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FRIDAY AUGUST 24

Boling, Brown and Holloway with Susan Enan will perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The free broadcast begins at noon at the Knoxville Visitor Center.

The Knoxville Tattoo Convention will be held at the World's Fair Park Holiday Inn. Admission is $20 a day or $35 for the weekend. There will be live tattooing, vendors, tattoo contests, and more. Doors are open from 2 until 10 pm.

It's the final regular season weekend for the Tennessee Smokies as they play host to the Mobile BayBears. It's a 'Fireworks Friday' night at the ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15.

Side Splitters Comedy Club presents Andy Hendrickson. The New York based comedian was a showcase winner at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Tickets are $12 at the door for the 7:45 performance.

Tickets to the Old Crow Medicine Show concert at the Tennessee Theatre are sold out. The Lumineers and The Milk Carton Kids will open the show at 7:30 pm.

Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will perform at Boyd's Jig & Reel in the Old City. The free performance is scheduled to begin at 9 pm.

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours will meet at the Market Square stage for a tour of the area's hottest paranormal hotspots. Tickets are $20, and may be purchased at www.knoxghost.com. Things should get going at 11 pm.

SATURDAY AUGUST 25

Join UT Medical Center for Knoxville's 5th annual 'The Man Run'.  All proceeds raised will support free prostate cancer screenings and education in East Tennessee. The Man Run is a 10K run 5K run/1-mile fun run/walk set for 9 am. Visit www.utmedicalcenter.org for more information.

The Fort Loudoun Lake Association presents the 6th Annual Paddle for Clean Water, a leisurely 5-mile paddle through downtown Knoxville. Registration opens at 9 am at Sequoyah Park, and the paddling starts at 10 am from Ned McWherter Park. Shuttles will be provided at the time of registration to Ned McWherter Park.The proceeds raised from the event will help benefit the work that is done on the lake to provide you with clean water. Registration fee includes t-shirt and goodie bag. $30 per person (reservation for canoe or kayak, life vest, and paddle).

The Market Square Farmers' Market opens at 9 am. Grab some cash and bring some friends down to support your local farmers and artisans.

Bill Landry will host a guided trip around Cades Cove, as part of the Cades Cove Heritage Tours special programs. Tour busses depart the Heritage Center at 9:30 am. Advance reservations are required, and the tour cost is $50 per person, with a limit of 18 guests per tour. Call Cades Cove Heritage Tours, at (865) 448-8838.

The Urban Adventure Race offers a 6 to 8 hour challenging course for teams of three who will bike, run, paddle, swim, orienteer and face a few surprises as they maneuver a unique course in and around downtown Knoxville and the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. Pre-registration required, and the race is limited to 250 participants. Visit www.outdoorknoxville.com for more information and registration.

Knoxville Walking Tours invites you to take a stroll through the streets of downtown, and learn about the early decisions and actions that were made to make Knoxville what it is today. Listen to the stories of the settlement of White's Fort and establishment of the capitol of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee. Adult tickets are $15, and may be purchased at www.knoxvillewalkingtours.com. The tour begins at 11 am.

Rollin and Tumblin 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.

The Knoxville Tattoo Convention continues at the World's Fair Park Holiday Inn. Admission is $20 a day or $35 for the weekend. There will be live tattooing, vendors, tattoo contests, and more. Doors are open from 12 until 11 pm.

Ijams Nature Center invites you to their family program: 'Cicada Festival'. They'll look for cicadas on the trail and explore the different species. You may even get to see what cicadas taste like when deep fried! Plus, they'll have a sweep-net activity led by bugoligist, Rikki Hall. The fee for this program is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required; call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.

The Hard Knox Roller Girls return to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The Brawlers take on the Tragic City Rollers Plan B at 6 pm. The All Stars hit the floor at 8 pm. It's Second Harvest Food Bank night. If you bring two non perishable food items for $2 off your ticket.

There are just a few games left in the regular season for the Tennessee Smokies. The Smokies will be celebrating with a 'Dog Calendar Giveaway', 'Myron Noodleman Appearance', 'Medic Blood Drive', 'College Colors Night', and 'Buddy's BBQ Night'. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15.

The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival continues in Gatlinburg. Singer/songwriters will fill venues with ongoing performances in downtown Gatlinburg, with most of the performances being free. Jimbo Whaley and the Greenbrier will be in concert at the Mills Auditorium at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on-line at www.smswf.com.

Corey Smith will perform at the Tennessee Theatre. Tickets to the country concert are $25. Indian Rodeo will open the night at 8 pm.

The Bijou Theatre welcomes Erick Baker to the US Cellular Stage to celebrate the release of his newest album, "Goodbye June". Tickets are $19.50 in advance or $23 at the door. Elenowen will open the show at 8 pm.

The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson present The Police Experience with the Coveralls. Tickets for this night of musical tribute, are $10 at the door. The music begins at 8 pm.

SUNDAY AUGUST 26

Outdoor KnoxFest continues in around downtown Knoxville, with an Urban Trail Race, Mountain Bike Time Trial, and Legacy Leisure Bike Ride. Visit www.outdoorknoxville.com for more information..

The Maryville v. Alcoa football game will be televised on ESPN2. Kickoff is scheduled for high noon.

The Knoxville Tattoo Convention continues at the World's Fair Park Holiday Inn. Admission is $20 for the day. There will be live tattooing, vendors, tattoo contests, and more. Doors are open from 12 until 11 pm.

The Tennessee Smokies will host the Mobile BayBears in Kodak at 5 pm.  Enjoy a beach party Smokies style with $2 cheeseburgers and $2 Coronas, plus a postgame concert. Make sure you stick around after the game as Homemade Wine will be performing.

Knoxville Walking Tours invites you to take a stroll through the streets of downtown, and learn about the early decisions and actions that were made to make Knoxville what it is today. You'll relive the days when Knoxville was the wild west and Gay Street was the OK Corral. Tickets are $15, and may be purchased at www.knoxvillewalkingtours.com. The tour begins at 6 pm.

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