Calendar of Events

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Art Activity & Docent Tours

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event, Kids, family and Lecture, panel

Bring your children in grades K-6 to the KMA for Second Sunday Art Activity Day. Children will do a hands-on art activity taught by a certified art teacher. FREE and open to the public! 1-4 PM

Join us for a Docent Guided Tour on the second Sunday of every month at 2pm! KMA visitors can follow a trained docent educator through the galleries to learn more about the KMA collection and temporary exhibitions. Tours are 60 minutes; visitors can meet at the front desk at 1:55pm to join the tour. FREE and open to the public!

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.

Old City Market

  • November 12, 2023
  • 11 AM - 4 PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Old City Market returns to the 100 Block of West Jackson Ave!


Smoky Mountain Blues Society: Sara Jordan Birthday Bash

  • November 12, 2023

Category: Fundraisers and Music

This is the 13th year anniversary of the Sara Jordan Birthday Bash! A night of celebration of Sara, Knoxville and the Blues with many of your favorite local musicians. Before her untimely death in May 2001, Sara Jordan was known as Knoxville’s “Queen of the Blues”. With a big earthy voice and the stage presence to go with it, she lived and breathed the Blues. She performed in several bands – The Delta Flyers, The Jordan Project, Mojo, and The Leftovers, with whom she performed memorably at the 2000 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. She was also the creative force behind the concert, “Ladies Sing the Blues” at The Bijou Theatre in 1999 and the original “Blue Jam” at Sassy Ann’s, which spawned numerous Blues Bands around East Tennessee. This is always a fantastic night of music, merriment, fellowship, and love.

So excited for all these wonderful musicians:
Ray Beltran & BlueMax
Roger Hay Band
Doug Harris Band
Mighty Blue ft. Chelsea Samples

Solo Performers with House Band:
Jaimie Cameron/Dick Qulia
Foster Meeks
Marci Pace
Michael Crawley
Jeanine Fuller
Jenna Jefferson

House Band "The Unknown Blues"
Mark Caldwell – Keyboards
Rich Wilson – Drums
Michael Jordan – Guitar
Robert Higginbotham – Guitar
Andy Lewis – Bass
Michael James – Bass

Cover charge at the door is $10 for non-members and $5 for SMBS members, with proceeds going to The Blues Foundation’s HART fund. Doors open at 5 PM, show starts at 6 PM. Tickets sold at door, no advanced sales. This show will sell out so don’t be late!

The District Gallery: The Big Tiny Show

  • November 10, 2023 — January 6, 2024

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

We are excited to announce the Big Tiny Show is back! The Big Tiny Show is a national juried exhibition of small 2D works, opening Friday, November 10, 2023. The Big Tiny Show will include works from established and emerging artists, in a variety of subject matter, media, and expression. The focus of the Big Tiny Show is to celebrate the power of delightfully tiny original art. Each original work of art has a history and a story that we’re excited to share with our clients. It is our aim to make these tiny, but mighty, original works accessible to anyone and everyone.

GALLERY HOURS: Tues – Fri: 10:00 – 5:30 and Sat: 10:00 – 4:00
5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, 865-200-4452

UT Opera: The Medium and Suor Angelica

Category: Music and Theatre

UT Opera Theatre is back, with a thrilling double feature of Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Medium and Giacomo Puccini's Suor Angelica! Join us for these riveting tales of the insidious and the supernatural, featuring the breathtaking voices of UT Opera at the Bijou Theatre!
Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $5.00 for students.

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

West Park Baptist Church: Inspired! A Theatrical Event

  • November 9, 2023 — November 28, 2023

Category: Theatre

Inspired! Inspired! is a theatrical event that tells the true stories behind the famous songs we have all come to love. Included are “Amazing Grace,” “It is Well With My Soul,” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
It will world-premiere in the HUB at West Park Baptist Church at 8833 Middlebrook Pike, for six performances: Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 and Nov. 11 & 18 at 2 pm. The cast will then take the play to the Palace Theatre in Crossville to help raise funds for the C5 Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County, Nov. 28 at 7 pm.


Film Fest Knox

  • November 9, 2023 — November 12, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events and Film

The inaugural international FILM FEST KNOX will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee November 9-12, 2023. Festival passes for the 2023 festival go on sale Wednesday, August 30. Festival passes are $100 per person and will be available for purchase online at Additional programming and ticketing options will be announced closer to the festival.

Passholders will be able to attend the entirety of the festival with the exception of the Opening After Party. This includes two dozen narrative and documentary short and feature film screenings in various blocks (including the American Regional Film Competition and the Made in Tennessee Competition), the Live Pitch on Thursday evening, all 20 films in the Elev8or Pitch Screening, the Friday night Premiere, and all panels with industry professionals. FILM FEST KNOX is a producer-centric festival, acknowledging the invaluable contributions of film's creative producers, often overlooked yet vital to the success of a project. Passholders will experience an intimate festival environment with guest filmmakers in attendance.

The highly anticipated American Regional Film Competition is a major highlight of the festival hosted in collaboration with Regal. This unique showcase sheds light on exceptional works produced outside the traditional production centers of Los Angeles and New York. The winner of this competition will be awarded an Oscar-qualifying run by Regal. In addition to the American Regional Cinema Competition, FILM FEST KNOX will feature a Made in Tennessee Competition for shorts and feature films produced in the Volunteer State.

Another major component of the festival is the Elev8or Pitch, a pitch competition to provide further opportunities to filmmakers in East Tennessee and beyond. The Visit Knoxville Film Office hosted the Elev8or Pitch Kick Off Party at Scruffy City Hall on August 10, where teams in attendance learned rules and regulations for this competition. Teams have until October 12 to produce an 8-minute proof-of-concept short film along with a 1-minute elevator pitch to illustrate their vision for a full-length feature film. The top eight teams will be able to pitch live in front of a panel of industry judges and audience on the opening night of the festival, Thursday, November 9.

More details on FILM FEST KNOX will be provided throughout 2023 at Follow FILM FEST KNOX on Facebook and Instagram.

Bearden Theatre: The Music Man

  • November 9, 2023 — November 12, 2023
  • 7:00 PM

Category: Theatre

Bearden Theatre, in the Bearden High School Auditorium presents The Music Man November 9, 11 & 12 at 7:00 PM.

The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. Prim librarian and piano teacher - Marian sees through him librarian. Can she prove to the town that he's up to no good?

BEARDEN THEATRE, Bearden High Auditorium - 8352 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Tickets at

Ewing Gallery: AI T.B.D.

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

This exhibition, curated by Julie Kress and Mark Stanley, professors in the College of Architecture and Design, exhibits the work of artists, designers, and architects whose work practice makes use of Artificial Intelligence.

The Ewing Gallery will be closed November 22-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Location: The Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard
Times: M, T, W, F: 10am - 5pm, Thur: 10am - 7:30pm, Sun: 1-4pm
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Marble Springs State Historic Site: Snowbirds: Winter Migrants to Tennessee and Their Life Histories

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel and Science, nature

Marble Springs State Historic Site is excited to announce an engaging event, "Snowbirds: Winter Migrants to Tennessee and Their Life Histories," on both Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 12th, starting at 2:00 pm. Immerse yourself in a world of curiosity as we welcome local ornithologist Lucas Coe-Starr, known as the Oak Ridge Bird Man. As an ornithologist and TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist® based in beautiful Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Mr. Coe-Starr is a seasoned professional in the field. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn from a true local expert about the mesmerizing winter migrants to our region and their life histories. But that's not all; Marble Springs State Historic Site is not just a historic destination. It is also a flourishing arboretum and wildlife sanctuary, making it the best place to view and learn about the wildlife that surrounds us. This event offers an enriching experience set in a serene natural setting, where attendees can explore the world of these incredible birds and immerse themselves in the wonders of nature. This event is a must-attend for nature enthusiasts, bird lovers, and anyone curious about the fascinating world of winter migrants.

Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-712-9076,

Tomato Head: Exhibition by Andrew Godwin - Second Nature

  • November 3, 2023 — January 9, 2024

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

A solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper.
Instagram @andrewgodwinart

Market Sq, Nov 5 - Dec 3
Kingston Pk, Dec 5 - Jan 9

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville. Daily hours: 11 AM - 8:30 PM

Art Market Gallery: New Artists Feature

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

First Friday Reception: November 3rd, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Introducing Our New Artists! Join us this First Friday in November for an enchanting reception and meet the talented thirteen artists who've recently joined the Art Market Gallery.

Painting/Drawing - Beverly Burdette, Addison Cate, Vincent Drake, Nicholas Russell
Photography - Yvonne Dalschen, Brian McDaniel, P. Daniel Preast, Ron Williams
Mixed Media - Julie Rabun
Clay - Deborah Corley, Cindy Sugg
Wood - Scott Angelucci
Fiber - Barbara Gamble

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

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