Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Old City Performing Arts Center: Over the Rhine

  • October 16, 2021

Category: Music

Over the Rhine in concert

Saturday, October 16, 2021
Doors at 7:00pm EST
Show at 8:00pm EST

When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented musical couple comprised of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin’s timeless voice “which has the power to stop the world in its tracks” (Performing Songwriter). But then the songs start hitting you. Paste magazine writes, “Over the Rhine creates true confessional masterpieces that know neither border nor boundary” and included Bergquist and Detweiler in their list of 100 Best Living Songwriters. Rolling Stone recently wrote, Over the Rhine is a band “with no sign of fatigue, whose moment has finally arrived.” That’s quite a sentiment for a band celebrating 30 years of writing, recording, and life on the road. But as Karin Bergquist states, “There is still so much music left to be made.” Love & Revelation, the new album from Over the Rhine, is a record for right now. The songs have been rigorously road tested and burst at the seams with loss, lament, and resilient hope. The LA Times writes, “The Ohio based husband and wife duo has long been making soul-nourishing music, and the richness only deepens.”

At Old City Performing Arts Center, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727,

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Seeing it Fresh workshop

Category: Classes, workshops, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

Seeing it Fresh: Revision tactics to unblock, sharpen and enrich

Participants will work together on a writing sample, and then apply a range of tactics to their drafts: line edits that bring sentences to life and fresh looks at character, theme, and plot to bring their writing to the next level.

While most exercises focus on fiction, writers in all genres are welcome. Participants need to bring something to the party, at least a few pages. Whether it’s a stalled project or a work in progress, bring it in and find new ways to make it shine!

Pamela Schoenewaldt is a historical novelist whose first three novels, all with HarperCollins, focused on the immigration experience. Her debut novel was a Barnes & Noble Great Discovery and USAToday Bestseller. She was twice short-listed for the Langum Prize in American HIstorical Fiction. Her books have been translated into five languages. She has extensive experience in professional writing and has taught fiction at the University of Maryland, European Division, and the University of Tennessee. She was the UT Library Writer in Residence and has lead numerous writing workshops for the KWG, ORICL and other community groups. Pamela lives in Knoxville with her husband and dog.

Saturday, October 16, 10 AM – Noon
Register today!

Reduced prices for this online class: $10 students, $20 members, $30 nonmembers. You must register by midnight Thursday, Oct. 14. You will receive an email from our webmaster with the link the morning after registration closes.

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Meetings take place at Central United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

Knox Heritage: SIGHTS AND STORIES – Architectural Walking Tour

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

Saturday, October 16
10:00AM – Noon
No Cost
Hosted by Knox Heritage

Join us for a walk and talk with Knox Heritage on UT’s flagship campus. We will start on The Hill and hear the stories behind some of the oldest buildings on campus and about some that no longer stand.

East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Knox Heritage, at Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-8008,

Ijams Nature Center: Have Fun with Fungi

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

(Ages 18+) Search for the fungus among us Thursday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This Ijams Field Day will have you searching the soil and decomposing logs for fungi like the white coral fungus pictured above, and many, many more!

Learn More and Register:

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

Ijams Nature Center: Trail Workday

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

(All Ages) It’s time to resurface the Ijams Secret Pond trail! If you love spreading mulch, the volunteer workday on Saturday, Oct. 16, is for you! Join the crew and help preserve Ijams trails from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. All ages are welcome, but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and be ready for some hard work! Learn More and Register:

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

Muse Knoxville: Sumo Bots

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family, Science, nature and Technology

As a part of Fall Break Follies, we will have a Sumo Bot competition outside of the museum! This is a part of the Tennessee STEAM Festival.

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

Knoxville Botanical Garden: WeDigBio2021

  • October 15, 2021 — October 16, 2021

Category: Free event, Science, nature and Virtual

Dr. Budke of the UTK Herbarium, who has given our Mysterious Moss seminar over the years, has shared a really special upcoming opportunity:

WeDigBio2021, next Friday and Saturday
Scientists from the University of Tennessee and around the world need your help! Join us in transcribing scientific label data from our collections using online and computer tools. WeDigBio Events will be held online daily from Friday, October 15th–Saturday, October 16th.

You will be part of a worldwide effort to digitize centuries of data about life on Earth. The GLOBAL Bryophyte & Lichen Team will focus on mosses and lichens collected around the world over the past 150+ years, housed at the University of Tennessee Herbarium in Knoxville and in five partner institutions across the country. Participants will have an opportunity to meet scientists and join in behind-the-scenes tours and talks about the significance of the scientific collections!

WeDigBio is ideal for teens aged 15+ and adults.

Details for both days:
• A Zoom link will be emailed the day before each session starts.
• Check-in will start at 11:30am ET.
• Each virtual event will begin at 12:00pm until 3:00pm ET.
o Talks and behind-the-scenes tours will be scattered throughout.

To register for this virtual event, please click here:
Thank you everyone for considering participating in this event!

Knoxville Walking Tours: Shadow Side Ghost Tours

  • October 14, 2021 — October 31, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

While an early evening stroll through Old Gray will be quite interesting, it may not entirely satisfy your need for a good spooky story this October, but we know where you can find some! Book a ghost tour with Laura Still at Knoxville Walking Tours. There are three different tours to choose from, each with true tales of the spirits that haunt the streets and buildings of Knoxville.

Shadow Side Ghost Tours - Brave souls who enjoy a chill can join us for a trip into Knoxville's shadow side. The city's history of blood-stained streets echoing with gunfire is full of restless spirits. Visit their haunts and hear local legends of ghostly apparitions. Details & Tickets

Shadow Side Two: Ghosts of the Old City - Red Summer, drunken brawls, hot lead, and blood on the tracks. Knoxville's Old City used to be known as the bowery, where victims of murderous brawls, deadly shoot-outs, and horrific train crashes haunt the old buildings and back alleys along with the ghost of a musician who hasn't quite faded away. Details & Tickets

Side Street Shadows Ghost Tours - Hear more tales of ghostly history as you follow storyteller Laura Still on the Side Street Shadows tour. Find out who haunts the Farragut, how a gunfight on Cumberland nearly started a war, and where you might meet the courteous spirit of a scholar or the grumpy ghost of a violent rebel. Details & Tickets

E-Mail or call 865-309-4522 to book your tour today!

Muse Knoxville: Fall Break Follies

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family, Science, nature and Technology

Fall break is unbeLEAFably fun at Muse Knoxville! Visitors can experience extra autumn activities, included in admission.

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

Zoo Knoxville: BOO! at the Zoo

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

BOO! at the Zoo is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event featuring several nights of not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. A Halloween tradition, BOO! at the Zoo is a family event featuring trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, where little trick-or-treaters can fill their bag with goodies as they make their way through the zoo.

BOO Dates:
Oct 9-10
Oct 13 (Member’s Night)
Oct 14-17
Oct 21-24

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

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: The Haunting of Hill House

Category: Theatre

by F. Andrew Leslie
October 8-31, 2021
Directed by Sarah Campbell

A chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of “psychically receptive” people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and “contained ill will.”

Led by the learned Dr. Montague, who is conducting research in supernatural phenomena, the visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and to draw forth the mysterious powers that it is alleged to possess—powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived therein in the past.

The play was adapted from the novel by Shirley Jackson.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

  • October 7, 2021 — October 24, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts, Kids, family and Music

Filling the 150,000 square feet of downtown’s Gatlinburg Convention Center, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products, are beautifully displayed, as these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of utmost quality-and without duplication. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers, and many more unique items.

There is something for everyone at the Fair. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair and Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries provide a free Kid’s Corner during our July fair, with a selection of DIY crafts for our youngest visitors to take home with them. Also be sure to stop by one or all of our daily music shows included with the price of admission. Check out the stage and enjoy contemporary country, bluegrass, and your favorite gospel tunes at 12 and 3 daily.

Concessions are available for sale through the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Oct 7-24, daily 10 AM - 5 PM

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