Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Leesa Osburn Exhibition at Stir Fry Café

  • October 3, 2021 — November 28, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Stir Fry Café West Hills, 7240 Kingston Pike #128, Knoxville, TN 37919

Bio: My family moved from Las Vegas, Nevada in 2019 to Knoxville to enjoy the four season change of climate. I have a BA from UNLV and enjoy the ability to paint around the East Tennessee area. Mostly I paint landscapes, seascapes, animals, and pet portraits. I belong to Fountain City Art Guild, Tennessee Artist Association, and Tuesday Painters, a Plein Air Group. To see examples of my work, please see website:

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Chamber Classics: Tchaikovsky

Category: Music

Chamber Classics Series
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 2:30pm

Bijou Theatre

I have always been a great admirer of Tchaikovsky’s music and his brilliant orchestration, and so it was a real pleasure for me to explore this string quartet and his style of orchestration more generally. —Christopher Theofanidis

Aram Demirjian, conductor

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY Chamber Symphony No. 1 (after String Quartet No. 1, “The Accordion”)
(arr. Christopher Theofanidis)

865-291-3310 or

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Dancing Under the Stars

Category: Fundraisers and Music

At the home of Sherri Lee
Cocktails at 6 PM and Dinner at 7 PM

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: 865-573-3226,

Knoxville Botanical Garden: 2nd Annual Green Thumb Gala

  • October 3, 2021

Category: Fundraisers and Science, nature

Join us in the Garden for our 12th Annual Green Thumb Gala, October 3rd, 5pm

And we’re back! We so dearly missed hosting the Green Thumb Gala on the grounds last year, and we couldn’t be more excited to have everyone back this year.

The Green Thumb Gala is our major annual fundraiser and is responsible for funding a major portion of our operating expenses for the year. It’s a wonderful way to support the Gardens, as well as having a lovely, fun, and refreshing evening out at the Garden.

Whether as an individual, hosting a table, or partnering with us, there’s so many ways to be part of the event and – through that– be part of everything happening here at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

Clayton Center for the Arts: Judy Collins

Category: Music

OCTOBER 3, 2021

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. First of all, in the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. As a result, five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work. Likewise, the award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards as well as her own poetically poignant original compositions.

Judy is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. She is a modern-day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590,

The Farragut Harvestfest

  • October 3, 2021

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

Shop Farragut in partnership with the Town of Farragut is inviting the community to join in the new autumn tradition - THE FARRAGUT HARVESTFEST!

On Sunday October 3, between the hours of 3 and 7pm, Shop Farragut will assemble vendors from all across the Farragut Business Community. The Festival will feature 4 dozen retail and promotional booths including food and beverage vendors and 4 hours of “live” entertainment. Merchants will showcase their products and services in the Village Green Shopping Center, 11505 Kingston Pike, in Farragut for the first FARRAGUT HARVESTFEST.

Participating businesses include a wide variety of retailers, foodies and personal services. Patrons can get food and drink from The Admiral Pub, Water Into Wine, The Farragut Table, Kiki's Hawaiian Shave Ice, Mucho Gusto, Lulu’s Liquor Cakes, Cruisin Cuisine, and Toney’s Italian Ice. Patrons will also be able to get information, discounts, or merchandise from Farragut area businesses.

This new outdoor event is FREE to the public. “The Festival is a new Fall tradition for our community that basically fills a calendar gap in Shop Farragut’s favorite annual activities,” states Farragut Business Alliance, Executive Director, Steve Krempasky. “This will be a celebration of Farragut community life here in East Tennessee.”

Shop Farragut will supply a large Festival Tent providing seating for patrons to enjoy their food and drinks. The stage will feature continuous live entertainment. The musical entertainment includes:
3pm Common Interest
4:15pm Solstice
5:30pm Mighty Blue

Tennessee Stage Company: Sonnets & Sangria fundraiser

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers, History, heritage and Literature, reading, writing

Please join us Sunday, October 3rd at Mabry-Hazen House for Sonnets & Sangria; a benefit for Tennessee Stage Company.

The entertainment will be selected Shakespearean sonnets presented by Tennessee Stage Company members inside and on the grounds of the lovely Mabry-Hazen estate. Come spend an afternoon with the Bard's less familiar works... his sonnets.

There is no charge for attendance but donations are requested.

Charcuterie, sangria, wine, lemonade, and beer will be available for refreshments.

Sunday, October 3rd 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue,
Please RSVP to

6th Annual Tennessee Medieval Faire

  • October 2, 2021 — October 17, 2021

Category: Comedy, Culinary arts, food, Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Kids, family and Music

Travel back in time to 1199 and Live the Age of Chivalry with Robin Hood at the 6th annual Tennessee Medieval Faire. This outdoor interactive family-friendly special event will spring to life on October 2 and run for three consecutive weekends in Harriman.

“The Sheriff of Nottingham is throwing a grand Faire to impress the evil Prince John and to win the innocent Lady Marian’s heart,” said Lars Paulson, general manager. “The Sheriff has also invited Robin Hood and his merry friends to the festivities to lure them in for capture. But who will be the mouse and who will be the cheese? Come and see!”

Patrons are encouraged to come with a sense of play and adventure. Patrons can enter the costume contest to win a prize; share their talents onstage to join Robin Hood; give suggestions in the improv show; compete in yard games in the Medieval Olympics, and learn to sword fight with Pirates of Bretagne. Other activities include getting knighted; folk dancing; speed courting; petting goats; getting photos taken with woodland fairies; and playing corn hole, the stocks, giant chess, and steel drum.

Throughout the day, there will be professional stage entertainment in the eight-acre medieval village. On the Field of Honour will be The Royal Joust by Debracy Productions and Human Combat Chess by the interactive street characters. On the five other stages will be comedy stunt shows by The Flaming Ginger, Lords of Adventure (Oct 2-3) and Two Noisy Knights (Oct 9-10, 16-17). Patrons will feel transported by Celtic music from The CrossJacks, Kris Colt, Thunder and Spice (Oct 2-3, 9-10), and Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers (Oct 16-17). For the young and young at heart, there will be puppet shows, fairy tales, and Sherwood School. Entertainment schedules will be posted online and will be available at the entrance on show days.

Adding to the festivities will be a variety of juried craft vendors, selling period costumes, accessories, and unique gifts. Food will be available for purchase, including turkey legs, wraps, salads, and sandwiches. Hot and cold beverages will also be available (including beer for adults 21+ years of age with a valid photo ID).

The Tennessee Medieval Faire will be open rain or shine. The dates are October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17. Hours are 11am-6pm ET. The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. Free field parking is provided. Admission tickets may be purchased with cash or credit on festival days at the ticket house. Admission prices include all taxes and fees and are $19 for ages 13+, $9 for ages 5 to 12; and free for ages 4 and under. There will be no ATM onsite, so patrons are encouraged to bring cash for purchases, tips, and convenience. For public safety, all are requested to follow CDC guidelines regarding Covid.

For more information, please visit, and like and follow the Tennessee Medieval Faire on Facebook.

RED Gallery: Voodoo Rocket by Kevin Bradley

  • October 1, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

New work from the Voodoo Rocket - Institute of Advanced Typographic Research

We will be open every Friday and a few other dates to be determined (check Social Media).

If you stop by the office of Robin Easter next door, they can provide access during the M-F 9-5 work hours, or after hours by appointment.
132 W Jackson Ave | Knoxville TN 37902 |

Rala: Work by Tim Hooper

  • October 1, 2021 — November 28, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event


We are excited to announce Mr. Hooper Art as our First Friday artist for the months of October and November! Tim Hooper is a self-trained painter based in Nashville, who takes inspiration from cartoon art, folk art, and pop surrealism. All paintings are one of a kind originals.

Please join us for the show opening. Mr. Hooper's work will be on display October 1st through November 28th.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are requiring that masks be worn inside the store. Thank you for helping us stay safe!
@mrhooperart on Instagram

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

Art Market Gallery: Charles R. Graves and Karyn Kyte

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

First Friday Reception: October 1, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Charles R. Graves, Photography
A native Southerner and the son of a TVA father, I spent my youth in and around the Tennessee
Valley. As a youngster I lived in the East Tennessee towns of Kingston, Chattanooga, and Cleveland landing in Memphis from high school through my mid-adult years. My passion for art found its voice in my first (and only) high school art class my senior year. That high school class turned my direction from a career in music I had prepared for since I was 6 years old to art. That spring I submitted my portfolio and application to the Memphis Academy of Art and was accepted into their BFA program. That’s where I discovered the camera. I was hooked! Although my interest and passion for art and photography never diminished, my career track took me on a venture into marketing, merchandising, creative direction, and brand licensing in various cities and down a variety of avenues including museums, product companies, and creative and marketing positions with iconic brands such as National Geographic, Better Homes and Gardens, and HGTV / DIY Network. When I left National Geographic at the end of 2015 and returned to Knoxville, inspired by all the fantastic photographers I had met and worked with, I focused on photography and expanded my knowledge of the digital camera.

Karyn Kyte, Clay
I grew up on the plains of South Dakota. I have always loved “making stuff” and the land. I knew early on I was an artist; it was just easier in those days. In 1972 I graduated from the State University of South Dakota with a degree in fine arts. The years since have been full of family and other pursuits, but I can say that I still love making stuff and the land.
My objects are always handmade, always different — reflections of the clay and the spirit in me. They are made in the old ways, as I strive to connect with the wise woman inside me. Since all this would be pointless if kept inside, I feel privileged to share with those who would hear and see.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,,

The Emporium Center: The Fountain City Art Guild

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 1-31, 2021. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features an outdoor concert by Knoxville Opera musicians. All visitors to the Emporium are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at

The Fountain City Art Guild will feature original art by nearly 30 local artists including oils, watercolors, woodworking, and more. The mission of the Guild is to create an atmosphere that promotes, encourages, guides, supports, and informs artists in our guild, which currently has about 50 members.

The Fountain City Art Guild began in 1979 as a group of women who met in the “Art Cellar,” the basement of Chloe Harrington’s home. Most of the Guild members were watercolor artists. For several decades, they were known as the Fountain City Watercolor Guild, and they met in various churches and homes in the community, holding exhibitions in local businesses. In 2000, the Guild voted to allow other 2-D media in their exhibits, and in 2015 members voted to allow nonfunctional 3-D work as well.

In 2004, the Guild was instrumental in helping open the Fountain City Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue, the location of the old Fountain City Library. Guild membership is a juried process occurring in late fall and early spring. In addition to monthly meetings, the Guild also hosts exhibitions at the Center and occasionally in the community. Guild members bring a wide variety of skills and interests.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (closed Saturday, October 30 and open Sunday, October 31, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM). For more information, please see or call (865) 523-7543.

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