John Martin highlights some of this weekend's biggest events

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FRIDAY AUGUST 31

The 8th annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival gets started in downtown Gatlinburg at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival (GFAF) is an outdoor family event that features quality artists from around the country along with Appalachian music from the area. The free event runs from 10 am until 5 pm.

Silent Old Mountains with The Grits and Soul Band will perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The free broadcast begins at noon at the Knoxville Visitor Center.
 
Knoxville Food Tours invites you to take a guided walking tour through the streets of downtown Knoxville and taste some of the best food the city has to offer. Friday tours visit The Coop Cafe, Shonos in City, Marty's Bistro/Market Cafe, Coolato Gelato, The Market at Union & Gay, and Mast General Store. The $50 tickets include all of your food samples. The tour begins at 2:30 pm. Visit www.knoxvillefoodtours.com for more information.

The University of Tennessee Volunteers take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the ESPNU College Football Primetime: 2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 in the Georgia Dome.

Tim Meadows will perform at Side Splitters Comedy Club this weekend. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22 at the door. You can check out Tim's set at both 7:45 and 10:15.

The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson welcomes Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer with special guest The Detroit Daddies. Tickets are just $20 to check out this international superstar. Music begins at 8 pm.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1

The 8th annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival continues in downtown Gatlinburg at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival (GFAF) is an outdoor family event that features quality artists from around the country along with Appalachian music from the area. The free event runs from 10 am until 7 pm.

Grassroots Gringos with Westwend 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 Clarence Brown Theatre presents Sweeney Todd, starring Dale Dickey and Jeff Austin. Adult tickets start at $55, students are between $12 and $20. Show time is set for 7:30 pm. Sweeney Todd is appropriate for high-schoolers and up.

Tim Meadows will perform at Side Splitters Comedy Club this weekend. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22 at the door. You can check out Tim's set at both 7:45 and 10:15.

The Kentucky Headhunters with special guest Chris Janson will take the stage at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. Tickets are $25 to the 8 pm show.

Same As It Ever Was will headline a night of music at Preservation Pub. Truckstop Darlin' out of Portland, Oregon, will perform in the Speakeasy at 8 pm. Same As It Ever Was will go on at 10 pm.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2

The 25th anniversary of the Boomsday Festival will be held along Neyland Drive at Volunteer Landing. The day will be filled with tons of fun, delicious food, contests, a Family Fun Zone featuring inflatables, and of course, the nation's largest Labor Day weekend fireworks show. The day begins at 1 pm, WBIR coverage begins at 9 pm and the fireworks are scheduled to fly at 9:30. As always, admission is free but you might want to bring some pocket money with you.

The Mabry-Hazen House will host their 5th annual Boomsday, Bluegrass, and Barbeque Celebration. On a cool hilltop setting attendees will enjoy a great view of Knoxville's premiere fireworks show, good food and live music provided by WDVX. Tours of the historic home will begin at 6 pm, and dinner will be served at 7:30. Alcohol is BYOB. Tickets are $50 per adult and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticket holder. To make reservations (more than recommended) call (865) 522-8661.

 

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