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.

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ONGOING: First Tuesday of every month, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

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

Come join us at the top of each hour as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee through a tour of the Governor's house, office, and kitchen as well as the Hopkins Parker Garden. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome. Last tour at 4:00 PM.

Contact: Jessica Duggan, 865-525-2375, e-mail
200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 |


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.

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 |


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 |


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

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES - Jefferson and Sevier
Advance reservations required? RECOMMENDED

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.

Saturdays may be excluded due to special events or private events. Please call in advance!

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


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. 2016 marks the 225th anniversary of the beginning of the City of Knoxville! 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 |


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 and beyond. 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: Kate Faulkner, 865-525-6101 x246, e-mail
1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916 |


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


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 |


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

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

Free live music show and live radio broadcast. WDVX offers station tours with a reservation (please call), and groups can reserve seating at the Blue Plate Special through Visit Knoxville or WDVX. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast on the radio at 89.9 FM, 93.9 FM and 102.9 and online at

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


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Artistic Spectrum

Bijou Theatre

Blount Mansion Association

Circle Modern Dance

Clarence Brown Theatre

Clayton Center for the Arts

Crescent Bend House & Gardens

East Tennessee Historical Society

Foothills Craft Guild

Go! Contemporary Dance Works

Historic Ramsey House

James White's Fort

Jubilee Community Arts

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

The Muse Knoxville

Museum of Appalachia

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association

Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble

Tennessee Stage Company

Tennessee Valley Fair


Women's Basketball Hall of Fame


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