Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Historic Ramsey House: Graveyard Forensics

Category: Festivals, special events, Lecture, discussion, panel and Science, nature

January 22, 2022 - 1pm HRH Visitor Center
$25 per person
$20 (members of HRH)
Lecture/Demonstration/Q & A/Book Signing/Refreshments

Graveyard Forensics presented by Arthur M. Bohanan

Join us at Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville for an interesting afternoon with Arthur M. Bohanan.

Mr. Bohanan, an internationally award winning patented inventor, researcher, lecturer and author, is currently researching and inventing instruments for locating missing and lost graves and determining the gender of the long dead. The device he developed, the "Human Remains Locator," has been used to find over 3,000 lost graves in the last five years. The device is said to respond to magnetic energy left in the body after the decay process.

This fascinating research has led to the verification of an adult female in the Beloved Nancy Ward’s grave and locating the grave of her grandson (Chief Jack Walker) who betrayed his people during the Trail of Tears. Also the grave of Sarah Hawkins Sevier, wife of Captain John Sevier. A lost mass grave was located in Bean Station indicating 15 adult males killed during the Battle of Bean Station in December 1863. The possible location of The Battle of Boyd’s Creek was located with the imprint of 18 adult males in a semi circle in the Boyd’s Creek Community.

Mr. Bohanan’s research is also aiding in the locating of graves at Lebanon in the Fork Church site and Cemetery. The site of the oldest known marked grave in Knox County Tennessee.

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Winter Heritage Festival

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Music

A Day of Old-Time Skill Demonstrations
The Heritage Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our annual Winter Heritage Festival this Saturday, January 22, from 10 AM to 4 PM. This special day is chock-full of traditional skill demonstrations, stories, and food!

Our current line-up includes Revolution-era camping and flintlock rifle demonstrations, weaving, spinning, powder-horn making, open-hearth cooking, and more. We are also excited to have our friends from the Cades Cove Preservation Association with us to talk about their community history and organization.

Admission for the festival is FREE to GSMHC members and the normal daily admission rate for non-members. Tickets may be pre-purchased in our ONLINE STORE, or on a walk-up basis on the day of event.

As always, if you have questions or would like additional information about the Heritage Center, you are welcome to contact our office at 865-448-0044. Dress warmly, and come see us this Saturday!

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Anchors Aweigh Challenge

  • January 11, 2022 — April 30, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Literature, reading, writing

Ahoy, readers! Mayor Glenn Jacobs is inviting you to set sail on our 2022 reading challenge, Oceans of Possibilities, with a goal to read ONE MILLION HOURS! This year, we've broken our million-hour goal into three nautical challenges. You can participate in any one of the challenges, or all three.

Anchors aweigh! Set sail with us. By reading and logging your hours, you'll be part of Read City's quest to be the best-read community in America. It's more than a feel-good slogan. In an effort to support our schools, we are encouraging our children and their families to make reading a top priority. Currently, only 40% of Knox County students are reading on grade level at the end of third grade. Our community can help.

Got a Beanstack tracker app account? It's simple to join the next challenge--just click on Anchors Aweigh.

Don't have a Beanstack account yet? Also simple. With your library card, you can register for a free account and get started logging.

You can also drop by any library and pick up a navigation map with activities or try out our sailor hat craft.

It's 2022 and time for another reading adventure. I'm excited to set sail on our Anchors Aweigh challenge, and I hope you'll join us. When we read together, we're sending a strong message to our community that we value reading. If you can read with a child, that's even better, but all reading counts. It's easy to be a part of Read City. Just download the Beanstack tracker app or drop by any Knox County Public Library location to pick up a tracker map. Earn great prizes. Read and log 45 hours (that's about 20 minutes a day) to earn sea-worthy prizes!

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Shows

  • January 8, 2022 — March 26, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing in Knoxville, TN! At The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The criminal is lurking somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it! Each admission includes our fantastic full dinner, murder mystery entertainment, wait staff gratuity, prize package for Top Sleuth, and much more! Cash bar and ATM available throughout the event. Click a show date below to see pricing and get tickets!

Our Knoxville, TN murder mystery shows are geared toward adults! Some mild content, loud noises, and adult humor will be present. Teenagers ages 15+ with adult supervision are permitted; no infants, toddlers, or young children are allowed to attend.

Please note, some menu offerings may change without notice due to supply chain issues that are beyond our control.

At Hilton Knoxville, 501 West Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902

Tickets starting at only $59.99.*

Saturday January 8th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday January 22nd @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday February 5th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday February 12th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday February 26th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday March 12th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday March 19th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday March 26th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
More dates coming... check back soon!

The Dinner Detective - Knoxville, TN - (866) 496-0535

Nourish Knoxville's Winter Farmer's Market

  • January 8, 2022 — March 26, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Science, nature

Every Saturday
10 am – 2 pm

The 2022 Nourish Knoxville Winter Farmers’ Market will be held outdoors on historic Market Square in the heart of Downtown Knoxville.

The Winter Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market with everything grown or made by the vendors in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, plants, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more!

Rain or shine. Follow along on Instagram.

Museum of Appalachia: Winter Wednesdays

  • January 5, 2022 — February 23, 2022

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

Half-price adult admission every Wed in Jan & Feb!

Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Hwy., Clinton, TN 37716 (16 miles north of Knoxville at I-75, exit 122, then one mile east). Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Information: 865-494-7680,

Zoo Knoxville: Keeper Chats

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

We’re excited to be bringing back our keeper chats, which gives you the opportunity to get to know more about the animals and meet the keepers who care for them. It’s a great way to learn more about the conservation work being done at Zoo Knoxville and learn how you can be part of the mission to save animals from extinction. Currently offered throughout the zoo each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Schedule subject to change.

Explore Keeper Chats:

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

Volunteer Princess: Tennessee River Cruises

  • February 25, 2021 — December 31, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

Experience an unparalleled view of Knoxville during our public cruises! Enjoy a delightful lunch, brunch, or dinner cruise. We offer a range of public cruises for your friends and family on Knoxville’s only luxury yacht! From sunset dinner cruises to sailgates in Big Orange Country, Volunteer Princess Cruises is truly special for any event. Browse through our cruise offerings to begin your jaunt along Knoxville, Tennessee’s beautiful riverfront! Public, seasonal, and other cruises available.

Tennessee Riverboat Company: Star of Knoxville

  • February 25, 2021 — December 31, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

Create some memories on our authentic paddlewheeler - the Star of Knoxville. We offer a variety of lunch and dinner cruises along with sightseeing-only tickets.

This authentic paddlewheeler is United States Coast Guard approved for 235 passengers. The main deck seats 144 passengers and is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year round comfort. The vessel is equipped with two (2) bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the most elegant dinner and entertainment available. From black tie events like weddings and receptions to a casual event like a football charter the atmosphere is right for any occasion.

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • January 1, 2021 — December 31, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Storyteller Laura Still helps you live the stories of pioneers, soldiers, outlaws, and even fictional characters who walked these streets before you.

Knoxville has a rich history full of colorful characters and famous, and infamous, figures whose lives have been the inspiration for books, movies, and works of art. Take a stroll through history in beautiful downtown Knoxville while listening to true tales of the heroes, heels, and hardened criminals that are part of the hidden lore of this unique East Tennessee town.

A portion of the proceeds for downtown tours go to help fund the work of the non-profit Knoxville History Project. Many stories are based on the books and stories of award-winning journalist and writer Jack Neely. Knoxville Walking Tours opens a window to Knoxville’s varied past and leads you on a journey through both hard times and high times of a city growing through over two centuries of history.

Tours include:
• Knoxville: The Early Years
• Misbehaving Women
• Civil War
• Gunslingers
• Musical History
• Literary Heritage
• Side Street Shadows Ghost Tours
• Knoxville Botanical Garden
• Old Gray Cemetery
• Side Street Shadows Ghost Tours

Tour on Your Schedule! Rather than posting a calendar, we’re letting you pick the tour and time — subject to availability. Call (865)309-4522 or visit

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours

  • May 1, 2020 — December 31, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Real History | Real Hands-on | Real Investigations | REAL FUN!

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours is a Hands-On Paranormal Adventure that gives the participant the opportunity to Investigate the Historic and Haunted side of Knoxville TN and Special Event Venues.

The events include the use of Paranormal Investigation Tools and is Host by Famed Paranormal Historian and Master Teacher in the Paranormal Field, J-Adam Smith

PUBLIC TOURS (FRI & SAT - Exception when Briceville Special Events are running.)
PRIVATE TOURS (SUN, MON, & THURS - (Tickets are Sold as Packages. Pricing starts at $200 for Groups up to the size of 6)

Information: 865-377-9677 or