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.

 

Thursday, July 30 (and Thursdays through September 24), 3:00-6:00 PM
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

 

Thursday-Sunday, July 30 - 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.

 

Fridays, July 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

 

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.

 

Tuesday, August 4, 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

 

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’s School of Middle Eastern Dance: Basic Belly Dance

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
July 29, 2015


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