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10About Town: July 27 to August 2

Here are some events taking place in East Tennessee from Thursday, July 27 to Wednesday, August 2.
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The 2nd Annual Back to School Block Party is happening in downtown Madisonville. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., students can enjoy dance music, food, snacks, fun games and more. 

The Theatre Knoxville Downtown presents Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None!" The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. You can buy tickets here. 


One of Knoxville's longest-running festivals, Kuumba, starts at Market Square on Friday. From noon to 10 p.m., enjoy an African marketplace with traditional crafts, clothing, foods and more. The festival continues on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Marble City Market with live music and an African-centered fashion show. 

The Viking Frey Fest at Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus is happening throughout the whole weekend.  Entry to the festival is free, but certain events could cost money. There will be live music, new meads to try, a costume contest, tarot card reading and more. The festival kicks off at 11:30 a.m. 

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ School Mania is set to return for its fifth year from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 28 in the parking lot of the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park. All Knox County students from preschool through 12th grade can receive free school supplies. 

Free Family Night is happening at The Muse from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of play at the museum for no cost. 

Summer move magic continues at the Tennessee Theatre with "High Fidelity" on Friday. Enjoy this 2000 classic like never before—on the big screen in a historic theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. You can buy tickets here. 


Grab a butterfly net and have a fun-filled afternoon at Ijams Nature Center catching beetles, butterflies, bees and more. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., you'll learn respectful bug-catching practices, fun facts and how these insects benefit our environment. You can purchase tickets here.

The Tally Town Festival in LaFollette is a celebration of Campbell County's Italian-Appalachian Heritage. From 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy music, food, crafts, an art show and more. 


Stop by Hi-Wire Brewing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the Old Sevier Market. See over 30 vendors while sipping on your beverage of choice and listening to music.

At 11 a.m., bring your pup to a Dog Pool Party and Pop-Up Market at Printshop Beer Co. Pick up some locally-made dog goodies and get your pet portrait from a professional photographer.

Summer move magic continues at the Tennessee Theatre with "Some Like It Hot" on Sunday. Enjoy this classic like never before—on the big screen in a historic theatre. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the movie starts at 2 p.m. You can buy tickets here. 


Head to Steven Best's Smoky Mountain Theater in Pigeon Forge for the Ultimate Tribute Show that celebrates music legends like Buddy Holly, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Elvis and more. The show starts at 5 p.m. and you can buy tickets here


Test your knowledge and enjoy Disney-themed trivia at Xul Beer Company on 5th Avenue downtown. Gift card prizes are awarded to the top three teams and there will be a pizza truck. 


The East Tennessee History Center is hosting a lecture from noon to 1 p.m. focused on the GSMNP's African American Experiences in the Smokies project. This project focuses on Black history in the Smokies and Southern Appalachia. Antoine Fletcher, an NPS employee, will discuss the broad goals of the project—as well as the specific focuses currently. 

The Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department will host a senior citizen pool party at the outdoor pool on Providence Road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free for seniors 50 and older.

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