Calendar of Events

Friday, July 19, 2024

Oak Ridge Playhouse: NINE

Category: Music and Theatre

Oak Ridge Playhouse kicks off their 82nd Season with the innovative and sultry Tony Award Winning Musical NINE!

Get ready for a theatrical experience that ignites the senses as NINE bursts onto the stage with all the vivacity of Italy in a whirlwind of passion and drama. Facing his 39th birthday, charismatic film director Guido Contini navigates the women in his life, while confronting the complexities of love, fame, and creativity. Maury Yeston's sensational and dynamic score transports us into a sophisticated world of glitz and glamour where Guido's dreams and reality intertwine, captivating audiences with emotional depth and an infectious energy. PG-13 Audiences

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-4877,

Visit Knoxville: Knoxville Salty Dog Seafood Festival

  • July 19, 2024 — July 21, 2024

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

July 19-21 at the World's Fair Park Performance Lawn. This seafood festival will offer fresh seafood, live music, arts and crafts and beer and wine gardens and a large kids area. Admission is free and the price of food and drink varies from vendor to vendor.

We will have a professional ID station for checking ID's for drinking. A drinking wristband will be issued for each different day.

Our charities for this great event are:

East TN Parrothead Club: Hawaiian Luau

  • July 19, 2024 — July 20, 2024

Category: Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and Kids, family

Join the East TN Parrothead Club for a Hawaiian Luau, July 19-July 20, at the Little River Campground, 7261 Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN.

Our "purpose" for this event is the Ronald McDonald House.
All Luau proceeds go to this great charity!

Purchase tickets at

​Kids 12 & under fly free for this event, however, a meal ticket will need to be purchased if they are eating.

​Friday gates open at 4pm for Luau check in/registration.
Saturday gates open at 10am for Luau check in/registration.

For complete information including entertainment and food please visit

Knox County Parks & Rec: Sunset Cinema - Barbie

  • July 19, 2024

Category: Film, Free event, Kids, family, Meetup and Science, nature

Knox County will once again host a series of free, friendly-family movie nights at several county parks this summer. Five screenings will be held at five different parks as part of the Sunset Cinema series. All screenings are free with activities beginning at 7 p.m. and the movies to begin at dusk.

July 19 - Barbie @ Powell Station Park
August 2 - Little Mermaid @ Tank Strickland Park

Visit for a complete list of events taking place at county parks in the coming months.

The Bottom: Sew It Sell It Pitch Day

Category: Fine Crafts, Free event and Kids, family

Support our Sew It Sell It participants by joining them at Pitch Day! Students will be presenting their business plans & receiving feedback from the community before selling their products at Market Day.

Through Sew It Sell It, students design a product and conceptualize a micro business around that product. The program serves children between the ages of 12 and 17. No prior sewing skills are necessary and all equipment and supplies for the program are provided to students. In addition to learning the basics of sewing, through a number of workshops led by business professionals and local entrepreneurs, community leaders and university faculty, students learn business and professional skills from branding and marketing, to giving a good pitch. This year, our program also expanded its vocational offerings to include workshops on screen printing and pottery! The goal of Sew It Sell It is to supplement youth in our communities with creative, practical and business management skills that they can continue to use on their own outside of the program.

1-3 PM at The Bottom, 2340 E. Magnolia Avenue

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Pistol Creek Catch of the Day

Category: Music

Friday, July 19 at 7 PM

Join us this Friday night for our fifth Sunset Series Concert of 2024! Pistol Creek Catch of the Day! Pistol Creek Catch of the Day is a well loved musical ensemble comprising guitar, fiddle, dodhouse bass, tenor banjo, mandolin, and maybe even an ukulele. Always a fan favorite! Come see Pistol Creek Catch of the Day live at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center this Friday, July 19. Tickets are free* for Heritage Center members, while general admission tickets start at $15 each and don't forget about our Reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased onsite, by phone, or online:

*Please make sure to bring your membership cards

As usual, the doors open at 5:30 PM, and concessions will be available beginning at that time. The concessions kitchen offers select beers varieties, popcorn and softdrinks and Mr. Weenies Hotdogs will be here as well. Both locations accept cash and cards.
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center | 123 Cromwell Drive | Townsend, TN 37882

Tennessee Stage Co: Knoxville Shakespeare

Category: Kids, family, Science, nature and Theatre

July 18 - Aug. 11, 2024, details TBA

Join Tennessee Stage Company and Ijams Nature Center for the time-honored tradition of outdoor Shakespeare with Knoxville Shakespeare on the lawn at Ijams.

Friends of the Knox County Public Library: Used Book Sale

  • July 18, 2024 — July 24, 2024

Category: Culinary arts, food, Free event, Fundraisers, Kids, family and Literature, spoken word, writing

July 18-24: Hi-Wire Brewing Used Book Sale, during business hours,

Since 1970 Friends has donated over $1M to the Knox County Public Library. Our used book shop and book sales raised nearly $98,000 in FY 2023. Some of the library programs currently receiving support from Friends of the Library include the new Storybook Trails program, the Children’s Festival of Reading, Summer Library Club, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County.

Bennett: Annual Summer Sale and Open House

  • July 12, 2024 — August 17, 2024

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

50–75% OFF Select Fine Furniture, Accessories, Gifts & Art
Come for the Sale, Stay for Coffee, Lobster, Flowers, and Ice Cream (Special Kick-Off Event on Fri. and Sat.)
Sale Starts Friday, July 12 and continues through August 17

July 12 - Friday Fun • 10am–2pm
Travelin‘ Tom‘s Coffee Truck

July 13 - Saturday Celebration • 11am–2pm
Lobster Dogs • Flourish Flower Truck • Happy Dog Creamery

Bennett, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30. Information: 865-584-6791,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Cinderella

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

Performed Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM.

Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Clayton Foundation will present the live musical “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella: Youth Edition.” The musical is a one-hour adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless tale designed specifically for young performers.

In a faraway kingdom, there lives a kind and beautiful girl named Cinderella. She is forced to work as a servant for her wicked stepmother and jealous stepsisters. Despite her hardships, Cinderella remains hopeful and kind-hearted. One magical night her fairy godmother transforms her into a dazzling princess and she attends the royal ball, capturing the heart of the charming Prince. Dive into this enchanting tale of magic, courage, and the power of dreams! The play is performed by seventeen talented young actors from ages 10 to 16.

KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families.
Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Robert Birdwell Retrospective

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

This amazing collection spans a lifetime, from his childhood drawings to his work as a muralist for the Tennessee Valley Authority. One of those large murals, over 40’ long, will be brought to the Art Center by TVA from Chattanooga for the show. His work ranges from delicate portraiture to vibrant abstraction, the latter of which he often used to depict downtown Knoxville. ORAC is honored to host this must-see show!

Opening is July 6, 1-4, with a gallery talk at 2:30.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Art Market Gallery: Brenda Mills and Johnny Glass

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

First Friday Reception: July 5th, 5:30 - 9 pm

Brenda Mills is a water-media painter and pastel artist with a BFA from the University of Tennessee. She has also studied under various other well known artists. Mills is a signature member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society, a member of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York, NY, the Southeast Pastel Society, the Art Market Gallery, Oak Ridge Art Center, and Art Group 21 in Knoxville. She has been juried into and won awards in many national and regional exhibitions. Although Brenda has lived in Tennessee her entire life and its beauty has influenced her art, she has also spent a lot of time in, on, and around the ocean and that has sparked ideas for much of her artwork. “I enjoy working on a series of paintings of images that have had a memorable impact on my life and I hope that people can imagine their own story in my work. I particularly love painting our ocean friends and believe very strongly in protecting our oceans.”

Johnny Glass began his glass career in Los Angeles, CA, where he was first introduced to glass at Santa Monica College. In 2008 he formed Glass by Glass LLC, and began traveling the west coast art show markets. In 2012, Johnny decided to expand his market and finish his BFA and returned to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he grew up. He then opened Glass by Glass’s east coast mobile hotshop. Johnny received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Majoring in Glass from Tennessee Technological University's Appalachian Center for Crafts in 2016, Graduating Cum Laude with his body of work “Self in Reflection”. Glass by Glass studios is a bi-coastal glassblowing Mobile Hotshop Extravaganza. Glass by Glass has made it their mission to bring a new awareness and interest back to the art of glass. Johnny has designed and constructed all his own studio equipment to be completely mobile. In addition to being a producer of fine handcrafted glass works of art that can be found at 20 plus museums and galleries around the nation. He is currently works in his home studio in Rockford TN, and will be giving live glassblowing demos for the entire month of October at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, in Gatlinburg TN.

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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