KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Drum Corps International presents the Drums Across the Smokies marching band competition. The Thursday event begins at 7 p.m. at Farragut High School.

The Wings of Wonder butterfly exhibit is going on now at the University of Tennessee Gardens. 25 local professional and amateur artists spent the past month putting their creative spin on large wooden butterfly silhouettes that are on display around the garden.

The Knoxville Children's Theatre will be teasing up their hair for their upcoming performance of 'Hairspray Jr.' which runs July 5-28. Tickets $10 to $12.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown is performing ‘45 Seconds From Broadway’ on June 28 through July 14. The play is set in a coffee shop in New York City where characters wander in and out, sit down and chat with each other about life in the Big Apple.

The Oak Ridge Playhouse is performing ‘Nine to Five’ July 5 through July 21. Tickets start at $22.

The Shakespeare on the Square summer tradition is back. Actors with The Tennessee Stage Company will be performing comedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors. The performances kick off Thursday, July 11 at Market Square and continue through August 10th.

Enjoy a meal at Historic Ramsey House on Thursday at 6 p.m. Dinner, Smokes & Local Lore costs $15 for adults and $10 for children.

The Tennessee Smokies take on the Mobile Baybears for six home games in a row at Smokies Stadium. Saturday is 90s night and there will be throwback music, food, and drinks.

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Smoky Mountain Classic Softball Tournament is Friday through Sunday at Sandy Springs Park in Blount County. Admission is $6 to see the teams compete.

MusicFest at West End is a two-day outdoor vendor and music festival at the West End Shopping Center in Farragut. One Life Church will be providing free kids activities, and several local businesses will be offering discounts. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Listen to smooth jazz during Jazzspirations Live at the Southern Railway Station. The music begins at 8 p.m. on Friday night.

Come to Ijams Nature Center on Friday for Jamfest. Starting at 6 p.m., four local bands will take the stage to rock the night. Tickets are $15.

Fanboy Expo is taking over the Knoxville Convention Center all weekend long. Carmen Electra from Baywatch and Paul Reubens, best known for playing Pee-Wee Herman, will be there alongside several other celebrities.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is in town all week long at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. More than 180 booths will be set up. The fair opens every morning at 10 a.m.

The Tennessee Theatre is showing classic movies this summer as part of its Summer Movie Magic Series. On Friday at 8 p.m., the movie ‘Jaws’ is playing. On Sunday at 3 p.m., you can watch the Disney animated movie, ‘The Little Mermaid.’

The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five series continues on Friday with Mac Arnold & Plateful o’ Blues. The music starts at 6 p.m. General Admission tickets are $15.

If you can’t wait for Halloween, Frightmare Manor is opening for two nights of summer screams. The haunted attraction is open Friday and Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $22.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The TWRA Sunflower Festival is blooming from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. You can stroll through the acres of flowers on a guided tour starting at 10:30 a.m.

ORNL Federal Credit Union is once again hosting its summer music series at A.K. Bissell Park. Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket. The music begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Knox County’s Second Saturday Concert Series continues this weekend. Live music begins at 6 p.m. at New Harvest Park and The Cove at Concord Park.

The Market Square Farmers’ Market is open for the season. Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and crafts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ijams Nature Center hosts its weekly Creature Feature on Saturday at 10 a.m. It’s always a surprise to see what animal ambassador shows up.

Every Saturday, you can enjoy live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Stardust Marina in Anderson County. The weekly music series is called Sundown Saturdays and lasts from May 25 to September 7.

Learn the practice of pressing plants at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. The Perfectly Pressed Plants Workshop is happening from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. General admission costs $15, and participants go home with a mini specimen to display.

Singer Rebecca Black, best known for her hit ‘Friday,’ is performing at Barley’s in Knoxville on Saturday. The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Three Rivers Regatta, a race for paddlers on any style craft, is Saturday at Ned McWherter Park at 7 a.m. You can register to race by Kayak, Paddle board, canoe, and more.

The Carter Mill 10K Splash is part of the Knoxville Track Club Summer Series. The race begins on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the Carter Mill community swimming pool.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sit back and listen to live bluegrass music at the Lenoir Museum at Norris Dam State Park every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Bluegrass Jam runs April 7 through Oct. 27.

The Lawson McGhee Branch of the Knoxville County Public Library is showing a sneak preview of the American Experience film, ‘Chasing the Moon.’ The event is free and open to the public. The film begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Knoxville Museum of Art is hosting its Second Sunday Art Activity Day at 1 p.m. The free event also includes guided docent tours.

Harper Auto Square’s Cars and Coffee is Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at West Town Mall. All cars are welcome.