Knoxville 4th of July Weekend Top Five

Knoxville 4th of July

The last long weekend of summer has arrived! The Knoxville 4th of July Weekend top five has your go-to list for the best events happening in and around Knoxville this weekend!

1)  Festival on the Fourth

July 4th, 2016
World’s Fair Park
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Festival on the 4th delivers a wide variety of family fun including entertainment, activities and treats at the City of Knoxville’s 4th of July celebration at the World’s Fair Park.

The free festival begins at 4 p.m. and ends at approximately 10 p.m. at the conclusion of the fireworks display. This event is RAIN OR SHINE.

Throughout the day festival goers will be treated to good music, good food, good fun and good times on the Festival and Performance lawns of the World’s Fair Park.

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Regal’s Kids Zone is sure to please kids of all ages with fun activities by Home Depot and Lego building with Bricks for Kids. Join us at 4 p.m. for some live music on the Festival Lawn.

Kelsey’s Woods will be performing on the Festival Lawn from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Combining equal parts of roots, country, folk and a little rock and roll, Kelsey’s Woods boasts four-part harmonies, interchangeable lead singers and all original songs.

Fourkast will be performing on the Festival Lawn from 6:15p.m.-7:30 p.m. Fourkast is a local Pop/Rock cover band.
The musical finale will be performed, starting at 8 p.m., by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. They will present the 32nd Annual FREE Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert on the World’s Fair Park’s Performance Lawn. This is a FREE concert – no ticket required!

Fireworks start at 9:35 p.m.

FREE PARKING: World’s Fair & Blackstock Parking Lots, 11th Street, Locust Street, Walnut Street, State Street & Market Square Garages – ADA Parking at Fort Kid Parking Lot
For more information, call the Knoxville Office of Special Events at 865-215-4248.

  • July 4, 2016
  • Phone: (865) 215-4248
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: Free

2) Independence Day Celebration and Anvil Shoot

Visitors to the Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, will celebrate July 4th with the explosion of sound that pioneers heard thunder through the hills when they celebrated Independence Day. In pioneer days, shooting the anvil was a common practice for celebrating special events. Local blacksmiths would practice this tradition to celebrate the nation’s Independence, Christmas, and even Davy Crockett’s election to the U.S. Congress. Now, shooting the 175 pound anvil, an almost lost tradition, has become a highlight of the Museum’s annual July 4th Celebration. Folks as far as 15 miles away have reported hearing the blast, and certainly everyone gathered for the excitement, feels the earth shake under their feet. Along with a big boom several times during the day, there will be patriotic ceremonies, a flag waving procession, Longhunter camp stories, Appalachian music, and an array of historic demonstrations. Admission is charged, but the event is free for Museum members. Memberships provide a year of visits, and, as an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Appalachia provides Smithsonian memberships in conjunction with its own program.

  • July 4, 2016
  • Location: 2819 Andersonville Highway, Museum of Appalachia, TN
  • Phone: (865) 494-7680
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: $6-20

3) Independence Day Parade

The Farragut Independence Day parade features a local celebrity as Grand Marshal, as well as the Farragut High School Band, floats, dancers, animals, antique cars and more! Date: Monday, July 4, 2016 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Kingston Pike from Concord Road to Boring Road

  • July 4, 2016
  • Location: Kingston Pike, Kingston Pike from Concord Rd to Boring Rd, TN
  • Phone: 8659667057

4) Oak Ridge Independence Day Concert & Fireworks Show

This year’s July 4th Fireworks display, sponsored by the City of Oak Ridge, will begin at 10:00 p.m. at A.K. Bissell Park.

City Manager Mark Watson explained the reason for changing the venue. “From a logistical standpoint, shooting fireworks at Melton Lake is a strain on our limited resources. Trying to keep a normal flow of traffic on Melton Lake Drive with spectators parked on the shoulders of the road is not only a physical challenge, but also a real safety concern.”

The performance by the Oak Ridge Community Band in Bissell Park was also a factor in the decision, Mr. Watson added. “The Community Band will perform its annual 4th of July concert at the Pavilion beginning at 7:30 p.m. Families can come to the park, listen to a terrific concert, and not have to drive several miles in order to view the fireworks. It will be a great evening of family entertainment to celebrate Independence Day, and an opportunity for the community to share its patriotic pride.”

Public parking will be on a first come, first served, basis. Parking will not be allowed on the shoulders of S. Illinois Avenue or Oak Ridge Turnpike. These roads will remain open throughout the event.

The best view of the show will be from the East End of Bissell Park.

Badger Avenue will close beginning at 9:30 p.m. and will not reopen until the conclusion of the fireworks display.

5) Dollywood Independence Day Weekend

Visit Dollywood on Independence Day weekend (July 2–4) for a patriotic experience the whole family will love! From BBQ to Patriotic entertainment to fireworks, Dollywood has you covered for family 4th fun!


Knoxville Weekend Top Five: June 25-26



The weekend is here, and boy, is it hot! Summer is definitely in full effect! Here are our top five picks to stay cool this weekend in and around Knoxville:

1) Carl Cowan Park:

Skirting three sides of the park, the Tennessee River provides paddling and fishing opportunities for Carl Cowan Park visitors. Anglers can catch their limit from the fishing pier or along the banks. Pristine waterfront views abound here! On the land side, there are sport fields, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds and both paved and natural surface trails. From the north side of the park, the nature trail winds through the forest, fringing the shoreline as it makes it’s way over to Admiral Farragut Park — a beautiful trail for viewing songbirds and waterfowl. Kids and dogs will enjoy splashing in the surf along the way. And for those hot summer months, let the kids prance through the fountains at the splash pad. (Via Outdoor Knoxville)

2) River Rat Tubing – Townsend, TN:

River Rat is your East Tennessee tubing destination. For a cool escape in the middle of the Smoky Mountains, look no further than River Rat. You can float and drift down the Little River, with two awesome river trips included in one price–it just doesn’t get better than tubing with River Rat.

If you haven’t already, start making your plans to visit Smoky Mountain River Rat this season. When you tube with Smoky Mountain River Rat, you get to experience all of the wondrous mountain beauty of the Little River and East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. With two tubing trips down the Little River, River Rat offers both the upper section and lower section of the Little River, and it’s all included in one low price! River Rat tubing in the Smoky Mountains is a must-do activity when in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area.

The lower section, and main outpost, is our family friendly float and features relaxing rapids, scenic views, and even a rock jump for the more adventurous visitors! The lower outpost of the Little River is ideal for ages two and up! The upper section of River Rat Little River tubing adventure is what we like to call the “adventure float,” because it features a scenic float with adrenaline-pumping rapids and cool, refreshing swimming holes. The upper outpost of the Little River is suitable for ages six and older. Note: Age restrictions may apply due to high-water levels. Check in with us for more information.

Smoky Mountain River Rat tubing is a quick 15 miles from Pigeon Forge, only 20 miles from Gatlinburg, and only nine miles from Cades Cove Scenic Loop in the Smoky Mountain National Park. At Smoky Mountain River Rat tubing, we pride ourselves in our customer service and offer a great atmosphere both on and off the river. (Via Smoky Mountain River Rat)

3) SUP Yoga at The Cove:

Yoga? On a paddleboard?! Absolutely! Come join us Sat. 9am at The Cove location. We will meet at the River Sports Outfitters building. Cost is $25 and includes boars, paddle, pfd. See you there! Must sign up an hour before class. Register through Barre Belle Studio or click here: (Via Visit Knoxville)

  • May 21, 2016 – October 29, 2016
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Location: 10960 Concord Park Dr, The Cove at Concord Park, TN
  • Phone: (865) 523-0066
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Price: $25.00 per person

4) Dollywood’s Splash Country:

A relaxing refuge during the hot Tennessee summers, Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park has provided families with a fun place to cool down for more than 15 years. Featuring 35 acres of thrilling attractions, dining options, canopies and retreats, and beautiful scenery, our award-winning water park has something for everyone. Buy tickets now on Dollywood’s website.

5) Fort Dickerson Quarry:

One of the quickest afternoon escapes from the hustle and bustle of the city, Fort Dickerson Quarry is a convenient place to enjoy a hike or paddle.

Who doesn’t love a good quarry? Not only are they impressive testaments to the skill and endeavor of humankind, but they’re often quite beautiful with their deep blue waters and sleek rocky cliffs. The quarry at Fort Dickerson is no different. Its size and beauty is pretty memorable, and the trails meandering through the nearby park are easy and fun. But what makes this quarry particularly great is its close proximity to the UT campus. If you’ve just finished a long exam or need a break from that term paper, you’ve got a very accessible nature walk just minutes away in Fort Dickerson Park. During warmer months, you can even enjoy a relaxing and refreshing swim with friends. 

What Makes It Great

The #1 thing that everyone enjoys about the Fort Dickerson Quarry is how accessible it is. Whether you are driving from downtown Knoxville or UT’s campus, the quarry parking lot is only about 5 minutes away. Once parked, the walk is only another 5 minutes to the first overlook. During the summer months this area is full of people enjoying the weather and swimming, sometimes even inflating rafts and floating to the far side of the quarry lake.

When standing on the lip of the quarry, you get the feeling that you are looking into some secret spot left by an ancient civilization. People who have never seen a quarry lake (in Knoxville there are several) are usually blown away by the sheer, cut rock cliffs lining the water. A trip to Fort Dickerson gives you the feeling of a private getaway, especially if you are the only ones there (most often during lunch or in the evenings). For the adventurous type, have fun jumping off the bluff into the deep water below. Most of the time you will not be the only one to jump.

Who is Going to Love It

Fort Dickerson Quarry is best for people looking for a super quick walk in the woods or those interested in spending several hours enjoying the water. However, there is also a small trail system that is pretty fun for trail running or mountain biking, and could give your time here a little more adrenaline. The main trailhead can be found on your left (unmarked) about a hundred yards after leaving the parking area.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From downtown, take the Henley Street Bridge south to Chapman Highway; about three-quarters of a mile after crossing the bridge turn right onto Fort Dickerson Road. The park is at the end of road. 
You can also park down on the other side of the quarry to swim/hike. This parking lot is on Augusta Avenue. Park in the gravel lot and continue past the gate to find the quarry and the trails.
This park is open from dawn until dusk. (Via RootsRated)



Knoxville Weekend Top Five: Father’s Day Edition


This weekend it is all about “dear ol’ dad.” The Knoxville weekend top five for June 18-19 will not disappoint! Check out all these awesome events that dad will love!

1)  KARM Dragon Boat Festival:

Join us for high energy, family friendly fun on the water as dragon boat teams race to win multiple prizes and awards at The Cove at Concord Park for the 14th annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival – the Race With a Mission – and the oldest and largest dragon boat festival in East Tennessee! Food vendors and activities for all ages…a free event for the day’s attendees. Teams raise money to help those in need who come to Knox Area Rescue Ministries for food, shelter and assistance. Teams can still register at Paddles up!

  • June 18, 2016
  • Location: 11808 S. Northshore Dr., The Cove at Concord Park, TN
  • Phone: (865) 633-7623
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free to event goers, teams pay registration fee in advance

2) Knoxville Brewfest:

The 6th Annual Knoxville Brewfest will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016 in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Breweries, beer and enthusiasts from all over will gather for a Summer afternoon sampling fresh beers of all colors, styles and flavors. Knoxville Brewfest will be held outdoors near the historic Southern Railway Terminal on Depot Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • June 18, 2016
  • Location: 400 W Depot Ave, Gay Street Viaduct and Depot Avenue, TN
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: $45 Early Bird until 6/1. $50 after

3) Vintage Baseball Express Train:

Join us on our Vintage Baseball Express trains this summer season: all trains depart from our depot at 10:30. After journeying by steam train along the Tennessee River, watch a Civil War style baseball game played by the Knoxville Holstons at the historic Ramsey House. Enjoy kid’s games on the lawn, baseball concessions and live music behind the field.*Please note that a five minute bus ride is required to get from the Rambler to Ramsey House. Also be aware that due to the length of the vintage baseball game, the Rambler will not arrive back at the station until 3:30-4pm. Buses will be available early into Knoxville from Ramsey House during the game should passengers need to return early.

  • Location: 2560 University Commons Way, Three Rivers Rambler Depot/Ramsey House, TN
  • Phone: 8656599288
  • Time: 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Price: $26.50 for adults, $25.50 for seniors (55+), $15.50 for kids (3-12), $7.5 for toddlers, Infants free

4) Father’s Day Sushi Making Class:

In our Basic Sushi Making Class you will learn a variety of skills, such as how to make Sushi Rice, the main sushi ingredients, how to roll Sushi (CA roll and another healthy roll), how to decorate a Sushi Platter, how to use Chop Sticks, as well as learning more about Japanese food and culture.

  • June 19, 2016
  • Location: PO BOX 31793, Reservation needed, TN
  • Phone: (831) 241-1189
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Price: Click Here for more info

5) Good Sport Night:

Activity: Wouldn’t you like to know? CALLING ALL GOOD SPORTS! Here’s the deal. You purchase a ticket to a mystery event. Show up to The Central Collective at the specified date and time, and be ready for anything. Past events have included: a live studio game show, an egg drop competition, and a garden party in a castle. These are events for folks who are curious, adventurous, and like trying new things & meeting new people. Worried that you won’t be able to participate because of food/alcohol restrictions, physical ability or other preferences? We’ll do our best to give you the information you need to decide if this month’s Good Sport Night is right for you. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a shout! If you show up and cannot participate for an unforeseen reason, we’re happy to give you a credit for a future Good Sport Night. Alcohol: Cash Bar, Food: Snacks, Dress Code: Comfortable shoes, Physical Activity: Medium, Kids: Programmed with adults in mind, but is acceptable for ages 10+, Good Sport Level: 2/5 (shouldn’t push you too far out of your comfort zone).

  • June 19, 2016
  • Location: 923 N Central Street, the Central Collective, TN
  • Phone: (865) 236-1590
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: $15

For more great events (and more information on any of these Knoxville weekend top five events, check out Visit Knoxville!

Knoxville Weekend Top Five: June 10-12


The weekend is so close, we can almost taste it! So, it is time for the Knoxville weekend top five! If you are looking for a day or weekend road trip, visit nearby Chattanooga and take in the sights and sounds of the 35th Annual Riverbend festival! If you prefer to stick close to town, check out these local happenings (via Visit Knoxville):

1)  2016 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:

Induction Ceremony for the 2016 WBHOF Inductees. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 18th group of inductees, the Class of 2016, on ABC during the WNBA All-Star game. The six members of the Class of 2016 are: Sherri Coale (coach), June Courteau (contributor), Joe Lombard (coach), Jackie Stiles (player), Bill Tipps (posthumously)(contributor), and Natalie Williams (player). Stay tuned for more information regarding their induction into the Hall of Fame. Starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $100/person.

  • June 11, 2016
  • Location: 604 S. Gay Street, Tennessee Theatre, TN
  • Phone: (865) 633-9000
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: $100 per person

2) Big Kahuna Wing Festival:

Adding to the anticipation of Knoxville’s Big Kahuna Wing Festival (BKWF), officially for June 11th, 2016, a full-lineup of some of Knoxville’s best talents have been tapped to support the 2016 event. The Worlds Fair Park in downtown Knoxville will host the festival just steps away from the historic Sunsphere. Our 2016 Festival will feature: •Over 10,000 lbs. of Wings •Some of the Best Wings of the South •Wing Eating Competition •Wing Cooking Competition •Live Music Performances •Kids Corner & Entertainment •Silent Auction •Fun for the Entire Family. Plan your day at the Big Kahuna Wing Festival •Gates open at 12pm (VIP ticket holders may enter at 11am) •Music begins at 12pm and ends at 8pm •Entry allows patrons to sample wings from every team •NO PETS PLEASE (We love our furry friends and don’t want them to choke on a chicken bone!) •No outside beverages allowed •Donation boxes are placed at all team tents and patrons are asked to donate to receive additional wings •Lawn chairs may be brought into the festival •Lost and Found located at the Information tent

  • June 11, 2016
  • Location: 963 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Worlds Fair Park Performance Lawn, TN
  • Phone: (865) 466-8365
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: $10 in advance/$15 at the gate. Kids Under 8 FREE

3) Families in the Creek:

With the help of biologists, explore the aquatic life in Toll Creek and participate in cool activities to learn about what we can all do to help protect our creeks! Limited to 40 participants ages 7 and up. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult during the event. Waders will be provided but please bring old shoes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy that can go over the wader booties. For more information and/or to reserve a spot, contact Kellie at the UT-TN Water Resources Research Center at or 865-974-2151. Registration Deadline: Wednesday June 1st, 2016 or until slots are filled. First time participants will receive slot preference.

  • June 11, 2016
  • Location: 2915 Island Home Avenue, Toll Creek, TN
  • Phone: (865) 974-2151
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Price: Free

4) Knoxville Tour De Cure:

We’re celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Tour de Cure and we want you to be a part of this incredible day. Since 1991, Tour de Cure riders have raised over $250,000,000 to help advance our mission and move us closer towards the ultimate goal to Stop Diabetes! The Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event it’s a day packed with excitement and energy where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. So join us as we celebrate 25 years riding strong! Come take the Ride of Your Life and sign up today. Contact: Wendi Mullins 865-524-7868 X3343

  • June 11, 2016
  • Location: 500 Howard Baker Jr Avenue, Knoxville Civic Coliseum Auditorium, TN
  • Phone: 865-524-7868

5) Market Square Farmer’s Market:

The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products, which vary by the seasons, include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more. With interactive fountains, delicious local food, and surrounded by shops and restaurants, the MSFM is a perfect family destination. Produced by Nourish Knoxville, MSFM runs Wednesdays and Saturdays, May thru November.

  • May 7, 2016 – November 19, 2016
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Phone: (865) 805-8687
  • Time: 9am – 2pm
  • Price: Free

Knoxville Weekend Top Five: June 3-5


After what was a (hopefully) long weekend of enjoying family, fun, food, and the outdoors, we have collected the best of the best events for this edition of the Knoxville weekend top five! Check it out!

1)  Downtown Home Tour:

If you love design and watch HGTV for hours, this is definitely the event for you this weekend! Here are the details, via

Tour of select downtown residences

  • June 3, 2016 – June 4, 2016
  • Recurring daily
  • Location:
  • Phone: (865) 671-9060
  • Time: Friday, 5PM-8:30PM and Saturday, 11AM-4PM
  • Price: $30 per person

2) Nostalgic Nights Outdoor Market:

Everything you know and love about a good vintage store or flea market all wrapped into a fun evening! Here are the details, via

Nostalgic Nights Outdoor Market Held 6pm-9pm every First Friday of the month!!! This is in conjunction with Nostalgia on McCalla’s First Friday event!! Free Food & Drink!!! We welcome all vintage, retro, antique, repurposed and handmade items!!

  • April 1, 2016 – December 2, 2016
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
  • Location: 1401 McCalla Avenue, Nostalgia on McCalla, TN
  • Phone: (865) 622-3252
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free

3) Bike, Boat, Brew & Bark:

Whether you enjoy biking, boating, a good brew or walking your favorite four-legged friend (or maybe a combination of those activities), then this is definitely something you do not want to miss! Check out the details, via

Bike Boat Brew & Bark Knoxville Has it All! It’s a place where everything comes together. A place where you can ride your bike, take your boat, bring your dog and grab a great local brew. Bike Boat Brew & Bark celebrates the outdoor adventurer, the dog lover, the craft beer enthusiast, the local and the tourist looking to discover a secret in Knoxville’s urban wilderness. Explore Knoxville in a new way as we launch Bike Boat Brew & Bark this special weekend. Then live it, experience it, and continue to explore it all year long. Have an adventure by land, by water, with a pet and with a pal. We’ll show you how! Time and Place: Saturday, June 4th 9:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday, June 5th 10:00am – 5:00pm on Volunteer Landing in downtown Knoxville. See schedule on website for details. Performances & Entertainment: The weekend will be filled with Knoxville Powerboat Classic races, Pet Photo Contest by Young Williams, Slow Ride Bike Tour by KABA, and much more! Check back for updates!

  • Phone: (865) 523-7263
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Price: Free

4) Flavor Run Knoxville 5K:

A new spin on a color run, the flavor run is sure to be  a “treat” for its participants. Read more, courtesy of

Flavored Color Run 5k! Inaugural 5k in Knoxville!Walk, run, dance, prance, or stroll because we are so excited for the 1st annual Flavor 5k in the Knoxville Area! Unlike most color runs, the Flavor Run brings you MADE IN THE USA fruit flavored powder, local vendors, and 100% quality fun.

  • June 4, 2016
  • Location: 3301 E. Magnolia Avenue, Chilhowee PArk, TN
  • Phone: (813) 360-0766
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Price: 6 & Under FREE, $25 Youth, $35 Adult

5) SUP Yoga at the Cove:

If you’re looking for a fun, outdoor fitness activity, then this is the one for you. Head to the Cove for this fun workout blending SUP’ing (Stand-Up Paddleboarding) with Yoga. Here are the details via

Yoga? On a paddleboard?! Absolutely! Come join us Sat. 9am at The Cove location. We will meet at the River Sports Outfitters building. Cost is $25 and includes boars, paddle, pfd. See you there! Must sign up an hour before class. Register through Barre Belle Studio or click here:

  • May 21, 2016 – October 29, 2016
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Location: 10960 Concord Park Dr, The Cove at Concord Park, TN
  • Phone: (865) 523-0066
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Price: $25.00 per person


Knoxville Weekend Top Five: May 20-22


We are back after a awesome week of literally selling every home listing we have (Do you know anyone who wants to sell? We need houses for buyers!), and the Knoxville weekend top five is as good as ever for May 20-22! Check out what is happening in Knoxville this weekend:

1) Statehood Day Garden Party:

Join us for our annual Statehood Celebration. There will be a cocktail supper, live music, and a silent auction. To RSVP call (865)525-2375 or

  • May 20, 2016
  • Phone: (865) 525-2375
  • Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: $100

2) Children’s Festival of Reading 2016:

Kick off a summer of reading with a full day of music, storytelling, arts, crafts, science exploration, food, and fun! And be sure to stop by the children’s used book sale sponsored by Friends of the Knox County Public Library. Meet the authors of Ladybug Girl, Paperboy, Dragonbreath, and many others! For more information visit

  • May 21, 2016
  • Phone: (865) 215-8775
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Price: Free

3) Market Square Farmer’s Market:

The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products, which vary by the seasons, include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more. With interactive fountains, delicious local food, and surrounded by shops and restaurants, the MSFM is a perfect family destination. Produced by Nourish Knoxville, MSFM runs Wednesdays and Saturdays, May thru November.

  • May 7, 2016 – November 19, 2016
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Phone: (865) 805-8687
  • Time: 9am – 2pm
  • Price: Free

4) Jane Austen Tea at Historic Ramsey House:

Sunday May 22. What a great gift idea for Mother’s Day. Treat Mom to a step back in time to enjoy a High Tea, Jane Austen style. A very special day for all who enjoy the quiet and luxury of a gentler time. There will be Jane Austen readings, the gentle tones of a harp, a wonderful catered tea with all the accoutrements. We encourage those attending to wear Regency dress or your best tea party clothing. Seating for the Tea starts at 2pm. The house will open for tours 1pm-2pm and again from 2pm-3pm. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $45.

  • May 22, 2016
  • Phone: (865) 546-0745
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Price: $45/person

5) Rooftop Yoga with Jennifer Beyt Coffin:

One hour class is $10. Jennifer Beyt Coffin loves yoga. You will see her passion when you work with her. Yoga has been a transformative force in her life which has helped her through tough times, taught her patience and kept her physically fit and sane for 20 years. Jen loves a good prop and some leverage in her yoga, so over the years she has honed her skills in using blocks, straps, chairs and a ropes wall to refine her practice and help her students lessen the learning curve. She has studied with many of the greats in the yoga world, but considers her students to be her biggest influencers. Their ability to be humbled and challenged with smiles on their faces and love in their hearts is what inspires her to grow as a teacher. Jen’s goal is to encourage her students to find the therapeutic benefits of their practice, be it vigorous or more passive, so that it may be a life long endeavor.Web site –

  • May 22, 2016
  • Location: 923 N Central Street, The Central Collective, TN
  • Phone: (865) 236-1590
  • Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Price: $10

Knoxville Weekend Top Five: Mother’s Day


This Sunday (May 8) is Mother’s Day, and our Knoxville weekend top five this week is all about mom! Check out these great local events to celebrate the leading ladies of our lives!

1)  McClung Museum: Family Fun Day Mother’s Day Celebration

Join us for free a free Family Fun Day featuring activities, crafts, tours, and more. We’ll celebrate moms this month with a Mother’s Day Celebration! All materials will be provided. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

  • May 7, 2016
  • Location: 1327 Circle Park Drive, McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, TN
  • Phone: (865) 974-2144
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free

2) Mother’s Day Weekend with Leanne Morgan

Leanne’s style of comedy combines her southern charm and hilarious story telling about her own life into an act that keeps them coming back for more. As a stay-at-home, mother of three with a husband, people are always accusing her of spying on them because she seems to be living the same life that they do. The fact that everyone can relate to her comedy has made her a hit even among the strangest of audiences.While performing in San Antonio she was asked to appear at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and shortly thereafter appeared on ABC’s The View in a hilarious housewife segment. Leanne appeared as a finalist on Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom and toured three years with the Southern Fried Chicks. She has appeared in comedy clubs, performing arts centers, and theatres all over the United States. She had a contract with Warner Brothers and ABC to develop a sitcom based on her comedy and is currently collaborating with writer/producer Matt Williams (“Roseanne,” “Home Improvement”) and Lionsgate on a ½ hour sitcom. She counts as her celebrity fans, Dr. Phil and Paula Deen. She has appeared on both their shows.

  • May 7, 2016
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Price: $25.00 (plus applicable service fees)

3) Mother’s Day Buffet

Feast on an abundant buffet which will include omelets, waffles, chilled & smoked seafood display, prime rib, roasted snapper, rosemary seasoned pork loin, as well as delectable salads and sides, lavish desserts & more! Seating’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults: $35.95 Kids (6 – 12): $12.95 Kids under 6: Free. For Reservations Call (865) 522-2600

  • May 8, 2016
  • Location: 401 West Summit Hill Drive, Crowne Plaza Knoxville, TN
  • Phone: (865) 522-2600
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Price: Adults: $35.95, Kids (6 – 12): $12.95, Kids under 6: Free

4) Mother’s Day Cruise – Tennessee Riverboat

This Mother’s Day, take care of mom on her special day with either our Lunch or Dinner Mother’s Day cruise. May 8, 2016. Lunch Cruise boards at 12:00, and cruises from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm. ($39.95 + tax per person, $19.95 child). Dinner Cruise boards at 4:00 pm, and cruises from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. ($39.95 + tax per person, $19.95 for children). For best seats, book early and ask about our Guaranteed Window seating, and Chocolate covered strawberries.

  • May 8, 2016
  • Phone: (865) 525-7827
  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Price: $39.95 + tax per person; $19.95 for children

5) Blooms Days Garden Festival & Marketplace

Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th from 9am-5pm. $8 per day per person or $12 for both days OR $5 per day or $8 for both days for new or renewing members. The educational sessions that will take place on Saturday and Sunday have been scheduled. Take a look to help plan your visit!

  • Location: 2518 Jacob Drive, UT Gardens, TN
  • Phone: (865) 974-7151
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: $8 for one day, $12 both days, Membership discount available.

Knoxville Weekend Top Five: April 29-May 1



Hey Knoxville! It is time for the Knoxville weekend top five, highlighting our picks for the best events happening in Knoxville this weekend. Check out what’s going on:

1) Cinco Festival (Southern Tequila and Taco Festival):

CHECK OUT THE 2ND ANNUAL SOUTHERN TEQUILA AND TACO FESTIVAL. Come join us for a very fun festival to raise funds for Remote Area Medical! This will be our 2nd annual event, and will continue growing to be the largest annual tequila and taco festival in the country! We have some of the biggest names in tequila showcasing their signature products and the best food in East Tennessee. Join us to taste hand-crafted tequilas, margaritas, cocktails and beer, listen to some great music & eat some tacos! We’ll also have our VIP attendees judge a taco competition, as well as the best-decorated food booth! Tickets: $35 for Advanced General Admission, $40 at the Door General Admission, and $125 VIP Admission. Tickets are only $10 for Designated Drivers. The Festival begins at 5:15 PM for VIP admission and 6:00pm for General Admission. For more information about the event please visit our website.

  • April 29, 2016
  • Location:
  • Phone: (865) 862-6429
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: $40 at the door, $35 in advance, $125 VIP Experience, $10 Designated Driver-21 or over event

2) Volapalooza:

Volapalooza is UT Knoxville’s biggest annual concert for the campus and Knoxville community. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@volapalooza) for more information about the show!

  • April 29, 2016
  • Location: 963 Worlds Fair Park Drive, World’s Fair Park, TN
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

3) Brewhibition (Spring Craft Beer Festival):

RESIST PROHIBITION ! The 2nd Annual Brewhibition presented by Superfly Fabulous Events, is Knoxville’s Spring Craft Beer Festival, on April 30, 2016 in the Old City Courtyard. Brewhibition is not only a celebration to the end of Prohibition, but also an homage to the amazing Tennessee and regional brewers who were born out of Prohibition. Located in the Bowery area of Knoxville, Brewhibition promises to be a “one of a kind” event and a “must do” for craft beer lovers in the region. Brewhibition takes a different approach by focusing on the unique aspects of beer, with a little WOW factor mixed in. Special craft beers created just for Brewhibition and those unique hard to find beers will be on full display throughout the day. Beer Cocktails are taken to the next level at this event. Six brewers and six distilleries will pair off and create a unique one of a kind Beer Cocktail concocted just for Brewhibition. In addition to the over 20 breweries at Brewhibition, participants will be given tokens to try each of the East Tennessee Beer Cocktails paired with both an amazing local brewer and an equally amazing local distillery. Two Mobile Infusers will be on hand throughout the day, infusing everything from Pecan Pie to Toasted Coconut for a unique taste that is sure to bring a smile to your face. If you’re wondering where the mobile infusers will be, just look for the people running to get in line. Special craft beer tappings will be announced throughout the day so keep an eye out for the Tapping Notifications and make sure you follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss it. Attendees can expect outrageous fun at this inaugural event with great music, a 1920’s Costume Contest and the Beer City Hoopers. For more information, go to, #resistprohibition #brewhibition

  • April 30, 2016
  • Location: Jackson Avenue, Old City Courtyard, TN
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: $35

4) March for Babies:

Lace up your sneakers and join us for March for Babies on Saturday, April 30 at the Knoxville Zoo. Over 500 Knoxville residents will gather to enjoy a fun family day as we “Take A Walk On The Wildside.” March for Babies provides a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including a family fun area, live music, and face painting. Gain access to the zoo all day by fundraising on a team or with a minimum donation of $10. The Metro Knoxville March for Babies is proud to have Will Overstreet of Voices Heard Media serve as our 2016 Chair.

  • April 30, 2016
  • Location: 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Zoo Knoxville, TN
  • Phone: (865) 622-9124
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Price: Free if signed up as fundraising team, minimum $10 donation at door

5) Retropolitan Craft Fair:

You’re invited to Knoxville’s favorite indie craft marketplace! Our spring fair promises quality handmade goods, one of a kind vintage items, music, wine, beer, food, and activities for the little ones. Whether you’re coming to find that perfect gift for mom just in time for Mother’s Day, or just to “treat yo self” – there is something for everyone at Retro! Stay tuned for more exciting updates and be sure to like The Retropolitan Craft Fair to see which vendors you can expect on the 30th! As always, admission is FREE. Cheers! Historic Southern Railway Station, 300 W Depot Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

  • April 30, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free

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Knoxville Weekend Top Five: April 22-24


Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We have our Knoxville weekend top five picks for April 22-24, 2016. From hiking and biking to bird-watching or supercar racing and street fairs, we have the best events in Knoxville right here! Check out the list!

1. Hikes & Blooms with Dogwood Arts:

Hikes & Blooms with Dogwood Arts. Whether on a greenway through a historic park or on a natural trail through the woods, you will observe historic relics and beautiful wildflowers among the dogwood trees on these easy, three-mile hikes. The interpretive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features and flora about the unique locations. April 23 at 10am – Hikes & Blooms at Fort Dickerson. Explore the Civil War site build by the Federal Army along a forested ridge south of the Tennessee River. Authentic replica cannons, an earthen fort and an overlook at the beautiful quarry lake highlight this hike. Dogs on leashes are welcome. April 24 at 10am – Hikes & Blooms at William Hastie Natural Area (Margaret Rd, Knoxville, TN 37920). Wildflowers blanket the ground along these great trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness just minutes from downtown. The beautiful trails weave through the lush forest and by a pond where you might just glimpse a turtle or colorful birds. Dogs on leashes are welcome.

April 23, 2016 – April 24, 2016
Recurring daily
Phone: (865) 637-4561
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: Free

2. Motosport Lab Autosport Car Driving Experience:

The Ferrari and Lamborghini Autocross Car Control Experience provides education-based, non-competitive, car control instruction on driving an exotic supercar. For more info or to book a driving experience, visit:

April 23, 2016
Location: 3301 E. Magnolia Avenue, Midway, TN
Phone: (865) 215-1450
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Price: Free

3. Rossini Festival International Street Fair:

As one of the Southeast’s most alluring cultural attractions, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival International Street Fair brings a taste of Europe to East Tennessee by celebrating the color, fun, and excitement of opera and international culture. This extraordinary event also presents a golden opportunity to attend one of the Knoxville Opera’s professional productions.Combining a vibrant International Street Fair with world class opera performances, art and craft exhibitions, wine tasting, and a wide variety of other events, the Rossini Festival transforms downtown Knoxville’s Gay Street into a colorful International festival. The festival features four stages with a range of entertainment options, an upscale artisan’s market, the smells and tastes of wonderful foods and beverages, and a special children’s area on Market Square, complete with fun entertainment and games.

April 23, 2016
Phone: (865) 524-0795
Time: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Price: Free

4. Tour de Knox Bike Rally:

Join our ride to help us build a strong bike culture and safety mindset for the community. Our overall mission is to make biking better for everyone in the greater Knoxville area. Through this event we will show riders the different biking resources that are available as well as promote bike safety.The rally will include a safety drill, a ride around UT’s campus and downtown area (75 min.) and raffle prizes. Checkpoints will be placed throughout the area for riders of all levels. The more checkpoints you visit the more chances to win in the raffle. Registration will be online at and will take place the day of the event starting at 1:00PM. The Bike Rally will begin at 2:00PM and event and prizes will conclude at 4:15PM. All proceeds will be going to a non-profit organization called Legacy Parks that helps better the Knoxville outdoor community.

April 24, 2016
Location: 1235 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN, 37916, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
Phone: (865) 963-8880
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Price: $15 – Adults; $10 – Students; Free – Children 12 and under

5. Ijams Nature Center Birding 101:

Join us each month for this fun and casual introduction to birding basics. You’ll learn the secrets to reading a field guide, tips for binoculars, and even have a chance to practice with a short walk around the Visitor Center. This program is FREE for everyone, and pre-registration is not required. Although children of all ages may attend, some may be too young for binoculars and field guides!

April 23, 2016
Phone: (865) 577-4717
Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Price: Free

Knoxville Weekend Top Five: Get Outdoors


We have compiled the Knoxville Weekend Top Five for April 15-17, with our focus on “getting outdoors.” It is a beautiful time of year in Knoxville, so we hope you’ll get outside and enjoy the pretty weather!

1. UT Gardens: (Operating hours, daylight)

Beautiful 10 acre garden with extensive hosta, rose, conifer, and bedding plant collections. Inspirational edible garden for the home gardener. Many new varieties of ornamental trees & shrubs. Children’s garden with treehouse and fun features for nature discovery. 

2) Riverview Family Farm Spring Barn Sale:

Our Spring Barn Sale is Friday, April 15 from noon, and Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 – 4:00. We host unique vendors with handmade items, art, jewelry, antiques, and more. The event is free to shoppers. 12130 Prater Lane, Knoxville, TN 37922. Info: 865-603-9347,

  • April 15, 2016 – April 16, 2016
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: 12130 Prater Lane, RiverView Family Farm, TN
  • Phone: (865) 603-9347
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free

3) Casual Pint Northshore 2 Year Anniversary Bash:

Craft beer lovers unite and celebrate our 2 year anniversary with us April 16th! Live music with Filibilly, food and a celebrity bartender! Look for updates on Facebook @thecasualpintnorthshore and Twitter @casualpint_NSH

  • April 16, 2016
  • Phone: (865) 288-4193

4) Herb Workshop at James White’s Fort:

Herbs were essential to frontier life. During this hands on working workshop we will cover how to chose the right herbs for your garden, designing the garden for maximum growth and appeal, building the optimal garden, how to best maintain that garden and how to harvest and prepare your herbs for use.When the workshop is over we will have actually built a beautiful herb garden. There will also be plants for you to take home with you so you can start your own garden.The cost is $25 per person, with money raised going toward educational programming at James White’s Fort. Space is limited to 20 people, so reserve yours now!

  • April 16, 2016
  • Phone: (865) 525-6514
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Price: $25/person

5) Smoky Mountain Airshow:

The Smoky Mountain Air Show will be held at McGhee Tyson Airport on April 16-17, 2016. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will be the headlining military demonstration act, and there will be many other aerial acts and stationary aircraft as well. Come join us for an interactive aviation experience that will offer entertainment for the entire family! A portion of the proceeds from the Smoky Mountain Air Show will benefit HonorAir Knoxville, a non-profit organization that takes East Tennessee veterans on a trip to Washington D.C. where they visit the monuments build in their honor. Aerial acts that will be joining the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at the 2016 Smoky Mountain Air Show: Greg Koontz Airshows , Younkin Airshows , Commemorative Air Force: Dixie Wing , Aeroshell Aerobatic Team , and Jacquie B Airshows .

  • April 16, 2016 – April 17, 2016
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: 2055 Alcoa Highway, McGhee Tyson Airport, TN
  • Phone: 865-342-2900

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