KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

Step back in time to Dec. 4, 1956. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash are holding an impromptu jam session in Memphis, Tenn. That’s the setting for the Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet.’ The play runs Aug. 28 through Sept. 22.

The Tennessee Valley Fair is in town through Sept. 15. Head over to Chilhowee Park for rides, competitions, animals and food.  

The Parkway in Pigeon Forge will be packed with classic cars in town for the Fall Rod Run. The three-day car show begins Thursday at the LeConte Event Center.

Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. is performing ‘Red Summer,’ a drama based on real events that occurred in Knoxville during the racially charged Summer of 1919, at the Bijou Theatre all weekend long.  There are performances Thursday through Sunday.  General admission tickets are $25.

Gatlinburg’s Taste of Autumn is Thursday evening, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Guests will taste signature dishes from the city’s best restaurants and listen to live music. Tickets are $30.

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

Encore’s Young Stars are performing ‘Madagascar Jr’ at Walters State Community College in Morristown from September 6-15. The family-friendly musical is based off of the DreamWorks movie.

The ‘Days of the Pioneer Antique Show’ is at the Museum of Appalachia on Friday and Saturday. The show features several 18th and 19th-century antique dealers, and there will be traditional craftsmen demonstrating their centuries-old talents. Tickets range from $6 to $15.

Wine on the Water is Friday on the Volunteer Landing waterfront. The annual food and wine event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. General admission tickets are $65. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Knox County Public Library’s Movies on Market Square series starts on Friday. The 1985 movie, ‘Back to the Future’ is showing on a large screen in Market Square. The event is free, and guests should bring lawn chairs.

If a cool, dark cave is more your style. ‘Back to the Future’ is also playing inside Cherokee Caverns with several showtimes on Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $10.

Actors and actresses at Knoxville Children’s Theatre are performing ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Sept. 13 through Oct. 6 at their theater in North Knoxville. Tickets are $10 for kids and $12 for adults.

‘All in the Timing’ is playing at Theatre Knoxville Downtown Sept. 13 through 29. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five series continues this week with The BlairXperience. The music begins at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $10.

The 2019 Knoxville Film Festival is this weekend at Regal Downtown West Cinema. The festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. You can purchase $10 tickets to individual showings or a $50 weekend pass.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019

The Market Square Farmers’ Market is open for the season. Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and crafts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

ORNL Federal Credit Union’s final concert of its summer music series is Saturday at A.K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge. The music begins at 6 p.m. and there will be food trucks and beer from Crafter’s Brew on-site.

Walk with a ranger through the historical community of Wheat on Saturday at 10 a.m. The 1.5-mile walk will include several stops in ‘downtown’ Wheat where the park ranger will tell participants about life in the community before the Manhattan Project.

Women who want to learn fly fishing are invited to ‘Women on the Water’ on Saturday. The event, hosted by the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will teach women fly casting, knot tying, entomology, fly tying water safety from noon to 3 p.m. Registration costs $30 and includes lunch.

The Blount County Public Library is celebrating the release of the new Downton Abbey movie with an afternoon tea. Wear your best hat, or fascinator and enjoy an afternoon of tea, scones, cake, finger sandwiches, and Downton Abbey trivia. The free event begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Celebrate the gentle giants that swim in Tennessee streams and rivers at SturgeonFest. The event begins at 11 a.m. at Seven Islands State Birding Park. It’s free to participate, and you’ll have the opportunity to get up close with Tennessee’s largest freshwater fish.

Another event happening on Saturday at Seven Islands State Birding Park is monarch butterfly tagging. Pre-registration is required. Participants will help scientists put tracking tags on monarchs to study their migration. The event begins at 1 p.m.

Teachers looking to enhance their experience in the classroom and learn how to integrate lessons with nature are invited to GrowTeachKnox at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Tickets to the day-long teaching workshop are limited, so teachers are encouraged to register early.

The Lonsdale International Food and Crafts Market is Saturday from 4 pm. To 8 p.m. Food and craft vendors will be set up at Lonsdale Park, and there will be kid-friendly activities at the pavilion.

Head to the Knoxville Expo Center for Knox County Sheriff’s Office 2019 Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's free for spectators and $20-$25 to participate.  

Help clean up the grounds at Mabry-Hazen House on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during its Fall Clean-Up Day. Water and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, shears, and other gardening tools.

Run around Oakes Farm on Saturday during the New Balance Fun at the Farm 5K. The race begins at 5 p.m. and there will be ‘barefoot adult running’ of the kids' obstacle course after the race. Participants will get a free plate of BBQ.

Ijams Nature Center is hosting a full moon kayak on Saturday at 8 p.m. The fee is $30 per person, and pre-registration is required.

The 8th annual Fried Green Tomato Festival is Saturday in Niota, Tennessee. The free community event includes craft and food vendors, kids activities and live music from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First Baptist Roseberry City  Church is hosting a free community celebration day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Hiawassee Avenue in North Knoxville. There will be free hot dogs, drinks, cornhole, face painting and other family-friendly events.

Help support Huntington’s Disease Society of America through a community walk on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at Victor Ashe Park. The community walk raises money to help people affected with HD as well as their families.

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019


Learn the fundamentals of muzzle loading, cast your own ball, shoot a flintlock and fire a historical gun at Marble Springs State Historic Site on Sunday. The Muzzleloader Workshop costs $50 and begins at noon.

Dogwood Arts is hosting a fall bike ride on Sunday at 2 p.m. Participants will pedal through Sequoyah Hills. The ride begins at 1400 Cherokee Blvd.

The Amadeus Chamber Ensemble is performing at Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

One of the animal ambassadors from Zoo Knoxville is  visiting the new Hi-Wire Brewing on Sunday for Zoo N’ Brew from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will receive a discount code to the zoo’s upcoming ‘Brew at the Zoo.’

Enjoy an afternoon of yoga alongside adorable puppies at Blue Slip Winery & Bistro on Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is $20 and all proceeds will go to Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee. Following the hour-long yoga class is a dog-friendly brunch.