Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 25, 2021

UT Arboretum Society: Online Fall Plant Sale

Category: Fundraisers and Science, nature

Pickup date of Friday, October 15
Shop for new plants in the online catalog September 25-October 8

Fall is always a wonderful time for planting as it gives your plants time to establish great root systems for the spring. Due to continued concerns about Covid-19, the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society’s Annual Fall Plant Sale will be online with the catalog open from September 25th to October 8th. The pickup date is Friday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Our plant sales are some of our biggest fundraisers of the year and help support the arboretum’s community education, trail improvements such as our Nature Book Trail, and children’s programs.

For two weeks, you can browse the selections of perennials, trees, and shrubs available from our vendors Tennessee Naturescapes, Riverdale Nursery, East Fork Nursery, and Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm. These vendors offer a wonderful selection of plants including unique conifers, both evergreen and native azaleas, hydrangeas, native shrubs, pollinator plants, and a wide variety of herbs to name just a few! Quantities are limited so we suggest early shopping! Beginning September 25th, log on to to shop and make payment. The catalog will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 25 and close at 5 p.m., Friday, October 8th. All payments must be made by credit card online in advance. No sales on the pickup day are possible.

On the check-out page you will be given the option to choose a pickup time on Friday, October 15th from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. There are no Saturday pickups at the Fall Plant Sale. UT Arboretum Society members will have your plant orders ready for pick-up. This is a no contact pickup system. When you arrive at your scheduled time, you will come to designated pickup spots and your order will be loaded into your car.

This is an amazing opportunity that allows the public to shop for an extended period of time without gathering in large groups on one day. People will also have access to a wonderful selection of plants from four outstanding nurseries all at one online site.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the plant sale, contact

HoLa Hora Latina: 21st Annual HoLa Festival

Category: Culinary arts, food, Dance, movement, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids, family and Music

The HoLa Festival 2021 will move to the Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park in 2021!

The 2021 HoLa Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday September 25th and 26th!

The fun begins Saturday night at 4pm -10pm with a Fiesta Latina; live music, dancing, draft beer, and food and artisan craft vendors. A fireworks display will begin at 9pm. The celebration continues Sunday afternoon from 11am to 6pm with more live music and performances, homecooked food and cold drinks, crafts, our Parade of Nations, 20+ Hispanic heritage booths and educational children’s activities, and community resources.

Given the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is subject to changes.

$1 donation required at entry for visitors aged 12+, HoLa members enter for free

Casa HoLa is located on the bottom floor of the Emporium for the Arts at 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902.

AIA East Tennessee: 2021 Design Awards Gala

  • September 25, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events

The 2021 Design Awards Gala will be held on September 25th at Lakeshore Park's Marble Hall. Cocktails and socializing begins at 5:30 PM. The Awards Presentation will be at 6:30 PM . The celebration will continue until 10:00 PM. AIA East Tennessee will honor:

• 16 Newly Licensed Architects from 2019 and 2020
• Friend of Architecture Recipient Loy Waldrop, Esq.
• Gold Medal Recipient Robert C. French
• The winners of our juried Design Awards competition
• The winners of the popular vote competitions

Get your tickets here. Group sales are available through the office.

AIA East Tennessee will observe the CDC guidelines for gatherings in place at the time of the event. Watch for future updates and please refer to our Gala webpage for additional information the week of the Gala.

East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Blue Ribbon Country Fair

Category: Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, History, heritage, Kids, family, Literature, reading, writing, Music and Science, nature

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is pleased to announce that our annual Blue Ribbon Country Fair will return on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm. We are honored to have Big Meadow Family Campground as the 2021 Title Sponsor.

In the tradition of old-time county fairs, we will have lots of livestock (cows, chickens, goats, sheep, etc.), outdoor activities like the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet Toss, and all-around fun for the whole family. Living history demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day, including open-hearth cooking, wood-turning, blacksmithing, and wet-plate collodion (tintype) photography. These activities are sponsored by Blount Partnership and the The Peaceful Side of the Smokies.

Due to ongoing health and safety concerns, unfortunately, we will not be judging entries indoors as we have done in previous years. We hope we can bring these contests back for 2022. However, if anyone has produce, flowers, or crafts to show off, there will be ample display areas across the campus. All fair activities will be held outdoors, and social distancing requirements will be in place.

There is no admission charge to attend the Fair! That's right -- admission is FREE! You'll also find plenty of free onsite parking, although a small donation for parking would be greatly appreciated.

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,

Trees Knoxville: Holston River Park Tree Walk

  • September 25, 2021

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

Saturday, September 25 at 10 am
With Jim Cortese; the Resident Lorax of Tennessee and TIPCO for your plant health care products!
An email will be sent on September 24th detailing where to meet/park.
In the case of event cancellation or changes information will be sent via email.

For questions please contact Tracie at
For information on TIPCO:


Knoxville Internationals Network: Birthday Party

  • September 25, 2021
  • 11 AM - 2 PM

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

Mark your calendars now to join in celebrating our 7th year as a nonprofit.

At Northstar Church, 9929 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville 37932
Food trucks, live entertainment, raffle, free birthday cake, lawn games

Bring your own chairs or blanket

P.O. Box 31052 | Knoxville, TN 37930 |

Pretentious Beer Co.: David Ramirez Live

  • September 25, 2021

Category: Music

Saturday, September 25

The one and only David Ramirez is coming back to Pretentious! Every show he's ever done here has sold out in advance, so you'll want to grab your tickets early for this one. Plus, this will be the first time he's bringing a full band to this venue. It's gonna be a great night that you won't want to miss.

131 S Central Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Able Trade: Broom Making Class

  • September 25, 2021
  • 10:00AM--2:00PM

Category: Classes, workshops

Broom Making Class with Heather Ashworth
September 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm $130

Heather Ashworth has been in the woodworking world for the past 20+ years and teaching for nearly 10 years. She is a wood studio technician at Arrowmont School of the Arts and has many skills to share.

In this class she will teach you how to make three styles of brooms. The whisk, the turkey wing, and the angel wing broom. This is a beginner class and anyone is welcome to join. All toolswill be provided by instructor and material packages of broomcorn, thread, and handles for all 3 brooms can be purchased from the instructor for only $30.

Register at

The class will be held at Able Trade, 203 W Jackson Ave, Knoxvile, 37902.

UT Gardens: Fall Plant Sale

  • September 25, 2021
  • 9:00AM--2:00PM

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

We're excited to be planning an in-person Fall Plant Sale that will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 9am-2pm (with a members-only Preview Sale on Friday, September 24 from 4-7pm). Stay tuned for more information on our featured plants , as well as a list of all the choice selections that will be available for purchase.

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

We will also be auctioning off 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.

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Sevier Days 2021

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

Come join us at Marble Springs State Historic Site to celebrate Sevier Days 2021, commemorating the birthday of Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier, on Sunday, September 25th, 2021 from 11 AM-4 PM. Explore the Governor's home open-house style and enjoy living history demonstrations, hiking trails, our arboretum, and more! Learn 18th-century style cooking, weaving, and more as demonstrators give you an interactive hands-on experience of colonial life. Even chat with Governor Sevier himself as he shares his stories and home with you!

This is event is FREE and open to the public.

Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-712-9076,

Momentum Dance Lab: Company Auditions

Category: Auditions, Dance, movement and Free event

Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2:30pm
Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts
2902 Tazewell Pk, Knoxville, TN 37918

Momentum Dance Lab is looking for dancers age 18+ to join our company. Auditions will be held in a typical dance class format, including a basic warm-up, movement across the floor, and a short combination. Individual choreography, head shots, and resume are not required. We suggest bringing water, and wearing typically appropriate dance wear. Come dance with us!

Kickstand: Books and Bikes

  • September 25, 2021

Category: Free event, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Literature, reading, writing


Join Kickstand and Friends of Literacy on Saturday, September 25th from 12pm to 2pm for our 2nd Bikes and Books event! We will have snacks, live music (The Thrift Store Scores), and several activities for kids. Friends of Literacy will be distributing free books to kids. KickStand will be granting bikes to kids who get a free helmet from The Epilepsy Fnd. and complete a safety course at the event. We will be joined by other organizations and non-profits for this free event. This includes Two Bikes, AmeriGroup, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Girl Scouts, and Bike Walk Knoxville!

For more information email or

1323 N Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917

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