Thursday, Dec. 13
6th Annual Tour de Lights
7 p.m., Market Square
Show us your holiday spirit, bicyclists—by donning gay apparel and blinky lights, then cruising through downtown, Fourth and Gill, and Old North Knoxville. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories, including best decorated person, best bicycle, and best group theme. Free bike safety checks and judging for the contest start at 6 p.m. Helmets and front white lights are required. More info: knoxtrans.org.
Saturday, Dec. 15
Samuel Braga Self-Defense Seminar
11 a.m., Gracie Barra Knoxville (8373 Kingston Pike Suite 200). A toy.
Bring an unwrapped new toy to donate to Toys For Tots, and get a free admission to a two-hour seminar with Samuel Braga, six-time World Champion and five-time Brazilian National BJJ Champion. Learn how to whup ass for the kids!
Wine Tasting, Music & Art
7 p.m., Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (2931 Kingston Pike). $10.
This fund-raiser for the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center features, yes, wine, music (by Bob Wood), and art. Bring a favorite bottle of wine (plus your own glasses). Adults only, please!
Sunday, Dec. 16
Downton Abbey Season Three Preview
5 p.m., Regal Downtown West Cinema. Free.
Attention fans of fancy soap operas featuring British accents: season three of PBS’ Downton Abbey doesn’t premiere until Jan. 6, but you can watch the first hour of the first episode way ahead of the Anglophile masses. East Tennessee PBS is presenting this first-come, first-serve screening.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
City Council Sign Ordinance Task Force
4 p.m., KCDC (901 N. Broadway).
This was a date change from the previous Wednesday. Questions: Call the City Council office at 865-215-2075.
Corrected: We mistakenly listed Downton Abbey as "Downtown Abbey."