Knox Area Weekend To Do List, August 18-20, 2023

Do: History Hootenanny 

When: Saturday, August 19th, 9am-4pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center / 601 S Gay St. Knoxville

You may be wondering... What even is a hootenanny?

An informal gathering where folk music is played in a party-like atmosphere.

In partnership with the Knox County Public Library's Clarence Brown Film Festival, the East Tennessee Historical Society announces the 2nd annual History Hootenanny, a celebration of East Tennessee history. History Hootenanny showcases the best of the East Tennessee History Center and partners at this open house. Guests can enjoy live music, children’s activities, a used local history book sale, walking tours, shuttles to the Historic House Museums of Knoxville, genealogy workshops, and more! History Hootenanny is a free, public history event organized in partnership by the East Tennessee Historical Society and Knox County Public Library. 

Photo Courtesy of East Tennessee History Center

Eat & Drink: International Food Festival 

When: Saturday, August 19th, 11am-5pm

Where: World's Fair Performance Lawn / 720 11th St. Knoxville

The International Food Festival is an event that brings together over 35,000 people from different backgrounds to celebrate food, culture, and community. With a diverse range of cuisines, fun activities, and entertainment, it promises to be an enjoyable day for all.

  • Over 25 countries represented in food vendors
  • Restaurant Vendors
  • Stage Performances
  • Bounce Houses
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Animals
  • Crafts
  • Henna Artists

And MORE!!!

Try: Line Dancing at RiverView Family Farm 

When: Saturday, August 19th, 6:30pm-9pm
Where: RiverView Family Farm / 12130 Prater Ln. Knoxville  

Have you ever wanted to learn to line dance? Or maybe you know how and just want a chance to but your skills to use! 

There will be lessons from 6:30-7pm and dancing from 7-9pm. The cost is only $5 per person. Children under 12 are free and you pay at the door.

The historic RiverView Family Farm was established in 1801, as a working farm along the banks of the Fort Loudon lake in Knoxville, TN. Over the years the farm has produced many agricultural products to support the local community. It remains one of the oldest operating farms in the state of Tennessee. Today, the farm solely produces Black Angus beef for local purchase.

In 2012, the Williams family starting hosting events at the farm in order to share this picturesque location with the community. The Legacy Barn, a 6000 square foot Gambrel barn, was built in 2014 from timber milled from the farm. This new venue is one of the rising premier event hosting venues in the Knoxville area. 

Photo Courtesy of Riverview Family Farms Facebook Page

Buy: West Knox Home with Main Level Primary 

Listed By: Justin Frey (865) 257-4393, Real Broker

Incredible West Knox location! Features a gorgeous open floor plan including living room with vaulted ceilings and a gas fireplace. You'll love the open kitchen with pantry and granite counters. The home has a main level primary bedroom, large walk in closet, and bathroom. This home has an extra bedroom and full bathroom downstairs as well as a laundry room. Upstairs you will find an office, bonus room/loft area, 2 large bed rooms and a full bathroom. There are two linen closets upstairs with walk in storage to the attic. This home also has a two car attached garage, a deck, and a fenced back yard.

Family: Open Mic Morning

When: Saturday, August 19th, 10am-12pm

Where: Blount County Library / 508 N Cusick St. Maryville

Do you have a kid that loves to be on stage? Now is their chance! A chance for kids and families to share their talents! Kids in kindergarten through 5th grade can sing, dance, do magic, or show off any other talent for exactly 3 minutes. Alone, in a group, or with their parents. Parents, please help your child monitor their time. 

Watch & Listen: Alive After Five 2023 Season Finale

When: Friday, August 18th, 6:30pm-9pm

Where: Knoxville Museum of Art / 1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr. Knoxville

ART. MUSIC. NIGHTLIFE. Enjoy the casual elegance of the Knoxville Museum of Art for this vivacious Friday night tradition.

Alive After Five will pay tribute to the legendary sounds of Motown Records with "A Modern Tribute to Motown Soul!" The list of Motown artists is nothing less than legendary —Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5, and so many more.  Brian Clay and his ALL-STAR BAND, along with some special guests, will perform songs from MOTOWN'S incredible library of hits.

Once a month, the KMA is transformed, as the world-class art museum becomes a center of entertainment, a melding of art, music, and nightlife. AA5 showcases incredible, diverse musical talent. Don't miss this show because it is the final show of the season! 

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Sunday Funday: Dog Days of Summer Market 

When: Sunday, August 20th, 3pm
Where: Hey Bear Cafe / 9036 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville  

Don't miss out on this Hey Bear Cafe Dog Days of Summer Market event. Hey Bear Cafe offers Taiwanese Bubble Tea, Coffee, Beer, and is also a Food Truck Park. This Sunday they will be joined by food vendors: Enjoy Latin, Gus & Son Greek Grill, and Dragon. There will be special music by Lori Lynn and great vendors set up! 

Photo Courtesy of Hey Bear Cafe Facebook Page


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