Calendar of Events

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Knoxville Community Band: Free Concert

  • July 31, 2022

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Sunday, July 31 3:00 P.M. at the Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College

The Knoxville Community Band gives musicians of all experience levels the opportunity to perform in various concerts, including an outdoor concert series during the summer and other festivals and City events throughout the year. The band plays an assortment of light classical, festive and marching songs. The band meets in the band room at Northwest Middle School at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night (no practices in August or December). The band is directed by Larry Hicks, retired band director of Heritage High School in Maryville.

For more information on concert dates or about joining the band, please contact Larry Hicks at

Union Avenue Books: Book Launch for Marilyn Kallet's Even When We Sleep

  • July 31, 2022

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

The book launch poetry reading for Marilyn Kallet's new book, Even When We Sleep, is at Union Ave Books, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, at 2 p.m. on July 31st.

Her husband, Lou Gross, will open for her with a song.

Even When We Sleep is Kallet's 19th book, and her 8th book of poetry. Dr. Kallet recently served as Knoxville Poet Laureate (June 27, 2018-June 2020) and is Professor Emerita at the University of Tennessee.


The Bottom: Rhythm & Stories: Open Mic Night

  • July 31, 2022

Category: Comedy, Festivals, special events, Free event, Literature, spoken word, writing and Music

Sunday, July 31st, join us to listen and engage with the words, sights, and sounds of Knoxville’s Youth, as we open up our space to host Rhythm & Stories: An Open Mic Night at The Bottom. This will be an artist space to play, test out ideas, connect, and inspire. From poets to musicians, visual artists to performers, this event is for young artists and creatives to have a space to express and share their art, music, spoken word, comedy, or other modes of performance! RSVP TO ATTEND HERE • SIGN UP TO PERFORM HERE

The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, 865-444-5915 or

Old Sevier: Sunday Market

  • July 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids, family and Music

Captain Ed's Vinyl Voyage will be spinning while you're sipping beverages and perusing wares from over 25 vendors. From foods to fine art, clothing to candles, and plants to pottery, there is so much to check out! See you there!

Join us as we attempt to escape the summer heat by moving our market to HI WIRE BREWING (@hiwirebrewing_knx). *Dogs are allowed on leash*

2020 Barber Street, 37920 - runs 2-6 PM

Ijams Hallway Gallery: COMMA - Natural Elements & Flights of Fancy

  • July 29, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

In the Ijams Visitor Center

COMMA Art Group presents two exhibitions:
Natural Elements: Artworks inspired by and related to Nature
Flights of Fancy: Artworks celebrating Hummingbirds
Reception: 1-3pm, Saturday, August 13, 2022, following the Hummingbird Festival

COMMA Art Group was founded in 2004 by award-winning former and current art teachers who meet weekly to create plein air artwork. Participating artists are: Phyllis Ball, Nancy Campbell, Gay Nell Gray, Judy Jorden, Cheri Jorgenson, Shelley Mangold, Martha Robbins, Caitlin Seidler, Valerie Sigmon, Carol Vinson, Suzanne Wedekind, Owen Weston, and Jackie Spaulding-Wright.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

KUUMBA Festival

  • July 29, 2022 — July 31, 2022

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids, family and Music

Downtown Market Square July 29th
Morningside Park July 30th-31st

The largest cultural heritage and music festival in East Tennessee that celebrates African Culture in Diaspora! Featuring the African World Marketplace!

Hosted by Sista Zock
12:00 noon - 10pm The Kuumba Marketplace will open the day's event with food and merchandise vendors from all over the world. Relish in the cultural spirit of the African Marketplace with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods.
12:30 - 3:00pm - West African Drum and Dance community Circle - everyone is welcome to participate
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Local talent showcase ,open Mic and spoken word
6:00pm - 7:30pm - Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village Extravaganza and Indigenous Vibes. Amazing sounds and movements of traditional West African Drum and dance by artists of all ages.
8:00pm - Live Concert: TBA

12:00pm - 10:00pm - Enjoy the African Market Place with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods.
12:30pm -2:30pm - African Drum and Dance community Circle - everyone is welcome to participate
2:00 - 4:00pm - Live entertainment, Inspirational Movement and Youth empowerment
4:30pm - 6:00pm - Local talent showcase ,open Mic and spoken word
6:00pm - 7:30pm Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village Extravaganza.
8:00pm - 10:00pm - Live Concert - TBA

12:00pm - 10:00pm: Kuumba Marketplace opens. with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods.
12:30pm -2:30pm - African Drum and Dance community Circle - everyone is welcome to participate
4:30pm - 6:00pm - Local talent showcase ,open Mic and spoken word
6:00pm - 7:30pm Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village extravaganza.
8:00pm - 10:00pm Live Music and entertainment

Tennessee Theatre Summer Movie Magic weekend

Category: Film and Kids, family

On Friday nights, movies about some of the best bands of all time will be featured for the Summer of Sound series. Popular Picks will be a staple for Saturday nights. Matinees on Sunday will be all about Family Fun and feature movies that everyone can enjoy. Friday and Saturday night showings will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to each movie’s start time at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The full schedule of the Summer Movie Magic series includes:

Summer of Sound
• The Last Waltz – Friday, July 29
• A Hard Day’s Night – Friday, Aug. 5
• The Song Remains the Same – Friday, Aug. 19

Popular Picks
• The Godfather – Saturday, July 30
• The Big Chill – Saturday, Aug. 6
• Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – Saturday, Aug. 20

Family Fun
• The Sandlot – Sunday, July 31
• Mary Poppins – Sunday, Aug. 7
• The Princess Bride – Sunday, Aug. 21

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12 as well as seniors 65 and older. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,

Mighty Mud Studios: A Surreal Approach to the Human Figure

  • July 29, 2022 — July 31, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops and Fine Crafts

Workshop Dates: Friday-Sunday 07/29-07/31 @ 6pm to 9pm

Explore the human form in all its intricacies in this 3 day workshop. Fine tune the connection between your eye and hand as you approach figurative clay sculpture anatomically, observing the relationships between muscles and bone, faces and flesh. Whether your goal is to create forms that are more realistic in their dimensions or more surreal, embracing the details of human musculature will empower you to create more dynamic, effective art. Elevate your work with armature, learn how to sculpt weight to add a sense of gravity while effectively countering it. Revel in the details of both craft and the crevices of the human body.

The instructor will discuss how to finish pieces and you will have a piece ready to be bisqued by the end of class.

The instructor will provide a handmade metal and wooden armature that is yours to keep!

Wooden fettling knife, needle tool, rib, and clay will be provided.

Feel free to bring any other tools.

127 Jennings Ave
Knoxville, TN 37917

Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus: Frey Fest

  • July 29, 2022 — July 31, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events and Music

Barrelhouse presents, the Frey Fest! This traditional Norse summer festival is about celebrating fertility god, Frey. Especially his influence upon the harvest of grains and other goods created from the hard work and flourishing of springtime crops. Vikings were particularly excited to celebrate the creation of honey for MEAD! Naturally, we at Gypsy Circus love that!

During the Frey Fest (sometimes called a Freysblot), Norse men and women would present special meads and ales, brewed just for the festival. So, we will too! Barrelmaster Daniel Delph will be offering 10 different meads throughout the weekend!

Other fun activities planned include:
Palm reading session
Smoked turkey leg specials
Live music
More to come!

Don't miss out, stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the Frey Fest!
Follow Barrelhouse on Facebook and Instagram for more events and specials!

Tax-free weekend: Clothing, School Supplies, and Computers

  • July 29, 2022 — July 31, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events

This year, Tennessee has not one, but three tax free holidays! They range from clothing and school supplies to groceries and even gun safety equipment. Dates:

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023: Gun Safes & Safety Equipment
July 29, 2022 – July 31, 2022: Clothing, School Supplies, and Computers
August 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022: Food & Food Ingredients

Qualifying gun safes for the sales tax holiday have locking containers equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock or other device to store guns securely. This sales tax holiday runs until June 2023, so there is plenty of time to make your purchases.

The popular clothing, school supplies, and computers sales tax holiday is back in 2022. Any clothing item that is less than $100 qualifies. School supplies like binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pen, pencils, rulers and art supplies are also eligible. Once again, each of those individual items must cost less than $100 per item. Computers, laptops and tablets for personal use are also included in the sales tax holiday as long as they have a purchase price of $1,500 or less. There are some unexpected clothing items that will be tax free including wedding gowns, bowling shirts and more. For a complete list of exempt items, click here. Online purchases for this sales tax holiday will also be tax free although there may be some restrictions.

The new grocery sales tax holiday is welcome especially with the rising cost of food. Best of all, this sales tax holiday will last the entire month of August. A good rule of thumb for this sales tax holiday is if you can find it in a grocery store, it’s included. However, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements and prepared food will not be tax free. Keep in mind that food purchased at a “micro market or vending machine” is subject to sales tax. The state estimates this sales tax holiday will save Tennesseans more than $80 million.

Dragonfly Aerial and Circus Arts Studio: Adult Circus Camp

Category: Classes, workshops and Dance, movement

Why do KIDS get to have all the FUN? We’ve had many requests for an ADULT CIRCUS CAMP - so here we go:

DFAAS will host a FULL WEEKEND WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS. You DO NOT NEED ANY SKILLS or circus experience. This intensive weekend will allow you to try things to see what you like. And if you’ve ALREADY GOT CIRCUS SKILLS, but want to try something new, we’ve got you covered!

INVITE a friend and JOIN US for a circus bonding weekend. There will be training, fun, food, + a little showcase at the end where you can invite friends + family.

East Tennessee Community Design Center: Art Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Fundraisers


One week before our Celebration, our third annual art auction will go live online. We're excited over the coming weeks to share some of the pieces on social media, so stay tuned there, and once the auction goes live, we will send out an email with instructions on how to bid. The art will all be displayed for viewing at the Celebration, and the auction will close at 9 PM on August 3.

East Tennessee Community Design Center, 1300 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-525-9945,

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