Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum: 8th Annual Fall Festival

  • October 22, 2017
  • 1-5 PM

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Fall into fun at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum’s 8th Annual Fall Festival! Join us on our LeConte Meadow, with the brilliant backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains in fall color. The Fall Festival offers something for everyone: tasty food, kid’s crafts, hayrides, marshmallow roasting, regional vendors, and more. Won’t you celebrate the season with us?

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

Shape Note Singing at Maryville College

  • October 22, 2017
  • 2:00-4:00PM

Category: Free event and Music

Come sing seven shape music from East Tennessee's own "New Harp of Columbia". Free, all are welcome, no experience required and loaner books are provided.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2:00-4:00PM at Maryville College Center for Campus Ministry. For more information please visit

Knoxville Opera Goes to Church


Category: Free event and Music

One of Knoxville Opera’s 85 Education and Outreach Activities Offered Yearly!

9th Annual Knoxville Opera Goes to Church concert at Overcoming Believers Church. This free-admission concert is presented by Home Federal Bank and is sponsored by The Fifth Commandment Fund. The inspiring and ravishing program will include High praise, I’m going away, What is this?, The Lord’s prayer, It Is well with my soul, City called Heaven, If I tell God, I’m chasing after you, and operatic selections from The Pearl Fishers, Porgy and Bess, Eileen, Paganini and “Nessun Dorma” from this season’s production of Turandot.

Info from Knoxville Opera: 865 524-0795,

UT Gardens: HowlOWeen Pooch Parade and Pet Expo

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

October 22, 1 - 5 pm!
The UT Gardens Knoxville is pleased to present our fourth annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo, a fun Halloween-themed event sponsored by the UT Gardens Knoxville and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Catering to dogs and dog lovers, this event will promote the invaluable resource of the UT Gardens and the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as many other dog-related nonprofits and businesses in the Knoxville area.
This fun event with a spooky twist will include a judged costume parade with prizes, an expo of educational booths, pet businesses, and rescue groups, food trucks and more. The event will be held rain or shine.
Cost: Free to attend, fee for parade participants.

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

Community School of the Arts: Open House

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

At Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

The Community School of the Arts invites one and all to an Open House on Sunday, October 22, from Noon to 2:00, in our new facility at the Church Life Center of Church Street United Methodist Church. Refreshments will be served, and entertainment will be provided by student Josh Rose, alumnus Faith Harris, faculty member Ben Maney, and perhaps a few special guests. Plus, Magpies Bakery is furnishing a special cake for the event.

So join us on Sunday, October 22. Come celebrate our past, and hear about our future.

Jubilee Games and Coffee Pop-Up

  • October 22, 2017
  • 2-6 PM

Category: Festivals & special events

Hosted by Jubilee Games and Coffee and The Central Collective

Come enjoy an afternoon of board games and delicious coffee. We have a library of 100+ board games and knowledgable teachers prepared to recommend a game based on your preferences, and more importantly equipped to teach you the rules without you ever having to look at a rulebook! We also have hot or cold pour over coffee available for purchase that will keep your spirits lifted and your tastebuds happy. Please join us and be a part of the wonderful and welcoming community that has formed around our events!

$5 Entrance Fee

The Public Cinema: Spettacolo

  • October 22, 2017
  • 2 PM

Category: Film and Free event

Directed by Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen
Sunday, October 22 · Knoxville Museum of Art · 2:00 p.m.

Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play. Spettacolo is a portrait of this 50-year-old tradition, where their piazza becomes their stage and every villager from 6 to 90 plays a part.

"That story can be so poignant and is so intelligently told that it feels wrong, almost insulting, to call Spettacolo charming, even if the movie is often delightful... Mr. Malmberg and Ms. Shellen understand the allure of that imaginary world... Their documentary is itself often lovely. Yet they remind you that people are not attractions and their homes are not museums, even if the global economy, its casual tourists and rich speculators are determined to prove otherwise." -- The New York Times

"Theater lovers and Italophiles alike should savor Spettacolo, an engaging and wistful look at the tiny Tuscan village of Monticchielo and its longtime tradition of producing ‘autodramas.'" -- LA Times

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Pellissippi State: Stupid F#*%ing Bird

Category: Theatre

October 20-21 and 27-28, 7:30 p.m.
October 22 and 29, 2 p.m.

In this irreverent, contemporary and funny remix of Anton Checkhov’s “The Seagull,” Aaron
Posner stages a battle between young and old, past and present and the true meaning of life. With original songs by James Sugg, Stupid F#*%ing Bird, winner of the 2014 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical, will inspire your own pursuit of happiness. Get tickets at:

In the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405,

Central Cinema: Knoxville Horror Film Fest

  • October 20, 2017 — October 22, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events and Film

In case you're not aware, Central Cinema grew largely out of its owners' experience presenting the Knoxville Horror Film Fest, which returns October 20-22 for its ninth annual weekend event. This year's fest features one of our strongest lineups yet, including Takashi Miike's Blade Of The Immortal, Flying Lotus' Kuso, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead's The Endless and Synapse Films' 40th anniversary restoration of Dario Argento's Suspiria! (This is also the official announcement of this year's tenth feature: a special preview screening of the upcoming slasher comedy Tragedy Girls!) And though we hope to present much of KHFF at Central Cinema in the years to come, in the meantime we've scheduled out our first wall-to-wall weekend at Regal's Downtown West Cinema 8, ensuring an optimal theatrical setting for every one of this year's films.

Weekend passes go on sale Friday, September 1 at a discounted price of $60. For more information please visit

Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

  • October 20, 2017 — October 22, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events

October 20 – 21, 10 am – 6 pm; October 22, 11 am – 5 pm

Each year the Knoxville Gem & Mineral Society hosts a Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show to the public. This show is a must see for any rock connoisseur or anyone with a love and fascination with gems, minerals, fossils, and other mineralogical and geological wonders.

The three day 27th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show opens October 20th at 10 am at the Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave in Knoxville TN. Show times are from 10:00 am to 6 pm October 20th – 21th, Friday and Saturday; from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 22th. The Gem Show is open to the public and has an admission fee of $6 a day for adults or $10 for the whole show; children under 12 are admitted free. The Gem and Mineral Show will have many vendors that offer great products including a wide variety of jewelry, rare fossil and mineral specimens, meteorites, gems of all colors shapes & sizes, lapidary & jewelry equipment, and much more.

The Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society is a non-profit organization. A portion of the proceeds from our annual show is used for educational purposes in the earth sciences. This includes scholarships to the University of Tennessee Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the East Tennessee State University Geoscience Department.

Jody Sims: “My Sanctuary” Photo Exhibition

  • October 19, 2017 — December 31, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Photographers of all ages – amateur and professional – share their vision of “sanctuary” in this first annual photography exhibition. Participants were asked to consider the definition of sanctuary: “a place of refuge or safety; a sacred place” and what that means to them…Where is your sanctuary? Is it a feeling? Is it a memory? Is it real? Is it imagined?

Over 20 photos are in the exhibition which runs through January 2018. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 19 from 6:00-7:30pm. The restaurant will remain open during the reception.

Sanctuary Vegan Café is located at 151 N. Seven Oaks Dr, Knoxville, TN 37922. Contact: Jody Sims, curator, 619-210-4587 or

James White's Fort: HearthScares Tours

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Kids & family

Come and join the spirits for a tour of Downtown Knoxville’s scariest landmarks. The tours, which last approximately two hours each, will visit the sites of some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. The tour will be about one and a half miles in length. All tours begin and end at James White’s Fort located at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive. Ample free parking is available for tour participants at the Fort.

Tours are given October 19, 20, 23, 24, 28, 30. Tours will depart promptly at 7:00pm each evening. Please plan to arrive between 6:30-6:45pm for check in. Each tour will end with a marshmallow roast around the fires at the Fort.
Admission for Adults 16 and over will be $10.00 and $6.00 for children ages 6–15.

Reservations are requested for large groups of 12 or more and may be made by calling the Fort at (865) 525–6514. RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BEFORE THE GHOSTS AND GOBLINS DO!

In case of inclement weather, please call James White’s Fort to find out if the tour is cancelled (865) 525-6514. James White's Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514,

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