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10 About Town: Sept. 5 -8, 2019

TN Valley Fair, Tennessee football, and Symphony in the Park!

Thursday, Sept. 5, 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.

Enjoy an evening of laughter at Comedy for a Cause hosted by UT Medical Center. Comedian Leanne Morgan will be performing at the Thursday event at The Press Room. Tickets start at $50.

The 18th annual Taste of Blount is Thursday evening at the theater in the park in Maryville. General admission tickets are $30, and guests will sample meals from the area's best restaurants and bars as they compete to create the best appetizer, main course, dessert, and more.

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

As part of downtown’s First Friday festivities, Dogwood Arts is hosting a live art competition in Strong Alley. Artists will have three hours to create a one-of-a-kind painting that will be auctioned off. The competition begins at 5:30 p.m.

Statement, an adult consignment shop, returns to the Knoxville Expo Center this weekend. The pop-up shop will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tennessee Valley Fair comes to town. The Dirty Guv’nahs kick off the week of entertainment with a concert at Chilhowee Park on Friday night. The fair is in town through Sept. 15.

Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup brings all sorts of classic cars to Pigeon Ridge. The two-day car show takes place at Dollywood’s Splash Country, which is closed for the season.

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

You can’t beat the scenery on the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon and 5K. The 5K begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and the half marathon is Saturday at 7 a.m. at Heritage High School. The race attracts over 2,000 runners each year.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

Help clean up Knoxville at a community cleanup in North Knoxville on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at Edgewood Park before dispersing throughout the neighborhood to pick up trash.

The Tennessee Vols host BYU at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. The football game kicks off at 7 p.m.

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Blount County Friends of The Library is hosting a used book sale at the library on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be more than 50,000 books for sale.

Make a trip to Cades Cove on Saturday night for an evening of stargazing. The Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society will be providing equipment and instructions for how to see Jupiter and several constellations. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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.

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.

Race through the fair during the Cotton Candy Classic 5K on Saturday. The 5K run and one-mile fun run benefits the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Tennessee Valley Fair Foundation. Runners receive a free admission ticket to return to the Tennessee Valley Fair.

Test your Marvel knowledge at a Marvel Trivia Bar Crawl on Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight. There are more than 100 questions, and prizes are up for grabs to the winning teams.

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is hosting its  Cherokee Fall Festival this weekend. Visitors will step back in time to experience food, Cherokee arts, music, and dance. Tickets are $5 to $10.

The Zombies Like Brains 8K is Saturday and raises money for pediatric brain stem tumor research. The race follows the West Knoxville Greenway and begins and ends at Carmike Cinemas on North Peters Road.

The Powell Branch Library is hosting a used book sale on Saturday.

The Knoxville Myasthenia Gravis support group is hosting a walk at Fountain City Park on Saturday morning. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and the walk ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Myasthenia Gravis is a disease that weakens the muscles that are under volunteer control.

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019

The New Ground Music Festival brings emerging artists and to Lakeshore Park on Sunday. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Tickets start at $10.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform at Ijams Nature Center on Sunday for the 34th annual Symphony in the Park. The music begins at 5:30 p.m.

The UT Gardens will auction off this year’s ‘Art in the Gardens’ pieces on Sunday at 3 p.m. This year, artists designed and decorated larger-than-life wooden butterflies that were on display at the garden all summer long. The event begins with a preview of the pieces at 2 p.m. The auction begins at 3 p.m.

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The Maker City Summit is Sunday at the Mill & Mine. The day will be filled with panel discussions, workshops, and keynote speakers that will address the challenges of running a creative micro-business. Tickets are $45.

Take your dog for a dip at the Inskip Pool as it closes for the season. On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. owners will be able to bring up to two dogs to swim. It cost $5 per dog.  

Help remember the lives lost in the September 11 terror attacks by participating in Bootlegger Harley-Davidson’s Remembrance Ride on Sunday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The ceremony starts just before 10:30 a.m.

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For the first time, Chalk Walk is expanding to the Tennessee Valley Fair. On Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., local artists will turn the sidewalk squares into works of art at Chilhowee Park. There will be cash prizes and ribbons awarded to the winning artists.

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