Calendar of Events

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Muse Knoxville: 4th Friday Free Family Night

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

The Muse Knoxville will open to families with no admission on the 4th Fridays of the month from 5:00-8:00 PM thanks to the Muse for All Scholarship fund and Corporate Partners throughout the year. These special nights allow families to visit the museum at no cost. Note: No more than 3 children per adult may be admitted. This is a new program and due to capacity constraints at the museum, admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Muse has a set number of guests that can be allowed into the Museum at any one time. Guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no pre-registration for admission. The Muse reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone that poses a threat to the well-being of Museum guests or property.

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

Live the Age of Chivalry at the Tennessee Medieval Faire

  • May 19, 2018 — June 3, 2018

Category: Comedy, Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Music

Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, invites you to time-travel back to the Middle Ages at the fourth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire. The festival is located in Harriman near I-40 just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. This rugged outdoor festival will spring to life on May 19 and run for three weekends, including Memorial Day. “Our theme this year is Robin Hood, and patrons are invited to Live the Age of Chivalry in the High Middle Ages (circa 1194). Patrons can interact with well-loved characters of Sherwood Forrest, meet Maid Marian, and even get knighted,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager and Entertainment Director.

The festival will include continuous professional family-friendly entertainment. In the tournament arena will be Real Jousting and Warriors’ Chess, where the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and his henchmen square off against good Robin and his Merry Men. There will also be interactive comedy shows, puppet shows, Irish and Celtic music, English folk dances, patron costume contests, and costumed street characters. In addition, vendors will be selling medieval crafts, food and beverages, including beer.

The Tennessee Medieval Faire is a family-friendly outdoor festival. Dates are May 19-20, 26-27-28, June 2-3. Hours are 10am-5pm ET. Ticket prices are $17 for ages 13+, $9 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and under. Field parking is free. The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. For more information, please visit, find the Tennessee Medieval Faire on Facebook, or call 865-376-0319.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Spring Concert Series


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

Fridays at 7 PM

May 11 - Early Bird Special
May 25 - Jodi & Tim Harbin - Simple, pure, honest Appalachian mountain music

As we continue to offer our Sunset Concert Series to you, please keep the following in mind when making your plans to attend:
All concerts begin at 7 pm – Rain or shine in the covered amphitheater.
Bring your own folding lawn chairs.
Coolers and alcohol of any kind are prohibited
Pets are not allowed (Except Service Animals w/ Proper Identification)
Smokin' Joe's BBQ available at the Concessions Stand until Intermission!

$10 per person, GSMHC Members and Children 5 and Under are FREE

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Ijams Nature Center: Events


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

May 09, 2018 SPECIAL EVENT: Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra Concert
May 13, 2018 SPECIAL EVENT: Seventy Thirty Creatives Presents As You Like It
May 16, 2018 NATURE NUGGETS: Who Lives in the Pond?
May 19, 2018 SPECIAL EVENT: Seventy Thirty Creatives Presents As You Like It
May 20, 2018 FAMILY ADVENTURE SUNDAYS: Look Before You "Leaf"
May 20, 2018 IJAMS Citizen Science Series: Caterpillars Count!
May 26, 2018 IJAMS DOWN AND DIRTY: Gardening 101
May 26, 2018 IJAMS WILD FAMILIES: Family Frog Hike
May 26, 2018 BIRD-ABOUTS: Whippoorwills at Chota Memorial

More events at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

The Muse Knoxville: Knoxville Skies Star Tour

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

4:30pm every Tuesday and Friday

Live guided tour of the East Tennessee night sky, in our full-dome Planetarium! Learn about important features of the day and night sky, locate the five northern constellations and the north star. Learn which stars, constellations, and planets are currently visible. This show is always different! Tickets for this show are $2 (Free for members) and can be purchased at the front desk. Museum admission not required for the 4:30pm live star show. All ages welcome!

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

The Muse Knoxville: Science and Art à la carte Fridays

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

12:30-1:30pm every Friday - Explore a different object or experiment every week with our educators. Something different every week! Find this guided activity in the exhibit area. Free with admission!

• May 11: Feathers & Scales Matching
• May 17: Floam
• May 24: Slime

Planned activities are subject to change. The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,