John Martin highlights some of the biggest events happening in East Tennessee this weekend.

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FRIDAY JUNE 17

It's once again time for Dollywood Kidsfest in Sevierville. The park will be filled with music, entertainers and even a 4-D movie experience. For all of the events happening at Dolly's themepark, visit www.dollywood.com for more information.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) announces the grand opening of its eighth thrift store. A store dedication and ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. at the store's location near Knoxville Center at 2908 Knoxville Center Drive. The KARM Thrift Store offers quality, gently used clothing, furniture, and other household items at affordable prices.  The June 17-18 grand opening celebration will include savings up to 90% off at all locations, give-aways, and other hourly specials.

The Secret City Festival gets going in Oak Ridge at 11 a.m. The award-winning festival includes live music and entertainment (including headliners Ricky Skaggs and the Village People), the south's largest WWII Reenactment, Manhattan Project site tours, and of course festival food and arts. Check out www.secretcityfestival.com for more information.

The WDVX Blue Plate Special invites The Barefoot Movement with The Lost River Cavemen to the big stage. Head on down to the corner of Summit Hill and Gay Street to check out the free concert series. It all happens at the Knoxville Visitor Center at noon.

The Smoky Mountain Heritage Center continues its 2011 Sunset Music Series with Blue Mother Tupelo. Tickets are on sale for $5 for non-members. Members of the Townsend Artisan Guild will be on the front porch demonstrating their art from 5 - 7 p.m. prior to selected concerts throughout the year.

Sherman Oaks Campground in Dandridge is playing host to Dexfest. This massive three-day outdoor celebration of electronic music features Ghostland Observatory, Big Gigantic, Boom Box, Two Fresh, Mindelixir, Sub Shanti, and dozens more on a private campground less than an hour east of Knoxville. For more information about tickets, times and artists lineup visit www.dexfest.com.

Smoky Mountain heritage will be celebrated every day of this summer as Gatlinburg's 6th annual presentation of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tale begins in downtown Gatlinburg. Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying time periods as far back as 1800. A collection of personalities and performers arrive nightly at 6 p.m. in the center of town. You can check out a transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and storytelling until 11 p.m. As many as 14 nightly acts perform throughout the evening.

The Fort Loudoun Lake Association, is hoping to raise awareness and support at their annual Raising of the Water Celebration at Concord Marina. Anyone who enjoys Knoxville's most treasured natural resource and wants to help keep our lake clean and clear is invited to the event. You can expect a night filled with live music, dancing, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a fine selection of wine and beer, and auction items to bid on. Proceeds will benefit the work of the Fort Loudoun Lake Association (fllake.org). Tickets are available at $75 per person from the Fort Loudoun Lake Association.

The Tennessee Smokies continue their home stand against the Chattanooga Lookouts up in Kodak. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15. It's Fireworks Friday night at the ballpark so head on up to exit 407 for your nine-inning vacation.

Ronnie Milsap will be in concert at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge. Milsap will be performing many of his 40 Number #1 Hits, including Tennessee's newest state song "Smoky Mountain Rain". You can check out tickets and seating charts at www.countrytonitepf.com.

The Tennessee Valley Players, in partnership with the University of Tennessee's School of Music, proudly presents the popular Gershwin musical, "Girl Crazy", as their 2011 summer show. The show is presented "in the Round" at Carousel Theatre next to Clarence Brown Theatre on the UT Campus. Adult tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance. Friday's show begins at 7:30 p.m.
 
The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson welcomes Molly Hatchet to the stage at 8 p.m. Gates to the show open at 7 p.m. Food and beverage are available for purchase on site at Stinkers BBQ. No outside food or beverages are allowed beyond the gates. Cash sales only. Visit www.smh-d.com for more information about tickets and a full summer artist lineup.

The Cider house welcomes Wrong Way: A Tribute to Sublime to the stage. Wrong Way was formed in early 2005 by several musicians from Athens, GA. Tickets are $8 at the door for this 18 and up show. Doors open at 9 p.m.

SATURDAY JUNE 18

The 13th Annual Lavender Festival in Historic Jackson Square gets going in Oak Ridge at 9 a.m. The Lavender Festival is an herb fair featuring the farmers market, music throughout the day, enticing food, vendors selling herb plants and herbal products, handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, culinary and garden items, as well as arts and crafts. The focus is on gardening, cooking, aromatherapy, health, sustainability, and all things herbal.

The Market Square Farmer's Market continues in downtown Knoxville. Come be a friend and supporter to all of the local farmers and artisans by bringing a friend and spending a little cash. The Farmer's Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Knoxville's Community Development Corporation (KCDC) will host Father's Day Celebrations at the Boys and Girls Clubs facilities at area KCDC properties. The event at Western Heights will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebrations are part of a HUD initiative that encourages public housing authorities across the country to hold events to celebrate fatherhood and family, while also connecting fathers to local programs and services. In addition to games and food, the events will feature area social service agencies that will provide valuable health, education and vocational information.

Come and learn all about the 'queen' of the summer garden and the new, unusual and most beautiful selections for your landscape. The day will include educational seminars; a guided tour of the UT Gardens, Knoxville; lunch; and an exclusive hydrangea plant sale featuring some of the most beautiful and choice selections for the Midsouth. American Hydrangea Society or UT Gardens Members: $50; Nonmembers: $65. Register online or call (865) 974-8265. For more information call (865) 974-7972.

WDVX and Ijams Nature Center present the "Meadow Lark Music Festival" featuring "Donna The Buffalo" at Ijams Nature Center from 1 to 10 p.m. Other artists include Hackensaw Boys, Valley Young and Spirit Family Reunion. Arts and crafts will be available along with food vendors from Cruze Farm, Old City Java, The Tomato Head, Uncle Butch's BBQ. Find out more information at www.ijams.org or www.wdvx.com.

Union Ave Books, a new, independent bookstore in the heart of downtown Knoxville, will host a grand opening celebration for the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Union Ave Books specializes in a diverse selection of hand-picked new and used books plus decorative art and gifts. The grand opening event will feature live music by the Y'Uns band. You can enjoy refreshments from Just Ripe, a recently opened downtown grocery/prepared food shop and next-door neighbor. Door prizes will be awarded at the event.  Everyone is free to browse and free to buy - perhaps a gift for Dad! Union Ave Books is located at 517 Union Avenue in downtown Knoxville.

The Hard Knox Roller Girls play host to the Big Easy Roller Girls at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The Brawlers get rolling at 6 followed by the All-Stars at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Coliseum box office or online.

The Tennessee Smokies continue their home stand against the Chattanooga Lookouts at Smokies Park in Kodak. The first 2,500 fans receive a free baseball cap upon entry to the game. Also, Medic Blood Center you to be a team player and donate blood for a free t-shirt and ticket to a Smokies game.

Regal Soccer Stadium will be rocking as the Georgia Revolution come up to challenge the Knoxville Force. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the UT campus. Match tickets are available for just $7 online or $8 at the box office. It's professional soccer folks!

Terry Landell and his Tennessee Mountain Wrestling team are moving the ring to Market Square in downtown Knoxville. There's over 5 matches planned, including a ladies match and a "king of the ring" style scenario. It's completely free and I'm pretty sure it's gonna be huge. Bell sounds at 8 p.m.

Carl LaBove is performing at Side Splitters Comedy Club in west Knoxville. Carl is one of the original Outlaws of Comedy with Sam Kinison. His energetic fast-paced comedy has been seen on Comedy Central, the Tonight Show, Seinfeld, and Roseanne. Tickets can be purchased for just $4. Visit www.sidesplitterscomedy.com for more information.

SUNDAY JUNE 19

Victor Ashe Park is hosting a Father's Day Fishing event. It's a free fishing event for dads to enjoy with their families. Fishing license required. There are prizes for the top 3 fish caught, plus the albino catfish catch prize. Bring your own poles and tackle.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society presents the Blues Cruise series with Bluestone. The Blues Cruise starts at 3 p.m., on the Star of Knoxville River Boat docked at Volunteer Landing on the Tennessee River next to Calhouns on Neyland Drive. For tickets and information the number is (865) 525-7827 and on line at www.tnriverboat.com. More information available on line at www.smokymountainblues.org.

At 3 p.m. the silent movie golden era of the 1920s will return to the big screen at the historic Tennessee Theatre. The Clarence Brown directed silent film "The Last of the Mohicans" will be shown with Wurlitzer organ accompaniment by well known theatre organist Ron Carter from Marietta, Georgia. Tickets are $8 for adults at (865) 684-1200 or at the Tennessee Theatre box office.

Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour 2011 with Special Guest "Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell, Lee Brice" goes down at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum at 3 p.m. Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown will also have a full concourse of lifestyle attractions. A portion of the ticket price will benefit Unite the United. The main stage will be located inside the Knoxville Civic Coliseum and the Second & Bluebird Café Stages will be positioned outside on the plaza and main lawn. Visit www.knoxvillecoliseum.com for a full rundown of artists, times and ticket information.

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