Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: 2021 Induction Ceremony

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

The members of the Class of 2021 are: Debbie Brock (Veteran Player), Carol Callan (Contributor), Swin Cash (Player), Tamika Catchings (Player), Sue Donohoe (Contributor), Lauren Jackson (International Player), David Stern (Posthumously, Contributor) and Carol Stiff (Contributor).

The 2021 Induction will mark the 22nd Class of Inductees to be honored by the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2021 will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, receiving their coveted Eastman Trophy and Baron Championship Induction Ring. For more information regarding the 2021 Induction Weekend please visit

August 21:
• 11:00 AM (EST) – Class of 2021 Autograph Session at the WBHOF (Free Admission)

• 4:00 PM – 2021 VIP Reception at Embassy Suites Rooftop – MVP TICKET ONLY
• Bar
• Meet and Greet with Class of 2021 and Past Inductees
• VIP Seating at Induction Ceremony

• 6:00 PM – 2021 Induction Ceremony at Tennessee Theatre – ROOKIE or MVP TICKET NEEDED (Grand Entrance / Processional will begin at 5:50 PM)

• 8:00 PM – Post-Celebration at the WBHOF – ROOKIE or MVP TICKET NEEDED

WBHOF Hours of Operations
Friday, August 20, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Saturday, August 21, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Free Admission
Sunday, August 22, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Historic Ramsey House: Tennessee Vintage Base Ball game

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

The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball plays the game by 1864 rules, wears period uniforms, and represents actual baseball teams that existed in 1864. There are some new aspects of this free event this year at Ramsey House. Food trucks will now be providing refreshments at each game, and kids can now participate in a themed craft and game area! The 15% of the proceeds from the food truck sales help us to continue to bring this great educational event to our community. We encourage you to support these local food vendors throughout the season. Please bring a lawn chair an umbrella for shade and leave the coolers at home.

For more information on the Tennessee Vintage Base Ball Association, visit

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

ORNLFCU Summer Sessions Concert with Rodney Crowell

  • August 21, 2021

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

The concert series will feature bluegrass and Americana bands from throughout the region. All shows are free to the public and will be held outdoors at the pavilion in Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Bring your lawn chairs and your family and friends for a fun, music-filled evening! Local food and beverage trucks will also be on-site. We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Sessions concerts!


Rodney Crowell
The Alex Leach Band
6:00–9:00 PM

Songs from The Road Band
Grassroots Gringos
6:00–9:00 PM

To Be Determined
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
6:00–9:00 PM

Knox County Public Library: Summer 2021 Literary Walking Tour

  • August 21, 2021

Category: Free event and History, heritage

Don’t let the lofty title put you off spending three Saturday mornings strolling the streets of downtown Knoxville and learning about Knoxville authors and artists. Join Laura Still, owner of Knoxville Walking Tours, for these library tailored tours of Knoxville’s artistic heritage.

Each tour is 90 minutes and will start in front of Lawson McGhee Library at 10:00 a.m. Come light rain or come shine, the tour will go on. Please visit the Knox County Public Library website or use the schedule below to access full descriptions of each tour.

August 21 - Reading, Writing, and the Struggle for the Vote
Knoxville women have a proud heritage of misbehaving in the cause of justice. In the early 20th century, they formed their own literary societies to debate ideas, they wrote books that are still read across the world, they started schools for girls and taught them how to read, write and speak for themselves, and they ran libraries that admitted everyone whatever their race, color, or creed. Plus, they were leaders in the 70-year struggle to gain women’s right to vote. This is not a tour for the faint of heart.

Register at

Knoxville Opera: Knox County Health Dept Block Party

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Music

August 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

This block party is dedicated to serving those experiencing homelessness, but ALL ARE WELCOME!
Bass-baritone Michael Rodgers and Artistic Director & Pianist Brian Salesky will be performing from 3:00 – 3:20 pm.

Free! Food, music, giveaways, narcan training, HIV testing, HEP-C testing, case management, and more

Knox County Health Department
North Broadway Bridge Underpass
418 North Broadway, 37917

Mabry-Hazen House: Open House

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and History, heritage

Mabry-Hazen House is will offer FREE self-guided tours on Satuday, August 21, 2021 from 10am-3pm!

Living historians will be on site to share the history of the site and Victorian life on Mabry's Hill.

Learn about the origins of Knoxville's iconic Market Square, the bitter divisions of the Civil War, the infamous 1882 Gunfight on Gay Street, a mountain city in the New South, the scandalous 1934 breach of promise and seduction trial, and much more about Tennessee history through the rich, colorful lives of the Mabry and Hazen families.

Tickets are not required but donations are always appreciated!

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661,

Able Trade: Build a Shaker Carrier!

  • August 21, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops and Fine Crafts

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Heather Ashworth has been in the woodworking world for the past 20+ years and teaching for nearly 10 years. She is a wood studio technician at Arrowmont School of the Arts and has many skills to share. Heather will be teaching a beginner’s woodworking class where students learn to build a handle carrier by applying a bent wood process to the outer band. All tools will be provided and there is a $20 material fee to be paid at time of class.

Cost: $130
Able Trade, 203 W Jackson Ave

McClung Museum: Between the Hand and Sky: The Art of Elizabeth Gould

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and History, heritage

Elizabeth Gould (1804–1840) is best known as the lifelong assistant of her husband John Gould. Together the couple published a series of ornithological texts chronicling thousands of bird species. However, Elizabeth Gould was more than just the assistant to or wife of her husband. Elizabeth’s artistic contributions to ornithology have been chronically underrepresented, though she is responsible for some of the most important illustrations of birds ever published. During her lifetime, she designed and lithographed more than 650 natural history illustrations. This exhibition of more than thirty lithographs and books seeks to bring Elizabeth Gould to the forefront and acknowledge her life’s work and artistic contributions.

The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. As part of the University of Tennessee, we adhere to UTK's COVID19 policies.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144

Knoxville Museum of Art: Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum August 20-November 7, 2021. Additionally, beginning August 1, the museum will resume full operating hours for the first time since 2020 (Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays).

Under Construction showcases the artistic technique of collage, a dynamic and engaging medium in which materials from different sources are cut, torn, and layered to create new meanings and narratives. Featuring nearly 80 works by more than 30 international artists, this exhibition explores the growth and impact of collage from the 1950s to the present. Although collage gained acclaim in the early 20th-century through the groundbreaking work of artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, it experienced a renaissance (particularly in America) after World War II. Charlotte, North Carolina native Romare Bearden is widely credited with rejuvenating and reinvigorating the technique. The exhibition brings together more than a dozen collages by Bearden. It shows how he inspired subsequent generations of artists, including Radcliffe Bailey, Sam Gilliam, Kojo Griffin, Robert A. Nelson, Man Ray, Kristina Rogers, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist. As is evident in many of the works in Under Construction, Bearden’s legacy continues to serve as a powerful touchstone for younger artists as they use new ideas, materials, and tools to define the medium’s voice in the Digital Age.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will also host Kolaj LIVE Knoxville. From Friday, November 5th, to Sunday, November 7th, 2021, artists, curators, and writers will gather for a weekend of collage making, slideshows, exhibition visits, and storytelling that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st-century movement. Additional programming surrounding the exhibition will be available at

Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum is organized by The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Established in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum, The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum of international art and design. With two locations — Mint Museum Randolph in the heart of Eastover and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts — the Mint boasts one of the largest collections in the Southeast and is committed to engaging and inspiring members of the global community. Visit

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays. Information: 865-525-6101,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: The Odd Couple

Category: Comedy and Theatre

The Odd Couple (female version)

Performances: Aug. 20 – Sep. 12 (Fri/Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 3pm) plus Thu, Aug 26 @ 8pm

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constazuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same. This show will be set in 1985.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Knoxville Tattoo Convention

  • August 20, 2021 — August 22, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Festivals, special events

At World's Fair Exhibition Hall

Easily accessible to Historic Downtown Knoxville, The Old City, Women's Basketball Hall of fame, Knoxville Museum of Art, the Sunsphere and much more all within walking distance! Artists from all over the country will be attending this huge event. That means everyone will have a chance to get tattooed and pierced by some of the best in the industry, as well as the up-and-coming artists. Attendees will also enjoy sideshows, burlesque performances, human suspension, tattoo contests, Body jewelry, unique vendors, and media coverage from various industry magazines. This 3-day live tattooing extravaganza will be something you will not want to miss!

Zoo Knoxville: Keeper Chats

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

We’re excited to be bringing back our keeper chats, which gives you the opportunity to get to know more about the animals and meet the keepers who care for them. It’s a great way to learn more about the conservation work being done at Zoo Knoxville and learn how you can be part of the mission to save animals from extinction. Currently offered throughout the zoo each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Schedule subject to change.

Explore Keeper Chats:

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

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