Larger than life papier mache puppets will parade through the streets of East Knoxville on Saturday from 10 am to 1:30 pm. Sections of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Linden Avenue, and North Beaman Street will be blocked off for the parade. After the procession, there will be a festival with free activities and live music.
The Knoxville city outdoor pools open this weekend through Labor Day. For a list of locations, visit: Knoxvilletn.gov
Lace up your tennis shoes for the "It Company EXPO" 10k/5k through downtown Knoxville. 2018 marks the 41st running of this annual event that begins at the Crafty Bastard Brewery at 8 am on Saturday.
The Knox County Jaycees and Bearden Beer Market are hosting a “Cornhole for a Cause” tournament to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association on Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm at Bearden Beer Market. Teams can register online for $50 until noon the day of the event.
Watch sheep get their summer dos at the historic Ramsey House on Saturday from 9 am to 11 am. Tickets cost $10 to see the sheep shearing. Children 12 and under are free.
Take a tour of the Knoxville National Cemetery with historian, Jack Neely, on Saturday at 5 pm. The event is free and will include a presentation of a new book, Knoxville’s National Cemetery: A Short History.
Step back in time to the High Middle Ages at the Tennessee Medieval Faire on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The outdoor festival is located 30 miles west of Turkey Creek in Harriman, Tennessee (550 Fiske Road). You can dress up in costumes, join Robin Hood’s merry band, or snack on a turkey leg. Tickets range from $9 to $17.
Foxes, coyotes, snakes, oh my! The Espresso Exotic Animal Expo is Saturday and Sunday at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. The doors open 9 am to 5 pm each day. Admission costs $2-$5. https://www.espressoanimalexpo.com/
Rockin’ the Docks in an all-day festival on Fort Loudon Lake that goes on Saturday from 1 pm to 10 pm. People at Lenoir City Park will enjoy live bands, food, fireworks, and more. The Memorial Day Tribute and fireworks begin at 10 pm with music beginning at 5 pm.
The Diner in Sevierville is hosting a Memorial Weekend Cruise-In with music by Gary’s Sound Machine on Saturday. Registration is $10 with proceeds going to Colson Prison Ministries Angel Tree and Wears Valley Ranch.
Learn basic gardening tips at Ijams Nature center on Saturday from 11 am to 12 pm for the “Ijams Down and Dirty: Gardening 101” workshop. You’ll start some plants in the Ijams Garden and even leave with seeds to start your own garden at home. The fee for this program is $10.
Jump in the boat for the annual Gizmo Jam music festival at Gizmo Island on Watts Bar Lake near Rockwood, TN. The festival is only accessible by watercraft. Spend the day on the water listening to several live bands. Proceeds benefit the DAV of Roane County. Keep an eye on the weather before heading out.
Take the whole family to Ijams Nature Center on Saturday for a family frog hike from 1 pm to 3 pm. Ijams’ naturalists will lead you through the trails and teach you about frogs and toads. The fee for this program is $8.
Stop by the Market Square Farmers Market on Saturday, anytime from 9 am. to 2 pm for eggs, honey, herbs, baked goods and more.
Every month, Ijams Nature Center hosts “bird-about” workshops, and on Sunday, you’ll learn about the haunting sounds of the whip-poor-wills and chuck-will’s-widows. The cost for the program is $8.
The East TN Farmers Association Farmers Market at Jackson Square in Oak Ridge is open every Saturday from 8 am to noon.