Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Oak Ridge Art Center: Metamorphosis IV: Recycle to Art

  • March 27, 2021 — May 8, 2021

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

This series has proven to push the artists of the region to revisit ideas, mix techniques, and mix and seek new materials in ways they never considered before.

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

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission: Teacher In-Service Training

  • March 27, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

On behalf of the entire Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission we would like to welcome you and invite you to join us for our Upcoming Commemoration. In 2021 we will observe our 39th Annual King Week Celebration. Our 2021 theme, A LEGACY OF RIGHTEOUS PURPOSE: SOCIAL JUSTICE AND RACIAL EQUALITY - A MUST REALITY, is attributed to the Dream and the Dreamer who affirmed, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars".

Since 1982, the MLK Commission has been organizing a special celebration each year for the Knoxville area to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The weeklong celebration focuses on providing education and leadership training for adults and youth and promotes reconciliation through peaceful conflict resolution. Part of the celebration also includes stories of racial struggles with emphasis on non-violence, equality, and love.

We have a sundry of MLK activities to celebrate the national holiday on Monday, January 18, 2021. We invite you to join us for as many events as your schedule will allow:

Wednesday, January 13 (Via Zoom) - INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE
Saturday, March 27, 2021 - TEACHER IN-SERVICE TRAINING
April 11, 2021 (TBD) - MEMORIAL SERVICE
Sunday, April 17, 2021 (TBD) -YOUTH SYMPOSIUM
Sunday, April 18, 2021 (TBD) - NIGHT OF THE ARTS TIRBUTE/KSO

City of Knoxville: 2021 Neighborhood Conference

  • March 27, 2021

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

The 2021 Neighborhood Conference will be held virtually via the Knoxville Convention Center’s online conference platform on Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is free, but participants must register in advance at

“This is the next best thing to seeing everyone in person,” says Neighborhood Coordinator Debbie Sharp. “The virtual event will recreate the informative and fun aspects of the Conference that are possible thanks to our participants--engaged neighbors and community-minded organizations who are enthusiastic about creating and supporting strong neighborhoods.”

The conference will include welcome remarks by Mayor Indya Kincannon, community information booths, and ceremonies to present the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year and Neighborhood Achievement awards.

Three workshops will be available to view during the conference:
• Learning About KPD and PARC: Four members of the Knoxville Police Department and LaKenya Middlebrook, Director of the Police Advisory and Review Committee, will answer questions and address concerns submitted by Knoxville residents between now and March 3.
• How to Be a Good Neighbor – Addressing Mental Health: Participants will learn how to respect varying levels of mental health in their communities, how to recognize signs of mental distress, and how to intervene for the health of our neighbors and neighborhoods.
• Diving into City Government: Former Deputy to the Mayor Bill Lyons will explain how city government works, its structure and processes, and what residents should know to make informed decisions.

The conference platform provides space for attendees to chat with each other, and everyone who registers will be eligible to win door prizes. In addition, registered guests will have access to the conference content for a week after the event to watch or rewatch a presentation or workshop, take notes from a booth, etc. The 10 neighborhood groups with the most members registered for the conference will receive a gift of 25 face masks bearing the Neighborhood Conference logo. To submit questions for the KPD and PARC workshop or learn how your organization can participate in the Neighborhood Conference, contact Conference Coordinator Courtney Durrett at 865-215-3456 or

Live from the Bijou: Three Star Revival

Category: Music

'Live from the Bijou', a reduced capacity, in-venue experience and live streaming concert series, returns to our historic stage every week in the month of March! Safety measures have been put in place to ensure fans' well-being while inside the venue. View a full list of these procedures and precautions on our Health & Safety Update page. Few tickets will be made available to attend the live events in person, creating an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Bijou Theatre.

For those not able to join us in person, we're happy to bring the show to you! The Bijou Thetare has partnered with veeps to stream each performance live for a minimum donation of $10 plus applicable fees. This donation will allow you to tune in live and also view a replay of the show for over 48 hours. Proceeds from 'Live at the Bijou' will support the artist and help sustain the venue as we prepare to return from one of the most challenging years in our 100+ year history.

8pm Show / 7:30pm Doors

Three Star Revival is always sure to bring a good time when you come out and groove with them. Meaningful lyrics, catchy melodies, and extended improvisational sections take the listener across a plethora of genres including soul/r&b/jazz/funk to tie it all together with a high energy rock show that will always keep you movin’. Although the group was founded in Knoxville by frontman Ben Gaines and guitarist Cameron Moore, its members now call multiple cities home;Gaines, Tyler Reddick, and Jared White all call Chattanooga, TN home, Moore still holds down the fort in Knoxville, and Gregory Walton made the move to music city in Nashville from his hometown of Shreveport, LA. 2021 will see new music all year from the group with the first full length album slated to drop this Summer. Although the pandemic has slowed down the band’s hectic touring schedule, the group will be back with dates all over the country and with festivals like 420 Fest. The group is just starting to spread the sounds of Tennessee across the country, and is not looking to slow down any time soon.

Each ticket includes access to a live stream of the show plus access to replay the event until Monday at Midnight ET. Proceeds from the live stream will benefit both the Bijou Theatre and the artist.

At Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,

Ijams Nature Center: River Rescue

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

Let's Clean Up This Town! It's almost time for the 32nd annual Ijams River Rescue, presented by TVA! It's a great way to safely get out, get active, and clean up the Tennessee River and its creeks and streams to make the Greater Knoxville Area an even better place to live, work, and play!

This event brings together 500-800 volunteers to remove between 10-40 tons of trash from the Tennessee River’s shorelines and its tributary creeks. In 2020, 500 volunteers safely removed 12.6 tons of garbage from 32 sites! Let's blow that "out of the water" this year!

Join your fellow East Tennesseans to make a difference in our community Saturday, March 27, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Outdoor cleanups are a great way to give back, get active and stay safe because you can be outside and physically distance from everyone around you. Registration will open soon, so stay tuned. Everyone who volunteers will receive a t-shirt featuring this beautiful barred owl design by Stephen Lyn Bales.

Learn more:

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: FREE Admission Day for Our Neighbors

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Kids, family and Science, nature

In furtherance of our mission to "preserve, interpret, and share" the traditions and culture of our area, we are providing these free admission opportunities to fill the gap for area schools who have missed out on field trip experiences they would have had in a normal, non-COVID year. It also coincides with our 15th Anniversary!

For all those who have missed out on their visits to the Heritage Center, we want to provide you with a chance to spend time with us. Safety concerns still exist, and for that reason, we will continue to abide by CDC and state safety guidance. And unfortunately, we won't have the hands-on activities we typically would have for a field trip. However, we want you to enjoy the galleries and historic village just the same and at no charge.

And for those of you who don't have school-age children, we want you to visit with us as well. Maybe you haven't been to the Center in years, or perhaps you're new to the area and have never seen the Center at all. This is your chance!

We encourage everyone to find their specific county and date on the calendar and make plans to be with us. Simply bring a valid photo ID with address on the day of your visit, and you and your household can enjoy free admission into the galleries and historic village. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Saturday, March 27: Monroe, Sevier, and Cocke Counties, TN
Saturday, April 10: All Neighboring Counties in Western North Carolina

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center places the highest priority on the health and well-being of their guests, employees, and volunteers. For this reason, the Heritage Center will enforce the following guidelines:

Social distancing of at least six feet while on the property (indoors or outdoors) is necessary. The Heritage Center is following CDC guidelines and requiring masks for ages 2 and up. All guests and employees must wear masks while indoors. Masks will not be provided but will be available for purchase at the gift shop. Reduced capacities will be allowed in common areas such as the gift shop. Hand sanitizer stations will also be available.

The Heritage Center will continue to closely monitor CDC guidelines as well as any state-issued orders pertaining to COVID-19. If changes are deemed necessary, the Heritage Center will broadcast alerts via website, social media, and email/telephone when possible.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Mill & Mine Movie Night: The Last Waltz

  • March 27, 2021
  • 6:30-9:00PM

Category: Film

Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM is Movie Night at The Mill & Mine featuring The Last Waltz! We have an indoor set up with a great view of the big screen! Reserve via our Tako Taco Resy link below. Select either "Movie Lounge" or "Movie Table". Other dining options do offer viewing of the movie.
Seating starts at 6:30PM
Movie starts at 7:00PM
$5-$8 per person
Pod sizes range from 2-8 people. Each pod offers your group their own space to hang out, safely distanced from others.

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.

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

Ijams Nature Center: Beginning to Bird

Category: Science, nature

Saturday, March 27
Ijams Nature Center
Beginning to Bird: Migration Training (Adult Program)
Migration is already starting. Come prepare for the return of our migratory birds.

Mar 27, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA

Beginning to Bird is designed for ages 11 and up

Ijams Beginning to Bird helps you as you take or re-take your first steps into the world of bird watching. This month, we prepare for the incoming migratory birds. We will brush up on warbler identification, songs, where to go during migration, and limber up our necks for starting up into the canopy.

Materials Participants Should Bring: Good walking shoes, water, binoculars (Ijams can provide binoculars as needed), and bird field guide.

Information to Note: This is a bird walk and we will go on trails with roots, rocks, and some elevation change. Arrive ready to walk approximately .75 to 1 miles.

Meet outside the Ijams Visitor Center on the main plaza.

Register at
No walk-ins will be accepted. Every participant must have a ticket. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Ijams awards full refunds for any cancellations up to 7 days before a program, or if Ijams cancels a program due to inclement weather. Refunds are not awarded for programs with fees of $5 or less for any reason. Tickets are non-transferable.

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,

UT Gardens: Spring Plant Sale

  • March 26, 2021 — April 5, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

UT Gardens, Knoxville will be holding their upcoming Spring Plant Sale online again this year. Current Gardens members will get the opportunity to shop early on March 26, and will also receive their 10% on their purchase. If you aren't currently a member, you can join now in order to receive the preview sale link when we send it out. If you are a member affiliated with either Crossville or Jackson, please contact Beth at and ask to be included in the member sale preview email.

The sale will be open to the public from March 29 through April 5, and we will hold a contact-free curbside pickup on April 9 and 10.

Member Pre-Sale - opens March 26
Public Sale - March 29-April 5
Pickup will be scheduled for - April 9 - 10
2518 Jacob Drive, Knoxville

WDVX: Live from Home with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Category: Music

Friday, March 26, 7pm

Join WDVX “Live From Home” featuring artists from their home settings, studio and more. This is a series of shows that support musicians and WDVX. Tickets for WDVX’s initial spring Live from Home show featuring Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, March 26th at 7pm, are on sale now through our website:

Big Ears: Streaming Lonnie Holley's Knoxville Sessions

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

From The Mill & Mine and Southern Railroad Depot
Streaming: March 26 thru April 1

Big Ears captured Lonnie Holley's Knoxville sessions for a series of streaming films. This new 70-minute show — the second coming out of those sessions — has Lonnie making music with an expert ensemble of collaborators outdoors at the Southern Railroad Depot and inside at The Mill & Mine.

Musicians who participated in these sessions, supporting Lonnie, include cellists Ben Sollee and Dave Eggar, guitarists Christopher Paul Stelling and Phil Faconti, drummer Jordon Ellis, and fiddler Evie Andrus.

Ticket Options:
$10 | Livestream Ticket
$25 | Meet & Greet + Livestream Ticket

Gallery 1010: Loop

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Works by Ashley Ekstrum

Opening receptions via Zoom, Fri 6-9 PM. Link on the website.
It can also be viewed by appointment between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28.

Gallery 1010, 1150 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Exhibition hours by appointment only. Information:

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