Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Knoxville Museum of Art: Movement Meditation Experience

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Health, wellness

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22
In-gallery, 20-minute sessions at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. An enlivening, in-gallery movement experience led by instructor Jill Frere. Space is limited; register at

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.

Historic House Museums: Movies at the Museum - The Witch

Category: Film, Free event, History, heritage and Kids, family

October 21 @ 8pm at Marble Springs State Historic Site
The Witch (2015)
A Puritan family in 1630s New England are exiled from their village, and are haunted by unseen forces that live in the wilderness bordering their new home. Later, they fall victim to fear and paranoia as they accuse their teenage daughter of witchcraft. (Rated R)

Join the Historic House Museums of Knoxville for the premiere of a new collaborative program, Movies at the Museums! Enjoy four different movies at four different historic house museums. From Muppet escapades and beloved childhood classics to Appalachian dramas and frightening horror, each historic house museum will show a different film for audiences to enjoy while also taking in the unique landscapes of the historic site.

Admission is FREE for each movie, but donations are greatly appreciated to support each museum’s preservation mission. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, or other items to make their time there comfortable. Concessions will be available at each museum. Please see each individual museum's respective event pages for more details on the movies, concessions, and any special activities happening at their site!

Tennessee Theatre: Celebrating 95 Years with Costumes and Cartoons

Category: Festivals, special events, Film, Free event, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

The Tennessee Theatre turns 95 years old on Oct. 1, 2023, and to commemorate the milestone, the Official State Theatre of Tennessee is celebrating throughout the month. Beginning Oct. 1, the public is invited to attend and engage with the theatre through special anniversary events; giveaways; free tours and open houses; a scavenger hunt; and a curated social media campaign that will include historical photos and fun facts. Anniversary events for 95th anniversary celebration include:

• Saturday, Oct. 21: Families are invited to attend the “Costumes and Cartoons” Halloween experience. Children are encouraged to dress in costumes and enjoy cartoons and other activities, including self-guided tours and trick-or-treat stations. The event kicks off the spooky season with episodes of Wild Kratts, Arthur, Pinkalicious, Peg + Cat and more. The event is free from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

While the celebrations commemorate the history of the Tennessee Theatre, the organization also is looking toward the future and encouraging donations to the Tennessee Theatre Youth Arts Alliance education outreach program. The alliance, founded in 2007 by the theatre, Knox County schools and corporate partner Quantum Environmental & Engineering Services, LLC, provides opportunities for the next generation to experience the arts. Donations will help the theatre continue to inspire students through the ticket subsidy program, masterclasses and workshops, the Marquee Awards and other educational programs. To mark the anniversary, a gift of $95 or any amount is encouraged. More activities, tours, stories and surprises will be shared throughout the celebration, and a full list of events is available at

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

Cattywampus Puppet Council: Fall Ball

  • October 21, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food, Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and Music

Each of you has been such an integral part of Cattywampus Puppet Council's journey over the past nine years and we're grateful for your continued support, creativity, and collaboration. Perhaps you first met us through our Grandma & Grandpa puppets, strolling around First Friday in the fall of 2014? Or created art and joined us for our inaugural parade down Magnolia Ave in 2017 or one of the many others to follow? Gave Giant Dolly a hug at Pride? Attended one of our puppet shows at the library? Had a child participate in one of our free after school art programs? Or perhaps just learned about us this spring when we collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and his Our Common Nature project at the World's Fair Park? Either way, we're so glad to be in relationship with each of you and are reaching out now with exciting news.

For years, we've been a primarily volunteer-run organization, bringing giant puppets and innovative community-based art programming to Knoxville and beyond on a shoestring. While we've accomplished so much, we realize that in order to keep expanding our work and achieve long-term sustainability as an organization, it's time to hire our first full-time staff member and fundraise a more robust operating budget for ourselves. So we're throwing a party!

We'd love to invite you to join us for our first ever Cattywampus Fall Ball on Saturday, Oct 21st (7-10pm) at the Old City Performing Arts Center. There will be performances by the Knox Honkers & Bangers (Cattywampus's new community brass band), dancing, food, drinks, and of course, lots of giant puppets. Who knows, a pop-up parade might even ensue. You definitely don't want to miss it.

Crafty Brewery: The Stay Weird Market

  • October 21, 2023
  • 12-6 PM

Category: Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

Crafty Bastard is hosting it's very own Stay Weird Market, in the spookiest season yet. We will be featuring one of the most eclectic markets in the city, with a range of vendors from taxidermist to tailors.

Discover Tall Ship Pinta

  • October 20, 2023 — October 29, 2023

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

On Friday October 20th the “Pinta”, a Replica of a Portuguese Caravel used by Columbus and many early explorers will open as a “floating museum” for dockside educational tours. The Ship will be docked at Calhoun’s on the River, 400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902 until her departure October 30th.

In 2005, the Pinta was Launched in Brazil after 3 years of Construction. The Ship was built by 8th Generation Portuguese Shipwrights using the same methods and hand tools that were used to build the original in the 15th Century. The Pinta was the first Ship to sight land on the famous voyage of discovery on October 12th, 1492.
Historians consider the “Caravel” the space shuttle of the 15th Century and was used as early as the 13th Century and into the 16th Century. The Caravel was mainly used as a typical trading vessel along the Mediterranean and African Coast before being used for Transatlantic Voyages to open up new trading routes all over the World.

The general public is invited to step back in time & explore the Pinta for self guided tours from the 20th-29th October from 9:00a-5:00p daily. No reservations are necessary. Tickets are purchased at the Ship and prices are $8.00 for Adults, $7.00 for Seniors/Military (65+), and $6.00 for Children (5 - 16). Children 4 and under are Free.
Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member during the weekdays should go to Group tours require a minimum of 15 people. Please call 251-293-4193 or email for any inquires.

Greek Fest

  • October 20, 2023 — October 22, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food, Dance, movement, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

(865) 522-5043 or

St. George Greek Orthodox Church has celebrated its annual Greek Fest since 1977! Originally, the Knoxville Greek Fest was organized to introduce Greek food, culture, and dance to the local community. Greek Fest is one of the most popular events in Knoxville, attracting over 20,000 visitors over the weekend.

Gallery 1010: Layered Barriers: Layers of Mending

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Hours: Thursday 5-7 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 1 PM
LaKesha Lee

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

UT: Quantum Canvases - Physics, the Arts, and the Humanities

  • October 19, 2023 — October 23, 2023

Category: Free event, Kids, family, Literature, spoken word, writing, Music, Science, nature and Technology

Out of the lab and onto the page—and the dance floor! In collaboration with the UT Humanities Center, the UT Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting a series of public events exploring the intersection between Physics, the Arts, and the Humanities between October 19-23, 2023. Events range from discussions of injecting hard science into science fiction to exploring the physics of music and the music of physics on the dance floor. Details at:

Thu Oct 19 – Harmonic Motion: Physics x Electronic Music
Old City Performing Arts Center
Performances by Physicists ColliderScope (Lawrence Lee, UT); Superposition (Rob Appleby, University of Manchester); and Science & Reason (Steve Johnston, UT)

Sun Oct 22 – Writer Lucy Caldwell on her Collaboration with the Physics Laboratory CERN
Reading at Union Ave Books, followed by a Meet and Greet and Book Signing at Knox Brew Hub

Mon Oct 23 – Science Fiction and Physics in Conversation
Panel and Q&A w/ physicists from CERN and UT, writers, and the editors of Collision: Stories from the Science of CERN at UT’s Student Union

Mon Oct 23 – UT Physics Colloquium: Physicist Rob Appleby (University of Manchester) on the Upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN
UT Science and Engineering Research Facility

All events are free and open to the public!

Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Disney on Ice - Mickey's Search Party

  • October 19, 2023 — October 22, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

October 19-22, 2023

Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickeys Search Party, an adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts! Look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell through immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen. Make memories during Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out celebration!

See Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and stars from Moana, Coco, Frozen, Toy Story, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Central Cinema: Knoxville Horror Film Fest

  • October 19, 2023 — October 22, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events and Film

Tickets now available via

KHFF's 2023 shorts lineup includes 21 of the year's best touring genre films! The bulk of this year's shorts will screen during dedicated blocks on Saturday (Ringworms, Violet Butterfield: Makeup Artist for the Dead, Pool Party, Annihilator, and Deadline) and Sunday (Stop Dead, Fed, Hot Local Singles Are In Your Area, The Queue, Bookworm and Fetal Position) while select others will accompany feature presentations throughout the event (Fck'n Nuts, Content: The Lo-Fi Man, Charlie the Cancelled Skeleton, The Voice in Isabel Fleiss's Office, Toad Boy, Don't Look in the Closet, Waka Chicka Waka, Gnomes, We Forgot About The Zombies and Ancient Lore.)

Drawing from DIY submissions from within Tennessee, our 2023 Tennessee Terrors program (Saturday at 4pm) features short filmsThe Bags, Anya, Blood & Roots, Cart Return, David's Not Real, Found You, MK Ultra Violence, The Cost of Eggs, The Dread, Vlogger, Roots Below, and Sorry for the Mess. (A limited quantity of single-screening tickets will be available.)

Clarence Brown Theatre: The Moors

Category: Theatre

The Moors
By Jen Silverman
The Lab Theatre
October 18 – November 5, 2023

Wait. What? An anthropomorphic Mastiff. A catfished governess. Two forlorn sisters on bleak English Moors yearning for love in a manor where every room looks the same. This is a new play the likes of which you have not seen before. It’s a dark, funny, genre-bending trip the New York Times calls, “the reason we go to the theater.” Try it!

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information/tickets: 865-974-5161,

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