Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

East Tennessee Community Design Center: Celebration of World's Fair Park

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and History, heritage

Mark your calendars as we travel back to the 1980s to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair! We'll be celebrating at the location of the Fair in downtown Knoxville, under the tent of the beautiful Tennessee Amphitheater, just across from the iconic Sunsphere.

What: Food from 'around the world', drinks, a silent auction featuring local artists, tours, and more!

When: Wednesday, August 3rd from 6:00 - 9:30pm

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

Marble City Opera at Central Cinema: Tosca

Category: Film and Music

Marble City Opera Movie Magic

Make plans to join us at this summer where we're re-showing three of our most popular productions on the big screen.

August 3 - "Tosca"
First up is an encore presentation of our 2021 site specific production of Puccini's "Tosca". Directed by Marya Barry and performed at St. John's Cathedral the production was named as one of the "Most Memorable Opera Performances" of 2021 by Arts Knoxville.

Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, 865-951-2447,

Marble City Opera: 865-226-9756,

Live Band Karaoke at Pretentious Beer Co! with Tinca Tinca

  • August 3, 2022

Category: Music


Join us for Live Band Karaoke at Pretentious Beer Co! It's like traditional karaoke, but way better. Instead of singing with a robotic backing track, you get to jump on stage and be the lead singer with an all-star band featuring Travis and Owen of Tinca Tinca, Maggie Tharp, Ben McLaughlin, and Grady Milligan.
Come early at 6pm to sign up; karaoke runs from 7-9pm.

Follow @TincaTincaMusic and @PretentiousBeerCo on the socials for the song list
Doors and signups at 6pm
Karaoke 7-9pm
$5 cover

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Cell Full/Filled

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


Currently on display in the Jerry Drown Wood Gallery is Cell Full/Filled, work by members of the Enamelist Society highlighting the diversity of the cloisonné enameling technique.

Artists include:

Jeanne Abriel, Patricia Aiken, Martha Banyas, Susan Bergstrand, Teri Brudnak, Donna Buchwald, Harlan Butt, Mary Chuduk, Karen Cohen and Joe Clift, Marcia R. Cohen, Cynthia Eid, Lynn Floriano, Priscilla Frake, Orietta Awad Geha, Lara Ginzburg, Marianne Goodell, Lisa Gralnick, Cullen Hackler, Jan Harrell, Janet Harriman, Cindy Heineman, Mindy Herrin, Nicholas Hesson, Mana Hewitt, Helen Hosking, Lauralee Hutson, Linda Kaye-Moses, Sharron Kree, Faith Layard, Leslie Litt, Sarah Loch-Test, Amy Lyons, Vicki Mathieu, Gina Matthiesen, Sandra McEwen, Barbara McFadyen, Patricia Nelson, Kimberly Nogueira, Sarah Perkins, Leslie Perrino, Jeanie Pratt, Diane Rooke-Harris, Ana Rendón Sanders, Jo Dean Sarins, Richard Schafermeyer, Virginia Schneider, Roberta Smith, Mary Stafford, Laura Stamper, Toni Strassler, Joan Strott Alvini, Jean Tudor, Krisztina Vagenas, Jean Vormelker, Ursula Vourvoulis

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Alchemy 6

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


“Alchemy,” a term that refers to a seemingly magical power of transmutation as well as the ancient chemical philosophy of turning base metal into gold or silver, can apply to enamel as it is magically transformed by heat. ALCHEMY6 is the 18th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition and the 14th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition.

These Exhibitions highlight the best in contemporary enamels. The International Juried Exhibition showcases the work of enamelists that demonstrate aesthetic and technical expertise, while the Student Exhibition features the work of students throughout the world.

Participating artist include:

Mercedes Almagro, Belgium; Ruth Altman, USA; Martha Banyas, USA; Katy Bergman Cassell, USA; Harlan Butt, USA; Jessica Calderwood, USA; Maria Camera-Smith, USA; Sandi Carter, USA; Gabrielle Castonguay, Canada; Mary Chuduk, USA; Marcia R. Cohen, USA; Kat Cole, USA; Delia Dante, USA; Jennie DiBeneditto, USA; Susan Estler, USA; Pat Frese, USA; Terry Fromm, USA; Marsha Greene, USA; Charity Hall, USA; Michelle Hall, USA; Jan Harrell, USA; Anne Havel, USA; Adam Hawk, USA; Mindy Herrin, USA; Abigail Heuss, USA; Mana Hewitt, USA; Sha Sha Higby, USA; Mi-Sook Hur, USA; Janly Jaggard, USA; Vershali Jain, USA; Linda Kaye-Moses, USA; Mary Klein, USA; Faith Layard, Canada; Timothy Lazure, USA; Debbie Leh-Pargac, USA; Alisa Looney, USA; Mary Lucking, USA; William Luft, USA; Maya Madden, USA; Lori Magno, USA; Susan Mannion, Ireland; Tracy Mastro, USA; Barbara McFadyen, USA; Marcela McLean, USA; Patricia Nelson, USA; Kimberly Nogueira, USA; Kathryn Osgood, USA; Alison Pack, USA; Sarah Perkins, USA; Jeanie Pratt, USA;Carolina Reyes, USA; René Roberts, USA;Fay Rooke, Canada; Lea Alison Rosen, USA; Jessica Sawyer, USA; Virginia Schneider, USA; Julie Shaw, USA; Flying Flux: Patricia Aiken, Jane Beiser, and Roberta Smith, USA; Mary Stafford, USA; Judy Stone, USA; Joan Strott Alvini, USA; L. Sue Szabo, USA; Patricia Telesco, USA; Claire Townsend, Australia; Krisztina Vagenas, USA; Ursula Vourvoulis, USA; Elizabeth White-Pultz, USA; Kathleen Wilcox, USA; Kay Yee, USA

Xi Ao, California College of the Arts; Emily Booker, East Carolina University; Nicholas Hesson, East Carolina University; Sabrina ChiaChen Hsu, Gemological Inst. of America; Dawoon Jeong, SUNY New Paltz; Yifei Kong, SUNY New Paltz; L. Wyatt Nestor-Pasiczyk, Temple University; Elliot Papp, Mass Art; Tracy Saracino, SUNY New Paltz; Anna Sherman, Temple University; Aaron Sizemore, Indiana University Bloomington; Grant Turner, Bowling Green State University; Sishi Wang, Indiana University Bloomington

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Ijams Nature Center: Bird Nerd Speaker Series

Category: Classes, workshops, Kids, family and Science, nature

Aug. 2 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

​Aug. 6 - "The Mystery of Monarchs" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, as he gives you an inside look at one of this region's longest migratory fliers - the monarch butterfly!

​Aug. 9 - "Identifying Local Birds of Prey" (6-8 pm)
Join naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for an evening dedicated to learning the skills to easily identify Knoxville's local birds of prey.

Aug. 11 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

Register in advance

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-577-4717,

Tax-free weekend: Food & Food Ingredients

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food and 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
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 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.

Art Exhibition by Alan M. Jones (Theophilus) and Xavier Maurice Jones

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Featuring works by father and son!

Local artists, Alan M. Jones and his son, Xavier M. Jones, will display their paintings in the Burlington Branch meeting room for the month of August. Alan Jones is a local artist who paints under the pseudonym “Theophilus.” Alan Jones is a former Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Clinton, Tennessee, Art Director at the Literacy Imperative Center in Knoxville, TN, and has also worked as Research Associate with the Community Partnership Center of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Alan is also an accomplished freelance artist. His paintings reflect Black heritage, social statement, and biblical themes in an effort to strengthen his community. Blacks in The Bible and Urban Inner Visions are two projects he continues to explore. He has completed Church Murals, community murals and portraits as well. He also designed the new Black Cultural Center Brick Frieze and the tile floor for the University of Tennessee.

AUGUST 1-31, 2022
MON, 10:30AM - 8PM; TUE-THU, 10:30AM-5PM; FRI-SAT, 1-5PM


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

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,

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,

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo After-Hours

Category: Culinary arts, food, Kids, family and Science, nature

Come enjoy our extended After-Hours from 5 PM – 8 PM every Thursday! These evenings are free for members or with a general admission ticket. The Splash Pad is open all day and evening! The carousel and train will also be open and providing free rides! NEW, every After-Hours Thursday we will now have a DJ in the Plaza! Come out and dance to the beats! Each month will feature a special menu and local draft beer.

Thursdays 5-8 PM
Member Admission - Free
General Admission - Free with Zoo Ticket

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331,

Tennessee Stage Co: Knoxville Shakespeare As You Like It

Category: Kids, family, Science, nature and Theatre

Thu-Sun at 7:30 PM at Ijams Nature Center
Camp chairs recommended

Join us at Ijams Nature Center July 20th through August 7th for Knoxville Shakespeare's "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare, directed by Allison Crye. Love triangles (that's kind of like an octagon), forests, and fools! We look forward to seeing you soon. Keep an eye out for notifications for when you can get your hands on some tickets!

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