Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Old Sevier February Market

  • February 26, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Kids, family and Music

Join us for these markets on the last Sunday of the month!

A1LabArts: Annual Membership Meeting

Category: Festivals, special events

1 - 2:30PM at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN

Cost: Annual membership ($20.23), potluck dish encouraged!

A1LabArts is having its annual membership meeting, including a potluck and door prizes. Individuals are invited to join, learn more about our organization, and give input for the upcoming year of programming. This event will include a potluck meal and refreshments. This is a great way for individuals to meet other artists in the community and have increased opportunities to show work, host workshops, and more. Immediately following the membership meeting, participants are invited to be a part of a puppet-making workshop with the Cattywampus Puppet Council.

A1LabArts: Puppetmaking Workshop with Cattywampus Puppet Council/Big Ears Festival

Category: Classes, workshops and Festivals, special events

2:30 - 5:30PM at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Unitarian Church
2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN
Cost: Annual membership with A1LabArts ($20.23)

Come learn the art of theatrical puppet making with A1LabArts and Cattywampus Puppet Council. Participants will make papier mache puppets collaboratively in this and other workshops. If you have cardboard, brown paper bags or newspaper - please bring them with you! Participants are invited to be a part of showing their puppet in the Big Ears Festival parade.

Ready for the World Music Series: Ukraine

  • February 26, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Fundraisers, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Music

Ukrainian Music Lecture by Solomia Soroka
Ukraine’s geopolitical history is probably one of the world’s most dramatic and tragic, as is its history of music. This lecture offers an insight into the Ukrainian classical musical scene starting with the 17th century and proceeding into modern times. The audience will be introduced to the music of four most important composers of Ukraine: Mykola Lysenko, Vasyl Barvinsky, Myroslav Skoryk, and Yevhen Stankovych, and discuss various musical and political factors that influenced life and their creative output. John C Hodges Library, Mary Greer Room, 1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

Ready for the World Music Series: Ukraine explores music for violin, clarinet, and piano, with a variety of musical selections representing the rich and diverse classical music culture of Ukraine! This year, we have invited an ensemble of three distinguished musical artists from the Ukraine, including: violinist, Solomia Soroka (recording artist and violin professor, Goshen College); clarinetist, Sergei Vassiliev (D’Addario Artist and Principal Clarinet of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic); and pianist, Angelina Gadeliya (Soloist, piano professor and coordinator of keyboard studies, University of Connecticut). All three are renowned professional musicians with prestigious appointments at universities and professional orchestras in the United States. In the past year, these three musicians have championed the music of their native Ukraine by performing throughout the US to raise awareness of the importance and distinctiveness of Ukrainian music, an inspiring and engaging body of musical literature.

In addition to the rich musical influences each explored, the program will include exhibits by artists from the Ukraine, a display of cultural artifacts and information, as well as refreshments representing culinary traditions.

General Admission: $25
UT Faculty and Staff: Free
UT Students and Children under 18: Free

12:30-2 PM - Art and Cultural Exhibits
2-3:30 PM - Music Performance at Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

UT School of Art: UT Sculpture Iron Pour

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

Taking into consideration Saturday's weather forecast and the safety of our students, professors, and visiting artists, the UT Sculpture Iron Pour demonstration at the UT Gardens has been moved to Sunday.

Sunday, February 26, 10am-2pm, UT Gardens
On Sunday, February 26, students and community are invited to the UT Gardens to watch the iron melting and casting process by University of Tennessee sculpture students, faculty, and guest iron artists Ronda Wright and Kay Dartt. Objects cast at this demonstration include molds made by sculpture students and objects fabricated in several workshops facilitated by Ronda Wright and the UT Pride Center as part of the Creating Artifacts of Home exhibition at the UT Downtown Gallery.

The UT Pride Center is a sponsor of Ronda and Kay’s exhibition at the Downtown Gallery and associated programming.

If you plan on attending, please park in the main parking lot adjacent to the entrance of the UT Gardens plaza. The South Greenhouse classroom building will be open for public access to restrooms.

UT School of Art: 1715 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

Ijams Nature Center: Take Action! - Annual Seed Swap

  • February 26, 2023

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

Get ready to start your garden at Ijams' annual seed swap! Seed swaps are a fun way to meet other gardeners in the area, learn tips and tricks about your favorite plants, and find out what crops and natives do well in the area. Bring any seeds left from last season's garden, cuttings from your overgrown plants, or extra plants that need a good home, and take some new seeds/plants for your 2023 garden!

This event is free, and you can come anytime between 11 am-2 pm. This event will be held inside the Visitor Center.

Can't make it to this event, but have seeds you'd like to see go to a good home? Ijams will be collecting seeds for the seed swap through Feb. 26. Feel free to drop seeds by the Visitor Center during regular business hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) if you'd like to donate.

This event is also a part of the Seed Swap Weekend with Beardsley Farms. Beardsley's Seed Swap is Saturday, Feb. 25, from 3-5 pm after their workday from 12-3 pm. This event is part of the 2023 Ijams Take Action! Series.

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,

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: Lecture Series: Author, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

February 26th at 1 p.m.

An enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Clapsaddle holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Even As We Breathe, released by the University Press of Kentucky in 2020, was a finalist for the Weatherford Award and was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020. In 2021, it received the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Her first novel manuscript, Going to Water, is the winner of the Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium (2012) and a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (2014). Clapsaddle’s work has appeared in Yes! Magazine, Lit Hub, Smokey Mountain Living Magazine, South Writ Large and The Atlantic. After serving as executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Annette returned to teaching at Swain County High School for over a dozen years. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network. Clapsaddle established Bird Words, LLC in 2022 and works as an independent contractor and consultant. She resides in Qualla, North Carolina with her husband, Evan, and sons Ross and Charlie.

This free lecture will be held in the multipurpose room.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Hwy 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Information: 423-884-6246,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Scotch & Strings

Category: Culinary arts, food and Music

Enjoy a delicious flight of specialty scotches while one of the Knoxville Symphony string quartets performs at Boyd's Jig & Reel. Scotch & Strings takes place on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 6:00 p.m. Ticket purchase comes with four scotch samplings and access to an open snack bar. Tickets sell quickly, so secure your spot today!

865-291-3310 or

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Free Community Concert

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Join the Knoxville Symphony Principal String Quartet for a delightful Sunday evening recital at First Baptist Knoxville. The performance is free and open to the public.

WILLIAM BOLCOM: Three Rags for String Quartet
I. Poltergeist
II. Graceful Ghost
III. Incineratorag

ALEXANDER BORODIN: String Quartet #2 in D Major
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo
III. Notturno
IV. Finale

GUIDO LOPEZ GAVILAN: Cuarteto En Guaguanco

865-291-3310 or

The Bottom: Black Market

  • February 26, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

Support local vendors & celebrate community together!

This pop-up will be held on Sunday, February 25th from 2-6 pm

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

Tennessee Stage Company: Auditions For Shakespeare Season

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

The Tennessee Stage Company holds auditions for our 2023 Shakespeare Season on Saturday, February 25, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and Monday, February 27, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street.

Auditionees are requested to prepare two contrasting monologues, at least one classical, of no more than one minute each. Please bring two copies of a resume and a standard theatrical headshot. All auditions are by appointment. For appointments please contact the Tennessee Stage Company by calling (865) 546-4280 or by e-mail at

The shows to be performed this summer are Richard II, May 4 – 14, at the Mabry-Hazen House Historic Home and The Taming Of The Shrew and The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Ijams Nature Center, July 20 – August 13 at Ijams Nature Center.

For further information please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at 865-546-4280.

Tennessee Theatre: Chris Rock

Category: Comedy

CHRIS ROCK at the Tennessee Theatre February 25 and 26.


Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,

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