Calendar of Events

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Asian Culture Center of TN: 9th Knox Asian Festival

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

At World's Fair Park, 10 AM - 6 PM

The Asian Culture Center of TN (ACCTN) was founded in 2014 with the aim of promoting culture, diversity, and unity in the community. There is so much that a community benefits from every time there is a cultural event organized. People not only develop an open mind about other people and their cultures but also the host community becomes a center of interest for individuals and organizations looking to boost the economic capacity of that particular community. Therefore, as a highly focused organization interested in developing cultural diversity and understanding in our Tennessee community, we have strongly focused in popularizing the Asian culture, which has grown popular in the area.

Similar to previous years, the 2022 Asian Festival features authentic traditional food vendors representing Asian Cultures such as Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistani and Vietnam.

Asian Cultural Parade starts at 10AM at water fountain on the park lawn and ends at 10:30AM at Amphitheater stage. Our new projects this year is to sing "We are the World" after the parade. Clayton- Bradley Academy in Maryville will bring student Orchestra.

We are especially proud of the featured performance art that includes traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thailand, Indian, Indonesia Japan and Philippine dance & music.

For the first time, Indonesia traditional Music, Angklung, one of the most famous instruments of Indonesia is made up of a number of bamboo tubes fixed on a bamboo frame will be performed.

We also showcase various martial arts demonstrations, Thailand Traditional Dancers from Washington DC, K-Pop and J-Pop performances, Kimono Show, a bonsai exhibition, a cosplay contest, Japanese tea ceremony, and Japanese drummers Taiko Drum group from Disney World, Korean Fan Dancers from GA. You can learn Japanese summer dance. Many of our artists travel to Knoxville from all over the country and from various Asian countries to participate in this year’s festival. 1,250 seats will be available under the Amphitheater tent for the big stage performances.

The Asian Festival also includes a strong educational component. We recently implemented “Asian World,” where visitors travel through various booths that are named after Asian cultural interactive activities and featuring traditional foods and art for each one. Children and adults will receive a stamp on their festival passport for each cultural booth visited. Everyone is encouraged to visit all cultural booths to learn about the diversity of cultural traditions.

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Presents: NXT GEN Concert Series

Category: Music

Taber Gable and Jack Roben: The Music of Horace Silver and Jim Hall
Sunday, Aug 28, 7:30pm
Old City Performing Arts Center
111 State Street, 37902

The first concert in the NXT GEN Series will feature bandleaders Taber Gable and Jack Roben. Gable will open the evening with music dedicated to the funky, soulful, and one of the founding fathers of hard bop piano, Horace Silver. This set will uniquely dive into compositions, stylings, and artistry of Horace Silver as arranged by Taber Gable. Jack Roben will be featuring the music of guitarist Jim Hall. In addition to performing Hall’s compositions, Jack will be presenting original music inspired by the tasteful, introspective, and impressionistic qualities of Hall’s playing and writing. Join us for two sets of music that illustrate how the masters of jazz influence the NXT GEN.

League of Scruffy Photographers and Observing Knoxville: A conversation with photographer Roger May

  • August 28, 2022

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

The League of Scruffy Photographers and Observing Knoxville in conjunction with the Arts & Culture Alliance and a Bailey Opportunity Grant present

A conversation with photographer Roger May
Sunday the 28th of August 2022, 2-5 pm at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Roger May (b. 1975) is an Appalachian American photographer and writer based in Alum Creek, West Virginia. He was born in the Tug River Valley on the West Virginia and Kentucky border, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. His work explores the complicated history of place, faith, and identity in the coalfields. In 2014, he founded the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia project. He lectures about his work and about the visual representation of Appalachia.

Free to attend! Questions & RSVP

Bijou Theatre: School of Rock Summer Blowout Concert

Category: Kids, family and Music


Sunday, August 28 | 2-9PM

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Guest Conductor & Music Director Finalist Régulo Stabilito

Category: Music

Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 3:00 PM at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN

In partnership with First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, ORCMA presents Guest Conductor & Music Director Finalist Régulo Stabilito leading the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and Members of the Roane Choral Society in this musical homage to Nadia Boulanger, one of the most influential composition teachers of the 20th Century. Special guest artist Nickolas Hamblin performs Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto. Other featured composers are Jean-Philippe Rameau, Igor Stravinsky, Lili Boulanger, George Walker, and Astor Piazzolla. Visit to see a poster and a chart that show how music brings us together through our shared connections with one another.

All ORCMA subscription concerts include music by at least one composer from an underrepresented group. No reservations are required. Youth and Adult tickets are available at the door, online at, or by phone at (865) 483-5569. Adult $30; Young Adult (ages 19-29) $10. Chaperones receive free admission with 5 attending youths 18 or younger. Thanks to a generous donor, any youth who attends all 4 of ORCMA's Orchestra & Chorus concerts this fall may request a free metronome to further their interest in music! For more information, stop by the Box Office at the concert.

For more information, please contact: Lisa Muci Eckhoff at (865) 483-5569 or

Union Ave Books: Featuring Catherine Landis

  • August 28, 2022

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

Join us for a celebration of Catherine Landis's newest, Two Trains Leave the Station and Plague of Gods. This event will take place on August 28, 2022 at 2 pm at Union Ave Books.

Please reserve your free spot here.

Union Ave Books, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

Social Dance Knoxville: Open House and Photo Shoot

  • August 28, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops, Dance, movement, Festivals, special events and Free event

It’s time to do a studio photo shoot! On Sunday, August 28th at Broadway Academy of Performing Arts we will be doing a photo shoot for Social Dance Knoxville. These photos will be used in our social media marketing and posted on Instagram, Facebook, and elsewhere online.

For this photo shoot, we’ll be conducting short classes and demonstrations - and this is where we need you! We want you to join us on Sunday, and participate in the classes! While all this is going on, our photographer will be documenting the day with photos and video.

The photo shoot will start at Noon and last until 2pm! You don’t have to stay the whole time, but if you do, we ask that you bring one change of clothes (it doesn’t have to be complicated - changing your t-shirt is sufficient!) because we want to provide some variety.) No dance experience is required to participate in this event!

You don’t have to RVSP, but there is a facebook event at Text 865-748-4608 if you have any questions.

Parking for Broadway Academy is behind the building on Lamar Street, beside Next Level Brewing Company and across from The Press Room and Central United Methodist Church. Street parking is also available.

UT School of Music: Instrument Petting Zoo

  • August 28, 2022

Category: Free event, Music and Virtual

Come learn about musical instruments in a hands-on, up close and personal experience for families! This Free Event is family friendly; you will get to hear short musical works performed by UT students. Fun activities for youngsters will also be available during this musical adventure.

August 28 at 4:00 p.m.
Room 135, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. In-person events that take place in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall or the James R. Cox Auditorium also have livestream options.
Venues: Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Boulevard; James R. Cox Auditorium and Performance Hall 32, Alumni Memorial Building, 1408 Middle Drive.
Information: 865-974-8935,

Old Sevier Sunday Market at Hi-Wire Brewing

  • August 28, 2022

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

Join the Old Sevier Merchants at HI WIRE BREWING for the August market! Captain Ed's Vinyl Voyage will be spinning records while you're sipping beverages and perusing wares from over 30 vendors. From foods to fine art, clothing to candles, and plants to pottery, there is so much to check out!

*Dogs are allowed on leash*

Latte Love Designs @lattelovedesigns
Sunny Southern Simplicities @_sunnysouthernsimplicities_
Bead Chick Jewelry @beadchickjewelry
Gridwerk Trading Co @gridwerk
Wild Sky Tie Dye @wildskytiedye
English Rose Farms @englishrosefarms
Black Roses Boutique @black_roses_society
Betsy Hobkirk Art @betsyhobkirkart
adventure rosie art @adventurerosieart
Burnt Spout Studio @burntspoutstudio
October Iris @octoberiris
Foraged farms @foragedfarmstn
Crafty Byrd House @craftybyrdhouse
Rhoda Cards
SoKno Sourdough @soknosourdough
A Stoopid Good World @astoopidgoodworld
Little Bird Prints
Mighty Mud @mightymudstudio
Chroma Clay Co @chromaclayco
Vinegar Valley Farm
Yum Yum's Patisserie @yumyumspatisserie
Esther Sitver Artwork @esther.sketch
KnoxFill @knoxfill
LuckyGirl Eleven @luckygirleleven
Meer Kat Productions
Marble springs studio @marblespringsstudio
Lattice Bracelets by Lanois
the Twisted Wrist @the.twisted.wrist
Elixir Concoctious @elixirconcoctious
Mila’s crafty creations
Crafted Hodgepodgery @craftedhodgepodgerytn
Bake That Dough @bakethatdough
Grim Pottery @epgrimpottery
The Plant Trolley @theplanttrolley
Dog Friendly Knoxville @dogfriendlyknoxville
East Tenn TerraNovae @easttennterranovae
Space Cadet Snacks @spacecadetsnacks
Southern Oak Lavender Farm @southernoaklavenderfarm
DMDesigns @dmdesigns

First Take Co.: Auditions for Proof of Concept

  • August 28, 2022

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

Sun Aug 28, 6-8 PM

Video submissions due by Sun Aug 28; live auditions at The Birdhouse, 800 N 4th Ave. Playwrights + Directors: Alegra Batara, Gracie Belt, & Ethan Graham Roeder. Performed at Knox Exchange Oct 22-23 with rehearsals beginning Oct 3. Three members of our Resident Artists are offering early glimpses into work that they will continue to develop, either with our team or in personal practice: a devised piece rooted in nostalgia; a haunting musical exploration of storytelling and Appalachian sounds; and a nightclub turned social sparring ground culminate in an evening of virtuosic performers navigating their dizzying array of interests. We will cast actors in rep in one to three pieces, based on their availability and fit within each piece. Even if an actor is not required within the narrative of a piece, they may have some involvement in each work as an ensemble member to facilitate the storytelling. This is a *highly collaborative* making process!

Sundress Reading Series at Pretentious Beer Co

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is pleased to announce the guests for the August installment of our reading series. This event will take place on August 28, 2022 from 1-3PM at Pretentious Beer Co.

Maurice Moore is currently a doctoral Performance Studies Candidate at the University of California-Davis. Moore’s works have appeared in Communication and Critical Cultural/Studies, Queer Quarterly Magazine, Decoded Pride, Confluence, and Mollyhouse. From 2011 to the present, the creative has exhibited at the Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD) in London United Kingdom, Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento California, Calabar Gallery in New York NY, Medford Arts Center in New Jersey, Christina Ray Gallery in Soho New York, Mnemosphere Project in Milan Italy, Pence Gallery in Davis California, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro North Carolina.

Juliana Roth was selected as a VIDA Fellow with the Sundress Academy for the Arts for her fiction and is a recent resident with SAFTA. Her writing appears in The Breakwater Review, Your Magic, Irish Pages, Los Angeles Review of Books as well as being produced as independent films that she directs. Her web series, The University, was nominated by the International Academy of Web Television for Best Drama Writing and screened at survivor justice nonprofits across the country. She writes the weekly newsletter Drawing Animals which features essays, interviews, and doodles celebrating our interconnection with animal life, and teaches writing at NYU.

Based in Ten Mile, TN, Ali Simpson performs comedy all over the country from bowling alleys where people did not know comedy was happening to breweries, to venues such as Blue Ridge Comedy Club, ImprovBoston, and Empire Comedy Club. She has performed at the Comedyfort festival (Boise, ID), LaughFest (Grand Rapids, MI), and the What a Joke nationwide fundraising event for the ACLU. She produces shows in Knoxville with Tiny Stage Comedy. Her favorite shows are at queer anarchist bookstores, or at community centers in the sticks where retirees one-up her on dirty material. She thinks this path has been a great use of her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature.

Zach Russell is a singer-songwriter from Caryville, Tennessee. Growing up in a small town tucked away in the Appalachian mountains, Zach learned to play music working through the Red Book Hymnal in the band at a Southern Baptist Church. The notes of the supernatural and yearning still weave their way through his first person tales of pain and loss.

131 S. Central St. Knoxville, TN 37902

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Junie B. Jones is not a Crook

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

by Allison Gregory

It’s quite simple. Junie B. was born in the month of June, so she goes by Junie. She doesn’t like her middle name, Beatrice, so it’s just B. She wears a ribbon in her hair, and glasses on her nose. At almost six years old, Junie B. is in kindergarten - room nine. But most importantly, Junie B. has a big problem, and it’s one she intends to do something about!

This heartfelt children’s play follows Junie B. Jones as she tracks down the thief who stole her favorite, furry mittens. While investigating, she stumbles upon a very colorful pen on the ground and decides to keep it for herself, because finders keepers, losers weepers! Besides, there is a handsome new boy at school that she is looking to impress. That is, as long as she can keep her friends Grace and Lucille away from him! Teaching classic themes of friendship, honesty and growing up, this tale is full of laughs and lessons to learn.

Based on the best-selling, children’s book-series by Barbara Park, JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK has been adapted by Allison Gregory to combine two of Park’s beloved books, bringing her innocent stories to the stage. But is Junie B. innocent or just misunderstood? Decide for yourself as she gets herself in and out of trouble, navigating the ups and downs of school and adolescence. This play is a wonderful reminder of just how fantastical a child’s mind can be. Chloe Ellis can be seen playing Junie B. and she agrees that, ‘there are so many sides to her and she has such a big imagination!’

JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK runs for three performances only! FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-4877,

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