John Martin highlights a very busy weekend in East Tennessee

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28

The 20th annual Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day includes a wide array of East Tennessee traditions and experiences for guests including bluegrass and mountain music, clogging, storytelling, children's activities, crafts by local artisans, great Southern food and demonstrations of a variety of Appalachian skills. The two day festival is free, and it celebrates Southern Appalachian Mountain culture and heritage. Things run from 9 to 6 at the Townsend Visitor Center.

The 33rd annual Greekfest will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church at 4070 Kingston Pike. Special features include authentic Greek food, delicious Greek pastries, live music, traditional Greek dancing and costumes that have made this event a favorite. Admission is $2 per adult or you can buy a $3 weekend pass. Greekfest will run from 11 am to 10 pm on Friday.

The National Muscadine Festival will be held in Sweetwater. The Tsali Notch Vineyard will have muscadine stomping, live music, vendors, parade, the Miss Muscadine pageant, and more. The free event runs from 10 am until 5 pm, before moving to downtown Sweetwater at 7, for live music with SouthBound, vendors and BBQ cookers.

Jus Post Bellum with Ebony Hillbillies will perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The Blue Plate Special takes place every weekday at noon. Head on down to the Knoxville Visitor Center for the free, live broadcast.

The Fall Series of Alive After Five continues at the Knoxville Museum of Art. This week's musical entertainment will be Ian Thomas & The Band of Drifters. Alive After Five runs from 6 to 8:30 pm. General admission is just $8.

The XFC - Xtreme Fighting Championships steer the TV trucks into Knoxville Civic Coliseum for their next televised professional MMA Event, XFC 20. Tickets range from $25 to $100 and may be purchased at all Tickets Unlimited locations. For more information, visit www.officialxfc.com. Fight time is set for 6 pm.

MetroFest, Metro Pulse's local benefit music festival, is taking place at venues across downtown and in the Old City. All proceeds from the festival will go to the Joy of Music School, which provides free music instruction to disadvantaged and at-risk children. The music kicks off at 7 pm. For a full list of bands and participating venues, visit www.metropulse.com.

Movies on Market Square continues in downtown Knoxville. The pet-friendly event invites you to bring your four-legged friend down and enjoy "You've Got Mail". Movies on Market Square begins at 7:30.

Side Splitters Comedy Club welcomes Lisa Landry to the stage. You can purchase tickets at the door for just $12. Show time is set for 7:45 pm.

The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson welcomes Drivin' N Cryin' with special guest Cathouse Prophets. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20. The music is set to begin at 8 pm.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29

The University of Tennessee Gardens invites you to check out their Fall Symposium: Incredible Edibles at 8 am. Mel Bartholomew and Victoria Boudman, founder and CEO of Square Foot Gardening, will be the keynote speakers. The cost is $65 for members, and $80 for non-members.

The 20th annual Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day includes a wide array of East Tennessee traditions and experiences for guests including bluegrass and mountain music, clogging, storytelling, children's activities, crafts by local artisans, great Southern food and demonstrations of a variety of Appalachian skills. The two day festival is free, and it celebrates Southern Appalachian Mountain culture and heritage. Things run from 9 to 6 at the Townsend Visitor Center.

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 37th annual Knoxville Home Show Presented by Clayton Homes will take place at the Knoxville Convention Center. 19 model homes will be on display this weekend showcasing the latest in innovation, energy efficiency and creature comforts. The show is open from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday and from noon until 6 pm on Sunday. It is a family-oriented event with food, games and activities for all ages, including an award winning vintage car display. For more information visit www.claytonhomeshow.com.

The National Muscadine Festival Parade kicks off in Historic Downtown Sweetwater. The parade begins at 10 am at the K-Mart, before the activities head over to the duck park including cornhole tournaments, car shows, bbq competitions, grape stomping and music from Journey Home and Robinella, among others. You can get an all-day KidZone pass for $5. Visit www.nationalmuscadinefestival.com for more information.

The CureSearch Walk celebrates and honors children whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer, while raising funds for lifesaving research. Supported by the Butterfly Fund, the CureSearch Walk begins at 10 am at Volunteer Landing. Abby Ham will be this year's emcee.

The East Tennessee Historical Society joins with the Smithsonian Institution and museums across the country to celebrate National Museum Day, with free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History. Museum hours are 10 am to 4 pm.

Dandridge is hosting a Scots-Irish Music Festival, honoring the Town's earliest settlers dating back to 1783. Families can enjoy this all day Main Street Music Festival, featuring  Bagpipe and Snare Drum Competitions, dance and athletic demonstrations, Celtic wares and food, and much more. Admission and all entertainment are free of charge. For more information call (865) 397-7420 ext.17 or visit the website at www.scotsirish.org.

The Blount County Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team and the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force will sponsor a "Drug Take-Back Day" from 10 am to  2 pm at the Blount County Justice Center located at 926 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. All medication drop-offs are anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

The 33rd annual Greekfest will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church at 4070 Kingston Pike. Special features include authentic Greek food, delicious Greek pastries, live music, traditional Greek dancing and costumes that have made this event a favorite. Admission is $2 per adult or you can buy a $3 weekend pass. Greekfest will run from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturday.

The Campbell Culture Coalition presents 6th annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival, at Cove Lake State Park. Gates open at 11 am, and music will run all of the afternoon from artists like Old City Buskers, Four Leaf Peat, Ebony Hillbillies and the Howard Armstrong Legacy Trio. A $2 per person/$5 per family donation is encouraged and goes to help the Campbell Culture Coalition, an all-volunteer non-profit community arts organization that puts on the Festival.

Don de Leaumont 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 Tennessee Vols travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30. CBS will provide television coverage.

SEEED presents Knoxville's 3rd annual Music Harvest, a youth organized community mobilization fundraiser event at Market Square. This year's event will include a very diverse artist line up such as Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop, Gospel ,Poetry and this year's first Opera. The free event runs from 4 to 10 pm.

The University of Tennessee Gardens will host an Edible Plant Sale. Find great deals on small fruits, herbs, and cool season vegetables on the Friendship Plaza of the UT Gardens from 4 to 6 pm.

The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson presents Jimmie Van Zant with special guest John Titlow. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20. Show times is set for 8 pm.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30

The 33rd annual Greekfest will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church at 4070 Kingston Pike. Special features include authentic Greek food, delicious Greek pastries, live music, traditional Greek dancing and costumes that have made this event a favorite. Admission is $2 per adult. Greekfest will run from 12 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

The Town of Farragut is hosting the third annual "Picnic on the Pike", from 1 to 5 pm on the lawn of the historic house at 11863 Kingston Pike. You can bring chairs and blankets and enjoy music by The Coveralls, the 75-member East Tennessee Concert Band, and the Akima Club Singers. The entertainment will be provided at no charge; food, crafts, games and wristbands to play on inflatables will be available for purchase.

Old Gray Cemetery's annual Lantern and Carriage Tour will be held from 4 to 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Visit www.oldgraycemetary.org for more information.  

 

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