Calendar of Events

Friday, November 26, 2021

Knoxville Museum of Art: 16th Annual East TN Regional Student Art Exhibition

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art proudly presents the 16th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition Friday, November 26, 2021-Sunday, January 9, 2022. Now a long-standing tradition, the exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of art education programs in East Tennessee, celebrates talented middle and high school students, and supports arts education.

Middle and high school students from East Tennessee have the opportunity to display their talents in a juried exhibition and receive recognition for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment. This event is generously sponsored by Carton Service, Inc., Home Federal Bank, the Rotary Club of Knoxville, the Guild of the KMA, Sarah Stowers, and Ann and Steve Bailey.

Students, family, friends, and the public are invited to a reception and awards ceremony Tuesday, December 7, from 6 pm-8 pm at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Welcoming remarks will be made by the Mayor of Knoxville, Indya Kincannon. The event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend the reception should register in advance at

The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to 6-12 grade students attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Categories for the competition include ceramic, drawing, digital imagery/video production, mixed media, painting, computer graphics, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Participating schools were invited to submit up to 15 artworks per teacher, and each school will be represented by one winning work of art.

Approximately 347 works of the more than 712 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. The Best in Show winner will receive a purchase award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the permanent collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Education Collection.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays. Information: 865-525-6101,

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Lights

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

Zoo Lights, presented by Chick-Fil-A Knoxville, is back and better than ever. This illuminating holiday experience is complete with vibrant animal lanterns, mythical creatures and tree lights all while you enjoy festive food and drinks. The spectacular display has doubled in size to snake through the entire length of the zoo. Add a little light to your nights this winter beginning November 26th and flickering through January 9th!

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

Christmas in the City: Holidays on Ice

  • November 26, 2021 — January 2, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Take a skate on Knoxville's open air ice skating rink. Whether with family, friends or on a date you'll love skating in the heart of Downtown Knoxville in Market Square! Join us at Holidays on Ice presented by Home Federal Bank to make memories that will last long after the holidays are over. Enjoy skating under the stars and twinkling lights while listening to music every night. There may even be a panda sighting by our Holidays on Ice Mascot, 'Peppermint Panda'!

Ice rink is located in Market Square in front of the Knoxville Chamber at 17 Market Square in Downtown Knoxville. You can reach the Ice Rink by phone at 865-215-4423.

The ice rink will be closed during inclement weather, please check the Holidays on Ice Facebook page to stay updated.

Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice!
We accept cash, Visa and Mastercard.
Adult: $12, Children Age 12 & Under: $9
Season Pass Adult: $50, Season Pass Children Age 12 & Under: $35

November 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Monday through Thursday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Extended Hours
December 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Monday through Thursday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours for Christmas & New Years
Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
December 26: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
New Years Eve: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
New Years Day: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More information available at
For more information on the year's Christmas in the City celebrations, go to

Three Rivers Rambler: Christmas Lantern Express

  • November 26, 2021 — December 23, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Climb onboard the "Christmas Lantern Express" and be a part of this beloved Knoxville tradition. Enjoy festive decorations, holiday treats, storytime with celebrity readers and a special visit with Santa.

Trips last roughly 2 hours and boarding starts 20 minutes before departure time.

*Please note purchased tickets are non-refundable*

Call 865-524-9411 with any questions or ticketing assistance.
The Three Rivers Rambler is located at: 2560 University Commons Way, Knoxville, TN 37919

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: A Doublewide, Texas Christmas

Category: Comedy and Theatre

by Jones, Hope, and Wooten
November 26 – December 19, 2021
Directed by Joe Johnson

In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being double-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys.” Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the County-wide “Battle of The Mangers” competition. They conspire to win this smackdown with their “Nativity At The Alamo” entry…by any means possible.

In addition to that shaky undertaking and trying almost single-handedly to keep the new town afloat, Mayor Joveeta Crumpler has to wrangle her celebrity-obsessed mother, her beleaguered brother who’s being bullied by a pack of vengeful raccoons, and her demoralized best friend who’s at the end of her rope from dating every loser this side of the Rio Grande. To make matters worse, Joveeta finds herself increasingly wary of the newest resident, Patsy Price. Patsy, fresh out of the local mental institution, clearly has her own devious agenda and the County competition over in Fayro is just the place for her to settle an old score.

By the time this full-tilt rocket ride of lunacy climaxes in a what-else-can-go-wrong live television presentation, you’ll have doubled your Christmas spirit. So spend the Yuletide in Doublewide and let this hilarious Jones Hope Wooten Comedy make your Christmas merry and bright…because there’s no place like a good ol’ Texas-sized mobile home for the holidays!

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

Knoxville Parks & Recreation: Cyber Sale

  • November 26, 2021 — November 29, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events

The information you've all been waiting for is finally here... Knoxville Parks & Recreation's Cyber Sale is coming November 26-29! You will be able to purchase $25, $50, or $100 gift certificates online at 20% off! You will also receive 20% off classes between $30-$100. So, mark your calendars to make sure you don't forget about this great sale!

2022 classes and workshops at the Arts & Fine Crafts Center are online and available for registration! We have lots of amazing classes scheduled for the coming year so check them out here!

Give the gift of an art class for the art lover in your life!!

Another busy week in the books for KAFCC! Starting out the week we had Printmaking: Pet Portrait may have been a small class, but we made up for lack of numbers with lots more fun! Amanda taught a fun and easy way of printmaking using tracing & cutting techniques. We ended up with lovely portraits of Lukie Skywalker the cat & Poppie the dog! Homeschoolers learned all about the ancient technique of paper quilling this week. Students used different quilling methods to make a colorful fall tree. In the Intermediate Wheel Topics class: Cream & Sugar, the participants are starting to decorate their sets using a carving technique called Sgraffito. We are excited to see their final sets! KAFCC had a brand-new class Monday night with Origami Quilts. Participants learned how to fold and interlock paper squares that they fit into a quilt pattern and then framed. We were all jealous of their professional looking frames at the end of class! Thanksgiving is just next week so that means...PIE! The After-school Art kiddos & the Dynamic Recreation group made a Thanksgiving Pie Garland to hang up for decoration. Pumpkin, Apple, Cherry & Blueberry were the favorites! And lastly, Preschool classes are back!! They read the book, "How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow" and learned how to mix color and paint stripes! They got messy and had fun doing it!!

Winter Classes & Workshops

Learn the basics!
Drawing I Skills: Gesture & Proportion
1-Day Workshop
Monday, January 3
Instructor: Lauren Strohacker
Registration Deadline: December 30th

In this 1-night workshop you will experience drawing objects quickly and generally before refining them to find accurate proportions. You will learn the drawing techniques of the line gesture, mass gesture, sighting, measuring and scaffolding.


Art Journaling:
Beginners Mindset
1-Day Workshop
Wednesday, January 5
Instructor: Jennifer MacIsaac
Registration Deadline: January 1st
Join Jennifer each Wednesday and learn the Art of Journaling. Each week Jennifer will offer visual and written prompts to get you started. There really is no better way to spend a “hump day” than discovering your creative side, journaling. Students will need to bring a mixed media sketchbook, all other materials will be provided. Take one or take them all!!


Needle felt a bird!!
Needle Felting
1-Day Workshop
Saturday, January 8
Instructor: Katherine Wagner
Registration Deadline: January 5th

In this class students will learn the process of needle felting by creating a small bird of their choice. This is an entry level class on needle felting, no experience necessary.


S.T.E.A.M is back!
Up Periscope
1-Day Class
Thursday, January 13
10:00 am-11:00am
Instructor: Emily Morin
Registration Deadline: January 10th

Periscope’s have been used for over 100 years to help submerged submarines see above the water. Join Emily Morin as she teaches students to design, create and decorate their very own periscope. You’ll be able to use it to see without being seen!


Snag a spot fast!
Throwing for Beginners
6-Week Class
Thursdays, January 6-February 10
Registration Deadline: December 30th
Have you always wanted to learn to throw on the potter’s wheel? If so, this class is the one for you! Learn to center, pull up walls and make shapes like bowls and cups. This foundation class teaches the skills that all beginning potters need. Students will also learn how to glaze and finish their pieces! Initial bag of clay and firings included in the cost of this class!


Get more practice!
Throwing for Skilled Beginners
6-Week Class
Mondays, January 3- February 14
No Class on January 17
5:30pm- 8:00pm
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: December 27th

Phew! You finished your first beginning wheel throwing class and you can’t wait to get your hands dirty again! This class is perfect for you! These will be a refresher on basic skills as well as learning to throw some new forms. This class is also perfect for people who haven’t thrown in a while. Amanda will touch on the glazing process as well.


Quick Links

KAFCC Website
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City of Knoxville Website

November 2021
Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm

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Oak Ridge Art Center: Art à la Carte

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Film, Free event and Lecture, panel

Art à la Carte, the Art Center’s brown bag luncheon and learning series, meets the fourth Friday in each month at 12 noon. While programs in the series may include artist or gallery talks, primarily we use films. Films typically focus on art history, museum collections, interviews with and/or demonstrations by various artists, and the creative muse or spirit. Programs are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and a friend to lunch while you learn! The Art Center will provide coffee and/or tea. Currently we are showing several films from the series “Exhibition on Screen.” These movie length films were originally made to be shown in theaters around the world and feature in depth looks at the lives and work of some of the world’s most beloved or illustrious artists featuring historical footage, museum tours, close up imagery of the artists’ work and often interviews with curators, art historians, and occasionally family or friends. Each of the films will be shown in two segments with the center portion of the film repeated to help reacquaint viewers with where we left off the month before.

On November 26 (the day after Thanksgiving) we will show Loving Vincent the world’s first feature- length, oil painted animated film—96 minutes in length. This film gained world wide acclaim when it was introduced a few years ago. We planned to show it last year, but did not, so we will try again. We hope you can join us on Black Friday!

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

Christmas in the City: Regal Celebrations of Lights

  • November 26, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

Friday, November 26, 2021
5:15 pm-9:00 pm
Market Square, Krutch Park Extension, and Market Street

Join us for the lighting of the Downtown 42-ft Christmas tree with live music with K-Town band at 5:15 pm, free activities and more! Lighting of the tree will take place at 6:15 pm. Enjoy free music with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband with the WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Down on Market Square at 6:30pm.

For more information on the year's Christmas in the City celebrations, go to

WDVX: Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

November 26 @ 6:30 pm
East Te
nnessee’s Own WDVX and the City of Knoxville team up again this year to present the WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown. It is part of Christmas in the City on Market Square Friday Night November 26th. Join us for the lighting of the Downtown 42-ft Christmas tree with live music with K-Town band at 5:15 pm, free activities and more! Lighting of the tree will take place at 6:15 pm. Join in the festivities with Real Live Music from Tray Dahl and the Jugtime Ragband with the WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Down on Market Square stage at 6:30pm!! It’s Free for the Holidays from East Tennessee’s Own WDVX.

WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-544-1029,

Tennessee State Parks: After Thanksgiving Hikes

  • November 26, 2021

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

Skip the Black Friday shopping and join us on the day after Thanksgiving for a post-holiday hike. We have guided hikes for all ages and abilities, from easy peaceful strolls to rugged ramblings. With 56 State Parks to choose from, it's easy to find just the right hike at a park near you.

Please remember, schedules and events are subject to change - contact the park or hike leader for more information or to confirm events.

No matter how you get out, make sure to practice responsible recreation. For quick tips on how you can increase your safety and reduce the impact of your visit, click the link below. You don’t have to join us for a guided hike to enjoy the outdoors during the holiday. Our parks are open 365 days a year and are great places to improve mental and physical well-being. Find the perfect park for you.

Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by Kate Buckley
November 24 – December 18 | CBT MainStage

With a wonderful new adaptation and stunning new costumes, set, and cast! “We are thrilled that – after such a long time apart – we are opening our season with this classic tale of love and redemption,” said Kate Buckley, director, adaptor and CBT interim artistic director.

$10 tickets for children ages 5 – 12 can only be purchased by calling the Box Office at 865-974-5161. UT Faculty/Staff receive 20% off ticket prices. Students see the previews for FREE and the rest of the performances for $5, excluding Opening Night. Don’t get scammed! The Clarence Brown Theatre only sells tickets through or by phone at the CBT Box Office at (865) 974-5161. General admission seating scaled to ensure patron spacing will be in effect for this production. Masks also are required. A complete listing of our safety protocols is available here:

The Pay What You Wish Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, December 1. Half of the proceeds from PWYW tickets will benefit the Knox County Friends of the Library. Behind the Scenes Sunday will take place following the Sunday, November 28 matinee. Deaf Night @ the Theatre, where all patron interactions including the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language, will take place Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 pm. A Talk Back will take place Sunday, December 5 following the matinee. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Preview for “A Christmas Carol” is Wednesday, November 24 followed by Opening Night Friday, November 26.

For more information or tickets, call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161 or visit us online at Stay connected to the Clarence Brown Theatre on Facebook (Clarence Brown Theatre), follow us on Twitter (@ClarenceBrown) and view Clarence Brown videos on YouTube (Clarence Bro).

Farragut Light the Park

  • November 23, 2021 — January 2, 2022

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

Light the Park is back to help usher in the winter holidays as the span of N. Campbell Station Road is illuminated by over 100,000 sparkling lights. The display will start at the commuter lot next to the Town of Farragut welcome sign and continue to Founders Park at Campbell Station, the Farragut Community Center and Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza. Lights come on every evening at dusk from Monday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 2. Restrooms at Founders Park and the plaza will stay open until 10 p.m. nightly, except for Dec. 25, when restrooms are closed.

Shop Farragut and the Town of Farragut will kick off Light the Park with the 9th annual Countdown to Light the Park. Take in this seasonal spectacle from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at Founders Park, where the lights will be turned on with a flip of a switch at approximately 6:30 p.m. Additional parking will be available at the Farragut Community Center (239 Jamestowne Blvd.), the community center and the plaza.

Light the Park will offer special events every single day through Dec. 23. There will be gift giveaways from local vendors and organizations, caroling at the park and local food trucks serving up delicious holiday cheer. A calendar detailing all activities can be found at

Santa’s mailbox will continue to usher all wishes directly to the North Pole! Letters can be placed in the mailbox at Founders Park for delivery by elves to the North Pole beginning Monday, Nov. 22. To receive a reply from Santa, please mail letters by Dec. 20 and include a return address!

If your group or organization is interested in passing out goodies or caroling, contact Special Event and Program Coordinator Brittany Spencer at 865-218-3376 or at

For more information and updates, see the Light the Park event on the Town of Farragut Facebook page.

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