Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Zoo Knoxville: Boo at the Zoo

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

WE’RE CASTING A SPELL ON YOU! What’s in the potion for a perfect Halloween? Lucky for you, we’ve got all of the special components for a magical Halloween, at Boo! at the Zoo!

$15 per person

A special night exclusively for Zoo Knoxville members. Zoo Knoxville members get a $1 discount on tickets.
October 11 • 5:30-8:00 pm
October 25 • 5:30-8:00 pm

October 12-15 • 5:30-8:00 pm
October 19-22 • 5:30-8:00 pm
October 26-29 • 5:30-8:00 pm

An illuminated gallery of paintings by artist Russ Ronat will be on display throughout the Zoo and highlights wildlife animal conservation.

Sink your teeth in all the tasty seasonal menu items throughout the zoo. You'll find snacks, beverages, cocktails, dinner options, dessert, wine, and other refreshing drinks to enjoy during your visit. Whether you're in the mood for classic fare or something a bit spookier, there's something for everyone to delight in.

Bijou Theatre: A Tribute to Queen

Category: Music

A TRIBUTE TO QUEEN featuring Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury.
WEDNESDAY, OCT 11, 7:30PM at the Bijou Theatre.

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

Muse Knoxville: FALLing for STEAM

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

- FALLing for STEAM inspired weekly programming takeover - Oct. 9-20

- Fall Break Construction Camp - Oct. 9-13 | 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
- Campers will unleash their creativity by crafting a collection of miniature origami
petting zoos and building captivating dioramas.

- Robotics Festival - Oct.13 | 10am - 4pm
- All day, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with local area organizations as
they educate kiddos on the different areas of STEAM, using robots.

- Spooktacular Silent Disco - Oct.13 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
- Activities include silent disco dancing, pumpkin decorating for all ages, custom
trick-or-treat bag making, a costume contest, and open museum floor play.
Along with onsite food trucks— food available for purchase.

- Family Science Fair - Oct. 14 | 9:30am - 11:30am
- We invite families to work together to design a science project and create those
aha! moments.

- Solar Eclipse Day Activities - Oct. 14 | 12pm - 4pm

Muse Knoxville (516 N. Beaman Knoxville,TN 37914)
Registration is open for all events and camps at
More info: 865-594-1494

East Tennessee Historical Society: Appalachia Sessions Season 2

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Music

New Location! The Point, 211 W. 5th Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917

Oct 9 at 5:30 pm
Oct 11, 17, 19 at 12 pm

Join us for the live tapings for Season 2 of Appalachia Sessions now hosted at The Point in Knoxville! Full schedule above.
Presented by The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS), “Appalachia Session Live” is a televised music series that debuted last fall. The series showcases music born out of the history of East Tennessee and Appalachian culture and features a diverse line-up of musicians and intimately focuses on the artists, their roots and the fundamentals of songwriting. The shows taped at LMU will be used for the first six episodes of season two. The series will air on WATE (ABC) in Knoxville, WJHL in the Tri-Cities, WWCW (CW) in Roanoke, Virginia and WDKY (Fox) in Lexington, Kentucky. The program will be syndicated nationally beginning in February.

For more information, visit

Knoxville Opera & Tennessee Theatre: Falstaff's Comedy and Shakespeare Camp

Category: Classes, workshops, Kids, family, Literature, spoken word, writing and Theatre

October 9-13, Knoxville Opera & Tennessee Theatre

This fall break, high schoolers have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Shakespeare at Falstaff's Comedy and Shakespeare Camp. They'll dive deep into the Bard's enchanting sonnets and verses, honing recitation and performance skills. As the week culminates, they'll have the opportunity to showcase their talent at Knoxville Opera's production of "Falstaff," captivating audiences with Shakespearean recitals as they enter the theatre and during intermission. It's a blend of literary exploration and live performance, fostering public speaking and language skills. Students will receive a complimentary ticket for the performance and 2 additional tickets.

Additional information and registration available at

Medieval Faire

  • October 7, 2023 — October 22, 2023

Category: Dance, movement, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, History, heritage, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

Save the date for the 8th annual Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman. Festival dates Oct 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 2023.

Go back in time and LIVE THE AGE OF CHIVALRY!

A year after Arthur was crowned King of the Britons and allied with the Picts (circa 501 AD), Arthur and Guinevere are about to celebrate their first anniversary as man and wife. The kingdom is enjoying a time of relative peace, calm, and prosperity.

However, across the north sea, trouble brews. Nordic mercenaries, who used to be employed by various small kingdoms in northern Briton to hold back the Picts, find their services were no longer needed. This did not sit well with them, so they decided pay the “boy king” a visit.


Come witness live jousting! Cheer on your favorite warrior in human combat chess, where the characters ARE the chess pieces and fight to take over the squares. Come dressed in costume if you wish and enter the costume contest to win a prize. Play medieval games, laugh with the comedy shows, shop for original crafts, eat delicious food, and drink hot and cold beverages (including beer, ages 21+) FIT FOR A KING!

Enjoy all day family fun. LIVE THE AGE OF CHIVARLY!

East Tennessee Historical Society: They Sang What They Lived: The Story of Carl and Pearl Butler

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

They Sang What They Lived: The Story of Carl and Pearl Butler is the first retrospective exhibition of Carl and Pearl Butler, the iconic country music duo whose timeless lyrics and harmonious melodies left an indelible mark on country music. With a career spanning over four decades, Carl and Pearl Butler became celebrated figures in the world of country music. “Carl made scores of major-label records during the 1950s,” says Bradley E. Reeves, the exhibition’s guest curator and author of the new book Honky Tonkitis: On the Road with Carl Butler and Pearl. “These are some of the best bluegrass, gospel, and hard country records ever made, although none could be called a massive hit.” That honor would come in 1962, when Carl and Pearl recorded “Don’t Let Me Cross Over.” The song remains among the fastest ever to ascend to No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Singles. Carl and Pearl’s unique “Knoxville sound,” along with heartfelt lyrics, earned them a dedicated fan base who supported them at performances across the United States and Canada through the 1970s. The exhibition offers visitors a rare glimpse into the lives of these music legends.

Key highlights of the exhibition include:
1. Rare Family Archives: Museum guests will have the opportunity to view the Allen “Junior” Butler Family Collection, which has been made publicly available for the first time and includes never-before-seen photographs, home movies, original instruments, and stage costumes that belonged to Carl and Pearl Butler. “I’m grateful to Allen Butler and his family for opening their home and archives to share with us,” says Reeves.
2. Musical Journey: Explore the duo's musical journey through a feature film, which transports visitors through various periods of their career and traces their unfiltered, raw singing style, one that derived from and advanced the “Knoxville sound.”
3. Behind-the-Scenes: Gain insight into the lives of Carl and Pearl Butler through never-before-seen family photographs and recently uncovered anecdotes from the family and fellow musicians, including Dolly Parton who viewed the Butlers as her “second parents.” “Despite their successes,” says Adam Alfrey, Assistant Director for Historical Services at Knox County Public Library, “Carl and Pearl faced personal and professional struggles, which are intimately documented through the family’s photographs.”
4. Interpretive Experience: Engage with the exhibition to understand how both Knoxville and Nashville played a role in the development of country music. Also, learn how chart-topping artists can quickly become all but forgotten, even in their hometown. “The Butlers somehow fell through the cracks,” reflects Reeves. “It’s my hope that this book and exhibition will contribute to a reappreciation of their great body of work.”
They Sang What They Lived: The Story of Carl and Pearl Butler promises to be a heartfelt educational experience for country music enthusiasts and fans of all ages. It serves as a testament to the enduring influence of Carl and Pearl Butler on the world of music.

At 5:00 pm, Friday, October 6, 2023, there will be an opening reception for They Sang What They Lived: The Story of Carl and Pearl Butler. The event will include a meet and greet with Carl and Pearl Butler’s family, a book signing by guest curator Bradley E. Reeves, and an exhibition of Appalachian musical pioneer paintings by artist Amy Campbell. At 7:00 pm, there will be a “Tribute to Carl and Pearl,” opened by a performance of the Paul Brewster and Friends Band, comprised of 14-year-old mandolin prodigy Wyatt Ellis and Grand Ole Opry performers Daniel Grindstaff, Kent Blanton, Stephen Burwell, and John Meador. A screening of 8mm home movies shot by the Butlers (watch for an appearance by 10-year-old Dolly Parton), as well as some of the Butlers’ rarest television appearances, will conclude the evening.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

Tennessee Artists Association: American Modernism

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Frothy Monkey is hosting the Tennessee Artist’s Association’s show of “American Modernism” from October through January at the Frothy Monkey, 419, S. Gay St. Knoxville, TN 37902.

More than ten TAA artists will be represented at the exhibit, and many will be on hand for a meet and greet on Friday, October 6th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Frothy Monkey is the perfect stop for coffee, conversation and community. The restaurant offers fresh baked goods, beer, wine & cocktails along with its coffee and tea selections. The Frothy Monkey seeks to provide a safe and welcoming environment that can nourish guests and build community relationships.

For more information, contact

Rala: Haunted Art Show curated by Esther Sitver

  • October 6, 2023 — October 30, 2023

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

The opening reception will be from 6-8pm on October 6th. This show is a collaborative exhibition of (family friendly) creepy, eerie, spine-tingling, and all around haunted art pieces from various local artists.

Facebook Event:

No Tricks; just treats as we kick off the Halloween season with the first ever "Haunted Art Show" curated by Esther Sitver. Come one come all to this family friendly event!

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Mon-Thu & Sat 11-6, Fri 11-8, Sun 11-5. Information: 865-525-7888, or

Art Market Gallery: Lisa Kurtz & Carol Quinn

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

First Friday Reception: October 6th, 5:30 – 9:00 pm, with complimentary refreshments and music

Lisa Kurtz has a master’s degree in ceramics. She throws on the wheel and hand builds and combines both methods to create her wares. An award-winning ceramic artist, Lisa has taught ceramics, drawing and art history to college students. She has taught clay to adults at many local pottery studios in East Tennessee and in Kentucky. Currently, Lisa teaches functional pottery at the Oak Ridge Art Center. In 2015, she was awarded a grant to be a Master Artist in Tennessee Crafts’ Master Artist Apprentice Program. Her clay work has been featured and shown in galleries and juried fine arts and craft shows across the country and is in many private collections. Lisa’s pieces highlight the malleable qualities of clay. To highlight spontaneity in her work, she likes to experiment with many different types of atmospheric firing including wood, soda, pit firing and electric firing. Her functional work is all microwave and dishwasher safe.
Instagram: @lisakurtzhighlandpottery

Carol Quinn, an artist since the 1980s, exhibiting in the Southeast and New York City, draws inspiration from East Tennessee's natural beauty and explores the psychological processes behind it. A member of Knoxville's Art Market Gallery since 2018, she showcases her evolving art style. With a background in Human Ecology, she transitioned from watercolors to dynamic mixed media creations, focusing on abstract designs. Carole's work reflects a journey of self-discovery, driven by a passion for exploring color and texture.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,,

Pivot Point Gallery: Anna Razumovskaya

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

Internationally Renowned Artist, Anna Razumovskaya, is visiting from Canada on Friday, October 6, from 5-7 pm and Saturday, October 7, 3-6 pm. We hope to see you there!

Pivot Point Gallery, 15 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-248-0050,

Mighty Mud Studios: This Never Happened

  • October 6, 2023 — October 29, 2023

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

Friday, October 6th! 6pm-9pm

Mighty Mud Gallery is featuring the collaborative exhibition 'This Never Happened' by local horse girls Kyle Cottier + Vanessa Hartman. Kyle is currently working to receive his Masters in Sculpture at UT and Vanessa is a Studio Technician and Instructor at Mighty Mud.

Kyle Cottier ( + Vanessa Hartman (

"This Never Happened" is an collaborative abstract exploration of our boundless capacity to shape the world around us. Materiality takes a backseat as the exhibition delves into the realms of process, experimentation, and the enigmatic interplay of nostalgia and forgetfulness. Kyle and Vanessa infuse play into the nuances of language, navigating the labyrinth of lost and found, and unveiling the intricate tapestry of nature's nurturing embrace. Amidst dreamlike visions of wild horses and joyous celebrations of hay, personal myths emerge from the shadows, ready to roam freely. In the realm where rules are defined by the horse, we discover that within nothing and something lies the genesis of everything.

126 Jennings Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917

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