Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 25, 2024

UT College of Music Series: Ready for the World: Turkey

  • February 25, 2024 — February 26, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Film, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Music

The Ready for the World Music Series: Turkey explores the rich and diverse music, art, and culture of Turkey! Cultural exhibits, displays, and a reception will begin at 12:30pm in the lobby of the NLHMC, followed by the musical presentation at 2:00pm in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall. Our lineup of exhibitors this year includes: Turkish painter, Ashley Goluoğlu (Aslı); the UT Libraries, the UT Turkish Student Association; the UT Libraries Committee for Belonging and Engagement; multimedia artists, Hedy Hurban and Kaz Rahman; and many more! Refreshments will be served during the exhibits that represent Turkish culinary traditions.

This year, we have invited an ensemble of four distinguished musical artists with extensive experiencing performing Turkish classical music, including: Selim Giray (Violinist and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Mississippi); Violinist and Violist, Dr. Sila Darville (Violin Professor, Eastern Kentucky University); Flutist, Dr. Gözde Çakır Ramsey (Flute Professor at Tennessee Tech University); and Cellist Mert Özkam (Cellist, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra). Turkish history, art, music, and literature contain unique cultural facets that represent a distinctive ethnic and cultural identity. During this program, we intend to address these distinctive characteristics of Turkish music, art, language, and culture, while acknowledging the common threads among the diverse ethnicities within the region. Included in the program will be exhibits by artists from Turkey as well as cultural artifacts by local Turkish, cultural heritage organizations. Finally, there will be refreshments served during the exhibits that represent Turkish culinary traditions.

General Admission: $25 (Sunday’s Event Only)
UT Faculty and Staff: Free
UT Students and Children under 18: Free

The website for the series is For more information, please contact Dr. Miroslav Hristov (; 865-974-7535), and/or Nathalie Hristov (; 865-974-9893).

Other programs open to the public include:

Sunday, February 25, 2024
12:30-2:00pm Ready for the World Music Series – Exhibits and Reception
2:00pm-4:00pm Ready for the World Music Series – lecture and musical performance

Monday, February 26, 2024
3:30pm-4:30pm Lecture on the History of Turkish Music by Dr. Sila Darville (Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium)
4:30pm-5:30pm Reception with light refreshments (Hodges Library Galeria)
5:00pm-6:30 Digital Dervish and Flamenco Sonic: Documentary Viewing and Panel Discussion with Hedy Hurban and Kaz Rahman (Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium)

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Scotch & Strings

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers and Music

Enjoy a delicious flight of specially selected Scottish whiskies alongside heavy hors d'oeuvres as the KSO principal string quartet presents a joyous recital at Boyd's Jig & Reel. Scotch & Strings takes place on Sunday, Feb. 25. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., performance starts at 6:15 p.m. Ticket purchase comes with four scotch samplings.

Tickets are $75 in advance; $85 at the door.

Boyd’s Jig & Reel
101 S. Central Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Town of Farragut: Black History Month Program

  • February 25, 2024
  • 2:00 PM

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

The community is invited to a free Black History Month program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Farragut Community Center (239 Jamestowne Boulevard).

The program begins with the presentation of colors by the Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol color guard and includes a performance by the Royal YOUth Dance Ensemble, a local nonprofit organization that provides a safe, creative outlet for youth. Winners of the “Making Their Mark” essay contest will also be recognized.

Guest speaker Dr. Cynthia Fleming will discuss the role played by local and national youth in the Civil Rights era. Fleming was the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in history from Duke University. In 1982, she became one of the first two black women faculty members in UT’s College of Arts and Sciences. She chaired and oversaw the growth of UT’s African American Studies program.

Following the program, a reception hosted by the Farragut Museum Committee will include finger foods and the music and artwork of local performer W. James Taylor.

Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934, 865.966.7057

St. George Greek Orthodox Church: Strings of Compassion featuring Marki Lucky

  • February 25, 2024
  • 10 AM - 1:30 PM

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Fundraisers and Music

Join us for a memorial service and a violin concert "Strings of Compassion featuring Marki Lucky" on February 25th, at 10:00 am. Admission is FREE. Any donation is greatly appreciated (for donation, use the link or "Add tickets.")

Lunch with Ukrainian dishes, baked goods sale
4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

Ijams Nature Center: Annual Seed and Plant Swap

Category: Free event, Meetup 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 2024 garden!

This event is free, and you can come anytime between 11 am-2 pm. This event will be held inside the Visitor Center. The Knox County Master Gardeners will be here to answer any gardening or seed-related questions you may have! 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. 23. Feel free to drop seeds/cuttings/extra plants 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 and Tool Swap is Saturday, Feb. 24, from 3-5 pm after their workday from 12-3 pm. This event is part of the 2024 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,

Love People presents: A Jazz Experience with Rod McGaha

Category: Fundraisers and Music

Love People is about creating more Jazz experiences for the artists, fans of the artists, fans of the music, as well as the bystander who happens to find him or herself in the right place at the right time. Love People creates experiences for serious Jazz enthusiasts and offers just the right atmosphere for those who see Jazz as a cool scene for socializing, dancing and enjoying the people and music! This concert/fundraiser will feature the great trumpeter Rod McGaha from Nashville. Rod has played with Max Roach and Lou Rawls. His band includes Taber Gable on keys, Nioshi Jackson on drums, and Rob Linton on bass.

At Barley's, 200 E. Jackson Ave, 7 pm - 9:30 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
Please join us for a night of great music and appetizers provided by Barley's. See you there!

East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival

  • February 25, 2024

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

Come celebrate the coming of Spring and the start of the Year of the Dragon in grand style at the 2024 East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival! This family-friendly variety show will feature dancing, singing, music, a traditional lion dance, martial arts, and more. Our Special Guest will be the very accomplished Pianist/Singer/Songwriter Vivian Fang Liu from New York City. Having performed at Carnegie Hall, in Lincoln Center, in London and in Asia, Vivian will bring her passion to Knoxville this year!

The Festival will be held on Sunday, February 25 from 3:30 - 6:00 pm in the beautiful Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Please join us for a wonderful cultural experience!

Central Cinema: TAMIS presents Nikki Giovanni Project

  • February 25, 2024
  • 3:30 PM

Category: Film, Free event and History, heritage

At Central Cinema

Join the Knox County Public Library's Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) for the Knoxville premiere of the critically acclaimed 2023 documentary about Knoxville native and poet, Nikki Giovanni – her life, her involvement from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter and her perennial desire to escape to Mars. The HBO documentary, made by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, was awarded the grand jury prize for documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. TAMIS provided historic footage of Knoxville for the movie. This screening is free.

Old Sevier Sunday Market

  • February 25, 2024
  • 1-5 PM

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

Mark your calendars for the Old Sevier Sunday Market on Feb 25th 1-5pm at Hi Wire Brewing!

Captain Ed will be spinning rad tunes and Hi-Wire Brewing has a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to choose from while you check out all of the unique items that local vendors have to offer.
This market is indoor/outdoor with almost 40 vendors. Family-friendly, including your leashed pups!
VENDOR LINEUP BELOW, and adding more!

Archie Liggett Jewelry
Girl Scout troop 20163
Brigid KO Jewelry
Foraged farms
Esther Sitver Artwork
Dainty Links of East Tennessee
Good Greens Microgreens Farm
Mila’s Creations
The Cosmic Possum
Butter from the Block
Fräuleinwunder Bakery
Oak Ridge Bird Man
English Rose Farms
GiNa Maker Studio
Lirio Chocolate
Shapes With No Names
Frank's Vintage Closet
Ocean Love Handmade Jewelry / Art by Demetrious
LuckyGirl Eleven
Rocky Top Rock Shop Mystical Fairy
Wabiwear repair
Mama Bear Sweet Treats
Whoa Doggie Hot Sauces
Stevie Bee Designs
Tiers by Jasmin
Sarah's Homemade Jams and More
Studio Felis
Trapp'd Creations

Tennessee Stage Company: Knoxville Shakespeare Season Auditions

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

Auditions for all three of our Knoxville Shakespeare productions will take place together on February 24th and 25th. Auditions are by Appointment only. Email to reserve your spot today!

The Three Productions are as follows:

Knoxville Shakespeare on The Hill: Much Ado About Nothing
Mabry Hazen Historic Home
May 2024
Directed by Allison Crye
Knoxville Shakespeare at Ijams: Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ijams Nature Center
July 18th-August 11th, 2024
Directed by H. Caitlin Corbitt (R&J); and Laura Beth Wells (Midsummer)

Go! Contemporary Dance Works: The Barbarosa

  • February 24, 2024 — February 25, 2024

Category: Dance, movement

Go! Contemporary Dance Works presents The Barbarosa, a Swashbuckling Ballet, February 24 and 25 at the Bijou Theatre.

GO! Contemporary Dance Works sets sail in its 20th season telling the tale of legendary pirate Anne Bonny. A grandiose and dangerous performance that follows Anne from her privileged life in the Carolinas to her pirate adventures on the high seas. Join us for this high seas adventure!

3 performances:
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2:00 PM
Purchase Tickets @

Go! Contemporary Dance Works: 865-539-2475,

Ijams Nature Center: Upcoming Events

Category: Classes, workshops, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Science, nature

2/23 • Woodcock Walk
2/24 • Fleurish Model Call
2/24 • Woodcock Walk
2/25 • Ijams Annual Plant and Seed Swap
2/25 • Self-Care Sunday Yoga

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,

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