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Four-day passes for CMA FEST 2020 on sale now
Four-day passes for CMA Fest - which takes place in Nashville Thursday through Sunday, June 4-7, 2020 — are available for purchase.

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Marble Springs State Historic Site to host muzzleloader workshop
On Sunday, September 15, 2019, Marble Springs State Historic Site will hold a muzzleloader workshop for all those interested in learning the fundamentals of muzzle loading.

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The Clayton Center for the Arts announces 2019-2020 season line up
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Arts in the Airport showcases through August 28
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Salsarita’s, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital partner to help seriously ill patients
KNOXVILLE – Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill is pleased to partner with the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital to thank donors.

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10 ways to keep the family physically and mentally active this summer
PIGEON FORGE, TN – With summer break here, many parents are scrambling for ideas of how to keep their families active over the next couple of months. Staying active, both physically and mentally, can help families avoid the dreaded summer brain drain, where kids tend to lose some of what they learned during the school year, and it can help keep the body healthier.

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Special Events Calendar:

April 3 through October 30
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum: Story Thyme
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave
Every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Pre-school age children are invited to join the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum for Story Thyme in the Garden. Every week we’ll learn a new theme as we explore the garden, read a story book, and do a fun craft.

May 3 - November 23
Market Square Farmers Market
Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

August 16 through September 1
Robin Hood & His Merry Men
Knoxville Children's Theatre
The Sheriff of Nottingham will stop at nothing to see Prince John ascend to the English throne. But Little John, Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian team up with the daring Robin Hood to see justice return to London.

August 16 through December 31
Farragut Museum: Timeless Toys
Farragut City Hall
Free event

August 23
Ijams Nature Center: Bluegrass at the Quarry
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave
Ijams Nature Center partners with the East Tennessee Bluegrass Association to bring you a fun filled night of music to move your soul and make you dance. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person for this fundraising event. The Ijams beer garden will be open and food truck will be on property for all your food needs. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, and your dancing shoes!

August 23
Knoxville Food Tours
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Gay St./Market Square
“The Flavors of Knoxville”

August 24
First Lutheran Church
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Annual celebration of German culture featuring German food, local craft beer, live music all day, children's games and events, silent auction and more. $2 adults; children under 12 free.

August 24
Knoxville Food Tours
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Old City
“Legends and Modern Local Flavors”

August 24
Asian Film Festival
10 am to 4 pm at the East Tennessee History Center
FREE admission. Sign up online to reserve your seat and learn more about history and culture.

August 25
Knoxville Food Tours
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Gay St./Market Square
“The Flavors of Knoxville”

August 25
6th Knoxville Asian Festival
11 am to 8 pm at the World’s Fair Park
2019 Asian Festival features authentic traditional food vendors representing Asian countries and areas such as Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam.

asian festivalThe Asian Cultural Parade starts at 10:45 am at water fountain on the park lawn and ends at 11:15am at Amphitheater stage.

Featured performance art will include traditional Chinese, Korean, Taiwan, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Indonesia Japan and Philippine dance & music. For the first time, Balinese Indonesia traditional dance will be performed. Also showcased will be various martial arts demonstrations, K-Pop and J-Pop performances, Kimono Show, Chinese acrobat & opera from Las Vegas & NY, a bonsai exhibition, a cosplay contest, Japanese tea ceremony, and Japanese drummers Taiko from Disney World. Many of our artists travel to Knoxville from all over the country and from various Asian countries to participate in this year’s festival. 1,250 seats will be available under the Amphitheater tent for the big stage performances. The Asian Festival also includes a strong educational component. We recently implemented “Asian World,” where visitors travel through various booths that are named after Asian cultural interactive activities and featuring traditional foods and art for each one. Children and adults will receive a stamp on their festival passport for each cultural booth visited. Everyone is encouraged to visit all cultural booths to learn about the diversity of cultural traditions.

August 25
South Knoxville Sunday Market
Landing House, 1147 Sevier Ave, Knoxville 37920
The last Sunday of the month, April through August, local businesses in South Knoxville will be featuring different vendors, and artists. There will be drink and food specials, as well as workshops and demonstrations to participate in. This unique market will take place at Trailhead, Printshop, Alliance, and Landing House from 1pm to 4pm. Landing House will be hosting yoga that afternoon from 12pm to 1pm for an $8 entrance fee. $10 will include yoga and either a sparkler (mimosa!) or a draft beer.

August 23 through September 22
Million Dollar Quartet
Clarence Brown Theatre
1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus
The Tony Award winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet” takes the mainstage

August 30
Tall Tales of Tennessee: An Evening of Storytelling
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend TN
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Featuring Hannah Harvey, Elizabeth Rose, and Charles Maynard. Tickets are $10 (free for GSMHC members) and will be available for purchase the evening of the event. Please bring your folding chair and spend the evening with some of our area’s most beloved storytellers.

August 30 to September 1
Big Kahuna Wing Festival
963 Worlds Fair Park Drive
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$25.00 in Advance. Adults $30.00. Children under 8 Free

2019 Festival will feature:
• Over 18,000 lbs. of Wings
• Some of the Best Wings of the South
• NEW Fireworks/ Laser Show
• NEW Friday Night Concert at the Amphitheater
• Culinary Corner
• Wing Eating Competition
• XXX HOT Wing Eating Competition
• Bobbing for Wings Competition
• Wing Cooking Competition
• Live Music Performances
• Kids Corner & Entertainment
• Silent Auction
Fun for the Entire Family

September 6-15
100th Tennessee Valley Fair
From culinary arts to crafts, livestock shows to action sports, headline concerts and special events, there are thousands of ways to enjoy a little Homegrown Happiness at this year's Tennessee Valley Fair.

The Concert Series has a wide range of genres for all of East Tennessee to enjoy:
The Dirty Guv'nahs - Friday, September 6, 8pm
Battle of the Cover Bands - FREE ENTRY - Saturday, September 7, 8pm
Erick Baker with The Young Fables - Sunday, September 8, 8pm
Morgan Wallen - Monday, September 9, 8pm
Keith Sweat - Wednesday, September 11, 8pm
Riley Green - Thursday, September 12, 8pm
Bret Michaels - Friday, September 13, 8pm
Uptown Funk - Saturday, September 14, 8pm
KC And The Sunshine Band - Sunday, September 15, 8pm

To see a full list of attractions and activities, visit

September 7
Cades Cove Cellars Art Exhibit & Sale
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Townsend Artisan Guild artists will be displaying and selling their art at the Cades Cove Cellars

September 8
34th annual Symphony in the Park
Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Ave
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
presented by Clayton Homes! It’s the most magical night of the year! There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by amazing art and friends during a cocktail hour and then settling in to enjoy a delicious dinner on the Visitor Center lawn and listen to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra while the sun sets. This year’s event features guest musical artist is Christina Horn and guest visual artist Matthew Cummings and the artists of Pretentious Glass Company. Tickets are $175 per person; tables of 10 are $1750 ($50 of each ticket is nondeductible). Call Elizabeth Newman at 865-577-4717 x123 to reserve your seats.

September 13 through October 6
Charlotte's Web
Knoxville Children's Theatre
109 E. Churchwell Avenue
E. B. White's classic book follows little Wilbur the Pig onto the Zuckerman's farm. Before long, he has made friends with the barn animals, even forging an unlikely kinship with Charlotte the Spider. What could the future hold for the twosome?

September 21
963 Worlds Fair Park Drive
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Experience the Indian culture through food, song, dance, and other organized activities. India Fest will include instructed yoga practice, a fashion show displaying the ethnic clothing of the region, cooking demos, and many other cultural events.

September 27-29
Greek Fest
St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Friday and Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Join us at St. George Greek Orthodox Church for authentic Greek Food, delicious Greek Pastries, live music, traditional Greek dancing, shopping, and so much more!

September 28-29
HoLa Festival
Market Square
Saturday 7:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm
HoLa Hora Latina’s signature event highlights the diversity of the Hispanic culture while extending a cultural salute to the East Tennessee community. Enjoy a rich mix of music, dance, food, arts, crafts, heritage tables, a Parade of Nations and children’s activities.

November 22
Fais Do-Do, a Cajun dance party
Legacy Housing Foundation benefit
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35; available at EventBrite


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Massive waterpark coming to Sevierville
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Big South Fork NRRA annual photo contest
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Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre 2019-2020 season features six lineups
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Guild of Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists on Location 2019
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Nick Offerman’s ‘All Rise’ live show comes to Knoxville November 9
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Call for Entries: Knoxville Photo 2019 Exhibition
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