Penny4Arts gives every child in Knox and surrounding counties an opportunity to attend arts and culture events/activities at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY (or FREE) when accompanied by an adult during the academic school year. Click here to read more information about how it works.

Events below are listed chronologically. Click here to view the ongoing/year-round events.

Saturday, March 28, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: “Cinderella” & “Giselle”
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Cinderella and her Prince would be delighted if you would join us as the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association presents "Cinderella" (with a special opening by Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs) & "Giselle". Adults are $15, Seniors/Students $10 (Students may attend for a PENNY with paid adult/senior, and preschoolers are free). Join us for this fairy tale-filled day!

Tickets may be purchased at www.orcba.org or at the door.

Contact: Wendie Aurin, 865-567-6092, e-mail
Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 | www.orcba.org

 

Friday-Sunday, April 10-12
Dogwood Arts & Attack Monkey Productions: Rhythm N' Blooms

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO. Purchase tickets on-site at The Jackson Ave. Stock House at 111 Jackson Ave. April 10-12.

Knoxville’s story has always been set to music. Rhythm N’ Blooms highlights that soundtrack and celebrates the crossroads of this city’s varied music history. In just six years, it has become one of the fastest-growing events during Dogwood Arts’ April celebration - standing on its own as a landmark weekend in Knoxville’s vibrant and growing music scene. Drawing audience members from throughout the U.S. and even the world, Rhythm N' Blooms gives festival goers a unique opportunity to experience beloved acts as well make new musical discoveries. The festival’s reputation as the setting of spectacular live performances from both established artists and those who are under the radar allows the audience to rest assured that no matter which performances they attend, they’ll leave the weekend with a handful of new favorite acts. With the stage[s] now set exclusively along downtown Knoxville’s Jackson Avenue, Rhythm N’ Blooms has an undeniable atmosphere of urban creativity and historic flair. The music-focused highlight of Dogwood Arts’ April celebration will once again fill Knoxville over a three day span from April 10-12. This year’s musical lineup will showcase chart-climbers, first-timers, and highly lauded acts from varied musical backgrounds. As in the past, a large percentage of artists (including one festival headliner) are Knoxville-based acts - further highlighting Knoxville’s undeniable role in the national music scene.

Contact: Garrett Thomson, 865-246-4393, e-mail
Various venues in Knoxville’s Historic Old City.
www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com | www.dogwoodarts.com

 

Thursday-Friday, April 16-17, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Beethoven’s “Pastorale”




Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

The KSO will be joined by special guests Vladimir Kulenovic, guest conductor and Antti Siirala, piano to perform Beethoven’s “Pastorale” Symphony No. 6, along with music by Smetana and Rachmaninoff. Tickets start at just $15! More info here.

Please call the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310, option 4, to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Offer redeemable with purchase of at least one adult ticket. Limit 3 students per one paying adult. Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12.The KSO reserves the right to limit the amount and type of seating available for this program on a concert by concert basis. This offer is not available through web sales. Previously purchased tickets may be picked up at will-call at the venue beginning one hour prior to the event. This offer will not be available for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert. Cut off for advance reservations is 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Sunday, April 24, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Opera:
Verdi’s Il Trovatore
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? RECOMMENDED

The fire of the gypsy’s curse is ablaze with IL TROVATORE by Verdi.
A heroic dueling troubadour
A fatal love triangle
The gypsies’ celebrated Anvil Chorus!

The Inquisition and civil war rage through 15th century Spain. A rivalry between brothers unknowingly separated at birth, a crazed gypsy woman, and a tyrannical count doom the love of a noblewoman for her ardent balladeer. Roman censors halted the 1853 premiere of this rousing opera about lust, madness, and murder! A powerhouse cast delivers Verdi’s thrilling score, led by internationally lauded Joyce El-Khoury, and Nelson Martinez, who gave a brilliant, heartbreaking performance as Knoxville Opera’s Rigoletto. Performed in Italian with projected English translations. Opera preview hosted by Maestro Salesky begins 45 minutes prior to each performance. An additional show time (not eligible for Penny discounts) is Friday, April 24, at 8:00 PM.

Contact: 865-524-0795 x21, e-mail
Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.KnoxvilleOpera.com

 

Sunday, May 3, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics - Lucas Richman’s Chamber Finale

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES


Lucas Richman conducts his final Chamber Classics concert with Schumann’s Symphony for Strings, Strauss’ Serenade and Brahms Serenade No. 1. Tickets start at just $15!More info here.

Please call the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310, option 4, to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Offer redeemable with purchase of at least one adult ticket. Limit 3 students per one paying adult. Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12.The KSO reserves the right to limit the amount and type of seating available for this program on a concert by concert basis. This offer is not available through web sales. Previously purchased tickets may be picked up at will-call at the venue beginning one hour prior to the event. This offer will not be available for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert. Cut off for advance reservations is 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 PM
Clayton Center for the Arts: Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!


Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Home grown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, ready to burst onto the stage. “Heatbox” the human beatbox, joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. It’s easy to see why this troupe was a 2012 winner of the Edinburgh Festival “Spirit of the Fringe” Award. In this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance, you’ll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat! Rhythmic Circus is a troupe of internationally renowned artists. Since their early start at a small theatre in northeast Minneapolis, they have grown into an international sensation touring to over 100 cities worldwide. Although the company’s official inception was in 2007, the troupe’s core members have been choreographing and performing together since 2000. No stranger to the spotlight, they were featured on Twin City Public Television’s MN Original, collaborated with Vocal Essence in Witness: A Tribute to Duke Ellington at the Ordway Performing Arts Center and appeared in the Crash Bang Boom! Festival at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall. The company’s repute goes well beyond the sum of the dancer’s talents; themed pieces include costume changes and musical segues that highlight the funky styling of a seven-piece band. With their combined and highly integrated talents, the dancers and musicians are known for leaving audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

Contact: Sunny Tune, Box Office Manager, 865-981-8590, e-mail
502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy on the Maryville College campus, Maryville | www.claytonartscenter.com

 

Thursday-Friday, May 14-15, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Lucas Richman’s Finale


Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES


Lucas Richman conducts the finale concert of his tenure as KSO music director. This powerful concert includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring KSO Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz, selections from Mahler’s Tenth Symphony and Ravel’s La Valse. Sponsored by Thermal Label Warehouse, you don’t want to miss this spectacular performance. Tickets start at just $15! More info here.

Please call the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310, option 4, to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Offer redeemable with purchase of at least one adult ticket. Limit 3 students per one paying adult. Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12.The KSO reserves the right to limit the amount and type of seating available for this program on a concert by concert basis. This offer is not available through web sales. Previously purchased tickets may be picked up at will-call at the venue beginning one hour prior to the event. This offer will not be available for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert. Cut off for advance reservations is 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Saturday, August 22, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Family Fun Day

 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Everyone is invited to celebrate Family Fun Day with the Knoxville Museum of Art! Family Fun Day is jammed packed with fun art activities for the kids, artist demonstrations, continuous entertainment on stage, docents in the galleries to talk with guests about the current exhibitions, and fantastic art-making activities inspired by museum’s current exhibitions.

Contact: Rosalind Martin, 865-523-6349, e-mail
1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916 | www.knoxart.org

 

 

ONGOING: First week of every month, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (last tour at 1:00 PM)
Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Come join us as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee. At the top of each hour a guide will lead you through the Blount Mansion to learn about William Blount and the birthplace of Tennessee. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome.

Contact: David Hearnes, 865-525-2375, e-mail
200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.blountmansion.org

 

ONGOING: Wednesday-Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (last tour at 3:00 PM); Saturday 10:00 AM - noon
(Closed December, January, and February)
Crescent Bend House and Gardens: Free Museum Admission

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens is one of the Southeast’s finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 600 acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Armstrong-Lockett House Museum at Crescent Bend contains an extensive fine antique art and furniture collection from notable artisans like Michael Allison, Honore Launnier, Benjamin Frothingham, Samuel McIntire, and Sir Thomas Lawrence. Also on display is an outstanding American and English Silver collection dating back to the 16th century with eminent silversmiths like Paul de Lamerie, Paul Storr, and seven women silversmiths that includes the works of Elizabeth Godfrey and Hester Bateman. Visitors will be able to discover the mystery behind the hidden trap door of this historic home and hear the tale of how the Jean Zuber wallpaper made its’ travels to Crescent Bend by the way of a United States President and a Pirate.

The William P. Toms Memorial Garden at Crescent Bend is a three-acre formal Italian terraced pleasure garden that overlooks the Tennessee River. Visitors can stroll among the nine terraced gardens of Japanese Maples, Roses, Conifers, Perennials and thousands of colorful blooming annuals that are set to the backdrop of the dancing waters from five large fountains.  Penny Performances students may enjoy a tour of Crescent Bend for free with paid adult admission.

Contact: Judy McMillan, 865-637-3163, e-mail
2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 | www.crescentbend.com

 

ONGOING: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
East Tennessee Historical Society: Free Museum Admission
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History for one parent accompanying a participating child. Enjoy compelling stories, interesting artifacts, and colorful characters in the nationally recognized exhibition Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, as well as regularly changing exhibits. Explore your own history and heritage in the premiere regional genealogy research library and the Knox County Archives. Browse the Museum Shop for gifts, books, and souvenirs.

Contact: 865-215-8824, e-mail
601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.eastTNhistory.org

 

ONGOING: September 1, 2014 - May 1, 2015
Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM (closed Sundays in January, February, and March)
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Penny4Arts Admission

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

One-cent museum admission for children 6 yrs – 17 yrs accompanied by an adult paying regular museum admission. Up to 3 children for each regular adult admission. Children 5 yrs and under FREE. Excludes: Field trips, docent guided tours, special events & concerts, Blue Ribbon Country Fair.

Contact: Don M. Alexander, 865-448-0044, e-mail
123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882 | www.gsmheritagecenter.org

 

ONGOING: Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Historic Ramsey House: Tours

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES - Jefferson and Sevier
Advance reservations required? NO

Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville's first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey.  The structure is significant for original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection. The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area. They played vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions. The last tour is given at 3:00 PM.

Contact: 865-546-0745, e-mail
2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914 | www.ramseyhouse.org

 

ONGOING: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
James White’s Fort: Tour the Fort
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Visit James White's Fort to experience what life was like in East Tennessee more than 200 years ago! James White’s Fort is the home of James White who settled in Knoxville with a 1,000-acre land grant from the state of North Carolina. Includes White’s first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period. Penny Performance students may enjoy a self-guided tour of the Fort for free with paid Adult admission. No groups.

Contact: 865-525-6514, e-mail
205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915 | www.jameswhitesfort.org

 

ONGOING: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee; Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond and the Cycle of Life.

 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Overview of the art and artists from East Tennessee. To schedule a tour please call the museum Monday through Friday at least three weeks in advance. Admission is FREE; one adult chaperone is required for every 15 students. The maximum number for each tour is 60, and larger groups will require two tour times. Last tour at 3:30 PM.

Contact: Rosalind Martin, 865-523-6349, e-mail
1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916 | www.knoxart.org

 

ONGOING: Monday-Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, or by appointment
The Mabry-Hazen House: Guided Tours

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Guided tours are given of the Mabry-Hazen House and Bethel Civil War Cemetery. These tours give an in-depth perspective into the lives of the families who occupied these homes and also detail the importance of these historical sites.

Contact: Calvin Chappelle, 865-522-8661, e-mail
Mabry-Hazen House: 1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
Bethel Cemetery: 1917 Bethel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
www.mabryhazen.com

 

ONGOING: Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM (last tour at 4:00 PM)
Marble Springs State Historic Site: Guided Tours

Marble Springs

 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

John Sevier was elected Tennessee’s first governor in 1796. His property at Marble Springs in South Knox County was a working farm and a weekend retreat until 1800 when he resided at the farm till his death in 1815. Today, Marble Springs consists of Sevier’s cabin, a tavern, loom house, smoke house, and trading post. Tours are provided for students for FREE (with a paying adult) every Saturday and Sunday (except during special events and holidays). Gates close at 5:00 PM; Tours start at the top of the hour; the last tour starts at 4:00 PM. How to obtain admission: Upon entry to the historic site, visitors should approach the Trading Post Gift Shop. This building is the closest to the parking lot and has an information sign on the outside wall. A tour guide will be available unless otherwise posted (work is often conducted in our on-site offices), in which case, please call 865-573-5508 and a tour guide will be with you shortly. Please mention Penny4Arts to receive this deal.

Contact: Anna Chappelle, 865-573-5508, e-mail
1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920 | www.marblesprings.net

 

ONGOING: Monday-Saturday, 12:00-1:00 PM
WDVX-FM Radio: WDVX Blue Plate Special
WDVX  

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? For studio tour only.

Free live music show and live radio broadcast. Students will also be given a studio tour upon request. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast on the radio at 89.9 FM, 93.9 FM and 102.9 and online at www.wdvx.com.

Contact: 865-544-1029 x231, e-mail
Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.wdvx.com

 

 

Last updated
March 23, 2015


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Bijou Theatre

Blount Mansion Association

Circle Modern Dance

Clarence Brown Theatre

Clayton Center for the Arts

Crescent Bend

Dogwood Arts

East Tennessee Historical Society

Farragut Folklife Museum

Historic Ramsey House

HoLa Hora Latina

Go! Contemporary Dance Works

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

James White's Fort

Jubilee Community Arts

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville Opera

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Knoxville Zoo

Mabry-Hazen House

Marble Springs State Historic Site

McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

Museum of Appalachia

Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble

Tennessee Valley Fair

WDVX

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

     
     

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