Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild: 19th Annual Santa Mouse Arts and Crafts Show

  • November 30, 2023 — December 2, 2023
  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1 10AM-5PM, Dec. 2, 10AM-3PM

Category: Festivals, special events

The Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild invites you to its 19th Annual Santa Mouse Arts & Crafts Show, November 30 through December 2,
Dotson Memorial Baptist Church (just off William Blount Dr)
814 Dotson Memorial Rd, Maryville, TN

Join us for your holiday shopping to find quality handcrafted items from local artisans, such as basketry, fiber arts, glasswork, gourd art, jewelry, holiday crafts, ornaments, paintings, soaps, woodworking and more! Free admission and parking!

Nov 30 & Dec 1 10 am-5 pm Dec 2 10 am-3 pm

Pellissippi: Holiday Spectacular Concert

  • November 30, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

Fall 2023 Concert Series - All concerts start at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. All concerts are FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, November 30: Holiday Spectacular

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 865-694-6405,

Bijou Theatre: Big Freedia

Category: Music

Thursday, November 30, at the Bijou Theatre

'Tis the season to be bouncing! New Orleans artist Big Freedia's upcoming show on November 30, previously scheduled for July 21, will be a part of Big Freedia's Christmas in Central City Tour!

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

The Bottom: Drawing While Black Book Launch Listening Dinner Party

  • November 30, 2023
  • 6:30-9:00PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Literature, spoken word, writing

People of de world especially Knoxville TN, You're invited to Dr. Maurice Moore’s Drawing While Black Vol 1 Mixtape aka a Book Launch Listening Dinner Party!
November 30, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville.

An evening dat promises:
Sweets fo de sweet!
Savory fa de Savory!
Wit jus enough flava! Ta raise de ancestors!
+ a special After Party"

Published by Versal Journal, Drawing While Black Mixtape Vol 1 is a text composed of visual poems that explore various types of queer mark-making. Amongst many things, Dr. Moore (they/them) is an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Please scroll below to our Maker of the Month section to read all about them and their newest book. Visit our space from (11/7-11/30) to view an exclusive solo exhibition by Dr. Moore!


The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, 865-444-5915 or

Hearts Sing! Fall Concert - A Celebration of Light

  • November 30, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

6:30 EVENING FALL CONCERT in the Fellowship Hall at Central Bearden Baptist Church

The Hearts Sing! Chorus is made up of people in early to mid stages of memory loss, their support partners and singing volunteers. We come together to share the love of music and now they will share it with you!.

Inspired by the Giving Voice Initiative, “Hearts Sing” Chorus is committed to bring joy, well-being and community understanding to those who sing and those who hear our songs.

UT Humanities Center: Conversations & Cocktails: The Hidden Dimensions of Greek Heroes and Myth

  • November 30, 2023

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Virtual

Thursday, Nov. 30
Conversations & Cocktails: “The Hidden Dimensions of Greek Heroes and Myth” with Justin Arft
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: via Zoom
Register for the link at

While Greek mythology still captures our attention and invites constant reinvention, there are “hidden” dimensions to these stories that are not apparent when we just read them in translation, namely their ancient performance as oral, verbal art and Greek culture’s engagement with heroes in cult. This Conversations & Cocktails will introduce you to how mythology was performed in the ancient world and how the Greeks envisioned their heroes as powerful, troubled figures from a doomed era of mortals but ones who also survived as powerful, sometimes helpful figures in cult practice. The heroes of myth were defined by their ability to suffer and cause suffering, making the performances of their stories opportunities for reflection on culture, meaning, and mortality. For the Greeks, performance of myth was a communal way to remember a past alien to their own experience, but one still useful for defining and differentiating their own culture.

Justin Arft is an associate professor of Classical Studies whose main research focus is on ancient Greek poetry and comparative oral epic. Arft has authored articles on the technical dimensions of Homeric poetry with an eye to comparative examples of how other cultures perform oral epic, and his recent book, Arete and the Odyssey’s Poetics of Interrogation (Oxford 2022), applies interdisciplinary methods to address a long-standing problem in Homeric studies, namely the role of Arete, the Phaeacian queen, in the Odyssey. By analyzing an Indo-European interrogation formula seen across many bodies of literature and in Greek funerary texts, Arft argues that Arete serves as a gatekeeper for Odysseus’ journey and the epic’s own quest to define him as a hero of homecoming. His future projects will focus on the broader role of Greek heroes in ancient epic and how the Greeks used marginalized and non-heroic characters in these stories to critique them.

Conversations & Cocktails is a free public lecture series hosted by the UT Humanities Center, which showcases the original research of our distinguished University of Tennessee arts and humanities faculty. Our monthly talks give you the opportunity to hear about fascinating and groundbreaking work in the arts and in fields such as philosophy, history, and literary studies. Presentations are 30-40 minutes long and are designed for the general public. A spirited question-and-answer discussion follows each presentation.

Pretentious Beer Company: New Year's Eve Silent Disco

  • November 30, 2023
  • 9:00PM - 1:30AM

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

Pretentious Beer Co, 131 South Central Street, Knoxville.

It's our favorite Silent Disco of the year. We're sending 2023 out with a bang.
Get dressed up, get turnt up, drink great beer, and dance your ass off! Multiple DJs playing all sorts of music through head phones and everyone grooving to their own vibe. 3 channels of music going at once.

Tickets at:

Little River Art & Frame: Five Days of Christmas

  • November 27, 2023 — December 1, 2023

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


Day 1 Monday, November 27: Merry Cup o' Joe
Experience our brand new locally roasted gourmet coffee.
Select a free Little River Art mug with purchase of coffee.
Day 2 Tuesday, November 28: Dogs around the Tree
We have everything to help you celebrate the Season with your favorite pups. Shop while sipping hot chocolate and take home a treat for your fur baby too.
Take home a dog felted ornament with any $20 purchase.
Day 3 Wednesday, November 29: Holiday High Tea
Join us for a special tea party. You can sample our loose teas while enjoying scones and finger sandwiches.
Purchase any tea and get a china tea cup ornament.
Day 4 Thursday, November 30: Deck Your Halls
Beautiful art, sparkling lights, and colorful decor-- take your pick! Enjoy homemade caramel corn and hot cider while you shop.
Buy one of our beautiful ornaments and get one free.
Day 5 Friday, December 1: Holiday Happy Hour 3PM-6PM
Sip a cocktail with us while wrapping up you last minute shopping. And we will wrap up your presents free of charge.
Take home a holiday rocks glass with a $20 purchase.

Little River Art & Frame, 4313 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, Tn 37909

Knoxville Museum of Art: 18th annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition

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

Welcome to the 18th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, presented by the Knoxville Museum of Art. The ETRSAE showcases the strength and diversity of art education programs in East Tennessee, celebrates talented middle and high school students, and supports arts education. This annual exhibition provides the opportunity for students to participate in a juried exhibition and to have their artworks displayed in a professional art museum environment. We are so delighted by the quality of the artworks, the dedication of the teachers, and the commitment of the museum staff to establish a museum/school tradition for our community.

Public, private, and home schools grade 6–12 in 32 East Tennessee counties were invited to submit up to 15 artworks per teacher. Categories for the competition include ceramic, drawing, digital imagery/video production, mixed media, painting, computer graphics, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Each participating school is represented by one work of art.

The Best-in-Show winner receives a Purchase Award of $500, and the artwork becomes a permanent part of the collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Education Collection. The Best-in-Middle School winner receives $250. If you are a NAEA/TAEA member and the teacher of the student who is selected as this year’s Best-in-Show and Best in Middle School, you will receive a $100 Art Educator Award from the Knoxville Museum of Art. Each student in the exhibition receives a certificate of participation and the “Best” in each of the 10 categories. The winners receive a cash award and a museum family membership.

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.

Holidays on Ice

  • November 24, 2023 — January 2, 2024

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Friday, November 24, 2023 through
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Market Square

Take a skate on Knoxville's open air ice skating rink.
More information available at

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: A Tuna Christmas

Category: Theatre

Fri. Nov 24th 2023, 7:30 pm
Sat. Nov 25th 2023, 7:30 pm
Sun. Nov 26th 2023, 3:00 pm
Thu. Nov 30th 2023, 7:30 pm
Fri. Dec 1st 2023, 7:30 pm
Sat. Dec 2nd 2023, 7:30 pm
Sun. Dec 3rd 2023, 3:00 pm
Thu. Dec 7th 2023, 7:30 pm
Fri. Dec 8th 2023, 7:30 pm
Sat. Dec 9th 2023, 7:30 pm
Sun. Dec 10th 2023, 3:00 pm

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Category: Kids, family, Literature, spoken word, writing, Music and Theatre

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Edward Morgan and Joseph Hanreddy
Music by John Tanner
Clarence Brown Theatre
November 22 – December 21, 2023

Knoxville’s longest-running holiday tradition! For more than three decades, Knoxvillians have returned year-after-year to experience this timeless story of hope and redemption. This season, make A Christmas Carol part of your holiday tradition. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll create a wonderful memory… and you will leave the theater with a warm heart and renewed spirit!

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

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