Calendar of Events

Friday, December 2, 2022

Cherokee Caverns: Christmas in the Cave

  • December 2, 2022 — December 18, 2022

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

8524 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931

Fridays 12/2/22, 12/9/22 & 12/16/22 5:00PM-8:00PM
Saturdays 12/3/22, 12/10/22 & 12/17/22 3:00PM-8:00PM
Sundays 12/4/22, 12/11/22 & 12/18/22 3:00PM-8:00PM

Admission: $12 ages 4 and up, free parking. Cash or credit cards accepted.

Come stroll through the underground winter wonderland, get your face painted, do some holiday crafts, and visit with Santa! (Wheelchair and stroller accessible.)

Ijams Nature Center: Prowl for Owls

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

(Ages 6+) Whooo's ready to meet Ijams owl ambassadors before heading out on the trails after dark? You'll learn about owls, then prowl for barred, screech and great horned owls, practice owl calls and more from 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 16!

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,

UT Science Forum: What the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens Taught Us

  • December 2, 2022

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Science, nature and Virtual

Join us Friday, Dec. 2 at noon for “What the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens Taught Us,” a presentation by Virginia Dale, research professor in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and the recovery of its ecosystem have been complex. Some plants and animals and their interrelationships have recovered rapidly, but the speed and extent of recovery varies greatly over time and from place to place on the volcano’s slopes. Professor Dale will discuss how human activities greatly influence the patterns and rates of the recovery as well. And why resource managers need to plan for these disturbances.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Register today for the Dec. 2 presentation at noon on Zoom.
Once registered, you will receive a link to join the meeting.

About Virginia Dale
In addition to her work with the university, UT Institute of Agriculture and Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, Dale is a corporate fellow emerita at ORNL. Her research focuses on environmental decision making, succession, ecosystem management in view of disturbances and climate change, sustainability of agricultural landscapes and energy systems, and stakeholder engagement. Her work has resulted in 11 books and more than 285 scientific articles, chapters and reports. Professor Dale contributed to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Scientific Assessment that received the Nobel Peace Prize. She earned a MS in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in mathematical ecology at the University of Washington.

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Lights

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

Welcome to a Winter Wonderland

Gather your family, friends and neighbors for Knoxville’s wildest light spectacular! Zoo Lights is back for a third year—bigger and brighter than ever, starting on Black Friday!

Wednesday - Sunday Evenings, 5:00 - 8:30 PM
November 25 - January 8

All NEW life-sized animal lanterns, festive holiday beverages for all ages, an enchanting lantern scavenger hunt and so much more!
Adult Tickets: $24
Kids (Ages 3 - 12): $18
Members get $4 OFF

The perfect gift! Share the brilliant holiday extravaganza with the ones you love.

Renew your Zoo Membership to enjoy all of the special perks that come with it.
Kids can chug along the Polar Express Train and see the twinkling lights while adults sip holiday beverages by the tracks.

The Magical Flying Sleigh Zipline is new this year! With additional purchase, attendees can soar above the treetops and see the mesmerizing lights from Santa’s perspective.

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

Town of Farragut: Light the Park

  • November 21, 2022 — January 2, 2023

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

At 405 N Campbell Station Rd., Farragut, TN 37934
Presented By: Farragut Parks & Recreation
Recurring daily

Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights each evening from Founders Park to the plaza at the Campbell Station Inn! Light the Park runs from Monday, Nov. 21, to Monday, Jan. 2. and there will be vendors and carolers at the park most evenings. Don’t forget to drop your letter to Santa in the giant mailbox! Visit for a schedule. For more info: or 865-218-3376.

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,

Town of Farragut: Farragut History Walk

  • March 12, 2021 — December 31, 2022

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

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy Farragut’s unique history while strolling through the heart of town. Pick up a Farragut History Walk map from the brochure holder on the Heritage Trail sign located at the turnaround at Founders Park at Campbell Station and learn more about the town’s interesting past. A PDF version of the map is available at

The walk includes four educational sites: the Heritage Trail with interpretive signage at Founders Park, the Campbell Station Inn and Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza, the Farragut Museum/Admiral Farragut Plaza and Pleasant Forest Cemetery. Parking along the trail is available at Founders Park, the Farragut Community Center or Farragut Town Hall.

Incorporated in 1980, the Town of Farragut has top schools, safe neighborhoods and high development standards, making it one of the best places to live in the Southeast. More info: 865-966-7057

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.