Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Zoo Knoxville: BOO! at the Zoo

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

BOO! at the Zoo is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event featuring several nights of not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. A Halloween tradition, BOO! at the Zoo is a family event featuring trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, where little trick-or-treaters can fill their bag with goodies as they make their way through the zoo.

BOO Dates:
Oct 9-10
Oct 13 (Member’s Night)
Oct 14-17
Oct 21-24

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

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Fall Frolic Craft Fair

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

Join us at Marble Springs State Historic Site on October 9th from 10-4pm as we prep for fall festivities! Join us at our fall craft fair full of local vendors with a variety of crafts, goods, and treats to take home!
There will also be crafts, games with prizes, a cabin to cabin Trick R Treat, and more! Costumes are encouraged, making it the perfect time to test out your Halloween costume and enjoy a beautiful fall day at Marble Springs.
Admission is FREE!

Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-712-9076,

Pilot Light: Tinca Tinca Album Release Show

  • October 9, 2021

Category: Music

Album release show with Genevva
8 PM
$10 cash only

Tinca Tinca weaves retro-futuristic indie-rock and electronics with themes of love, transience, joy, anxiety, loneliness, and redemption. Tinca Tinca was started by multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Travis Tench.

Until further notice we are requiring PROOF OF VACCINATION and MASKS for all staff, patrons, and performers- for all shows.

Pilot Light, 106 E Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: National Park Tours with Sam Venable

Category: History, heritage and Science, nature

Available Dates: Sept. 25, Oct. 9, and Oct. 23

For more than four decades, Sam Venable has been amusing readers around East Tennessee as an award-winning writer at the Knoxville News-Sentinel. While Sam might be a humor columnist now, he got his start as an outdoors writer for the paper. He’s also the author of several books and is a local, state, and national award winner for his writing. All this goes to show the folks on tour with Sam are in for a memorable adventure and some interesting tales. The naturalist will lead visitors on a trip through Great Smoky Mountains National Park with stops planned in Sugarlands and Newfound Gap. Make sure you bring your camera!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is teeming with wildlife. It’s not unusual to see white-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, foxes, turkey, or other animals while on tour. While it’s best not to approach or disturb the wildlife you see, they make for a great photo opportunity.

Sugarlands and Newfound Gap will offer plenty of chances for a photo of flora and fauna. Many more opportunities await our guests.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: The tour will not involve hiking or very much walking, but visitors should be advised the tour does make frequent stops at several sites. Attendees will be entering and exiting the tour vehicles multiple times, and there are also some areas of uneven surfaces. Attendees will also have to climb a few steps to enter specific buildings.

Ticket Price is $90 per person and includes a boxed lunch. Please call 865-448-8838 or visit to purchase your tickets.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center places the highest priority on the health and well-being of its guests, employees, and volunteers. For this reason, the Heritage Center strongly recommends the wearing of masks by all guests while indoors. Masks are not required in the amphitheater as it is an open-air venue; however, capacity is limited for this concert and social distancing measures will be in place. Regardless of vaccination status, the CDC advises everyone to take precautionary measures, including the wearing of a mask over the nose and mouth while indoors, social distancing of six feet, avoiding crowds or poorly ventilated areas indoors, and frequent washing of hands with soap and water. The Heritage Center will continue to closely monitor CDC guidelines as well as any state-issued orders pertaining to COVID-19. If changes are deemed necessary, the Heritage Center will broadcast alerts via website, social media, and email/telephone when possible.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center | 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Jeff Midkiff’s FREE Music Improvisation Workshop

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event, Kids, family and Music

Date: October 9, 2021
Time: 2-3:30 PM
Location: Performing Arts Center Lobby at Oak Ridge High School, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Virtuoso musician and composer Jeff Midkiff presents a free music improvisation workshop with a focus on Appalachian and folk music, Saturday, October, 9, 2021 in the Performing Arts Center Lobby at Oak Ridge High School. Music lovers, professional musicians, and budding musicians of all ages, instruments, and genres are invited to attend and participate. With a bachelor’s degree in music education, a master’s degree in clarinet, and a Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale, Jeff Midkiff is a master teacher you don’t want to miss. He’s performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, and he’s also a public school music educator! Come and watch, or bring your instrument and ready to learn! Free and open to the public, the workshop is part of ORCMA’s educational programming, always free for youths 18 and under.

FREE. All ORCMA concerts and activities are created following health and safety protocols that are evaluated regularly. Currently, all attendees are required to be masked and practice social distancing. Programs and artists subject to change or cancellation depending on health guidelines.

Contact: Lisa Muci Eckhoff, 865-483-5569,,

The Bottom Knox: Grand Opening

  • October 9, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Saturday, October 9, 2021
10 am to 7 pm
2340 E. Magnolia Avenue

We're excited to announce The Bottom is moving to a new space located at 2340 E Magnolia Ave, just a few blocks from our original location in the historic Black neighborhood that inspired our center and its name. But, it is so much more than just a’s our home, and we want to invite you over! None of this would be possible without the many contributions of friends and supporters.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: The Haunting of Hill House

Category: Theatre

by F. Andrew Leslie
October 8-31, 2021
Directed by Sarah Campbell

A chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of “psychically receptive” people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and “contained ill will.”

Led by the learned Dr. Montague, who is conducting research in supernatural phenomena, the visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and to draw forth the mysterious powers that it is alleged to possess—powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived therein in the past.

The play was adapted from the novel by Shirley Jackson.

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

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

  • October 7, 2021 — October 24, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts, Kids, family and Music

Filling the 150,000 square feet of downtown’s Gatlinburg Convention Center, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products, are beautifully displayed, as these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of utmost quality-and without duplication. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers, and many more unique items.

There is something for everyone at the Fair. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair and Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries provide a free Kid’s Corner during our July fair, with a selection of DIY crafts for our youngest visitors to take home with them. Also be sure to stop by one or all of our daily music shows included with the price of admission. Check out the stage and enjoy contemporary country, bluegrass, and your favorite gospel tunes at 12 and 3 daily.

Concessions are available for sale through the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Oct 7-24, daily 10 AM - 5 PM

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: October Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art and Fine Crafts

Tue Oct 5, 10-12: “Conquering Your Camera’s Manual” with Jack Retterer, $30
Thu Oct 7, 14, 21, & 28, 9-12: “Mosaic on Stone” with instructor Manny Marti, $185
Fri Oct 8, 15, 22, 29, 9-12: “Learn the Art of Stained Glass” with instructor Sara Senft, $160
Sat Oct 9, 1-4: “Leaf Pendant & Earrings” with instructor Susan Smathers, $50
Tue Oct 12, 10-12: “Paint Along with Sam Hill” Watercolor Demonstration Class, $35
Tue Oct 19, 9:30: Monthly Members Meeting followed by New Member Orientation with Linda Patrick at 11
Wed Oct 20, 12-2: Project Discussion, artwork review session with John Anderson, free
Thu Oct 21, 1-4: Chain Maille Jewelry: “Harvest Bracelet” with George Gallant, $70
Wed Oct 27, 12-2: Life Drawing with Dena Whitener, $5
Thu-Fri Oct 28-29, 1-4: “Monoprints” with instructor Karen Shaw, $85

Located at 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade (off Peavine Road). 931-707-7249 or

WDVX: Fall Fund Drive

Category: Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and Music

Thank you for being a loyal WDVX listener! As a loyal listener of WDVX, here are some ways to show us some love during the Fund Drive:

Tell a friend: We all have that one friend who has never listened to WDVX. Tell them how much the music you hear on WDVX means to you. Tell them about your favorite specialty programs and hosts and how having local, community radio enriches the life of a community.

Spread the love: Head over to Facebook or Twitter and let us know why YOU support WDVX by using the hashtag #supportWDVX #EastTennesseesOwnWDVX #RealLiveMusic. Share our posts when you see them.

Make a gift: Make a gift to help further support the station you love that will go straight back into programming. You can do so at

Become a WDVX Sustainer: Support WDVX with a monthly donation. Sustainers help the station by allowing us to have a monthly flow of income that really does pay the bills and keep us on the air. You can become a sustaining supporter here.

We look forward to hearing from you and thanks so much for all of your support!

Help us continue our mission to create and provide content to promote the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Southern Appalachian region by entertaining and educating audiences globally with original programs showcasing live radio performance, under-represented arts, and emerging and local talent.

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:

Oak Ridge Art Center: Open Show 2021

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

The community is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, October 2 from 7 to 9 PM. The gallery talk will be held at 6:30 PM.

Celebrating visual artists in the area! The 2021 exhibition will be the 53rd show in the series, It is one of the longest running juried exhibitions in East Tennessee. Open Show 2021 will be exhibited from October 2 through November 27 in the Art Center’s galleries at 201 Badger Avenue in Oak Ridge.

Open Show is intended to showcase the diversity and range of excellent work being created by regional artists in a wide variety of media. Awards for this year’s show total $3,200.

Guests viewing Open Show can read the juror comment cards to discover what the juror considered when selecting the work into the exhibition. Here guests at a previous Open Show listen to the gallery talk that precedes the opening reception. It is an opportunity to learn more about the juror’s comments criteria.

Closed Thanksgiving Day
Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

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