Calendar of Events

Friday, September 17, 2021

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Disney's The Aristocats (kids)

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

The play will be performed Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

This production is designed for our youngest children and is a short production to allow for the attention span of our youngest musical lovers. (Ages 1+) This production’s run time is under an hour.

NOTE: We are currently asking all audience members to please wear a mask inside the theatre. Many of our participants are not old enough to be vaccinated. We appreciate your understanding.

Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it is up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

TAPestry: Cheezus - Knoxville’s first cheese festival

  • September 17, 2021 — September 18, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

Cheeselovers rejoice. Cheezus is coming to Knoxville September 17 and 18th to the TAPestry, the event center located at the Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus at 621 Lamar Street in North Knoxville.

Come to Cheezus, Knoxville’s first cheese festival, promises to be a unique and educational event, says event organizer Stephanie Carson.

“Artisan cheeses can expand your ability to enjoy your meal, beer, wine and cider. This event will give people the information they need to go to their local cheese purveyor or grocery store and choose cheeses to match their tastes,” she said.

More than 25 local, national and international cheeses will be represented, including locally produced Cooks on the Curb Pimento and Sequachie Cove Creamery. Farragut’s Euphoric Cheese Shop will also be on hand to introduce people to their wide variety of cheeses. The cheeses will be expertly paired by World Cheese Judge and Dean of the Institute of Fromage Michael Landis.

“On Saturday, attendees will have their pick of the cheeses and receive a recommendation of which craft cider or beer to pair them with. They’ll then take their sampling ticket to the bar to redeem it for the recommended pour,” explains Carson.

Sampling is from 12:00 to 5:00pm Saturday, Sept. 18th and tickets include 5 or 7 sampling tickets for beer or cider. Early entry tickets are $60 and General Admission tickets are $45.

If people need more cheese, they can attend the Cheese Dinner Friday night for $40 per person, or $75 per couple. That will include pairings of five ciders or beers and cheeses curated and explained by Landis. Cooks on the Curb will also sample their pimento cheese and The Bohemian Restaurant has a “cheese forward” menu planned with smoked chicken and truffle ravioli and an apple cheddar dessert.

Tickets can be purchased at or at the Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus Taproom.
More information can be found by emailing

Ijams' Movies Under the Stars: Wizard of Oz

Category: Film, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

Ijams Nature Center and Central Cinema will welcome back movie lovers to the lawn for the 2021 Movies Under the Stars, presented by Cherokee Distributing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., starting June 4.

Moviegoers are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch a blend of popular comedies, action, fantasy and horror films on the hill in front of the Ijams Visitor Center throughout the summer and early fall.

• September 17: Wizard of Oz, Fantasy/Musical – G
• October 1: The Shining, Horror/Mystery – R

Doors open at 7 p.m. and movies begin at dark. In the event of inclement weather, movies will be shown under a large tent at the Ijams Homesite, which is a short walk from the Visitor Center.

Tasty meals, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase from food trucks and the Ijams beer garden. No coolers or outside alcohol is allowed.

Tickets are $10 per person or $36 for a family four-pack. Space is limited to 250 guests to ensure proper physical distancing. Advance ticket purchases are highly recommended; walk-up tickets may not be available due to limited audience size. Dogs get in free, but must be leashed at all times.

Guests will be asked to wear a mask at check-in and in all common areas, but may remove masks once seated on the lawn.

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-577-4717 or

Bijou Theatre: Sarah Jarosz

Category: Music

FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 | 8:00PM

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

Tennessee Theatre: The Righteous Brothers

Category: Music


FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 | 8:00PM

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Parking Day Knoxville

  • September 17, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

@ParkingDayKnoxville · Festival
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37902

PARK(ing) Day is a free global event that takes over downtown street parking spaces to host a variety of uses like art, food, music, gardens, & education.

UT Science Forum: When Parts of the Body Go Missing

  • September 17, 2021

Category: Free event, Health, wellness, Lecture, discussion, panel and Virtual

When Parts of the Body Go Missing, Can We Bring Them Back?
Friday, Sept. 17 at 12 PM via Zoom

Catastrophic injuries are common in military and civilian settings. These injuries threaten lives and limbs and can result in permanent debilitation. Restoration of mobility and function can improve quality of life and offer hope and inspiration. When limbs are at risk of permanent loss, we reach to science to figure out how to regenerate tissues and rebuild structure. David E. Anderson, associate dean of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and his team work diligently to develop technology to regenerate, restore, and rehabilitate injuries and find solutions for animals, soldiers, and civilians. In his presentation, he will travel the path from benchtop to bedside as they seek to solve serious problems and overcome impossible odds. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Sunshine Boys

Category: Comedy and Theatre

September 16-October 10
Thurs-Sat @ 7:30, Sun @ 2:00

Two local legends team up for The Sunshine Boys at Flying Anvil Theatre. The classic Neil Simon comedy stars David Dwyer and Steve Dupree as the titular characters: two aging vaudevillians who reunite for one last show. Director Jayne Morgan says audiences familiar with the two actors are in for a surprise. “This is Dave and Steve as you’ve never seen them. They are creating characters very different from their own personalities. It’s been fun to see another side of these two beloved actors and a great challenge for them as well.”

Dwyer and Dupree play “Lewis and Clark,” top-billed vaudevillians for over 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. The show was a hit on Broadway and revived several times with actors such as Dick Van Dyke, Walter Matthau and Danny DeVito.

Morgan says The Sunshine Boys was to be the theatre’s official grand reopening. “Instead, we’re still limiting seating and requiring masks. Plus, we’re joining the other theatres in town in requiring proof of vaccination or negative Covid test at the door. Keeping audiences safe is our highest priority.”

Rounding out the cast are Nick Silver, Yolanda Treece, Casey Kain, Ashley Guthrie Baker and Philip Brady. Randy Thompson is stage manager, set design is by Steve Krempasky, Jordan Vera designed lights and Virginia Baldwin is costume designer. Props and set dressing by Jordan McCready.

Tickets for The Sunshine Boys are available at or on the theatre’s Facebook page. The show opens with a Pay What You Can preview on Thursday, September 16, and runs through Sunday, October 10. (There is a second Pay What You Can performance on Wednesday, September 22.) Tickets are $25 and $27, $13 for students.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, @flyinganviltheatre

21st Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

  • September 16, 2021 — September 18, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

We are so excited to have everyone back here on the farm September 16-18, 2021. It seems like it has been an eternity since we were all together enjoying the music and camaraderie. The lineup is stellar and we are excited to present these fine entertainers for your enjoyment.

15 Bands perform in our Covered Performance Area
Rain or shine shows start each day at noon and go until 11 pm
Picking & Jamming all week
Sound provided by Blue Ridge Sound
Emcee Freddy Smith
Food and Merchandise Vendors
FREE Parking
Bring your own chair
Did we mention LOTS of jamming
Camping by Reservation only​​

525 East Dumplin Valley Road, Kodak, TN 37764
Tel: 865-397-7942

Ewing Gallery: Professional Practices

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

The Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture is pleased to present an exhibition of the studio art faculty of the University of Tennessee School of Art.

Exhibiting faculty members are: Joshua Bienko, Emily Ward Bivens, Sally Brogden, Jason Brown, Rubens Ghenov, Paul Harrill, John Kelley, Mary Laube, Paul Lee, Beauvais Lyons, Frank Martin, Christopher McNulty, Althea Murphy-Price, John Powers, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Jered Sprecher, and Koichi Yamamoto.

The Ewing Gallery, located on the first floor of the Art + Architecture Building, is open Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm.
Thursday evenings until 7:30pm. Sundays from 1-4pm. We are limiting gallery capacity to 25 visitors. Masks are required in University of Tennessee buildings. Thank you for helping to keep our campus healthy!

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

UT Gardens: Home Sweet Home: A Birdhouse Exhibit Auction

  • September 13, 2021 — September 22, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fundraisers and Science, nature

We will auction the fabulous bird houses that were created by local artists for the Home Sweet Home: A Birdhouse Exhibit that is currently on display in the Gardens. The online auction will open on Monday, September 13 and close on Wednesday, September 22. Winning bidders will be able to pick up their items at the Fall Plant Sale (Sep 24-25).

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

The Maker City Summit 2021

  • September 13, 2021 — September 19, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops, Culinary arts, food, Dance, movement, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Film, Fine Crafts, Health, wellness, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing, Music, Science, nature, Technology and Theatre

Join us September 13 – 19 for our 6th annual summit.

The Maker City Summit 2021 is a week-long series of workshops, powerful presentations, 
and meaningful networking. The main event will take place on Sunday, September 19, at Jackson Terminal in the Old City Knoxville, TN. The leaders of The Maker City Summit will be ready to ignite conversation and discuss the creative culture in our city, our region, and our nation.

This year you have the opportunity to add a Deep Dive session to your registration. These in-person workshops will be conducted in different locations throughout Knoxville throughout the week leading up to the Sunday Summit. Experts in specific subject matter are partnering with The Maker City to discuss tactical how-to’s, providing step-by-step information to grow your business. Find the expert that’s right for you!

Learn from and be inspired by incredible talent from East Tennessee and beyond. Connect with artists, makers, and the larger creative community to network with like-minded makers. Expand your perspective, gain valuable business insights, and get the jumpstart you need to push your creative work further.

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