Variety Thursdays are back in downtown. Head to Market Square to catch a performance of Joe Lasher Jr. Admission is free. It starts at 7 p.m.

The "Sounds of Spring" concert series at the Pinnacle in Turkey Creek continues on Thursday. There will be music, food, door prizes and more. Gates open at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley.

Ijams Nature Center will host "Movies in the Park" on Friday. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy "Stand By Me". Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dark. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family.

The Newport Kiwanis Club Ramp Festival is Friday and Saturday at the Cocke County Fair Grounds. There will be cash prizes, a cornhole tournament and more. Tickets are $5.

The 35th Annual Smoky Mountain Model-Con will be at the Chilhowee Park Expo Center on Saturday. Enjoy ships, trucks, figures and more. It lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $3.

Blount Mansion will host a Mother's Day event on Saturday. Stop by to paint flower pots and pot up flowers to brighten your mom's day. It starts at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5.

The North Hills Garden Club will host a Garden Tour and Art Sale on Saturday. It lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12. Children under 12 are free.

St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge will host a Celtic Festival on Saturday. Celebrate the Celtic heritage with music, food and more. It starts at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free, but a donation of $3 is requested.

Cherokee Caverns presents "Movie in the Cave" with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" on Saturday. Show times are 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.

Studio Arts for Dancers will present their annual spring concert at the Tennessee Theatre on Saturday. Show times are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 at the door.

EmiSunshine will play "Sunshine in the Park" on Saturday at Loudon Municipal Park. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the gate. The concert starts at 6 p.m.

Head to Knoxville Center Mall for the Summer Concert Series on Saturday. The fun starts at 6 p.m. in the upper deck of Center Court. Admission is free.

Comedian Leanne Morgan will be at the Bijou Theatre on Saturday. The show starts at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27.

It's Wilderness Wildlife Week at the LeConte Center. Nature lovers can experience programs from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Admission is free.

Zoo Knoxville will celebrate Mother's Day with free admission for moms on Sunday.