Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Volunteer Princess: Tennessee River Cruises

  • February 25, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Experience an unparalleled view of Knoxville during our public cruises! Enjoy a delightful lunch, brunch, or dinner cruise. We offer a range of public cruises for your friends and family on Knoxville’s only luxury yacht! From sunset dinner cruises to sailgates in Big Orange Country, Volunteer Princess Cruises is truly special for any event. Browse through our cruise offerings below to begin your jaunt along Knoxville, Tennessee’s beautiful riverfront!

Tennessee Riverboat Company: Star of Knoxville

  • February 25, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

Create some memories on our authentic paddlewheeler - the Star of Knoxville. We offer a variety of lunch and dinner cruises along with sightseeing-only tickets.

This authentic paddlewheeler is United States Coast Guard approved for 235 passengers. The main deck seats 144 passengers and is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year round comfort. The vessel is equipped with two (2) bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the most elegant dinner and entertainment available. From black tie events like weddings and receptions to a casual event like a football charter the atmosphere is right for any occasion.

Ijams Nature Center: Nature Preschool/Play Club In-Person and Virtual Open Houses

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

Ijams Nature Center will host in-person and virtual open houses for families interested in learning more about the full-time Ijams Nature Preschool and the new part-time Ijams Nature Play Club.

In-person open houses are Saturday, Feb. 27, and Saturday March 6, from 2-5 p.m. at the Ijams Miller Education Building, 2915 Island Home Ave. In-person events will follow COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure everyone stays safe. Virtual open houses are Thursday, Feb. 25, and Thursday, March 11, from 6-7 p.m.

Classes start Monday, Aug. 9. The Ijams Nature Preschool meets Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, experiential learning. Children ages 3-5 spend more than 50% of their time outdoors.

The new Ijams Nature Play Club follows the same model for ages 3-5, but is 100% outdoors. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Both programs blend traditional education standards with the opportunity to learn about and explore the natural world. Children spend the majority of their time outdoors, where they learn through play, discovery and inquiry. Activities focus on sensory experiences with live animals, natural objects, artifacts and art materials. The programs encourage curiosity, cognitive growth and motor skills through unstructured, child-led outdoor adventures. Children build problem-solving, math and engineering skills through hands-on experiences, and cultivate social skills through group play and opportunities for cooperative learning.

For more information about the Ijams Nature Preschool and Ijams Nature Play Club, visit or Additional questions may be directed to Administrator Leslee Moore at 865-679-5491 or email

Ijams also is offering eight consecutive weeks of Nature Preschool Day Camp starting June 7. Camps run from 9 a.m. to noon and feature a new theme each week. To register for Nature Preschool Day Camp, visit

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition Virtual Reception

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

Thursday, February 25, 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST
Via Zoom webinar

Juror Mary Welch Thompson and Gallery Manager Kelsey Dillow will present a virtual walk-through of the exhibit, announce awards, answer audience questions and recognize our sponsors. Click here to sign up for the reception, or click the button below.

Features 76 original works created by 51 Sevier County, Tennessee artists. This is the first show open to visitors since the onset of the pandemic. You may schedule your gallery appointment on Arrowmont’s website at, or contact Gallery Manager Kelsey Dillow at 865-436-5860,

UT Humanities Center: Baptizing Soldiers on the Roman Frontier

  • February 25, 2021

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

“Baptizing Soldiers on the Roman Frontier: An Archeological Dig and the Early Christian Church in Jordan”

Erin Darby, Associate Professor, UT Religious Studies
Robert Darby, Lecturer, UT School of Art

Thursday, February 25, 2021
7:00 P.M.

In this lecture, Erin and Robert Darby will introduce the early Christian church at the Roman military site of 'Ayn Gharandal (Arieldela), Jordan and the role the military played in spreading Christianity. The Darbys will discuss the importance of the site to Christian history, including several important historical implications of the church complex, including the commission of the building and the date of its construction, the extent of conversion to Christianity at the site, and the nature of Christian practice in this distant province of the Empire. The Darbys regularly take UT graduate students to the Jordan dig.

When is “continuing education” fun? The answer: always -- with our UTHC series “Conversations & Cocktails”! “Conversations & Cocktails” is a free public lecture and discussion series that showcases the original research done by our distinguished UT arts and humanities faculty. Our monthly get-togethers give you the opportunity to hear about fascinating work in the arts and in fields such as philosophy, history, and literature studies.This year our theme is “Breaking Boundaries,” featuring new, groundbreaking work in five different research fields. Presentations are 30-40 minutes long and are designed for the general public. A spirited question-and-answer discussion follows each presentation. While we usually hold our evening meetings at a restaurant in Knoxville, for the health and safety of our campus and community, we will host our spring 2021 Conversations & Cocktails lectures as webinars on Zoom.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: A Movement of Black Arts & Culture

  • February 25, 2021
  • 6 PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Virtual / Live

More info:

Knoxville History Project: Jazzbilly Zoom Chat

Category: Film, Free event, History & heritage and Music

Thursday February 25 at 6:00 pm on Zoom

Branding itself the “Cradle of Country Music,” Knoxville has long been associated with the descendants of so-called “Hillbilly” music. Less well-known is the city’s rich culture of jazz and swing, which existed alongside and mingled with country, bluegrass, old-time and other roots music. Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound archivist Eric Dawson will join Jack Neely to discuss some of the key musicians and moments in Knoxville’s Jazzabilly history. Rare, one-of-a-kind audio recordings and visuals from the TAMIS vaults will be presented, including the earliest known acetate disc recording by Chet Atkins, a cassette of jazz great Stéphane Grappelli’s 1981 appearance at The Bijou recorded by local old-time fiddler Newman Wise (pictured to the left), film of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong’s return to East Tennessee, the earliest known recording of WNOX’s Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round hosted by Lowell Blanchard and more!

Register at:

UT School of Art: 74th Annual Student Art Competition Jurors' Lecture

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures & discussions

Join us for a lecture given by the 74th Annual Student Art Competition Jurors: T. Michael Martin, gallery director at Murray State University, Denise Woodward-Detrich, gallery director at Clemson University, and Hamlett Dobbins, faculty in the Department of Art at the University of Memphis.

Pre-registration for the event is required.
Thursday, February 25 at 7:30pm to 8:45pm

Art Guild of Tellico Village: Midwinter Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Art Guild of Tellico Village is proud to present its Midwinter Art Exhibit. This spectacular collection of beautifully rendered artwork was all created by our members.

Thirty four artists and 97 works of art are represented in our Midwinter Exhibit.

You can see the virtual exhibit here:

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville: Career Boot Camp

  • February 24, 2021 — February 25, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops and Free event

Wed-Thu Feb 24-25, 10 AM – 1 PM: Career Boot Camp
Free! Get the tools you need to re-enter the workforce. Resume writing, interviewing, customer service during COVID-19, smart goal development, and crisis planning. Sign up via 865-588-8567 or

Community Television of Knoxville: Donate to Neighborhood Treasure Hunt & Online Auction

  • February 22, 2021 — March 26, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Hello Neighbor! Is there anyone who isn’t looking forward to things returning to “normal” when this pandemic is finally over? The effects on our jobs, social life, and neighborhood activities have been devastating, so we are all seeking ways to remain productive, stay safe, and have some fun. With that in mind, Community Television of Knoxville (CTV) is boldly moving forward with our 2021 Neighborhood Treasure Hunt & Online Auction, an almost effortless "COVID-safe" event that will allow you to:

1. Help improve your neighborhood.
2. Help promote community television.
3. Find some incredible bargains.
4. And, have loads of fun!

Our inventory at is constantly being updated as neighbors and local businesses are currently donating new and gently used treasures through March 26th. Online bidding will begin on April 2nd and continue through April 23rd. Don’t be a spectator. Find out how EASY it is to raise money to fund important projects in your neighborhood.

Treasure Hunt Zoom Session #1 (both meetings cover the same material, you only need to attend one)
Time: Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 6 pm
Zoom Meeting Link:
Treasure Hunt Zoom Session #2
Time: Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 6 pm
Zoom Meeting Link:

Knoxville Symphony League: The Symphony Mardi Gras Auctions

Category: Fundraisers

Mardi Gras is all about music, parades, picnics, floats, and excitement. It’s one big holiday! You too can support your Knoxville Symphony by bidding on and buying items through our Silent and Specialty auctions. The Silent auction will go live on Monday, February 22, and the Specialty auction will begin at approximately 7:45 pm on Feb. 27.

Get started with HandBid now to receive notifications when the bidding opens.

The Silent Auction will close Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 9:30 pm. By bidding you expressly authorize the Knoxville Symphony League (KSL) to use the credit card registered to your account to fulfill any payment owed. Invoices will be emailed to successful bidders after payment is processed.

All auction items are pick-up only. You may pick up auction items starting Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 12 pm-4 pm at the KSO office located at 100 S. Gay Street Suite 302. Masks are required for entering the building. Additional pick-up hours are Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm. If you do not pick up items before March 24th you will be deemed to have donated the items to the KSL and KSL will be able to resell the item at its discretion.

If you have any questions please contact Amber Mullins at, or at (865) 521-2319.

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