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-Sunday, May 23-24, 30-31 & June 6
Historic Homes of Knoxville Celebrate Statehood Day with free admission













 

June 1, 2015 marks the 219th anniversary of Tennessee’s admission as the 16th state in the union. East Tennessee’s most important cultural heritage sites are partnering to celebrate Statehood Day. The sites include places of historical significance in the exciting journey from the creation of our country to the founding of our state. The Historic Homes of Knoxville include: Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs, Ramsey House, and Historic Westwood. Each site will have individual ways of celebrating the birth of Tennessee. This is a free museum day to the public.

+ Crescent Bend House & Gardens (Saturday, May 30, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) 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 900-acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville. Hosting free admission. 2728 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-637-3163, www.crescentbend.com

+ Ramsey House (Saturdays, May 30 & June 6, 12:00 PM) Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville's first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey, one of Knoxville’s first settlers. In celebration of Statehood Day, Ramsey House will host Vintage Baseball on May 30 and June 6. This year Historic Ramsey House will be hosting two Knoxville teams: the Knoxville Holstons and Emmett Machinists. Come and enjoy a day of history and fun for all ages. There is no admission charge for the games. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and all proceeds will benefit Ramsey House. 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745, www.ramseyhouse.org

+ Marble Springs (Saturday, May 23, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, May 24, 12:00-5:00 PM) Marble Springs was the home of John Sevier (1745-1815), Tennessee’s first governor and Revolutionary War hero. Marble Springs State Historic Site will commemorate this occasion with a weekend of Living History. Walk amongst Living History interpreters in 18th Century clothing portraying life on the frontier, encampments, and more. Children’s activities include falling into a militia drill and playing with period toys. Blacksmithing, weaving, and open hearth cooking will be demonstrated all weekend. Details are subject to change. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. 1220 West Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-573-5508, www.marblesprings.net

+ Westwood (Saturday, June 6, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) Built as a “wedding promise” in 1890 by John Edwin Lutz and his wife, Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz, on property owned by her grandfather, Drury P. Armstrong. The highlight and most significant component of Westwood is the studio which was designed by Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz, an accomplished artist. Today Historic Westwood is home to Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance. The home will be open to the public. Parking available at Laurel Church of Christ. 425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-8008, www.historicwestwood.org

+ Blount Mansion (Saturday, June 6, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) Construction on Blount Mansion began in 1792. The restored mansion was open for tours in 1930, making it the oldest museum in Knox County. Commemorate the creation of the state of Tennessee and celebrate the pioneers who settled and transformed the southwest territory into the vibrant state of Tennessee. Hosting free admission. 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375, www.blountmansion.org

+ James White’s Fort (Saturday, June 6, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM) Built in 1786, James White’s Fort was home to the founder of Knoxville. More than 10,000 visitors tour the Fort each year and experience the frontier lifestyle through hands-on interpretations. Celebrate at James White’s Fort and learn about open hearth cooking and blacksmithing. Free admission, and donations will be gladly accepted. 205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514, www.jameswhitefort.org

+ Mabry-Hazen House (Saturday, June 6, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM) Built in 1858 and housing three generations of the same family from 1858-1987, the Mabry-Hazen House served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War. The Civil War, a gunfight on Gay Street in 1882, and a Breach of Promise lawsuit in the early 1930's are only a few stories that bring life and color to those who visit the museum. Hosting free admission. 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661, www.mabryhazen.com

+ Crockett Tavern Museum (Saturday, May 30, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) The Museum, located in Morristown, was built on the site of the boyhood home of Davy Crockett. It is a reconstruction of the 1790's John Crockett Tavern. Open with free admission. 2002 Morningside Drive, Morristown, TN 37814. Information: 423-587-9900, www.crocketttavernmuseum.org

+ Sequoyah Birthplace Museum (Sunday, May 31, 12:00-4:00 PM) The mission of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum (Vonore), a property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians in Eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah. The Museum will collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit objects and data that support this mission. Free admission. Demonstrators will be on hand throughout the day. 576 HWY 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Information: 423-884-6246, www.sequoyahmuseum.org

Contact: Rachel Perkins, 865-523-7543, e-mail | www.hhknoxville.org

 

Saturday, May 23, 7:30-10:30 PM
Marble Springs State Historic Site: Saturn at Opposition Stargazing Workshop

 

Saturn will be at its closest approach to Earth and fully illuminated by the Sun, the best time to view and photograph Saturn! $1 per person.

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

 

Tuesday, May 26, 8:00-10:00 PM (Tuesdays through August 25)
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Jazz on the Square
 

On Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Free, outdoor weekly concerts on the Market Square Stage on Tuesday evenings. Our popular summer series is back on the outdoor stage at Market Square! Bring a chair, a blanket and a friend. Weather permitting.

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: 865-573-3226, www.knoxjazz.org

 

Thursday, May 28 (and Thursdays through September 24)
Marble Springs State Historic Site: Farmers Market
Marble Springs  

Every Thursday! Marble Springs State Historic Site is proud to present the 5th season of ‘Shopping at the Farm’ – the Marble Springs Farmers Market for our South Knoxville community. All vendors will be selling fresh, locally-produced products!

And, every Third Thursday, families can join us during the Farmers Market for a free event from 4:30pm-6:30pm to learn about different topics, ranging from historic preservation to gardening and more. Children's activities will be available at Third Thursday.

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

 

Sunday, May 31, 3:00-6:00 PM
Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Community Arts Festival
   

A Community Arts Festival fundraiser (rain date June 7). Admission is free to the public and there will be live music by local musicians, book signing by local author Kathy Fearing, children's crafts, and an art show highlighting artwork by students from area schools. Bring the family for barbeque, pizza, nachos, and a day of demonstrations, cake walks, entertainment, and silent auction. Handmade crafts by regional artists will available for purchase. All proceeds will be used to support the Center's mission to promote the Appalachian artist through education and sales. Join the fun, take a tour of the Center, and learn the many ways the Center promotes arts in our community!

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Information: 865-494-9854, www.appalachianarts.net

 

Monday, June 1, 8:00 PM
The Bijou Theatre: Allen Stone with Brynn Elliott
 

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

In the past two years, Allen Stone has gone from being a soul singer from Chewelah, WA to selling out venues where the audience is bigger than his hometown's entire population ' and it blows his mind. 'Basically my job is to throw a party for people every night when we're on tour,' he says with a sense of wonder. Stone's world has expanded dramatically since he released his self-titled album on his own stickystones label in late 2011. It shot into the Top 10 of Billboard's Heatseekers chart and entered the Top 5 of iTunes' R&B/Soul charts and soon the unsigned artist was appearing on shows like 'Conan,' 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' 'Last Call with Carson Daly' and 'Live from Daryl's House.' USA Today hailed him as a 'pitch-perfect powerhouse' and The New York Times' Jon Pareles likened his socially conscious music to that of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers. Stone was voted one of mtvU's "Freshman 5" in late 2012 and tapped as VH1's first 'You Oughta Know' artist of 2013. His new album, which Stone is co-producing with Swedish soul singer/multi-instrumentalist Magnus Tingsek, will be released later this year by Capitol Records. Brynn Elliott's life has always been set to music. The Atlanta native, who began singing with her grandfather at age three, is now a Harvard philosophy major who juggles an intense academic life with touring, recording and song writing. As an emerging artist to watch, she is in demand. Most recently, Brynn has toured with Brandi Carlile, Alanis Morissette, Wilson Phillips and Tyler Ward. Radio is quickly embracing her first EP, 'Notions of Love,' and it's currently playing on over 40 college radio stations. She is about to embark on two major summer 2015 tours with OAR and Allen Stone. Visit www.allenstone.com and brynnelliott.com for more information.

Contact: Amanda Womac, 865-522-0832, e-mail
Tickets: 865-684-1200
803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxbijou.com

 

June 1 - July 31
Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy

 

Each week offers a new and exciting age-appropriate art class that will nourish and challenge your child. The KMA’s certified art educators provide instruction in small groups with personalized instruction. Classes are designed to increase your child’s knowledge of art, and help in the development of his or her artistic techniques, fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, and confidence. Each class includes sessions in the museum galleries, relating class activities, to works in the collection. At the end of each week we celebrate with an exhibition and presentations by the students. Classes are held at the Knoxville Museum of Art (1050 World’s Fair Park Drive). Morning classes are offered each week for children ages 3-12. Afternoon classes are offered for ages 13 and up. These one-week classes start Monday, June 1, and continue each week through Friday, July 31. Tuition for the half-day class is $85.00 for KMA members and $100.00 for non-members (unless specified otherwise), and includes workshop supplies, instruction, and guided tours. Classes are filled and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: 865-525-6101 x241, e-mail
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37916 | PDF listing of classes

 

Fridays, June 5 & 12 and July 3-31, 4:00 PM
Pasión Flamenca: Flamenco for Children

This is an introduction to flamenco class for children (ages 8-14) with no flamenco dance experience. Adults may take this introductory class as well, and for every paying adult, up to 3 children may attend for free. Class size 8-15 students. Pre-registration is required.

Contact: 865-202-0740
8701 Unicorn Drive Knoxville, TN 37922 | www.flamencowestknox.com



Monday, June 8, 10:00-11:00 AM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Stroller Tours

Discovering Plants in "Through the Lens”

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

 

Monday-Friday, June 8-12 or June 22-26, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Community Television of Knoxville: Introductory Documentary Workshop

Provides five days of training and experience that will give your 6th – 8th grade level child all the tools they need to create a documentary about something important to them. The final project will focus on any document-able subject. Materials cost for the workshop is $25.  Lunch is provided. Two separate sessions are offered - REGISTRATION DEADLINE is June 1.

Registration: www.knoxvillehuntersmoon.org

 

Saturday, June 20, 1:00-4:00 PM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Family Fun Days

Discovering Plants in "Through the Lens”

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: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events/family-fun-day-06202015/

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

 

June 22-26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Kids Craft Camp
   

With Sheri Burns and her assistant Kat Havercamp. Take a grand adventure through art in the Appalachian Arts Craft Center's week long art camp for kids ages 7 to 12!

Traditional crafts such as basket-making, weaving and hand sewing will be presented, as well as bookmaking, painting, and other crafty endeavors. Students should bring a lunch, and be prepared to get messy. Please register early to save your spot in the camp.

$95 per child (members); $105 for nonmembers. Some scholarships may be available. Call for more information.
Registration deadline: June 17. Check if after deadline to see if space remains!

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Information: 865-494-9854, www.appalachianarts.net

 

Saturday, July 4
Marble Springs State Historic Site: Fourth of July Celebration

 

Free for all, though donations are appreciated!

In collaboration with the General Henry Knox Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution, we will be celebrating America's birthday with lectures, demonstrations, and fun kid-friendly activities.

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

 

Monday-Friday, July 6-10 or July 20-24, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Community Television of Knoxville: Advanced Documentary Workshop

Provides five days of training and experience for 9th – 12th grade level youth who demonstrate interest in pursuing film and video arts. This workshop will focus on the art of creating a documentary/mockumentary. Completed projects will be automatically entered into the 2015 Knoxville Hunter’s Moon Cinema Showcase.  Materials cost for the workshop is $25. Lunch is provided. Two separate sessions are offered. Registration deadline is July 1.

Registration: www.knoxvillehuntersmoon.org

 

Monday-Friday, July 6-17 or July 20-31, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre: Summer Acting Workshop

The Clarence Brown Theatre Summer Acting Workshop is an intensive two week actor training workshop for high school students (rising 9th graders through rising college freshmen) held on the campus of the University of Tennessee. There are two sessions. Session I is June July 6-17 and Session II is July 20-31. Instructors include UT-Theatre department faculty, resident artists and MFA graduate students. Participants will have classes in acting technique, scene study, voice and movement and musical theatre. No prior experience is necessary. Each session will culminate in a public showcase of the students work. Cost is $525 per session and on campus parking is available for an additional $30.

Contact: Terry Silver-Alford, 865-974-8504, e-mail | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: Pre-Pointe/Early Pointe Intensive
 

At The Dance Centre in Oak Ridge. This intensive is designed for ballerinas, rising 6th graders and up. Cost is $175.

Contact: Wendie Aurin, 865-567-6092, e-mail | www.orcba.org

 

July 13-17, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:30-4:30 PM
Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Pottery for Kids
   

With Nancy Adams. Rising 3rd-5th grade, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and rising 6th – 8th grade, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Explore all methods of hand building while creating functional pieces for your favorite foods, beverages and more. Introduction to the wheel with interactive demonstration. Cost: $100 for members, $110 for nonmembers. Some scholarships may be available. Registration deadline: July 3. Check if after deadline to see if space remains!

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Information: 865-494-9854, www.appalachianarts.net

 

Thursday-Sunday, July 16 - August 16, 7:00 PM
Tennessee Stage Company: Shakespeare on the Square 2015
 

Tennessee Stage Company presents Shakespeare on the Square 2015: Performances of The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth alternating Thursday to Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM from July 16 until August 16 on the Market Square Stage. Shakespeare on the Square annually features two of the magnificent plays of Williams Shakespeare, comedies, tragedies and histories, rotated nightly outdoors on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. A blanket or a lawn chair is all you need to view these performances.While we perform with no admission charge for general seating, we do appreciate your donations – we pass a basket nightly and we suggest a $10 donation per person.

The Taming of the Shrew
: Renowned as Shakespeare’s most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men, the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio, and the two sisters they meet in Padua. Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca’s formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed. Petruchio, interested only in the huge dowry, arranges to marry Katherine – against her will – and enters into a battle of the sexes that has endured as one of Shakespeare’s most enjoyable works.

Macbeth
: One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit, and more murders, which ultimately spells his doom. Set amid the gloomy castles and lonely heaths of medieval Scotland, Macbeth paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honor and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination.

Contact: (865) 546-4280 or tennesseestage@comcast.net
Visit tennesseestage.com for more info.

 

Saturday, July 18, 1:00-4:00 PM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Family Fun Days

Plants and Animals of Tennessee

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: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events/family-fun-day-07182015/

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

 

Monday, July 20, 10:00-11:00 AM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Stroller Tours

Plants and Animals of Tennessee

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

 

July 20-24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Pottery for Teenagers
   

With Katie Cottrell. Ages 13-17. Introduction to clay on the potter’s wheel which will include preparing the clay, centering and basic shapes with an introduction to glazing during the last class. Cost: $115 for members, $125 for nonmembers. Some scholarships may be available. Registration deadline: July 10. Check if after deadline to see if space remains!

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Information: 865-494-9854, www.appalachianarts.net

 

July 27-31, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: 8th Annual Summer Dance Camp
 

At The Historic Grove Theater in Grove Center, Oak Ridge. This camp is for boys and girls of all abilities, rising kindergartners and up. You don't have to be a prima ballerina for this camp - just some ready to MOVE and HAVE FUN! Cost is $85, which includes lunch and snacks each day.

Contact: Wendie Aurin, 865-567-6092, e-mail | www.orcba.org

 

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

Botanical Photography

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: http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events/family-fun-day-08012015/

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

 

Sunday, August 2, 2:00 PM
Tennessee Stage Company: The Taming of the Shrew
 

Part of the Shakespeare on the Square 2015: Performances in Market Square. The indoor matinee takes place in the luxuriously air conditioned and well appointed Scruffy City Hall at 32 Market Square. Admission is $10 at the door.

The Taming of the Shrew: Renowned as Shakespeare’s most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men, the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio, and the two sisters they meet in Padua. Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca’s formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed. Petruchio, interested only in the huge dowry, arranges to marry Katherine – against her will – and enters into a battle of the sexes that has endured as one of Shakespeare’s most enjoyable works.

Contact: (865) 546-4280 or tennesseestage@comcast.net
Visit tennesseestage.com for more info.

 

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 PM
Tennessee Stage Company: Macbeth
 

Part of the Shakespeare on the Square 2015: Performances in Market Square. The indoor matinee takes place in the luxuriously air conditioned and well appointed Scruffy City Hall at 32 Market Square. Admission is $10 at the door.

Macbeth: One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit, and more murders, which ultimately spells his doom. Set amid the gloomy castles and lonely heaths of medieval Scotland, Macbeth paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honor and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination.

Contact: (865) 546-4280 or tennesseestage@comcast.net
Visit tennesseestage.com for more info.

 

Saturday, August 15, 7:00-10:00 PM
Marble Springs State Historic Site: New Moon

 

This is the best time to view faint objects, such as galaxies and star clusters, without the moonlight interfering. $1 per person.

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

 

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

 

Monday, August 24, 10:00-11:00 AM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: McClung Museum Free Stroller Tours

Through the Lens

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

 

Through September 30
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: Time-Out Camps

 

Attention camps, day cares & recreation centers - bring your kids to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this summer! Your group will receive a guided tour, organized games, and free play. We also offer optional add-ons for pizza, a movie and popcorn! Give your staff a Time-Out while the kids have fun at the WBHOF!

Youth - $5, add-on pizza party - $4; add-on movie & popcorn - $2. Minimum of 10 participants.

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



ONGOING: Tuesdays at 6:00 PM & Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Alexia Productions: Basic Belly Dance Classes

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

A fun great workout! Belly dance is a Western term for a traditional Arab dance genre known as raqs sharqi literally ("oriental dance") or sometimes raqs baladi literally "dance of country", and so ("folk" dance). It is also sometimes called "Middle Eastern Dance" or the "Arabic Dance" in the United States. Native to the Middle East, and now popular worldwide, belly dance takes many different regional forms, both in costume and dance style, indicating that distinctive dance moves may have been transported to these regions and incorporated with local dance styles.

Alexia offers classes at her home studio (very large space) just off Alcoa Hwy, and plenty of parking! Anyone can learn! Try out one class for $15 but if you sign up for 4 or more then it's $12 a class. If you're new to the art of Belly Dance, then check out the Basics class: A technique and fitness-oriented class that offers a solid foundation for developing a graceful dance style. Students learn basic hip and arm movements, head slides, basic traveling steps and turns, and basic combinations for dancing at home and socially. No previous dance training is necessary. No two sessions are identical, so students may remain in Belly Dance basics as long as desired and still learn new movements.

Contact: 865-898-2126, e-mail
1563 Crestwood Drive, Louisville, TN 37777 | www.alexia-dance.com

 

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
May 22, 2015


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