Calendar of Events

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre: Jagged Little Pill

Category: Dance, movement, Music and Theatre

JAGGED LITTLE PILL includes eight performances from Dec. 5-10, 2023. Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE – everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show – is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. Directed by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin, 1776) with a Tony Award®-winning book by Diablo Cody (Juno) and Grammy Award®-winning score, this electrifying production about a perfectly imperfect American family “vaults the audience to its collective feet.” (The Guardian).

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

Bijou Theatre: SUNN O))) SHOSHIN duo

Category: Music


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

Maryville College: Handel's Messiah

  • December 5, 2023

Category: Music

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Orchestra at Maryville College, under the direction of Dr. Ace Edewards; the Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Dwight Dockery; the Maryville College Concert Choir, under the direction of Stacey Murphy Wilner; and the Heritage High School Singers, under the direction of Tyler Owens; will join forces to present George Handel’s “Messiah”.

Tickets: $25.00 Adults, $15.00 Senior and Student, $10.00 Maryville College Faculty and Staff

UT College of Music: Wind Ensemble concert

  • December 5, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

December 5th at 7:30pm

Alumni Memorial Building, James R. Cox Auditorium
1408 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

Joy of Music School: Holiday Sparkles & Spirits

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers and Music

It’s time for the 18th annual charity gala benefiting the Joy of Music School! Join us for a festive evening in the stunning ballroom of the Cherokee Country Club.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 6:30 P.M.
5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
$150 per attendee

Proceeds from this event support tuition-free music education for kids in our community.

Get a head start on holiday shopping! This year’s auctions feature art, jewelry, rare & exquisite wines, unique experiences like private concerts & weekend getaways, and much more. Feel the holiday cheer with delicious cocktails, wines, and hors d‘oeuvres. All proceeds from this event support tuition-free music lessons & instruments for kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.

UT College of Music: Data Driven Soundscapes performances

  • December 5, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

The final showcase of the Data Driven Soundscapes MUTC450/550 will take place at the Emporium Center (100 S Gay Street) on Tuesday December 5th at 4:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public and will offer works by:

Cullen Burke
Kyle Cottier
Nathan Ebbs
Siena Fulton
Gus Kohler
Sam Mcrary
Zac Stanislavsky
Matt Stanley

Each new work will be briefly introduced by the artist. Reception to follow!

About the course: This course will introduce students to the fascinating world of music generation using Supercollider. Students will learn how to generate music that is informed by data and explore the creative potential of using algorithms to generate sound. Throughout the course, students will learn the basics of Supercollider and how to use it to create complex audio synthesis and DSP. Students will also gain an understanding of how to incorporate data into the music generation process, including analyzing and interpreting data sets, and developing algorithms that translate the data into sound. Students will engage in hands-on programming exercises, creative projects, and critiques to refine their skills in creating and manipulating sound.

Central Cinema: Tiny Stage Comedy Night

  • December 5, 2023

Category: Comedy and Free event

Join us for our FREE monthly live standup engagement, showcasing Knoxville’s best comics courtesy of our friends at Tiny Stage Comedy!

Doors at 7pm, comedy beginning at 7:30pm.

Fountain City Art Center: Foothills Craft Guild

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

December 3-20: Foothills Craft Guild
Open house on Dec 3, 2-4 PM

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tue-Thu 10 AM - 4 PM. Information: 865-357-2787,

The Tennessean Hotel Holiday Teas

  • December 2, 2023 — December 16, 2023
  • 1:00PM

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

Come celebrate the holidays at the Tennessean! Join us for a luxury tea service complete with our signature teas along with tier courses of scones, tea sandwiches and holiday desserts. It is an experience that you will treasure for years to come!
Saturday, December 2, 9, and 16 at 1:00 PM at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel,
531 Henley Street Knoxville, TN 37902.

Advance reservations required.
Tickets at:

Appalachian Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

Category: Dance, movement, Kids, family and Music

The Nutcracker, a full-length classical ballet, will be presented by the Appalachian Ballet Company in their 52nd season. Live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, beautiful sets and scenery, lavish costumes and accomplished dancers will put you in the holiday mood! Dancing the role of the Sugarplum Fairy will be ABC alum, Laura Morton La Russa, “25 to watch” in Dance Magazine 2021. ABC will be featuring James La Russa as Herr Drosselmeyer and the Arabian Prince. For over 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic! Show runs 90 minutes with one intermission.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium
December 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
December 3, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Clayton Center for the Arts, Ronald & Lynda Nutt Theatre
December 8, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
December 9, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Blount Mansion: A Home for the Holidays

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Step back in time and experience the magic of Christmas at Blount Mansion during A Home for the Holidays - our candlelit Christmas experience. Tours will be conducted on Saturday, December 2nd and 9th at 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.

On these special evenings, the historic house will be adorned with hundreds of twinkling candles and festive decorations provided by the members of the Knoxville Garden Club. Our docents will lead you through the beautifully decorated rooms, sharing stories about the house's history and the many holiday traditions it exhibited over the centuries. You'll learn about the family who lived in the house, the customs they celebrated, and the decorations they used to create a warm and inviting Christmas atmosphere.

A Home for the Holidays is a truly magical experience for guests of all ages. They're a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends and to learn more about the history and traditions of Christmas.

Tickets are available via our Facebook and Instagram or online at:

Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Holiday Shops

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

The booths are up and waiting for your arrival! This year we have 35 artists representing clay, fiber, painting, paper goods, fine jewelry, woodturning and more! Holiday Shops runs from Dec. 2nd through Dec. 9th, 9-4 each day.

REMINDER: additional parking is immediately past our lot, in the former Recording for the Blind and ORAU lots. See you there!

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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