Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Blount Mansion: Halloween Evening Tours

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

Oct. 23, 29, 30, and 31
Details coming soon!

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

Knoxville Botanical Garden: Fall Tree Walk

  • October 23, 2021

Category: Health, wellness, Kids, family and Science, nature

Join Board Member & former KBGA staff, Dan Steinhoff, on a guided tour of KBGA’s unique & historic tree collection. The Garden in its full fall glory!

October 23, 2021
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
Click here to sign up!

ORNLFCU Summer Sessions Concert

  • October 23, 2021

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

The concert series will feature bluegrass and Americana bands from throughout the region. All shows are free to the public and will be held outdoors at the pavilion in Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Bring your lawn chairs and your family and friends for a fun, music-filled evening! Local food and beverage trucks will also be on-site. We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Sessions concerts!


To Be Determined
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
6:00–9:00 PM

East Tennessee Historical Society: Monsters at the Museum

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

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Join us for a spooky event highlighting the “monsters” and superstitions that have called East Tennessee home over the years. From the wampus cat to eerie Victorian mourning traditions, we’ll delve into the region’s history of sightings and folklore!

The event will feature a variety of Halloween-themed children’s games, crafts, and storytelling. Children will trick-or-treat at various stops around the East Tennessee History Center, and costume contests will take place on the hour with prizes for most creative, funniest, and scariest costume, so dress to impress!

Museum admission is free during Monsters at the Museum. Exhibits currently on view include the feature exhibition "Shaver: An Artist of Rare Merit," an "East Tennessee Streetscape and Corner Drug Store," and "Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee", a look at 300 years of history.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

Spark Center: Spark Fun Run & Roll

  • October 23, 2021
  • 9:00AM--12:00PM

Category: Festivals, special events, Health, wellness and Kids, family

Here's a race for everyone!

The first Spark Fun Run & Roll on Saturday, Oct. 23. at the Cove at Concord Park will offer options for all ages and abilities. You can register online for either a 2-mile walk, run or roll on wheelchair-friendly paved greenways, or a 4-mile trail run. The event will run from 9am to noon.

Spark is East Tennessee's technology access nonprofit agency for people with disabilities. It works to provide everything from mobility equipment to specially modified toys, depending on individual needs. You can find more information and ways to help at

"This will be a great opportunity for whole families to come out, enjoy the beauty of the Cove, get some exercise and help support a great cause", said Spark Executive Director Mary Thom Adams. "An event open to people of all abilities is a perfect way to showcase Spark's work and the people we serve."

Runners, rollers or walkers at the Fun Run & Roll will receive race T-shirts and goody bags while helping to raise awareness of Spark's mission and services. Participants are encouraged to have family, friends or co-workers sponsor their race. All donations will go to support Spark's mission.

You can find all race and registration information at

Spark Center, 116 Childress Street, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-219-0130,

Literary Walking Tour: Ghostly Knoxville

  • October 23, 2021

Category: Free event and History, heritage

Discover Knoxville's rich history through our Literary Walking Tour series

Join us on select Saturdays this fall as we stroll through the streets of downtown Knoxville as we learn about our rich local history and the literary voices that helped shape our city. Tours are hosted by Laura Still, owner of Knoxville Walking Tours. Each tour is 90 minutes and starts at Lawson McGhee Library. *Knox County Public Library card required.

Ghostly Knoxville
Saturday, October 23, 10:00 AM

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Flintlock Muzzleloader Workshop

Category: Classes, workshops and History, heritage

Saturday, October 23, 10 AM - 3 PM
Tickets · $30 - $40

Visit Marble Springs on Saturday, October 23rd from 10AM to 3PM to learn the fundamentals of muzzle loading, casting your own ball, shooting a flintlock, and firing at targets! This is a brown-bag affair, so be sure to bring your own lunch! Ear protection and eye protection are required and provided but feel free to bring your own if you wish. Tickets are required to participate and can be found on or Facebook. Gates will open at 9:30 am.
Ages 18+ only.

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

AIA East Tennessee: Knox Bricks and Brews

  • October 23, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Virtual

Saturday, October 23
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
@ The Square Room
No Cost, but register for free here.

Sponsored by LHP Capital
Allied Partners: Beyond a Brick
We invite kids, ages 5-18, to work with architects and designers to create the home of the future for a mini-fig family on a specific assigned site. After working and doing school from home, now is the opportunity to share ideas for designing and creating a home that makes living easier with today’s current needs and challenges. Participants will be paired with a local design professional to walk through the programming phase to come up with their own design for a mini-fig family and their needs. Master Builder Certificates will be issued upon completion of the program.

Virtual Option: There will also be a Virtual option for those not wishing to participate in person. (3) pictures of the custom home with short description of the home design shall be emailed to by noon on Thursday, October 21. The description shall describe a family of 4 and their needs for their home, work, school and how the program was addressed in the build. Please title the email: KBB 2021 entry. Include: Name, Age and mailing address for the certificate to be mailed too. The architects will review all the designs submitted and send feedback with the certificate.

Thank you to the [Knoxville]By Design Sponsors!

East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

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

Spark TN: 1st Annual Fun Run & Roll!

  • October 23, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Health, wellness and Kids, family

SATURDAY, OCT. 23, 2021
9 AM – 12 PM The Cove at Concord Park

People of all ages and abilities are welcome! Come join us for our first annual Fun Run and Roll while supporting a great cause!

4 Miles of trails for run/walk along the greenway then through the Calloway ridge and west Concord park trails. 2 miles of paved greenway will accommodate wheelchair participants.

Sign up today! or call (865) 219-0130

Tennessee Theatre: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Category: Dance, movement, Film, Music and Theatre


Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

GO! Contemporary Dance: Fresh Air!

  • October 23, 2021

Category: Dance, movement, Kids, family and Virtual

Oct 23 · 7:00 PM EDT

GO! Contemporary Dance Works will present Fresh Air!, a contemporary and classical dance performance on Saturday, October 23, 7PM at the Tennessee Amphitheater on the World’s Fair Site.

A performance that features all styles of dance: ballet, contemporary, modern and tap, seven choreographers will share the stage premiering 15 new works. Choreographers include locally, nationally and internationally renowned dancers, each bringing a diverse and creative energy to this powerful performance. “Every choreographer brings their own style to our stage. We all have something to say.” says Artistic Director, Lisa Hall McKee.

Featured will be À traverse la forêt, choreographed by guest artist Marlayna Locklear. An athletic and rhythmic work about deforestation, the piece opens with 14 dancers in flowing green dresses moving with grace and beauty. Gradually and intentionally, the movement begins to show aggression with powerful cutting movements danced to intense, intricate rhythms. “Marlayna’s work is extremely physical and intricate,” states McKee. “This piece is just mesmerizing, beginning to end with a powerful and dramatic finish.” Locklear has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Eleona Dance Theatre, Cleo Park Robinson Dance Ensemble and Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.

Additional works include two dramatically contrasting works by McKee. A Conversation in Time is an abstract ballet exploring the travel of time between generations, while Floored is a dynamic piece featuring five professional dancers that explores contemporary floor work. “The difference between these two pieces is an example of how Fresh Air! seeks to provide Knoxville with works that are very different,” states McKee. “Our audience is never bored.”

Fresh Air! is the first performance by GO! performed in open air at the Tennessee Amphitheatre and will include a pre-show event featuring live music beginning at 6PM for ticket holders. Fresh Air! will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be purchased at or at Studio Arts for Dancers, 865-539-2475. All seating is general admission, and will take place rain or shine as the amphitheater is a covered venue.

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