Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Zoo Knoxville: Craft Bear Nights

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events and Science, nature

Zoo Knoxville’s family-friendly “Craft Bear Nights” featuring craft beers, a food truck and special menu items from their own chef are back by popular demand. Craft Bear Nights will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. each Thursday in April.

Beginning at 5:00 p.m. selected craft beers will be available for purchase, the food truck will be on site, and special menu items exclusively available in the evening will be offered at the zoo’s restaurants. Wine, other beer selections, and non-alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase.

The entire zoo will be open to explore, including the all-new Clayton Family Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus (ARC). The state-of-the-art ARC is an $18 million, 2.5-acre expansion featuring 85 species of reptiles and amphibians in indoor and outdoor habitats. It brings 40 new species to Zoo Knoxville, including Cuban crocodiles, King cobras, Lake Titicaca frogs, West African dwarf crocodiles, a Malaysian giant river turtle and a Linne’s two-toed sloth. The Fuzzy-Go-Round Carousel and Zoo Choo Train will also be open, weather permitting.

On Thursday, April 15, Stick in a Box will be the featured food truck. April 22 will feature the Penne for your Thoughts truck and April 29 will feature Gus and Son Greek Grill. Beverage offerings will include a selection of beer, cider, wine and non-alcoholic drinks each evening. Visit the zoo’s website at or the zoo’s Facebook page @zooknoxville, for updated information on featured food and drinks.

A general admission ticket is required for ages 4 and up. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Zoo Knoxville members get free entry and parking. All food and beverage are an additional purchase and valid I.D. is required for beer and wine purchases. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at or at the front gate.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331

The Maker City: Maker Meet-in: Ready & Resilient

  • April 15, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops

A MONTHLY VIDEO CALL TO CONNECT MAKERS! These virtual gatherings are designed to provide makers, small business owners, and the community with education, connection, and inspiration as we all practice social distancing. Each month we’ll tackle a topic related to maker businesses, navigating the next set of pivots, or learning new skills through short workshops. All workshops are free and open for anyone to attend. RSVP on our Facebook event to receive reminders.

Thu Apr 15, 6-7 PM: Maker Meet-in: Ready & Resilient
Free, hosted by The Maker City. All artists can share their version of a major life pivot. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support their art careers. We will be discussing the CERF+ core services: education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief. Join us in a conversation with Carrie Cleveland, CERF+ Education + Outreach Manager, as she outlines opportunities for relief available to all artists. Carrie Cleveland is the Education + Outreach Manager at CERF+ where she has held various positions since 2008. During this time, she has participated in all aspects of the organization’s work to help artists have resilient careers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history, with extensive work in the visual arts, from Marlboro College and prior to her time at CERF+ she was an entomologist’s assistant by day and a tenor saxophone player by night. In addition to her work at CERF+, Carrie is a student of Facilitated Communication, and she is also a beginning metalsmith.

*Please note all topics are tentative until the hyperlink is attached to the date.
May 20 - Canva Made Easy
June 17 - Grant Writing
July 15 - Maker Business 101
August 19 - Craft Fairs
September - see you at The Maker City Summit!
October 21 - TBD
November 18 - TBD
December 16 - TBD


UT Humanities Center: Visiting Distinguished Speakers - Terry Tempest Williams

  • April 15, 2021

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

Terry Tempest Williams
Author and writer in residence at the Harvard Divinity School

April 15, 2021
Time: 7:00 P.M.

Title: “An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams: Author, Conservationist, Free Speech Advocate”

Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer." Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Williams is a writer who speaks eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Williams has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses, and worked as "a barefoot artist" in Rwanda. As an educator, she has served as the Annie Clark Tanner Fellow in the University of Utah’s Environmental Humanities Graduate Program which she co-founded in 2004; was the Provostial Scholar at Dartmouth College; and currently is writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide. Her work includes the environmental classic, Refuge as well as An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; When Women Were Birds; and most recently, Erosion: Essays of Undoing. Her book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks was a New York Times bestseller. She has received the 2006 Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society; a Lannan Literary Fellowship; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction; the Sierra Club’s 2014 John Muir Award; the 2017 Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing; and the 2019 Robert Kirsch Award. In 2009, Williams was featured in Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks, and she was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Williams is currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School.

UTHC Director Amy Elias will talk with Terry Tempest Williams about her writing and life as a critical voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

Terry Tempest Williams was invited to The University of Tennessee by UTHC Director Amy Elias.

Funded through the UT Humanities Center for use by faculty in one of our nine affiliated arts and humanities departments, the Visiting Scholars project brings distinguished humanities scholars and renowned artists to the Knoxville campus and connects UT humanities faculty to the best researchers in their fields. Because only speakers with exception records of publication and research activity are eligible to receive a nomination as a visiting scholar, the program brings to campus some of the most cutting-edge and prolific intellectuals in the humanities today. We are converting our Visiting Lecture Series this year to an online format. Lectures will be on Mondays and in a webinar format. More information will be coming soon! Learn more:

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Thursday Talks - Gardening

  • April 15, 2021

Category: Free event, Health, wellness, Lecture, discussion, panel and Science, nature

For our April Thursday Talks, we will be joined by Sarah Heizenroth from Beardsley Community Farm to talk about sustainable gardening. We hope you can join us on April 15 at 10:30am. The Thursday Talks webinars are every other month on the third Thursday of the month. You must register with Zoom to receive the link for the webinar.

Knox History Project: Snap Shot: Rare Glimpses of Knoxville

Category: Free event and History, heritage

Snap Shot: Rare Glimpses of Knoxville
Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 pm on Zoom

Our History Happy Hour next week is a little different. With no overarching theme, we’ll be discussing a selection of very interesting images of late 19th and 20th-century Knoxville, illustrating the premise that the subject of a photograph is often not the most interesting detail in it. We’ll point out some things that maybe even the photographer didn’t notice, giving us little clues about life in a complex city over a wide-ranging period. Come join us, and maybe you can help us answer some questions.

Register for these online programs at:

Ijams Hallway Gallery Presents: Lori Paul

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Science, nature

Lori Paul is an East Tennessee mixed media artist who works with found and recycled items, mostly stones and bits of nature to make her wonderful, whimsical creations. See her work in the Ijams Hallway Gallery in April!

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

Knoxville Bar Association: FREE Telephone-Only Legal Advice Clinic

  • April 13, 2021 — April 15, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops and Free event

The Knoxville Bar Association is pleased to announce that a telephone-only Faith and Justice Legal Advice Clinic will be held on April 13, 14, and 15, 2021 in order to best protect the health of all participants. The goal of the Faith and Justice Alliance is to build a coalition of faith leaders in the Knoxville area and to host legal advice clinics to give people a less intimidating environment to talk to a lawyer. Since an in-person legal advice clinic is not yet practical, community faith partners Second United Methodist Church, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Ball Camp Baptist Church, the Muslim Community of Knoxville, First Baptist Church, Immaculate Conception Church, and Faith Lutheran Church have joined the effort to publicize this clinic to their congregants and communities and encourage those in need of legal advice to participate.

The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance is a project of the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission. In the Knoxville area, the program is coordinated by the Knoxville Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the University of Tennessee College of Law, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, and the generous lawyers, law students, and others volunteering their time and talent. This is a general advice clinic with volunteers prepared to advise on a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support, and personal injury, among other issues.

Faith and Justice Free Telephone-Only Legal Advice Clinic

Monday, March 15 through Wednesday, April 7 – call (865)637-0484 and mention the “Faith and Justice Clinic”

Saturday, April 10

Tuesday, April 13, Wednesday, April 14 or Thursday, April 15

Each participant should be prepared to:

Preregister with Legal Aid – mention “Faith and Justice Clinic” when you call.
Be available on Saturday, April 10 to receive intake call from law student to provide information about the legal issue.
Be available on April 13, 14 and 15 to receive a call from the attorney who will discuss the situation and provide the advice.
On the intake and consultation dates, participants must be prepared to answer calls from unknown or unlisted numbers.

Zoo Knoxville: Clayton Family Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Campus OPEN

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

We’ve opened our new Clayton Family Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Campus.

We Dare You to Enter! The new, state-of-the-art Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus is ready for you! Come explore 12,000 square feet of rare, venomous, beautiful and mysterious snakes, tortoises, frogs, and Cuban crocs. You might see Joe the sloth overhead, too!

The ARC is our commitment to animal conservation, where we will protect 85 species—38 of which are endangered. We can’t wait for you to experience this and help our mission of saving animals from extinction.


Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

Knoxville Museum: Fully Awake - Black Mountain College Documentary

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

Exclusive online viewing as an enrichment to the exhibition currently at KMA. View the history, influence, and lasting imprint of the artists, students, and faculty of Black Mountain College. 60-min documentary provided through Vimeo and accessed on any computer, smartphone, or internet-capable device.

Historic Westwood Open with New Hours

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Westwood Welcomes You Back!

“If we only look for it, we are surrounded by the beautiful always. Cherish it, love it. Take it into your hearts and it will be your very life”. —Adelia Armstrong Lutz

Historic Westwood is pleased to announce that the house and gardens have reopened with the addition of new Saturday hours. Our wonderful docents are looking forward to providing personal tours and sharing all the changes that continue to transform Westwood into a premier historic artist's home, studio and gallery.

Adelia Armstrong Lutz's copy of William-Adolphe Bouguereau's La Tricoteuse (The Little Knitter) has returned to its original location in the studio. Special thanks go to the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection for purchasing the painting and allowing it to be displayed at Westwood once again. William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) was a French academic painter. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects. During his life he enjoye significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work. As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he embodied the tastes of the American Victorian age and his Gilded Age patrons which included the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Carnegies. His works can be seen at museums such as the the Art Institute of Chicago and the Getty Center.

Tours are at the top of every hour. Please plan to wait on the porch or explore the gardens when not on tour. Exterior restrooms are available.
TUESDAYS at 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM
THURSDAYS at 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM
SATURDAYS at 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, and 1 PM
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Admission: Adults (18+) $10
Free for Children & Knox Heritage Members
Cash is accepted along with all major credit cards.
You may purchase tickets in advance. Simply show the docent your digital receipt:

Please call ahead to book large group tours of 8 or more individuals.

Historic Westwood is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our visitors, staff, and volunteers. We monitor both local and national government agencies and health authorities for updates on ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-8008,

Knoxville Children’s Theatre: The Velveteen Rabbit

Category: Kids, family, Literature, reading, writing and Theatre

The play will be performed Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets will be limited for each performance and each group or family will be distanced from each other. Masks are required inside the theatre at all times. Ionopure air sanitizers are used throughout the theatre.

"There are two ways to be real," the Skin Horse says. "The first is when you are real to one special child, and the second is when you are real to the world." More than anything he wants to be a real rabbit—real to the world. One night the Toy Fairy offers him his chance, but he must leave with her immediately. The boy, who is ill with scarlet fever, will die without him. Will the Velveteen Rabbit go with the Toy Fairy, or will his love for the boy cause him to turn his back on the thing he wants most? If he stays, what will happen to him? Margery Williams' beloved tale is faithfully told and carefully expanded for the stage.

KCT Student Director Eric Magee will direct the production.

Clarence Brown Theatre: Airness 2021

Category: Music and Theatre

On Demand: April 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17

By Chelsea Marcantel

“In a word, dazzling…”

Prepare to have your face melted by Shreddy Eddy, Golden Thunder and the reigning champ, D Vicious, at the National Air Guitar competition! Nina, a real guitar player, enters the competition thinking it will be a cinch to take the championship. She soon discovers she has a lot to learn. A tribute to good friends, killer rock classics, and the joy of letting go.

Broadway On Demand purchase and viewing:

UT students will receive an email to their UT email address on April 1st with the promo code to obtain their free ticket to view Airness on Broadway On Demand.

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