Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Dogwood Arts: Featured Gardens - Anderson Estate

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events and Science, nature

Two properties with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds to the public for one weekend only. Registration information coming soon, please RSVP and we will email more information as we get closer to the event. $5 Suggested donation per garden.



ANDERSON ESTATE (Fred & Sandra Anderson)
Set on a hilltop overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains, Anderson Estate is a plant collectors garden. This young, but ever expanding garden, features an extensive hosta collection with over 500 varieties and also includes a wide assortment of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, conifers and a native plant display garden. The kitchen garden with 11 raised vegetable beds, fruit trees and berries is home to an apiary. The property also includes a cemetery from the 1800’s, an Enchanted Forest, and a professionally landscaped frog haven with a bubbling brook and waterfall.

Dr. Alan Solomon
Included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens, GATOP [God’s Answer To Our Prayers] features many hundreds of botanical specimens such as conifers and hollies, extensive displays of wildflowers, perennials, and ground covers, as well as numerous water features and large marble outcroppings. Complimenting this unusual garden are stainless-steel, iron, bronze, and stone sculptures. The marble loaded wagon pulled by two mules is manned by bearded twin brothers, Homer (1) and Homer (2) and adjacent to the wagon repair and blacksmith shop. The site features one of Knoxville’s oldest marble quarries.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission: Youth Symposium

  • April 17, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Kids, family

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

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: HomeSpun Day

Category: Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, History, heritage and Kids, family

Come See Traditional Fiber Arts Demonstrations

Join us for a fun and educational day demonstrating fiber arts! You'll see the traditional process of shearing, cleaning, dyeing, and spinning with a variety of animal fibers. The festivities begin at 11 am and will continue through 4 pm.

All demonstrations will take place in our historic village and are included in the standard museum admission rates. Those rates are: $10 per adult, $8 per senior adult, $7 per child (ages 6-17), and children 5 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by clicking here:

This event is free to annual members of the Heritage Center! Pop-up programming is a fun feature of your membership at GSMHC. Stay tuned for additional program announcements throughout the year!

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,

Sustainable Future Center: Coffee, Cake, and Jazz

  • April 17, 2021

Category: Music

Saturday, April 17 from 5:30 to 8:30

Join us for a wonderful evening of light jazz to help fill the soul after this long winter and welcoming the new spring. This is a tented outdoor event where people can spread out and enjoy light refreshments during the concert. Here is an itinerary:

5:30: Doors open
6:00: Event begins
6:15- 8:15: Concert (including a break)
8:15-8:30: Event ends

At Sustainable Future Center, 201 Ogle Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: 5th Annual South Knoxville Community Cleanup

  • April 17, 2021

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

Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) will be hosting the fifth annual South Knoxville Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will kick off at from Sam Duff Park and Mary Vestal Park.

The South Knoxville Community Cleanup is KKB’s largest cleanup effort in South Knoxville each year. KKB is expecting 320 volunteers for the April 17 cleanup.

Leaders from various North Knoxville neighborhoods and local community organizations will collect cleanup supplies at Sam Duff Park, then return to volunteers waiting at their designated locations to pick up litter. Participating neighborhood associations include Lindbergh Forest, South Woodlawn, Island Home Park, Colonial Village, Vestal Community, and Old Sevier. Other organizations participating include UT College of Veterinary Medicine, Phi Eta Sigma, Crossfit Knoxville, South High Senior Center, FwF Helping Hands, Boy Scouts Troop 1882, Alpha Kapp Psi, Maryville High School National Honors Society Boy Scouts Troop 36, Theta Chi, Brown Mountain Preservation Society, SAM LLC, and Alliance Brewing Company.

Individuals who do not have an official group will participate in a KKB cleanup of Goose Creek at Mary Vestal Park.

The South Knoxville Community Cleanup is the third event of the Great Knoxville Cleanup. The Great Knoxville Cleanup is KKB’s spring litter cleanup series lasting March through May. Volunteer are encouraged to participate in a KKB cleanup or borrow supplies to host their own cleanup.

(865) 521-6957 office

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Creating Characters from History, Your Own or Someone Else’s

Category: Classes, workshops and Literature, reading, writing

Sat Apr 17, 10 AM – 12 PM

In this online (Zoom) workshop, bestselling author Wiley Cash will discuss methods to draw inspiration from lives and personal stories. He will use examples from his own writing to work backward from the page to discuss the personal germs that gave birth to publication. Attendees will leave the workshop with exercises geared toward unlocking personal stories for their work. Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. He is writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. His new novel, When Ghosts Come Home, will be available September 21. Workshop fees range $10-30; register before midnight April 15 at

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet: Paquita & Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Category: Dance, movement and Kids, family

Saturday, April 17, 2021
2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

This performance will also include excerpts from "Paquita", presented by our Senior and Junior Corps.

​We hope you will join us for this fun performance!
(Spacing for seating and audience numbers will be adjusted to accommodate social distancing guidelines.)
From $15 at Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum

WDVX: Live from Home with The Alex Leach Band

Category: Music


WDVX is keeping the Real Live Music going from wherever you are with WDVX Live From Home and our Spring Series. Each ticket purchased issues an email that gives you the link to the concert.
+ If you have a smart TV where you can open your email, you can bring the concert up this way to your TV.
+ Open the email on a device that can “cast” its signal to your TV for HD viewing.
+ Use an HDMI cord to join your computer to your TV. Enjoy!

Your tickets to the show will show up as an email within two hours of the show. Thanks in advance for your support of these artists and WDVX. Tickets on sale:

Pellissippi State: Love and Information

Category: Free event and Theatre

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

This performance will be available during these three days only and requires a free ticket to enjoy.

Featuring a cast of 15 actors playing over 100 different characters, "Love and Information" by Caryl Churchill is a play of many moments — fragments — of peoples’ lives as they pursue the desire for love and the subsequent need for information often connected to that love.

In a series of seven segments of seven scenes, plus more than a score of random moments, we see characters searching to make sense of the world and their place in it. They struggle with what they know, what they wished they knew, what they don’t know and what they wished they didn’t know.

"Love and Information" takes us on a nonlinear journey of the fears, hopes and desires we all experience as we go about our daily lives in this crazy world.

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

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.

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