First Friday October Plus the Hola Festival and Brewer’s Jam

Hola Festival

It’s another great weekend in the city. I don’t generally plan to do a preview post. I don’t want to get locked into being a “coming attractions” sort of blog, but it’s hard not to give a little shout out to some great events that I know are headed this way. I’d hate for you to miss something that I could have mentioned. (Note to Pikes on UT campus: You didn’t listen to my suggestions last Friday night. How did that work for you? That’s right)

Here’s a partial list of the art openings taken from, your definitive site for art openings. Go to that site for more information regarding the artists and their mediums, etc.

  • Visitor’s Center: 7:00 PM, Womack Family Band
  • 2 Many Pixels: Jimmy Chiarella (Wildlife Photography)
  • Art Market Gallery: George Rothery (Marine Artist) and Kathy Lovelace (hand-painted furniture art)
  • Bliss Home: Peyton Ritchie (Abstract paintings) and Melissa Johnson (figurative artist)
  • Emporium: Dena Honea (finger-printed portraits), Lahla Deakins (hand-built lace pottery)
  • Gallery 133: Numerous Artists + Alexia Pantanizopoulos and Norwegian Wood!
  • Rita’s Ice: Leann Vineyard Cooper (drawings)
  • Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound at the East Tennessee History Center: Focus on the Highlander Center in music, sculpture and film. Meet Guy Carawan, one of the people credited with bringing “We Shall Overcome” to the civil rights movement.

Here  are a few others I turned up for Friday night:

  • Gallery Nuance (a new one to me) 121 S. Gay: Glass beading demonstrations, many artists and live jazz
  • Club LeConte: Charity Classic starts at 6:30, $50 gets you an open bar, food, music, dancing, the best view in Knoxville and it all helps various charities!
  • October First Friday Drum/Dance/Hoop/Spin/Fire Circle: 7:30, Krutch Park

Saturday is huge:

  • Market Square Farmers’ Market: 9:00 – 2:00
  • Knoxville Brewer’s Jam: World’s Fair Park, 1:00 – 7:00, Brews and great music: Hudson K, Mic Harrison, King Super. General admission is sold out, but VIP Tickets for $100 are still available
  • Oktoberfest: Market Square – After Party for Brewer’s Jam, Shuttles from the WFP, Delta Saints, Grandpa’s Stash and the Black Cadillacs
  • Knoxville Artist’s Bicycle Art Show: Corner BP, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

And that doesn’t even touch the biggest event of the day: The annual Hola Festival. This year’s event will be held on Regas Square at the corner of Gay and Depot (same place as last year) and will begin at 11:00 AM, and last until 8:00 PM. The Parade of Nations (2:00 PM), craft and cultural booths, food from all over the Latin world, great music all day long and Dora the Explorer (11 – 3)! What else are you wanting? This always gets my vote for best annual event for children and most spectacularly photogenic event. You can see some of my photographs from previous years here: 2010, 20102010, 2011, 2011, 2011.

I’m tired, already. Watch for me out and about and say, “hey,” if you see me. I hope to catch as many of these events as possible.