Calendar of Events

Friday, October 1, 2021

KnoxDraw Show

  • October 1, 2021 — October 30, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Knox Draw has been running for several years now, and we’d like to celebrate! One of our favorite parts of having these sessions is seeing all your artwork. What better way to see it than showing it locally? Central Depot will be hosting our artworks, opening First Friday, October 1st! Drawings made together at our sessions will be exhibited for the month.

At Central Depot, 103 W Depot Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Susan Midelton exhibition

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

Susan Midelton is the Art Guild’s Featured Artist for October. She will be honored at the Fun and Wine Reception on Friday, October 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the Art Center located at 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social-distancing. Wine will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Susan was born in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, but grew up outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family returned to the east coast where she attended high school and took two commercial art classes which comprised of the only formal art training she experienced. She met her husband while a senior in high school, she later graduated from West Chester Univ. of PA with a degree in secondary education. Her growing family, including children and an assortment of pets, moved from Pennsylvania to Denver, Colorado, and later to Dayton, Ohio where she completed another degree, and began her school library and high school teaching career. Although Susan did not take art courses, she developed a close relationship with the art teacher at the school where she taught, and Susan continues to seek her honest critiques of her work after all these years. Following their children graduating from college, Susan and her husband and their pets moved to a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, where Susan received a degree in school administration and technology. After 35 years in public education, Susan retired in 2012 and her husband retired in 2013 from engineering. In 2014 they decided to take a swing through the south and explore different retirement communities. After visiting Georgia, North and South Carolina, they arrived in Fairfield Glade and bought a home on Lake St. George. Upon moving here, with one cat, Susan quickly joined the Art Guild while her husband joined various bridge clubs.

Susan’s first art class at the Art Guild was a printing class. She loved it! Then she took an oil painting class followed by watercolors and acrylic painting. After almost a year of various art classes, she discovered the medium that was meant for her - pastels. Some regard pastel painting as drawing with chalk, but Susan points out it is so much more than that, “Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are similar to those used in other arts media, such as oil paints. The best thing about working in pastels is that the artist does not need to use a paint brush; application of all color takes place with the artist’s fingertips.”

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM - 4 PM. Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Knoxville Community Darkroom: LuAnne DeMeo and Houston Vandergriff

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

We have a special FREE show for First Friday in October. We have select artworks on display from local photographers LuAnne DeMeo and Houston Vandergriff. Be sure to stop by and check it out, the exhibit runs until the end of the month!

Selected Works: LuAnne DeMeo & Houston Vandergriff | Gallery Show

LuAnne DeMeo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has worked in the photography industry for over 20 years. In addition to her magazine and commercial work, LuAnne is committed to photographing everyday people from different cultures. Her favorite cameras to use for this type of work is her Yashica-D and 4x5 Crown Graphic.

Houston Vandergriff is a travel photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has traveled far and wide and hopes his photographs will inspire others to live life to the fullest and to live life with compassion. Houston has a simple vision with his photography: Make the world a better place.

The Knoxville Community Darkroom, 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.
Viewing hours by appointment:

Dogwood Arts: Old City Photography Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opening Reception: October 1, 2021 / 5-8PM

Join us for the #FirstFriday Opening Reception for "Old is New: Photographs of Knoxville's Historic Old City" by Beau Branton, Yousef Sindi, Jared Worsham, and Lindsey Worthington. The exhibition features four emerging fine art photographers living and working in Knoxville.

The Dogwood Arts Gallery is located at 123 W Jackson Avenue in the Historic Old City. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.

• Gallery Hours: M-F 10AM-5PM

Mighty Mud: New Work by Kelly Hider

  • October 1, 2021 — October 29, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opens Fri Oct 1, 6-9 PM

Kelly Hider is a regionally and nationally exhibiting studio artist living in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received her BFA from SUNY Brockport in 2007, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2011. Recent solo shows include exhibits at Unrequited Leisure in Nashville, the Central Collective in Knoxville, the Clayton Arts Center in Maryville, TN, and Lincoln Memorial University. Hider’s work was featured on the cover of the independent art journal, Number: Inc. in 2016, and she has been twice awarded Ann & Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants through the Arts & Culture Alliance’s Heritage Fund in Knoxville. A proud Hambidge Fellow, Hider completed an artist residency at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia in 2019. Kelly Hider works at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as their Youth Education Programs Manager, facilitating Arrowmont’s local programming and outreach for area kids and young adults, as well as the new youth outreach program ArtReach on the Road, which brings craft education to K-12 students throughout central Appalachia. Hider recently joined the Tennessee Craft Board in 2021.

127 Jennings Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917
Operating Hours: Tues-Fri: 11:00am - 6:00pm, Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Fall Porch Sale

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Porch Sale is a great time to purchase handmade, one-of-a-kind arts and craft pieces, at a discount!

The Porch Sale provides our local artisans the opportunity to replenish their artwork for the remainder of the upcoming new year.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854,

Oktoberfest at Renaissance Farragut

  • October 1, 2021 — October 3, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Fundraisers, Kids, family and Music

Oktoberfest is coming to the Renaissance in Farragut! Look for the big white tent October 1-3rd in front of Mind Yer Ps & Qs and bring the family.

Live Music every day on the outside stage
Inflatable slides for the kids
German Food
German Beer and more!
Help us to help Alzheimer's Tennessee.

42nd Annual Greek Fest

  • October 1, 2021 — October 3, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Music

Greek Fest is more than just delicious Greek foods…it’s also an opportunity to share our Greek culture and Orthodox faith with you! From the syrupy baklava to the crisp Greek salad, the entire selection of delectable foods offered at Greek Fest give you a sampling of our culture and cuisine. Most items are made from scratch using our own church recipes and by many dedicated members of Saint George. Your favorites are back this year including savory souvlaki, lamb, pastichio, gyro, spanakopita, fresh Greek salad, sweet loukoumades, baklava sundaes and much more. The Taverna has a wide variety of Greek wines, and a Greek coffee is the perfect after dinner drink. Don’t forget to shop our sweet Greek pastries for baklava, koulourakia, kourambiedes, tsoureki and more! Credit cards will be accepted at most of the food booths.

Greek Fest was created to share our culture with you and there is much, much more to experience than just the cuisine. This is your chance to be GREEK for a day! The Greek culture begins with our Orthodox faith and the best place to learn a little more is through the Church Tours. Following a devastating fire that severely damaged the beautiful iconography and mosaics in our Church Sanctuary several years ago, our Church completed its renovation in June 2019. All of our St. George parishioners are blessed to be able to share our beautiful Church Sanctuary with our Greek Fest guests.

Admission to Greek Fest is $2.00 per adult. Weekend passes are $3.00. Children under 12 are free.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Kingston Pike

Fri & Sat 11 AM - 1 PM, Sun 11 AM - 6 PM
Visit for more information!

Fall Fun at Backroads Market

  • October 1, 2021 — October 2, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Fall is here and we are here for fall!
Join us this weekend for lots of deals and treats!
Make-n-take craft from 11am-2pm both days, free pumpkin treats and in-store deals you won't want to miss!
Check our instagram for updates and details!

Backroads Market · 514 Walker St · Knoxville, TN 37919

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Petty Hearts: Tom Petty Tribute

Category: Music
The Petty Hearts are a nationally touring Tom Petty tribute band celebrating the life and musical legacy of Tom Petty’s amazing 40-year career in rock and roll. The Petty Hearts perform faithful renditions of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ extensive catalog including dozens of his best known Top 40 hits along with some deeper album cuts Petty rarely played live. The Petty Hearts have performed across the country before thousands of music fans at festivals, performing arts theaters, amphitheaters and nightclubs. The band has headlined at venues affiliated with Live Nation, iHeart Radio, the Hard Rock Café, House of Blues, the Miami Marlins, the Miami Dolphins, NASCAR, state fairs and dozens of municipalities. The Petty Hearts were also the first and only authentic Tom Petty tribute invited to play the national Beatle fans convention known as Abbey Road on the River and were selected to appear in Season 1 of the nationally televised series, Tribute Wars USA.

Fri, October 1, 2021
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Make plans to join us for the 2021 Concerts! Reservations must be made in advance for all Sunset Series Concerts. Reservations may be made no more that 30 days in advance by clicking on the links.

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' Movies Under the Stars: The Shining

Category: Film and Science, nature

Ijams Nature Center and Central Cinema will welcome back movie lovers to the lawn for the 2021 Movies Under the Stars, presented by Cherokee Distributing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., starting June 4.

Moviegoers are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch a blend of popular comedies, action, fantasy and horror films on the hill in front of the Ijams Visitor Center throughout the summer and early fall.

• October 1: The Shining, Horror/Mystery – R

Doors open at 7 p.m. and movies begin at dark. In the event of inclement weather, movies will be shown under a large tent at the Ijams Homesite, which is a short walk from the Visitor Center.

Tasty meals, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase from food trucks and the Ijams beer garden. No coolers or outside alcohol is allowed.

Tickets are $10 per person or $36 for a family four-pack. Space is limited to 250 guests to ensure proper physical distancing. Advance ticket purchases are highly recommended; walk-up tickets may not be available due to limited audience size. Dogs get in free, but must be leashed at all times.

Guests will be asked to wear a mask at check-in and in all common areas, but may remove masks once seated on the lawn.

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-577-4717 or

Pretentious Beer Co.: Jill Andrews

  • October 1, 2021

Category: Music

Jill Andrews is a Knoxville favorite, and we're so excited to FINALLY be able to have this show. This is one that was scheduled for right at the beginning of COVID, and we had to reschedule it a couple of times. But this is it. It's finally happening, and you do not want to miss this show that's now more than a year in the making.

Pretentious Beer Co., 131 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902

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