Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale

  • September 28, 2023 — September 30, 2023

Category: Free event, Fundraisers, Kids, family and Literature, spoken word, writing

September 28-30
Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Avenue

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Members Preview Day**, 3:00–7:00 pm
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29: Open to the public, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: Open to the public, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, with pop-up specials starting at 1:00 pm

**A current 2023 Friends of the Knox County Public Library membership is required to shop during Members Preview Day. Join or renew now at or at the door. Memberships start at $20.

Most items are $2 or less.

The sale is sponsored by Central United Methodist Church, Knox County Public Library, Knoxville News Sentinel, Perk City Coffee House, Magpie's Bakery, Three Rivers Market, Real Good Kitchen, and WATE 6 On Your Side.

Old City Market

  • September 28, 2023
  • 5-9 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!


Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Jon Pardi

  • September 28, 2023

Category: Music

Jon Pardi: Mr. Saturday Night World Tour 2023
Knoxville Civic Coliseum

Don't miss your chance to see Jon Pardi LIVE at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on September 28.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Tennessee Theatre: Tanya Tucker

Category: Music


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

Bijou Theatre: Claudio Simonetti's Goblin

Category: Film and Music

CLAUDIO SIMONETTI'S GOBLIN performing the soundtrack to DEMONS

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

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Baroque at the Botanicals

Category: Free event and Music

KSO will perform at The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum
September 28, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.

Let the sounds of the symphony guide you through the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum as KSO musicians perform the music of Bach, Boccherini, and Pachelbel throughout the gardens. This fun, interactive concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Lawn chairs, blankets, and walking shoes are encouraged.

In the case of light rain, this concert will take place as scheduled. In the case of cold temperatures or thunderstorms, the concert will cancelled.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: 865-291-3310,

UT Arboretum Society: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers

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


Our modern conception of a healthy ecosystem is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once eliminated millions of beavers from North America’s waterways, according to award-winning environmental journalist, Ben Goldfarb. Join us on Zoom, September 28, 7 p.m. Eastern time, as Ben discusses the history of this world-changing species; how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, and climate change; and how we can coexist with this challenging but vital rodent. This program is co-sponsored by The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Union Avenue Books.

“The consequences of losing beavers were profound: ponds drained, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat,” said Ben. “Today, a growing coalition of ‘Beaver Believers’ recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier than those without them. The group is hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts.”

He’ll also briefly discuss his new book and how wildlife crossing structures are helping to prevent roadkill and reconnect habitats around the world. Registrants will be given a discount coupon code to use on Goldfarb’s two books at Union Avenue Books. The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. Register at Please contact Michelle at for any questions or registration issues.

Ben Goldfarb is the author of “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter,” winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His work has appeared in publications including the Atlantic, Science, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. His next book, “Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet,” will be published by W.W. Norton & Company in September 2023. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Elise, and his dog, Kit — which is, of course, what you call a baby beaver.

Blount Mansion: The U.S. Constitution and the Impeachment of William Blount

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

200 W. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
September 28, 2023 | 1:00 pm - 2:00pm
At Blount Mansion National Historic Landmark | Visitor's Center, 200 W. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902

William Blount was an ardent Federalist, and he was one of a few dozen men to sign the United States Constitution. Yet, in less than ten years after it was ratified, that same Constitution enabled Federalists to expel Blount from his elected office in Congress. Come on out to the Blount Mansion on Thursday, September 28, to learn and talk with Dr. Christopher Magra of the Unversity of Tennessee about our very own Founding Father and his controversial relationship with the blueprint for American democracy.

This event is free and open to the public to attend.

Dr. Christopher Magra is a critically acclaimed author and an award-winning teacher. He has published two books with Cambridge University Press on the maritime dimensions of the American Revolution. His first book won the Winslow House Book Prize. The Fisherman’s Cause examines the New England cod fisheries and the transatlantic business rivalries and resource competition among fish merchants that helped bring about the imperial crisis. His second book, Poseidon’s Curse, explains how the state appropriation of merchants' private property and maritime free labor divided North American colonists from their seaborne empire. He has written articles for several academic journals, including the International Review of Social History and the New England Quarterly. The Canadian Nautical Research Society awarded him the prestigious Keith Matthews Award for one of these journal articles. He has been a research fellow at the Hagley Library, the David Library of the American Revolution, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the University of Tennessee’s Humanities Center. He has presented his original research at academic forums in Canada, the Netherlands, and throughout the United States.

Pellissippi's Bagwell Gallery: Aaron Coleman: Prints and Collages

  • September 25, 2023 — October 20, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Bagwell Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition of Prints and Collages by Aaron Coleman from September 25th through October 20th, 2023. The exhibition showcases Coleman’s virtuosic work in lithography as well as a small sampling of his collages, which are by turns hilarious, vivid and thought provoking. In addition to being arresting images the work also is technically masterful and shows his incredible depth of skill.

Aaron is a multi-disciplinary artist, Associate Professor and Kenneth E. Tyler Endowed Chair at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. He received his MFA from Northern Illinois University in 2013. Aaron has participated in international residencies and exhibitions and has received numerous awards for his work in printmaking, sculpture and installation including 2021 Black Box Press Foundation’s Art as Activism Grant. He is a 2022 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship semi-finalist and the recipient of the 2023 New Voices Fellowship from the International Print Center New York. His work can be found in the collections of The Janet Turner Print Museum, the Ino-cho Paper Museum in Kochi, Japan, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, The Yekaterinburg Museum of Art in Yekaterinburg, Russia, the National Library of France, and the Artist Printmaker and Photographer Research Archive in the Museum of Texas Tech University among many other public and private collections.

Aaron was a co-founder of the Sienna Collective for Students of Color in the Arts at the University of Arizona and in 2021 received the Provost Award for Innovations in Teaching as well as the College of Fine Arts Undergraduate Mentorship Award. Aaron’s hobbies change from year to year but currently include the cultivation of rare, terrestrial, African orchids. He is a husband, dog lover and workaholic.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 865-694-6405,

Plein Air Smokies

  • September 24, 2023 — September 30, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and Science, nature

‘Plein Air Smokies,’ will once again bring 20 nationally acclaimed artists to paint “en plein air” (outdoors) throughout the national park. For the 2023 event, spectators are welcome to watch artists paint, Sept. 24-27. Artists will be positioned across the park throughout the week, with locations such as Cades Cove on Monday and Elkmont on Tuesday and Wednesday. A full schedule can be found online at

These one-of-a-kind paintings will be available for purchase first at the ticketed Collectors Soiree Sept. 29, then at the public sale Sept. 30. Proceeds benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).

Purchase Tickets:
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River & Rail Theatre Company: A Case for the Existence of God

Category: Theatre

By Samuel D. Hunter

In a small office in Southern Idaho, two single fathers develop an unlikely but powerful friendship. Samuel D. Hunter’s intimate, empathetic play is a thoughtful meditation on human resilience.

River & Rail Theatre, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727,

UT Gardens: Fanciful Foxes Art Auction

  • September 21, 2023 — October 3, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fundraisers and Science, nature

Enhance your home garden with utterly unique fox-themed pieces by bidding in the online auction of our Fanciful Foxes exhibit! Around 80 works in total were created by local artists of all ages as part of our annual Art in the Gardens project. Bidding is open now and will close on Tuesday, October 3, at 5pm! You can preview the pieces in person at the UT Gardens, Knoxville until October 3.

Local amateur and professional artists donated their time and talent to artistically interpret this year’s theme with a fun and creative design. Teen/adult artists were given a large 3-D plywood fox to embellish using media of their choice. Again this year, we invited younger artists to participate by decorating either a fox head or a tree silhouette. Works have been on display throughout the Gardens for visitors to enjoy all summer. These unique art pieces will now be sold during this on-line auction with all proceeds benefiting the UT Gardens, Knoxville. This annual project was designed to promote community participation and foster artist collaboration as well as raise awareness and support for the Gardens. Our choice of a fox theme this year sought to bring a focus on urban wildlife and the need to protect them and their habitats from encroachment.

Winning bidders can pick up their item(s) during our Fall Plant Sale on Friday, October 6 (from 4-7 pm) or Saturday, October 7 (from 9 am - 2 pm). Payment can be made by credit card on Handbid or by cash or check at time of pickup.
Sponsors for the exhibit were Jerry's Artarama, Bench Dog Work Shop, UT Biosystems Engineering Machining and Fabrication Shop, Ed Dudrick, and the UT Wildlife and Fisheries Society. We are grateful to our sponsors and to our project artists!

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