Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Art Activity & Docent Tours

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

Bring your children in grades K-6 to the KMA for Second Sunday Art Activity Day. Children will do a hands-on art activity taught by a certified art teacher. FREE and open to the public! 1-4 PM

Join us for a Docent Guided Tour on the second Sunday of every month at 2pm! KMA visitors can follow a trained docent educator through the galleries to learn more about the KMA collection and temporary exhibitions. Tours are 60 minutes; visitors can meet at the front desk at 1:55pm to join the tour. FREE and open to the public!

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, Admission and parking are free.

Old City Market

  • September 10, 2023
  • 11 AM - 4 PM

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

The Old City Market returns to the 100 Block of West Jackson Ave!


Ijams Nature Center: Twilight at Ijams

  • September 10, 2023
  • 5:30-8:30PM

Category: Fundraisers and Science, nature

Save the Date for Twilight at Ijams! Sunday, September 10, 5:30-8:30 pm.

Twilight at Ijams, presented by Clayton, is a fundraiser focused on all the things that make this nonprofit nature center special. From night hikers hearing a tiny owl calling and fireflies flitting through the forest, to a child and his grandmother seeing a turtle on the trails, to a camper catching and learning about tadpoles, Ijams is here because you believe nature is important.

Make plans to join your friends at a magical evening for a fabulous cause. You’ll enjoy fresh, delicious food, a signature cocktail, a silent auction, a wonderful performance from The Streamliners Swing Orchestra, dancing, and more!

Tickets at

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Karen Cooley at or call +1865-577-4717, ext. 1007.

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,

Farragut Community Center: Artfest

  • September 10, 2023
  • 1:00-3:00PM

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Bring creativity and the kids to ArtFest on Sunday, September 10! This free event is 1-3 p.m. at the Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd #201, Farragut, TN 37934. Outdoor art activities are geared toward children, but adults can get in on the fun, too! Don’t miss it!

Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37934. Information: 865-966-7057 or

Smoky Mountain Blues Society: Blues Cruise Featuring Tangled in Blue

  • September 10, 2023
  • 4:00PM

Category: Music

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society will once again present live music with its continuation of our monthly River Cruises of 2023. This month's cruise performance will feature TANGLED IN BLUES on the Tennessee Riverboat on Sunday, September 10th at 4 pm – 7 pm. Boarding begins at 3:15 pm. 300 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN
(Volunteer Landing).

Tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website, ( and by calling (865) 525-7827. Tickets are just $20 for members in advance and $25 for non-members. Only two cruises left for season, so book early with advance tickets purchase. SMBS Members should call to claim their discount (865) 525-7827.

Each voyage will also have full bar and limited food menu available onboard to buy.

Oak Ridge Playhouse: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Category: Kids, family, Literature, spoken word, writing and Theatre

The Adventures of TOM SAWYER
Adapted by Reggie Law

Performances: September 9th @ 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm
September 10th @ 2:00 pm

Mark Twain’s beloved classic novel comes to life on stage in a fun-filled theatrical experience for young audiences. Follow the mischievous and a adventurous Tom Sawyer as he navigates boyhood and learns important life lessons of friendship, courage, and doing the right thing. With memorable characters like Huckleberry Finn, Becky Thatcher, and the villainous Injun Joe, this play is full of excitement, humor, and heart that will captivate, educate, and inspire children of all ages.


Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: Cherokee Fall Festival

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, History, heritage, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally owned museum, will host its 32nd annual Cherokee Fall Festival on September 9th & 10th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.

Visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music, and dance. In the museum we will be demonstrating our 1800’s Acorn Printing Press. A blacksmith will be doing on-site demonstrations in the shop both days. Other demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in 1700’s and a Civil War encampment doing living history demonstrations. There will be infantry, cannon and calvary demonstrations throughout the day.

Visitors will be able to meet and talk with Cherokees from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Special entertainment will be provided by the Warrior Dancers of Ani-Kituhwa who are the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians official ambassadors. Check out our reconstructed 1800’s dog-trot log cabin. Also there will be Cherokee cooking demonstrations by Johnnie Sue Myers.

There will be free Cherokee name cards and kits available for children. Traditional Indian Fry bread and Indian tacos, and other food and drinks will be sold.

Tickets Adults are $10.00, children 13-18 years old are $5.00 and children 12 and under are free. Family rate for $25.00 (2 adults and 2 children 13-18) also available. For more information about the Festival, contact the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at (423) 884-6246

103rd Annual Tennessee Valley Fair

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

Get ready for 10 fun-filled, action-packed days full of your fair favorites: concerts, rides, food, competitions, and more! See for all details.

Concert calendar:
Friday, Sept. 8, 8:00 PM
38 Special

Sunday, Sept. 10, 8:00 PM
KC and The Sunshine Band

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 8:00 PM
Travis Tritt

Thursday, Sept. 14, 8:00 PM

865-2151-471 or

The Maker City Summit

  • September 8, 2023 — September 10, 2023

Category: Classes, workshops and Festivals, special events

The Maker City Summit: Make Today. Impact Tomorrow.

Preparations for the eighth The Maker City Summit are underway, and the dates are out! The Maker Exchange will again be abuzz with Knoxville's most creative minds on September 8-10, 2023, and everyone is invited. With a history of creating an inspirational atmosphere with opportunities for networking and personal education, this event is designed to be entirely customizable to fit the needs of a new or seasoned creative entrepreneur.

Led by The Maker City Council co-chairs Jasmine Newton, Javon Renee Portraits, and Jonathan Clark, Carpetbag Theatre, the 2023 schedule is looking bold and inspiring.

Newton and Clark bring their own strengths to the lineup. As a photographer, Newton has a flare for the aesthetic and environmental impact of the Summit. She is focused on providing an area that fosters connection and growth. Her mantra is, "Make your mark, make connections, and make an impact."

Clark is a poet, writer, actor, and activist. He is motivational in the most approachable way. His goal is to ensure creatives are ready to take next steps for success. "I want to ensure that everyone from established entrepreneurs and business owners to Maker-Curious individuals knows that there is something for you, and the opportunity to chase your passion and make your own way is here waiting for you to take full advantage, so that you, too, can impact your tomorrow.

The schedule through The Summit will include speakers, break-out sessions, interviews, and intentional networking opportunities. The lineup will be released next week!

If you have ever attended a Maker City Summit, you know it gets better every year. Don't miss the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, May 17. 150 Early Bird tickets are available for $65, General Admission will follow for $85, and day-of tickets will be $95.

Information will be updated and communicated through all The Maker City social channels, including; Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

16th Biennial Carson-Newman Art Faculty Exhibition

  • September 7, 2023 — October 28, 2023

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

Featuring varied works by current faculty: Heather Hartman Folks, Matthew Jessie, Julie L. Rabun, Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart, and David Underwood.

Opens Thu Sep 7, 3-5 PM and closes Sat Oct 28, 9:30 AM - 12

The Michael Alvis Art Gallery at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & Ken Sparks Way, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Information: 865-471-4985,

Clarence Brown Theatre: Murder on the Orient Express

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing and Theatre

By Agatha Christie
Clarence Brown Theatre
September 6 – 24, 2023

The story you are about to witness is one of romance and tragedy, primal murder, and the urge for revenge! Wax your mustache and hop on board the Orient Express for a ride you won’t soon forget! A snowdrift has halted the train in its tracks…with a killer onboard. Over the next 48 hours, Hercule Poirot must find the villain before he or she strikes again. Back by popular demand!

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information/tickets: 865-974-5161,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: National Juried Exhibition

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

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

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