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10 About Town: Sept. 19 - 22, 2019

Outdoor movies, Brew at the Zoo, and Knoxville's version of Oktoberfest


Thursday, Sept. 19, 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 F-100 Supernationals Truck Show is Thursday through Saturday at the Sevierville Convention Center.

The Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival is this weekend in Kodak. The festival brings three days of regional and national bluegrass acts. Tickets range from $35 to $90.

The Nina and Pinta ship replicas are docked at Calhoun’s on the River in Knoxville. You can tour the floating museums while they’re in town through Sept. 29.

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First Baptist Concord is hosting its Children’s Consignment Fall Sale Thursday through Saturday in the church’s gym on Kingston Pike. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., most remaining items will be listed at half price.

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Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus presents ‘A Little Night Music’ at the World’s Fair Park Amphitheatre on Thursday. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include a catered dinner and two drink tickets.

On Thursday, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will open its 2019-20 season with a concert sure to be 'out of this world.' The Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series concert titled 'The Planets' celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing through musical selections like Gustav Holst's 'The Planets.' The performance will be accompanied by NASA footage and original animations by Adrian Wyard that help illustrate the musical experience. Tickets range from $15 to $85. There are performances on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre.

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Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

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.

The Knoxville Flea Market is at the Expo Center Friday through Sunday. There will be over 300 booths set up, and admission is free.

‘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.

Come hungry to the Taste of Turkey Creek on Friday. The event raises money for the Pat Summit Foundation. Guests will get to sample food and drinks from several local restaurants. There’s also a silent auction and a kids’ corner. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.  Tickets are $25.

Bring your blanket and a lawn chair to Market Square for a free movie on Friday. 'Pirates of the Caribbean' is showing at dusk.

PARK(ing) Day is an international event where artists transform metered parking spaces into mini-parks to promote green spaces. Keep your eye out for some of these miniature parks along Gay Street on Friday.

The Greene County Antique Farm & Auto Show is Friday through Sunday at the Greene County Fairgrounds. There will be tractor pull, lawnmower pull, crafts and plenty of kids activities.

Watch the movie ‘Dumbo’ on a big screen in Lenoir City Park on Friday. The free outdoor movie begins when the sunsets. Guests are encouraged to pack some snacks and bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

The Arab American Club of Knoxville is hosting ‘Once Upon a Time, In Arabia’ on Friday and Saturday on the UT Campus Pedestrian Walkway. There will be music, food and jewelry at the sixth annual Arab Fest.

Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts Studio is performing Circus After Dark on Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at its studio in North Knoxville. Tickets cost $15.

There’s nothing like drinking a cold beer while being surrounded by adorable animals. That’s what your evening will look like if you go to Zoo Knoxville’s Brew at the Zoo. Tickets cost $65, and guests will get to taste over 40 craft beers.

The Maryville Moonlight Mile is Friday at 10 p.m.  This year’s race begins in front of the gym at Maryville High School and finishes downtown. Registration costs $20.

Ijams Nature Center is showing ‘Edward Scissorhands’ on Friday as part of its Movies Under the Stars series. Gates open at 6 p.m. The movie begins when the sunsets. Tickets are $8 per person or $25 for a family of four.

The City of Oak Ridge is hosting its 14th annual Memory Magic Scrapbook event at the Oak Ridge Civic Center on Friday and Saturday. The crop area will be open to registered participants only, and it costs $20. Vendors will be open for business at 9 a.m. each day.

The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five series continues on Friday with music by The Nouveaux Honkies. General Admission is $10. The party starts at 6 p.m.

Harmony Family Center is hosting its first-ever ‘Volley for Change’ Pickleball tournament Friday through Sunday at the Knoxville Racquet Club. The registration date has already passed, but you can head out to cheer on the teams.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019

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.

The UT Arboretum Society’s annual Fall Wildflower Walk is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Haw Ridge Park in Oak Ridge. The group will meet at the kiosk by the Soccer Trail.

Your family can experience what it’s like to complete a NASA mission during Saturday’s ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ event at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. Guests will complete interstellar activities and complete a mission objective checklist to earn an official space travel certificate. The event begins at 5 p.m. The program costs $5 to $15.

The Blount County Public Library is hosting a sensory showing of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. There will be moderate lighting and LEGOS and crafts to keep busy.

The annual free Whoadeo Carnival is happening on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge. There will be stick horse races, costume contests and carnival games.

The 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday at Chilhowee Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a ceremony at 10 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The ‘Haunting in the Hills’ Storytelling Festival is Saturday at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee. Along with tales spun by regional storytellers, there will be traditional arts and crafts and food vendors set up as well.

Can’t make it to Munich for Oktoberfest? Schulz Brau is hosting its own version in Knoxville. The two-week festival begins Saturday with live music, the UT game and authentic German food.

Knoxville’s St. Jude Walk/Run is Saturday at 9 a.m. in World’s Fair Park. The event raises money for kids battling cancer at St. Jude. Registration costs $10 if you want to walk and $20 if you’re participating in the 5K run.

It’s Free Museum Day. You can visit the Museum of East Tennessee History,  Mabry-Hazen House and other local historical sites free of charge on Saturday.

Learn the art of natural, plant-based dye-making during a workshop at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. The workshop begins at noon on Saturday and costs $20 to the public.

BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo returns to Knoxville on Saturday and Sunday. Experience hands-on LEGO attractions, and plenty of amazing creations to inspire your own creativity.  

IndiaFest is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park. There will be yoga practices, cooking demonstrations, and other cultural performances and events.

Ijams Nature Center is taking its program on the road to Farragut on Saturday. ‘Fun Fungi’ will be going on in Founder’s Park from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $5.

Help scientists search for monarchs and other butterflies at Seven Islands State Birding Park as they put tracking tags on them to follow their migration. The butterfly tagging event begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday. It’s free to participate but you must pre-register.

Barley’s Cycling Classic is back for the 11th year. On Saturday at 8 a.m. riders will embark on either a 31-mile, 50-mile, or 62-mile course before returning to Barley’s for post-ride pizza and beer.

The sixth annual ‘Kickstands-Up Against Cancer’ is Saturday in Newport. The motorcycle ride benefits the ‘Celebrate Life Cancer Support’ group. Kickstands go up at 9:30 a.m. at Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice.

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019

The Rollin’ on Rocky Top 5K raises money for Ainsley’s Angels, a nonprofit that benefits athletes with disabilities. The race begins on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the UT Gardens in Knoxville.

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YMCA of Halls is hosting a sprint triathlon on Sunday. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and competitors will swim 150 yards, bike 10 miles, and run a 5K.  Registration is $75.

Marble Springs State Historic Site is celebrating the life and times of Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier. From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, living historians will act out early pioneer days through blacksmithing, cooking, weaving, and more. The event costs $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and children under 18.