KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Big Ears Festival starts Thursday in Downtown Knoxville. The unique festival has several venues around downtown with performances of music, film and art over four days. Several of the events are free.

“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.

The only Tenn-I-See monthly reading series continues Thursday at 8 p.m. at Pretentious Beer Company.  This month’s writers are Anders Carlson-Wee, Edgar Kunz and Laura Hoffer. The series brings emerging and established writers together to read their work.

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville Home Show is at the Knoxville Convention Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Local builders, remodelers and home improvement professionals will be set up to discuss your projects. Admission is $10 at the door or $8 if you purchase your ticket online.

It’s the fourth Friday of the month, so The Muse Knoxville is staying open late for Free Family Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio brings its 8th Annual Circus Extravaganza to Pellissippi State Community College on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This year’s theme is Dominion and features roughly 40 performers of all ages. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids. Proceeds benefit circus classes for at-risk youth.

The 2019 Honey Convention is at the Rothchild Catering & Conference Center in Knoxville on Friday and Saturday. Learn from experts in the beekeeping industry and check out vendors. On Friday, the convention is hosting a free kids event called "The Burns and the Bees." from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Enjoy dinner and a show at Jubilee Banquet Facility in Knoxville. Free Spirit Theatre is performing Neil Simon’s "Plaza Suite" on Friday and Saturday evening. The $30 tickets include your meal and entertainment.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Bearden Beer Market’s Inaugural Gumbo Cook-off is Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to raise money for the Leukemia Society. WBIR’s Shannon Smith will be one of the judges. It’s $10 to enter a team of two and $5 for each additional team member.

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.

Do you know what LARPing is? It stands for live-action role-playing, and the Blount County Library is hosting a teen workshop on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to give you tips for dressing up and sword fighting.

For the second year, Ijams Nature Center is launching its Girls STEAM Team for girls ages 9 to 13. The program provides hands-on activities to boost girls’ confidence and interest in STEAM fields. The feed for the year is $40 for new team members and includes eight workshops.

The Warrior 10-Miler, half-marathon and 5K is Saturday in Sevierville. Runners will race along Veterans Boulevard starting at 8 a.m.

The Gatlinburg Firefighters Association’s 8th annual Fit For Duty 5 & 10K road race is Saturday at 9 a.m. The race starts at fire station 1 on East Parkway.

Clean out your drawers for any old cell phones, batteries and electronics. Ijams Nature Center is teaming up with the City of Knoxville to hosts an E-Cycle event to properly dispose of these items on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Knoxville Ice Bears have back-to-back home games against the Huntsville Havoc on Saturday and Sunday. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The American Museum of Science and Energy is celebrating 70 years with several events on Saturday. There will be games, food trucks, science experiments, and more. Museum admission is $5 per person all day.

Join Ranger Jammie at the boat ramp at Panther Creek State Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a guided spring hike. Don’t forget your camera to snap a few photos of some of the blooming wildflowers.

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is celebrating the groundbreaking of its new Green Drinks Garden with a Groundbreaking Brew by Crafty Bastard Brewery made with hints of rosemary and honey. $1 from each beer is donated to the garden.

Get crafty at the Howard Pinkston Branch Library on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Kids ages three to 12 will be making their own mixed media flower garden.

The Oak Ridge Velo Classic road bike race is Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be time trials for various age groups and divisions throughout the day.

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers, INC. presents its 42nd annual Springtime in Tennessee CFA AllBreed Cat Show on Saturday and Sunday at Chilhowee Park.

March is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and an organization called "Out of the Shadows" is hosting a bowl-a-thon on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Strike and Spare Family Bowl on Hayfield Road. The $25 admission includes three hours of bowling, shoes, pizza and drinks.

With Spring officially here, Tennessee State Parks is hosting free guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday. To find out what hike best fits your interest, visit TNstateparks.com.

Obed Wild and Scenic River is hosting a 2.25-mile trail run. The event is open to runners of all levels. Participants should meet at the Nemo Bridge picnic area at 1 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Six-Pack Beer Run Series starts Sunday at Alliance Brewing Company in South Knoxville. Participants will run two to four miles and can get discounted beer after the run. This is the first of six brewery runs scheduled for March, April and May.  Each social run costs $20.

The University of Tennessee men’s baseball team hosts  South Carolina at home on Sunday. The game starts at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network +.