Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Big Ears Festival

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Lecture, panel, Literature, spoken word, writing and Music

Enjoy more than 100 performances that cross all boundaries, as well as discussions, workshops, installations, and surprise collaborations, unfolding over more than a dozen venues across walkable and historic downtown Knoxville.

Andrew Bird / Bela Fleck / Los Lobos / Iron & Wine / Rickie Lee Jones join jazz legends Charles Lloyd / Bill Frisell / Christian McBride and many, many more… Plus John Zorn celebrates his 70th year on Earth with 8 concerts!

Square Ramp Pop-Up

  • March 30, 2023 — April 2, 2023

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

March 30th - April 2nd, 2023
Noon-6pm daily.

Look for the ramp on Jackson Avenue just west of Gay Street on your way to The Standard! Featuring work by Melissa Everett, Brigid Ko, Coral Grace Turner, and Joanna Warren.

Art Market Gallery: Rockin Creations

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

The Art Market Gallery at 422 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville invites the public to come see original art and fine crafts created by their 50+ juried local artists during The Big Ears Music Festival.

The theme for the works of art created by their members during Big Ears is “Rockin Creations” and all the amazing art on display in the gallery is for sale. Everyone is invited to the artists' reception with live music and refreshments on Saturday, April 1. The reception is free and open to the public. Come by and check it out and meet the artists of the Art Market at the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 1 from 2:30 PM – 5 PM!

Hours for the gallery during Big Ears are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM; Sunday 1 PM to 6 PM.

The Art Market Gallery is the oldest gallery in Knoxville dedicated exclusively to local and regional art. The Gallery currently exhibits the work of over 50 area painters, photographers, weavers, printmakers, woodworkers, potters, jewelers, fiber and glass artists.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-5265,,

The Gallery: Bloom by Shannon Deana Johnson

  • March 30, 2023 — April 2, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Mar 30 6-8 PM
Mar 31 4-8 PM
Apr 1 2-8 PM
Apr 2 2-6 PM

108 W. Jackson Ave in the Old City, Knoxville

Tennessee Mountain Writers: 34th Annual Conference - Mountain Lines

Category: Classes, workshops, Festivals, special events, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

At DoubleTree Hotel, Oak Ridge

Writing Contests, Workshops, Networking, Manuscript Evaluations, Publishers, Book Signings, Bookstore, Vendors, And more!

Linda Parsons, Banquet Speaker and Poetry Session
Poet, playwright, essayist and editor Linda Parsons is the poetry editor for Madville Publishing and copy editor for Chapter 16, the literary website of Humanities Tennessee. Her work has been widely published, including contributions to The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Shenandoah, and Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry. Her sixth poetry collection, Valediction, is forthcoming in 2023. Four of her plays have been produced by Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Workshop Leaders:
Pamela Duncan – Fiction & General Session
Georgann Eubanks – Nonfiction
Debbie Dadey – Young People’s Literature

Special Sessions:
Working with Small Press Publishers: Beto Cumming and Laura Still
Unearth Your Memories with Simple Prompts: Jennie Ivey
Playwriting: Valeria Roberson
Nature Writing: Georgann Eubanks
Storytelling: Laura Still

Berean Christian School: Honor Choir Concert - Choral Music

  • March 30, 2023 — March 31, 2023

Category: Kids, family and Music

All of our Fine Art Events are open to the public!

2329 Prosser Road, Knoxville, TN 37914;

UT Humanities Center Conversations & Cocktails: A Sense of Indigenous Place at UT

  • March 30, 2023

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Virtual

Time: 7:00 pm Eastern
Lisa King: A Sense of Indigenous Place at UT

About the talk:
Landmarks like Ayres Hall or Neyland Stadium are considered the defining features of UT’s Knoxville campus, but they aren’t actually the oldest or the even the most important sites with stories to tell. The Indigenous mound on the UT agricultural campus rarely receives the attention it deserves. UT faculty and staff are now working with Tribal Nations to tell the stories of the mound and this land, centering Indigenous perspectives for the first time. This talk will discuss some of those stories, as well as preview the McClung Museum’s forthcoming exhibition dedicated to the mound and indigenous culture in East Tennessee.

About the speaker:
Lisa King is an associate professor of rhetoric, writing, and linguistics in the Department of English at UT. Her work is interdisciplinary, based on cultural rhetorics with an emphasis in contemporary Native American/Indigenous rhetorics. She is co-editor of Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching American Indian Rhetorics, and author of Legible Sovereignties: Rhetoric, Representations, and Native American Museums. Her current projects include a co-edited collection with Andrea Riley Mukavetz, titled Decolonial Possibilities: Indigenously-Rooted Practices in Rhetoric and Writing, and an upcoming exhibition at McClung Museum tentatively titled “A Sense of Indigenous Place.”
Questions at or 865-974-4222

Jubilee Community Arts: Epworth Old Harp Singing

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event and Music

Last Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Regular shape-note singing is returning to the Laurel Theater. New Harp of Columbia song books will be available to loan. Free!

Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-522-5851,

McClung Museum: Healing and Justice through Repatriation

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Virtual

*UPDATE 3-28-23 - this event already took place on March 23*

Learn about the importance of Repatriation from a Native perspective. Hear how representatives of three Native Nations work to reclaim cultural materials and ancestors from institutions across the US, and how their Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (TPHOs) support Repatriation work. Presented by the McClung Museum in conjunction with the exhibition The Repatriation of Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee.

Speakers: RaeLynn A. Butler is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and currently serves as the Manager of the Historic and Cultural Preservation Department at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Deanna Byrd is a registered professional archaeologist and completed her education at The University of Oklahoma and Illinois State University. She serves as the NAGPRA Liaison-Coordinator for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Miranda Panther is the NAGPRA Officer for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Historic Preservation Office (EBCI THPO).

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 12–4 p.m.

UT Arboretum Society: Update on Tick Borne Diseases in Eastern US

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

Anyone who spends time outdoors needs to be aware of diseases that can be transmitted by ticks. Because ticks are so small, people might not even notice when they’ve been bitten by one. Dr. Richard Gerhold will give an update on tick abundance and prevalence, the spread of the Asian longhorned ticks and diseases associated with ticks

This Zoom program on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. EDT, is free but please register to receive your Zoom link and the recording at Closed captioning is available. Please contact Michelle Campanis at with any questions or registration issues. This program is cosponsored by the UT Arboretum Society and the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

Dr. Gerhold, an associate professor of parasitology in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Tennessee, will also discuss the various pathogens that can be transmitted, their geographical and temporal variations, diagnostics tests and prevention. His research interests include wildlife and public health associated parasite epidemiology and transmission, protozoa transmission and ecology, avian diseases, and tick-borne diseases. Following completion of his PhD from the University of Georgia, he completed a two year National Science Foundation-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Department at the University of Tennessee researching Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases Tennessee.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society or for questions on this program, go to

Movie Night & Poster Making at South Press

  • March 30, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Film, Free event and Health, wellness

Event by Knoxville Queer History

Join us to watch two films about trans, drag, queer history! We will be showing Paris is Burning, a look at the drag-ball scene in NYC during the 80s; and Screaming Queens, a documentary about Trans Women and Drag Performers who took on police harassment at Compton's Cafeteria in 1966--3 years BEFORE Stonewall.
These two films are great to learn more about our history, while we are busy making our own. We will have poster making supplies available for anyone who wants to make their voices heard at the Rally that will be held the next day on March 31. This is a free community event. The food & coffee bar will be open.

Oak Ridge Art Center: Carl Gombert: Big Heads and The Real Me

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Both exhibitions feature beautifully rendered, larger than life portraits. The Real Me, has a real twist. The concept is fascinating and a real eye-opener. Come join us for the opening reception on March 25 from 7 to 9 PM to meet Mr. Gombert, or any day during the exhibition. A gallery talk will precede the opening at 6:30 PM.

At Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

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