Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Clayton Center for the Arts: Southern Circuit screening of And So I Stayed

Category: Film and Virtual

And So I Stayed is an award-winning documentary about survivors of abuse fighting for their lives and spending years behind bars. These women paid a steep price with long prison sentences, lost time with loved ones, and painful memories. Activist and formerly incarcerated survivor Kim Dadou Brown, who met her wife while incarcerated, is a driving force in the passage of New York’s Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA), a new law meant to prevent survivors from receiving harsh prison sentences for their acts of survival. Nikki Addimando, a mother of two young children, suffered the consequences when a judge didn’t follow the law’s guidelines. Tanisha Davis, a single mother who was ripped away from her son in 2013, is hopeful the new law is her way out of a harsh prison sentence.

October 24-27, 2021: Online screening followed by a conversation with the filmmaker(s).
Screening Partner: Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville

Tennessee Theatre: The Phantom of the Opera

Category: Film, Free event and Music

Moviegoers will travel back in time and see these classics, as they should be: in a historic theater originally built as a movie palace surrounded by other movie-lovers, enjoying some popcorn and a cold drink. Come experience some of your favorite classics on the big screen! Prior to each screening, hear the Mighty Wurlitzer organ fill the auditorium with magnificent music.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open on hour prior to showtime. Masks will be required at all times unless eating or drinking.

In this black and white silent horror classic from 1925, a horribly disfigured recluse takes opera singer Christine, the object of his affection, prisoner. Accompanied by an original score on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, this eerie delight is sure to kick off the Halloween season in the perfect setting – a historic movie palace! Run time is 1 hour 19 minutes and is not rated as it precedes the MPAA film rating system.

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

Sunsphere Sundays: The Lone Bellow

  • October 24, 2021

Category: Music

We're incredibly excited to announce a concert series coming to World's Fair Park every Sunday from 10/10 - 10/31. In partnership with Visit Knoxville and Tennessee Tourism (who made all of this possible!), we're bringing four amazing bands that we're really excited about for a crazy-good price!

Tickets for all of the shows are:
• $10 for general admission
• $30 for VIP
• $60 for pods (up to 8 people)

A portion of those ticket sales will go toward benefiting the Sunsphere Fund!

The stories behind the songs matter––but they aren’t what matters most. In the end, The Lone Bellow’s music needs no explanation. Just listening offers a salve and a shelter. “In my own perfect little world, I would be able to put the music out and not talk about it––just, Here. Bye. See you next time,” Zach says, then laughs softly. “I do hope someone will find this music in a peaceful moment, when they can turn it on and get lost in the story and the sound.”


Candoro Arts and Heritage Fall Homecoming

  • October 24, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage and Music

Join the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center at the Historic Candoro Marble Building, recently renovated by Aslan Foundation and serving as the new home of Tri-Star Arts, for an afternoon of community, history, and South Knoxville heritage. Guest speakers, friends of Candoro, and local musicians will provide educational programming, tours of the building, and entertainment. Food vending from South Knoxville restaurants will be available.

12-4 PM

Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information:

Trees Knoxville: Tree Swap

  • October 24, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Science, nature

This is a Tree Swap created by you and organized by Trees Knoxville. Do you have seedlings popping up in your yard that don’t know what to do with them? Trees drop seeds. Squirrels and jays bury nuts to eat later, but don't find all of them. Sometimes those seeds turn into new trees sprouting in all kinds of places. The Community Tree Swap is designed for folks can bring their potted seedings and share them with the community. You do not have to bring a plant to receive a plant.

Last year, we had around 200 seedling donations varying greatly in species. Trees Knoxville will not be assisting in digging up or picking up seedlings.

When: Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 1 to 5 PM
• Pot up seedlings from your property. You can use old pots or any container that allows water to drain from it (i.e. a recycled plastic milk jug with holes in the bottom). Trees Knoxville does not have pots.
• Label the seedling. General name (i.e. Oak, Maple, Pine, Dogwood, etc.) is absolutely fine. Labeling is essential because it is very hard to identify seedlings especially if the leaves have dropped. You can write in permanent marker on the container; on a piece of tape on the container; or use ribbon with the name written on it… Get creative!
• Keep seedling transplants alive.
• Bring seedlings to our table at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum's Fall Festival on Sunday, 25 October 2021 between 12:30 and 1:30, and we will find them a home!

If you have any questions, contact Trees Knoxville at

Knoxville Botanical Garden: Fall Festival

  • October 24, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

Our Fall Festival is coming up next week! On October 24th from 1-5p, come out to the Gardens for a free day of fun, food, entertainment, craft and artisan vendors, kid's crafts, a hayride, and more! Check out our instagram in the coming days for some of the craft vendors we'll be having!

Parking is at Community Evangelistic Church, located at 2650 Boyds Bridge Pike across from the Gardens. There will be a shuttle available but we also encourage people to walk through the gardens to get to the Festival.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717,

Blount Mansion: Halloween Evening Tours

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

Oct. 23, 29, 30, and 31
Details coming soon!

Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375,

The Katharine Slowburn Experience: A Night at the Doll Factory

Category: Festivals, special events

Friday & Saturday October 22-23, 9 & 11pm, Sunday, October 24, 6 & 8pm

“A Night at the Doll Factory” is a chilling immersive theatrical event from The Katharine Slowburn Experience. Over the course of an hour, attendees tour an abandoned doll factory, never knowing when the left-behind dolls may pop out for a dance, scare, or both. Never fear, tour guide Mary Jane Payne, sole survivor of the 2001 Doll Factory Massacre will safely guide you through the factory … that is, if the dolls let you leave!

Attendees must be 21+. Each tour is limited to 20 brave souls.

COVID-19 Protocols: We require that all guests wear masks for safety - COVID, cobwebs and clown dolls, oh my! Hardhats also available (and sanitized) for those wanting extra protection against things that go bump in the night.

At The Midtown District, 4432-A Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN
Ticket Link:

Knoxville Kerbela Shriners Circus

  • October 22, 2021 — October 24, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

2021 Shrine Circus, October 22nd-24th at Thompson-Boling Arena

The Kerbela Shriner Circus is held every year in October at Thompson-Boling Arena*. Kerbela Shriners and Hamid Circus work together to provide 5 great performances with lots of excitement and tons of fun. Every year we see new awe inspiring feats of agility on the floor and in the air…not to mention all of the great activities before the shows and during intermission halfway through each performance. There is fun for all ages, from 1 to 100!

Don’t miss the fun this year. We are already planning and preparing for October’s circus. Mark your calendar and make your plans. Bring your kids, your grand-kids, parents and grandparents! We have something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you in October.

Thompson-Boling Arena, 600 Phillip Fulmer Way #202, Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-0953
Kerbela Shriners: (865) 573-1901 or

FRIDAY 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
SATURDAY 11:00 am - 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
SUNDAY 11:00 am - 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Knoxville College Homecoming

  • October 22, 2021 — October 24, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

The annual Knoxville College Homecoming held every October continues to bring together alumni and support the Knoxville community. Even during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Knoxville College remains committed to alumni, holding a virtual homecoming in 2020 and returning to campus for the 2021 celebration from October 21 through October 24.

In honor of the Knoxville College homecoming celebration, Beck will share stories of groups, students, and events at Knoxville College throughout October's weekly Black history newsletters.

Gallery 1010: "While We Sleep", Artwork by Trinity Buehring

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

This exhibition is a colorful attribute to the modes of categorization that take place within the subconscious mind. The artist is presenting a series of large, multimedia paintings that explore the concept of "likeness" through a collaging method that lends itself to the process of relating the disjointed.

Free event open to the public, no registration required. The dates and times for viewing are as follows:

Friday, October 22nd, 2021, 5-7pm
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, 10-1pm
Sunday, by appointment through:

Gallery 1010, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 114, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information:

Knoxville Horror Film Fest

  • October 21, 2021 — October 24, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Film

The Knoxville Horror Film Fest will present its lucky 13th annual weekend of cinematic scares Thursday, October 21 through Sunday, October 24, with events split between Maryville, Tennessee’s Parkway Drive-In and the festival’s home base at Central Cinema.

It was COVID-era necessity that drove last year’s premier programming to the Parkway, but it’s pure pleasure that brings it back for a second year. Thursday night’s lineup will kick off the festival with a triple feature of John Carpenter’s ghostly 1980 classic The Fog, Rialto Pictures’ new 40th anniversary 4K restoration of Joe Dante’s The Howling (1981), and heavy metal horror cult item Trick Or Treat (1986). Friday night will continue the fun with the trailers of the 2021 KHFF Grindhouse Grind-out, followed by another triple feature of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), An American Werewolf In London (1981) and SFX genius Phil Tippett’s years-in-the-making Mad God.

These drive-in programs are just the beginning for full KHFF passholders, who will rejoin the festivities through the weekend at Central Cinema. Over the course of Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday this crew of horror diehards will enjoy KHFF’s storied one-track marathon of short films, feature presentations and special events. Titles confirmed for this year’s feature competition include John Adams, Zelda Adams & Toby Poser’s Hellbender, Richard Bates Jr.’s King Knight, Jim Cummings & PJ McCabe’s The Beta Test, Lee Haven Jones’s The Feast, and Philip Gelatt & Morgan Galen King’s The Spine of Night, mixed in with cult flashback favorites Popcorn (1991) and a 40th anniversary restoration of Andrzej Żuławski’s 1981 classic Possession. (Short film programming, including a dedicated program of local “Tennessee Terrors” submissions, will be announced along with the festival schedule in early October.)

KHFF Festival Passes ($100 standard, $150 deluxe “RIP”), Two Night Drive-In Passes ($45) and Single Night Drive-In Tickets ($25) are available now at Film Freeway.

Important Note: Due to the nature of the event and Central Cinema’s intimate setting, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required of full festival passholders at time of check-in; Thursday and Friday’s drive-in screenings will be open to the public regardless of vaccination status.

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