Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Knoxville Botanical Gardens: Yoga in the Garden

  • June 8, 2024 — June 29, 2024

Category: Classes, workshops, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Saturdays, June 8, 15, 22 and 29, 9-10 AM
Start your June Saturdays off with an hour of slow flow power yoga, led by Jessica Tezak. Classes will take place outdoors weather permitting. An indoor backup location will be available. Email Jessica to sign up and learn more. Classes are $10 per week with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Garden. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from sunrise to sunset. Information: 865-862-8717,

Seven Islands State Birding Park: Fireflies Viewing Night

  • June 8, 2024 — June 22, 2024

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

Sat Jun 8, 15 and 22

2809 Kelly Lane, Kodak, TN 37764
Price: $10
Time: 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Firefly season is here and we want to share this spectacular night light show experience with park visitors. This will be an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the fireflies and experience the park after hours from the Bobwhite ADA Trail. Visitors will be allowed to bring blankets and chairs to setup along the paved Bobwhite ADA Trail and view the fireflies and gaze at the night sky. Park staff will be stationed along the trail to answer any questions that visitors may have during the viewing experience. Participants MUST stay on the Bobwhite ADA Trail for the entire duration of the viewing experience. All of the other trails in the park will be off-limits. There will be a short slideshow presentation playing inside the Bluebird Barn to provide some cool firefly facts and shed some light on the fascinating flashing that visitors will be viewing. There will also be kids activities starting at 8:30 until it gets dark.

Flashlight use should be kept to a minimum so as to not interfere with other visitors' vision in dark conditions. It is recommended that you have a red light/filter on your flashlight if possible to reduce the light disturbance to the fireflies and other park visitors.

The cost of this program is $10.00 per person (ages 3+). We encourage participants to bring water, sturdy hiking shoes, and flashlights. The video and kids activities will begin at 8:30. Sunset is around 9:00. Please check-in with event volunteers and park staff at the Bluebird Barn by the main entrance parking lot no later than 9:00pm. The open viewing experience will end at 11:00pm. Please plan to be out of the parking lot at 11:00pm. Please note that this program is outside of the park's normal operating hours. Anyone caught in the park after sunset that is not registered for the program will be considered trespassing and subject to park rule violation citations and penalty fines.

Tennessee Theatre: Comedian Brad Williams

Category: Comedy

Comedian BRAD WILLIAMS comes to the Tennessee Theatre SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2024 at 7:00PM.

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

Historic Ramsey House: Summer Market Place

Category: Festivals, special events and Fine Crafts

Join the Historic Ramsey House on Saturday, June 8th, 2024 between 10:00am and 4:00pm for our Summer Marketplace! Enjoy a unique shopping experience as artists and vintage curators from across East Tennessee gather on the grounds of the Historic Ramsey House! From handcrafted jewelry to woodworking to beautiful seasonal decor items and more, you are certain to find the perfect gift or home décor item. This FREE event is great for the entire family! We will also offer onsite food, entertainment, and more!

Tours of our historic 1797 home are $10 per person, and helps support the preservation and educational mission of Historic Ramsey House. With over 50 vendors and live blacksmith demonstrations, there's something for everyone! Follow this event on Facebook:

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Central Cinema: NEGATIVLAND

  • June 8, 2024

Category: Film and Music

We’re thrilled to welcome legendary multimedia collective NEGATIVLAND to Central Cinema on Saturday June 8 as they perform their latest show “We Can Really Feel Like We’re Here” (featuring video design & production by SUE-C), preceded by an exclusive screening of Ryan Worsley’s documentary STAND BY FOR FAILURE, a fitting portrait of the group’s history, art and cultural preoccupations.

This show is co-presented by our dear friends at the Pilot Light and Knoxville Community Media. Tickets (including admission to both the film and performance) will be on sale soon!

About Negativland | Since 1980, the multimedia collective known as Negativland have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arrange these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming” (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement. Their art and media interventions pose both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, technology, control, ownership, propaganda, power, and perception in the United States of America. Their work is now referenced and taught in many college courses in the US, has been written about and cited in over 150 books and legal journals, and they sometimes lecture about their work in the USA and in Europe.

About SUE-C | Sue Slagle, who goes by the stage name SUE-C, is a video and light artist working at the intersection of creative coding and live performance. For the past 18 years, she has created handmade videos and live media performances, traveling extensively in Europe and the US. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation “instrument,” she synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors, handmade papers, fabrics and miniature lighting effects.

About STAND BY FOR FAILURE: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT NEGATIVLAND (99m) | Since 1959 at the age of five, David “The Weatherman” Wills has been recording and reporting on his life, self, and anything he likes (such as the weather, toilets flushing, and intercepted cell phone conversations) and broadcasting it to anyone interested. Together with childhood friends Richard Lyons and Mark Hosler they formed Negativland, which quickly became an absurd and noisy multimedia world without boundaries, ownership or privacy. Negativland’s complex chaos of plunderphonics poses both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, technology, control, propaganda, power and perception in the global village. Is what you’re hearing and seeing true or simply familiar? The medium reveals that any message is all in our heads.

Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, 865-951-2447,

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Maker Market

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

The Maker Market events will be conducted from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Saturdays, April 13, May 11, June 8, September 14, October 12, and November 30 (Small Business Saturday).

Featuring artists/makers selling original, handmade products or artwork (painting, photography, candles, prints, stained glass, pottery, etc.).

Appalachian Arts Craft Center, 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Soiree

Category: Fundraisers

Dance the night away at the Knoxville Museum of Art! Summer Soiree Fundraiser at the KMA Saturday, June 8, 7:00 - 11:00 PM.

Featuring the high-energy powerhouse party band, 1 More Song, along with delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Holly Hambright of Holly’s Eventful Catering.

Tickets at

East Tennessee Historical Society: Downtown Home Tour

Category: Festivals, special events and Fundraisers

East Tennessee Historical Society's 2024 Downtown Home Tour, Saturday, June 8,
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

The Downtown Home Tour offers a unique opportunity to see what urban living has to offer and go inside private residences that showcase the variety of homes that exist in downtown Knoxville. There will be 2 free shuttles along the tour route.

$100 VIP tickets and $25 Tour tickets are available at

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,

Haiti Fest

  • June 8, 2024

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

10th annual Haiti Fest! Come party with us live and in person! 6:30-9 PM at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street

Savor authentic Haitian cuisine. Dance to Caribbean music. Discover original folk & local art... Benefit K-13 education in Fond des Blancs, Haiti. Hosted by Immaculate Conception Church

$25 per person or $75 for a family of 3+

Updates: Instagram @knoxvillehaitifest

The Dinner Detective Comedy Mystery Dinner Show

  • June 8, 2024

Category: Comedy, Culinary arts, food and Theatre

June 8, June 15, July 13, July 27, Aug 10, and more

America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theatre show is now playing! Solve a hilarious mystery while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it!

Join us for an event that is very different from a traditional murder mystery dinner show. Our actors are not dressed in costume and are hidden in the audience! This results in a fun, social and interactive evening suitable for all adults.

Each ticket includes our signature award-winning murder mystery dinner theatre show, along with a full plated dinner, waitstaff gratuity, and plenty of surprises during the show.

At Hilton Knoxville, 501 West Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
(866) 496-0535

Tennessee Valley Fair: Kickoff to Summer

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

Join us for the 2nd annual Tennessee Valley Fair's Kickoff to Summer! This event is FREE (bring cash/credit card for food, drinks, and other vendors).

This fun-filled event will take place June 8 from 9am-2pm at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center.

Things to Do:
• Delicious Food
o Jimmy's on Wheels
o Dylan's Snow Cones and Popcorn
o The Candy Man with candy apples and cotton candy
• Little Ponderosa Zoo & Rescue
• Bounce House Inflatables
• Foam Pit
• Yard Games
o Giant Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four
• Face painting by Party WOW
• Airbrush by Joyful Airbrush
• Appearances by Jasper the Rooster and Fairests of the Fair

3301 East Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914

Town of Farragut: Chalk the park at McFee Park

  • June 8, 2024

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

On Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m.-noon, kids and adults of all ages are invited to McFee Park (917 McFee Road) for Chalk the Park. This free event takes place near the rectangular field and restroom. Chalk the Park offers participants the chance to leave their artistic marks on a Farragut park! Chalk is provided, and yard games and crafts are also part of the fun. Ice cream will be available from 4 Get the Scoop ice cream truck. Participants are encouraged to register at This is weather-dependent event. In case of rain, check Farragut Parks & Rec on social media for the status of the event. Info: 865.966.7057

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