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10 About Town: Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2019

UT's homecoming, several fall festivals and the 2019 Buddy Walk are all this weekend.

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019

Hold on to your passport, you never know what will happen on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie's ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is coming to Theatre Knoxville Downtown Oct. 25 through Nov. 10. General admission tickets cost $18.

The City of Rockwood is hosting a Halloween celebration called ‘Field of Screams.’ It’s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Rockwood Sports Complex.  There will be a trunk or treat, bonfire, free food and photo opportunities. The event is free.

On Halloween, the historic Blount Mansion is exploring Knoxville’s past pestilences in an event called ‘Days of Dread.’ Tickets cost $10.

Historic Ramsey House has been known to have a few spirits wandering around the grounds. Hear their stories during a spooky event called ‘The Spirits Within.’ Tickets are $10, and visitors will enjoy s’mores and a bonfire before and after their spooky tour. Tours are offered on Thursday and Friday evening. 

Why not spend your Halloween night enjoying a little opera? Marble City Opera is hosting a ‘Pint Sized Opera’ at Central Depot on Thursday at 7 p.m. Enjoy spooky tunes, cool brews, and craft cocktails.

On Halloween, the Hyatt Place rooftop bar will transform into the USS Hartford, which sank off the coast of Virginia in 1956 and is rumored to have come back as a ghost ship. The Haunted Hartford Halloween Party lasts from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Serenity Manor Halloween Haunt is Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Cumberland Street in Harriman. It’s free to attend, but guests are encouraged to bring canned food to donate.

The Change Center’s Halloween skate party is on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It costs $5 to skate, and there will be a DJ and a costume contest.

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

It’s the first Friday of November, so that means Downtown Knoxville will be bustling with special art shows, drink specials, and live entertainment for First Friday Artwalk.

Get in the holiday spirit early, by making a trip to historic downtown Clinton on Friday and Saturday for the Christmas Open House.  Local antique and specialty stores will be showing off their holiday gifts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The University of Tennessee’s annual Homecoming parade is Friday at 4 p.m. The festivities begin at Circle Park and include the Little Vol Walk, student floats and more.

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The Knoxville Ice Bears face off against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs on Friday at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

It’s National Authors Day, and Union Avenue Books is celebrating with several sessions with local authors at the bookstore and at the East Tennessee History Center on Friday.

The weekend’s really going to the dogs with this event. The Great Smoky Mountain Dog Show is Friday through Sunday at Jacobs Building at Chilhowee Park. The show runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Southeastern Stomp Fest is one of the highlights of UT’s homecoming festivities. NPHC Fraternities and Sororities will be performing their best step routines on Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Student Union. Tickets cost $20 at the door.

Young actors at the Knoxville Children’s Theatre are performing Julius Caesar Nov. 1-17 in North Knoxville. Tickets cost $10 to $12.

‘Exit, Pursued By A Bear’ is a comedic play showing at the Clarence Brown Lab Theatre Nov. 1 – 10. The revenge comedy is set in the North Georgia Mountains. Tickets cost $15.

The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five series continues on Friday with Mojo Tweed. The music begins at 6 p.m. General Admission tickets are $10.

Rescheduled due to weather, the first-ever Gatlinburg SkyBridge Pumpkin Toss will now be on Friday instead of Halloween.  Participants will make a $5 donation to Sevier County Food Ministry that allows them to pick out a pumpkin and toss it 150 feet below to its demise. The pumpkin smashing will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Not ready for Halloween to end? Pretentious Beer Company is hosting a Boos and Brews event on Friday, complete with pumpkin carvings, costume contests and live music, so you don’t have to pack up your costume just yet.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

The Cormac McCarthy Literary Festival is all weekend long at the Blount County Public Library. There will be live Appalachian arts demonstrations, musical performances and activities for the entire family.

They’re serving up some old-fashioned southern grub at the Townsend Visitor Center on Saturday for the annual Grains and Grits Festival. General Admission Tickets cost $75 on the day of the event.

Junkin’ Fair is back in town for its eighth show. Vendors will display all the ‘good junk’ you’ve been looking for on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chilhowee Park.

The Pigeon Forge Half Marathon and 5K is Saturday at 7 a.m. at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

The Tennessee Vols host the University of Alabama Birmingham Blazers on Saturday for Homecoming. The game begins at 7 p.m. You can catch it on ESPNU.

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.

One Vision International is hosting its first-ever 5K and one-mile fun run on Saturday at Victor Ashe Park. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Instead of printing the runner’s name on each race bib, the bib will display the name of a child or missionary overseas who is supported by One Vision.

Take part in the Oak Ridge Fall Classic on Saturday. The 5K  race begins at 9 a.m. Registration costs $20.

The Kingston Fall Street Fest is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside the Historic Roane County Court House. There will be live music, children’s games, food trucks, a car show and more.

Halloween might be over, but Ijams Nature Center is still talking about all things spooky. On Saturday at 7 p.m., the nature center brings its show on the road to Farragut for a Spooktacular Night Hike at Founder’s Park. Guests will search for bats, raccoons and whatever else lurks at night. Tickets are $5.

The 49th annual Greeneville Woman’s Club Bazaar & Expo is Saturday and Sunday at Hal Henard Elementary in Greeneville. Admission is $5. Vendors will be set up with handmade crafts, food and more.

The Powell Lions Club is hosting its 2019 Fall Festival on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Powell Lions Club on Old Clinton Pike. There will be food vendors, hayrides, live music, a bonfire and a corn hole tournament.

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019

Windrock Park’s fourth annual  Bigfoot Blast 5K and 10K trail run is Sunday at 2 p.m. The race raises money for the Boys & Girls Club of North Anderson County.

Prokofiev’s charming tale of Peter and the Wolf introduces children to the various sounds of classical instruments. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is performing the musical story on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre.

The Man Run will take place on the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s campus on Sunday at 2 p.m. Events include an 8K, 5K and family fun run.

The Oak Ridge Community Band is performing a ‘Veterans Salute’ concert on Sunday at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and begins at 3:30 p.m.

Buddy Walk 2019 is Sunday in World’s Fair Park. The day celebrates our friends with Down Syndrome. The fun begins at 1 p.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.

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WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge is altering its exhibits to provide a special sensory experience on Sunday at 2 p.m. The music in the facility will be lowered, and the inversion tunnel will be turned off for this special event that costs $10.

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