KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Clarence Brown Theatre is performing ‘Detroit ‘67’ February 27 through March 17 at the Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre. The play takes place in the summer of 1967 when riots erupted following a raid on an unlicensed bar.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will be performing music by Mendelssohn on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. Mei-Ann Chen will be the guest conductor.

Put on your dancing shoes for square dancing at the Laurel Theatre in Knoxville. No experience is required to dance to the live old-time music that starts at 8 p.m.

If you’re in Gatlinburg this weekend, you might spot Santa Claus. Hundreds of Santa Clauses. The annual Santa Family Reunion is March 14-17. The Santas will parade through Gatlinburg between Traffic Light #10 and #6 on Saturday.

The Marble City Opera is performing a one-act opera called ‘Beneath Suspicion” at the Blount Mansion on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The opera is based on a true story about two women who spied for the Union during the Civil War.

Friday, March 15, 2019

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Young actors and actresses at the Knoxville Children’s Theatre are performing Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr February 22 through March 17. Tickets start at $10.

The Knox Shamrock Fest is a family-friendly event in downtown Knoxville's Market Square on Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be festive music, live concerts, inflatable bounce houses, slides and an obstacle course, carousel & crafts for the little ones, face painting, balloon twisting, midway games, prizes, vendors and other fun activities for kids of all ages.

Cel-O'Bragh-tion is Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Krutch Park Extension off Gay Street across from Regal Cinemas. There will be live music, libations, an inflatable pub, games, and much more!

Check out some classic corvettes as they cruise from the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge to the Tail of the Dragon on Friday as part of the Corvette Expo in the Smokies. The cars will leave the center at 4:30 p.m.

The Women in Jazz Jam Festival returns to Knoxville on Friday and Saturday. The two-day music fest begins with the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five concert series and continues on Saturday with several performances at the Knoxville Center Mall. The events on Saturday are free.

As part of its 110th birthday, the Bijou Theatre is hosting a Vaudeville Extravaganza on Friday at 8 p.m.  Tickets to this three-hour variety show start at $20.

Take an excursion along the Tennessee River during the Bassmaster Classic. The Three Rivers Rambler Train River Route departs from Volunteer Landing at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Onboard, there will be a park ranger from Seven Islands Birding Park to talk about river recreation in East Tennessee. Tickets range from $10 to $20.

It’s the Superbowl of fishing. The Bassmaster Classic is in Knoxville Friday through Sunday. You can watch boats take off from Volunteer Landing or cheer on your favorites at the Weigh-ins at Thompson Boling Arena. The tournament also includes a weekend-long expo at the Convention Center.

“Crimes of the Heart” is playing at the Flying Anvil Theatre March 8 through 24. ‘Crimes of the Heart’ tells the story of three sisters in Mississippi who are fighting to escape their dysfunctional past.

Statemint, a pop-up consignment shop for adults, is at the Knoxville Expo Center all weekend long. Shop for a new spring wardrobe or pick out sweaters for next winter. On Sunday, items are half-off.

Beer & Hymns Shamrock Edition is Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Outpost pop-up music venue. Drink beer and sing along to some of your favorite hymns from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The 4H Clover Classic Horse Show is Friday and Saturday at 276 Patton Lane in Harriman. The competition is free to spectators.

Cinderella’s Closet of East Tennessee is giving away prom dresses, shoes, and accessories on Friday and Saturday. The giveaway is located at 158 West Dumplin Valley Road in Jefferson City.

Historic Rugby kicks off its spring season with ‘Hidden Trails Hike Rugby.’ Join a group of local trail leaders through the beautiful nature trails around town, or celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish Road Bowling.

Casual Pint in Farragut is hosting a Pint Night and silent auction to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Friday at 4 p.m. $1 of each pint will be donated, and there will be live music.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Knox County Public Library hosts its weekly ‘Saturday Stories and Songs,’ at 11 a.m. at the Cedar Bluff and Fountain City branch libraries.

The Knox Saint Patrick’s Day Parade steps off Saturday at 1 p.m. on Gay Street. The parade will start at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, march up Church Street and turn onto Gay Street. It will continue down Gay Street through the heart of downtown until taking a right onto Jackson Ave. The parade will end in the Old City.

For an adults-only St. Patrick's Day party, you can head to Finn's Restaurant and Tavern, located in the Baker Peters House at 9000 Kingston Pike. On Saturday and Sunday, they'll have Irish food, Irish dancing, Irish music, Irish beer, Irish whiskey, music from local band The Boogie Nights and their annual Tug-O-War between the Knoxville Fire Department and the Knoxville Fraternal Order of Police.

The Pistol Ultra Run is Saturday and Sunday along the Alcoa-Maryville Greenway. The ultramarathon brings runners from all over the world to race distances from 1 mile all the way up to 100 miles with a lot of choices in between. The race this Saturday morning starts at Alcoa High School. The first runners start at 7:55 am.

The UT Arboretum Society’s monthly hike is Saturday at 9 a.m. at the UT Arboretum Visitors Center in Oak Ridge. The roughly 1.5-mile hike is geared towards all skill levels and participants will learn about the trails at the Arboretum. 

Make a trip to Windrock Park for the Titan OffRoad Shamrock Shakedown This is the second year for Saint Patrick’s Day weekend event.

Drink your way around the Old City on Saturday for the St. Patrick’s Day Old City Pub Crawl. A $10 wristband gets you into the ten participating venues.  Don’t forget to wear green.

Ijams Nature Center is bringing its program on the road to Farragut. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, people can visit the Town Hall Community Room for a live animal presentation that involves the center’s tarantula. Tickets are $5 to $10.

South Knoxville is hosting its own pub crawl on Saturday. Pick up one of the South Knoxville St. Patrick’s Day Crawl passports and collect stamps from five venues on the South side of the Tennessee River to enter for a chance to win a South Knox getaway package. There is no cover, and the event lasts from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

The Lucky Kidney Run, a part of Knox Shamrock Fest, is Saturday at 10 a.m. in Market Square. The 6K and 2K courses wind through downtown and the historic 4th and Gill neighborhood. Registration costs $40.

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.

Across the country, national parks helped tell the stories of what Americans experienced during World War II. ASME in Oak Ridge is hosting a National Parks World Film Festival on Saturday. They will be showing several different films throughout the day starting at 1 p.m.

The Shamrock Shuffle 5K is Saturday morning at Walters State Community College in Morristown. Registration is $40 the day of the event. The race kicks off at 7 a.m.

Celebrate the music of Jimi Hendrix at the Tennessee Theatre on Saturday. This special concert brings together legendary artists who join together to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix. Tickets start at $35.

Dollywood opens to the public for the 2019 season on Saturday with its annual Festival of Nations. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Put on your green and lace up your tennis shoes for the 7th annual Saint Patrick’s Day 5K and 1.7K race to raise money to fight neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. The race starts at Barleys and winds through the Old City. Runners receive two free beers, a t-shirt, swag bag, and free pizza.