Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Tomato Head: Exhibition by Ruth Allen

  • October 2, 2016 — December 5, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Back for her third showing at The Tomato Head, Ruth Allen skillfully crafts vivid drawings and paintings featuring nature’s flowers and wildlife. Since her last visit from Athens, Georgia, Ruth has had two paintings selected for juried shows and currently has a painting showing at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Her work will be on view at Market Square from October 2 through November 7 and will then move to the West Knoxville Gallery on November 7 through December 5. For more artist information, please visit The Tomato head blog: or

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

Community Church at Tellico Village: Metropolitan Opera soprano, Angela Brown

  • October 2, 2016
  • 7 PM

Category: Music

Part of the 2016-2017 Fine Arts Calendar

“Watch and Pray” A concert of prayer songs from operas, sacred songs and spirituals.

Tickets $10. Community Church at Tellico Village, 130 Chota Center, Loudon, TN 37774. Information: 865-458-1516 or

Knoxville Opera Goes to Church


Category: Free event and Music

One of Knoxville Opera’s 75 Education and Outreach Activities Offered Yearly! This free-admission concert is presented by Home Federal Bank and is sponsored by The Fifth Commandment Fund.

“I think we learn to know each other better; I think we learn to appreciate each other’s culture better.” – Brian Salesky

“We are the only opera company in the world that has its own Gospel Choir and we are proud to present our eclectic repertoire featuring outstanding local and visiting guest artists. Our performances are an inspiration to both the performers and our very enthusiastic audience. We always make sure to give them something to cheer about!” said Jeanie Turner Melton who will conduct the 40-voice Choir. Knoxville Opera Maestro Brian Salesky will accompany the solo opera artists.

“We are privileged to contribute to our community with this unique event that unites patrons and fans who appreciate diverse musical cultures” said Salesky, “and we are most grateful for the support of our generous sponsors which makes this concert possible.”

At Overcoming Believers Church, 211 Harriet Tubman Street, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865 524-0795,

Dinner on the Bridge

  • October 2, 2016
  • 5:30 PM

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers, Literature, spoken word, writing and Music

The Arts & Culture Alliance invites you to our Dinner on the Bridge – A Celebration of the City of Knoxville’s 225th Birthday! This exciting, inaugural event will be held on the Gay Street Bridge in downtown Knoxville. 100% of the net proceeds will go into the Arts & Heritage Fund, which supports local arts and heritage organizations that preserve, promote, and present Greater Knoxville’s own unique joie de vivre (joy of life)! Please join us!

5:30 PM Cocktail Hour
Smoked salmon cucumber bites
Pork tenderloin with cranberry chutney bites

6:45 PM Dinner by All Occasion Catering
Caesar Salad with Shaved Parmesan
8 oz USDA Black Angus Choice Filet Mignon
Shrimp Skewer
Red Velvet & Italian Cream Cakes

Remarks by Mayor Madeline Rogero
Inaugural Poem by R.B. Morris, City of Knoxville’s First Poet Laureate

Entertainment by Carol Zinavage Shane
… and more!

Tickets are $225 per person. 865-523-7543 or

Bijou Theatre: Blitzen Trapper and Real Estate

Category: Music

Join us for a special night with co-headlining acts Blitzen Trapper and Real Estate later this fall! Blitzen Trapper is an experimental folk rock band that hails from Portland, Oregon. They combine classic rock with Americana sounds to create folk rock with big riffs. Real Estate is a beloved hazy indie rock outfit with beachy vibes. Kacy & Clayton will open the show.

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

East Tennessee Portfolio Day at KMA

  • October 2, 2016
  • 1:00-5:00PM

Category: Classes, workshops, Festivals, special events and Free event

Memphis College of Art (MCA) will partner with the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) in Knoxville, Tennessee, to host the inaugural East Tennessee Portfolio Day at the museum, 1050 World’s Fair Park, on Sunday, October 2 from 1–5 p.m. in the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

By hosting East Tennessee Portfolio Day at KMA, MCA will allow prospective art students to meet with art college representatives from around the country. Similar portfolio events require students in the East Tennessee region and surrounding states to travel long distances, which can be prohibitive to their participation. MCA’s partnership with KMA will bring this important and informative event for the first time to prospective art students in Knoxville.

East Tennessee Portfolio Day will give high school and college transfer students the chance to review their portfolios with college representatives, receive critique on their work, and learn more about attending a professional art college. All colleges participating in the event are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Participating in East Tennessee Portfolio Day will give the schools an additional opportunity to make contributions to KMA’s scholarship fund, which will support a scholarship to be awarded to a student at the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, on view this fall at KMA Nov. 25– Jan. 8, 2017. East Tennessee Portfolio Day will begin a week of local college fairs, including the Knox County College Fair on October 4.

More information about East Tennessee Portfolio Day can be found online at

Union Avenue Books: Book signing & reading

  • October 2, 2016
  • 2 PM

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

Book signing and reading with authors of Jeff Daniel Marian: Poet on the Holston

Union Ave Books, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

St. Joseph School Fall Kids Fest

  • October 2, 2016
  • 12:00 PM

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

Join us at Saint Albert the Great for the annual fall kids festival! This event is power-packed with fun, food, games, friends and more! There will be inflatable rides, a talent show, live entertainment, face painting, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a cake wheel, and plenty of food and drink for the family. Drawings for great prizes, too!

7200 Brickey Ln, Knoxville, TN 37918. Info: 865-804-8977 or

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Laura Baisden of Camp Nevernice

  • October 1, 2016 — October 31, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Don't miss October's amazing exhibit by artist Laura Baisden of Camp Nevernice! Her unique and whimsical letterpress prints are all about the detail in the designs. Every poster is printed one color at a time, one poster at a time. All prints on display are available for purchase.

More events at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. The Visitor Center, including exhibits, gift shop, offices and restrooms is open M-Sat 9-5 and Sun 11-5. Information: 865-577-4717,

City of Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary Events

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, Fundraisers, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

The Arts & Culture Alliance, the City of Knoxville, and Visit Knoxville invite the public to celebrate the City of Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary, October 1-3, 2016, at three distinct events.

On Saturday, October 1, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, the public may enjoy free performances by Ensemble Knox, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet, Knoxville Opera, and Marble City Opera. There will also be 20 booths for local arts and culture organizations to host children’s activities and promote their events, and local artists will sell their handcrafted wares including pottery, glass, and painting. Visit Knoxville is providing free cupcakes at this celebration in the Krutch Park extension. At 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM in the Museum of East Tennessee History, the Archives of Moving Image and Sound are showing a one-hour film containing archival footage of downtown Knoxville throughout the 20th century, rare films of the UT Vols at the 1940 Rose Bowl and 1941 Sugar Bowl, historic events, home movies, local musicians and more.

On Sunday, October 2, the public is invited to a magical, once-in-a-lifetime dining experience on the Gay Street Bridge beginning at 5:30 PM. 100% of the net proceeds benefit the Arts & Heritage Fund, Knoxville’s united arts fund. The Dinner on the Bridge is catered by All Occasion Catering and features remarks by Mayor Madeline Rogero, the Inaugural Poem by R.B. Morris, City of Knoxville’s First Poet Laureate, entertainment by Carol Zinavage Shane, a silent auction, and more. Tickets for Dinner on the Bridge are $225 per person and may be purchased online at or by phone at 865-523-7543.

On Monday, October 3, the Historic Homes of Knoxville invite the public to a luncheon at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 225 years ago. Bill Landry, host of WBIR’s The Heartland Series, will be the featured speaker. WBIR’s John Becker will perform the duties of Master of Ceremonies and Jack Neely will give additional remarks about the history of Knoxville. Knoxville’s key leaders will come together to celebrate and promote the city and its most precious properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Historic Homes. Purchase tickets through or by calling 865-523-7543 by September 26.

Many thanks to these sponsors: AC Entertainment, All Occasion Catering, All Occasions Party Rentals, Ann & Steve Bailey, Cherokee Distributing Company, City of Knoxville – Madeline Rogero Mayor, Cornerstone Foundation, First Tennessee Bank, Knoxville News Sentinel, Pugh & Company, Robin Easter Design, Visit Knoxville, and WBIR-TV.

For more information on any of these events, please visit, or contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or

GO! Contemporary Dance Works: Transcendance

  • October 1, 2016 — October 2, 2016

Category: Dance, movement

This performance travels beyond the limits of an ordinary experience in dance. New works by GO! Artistic Director, Lisa Hall McKee, core choreographers and guest artist Daniel Chait will be premiered as well as favorites from the GO! repertoire.

October 1 @ 7 PM, October 2 @ 3 PM

At Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information/tickets: Go! Contemporary Dance Works: 865-539-2475,

HoLa Hora Latina: HoLa Festival 2016!

  • October 1, 2016 — October 2, 2016

Category: Culinary arts, food, Dance, movement, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

In Market Square. Come out and enjoy as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, a festival full of fun for the entire family. Saturday night will be a party from 7-10pm featuring La Inédita, a modern Peruvian Band and back by popular demand, the incredible Salsa band, the Jimmy Bonilla Orchestra.

Sunday will feature Heritage booths featuring information from 24 different Latino countries, many authentic food vendors, folk dance presentations, Carlos Santana music by Soul Sacrifice, a Mariachi Band, a children’s area full of exciting performances by a puppet theatre, music, a science show by our longtime friend Dr. Hazari and much more fun for the entire family finishing it with the great Jerry Portilla Band.

We will also feature our yearly Parade of Nations on Gay Street with costumes and music from every Latino country and a special salute to Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary.

Saturday, Oct 1st 7p-10p
Sunday, Oct 2nd 11a-6p

Festival schedule and details:

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