Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Blount Mansion Association: Ribbon-Cutting at Craighead Jackson House and Garden

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

It’s not every day a 203-year-old house gets a makeover, but that’s exactly what’s happening at the circa-1818 Craighead-Jackson House next door to Blount Mansion in downtown Knoxville. The restoration of the historic structure is funded by a $75,000 grant from the Boyd Foundation and is accompanied by a separately funded restoration of the beautiful garden behind the house.

The public is invited to join Randy and Jenny Boyd and Blount Mansion staff and volunteers for a ribbon-cutting and celebration at the Craighead-Jackson House at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd. The event is free and will include self-guided tours of the restored interior and garden. The house is located adjacent to Blount Mansion at 200 W. Hill Ave. in downtown Knoxville.

The Boyd Foundation grant funding has been used to restore windows, refinish hardwood floors, repair plaster, and install a new restroom and breakroom inside the house. The association plans to use the newly restored Craighead-Jackson house for field trips, meetings, special events, and other programs in the future. The facility will also be available for rental by other groups and organizations.

Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375, www.blountmansion.org

UT School of Art: Melanie Yazzie – Public Lecture and Showcase

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

The University of Tennessee School of Art is hosting Navajo artist and University of Colorado Professor, Melanie Yazzie, September 20– 24, for a series of activities on campus. These will include:

+ A collaborative project with students and faculty in the UT Printshop on a print edition related to the topic of mapping and land use.
+ Mapping Home / Collecting Truths: Works by Indigenous and International Artists, an exhibition organized by Yazzie with prints by 35 indigenous and international artists, addressing ideas of homeland and its intersection with the environment, climate, or other influences. The exhibition will be on view in the Printmaking Showcase Gallery on the second floor of the Art and Architecture Building from September 1–October 30, 2021.
+ A public lecture on her work on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7:30 pm in the McCarty Auditorium, room 109, in the Art and Architecture Building.

About her work Yazzie writes: “The Navajo Paradigm in which we create the world with our thoughts, grounds and motivates my work as an artist, as a teacher, an Indigenous person who is a member of the Navajo Nation, and asPoster for Mapping Home/Collecting Truth Showcase faculty of the University of Colorado. The key themes and processes central to my work include: outreach to rural communities on the local, national, and global level with Indigenous people, colonization, the idea of homeland, nature, the female archetype, and issues relating to health and safety. My intellectual, creative, classroom, and outreach is rooted in the fact that we learn from one another, through our shared experience in the practice of art-making, an ancient, sustainable way of both being in the world, and a way in which to live together, always in a state of learning. Of principal research interest is our diverse yet shared foundational, theoretical, and philosophical bodies of knowledge that express our connections to our homelands.”

Join us for the lecture in person or register to attend via Zoom. https://art.utk.edu/melanie-yazzie-public-lecture-and-showcase/

Schulz Bräu Oktoberfest 2021

  • September 18, 2021 — October 3, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events and Music

Hosted by Schulz Bräu Brewing Company
Schulz Bräu's 6th Annual Oktoberfest will be from September 18th - October 3rd.

Saturday September 18th
5:00am Doors Open to ticket holders
5:30am Live Music by Sande & Mike of the Knoxville Polka Kings
6:00am Barrel Tapping
BUY TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/schulz-brau-brewings-6th-annual-oktoberfest-opening-ceremony-tickets-168739198485

9:00am Doors Open to the public
12:00pm UT vs TN Tech
3:30pm Live Music by Smoky Mountain Oompah Band
7:30pm Masskrugstemmen (Stein Hoisting Contest)
8:00pm Live Music by LynnMarie and The Nashville Polka Guys
Special Menu by Schulzes Schnitzel Kitchen

Sunday September 19th
10:30am Frühschoppen: Oktoberfest Brunch
11:00am Live Music by Concord Brass
4:25pm Titans vs Seahawks
5:00pm Live Music by LynnMarie and The Nashville Polka Guys
8:30pm Masskrugstemmen (Stein Hoisting Contest)
Special Menu by Schulzes Schnitzel Kitchen

Follow these links for each weeks schedule:
Week 1: https://www.facebook.com/events/512740219847677
Week 2: https://www.facebook.com/events/593098608527072
Week 3: https://www.facebook.com/events/206876131292806

Come enjoy authentic German lagers, Bavarian decor, and all the Polka you can stand for this festive time of the year. Dirndls and Lederhosen encouraged!

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!

https://volunteerprincess.com/

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.

https://tnriverboat.com/

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • January 1, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Are you looking for a safe and engaging outdoor activity during the pandemic? Take a historical tour of downtown Knoxville – its past, its present, and most of all its people - with poet and storyteller Laura Still with Knoxville Walking Tours.

Laura opens a window to Knoxville’s varied past and leads you on a journey through hard times and high times of a city growing through more than two centuries of history.

Tours include:
• Knoxville: The Early Years
• Misbehaving Women
• Civil War
• Gunslingers
• Musical History
• Literary Heritage
• Shadow Side Ghost Tours

A portion of all downtown tours support the Knoxville History Project. You can schedule your tour at http://knoxvillewalkingtours.com/.

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours: COVID-19 Program

  • May 1, 2020 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Since 2010, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours have created the highest level of enjoyment. With the hard times we are facing as a country, we feel that entertainment IS 100% essential. Getting out of the house, enjoying the outdoors with loved-ones is extremely beneficial to personal health.
With this being said, we have decided to adjust our Tours operation so we can offer service to the public, while also maintaining social distancing requirement.
Public Tours are postponed till social distancing requirements are lifted. (RESCHEDULES will be available once social distancing requirements are lifted.)
Private Tours will be offered for “Households” and social circles. (We have decided to offer these events to individuals who spend time in close proximity of each other.) This is a great solution for slowing the spread of the virus while also offering activities that can bring enjoyment to families in the community.

Information: 865-377-9677 or www.hauntedknoxville.net