Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Boyd's Jig & Reel: Music Jam Sessions

  • October 21, 2021 — December 31, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Free event and Music

This strings only* session is the sound of the Appalachian legacy that richly indwells the soul and soil of Knoxville. The musicians sit together and pick and strum familiar tunes on fiddles, guitars, and bass. We play Old Time fiddle tunes mostly, everyone jams at once and there are no breaks. Open to all lovers and players of music. We welcome dancers but please no tap shoes, as it can interfere with the session. No need to build up the courage to join in, just grab an instrument off the wall and take a seat.
*No percussion instruments please.

From the low central valleys to the high coastal mountains, music fills the pubs of Ireland. Guitar, harp, bodhran, flute, accordion, and dulcimer are the celtic sounds of old that combine to create a traditional and lively atmosphere every other Thursday night. Musicians play to enjoy and to preserve the cultural heritage that the Scots-Irish brought to America generations ago. Come and listen or join in! (Thanks Jason for the video!)

A proud tradition, Scots love nothing more than music and drink. The drink is strong and the music is steeped in the history of the green highlands and rocky cliffs. Whether lyrics or no lyrics, every song tells a story. The hills of East Tennessee are a home away from home for this style. Pull up a chair to listen or play along every other Thursday night.

It’s true that Bluegrass has roots in traditional English, Scottish, and Irish ballads and dance tunes. That’s why the Bluegrass Jam Session is a great fit for the Jig and Reel crowd. Come listen to acoustic string instruments as one or more instruments take their turn playing melody and improvising around it. As one instrument plays melody, the others will perform accompaniment. It’s an improvised jam session for all you pickers and grinners out there.

This session is your chance to enjoy traditional Celtic tunes at a slower pace. Learn as you play alongside host Tim Worman. He is there to guide the group of beginners as they take in the folk music traditions of the Celtic people of Western Europe. Let yourself get swept up in years of living tradition and hear songs that celebrate life by the sea. All are welcome to Celtic Jam for Beginners. Don’t be afraid to join in on the fun!

Dancing is just as important as the music in the Scottish tradition, and upbeat rhythms make for great foot-stomping. Those that are more experienced can even present a well-practiced jig or reel! Whether you are watching or dancing, 3rd Sundays at Boyd’s are overflowing with energy and fun.

*Jams/Sessions are currently limited to the number of players, so you must contact the session leader in advance if you are interested in playing. If you need assistance reaching them, you can email us at, and we can connect you.*

101 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902,, Phone: (865) 247-7066

Knoxville Horror Film Fest

  • October 21, 2021 — October 24, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Film

The Knoxville Horror Film Fest will present its lucky 13th annual weekend of cinematic scares Thursday, October 21 through Sunday, October 24, with events split between Maryville, Tennessee’s Parkway Drive-In and the festival’s home base at Central Cinema.

It was COVID-era necessity that drove last year’s premier programming to the Parkway, but it’s pure pleasure that brings it back for a second year. Thursday night’s lineup will kick off the festival with a triple feature of John Carpenter’s ghostly 1980 classic The Fog, Rialto Pictures’ new 40th anniversary 4K restoration of Joe Dante’s The Howling (1981), and heavy metal horror cult item Trick Or Treat (1986). Friday night will continue the fun with the trailers of the 2021 KHFF Grindhouse Grind-out, followed by another triple feature of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), An American Werewolf In London (1981) and SFX genius Phil Tippett’s years-in-the-making Mad God.

These drive-in programs are just the beginning for full KHFF passholders, who will rejoin the festivities through the weekend at Central Cinema. Over the course of Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday this crew of horror diehards will enjoy KHFF’s storied one-track marathon of short films, feature presentations and special events. Titles confirmed for this year’s feature competition include John Adams, Zelda Adams & Toby Poser’s Hellbender, Richard Bates Jr.’s King Knight, Jim Cummings & PJ McCabe’s The Beta Test, Lee Haven Jones’s The Feast, and Philip Gelatt & Morgan Galen King’s The Spine of Night, mixed in with cult flashback favorites Popcorn (1991) and a 40th anniversary restoration of Andrzej Żuławski’s 1981 classic Possession. (Short film programming, including a dedicated program of local “Tennessee Terrors” submissions, will be announced along with the festival schedule in early October.)

KHFF Festival Passes ($100 standard, $150 deluxe “RIP”), Two Night Drive-In Passes ($45) and Single Night Drive-In Tickets ($25) are available now at Film Freeway.

Important Note: Due to the nature of the event and Central Cinema’s intimate setting, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required of full festival passholders at time of check-in; Thursday and Friday’s drive-in screenings will be open to the public regardless of vaccination status.

Transplant & Root Hospitality: The Table: An Intimate Dinner Club

  • October 21, 2021 — October 23, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food

An Intimate Five Course Dinner of Avant-Garde Cuisine.

Summer of 2021, Transplant & Root Hospitality will present The Table in partnership with CookLoft @ Venue 221 Downtown Knoxville. Guests will experience a five course menu with artisanal wine pairings from DL of Downtown Wine + Spirits. Guests are welcome to Bring Their Own Beverage or purchase the Pairing Package at $35.00 per person directly through DL of Downtown Wine + Spirits (865.525.7575). Complimentary Still & Sparkling water for all guests. Membership Complimentary, Gratuity Not Included.

Venue 221
221 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902

Transplant & Root Hospitality curates an intimate dinner club of 30 seats per night in Knoxville, TN. An inclusive table, we welcome any ticketed guest interested in a good time with strangers, family, friends among artistic cuisine & small batch wines. Guests will have the option to pre-purchase pairings of wine to self pour table side for each course. Complimentary bottle delivery upon pairing package purchase from Downtown Wine + Spirits.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Symphonie Fantastique

Category: Music

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Tennessee Theatre

“For some time I have had a descriptive symphony…in my brain. When I have released it, I mean to stagger the musical world.” --Hector Berlioz

Aram Demirjian, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

The KSO Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series features the KSO on the stage of the beautiful Tennessee Theatre.

CLARICE ASSAD Sin fronteras (Without Borders)
MAX BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
HECTOR BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

865-291-3310 or

Bijou Theatre: Drive-By Truckers with Buffalo Nichols

Category: Music

THURSDAY, OCT. 21 | 8:00PM

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

The Mill & Mine: Mammoth WVH

  • October 21, 2021

Category: Music

with Plush
Thursday Oct 21
@ 8:00 pm

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

Mill and Mine: Mammoth WVH

  • October 21, 2021

Category: Music

Thursday, Oct 21 • 8PM

Get ready to rock y'all! Mammoth WVH is the solo project of Wolfgang Van Halen, son of guitar god Eddie Van Halen, and he's playing The Mill & Mine this October! The songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist worked tirelessly on material that would become his debut album. Playing every instrument and singing each and every note, his music presents a personal and powerful perspective, balancing memorable hooks and tight technicality. We're so excited to bring it to you LIVE!

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

Maker Meet-in: Instagram Masterclass

  • October 21, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event and Virtual

Hosted by The Maker City

Is Instagram actively growing your business? Let's get your Instagram marketing working for you so you can get back to doing what you love. Amelia Bartlett is a marketing director and Business Strategy Facilitator and she's hosting her Instagram Masterclass Workshop in partnership with The Maker City. Join us and learn how to Attract, Grow, and Maintain an Engaged Instagram Audience and leave feeling confident to grow Instagram as a part of your business marketing.

You will gain an understanding of Instagram as a business tool with a self-completed guide tailored specifically to your unique business. The Masterclass Workbook is packed with checklists, workflows, how-to guides, and tips, making the book an invaluable reference. You will leave the Instagram Masterclass Workshop with the confidence to implement what you’ve learned in your own business.

About the speaker: Amelia Bartlett is a writer, entrepreneur, and educator who is generally obsessed with cities, communities, and communication. When she first came to Knoxville, she fell in love with the local maker and entrepreneur community and got involved with local organizations like KEC, The Maker City, and Knox Loves Bikes. In addition to developing the Growth Methodology and consulting locally on efficiency and strategy, Amelia writes for Blank Newspaper, drinks rose lattes at Jack's, and straightens the shelves at Union Ave Books.

Knoxville History Project: History Happy Hour: Old Gray Cemetery

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, discussion, panel and Virtual

Thurs. October 21 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

If you plan to join us online on the Third Thursday this month, think of it as another in our Air-Conditioned Tour series, this time taking a look around Old Gray Cemetery without the heat and the mosquitoes. We’ll show slides of the several of the most interesting memorials in Knoxville’s most beautiful and fascinating cemetery—and tell the stories.

Register online at:

Recycling Myths, Mistakes & Misconceptions

  • October 21, 2021
  • 3 PM

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Science, nature, Technology and Virtual

Do you have recycling questions? We've got answers!

Join us for a live Q&A event with Patience Melnik, the City of Knoxville's Waste and Resources Manager!

If you don't have Instagram, don't fret - we'll record the event and post it to our Facebook and website. Do you have questions you KNOW you want to ask? Email

Able Trade: Witchy Cobweb Broom Making Class

  • October 20, 2021 — October 21, 2021
  • 6:00-8:00PM

Category: Classes, workshops

Witchy Cobweb Brooms Class, Two night class, October 20-21, 6:00-8:00PM.

Heather Ashworth is teaching another broom making class! It's that spooky time of year and nothing says October better than a sister pair of witchy cobweb brooms.
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.

Students will make two cobweb brooms in this TWO NIGHT CLASS, October 20 & 21st 6pm - 8pm just in time for All Hallows Eve! There is a $30 material fee to be paid at the time of class, which includes everything you need for the two brooms.

Register at:

Class will be held at Able Trade, 203 W Jackson Ave, Knoxvile, TN 37902.

UT School of Music: Octubafest Concerts

  • October 20, 2021 — October 21, 2021

Category: Free event, Music and Virtual

Studio recitals; enjoy exciting and beautiful music for solo euphonium and tuba performed by students of Alexander Lapins.

Masks are required for in-person attendance. These events can also be livestreamed.

Wednesday, October 20 at 6:00pm - Concert No. 2
Thursday, October 21 at 6:00pm - Concert No. 3

Natalie Haslam Music Center, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall
1741 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

School of Music: 865-974-8935

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