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.

Tuesday, September 9, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tennessee Valley Fair: Free Admission Day

Open to students outside of Knox County? NO
Advance reservations required? YES; a voucher is available for download here. Please present voucher at gate to take advantage of free child’s admission on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 only.

The Tennessee Valley Fair is one of the state’s largest multi-day events attracting nearly 140,000 people each year. Known for its innovative exhibits, livestock shows, concert series, action sports, exciting rides and a variety of unique fun foods, the Tennessee Valley Fair offers tremendous family entertainment. The Fair is also proud to present nightly fireworks. Students (ages 18 and under) may download a voucher (PDF) for free admission by clicking here. Gates open at 10:00 AM and rides open at 4:00 PM. Free admission ends at 6:00 PM. Students may be required to show proof of Knox County residence. Fair dates are September 5-14, 2014.

Contact: Sarah Thompson, 865-215-1473, e-mail
3301 East Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914 | www.tnvalleyfair.org

 

Sunday, September 14, 2:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Docent Tours

 

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

Each Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, docents offer free guided tours of Higher Ground, Currents, and traveling exhibitions to the public. In order to reach a broader audience, the KMA offers Spanish speaking tours once a month at 3:00 PM.

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

 

Monday, September 15, 10:00-11:00 AM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Stroller Tours

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

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their young ones. Crying and wiggly babies welcome! The free event requires registration online. Registration opens a month in advance and closes the day before the tour. Each month has a different theme; check our Events page for more details: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

 

Wednesday, September 17, 8:00 PM
Clayton Center for the Arts: Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir


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

Created more than 44 years ago, the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir is led by its Music Director, Mr. Ambroise N'Diong and is composed of the Cathedral’s chorale, that of St. Joseph’s of Medina, who each Sunday, in the heart of Dakar’s most working-class neighborhood, interprets Gospel/Negro Spirituals, traditional African Songs, and the magnificent masses that Julien Jouga composed in his country’s four national languages: Ouolof, Diola, Sérère and Portugese Creole. The voices – to which drums, guitar and kora are occasionally added – rise in a local polyphony invented by Mr. Jouga, testifying at the same time not only to his mastery of language but to his profound knowledge of his country’s rhythms and music traditions. It is to this extent that he arranged and harmonized songs taken from the folklore and tradition of Senegal, truly signifying the pieces of the everyday people of Senegal. An ecumenical partisan, Mr. Jouga interpreted and combined both the Catholic liturgy and the indigenous Muslim songs of Senegal to create an extraordinary harmony between the two cultures that comprise the nation of Senegal. The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir therefore represents the humanity and the fraternity that exists within the Capital City, Dakar, and throughout the country of Senegal.

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, September 18-19, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

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


Join Maestro Richman and the KSO for the opening of the 79th season. This pair of performances features Torke’s Bright Blue Music, Hindemith’s famous Symphonic Metamorphosis and Brahms’ First Piano Concerto with special guest Jon Kimura Parker. Sponsored by Twin City Dealerships, 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, September 21, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum: Fall Festival

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

Join us at the Knoxville Botanical Garden for our Fall Festival. The Festival, which is FREE admission for all ages, is an old-fashioned afternoon of family fun with a focus on 'Connecting Children to Nature.' This year will mark our 5th annual festival which includes KBGA's Farmer’s Market, a Kid's Crafts & Activities area, local food vendors, face painting, balloon animals, marshmallow roasting, outdoor games, Little Ponderosa Petting Zoo, book walk, hayride tours of the Gardens and MUCH MORE!!  Tickets will be sold for the Hayride Tours and the Book Walk, all other events and general admission are free for all ages. 

Contact: Danielle Velez, 865-862-8717, e-mail
2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914 | www.knoxgarden.org

 

Saturday, September 27, 1:00-4:00 PM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Family Fun Days

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

Join the McClung Museum for free activities, crafts, tours, and more related to our permanent and temporary exhibits.Each Family Fun Day has a different theme; check our Events page for more details: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

Saturday, September 27, 7:00-10:00 PM and Sunday, September 28, 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
HoLa Hora Latina: 15th HoLa Festival

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

The HoLa Festival is a celebration of diversity and a cultural salute to our East Tennessee community.  The festival is part of the local celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. It is an invitation to the general public to learn and enjoy the best of our music, food, arts, crafts and so much more!  This year marks the 15th edition of the HoLa Festival. ADMISSION IS FREE. Buy one passport, get one free! At HoLa Festival, "passports" can be used to collect flag stickers from the different cultural country booths.

Contact: 865-335-3358, e-mail
In Market Square, downtown Knoxville | www.holafestival.org

Sunday, September 28, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Knoxville Zoo: Penguins and Pandas for a Penny

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

Children ages 12 and under living in Knox County will be admitted to the zoo for one penny with paying adult. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount. Valid September 28, 2014 only. Penny4Arts admission ends at 5:00 PM.

Contact: 865-637-5331 x300, e-mail
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914 | www.knoxville-zoo.org

Sunday, September 28, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics – Beethoven & Boccherini

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

Join the KSO for its first Chamber Orchestra concert of the season featuring music of Beethoven, and Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B-flat Major with Wesley Baldwin, cello. 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

 

Sunday, September 28, 2:30 PM
Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble: Children in the Arts

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

Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble presents “Children in the Arts,” a part of the Penny for the Arts series, at the Amphitheater at the World’s Fair Park. Children representing a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including classical and contemporary music, drama, and storytelling, will join the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble in a one-hour performance designed to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.

Contact: Judy Robinson, 865-250-4158, e-mail
Amphitheatre at the World’s Fair Site, Knoxville | www.tcdedance.org

 

Monday, October 6, 10:00-11:00 AM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Stroller Tours

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

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their young ones. Crying and wiggly babies welcome! The free event requires registration online. Registration opens a month in advance and closes the day before the tour. Each month has a different theme; check our Events page for more details: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

 

Wednesday-Friday, October 8-10 & 15-17, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre: The Miracle Worker
 

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

Adapted from the true story of her life, this inspirational drama chronicles Helen Keller’s miraculous journey from her trapped and silent world to one of knowledge and freedom with the help of her beloved and gifted tutor Anne Sullivan.

“…one of the most well-crafted, suspenseful, and poignant plays ever written.” ~ Houston Chronicle

Check the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts). Cut off for advance reservations is 24 hours prior to the performance.

Contact: 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

Saturday, October 11, 8:00 PM
Clayton Center for the Arts: Rioult Dance NY


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

Founded in 1994, RIOULT dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. Pascal Rioult came to the US on a fellowship to study dance in 181.  He was invited to  join the Martha Graham Dance Company as a principle dancer. Rioult has dedicated his entergies since 1994 to developing his own choreographic style and nurturing a talented ensemble of dancers. Rioult will bring a powerful and diverse program to the Clayton Center.

“Perhaps the most adept and courageous choreographer in mainstream modern dance today…~ Lisa Jo Sagolla,  Backstage

 “...like an artisan,...he’s the maker of a rich and complexcloth; he weaves moments in time from threads of imagination and makes them into dances.” ~Johnny Nevin, Huffington Post

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

 

Sunday, October 12, 1:00-4:00 PM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Family Fun Days

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

Join the McClung Museum for free activities, crafts, tours, and more related to our permanent and temporary exhibits.Each Family Fun Day has a different theme; check our Events page for more details: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

 

Sunday, October 12, 1:30-5:00 PM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee, and the Archaeological Institute of America, East Tennessee Society: Archaeology and Fossil Day

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


In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee, and the Archaeological Institute of America, East Tennessee Society, are hosting Can You Dig It?–an event for families and the public on Sunday, October 12 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. at the Museum. A number of activities for children, including games, demonstrations, and take home crafts related to archaeology and fossils, will be available. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification by experts. Archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists will be on hand to talk with visitors about their work, and present displays about their research around the world. All activities are free and open to the public.

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

 

Sunday, October 12, 2:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Docent Tours

 

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

Each Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, docents offer free guided tours of Higher Ground, Currents, and traveling exhibitions to the public. In order to reach a broader audience, the KMA offers Spanish speaking tours once a month at 3:00 PM.

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

 

Wednesday, October 15, 12:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Dine & Discover

 

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

Dine & Discover: David Denton and the Oculus Rift. Free and open to the public. Dine & Discover is an adult educational program that offers insight into current KMA exhibitions, the museum’s collection, and the art world in general. The lunch-time program is an hour-long lecture-based format and lecturers include visiting curators, artists, Knoxville historians, and KMA staff.

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

 

Thursday-Friday, October 16-17, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Symphonie Fantastique

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

Join the KSO for an evening of whimsical music, including Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique under the baton of guest conductor Sameer Patel. 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, November 1, 3:00 PM
GO! Contemporary Dance Works: Continuum
 

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

Contemporary ballet and modern dance. GO! is known for daring athleticism that appeals to audience members of all ages.

Contact: Lynn Banks, 865-539-2475, e-mail
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.gocontemporarydance.com


Saturday, November 1, 1:00-4:00 PM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Family Fun Days

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

Join the McClung Museum for free activities, crafts, tours, and more related to our permanent and temporary exhibits.Each Family Fun Day has a different theme; check our Events page for more details: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

Sunday, November 2, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics - Principal Quartet

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

Join the talented KSO Principal Quartet for a wonderful afternoon including music of Shostakovich and Beethoven. 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

 

Sunday, November 9, 2:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Docent Tours

 

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

Each Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, docents offer free guided tours of Higher Ground, Currents, and traveling exhibitions to the public. In order to reach a broader audience, the KMA offers Spanish speaking tours once a month at 3:00 PM.

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

 

Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM through November 11
Farragut Folklife Museum: Honoring Our Veterans

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

In June, the Farragut Folklife Museum opened this very special exhibit which features artifacts from various branches of the military and numerous wars, including the Korean War, Vietnam War, World War I and II, and Desert Storm. This exhibit will be on display through Veteran’s Day. The majority of the artifacts in the exhibit were donated to the museum by the U.S. Naval Reserve Center in Knoxville in 2013. Other items are on loan from museum committee members as well as Major Brian Tobler, who served the United States Special Operations in Iwo Jima, Desert Storm and Iraq. Featured artifacts include pilot suits from the Korean War and World War II, as well as various uniform items, such as boots, hats, backpacks, canteens and more. An MRE – Meals Ready to Eat – and a LRP – Long Range Patrol Food Rations – similar to those used in the Vietnam War are on display. Museum visitors can also see a first aid kit, field phone and wireless radio set from World War II.

The Farragut Folklife Museum Committee will host a special reception on Veteran’s Day – the final day of the exhibit – from 2:30-4:30 PM in the museum. Local veterans are invited to attend to be honored, view the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments.

Contact: Julia Barham, 865-966-7057, e-mail
Located inside the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934 | www.townoffarragut.org

 

Thursday-Friday, November 13-14, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Alpine Symphony

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


Lucas Richman conducts the KSO in music of Verdi, Mozart and Richard Strauss’ famous Alpine Symphony. Sponsored by Circle of Friends, 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

 

Monday, November 17, 10:00-11:00 AM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Stroller Tours

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

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their young ones. Crying and wiggly babies welcome! The free event requires registration online. Registration opens a month in advance and closes the day before the tour. Each month has a different theme; check our Events page for more details: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

 

Wednesday, November 19, 12:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Dine & Discover

 

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

Dine & Discover: Jolie Gaston talks about the modern miniaturist collector. Free and open to the public. Dine & Discover is an adult educational program that offers insight into current KMA exhibitions, the museum’s collection, and the art world in general. The lunch-time program is an hour-long lecture-based format and lecturers include visiting curators, artists, Knoxville historians, and KMA staff.

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

 

Sunday, November 23, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Opera: Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
 

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

“Give three cheers and one cheer more” for H.M.S. PINAFORE by Gilbert & Sullivan.
A boatload of sisters, cousins, and aunts
A Little Buttercup
The uproarious Monarch of the Sea!

From the brilliant team of Gilbert & Sullivan comes this timeless maritime classic! Millions of fans have flocked to this lampoon of the British class system, poking fun at party politics, the Royal Navy, and buffoons in positions of authority. You’ll be humming Pinafore’s ever-popular songs along with an all-star cast of G&S veterans led by audience favorite Sean Anderson. Bring the entire family to this beloved operetta filled with clever wordplay and rollicking comedy! Performed in English. Opera preview hosted by Maestro Salesky begins 45 minutes prior to each performance. An additional show time (not eligible for Penny discounts) is Friday, November 21, at 8:00 PM.

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

 

November 28, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Knoxville Museum of Art: Ninth Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition

 

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

The Tennessee Art Education Association is please to continue its partnership with the Knoxville Museum of Art to present the Ninth Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition, featuring artwork created by East Tennessee middle and high school students.  This competition provides the opportunity for students to participate in a juried exhibition and to have their artworks displayed in a professional art museum environment.  The student art exhibition provides an excellent competitive arena for young artists.

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

 

December 3-5, 10-12, 18 & 19, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol
 

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

Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts return in our long-running and most popular production. Join us for music, dancing and Dickens’ timeless tale of love and redemption. This production sells out quickly so it’s best to purchase early. Check the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts). Cut off for advance reservations is 24 hours prior to the performance.

“Don’t miss this one…it’d be like celebrating the season without a Christmas tree or carols or gifts.” ~ Knoxville News Sentinel

Contact: 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

December 6-24
Museum of Appalachia: Christmas in Old Appalachia
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? For groups of 10 or more

The simple joys of an old-fashioned Christmas await Museum of Appalachia visitors. Recalling times past when Christmas was a simple family holiday, cabins will be decorated in pioneer style with cedar Christmas trees draped in paper chains, popcorn strings, sweet gum and sycamore balls. Special holiday exhibits include the Children’s Display in the Hall of Fame, with toys and furniture made by loving parents and grandparents; and Granny Irwin’s traditional Christmas Crazy Quilt.

Contact: 865-494-7680, e-mail
2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN  37716 | www.museumofappalachia.org

 

Wednesday, December 10, 12:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Dine & Discover

 

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

Dine & Discover: Susan Knowles talks about the Knoxville Marble Industry. Free and open to the public. Dine & Discover is an adult educational program that offers insight into current KMA exhibitions, the museum’s collection, and the art world in general. The lunch-time program is an hour-long lecture-based format and lecturers include visiting curators, artists, Knoxville historians, and KMA staff.

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

 

Saturday, December 13, 1:00-4:00 PM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Family Fun Days

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

Join the McClung Museum for free activities, crafts, tours, and more related to our permanent and temporary exhibits.Each Family Fun Day has a different theme; check our Events page for more details: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

 

Sunday, December 14, 2:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Docent Tours

 

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

Each Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, docents offer free guided tours of Higher Ground, Currents, and traveling exhibitions to the public. In order to reach a broader audience, the KMA offers Spanish speaking tours once a month at 3:00 PM.

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

 

Monday, December 15, 10:00-11:00 AM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Stroller Tours

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

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their young ones. Crying and wiggly babies welcome! The free event requires registration online. Registration opens a month in advance and closes the day before the tour. Each month has a different theme; check our Events page for more details: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

 

Thursday, December 18, 8:00 PM and Friday-Saturday, December 19-20, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Circle Modern Dance: Modern Dance Primitive Light

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

For over 20 years Circle Modern Dance has been delighting Knoxville audiences with its winter season show, Modern Dance Primitive Light. With several original dance and music pieces Circle performers present a range of themes from comedic rib-poking to observational honesty, all of them refreshingly unique.

In the warm glow of the Historic Laurel Theater, audiences enjoy the live music and watch the assortment of dancers fill the theater.  Don't be surprised to recognize a school teacher, waitress or a friendly face you have seen around town. Local dancers, choreographers and musicians collaborate for months to make these nights a beacon of light in the cold dark winter. Each year the cast strives to create an opportunity for inspiration, growth, connection and awareness for both the audience and the performers.

One of the missions of Circle Modern Dance is to make dance accessible to everybody. Circle welcomes Penny for the Arts participants to all our shows, to help fulfill our mission.

Contact: 865-524-7615, e-mail
Historic Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916 | www.circlemoderndance.com

 

Thursday-Saturday, January 8-10, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: Have a Ball at the Hall

 

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

Up to four children will receive free admission per paying adult.

Contact: Margo Pressley, 865-633-9000, e-mail
700 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37915 | www.wbhof.com

 

Sunday, January 11, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics - Orchestra Soloists


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

The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform music of Stamitz, Mozart and Strauss with Lucas Richman conducting featuring soloists Phillip Chase Hawkins, Principal Trumpet, and Aaron Apaza, Principal Bassoon. 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

 

Thursday-Friday, January 22-23, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4


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

Hear the KSO play music of Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture, Tchaikovsky’s powerful Fourth Symphony, and Shostakovich’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 featuring renowned artist Julie Albers, and guest conducted by Lawrence Loh. 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, February 7, 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

 

Saturday, February 7, 8:00 PM
Clayton Center for the Arts: PUSH Physical Theatre


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

Seeing award winning PUSH Physical Theatre is like watching a live action- movie. This talented group of performers inspires awe with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high-jinx. Rather than relying on their trained movement vocabulary, PUSH Physical Theatre began with a belief that each performer should bring his or her unique life experiences to the stage. Although PUSH performers have a solid technical and acting base, they incorporate any movement that speaks to the audience. If the perfect method doesn’t exist, they invent it.

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

 

Sunday, February 13, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Opera: Bizet's Carmen
 

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

Feel the heat of the legendary CARMEN by Bizet
A sensuous Habanera
A fiery Flamenco dance
Spain’s hot-blooded Toreador!

Passionate music tells the story of a dazzling gypsy seductress and the Spanish soldier she bewitches into a life of crime. Drawn magnetically to this femme fatale and mistaking her flirtation for true love, he forsakes all. Carmen’s fickle heart and his obsessive jealousy ultimately seal her fate! Starring Audrey Babcock, one of America’s leading Carmens, and Zulimar López-Hernández, who won the hearts of Knoxville audiences in Romeo and Juliette. Performed in French 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, February 13, at 8:00 PM.

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

 

Thursday-Friday, February 19-20, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Dvořák Stabat Mater


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

The KSO will perform Antonin Dvořák’s powerful Stabat Mater, conducted by Lucas Richman and featuring the Knoxville Choral Society. 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

 

Wednesday-Friday, February 25-27 & March 4-6, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream
 

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

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies. In Shakespeare’s family-friendly comedy, anything is possible when young lovers – human and fairy royalty – and an amateur theater troupe reel through romance and spell craft in a moonlit Athenian forest.

“Shakespeare’s most enchanting comedy.” ~ The New York Times

Check the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts). Cut off for advance reservations is 24 hours prior to the performance.

Contact: 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

Sunday, March 1, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics - Appalachian Spring

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

James Fellenbaum conducts the Chamber Orchestra in uplifting music of spring, including works by Grieg, Honneger, Webern and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite. This exciting concert features a performance by members of GO! Contemporary Dance Works. 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

 

Thursday-Friday, March 19-20, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Mozart & Mendelssohn




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

The KSO will be joined by special guests James Feddeck, guest conductor and Conrad Tao, piano to perform Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony No. 3. 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

 

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

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES. Purchase tickets online prior to the event or on-site at the Rhythm N’ Blooms.

A three-day long celebration of Tennessee’s role in American Roots music – including, but not limited to, country, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and rock – by featuring musical performances by locally-revered and nationally-renowned artists. Along with the dozens of musical performances, there will be music-related workshops as part of the Musician’s Corner.

Contact: Erin Slocum, 865-637-4561, e-mail
Various venues in the Old City and the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum
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: Summer 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
August 18, 2014


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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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