FRIDAY JULY 20
Take a hayride through Cades Cove provided by the Cades Cove Riding Stables
. It's a way to see and hear, about how life was lived in the Cove long ago. The rides are scheduled for 10 am, 12, 3 pm, and 6 pm. For more information and rates, visit www.cadescovestables.com
Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes with The Shams Band will perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The free broadcast begins at noon at the Knoxville Visitor Center.
The Knoxville Museum of Art continues its "Alive After Five" series with the Soulfinger CD Release Party. General admission is $9. "Alive After Five" runs from 6 to 8:30 pm.
Shakespeare on the Square continues with a performance of As You Like It. In addition to being one of Shakespeare's funniest and most beloved comedies, As You Like It is his nod to the Robin Hood legends. Admission is free, but donations are more than welcome at the 7 pm performance.
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center continues their 2012 Sunset Music Series with the George Harper Band. Admission is $5 to the 7 pm performance.
Michael Palascak will perform at Side Splitters Comedy Club in West Knoxville. Michael has been seen on Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and was the winner of HBO's Lucky 21 Competition and Comedy Central's Open Mic Fight: Chicago. Admission is $12 at the door for the 7:45 show. Make sure you visit www.sidesplitterscomedy.com for deeply discounted admission prices and bar specials.
The 12th Annual Grainger County Tomato Festival Pre-Festival STREET DANCE with Cotton Eyed Joe will be held at Cox & Wright at 7715 Rutledge Pike. They'll be turning the parking lot into a dance floor from 8 pm until midnight.
The Oak Ridge Playhouse presents "Damn Yankees". Major League Baseball meets Faust in this light, fast-paced and devilishly clever musical comedy. Tickets range from $18 to $22 for the 8 pm performance.
The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson welcomes The Jompson Brothers with special guest Radiolucent. Gates open at 7 for the 8 pm show. Tickets are available for $20.
The Bijou Theatre welcomes Roy Orbison Returns. Wiley Ray and the Big O Band from California recreate the music of Roy Orbison live. Tickets are $20 for the 8 pm show.
Roman Reese with The Cadillac Black will perform at Preservation Pub in Market Square. There will be a $5 cover for the 10 pm show.
SATURDAY JULY 21
Enjoy an early summer morning as you cruise in a canoe around the lake at Mead's Quarry. This fun and relaxed outing includes an enjoyable tour of the lake with Ijams' favorite storyteller, Stephen Lyn Bales. The fee for this program is $15 for members and $17.50 for non-members. Call (865) 577-4717, ext. 119 to register. Things begin at 8 am.
Join River Sports Outfitters at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center for a SUP paddle (standup paddleboard) on the Tennessee River at 9 am. It's free if you have your own SUP or you can rent one from River Sports for $15 which includes SUP, pfd and paddle. All levels are welcome. Call to reserve a spot at (865) 696-2330 or (865) 523-0066.
The Market Square Farmers' Market opens at 9 am. Grab some cash and bring some friends down to support your local farmers and artisans.
The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is inviting pet parents to bring their dirty dogs to Adopt-a-Pet for a good scrubbing. Staff and volunteers will be onsite bathing dogs for a $10 donation. Nail clipping will be available for an additional $10. The dirtiest of dogs can opt for The Works: a $30 donation includes bathing, nail trimming, and a "Kiss My Mutt" t-shirt for their human. For questions, call (865)579-6738. Adopt-a-Pet is located on Bearden Hill at 6717 Kingston Pike.
Flint Blade with Etta Britt will perform on the Saturday edition of the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You can be entertained at the Knoxville Visitor Center for free at noon.
Union Avenue Books presents George Ellison and Elizabeth Ellison, authors of Permanent Camp: Poems, Narratives, and Renderings from the Smokies. The book is a celebration of living in and observing the natural wonders of the Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina. Things get going around 2 pm.
The Tennessee Theatre welcomes "Super WHY Live: You've Got the Power! " The new live show, from the director and producers of Yo Gabba Gabba! Live, will feature all-new, dance-inducing songs alongside our Super Why favorites, with some magical special effects. Tickets range from $29 to $39. Show time is set for 3:30 pm.
The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson presents McKenzies Mill with special guest The Jamrites. Tickets are available for $10. The Southern Rock begins at 8 pm.
The Clayton Center for the Arts presents Summer Music Series with Dor L' Dor. If you have never enjoyed a Klezmer band, now is the time. Tickets are available for $10. Music get rolling at 8 pm, in the Harold And Jean Lambert Recital Hall.
Encore Theatrical Company will present its summer smash, "Legally Blonde: The Musical" at 8 pm. The performance will be held at Walters State Community College in the Inman Humanities Theatre. Regular admission tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and youth. Call 423-318-8331 for tickets.
Carolina Story will perform at the Preservation Pub at 10 pm. There will be a $5 cover to check out the Folk from Nashville.
SUNDAY JULY 22
The Knoxville Community Band will offer a brief musical tour of the world during a free concert at 3 pm, at the Cove in Concord Park. The musical selection will take listeners from the South Pacific ("Bali Ha'i") to the Spanish Inquisition of the 16th century ("Man of LaMancha") and to Austria ("Climb Ev'ry Mountain"). America is represented in a number of pieces and songs, including "Oklahoma" and Scott Joplin's ragtime ("The Entertainer").
Children's Theatre of Knoxville continues their performance of "Beauty And The Beast". Show time is set for 3 pm. Tickets are $12 per person, unless an adult and a child enter together, these two may be admitted for $10 each. For more information, visit www.childrenstheatreknoxville.com.
The Tennessee Theatre presents Bush with special guest Prosevere. Bush's latest album "On The Sea of Memories", has reunited lead singer Gavin Rossdale with drummer Robin Goodridge, guitarist Chris Traynor and bassist Corey Britz. Tickets are $37 for the 8 pm show.