Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Wings of Wonder butterfly exhibit is open 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.

Take a tour inside professionally designed condos at the new Regas Square Condominiums during the 2019 Knoxville Symphony League ShowHouse season. The 2019 ShowHouse season runs June 12 through June 30, and guests can tour the space Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Day passes are $20. You can purchase a season pass for $30.

Knoxville's free Concerts on the Square live music series on Market Square runs through the end of August with jazz performances on Tuesdays and variety shows on Thursdays.

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales returns to Gatlinburg to entertain visitors all summer long. Musical performers, storytellers, and dancers will perform along the sidewalks in town from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. each day through Aug. 3.

27 talented women from across the state are competing to be Miss Tennessee 2019. Preliminary competitions are Wednesday through Friday with the finals happening on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Support the talented students at Vine Middle School in their finale of the Shakespeare in Shades reading and theatre program. The students have been reading, stage blocking and memorizing lines to perform at the Carousel Theatre at the University of Tennessee on Thursday at 7 p.m. It’s free to attend.

USA Cycling’s Pro & Para-cycling Road National Championships kick off Thursday afternoon with time trials by Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, and then the competition moves to downtown Knoxville. This is the third year in a row that Knoxville is hosting the championships, but for the first time, para-cyclists are also competing in the Scruffy City. Gay Street will be where most of the excitement is with a Fan Zone in Krutch Park that will have a beer garden right by the start and finish lines. But, there will be people lined up all along the race courses.

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The  ‘Rhythm On the River’ summer concert series continues Thursday at 7 p.m. in Cocke County. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket and enjoy live music along the City of Newport’s Riverwalk.

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Concert on the Commons outdoor music series will fill your Friday night with live music at the Norris Commons. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The music begins at 7 p.m. The weekly series runs through July 26.

Friday is Free Family Night at The Muse Knoxville. The museum will be open late, and there will be multiple planetarium shows at no extra cost. Family Night happens every fourth Friday of the month.

The public is invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising by attending a free concert at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Friday evening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a reception. The program begins at 8 p.m.

The Kuumba Festival showcases local African American art and artists in the Knoxville community. The Festival runs Friday through Sunday in three primary locations, Market Square, Haley Heritage Square, and Morningside Park.

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.

Tazewell Speedway is hosting the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Dirt Series on Friday. $12,000 is up for grabs, and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m.

The Blount Mansion is hosting a cheering corner for the USA Cycling races on Friday and Saturday. There will be drinks, hot dogs and snacks that you can enjoy while you watch the race.

The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five series continues Friday with a live performance by the Tennessee Sheiks. General admission is $10. The dancing starts at 6 p.m.

Smokies Stadium is hosting its first-ever cornhole tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. There will be live music, brews, and great prizes.

Encore Theatrical Company in Morristown is performing ‘Mamma Mia!’ from June 28th through July 7th at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge.

The Gary Lindsey Memorial Fishing Tournament is this weekend on Tellico Lake. The festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. at Fort Loudon/Tellico Canal Boat Ramp. Boats return with their catches by 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Stroll through six acres of colorful Daylilies during the 2019 Daylily Festival on Friday and Saturday. There will be plants for sale, activities for the kids, food for purchase. The event is located at 8153 Monday Road in Corryton, Tennessee.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

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.

Thousands of people are expected to show up to Lenoir City’s Rockin’ the Docks. This annual celebration features food, music and fireworks at Fort Loudon Lake. This is the second weekend for the event.

Secrecy, Security, and Spies is a historical program that teaches people about what life was like in Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project. The free event begins at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Turnpike Gatehouse.

The 40th annual City of Alcoa FreedomFest is Saturday at 6 p.m. at the duck pond on Springbrook Road. This early Independence Day celebration features live music, food vendors, and kids activities throughout the night.

Cheer on Knoxville’s Roller Derby team, the Hard Knox Roller Girls, on Saturday as they take on the Muscogee Roller Girls and the Greenville Derby Dames at the Knoxville Convention Center. Doors open at 4 p.m.

The Secret City Sprint Triathlon is Saturday at the Oak Ridge pool. Athletes will swim 500 meters, bike 15 miles, and run a 5K.

Ijams Nature Center’s Citizen Science event turns ordinary people into biologists. This month, participants will be netting and identifying dragonflies. The program costs $8 per person and starts at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Show off your disc golf skills during an after-dark glow tournament in Morristown. The fun starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday at Wayne Hansard Park. Anyone can play for free, but if you want to compete for a chance to win a cash prize, it costs $15. There will be glow tape and LED lights available for free.

Make your own snow globe at the Fountain City Branch Library on Saturday at noon. You can bring your own one to two-inch figure to put inside.

Friends of the Blount County Animal Center is hosting puppy yoga on Saturday at 10 a.m. outside the shelter in Maryville. The cost is $20 per person, but space is limited.

The ‘Sing for the Climate’ concert is Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the amphitheater in World’s Fair Park.  The event is free.

The ‘Save Our Sons Summit’ is on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Change Center. Young men ages 14 to 24 are invited to participate in this event that features local leaders in the community.

Knoxville’s third Neighborhood Wiffle Ball Tournament is Saturday at 9 a.m. in Victor Ashe Park. Five teams representing several neighborhoods will be competing to be the best. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Help keep the Smokies beautiful by volunteering during ‘Smokies Service Days.’ On Saturday morning, volunteers will clean up the Cosby Campground. For more information, contact Project Coordinator, Andrew Mentrup, at 865.436.1278.

Circle Modern Dance is hosting Intersect Dance Theatre for a Master Class that is open to the public. The class lasts from 10 a.m. to noon at the Emporium Center Annex Studio. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Sunday, June 30, 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.

Learn how to paint the Knoxville skyline during a painting class at Hops & Hollers on Sunday. Tickets are $30 per person.  The class begins at 6 p.m.

The Tennessee Smokies face the Birmingham Barons on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Smokies Stadium. It’s Family Fun Day, and there’s a card show before the game.