Calendar of Events

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Asian Culture Center of TN: 9th Knox Asian Festival

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

At World's Fair Park, 10 AM - 6 PM

The Asian Culture Center of TN (ACCTN) was founded in 2014 with the aim of promoting culture, diversity, and unity in the community. There is so much that a community benefits from every time there is a cultural event organized. People not only develop an open mind about other people and their cultures but also the host community becomes a center of interest for individuals and organizations looking to boost the economic capacity of that particular community. Therefore, as a highly focused organization interested in developing cultural diversity and understanding in our Tennessee community, we have strongly focused in popularizing the Asian culture, which has grown popular in the area.

Similar to previous years, the 2022 Asian Festival features authentic traditional food vendors representing Asian Cultures such as Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistani and Vietnam.

Asian Cultural Parade starts at 10AM at water fountain on the park lawn and ends at 10:30AM at Amphitheater stage. Our new projects this year is to sing "We are the World" after the parade. Clayton- Bradley Academy in Maryville will bring student Orchestra.

We are especially proud of the featured performance art that includes traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thailand, Indian, Indonesia Japan and Philippine dance & music.

For the first time, Indonesia traditional Music, Angklung, one of the most famous instruments of Indonesia is made up of a number of bamboo tubes fixed on a bamboo frame will be performed.

We also showcase various martial arts demonstrations, Thailand Traditional Dancers from Washington DC, K-Pop and J-Pop performances, Kimono Show, a bonsai exhibition, a cosplay contest, Japanese tea ceremony, and Japanese drummers Taiko Drum group from Disney World, Korean Fan Dancers from GA. You can learn Japanese summer dance. Many of our artists travel to Knoxville from all over the country and from various Asian countries to participate in this year’s festival. 1,250 seats will be available under the Amphitheater tent for the big stage performances.

The Asian Festival also includes a strong educational component. We recently implemented “Asian World,” where visitors travel through various booths that are named after Asian cultural interactive activities and featuring traditional foods and art for each one. Children and adults will receive a stamp on their festival passport for each cultural booth visited. Everyone is encouraged to visit all cultural booths to learn about the diversity of cultural traditions.

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Presents: NXT GEN Concert Series

Category: Music

Taber Gable and Jack Roben: The Music of Horace Silver and Jim Hall
Sunday, Aug 28, 7:30pm
Old City Performing Arts Center
111 State Street, 37902

The first concert in the NXT GEN Series will feature bandleaders Taber Gable and Jack Roben. Gable will open the evening with music dedicated to the funky, soulful, and one of the founding fathers of hard bop piano, Horace Silver. This set will uniquely dive into compositions, stylings, and artistry of Horace Silver as arranged by Taber Gable. Jack Roben will be featuring the music of guitarist Jim Hall. In addition to performing Hall’s compositions, Jack will be presenting original music inspired by the tasteful, introspective, and impressionistic qualities of Hall’s playing and writing. Join us for two sets of music that illustrate how the masters of jazz influence the NXT GEN.

League of Scruffy Photographers and Observing Knoxville: A conversation with photographer Roger May

  • August 28, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Lecture, discussion, panel

The League of Scruffy Photographers and Observing Knoxville in conjunction with the Arts & Culture Alliance and a Bailey Opportunity Grant present

A conversation with photographer Roger May
Sunday the 28th of August 2022, 2-5 pm at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Roger May (b. 1975) is an Appalachian American photographer and writer based in Alum Creek, West Virginia. He was born in the Tug River Valley on the West Virginia and Kentucky border, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. His work explores the complicated history of place, faith, and identity in the coalfields. In 2014, he founded the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia project. He lectures about his work and about the visual representation of Appalachia.

Free to attend! Questions & RSVP

Bijou Theatre: School of Rock Summer Blowout Concert

Category: Kids, family and Music


Sunday, August 28 | 2-9PM

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

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Junie B. Jones is not a Crook

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

by Allison Gregory

Someone stole Junie B. Jones’ furry mittens at school today! But she finds a wonderful pen of many colors. But that doesn’t make her a cook, right? Finders keepers, losers weepers. Besides, when the handsome new boy in kindergarten sees it, he might fall in love with Junie B. and become her boyfriend The only thing is, both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend.


Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

McClung Museum: The Spirit of Día de los Muertos

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

August 26–December 11, 2022

For the first time in its exhibition history, the McClung Museum is celebrating the deeply rooted traditions and colorful spirit of the Day of the Dead. The Spirit of Día de los Muertos (The Spirit of Day of the Dead) is the museum's first community collaboration exhibit created with guidance from Latino/a/x community members. The exhibition will open to the public on August 26 and be on view through December 11, 2022.

With displays in Spanish and English, The Spirit of Día de los Muertos highlights the rich history of the Mexican celebration that remembers loved ones passed. The exhibition opens with a traditional ofrenda (or altar) installation displaying an array of materials dedicated to deceased friends or family members. Familiar sights include colorful cempazúchitl (marigolds), ofrendas (altars) with food offerings, papel picados (decorative banners), and smartly dressed calaveras (skeletons).

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144

The Inaugural Gathering of the Waymakers Collective

  • August 26, 2022 — August 28, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Film, Fine Crafts, Health, wellness and Music

501 W Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902

The Waymakers Collective invites all Appalachian Futurists to attend our inaugural gathering!

Come enjoy a weekend with Appalachian artists, culture workers, organizers, activists, doers, and creatives building a just and equitable Appalachian future! This is the first official gathering of the Waymakers Collective since inception. Our first gathering will be a weekend filled with fellowship, joy, laughter, performances, peer networking, skill-building workshops, art making, film screenings, site visits, and more! Come ready to learn, share, make new connections with artists and art organizations in the region, and be inspired by the people and communities making new ways for life to thrive in the mountains!

Friday August 26th, 2022
6:00 – 7:00pm: Welcoming Reception
7:00 – 9:00pm: Dinner Including Performances

Saturday August 27th, 2022
7:00 - 8:00am: Breakfast
8:00am - 3:00pm: Workshops, Films & Art Making
3:30pm - 5:00pm: Site Visits
6:00pm: Community Dinners

Sunday August 28th, 2022
7:00 – 8:00am: Breakfast
8:30 –11:30am: Business Meeting (For Voting Members of the Collective)
11:30am –12:30pm Lunch & Closing
12:30 - 1:30pm: Strategy Circle with Funders (Funders Only)

Fountain City Art Center: Student Show

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

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu 9:30-3:30, W-R 9:30-4:30 or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Radcliffe Bailey: Passages

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

OPENING RECEPTION Fri Aug 12, 5:30-7:30pm

Working primarily between the mediums of sculpture and painting, noted contemporary artist Radcliffe Bailey (born 1968) incorporates found objects and photographs into richly layered and textured compositions that address history, ancestry, migration, and collective memory. The artist incorporates a multitude of mediums in a variety of works inspired by his interest in diasporic histories and notions of identity and displacement. Several works reference turbulent voyages at sea, recalling the lives lost in Middle Passage, while others celebrate the unifying power of music and the legendary jazz musicians who pushed the limitations of western tradition through their radical compositions.

The exhibition is organized by the Knoxville Museum of Art in conjunction with Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, Admission and parking are free.

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Joan The Girl of Arc

Category: History, heritage, Kids, family and Theatre

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

Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Clayton Foundation will present a live production of Joan The Girl of Arc by Darrah Cloud. This play is based on the life of Saint Joan of Arc.

When Joan, a peasant girl, hears a voice while tending sheep one day, she can’t believe what—and whom—she’s hearing. But the voice is joined by others who claim they are saints and ask her to go to war for France. Now she must convince her father, her friends and her priest that she is telling the truth. But no one believes her. Finally, she sets out on her own, determined to be believed, and proves her visions to the leader of the French army.

The play is performed by 12 talented young actors, from ages 9 to 18.

The show is directed by KCT’s Academy Director Emily Helton.

KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families. This show is eligible for Penny4Arts!

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

Rose Center: Cosmic Portals by Cosima

  • August 7, 2022 — September 2, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

An ART EXHIBITION of oil & watercolor works:

Reception on Sun Aug 7, 2-4 PM
Join us in the Edith Davis Gallery for a fun afternoon of art, mingling and light refreshments

The Rose Center, 442 West Second North St, Morristown, TN, 37814. Hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 423-581-4330,

Lilienthal Gallery: "Rooms" by Illana Lilienthal

  • August 5, 2022 — October 23, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

First Friday August 5th

“Rooms,” will be a solo show presenting a breadth of work by Ilana Lilienthal. A “room” is a space we create in order to be in, that we design to evoke certain feelings and emotions. When we create space, the goal is to influence both ourselves and others around us. In a conversation with a “room” we live or work in, there is a dance between forms, colors, and objects – creating a distinct energy field. This show encompasses three rooms, each inspired by a different palette. Red, Black & White, and Amber, each representing a color field working as a unique spiritual, psychological, and emotional experience.

23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917

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