Our Stars on Stage annual fundraising event is going virtual this year! We are pleased to announce a special streaming concert from the Tennessee's legendary stage with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors on Thursday, October 1, which is the Theatre's 92nd Anniversary. The concert will be free to watch, but we encourage donations and there will be an online auction with autographed items, unique experiences, art, and more. There are also special packages available to purchase to make your viewing experience even better!

This year’s fundraiser is more important than ever as we have lost 95% of our revenue due to closing during the pandemic. The Tennessee Theatre misses being filled with audiences who come together to experience its magic and make memories to be cherished for years to come. But this dark period is only an intermission, and we look forward to the next act! We need your help so that we will be ready to bring back live events as soon as it is safe and possible for everyone. Join us for the streaming concert, make a donation, participate in the online auction, and share the event with your friends, family, and colleagues. This is an easy way to show your love and support for the Official State Theatre of Tennessee!

Make a donation



Special Stars on Stage Packages

  • No Place Like Home ($125 per person)
    • Take-home dinner and cocktail from one of our restaurant partners (RT Lodge, Emilia, Northshore Brasserie, or Chef Holly Hambright) to be picked up at restaurant (view menus)
    • Commemorative event poster from Status Serigraph (will be mailed in early October)
    • Early access to online auction



  • Tennessee Waltz ($250 per person)
    • Viewing of the concert on the big screen at the Tennessee Theatre on October 1 at 7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
      • Social distancing will be in place
      • Masks must be worn at all times while not eating or drinking
      • Very limited tickets
      • Assigned seating
    • Charcuterie box from Grazey Table
    • Open bar service at your seat
    • Certificate for a private tour of the Tennessee (to be redeemed by 12/31/2020)
    • Commemorative event poster from Status Serigraph (to be mailed in early October)
    • Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace by Jack Neely (coffee table book)
    • Early access to the online auction


The Auction

  • Auction will open to the public on Monday, September 21
  • If you purchase a package with early access, you will receive an email with the auction link on September 18
  • Auction closes at 11:59pm on Thursday, October 1, following the streaming concert
View the auction

Yes, you can watch the show on your TV rather than your computer or phone, but only after the live stream. IIn order to watch the show on your smart TV, Apple TV, or through a streaming device such as Roku, you will need to have a Vimeo account and have the app installed. If you already have a Vimeo account, simply click on the "Watch Later" button in the video box above. Then, you can follow the steps below beginning at Step 7. 

If you do not yet have a Vimeo account, follow the steps below to set up the concert to stream immediately following the live airing on October 1:

  1. Go to vimeo.com and set-up a free account (be sure to scroll past paid plans and click "no thanks" to choose the free version)
  2. Search for Tennessee Theatre in Vimeo in the search bar
  3. Click on "People" on the left hand side
  4. Select the Tennessee Theatre profile
  5. Find the Stars on Stage video in our library
  6. On the right hand side of the video, near the top, click on "Watch Later" which looks like a clock
  7. Anytime following the live airing on October 1 at 8pm, go to the Vimeo app on your TV (be sure to install it ahead of time)
  8. Find your "Watch Later" collection and select the "Stars on Stage" video you added

Yes, seats will be assigned in order to ensure proper social distancing. 

To ensure social distancing, only members of a household who purchase tickets in a single transaction may sit together.

Unfortunately, menus and charcuterie box items cannot be altered.

We want you to dress for the experience you'd like to have. Cocktail, dressy casual, and black tie are all acceptable.

While the Tennessee Theatre does not own or operate any parking lots or garages, there are several options for parking downtown. The State Street garage, Locust Street garage, and Market Square garage are available for free parking on weekends. The State Street garage is the closest, located almost directly behind the theatre.

For more information on parking options, including a map, visit www.parkdowntownknoxville.com.

Yes, a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. We will provide a letter including this amount after the event.

Please contact Lila Honaker ([email protected]) who will be happy to provide you with details on sponsorship opportunities.

A special thanks to our event sponsors

If you have any questions about this event, please email us at i[email protected]. While the theatre is closed and our staff is working remotely, our phones will not be manned; however, email is being monitored daily. We appreciate your patience in our response during this time.