A Knoxville Family’s Guide to October 2021

As the leaves change and weather cools, there’s much to do in Knoxville and beyond!  October kicks off with the popular Greek Fest at St. George Orthodox Church. You can enjoy the food, music and culture for just a few dollars admission.

This month you can even take a trip back in time aboard the Tall Ship Pinta. The replica of Christopher Columbus’s ship is making stops in Lenoir City and downtown Knoxville. The public is invited to visit the ship for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.

October Knoxville Family Events

The pleasant fall weather is the perfect backdrop for Outdoor Story Time at the Farragut Library.  It’s held every Tuesday in October from 10:30am to 11:00am. It is free and open to the public.

The silver screen is coming back to Chilhowee Park this fall with Drive-In at the Midway.  This season advance tickets will not be required. The movies include family favorites like Karate Kid, Coco and more.  Gates open at 6:00pm. For more information about what to expect, visit the drive-in website.

If you’re looking for fall-specific activities, Knoxville Moms has you covered! We have several lists for you to check out including Knoxville Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes & More, Knoxville Fall Fun Festivities & Events, and Knoxville Halloween Events to name just a few.  We hope your family has a fun and fabulous fall!

Also check out 25+ Things to Do in Downtown Knoxville and 100+ Family Fun Things to Do in the Smokies.

Sep
24
Discover Tall Ship Pinta
On Friday, September 24th, the ‘Pinta’, a replica of Christopher Columbus’ famous Ship, will open in Lenoir City, TN. The ship will be docked at...
Oct
1
Fall Heritage Day
Bring your students or children to the Museum for Fall Heritage Day! Families and young folks will enjoy learning about Appalachian history & cult...
Oct
1
Greek Fest
Come enjoy the authentic Greek food, delicious pastries, live Greek music, shopping and so much more! With all of the savory and sweet Greek foods on ...
Oct
1
Drive-In at the Midway
The silver screen is coming back to Chilhowee Park this fall with Drive-In at the Midway. The Library and City of Knoxville(link is external) are pl...
Oct
2
Horse Haven of Tennessee’s Fall Harvest Fest and Craft Fair
Join us on October 2, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for our third annual “Fall Harvest Fest” at Horse Haven! Admission is $10 per carload, so b...
Oct
2
Horse Haven Fall Harvest Fest & Craft Fair
Join us on October 2, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for our third annual “Fall Harvest Fest” at Horse Haven! Admission is $10 per carload, so b...
Oct
2
Greek Fest
Come enjoy the authentic Greek food, delicious pastries, live Greek music, shopping and so much more! With all of the savory and sweet Greek foods on ...
Oct
3
Greek Fest
Come enjoy the authentic Greek food, delicious pastries, live Greek music, shopping and so much more! With all of the savory and sweet Greek foods on ...
Oct
5
Outdoor Storytime at Farragut Library
Join us outdoors once again this fall for stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy the stor...
Oct
8
UT Gardens Home Grown Home School Program
Homeschool Program- Nature School at the Garden August – December 2021 Our Home Grown Home School Program will resume this August with a focus o...
Oct
8
Drive-In at the Midway
The silver screen is coming back to Chilhowee Park this fall with Drive-In at the Midway. The Library and City of Knoxville(link is external) are pl...
Oct
9
Little Ponderosa Zoo Fall Festival
All the fun of the Little Ponderosa Zoo plus a chili cookoff, inflatables, craft vendors, games, pony rides, great food, music and face painting! Admi...
Oct
12
Outdoor Storytime at Farragut Library
Join us outdoors once again this fall for stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy the stor...
Oct
12
Trash Run at Elst Brewing Co
This is a litter fun run for all ages. We will be picking up litter on Central St. After the event, you can get $1 off beer from Elst Brewing Co. and ...
Oct
15
UT Science Forum
The UT Science Forum is a weekly lecture series open to the UT community and public. We provide our audience with an opportunity to learn about the la...
Oct
15
Living History in Walker Valley
We’re bringing history to life! Join local Smoky Mountain guide, Kathy Gwinn, and Tremont naturalists for a special day of learning and explorin...
Oct
15
Trick or Treat at Little Ponderosa Zoo
Come out and trick or treat in the safe and fun environment of the Little Ponderosa Zoo!
Oct
16
October Saturday Spruce Up
Join our monthly volunteer opportunity! Saturday Spruce Ups are held on every third Saturday of the month. Each month the location and volunteer work ...
Oct
16
Trick or Treat at Little Ponderosa Zoo
Come out and trick or treat in the safe and fun environment of the Little Ponderosa Zoo!
Oct
19
Outdoor Storytime at Farragut Library
Join us outdoors once again this fall for stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy the stor...
Oct
21
Meridiem DermSpa Cosmetic Gala
A couple of months ago, we rebranded our Knoxville Dermatology Group MediSpa to Meridiem DermSpa, and it’s time to celebrate.  You are invit...
Oct
22
Friday Fun Day: Falling Leaves and Tall Trees
Friday Fun Day: Falling Leaves and Tall Trees Date: October 22, 2021 Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Class size limit: 15 Cost: $10 members/$15 nonmembers This ...
Oct
22
UT Science Forum
The UT Science Forum is a weekly lecture series open to the UT community and public. We provide our audience with an opportunity to learn about the la...
Oct
22
Trick or Treat at Little Ponderosa Zoo
Come out and trick or treat in the safe and fun environment of the Little Ponderosa Zoo!
Oct
22
Drive-In at the Midway
The silver screen is coming back to Chilhowee Park this fall with Drive-In at the Midway. The Library and City of Knoxville(link is external) are pl...
Oct
23
Trick or Treat at Little Ponderosa Zoo
Come out and trick or treat in the safe and fun environment of the Little Ponderosa Zoo!
Oct
26
Outdoor Storytime at Farragut Library
Join us outdoors once again this fall for stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy the stor...
Oct
26
Pumpkin Floral Arrangement Workshop
Pumpkin Floral Arrangement Workshop Date: October 26, 2021 Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm Cost: $45 Garden members | $55 Non-members Fall is upon us and pumpkin ...
Oct
28
Trunk or Treat
The National Residence Hall Honorary of The University of Tennessee is proud to announce the return of Trunk or Treat! Trunk or Treat brings the commu...
Oct
29
UT Science Forum
The UT Science Forum is a weekly lecture series open to the UT community and public. We provide our audience with an opportunity to learn about the la...
Oct
29
Freaky Friday Fright NIte
5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road Children ages 12 and under are invited to “trick or treat” on the walking trail...
Oct
29
Drive-In at the Midway
The silver screen is coming back to Chilhowee Park this fall with Drive-In at the Midway. The Library and City of Knoxville(link is external) are pl...
Oct
30
Mischievous Movie Night
Join us on the Saturday of Halloween weekend at The Parkway Drive-in Movie Theater for a mischievous fun-filled evening! There will be Trunk or Treati...
Oct
30
Bewitching Beasts: Scary to Lose
Bewitching Beasts: Scary to Lose Cost: $8 Garden Members | $10 Nonmembers Date: 10/30/2021 Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Join us as we celebrate Earth’s biod...
Oct
30
AIM Autism-Friendly Trick or Treat
Join AIM Clinics for a sensory-friendly Trick or Treat event at our therapy center in Farragut. There will be sensory toys, therapy tools and lots of ...
Oct
31
Main Event’s Monster Halloween Bash
Come Celebrate Halloween at Main Event’s annual Halloween Monster Bash from 11:00am-3:00pm on Halloween day. (Werewolves not welcome) From cost...
Oct
31
Beds, Brews & Boos
It’s Race time in Tennessee! Join us on October 31st from 1-6 pm for a charity bed race and Halloween Festival at World’s Fair Park! This ...
Oct
31
Old Sevier Halloween Market
The Old Sevier Outdoor Market is back with a SPOOKY HALLOWEEN MARKET! Join us in Old Sevier neighborhood on Oct 31st for some trick or treating and lo...