10 About Town: August 9 - August 12
Author: Emily DeVoe
Published: 12:17 PM EDT August 9, 2018
Updated: 6:41 PM EDT August 9, 2018
ABOUT-TOWN 4 Articles

10 About Town: August 9 - August 12

Chapter 1

Thursday, August 9

Billy Bob Thorton and The Boxmasters are performing at the Amphitheatre in World’s Fair Park on Saturday as part of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Music Feeds concert series. Food trucks and beverages will be set up in the park, so you can eat and drink before the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The world’s a stage, or at least Market Square is, during Tennessee Stage Company’s Shakespeare on the Square. From mid-July to mid-August you can see two of William Shakespeare’s plays performed Thursday through Sunday nights at 7 p.m. in Downtown Knoxville. It doesn’t cost anything to watch, but donations are welcome. This year the group is performing Cymbeline and Henry IV, Part One.

Flying Anvil Theatre presents their newest show, 8x10. The production is made up of eight short plays and runs from July 25-August 19. Tickets start at $22.

The Greene County Fair is in town through Sunday. Experience demolition derbies, live performances, carnival rides, and more. Tickets range from $2 to $25.

The Blount County Public Library is hosting its Hot Summer Nights Concert series all month long with concerts on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery.

The Tennessee Smokies host the Biloxi Shuckers for a five-game series starting on Thursday. Saturday is UT night, so there will be University of Tennessee themed games and a special fireworks show.

Chapter 2

Friday, August 10

Ijams Nature Center is hosting a free film festival on Friday at 7:30 pm. They will be showing several short films about the importance of parks and public lands. The event will include a keynote speaker and raffle prizes.

The University of Tennessee men’s soccer team hosts the University of Alabama for an exhibition game on Friday at 6 p.m.

Central Cinema is showing several classic movies for its opening weekend including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They’re located at 1205 North Central Street.

The Knoxville Fall Home Design & Remodeling Show is all weekend long at the Convention Center. $8 gets you in the door where vendors can give you ideas for improvements to your home, landscaping, interior decorating, and more.

The Tennessee Theatre is playing “When Harry Met Sally” as part of its Summer Movie Magic series. Show times are Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $7-$9.

The Foothills Community Players are performing their summer musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The show runs from August 10 – August 19. For showtimes and ticket prices visit http://foothillscommunityplayers.com/.

The Fountain City Lions Club is hosting a free summer concert series at Fountain City Park this summer. Candice McQueen is performing at this month’s event Friday at 6 pm.

Chapter 3

Saturday, August 11

The Butterfly Dash and Burger Bash 5K/10K race begins and ends at World’s Fair Park on Saturday morning. Runners will race by cheering patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital before returning to World’s Fair Park.

The Haw Ridge Trail Race takes runners along a six to seven-mile course through Haw Ridge Park in Anderson County on Saturday. The race starts at 5:30 p.m. with a kids’ run starting at 5 p.m.

Every month, Ijams Nature Center’s Taste of Nature event pairs cocktails with nature. This month’s event on Saturday at 6 p.m. pairs dragonflies with daiquiris. The fee for the event is $20.

The stars of Impractical Jokers are coming to the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Saturday. The TruTV comedy follows four friends who coerce one other into doing public pranks or over-the-top dares. Their Knoxville show is Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Duck, dive, and dodge for a good cause at the annual United Way of Greater Knoxville Dodgeball tournament at Thompson Boling Arena on Saturday. Teams of six will compete for the top prize as well as best uniforms and team names. The event starts at 8 a.m.

If you're simply mad about art, the Mad Hatter's Arts Festival in Oak Ridge will take you down the rabbit hole to experience local art and musicians in a unique and whimsical fashion. The festival is August 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. You can design your own Mad Hatter's hat to wear around the square or slip on some virtual reality goggles and create your own art with Electronic Express.

Zoo Knoxville’s Feast with a Beast event is Saturday at 7 p.m. Adults age 21 and older can sip wine and beers from local wineries and breweries while tasting food from area restaurants. All proceeds benefit the zoo. Tickets are $99 the day of the event.

Experience a rarely seen performance of the Cherokee eagle dance at the Spirit of Nations Powwow on Saturday in Jefferson City. The festival includes art demonstrations, competitive powwow dancing, and more. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children. The powwow runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is performing at the Amphitheatre in World’s Fair Park on Saturday as part of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Music Feeds concert series. Food trucks and beverages will be set up in the park, so you can eat and drink before the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Take the family to Halls Branch Library on Saturday at 3 p.m. for family game time. The library will have a collection of games for you to browse.

Enjoy an afternoon of games while learning about the history of Legos at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum in Athens. Lego Adventure starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Saint Patrick’s Day is months away, but you can experience the luck of the Irish at Immaculate Conception’s Irish Fest on The Hill Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5, and there will be Irish food, beer, music, and dancing. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is located at 414 Vine Avenue in downtown Knoxville.

Knox County’s Second Saturday Concert series continues Saturday with Freequency taking the stage at The Cove and Wild Blue Yonder playing tunes at New Harvest Park. The free concerts begin at 6 pm.

Test your cornhole skills against 160 teams during the Dollywood Classic Tournament at Splash Country. The first round of competition begins Saturday at 11 a.m. with the championship round scheduled for 2 p.m. The winning team takes home $7500.

Browse through tables of local vendors at the 2nd Saturday Marketplace at Tea & Treasures in South Knoxville. The outdoor sale is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Cheer on your favorite weiner dogs at the East Tennessee Dachshund Races on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The full day of races benefits Tennessee Dachshund Rescue, a new Tennessee rescue that has already saved more than 80 dogs so far this year.

Chapter 4

Sunday, August 12

Catch crawdads at Ijams’ Family Adventure on Sunday at 2 p.m. Naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales will lead families through the cool waters of Toll Creek searching for crawdads under rocks. The fee for this program is $8 per person. The event was rescheduled from its original date on August 5.

Looking to spruce up your home? Bring five quality items to the Hive on Sunday and swap them for someone else’s items. The Hive Home Décor Swap is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It costs $10 to participate.