals who spend time in close proximity of each other.) This is a great solution for slowing the spread of the virus while also offering activities that can bring enjoyment to families in the community.

Information: 865-377-9677 or www.hauntedknoxville.net

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