Thursday, Mar. 12, 2020
Hamlet is showing at the Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre at the University of Tennessee. The Shakespeare classic runs through Mar. 15.
Blount County Public Library’s seed library is open for the season. During library hours, guests can check out seeds with a valid library card. If you have seeds of your own, the library is also accepting donations.
The Winter Carnival of Magic convention is Thursday through Saturday at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge. The three-day convention features lectures, competitions and evening shows that are available to the public. Tickets to the Friday and Saturday performances range from $7 to $20.
Actors at Flying Anvil Theatre are performing ‘I and You’ Mar. 5 through 25. Tickets range from $10 to $24.
The Knoxville Chamber is hosting its Schmoozapalooza on Thursday at the Knoxville Expo Center. This Mardi Gras themed social is a way for professionals to mix and mingle with dozens of businesses. Tickets cost $10 at the door. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The Knoxville Choral Society is performing a unique concert called ‘Stargazer’ on Thursday at Central Bearden Baptist Church. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $15.
Friday, Mar. 13, 2020
Dragonfly Circus & Aerial Arts Studio presents its annual Circus Extravaganza this weekend. The performances benefit programs that share the circus with under-served people and people with special needs. Tickets range from $10 to $12. The shows are Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There’s also a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday.
***CANCELLED***The annual Women in Jazz Jam Festival is Friday and Saturday at several venues around Knoxville. The event kicks off Friday at Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five concert series. Adult tickets are $15 at the door. The music continues Saturday at 10 a.m. and flows throughout the day.
The Smokies Invitational Golf Tournament is Friday at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville. The tournament raises money for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, a nonprofit that pairs veterans with service animals. Tee off is at 1 p.m.
***CANCELLED*** Knox Shamrock Fest is Friday and Saturday in Market Square and downtown Knoxville. The two-day event features live music, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, and more. The festival is free, but selective children’s activities, crafts and games cost $1 a piece.
The Knoxville Ice Bears have back-to-back home games against Quad City Storm Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $11, and the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
The HBAGK Home Show is returning to the Knoxville Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Admission is $5, but you can attend for free if you bring dog or cat food worth $5 for Young-Williams Animal Center.
The City of Oak Ridge is hosting its annual Arbor Day ceremony on Friday at 10 a.m. at Woodland Elementary School. The ceremony includes the planting of a Gingko tree and marks the 32nd year that the city has been recognized as a Tree City USA.
Enjoy a free movie at the War Memorial Building in Lenoir City on Friday. Family Movie Night begins at 5:30 p.m. and guests will receive a free ticket for a concession combo that includes popcorn, candy and a drink.
Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020
Volunteers are needed to help clean up Norris Lake on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers should meet at Sequoyah Marina and are encouraged to bring a life jacket if they have one.
Blount County Public Library is hosting a sensory showing of the movie, ‘Megamind.’ There will be moderate lighting and LEGOS for busy hands. The movie begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and is welcoming but not limited to those with sensory or attention issues.
3.14 is traditionally celebrated each year as Pie Day. Elst Brewing Company in North Knoxville is honoring the mathematical constant π with pizza pie and a flight of pie-flavored beers from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Breweries and restaurants along in Old Sevier in South Knoxville are participating in a St. Patrick’s Crawl on Saturday from noon to midnight. Throw on your best green attire, and make your way through this popular South Knoxville neighborhood for drink specials, food specials, and plenty of activities. Passports are available at Printshop Beer Co., and revelers can collect stamps at all the participating venues.
This year’s Dogwood Arts Winter Featured Garden is open Saturday and Sunday. The owners of Savage Garden at 3237 Garden Drive in Knoxville will open up their property between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tours are self-guided. A $5 donation is encouraged.
Learn about spring migration patterns at Ijams Nature Center on Saturday during a beginner birding workshop. Participants will learn how to identify birds, specifically warblers. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and costs $8.
The Solid Rock 10, 5K and one-mile fun run is Saturday at Cedar Bluff Baptist Church on Floyd Lane in Knoxville. All proceeds from the race benefit Kincaid Eaker, a 13-year-old member of the church who is battling Polycystic Kidney Disease. Registration ranges from $15 to $35.
***CANCELLED*** The Lucky Kidney Run is part of Knox Shamrock Fest. Participants can choose to run a 2K course or a 6K course that winds through downtown Knoxville and the 4th & Gill neighborhood. Race day registration costs $25 to $40.
***CANCELLED***The Knox St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The route heads north on Gay Street before turning onto Summit Hill and Jackson Ave. The Cel-O-Braghtion Block Party immediately follows the parade. There will be live music, drinks, games and more at the corner of Clinch Ave. and Market St.
Volunteer attorneys and law students at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law are hosting a free Workers’ Comp Legal Clinic. If you have questions about workers’ compensation, come to 601 West Summit Hill Drive on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon.
***CANCELLED*** High Schoolers skate for free on Saturday at the Change Center. The free skate night takes place every second Saturday of the month. The doors are open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Warmer weather means it’s time to dust off the ole’ lawnmower. How confident are you that you can get it started it again? Learn the basics of mower maintenance on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. General admission costs $20.
Dollywood reopens for its 35th season on Saturday with Festival of Nations. The park opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Sunday, Mar. 15, 2020
Throw on your best green for St. Patrick’s Day 5K and 1.7K at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria. The 2 p.m. race winds through the Old City and proceeds benefit Emily’s Power for A Cure, a foundation that raises money and awareness for Neuroblastoma research. Registration costs $40.
Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time for the annual seed swap at Ijams Nature Center. Meet other backyard gardeners, learn tips and tricks for your favorite plants, and come home with new seeds. This free event takes place Sunday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Learn how to plant your own pollinator garden during a workshop at Ijams Nature Center at 1:30 p.m. Participants in the one-hour workshop will learn everything they need to know about a garden that attracts pollinators and leave with a packet of seeds to get started. The registration fee is $10.
Embrace your creative side at an event at the Central Depot on Sunday evening. Participants will learn how to make their own stuffed monsters, otherwise known as ‘Monsters Made with Love.” The two-hour workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
***CANCELLED*** Skate for Zae Day is back. This annual free event celebrates the heroism of Zaevion Dobson. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the rink is open to elementary students. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., it’s time for the middle schoolers. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., high school students close out the event. The Change Center is located at 203 Harriet Tubman Street in Knoxville.