Knox Area Weekend To Do List, August 19-21, 2022

Do: History Hootenanny: A Celebration of the East TN History Center  

When: Saturday, August 20th, 10am-4pm

Where: East TN History Center / Downtown Knoxville 

What is a hootenanny

Hootenanny (n.): 1. An informal gathering where folk music is played in a party-like atmosphere (1950-60s) 2. An Appalachian colloquialism used as a placeholder name to refer to things whose names were forgotten or unknown (1930s. See doohickeythingamajigwhatchamacallit) 3. A variation of the Scottish Gaelic word for New Year’s celebrations (15th century Gaelic. See Hogmanay)  

Visit the East Tennessee History Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 20, 2022, for the inaugural History Hootenanny! The event features the best of the East Tennessee History Center, including live music and fun activities in the Museum of East Tennessee History, genealogy workshops, a used local history book sale, book signings by local history authors, shuttles to the Historic House Museums of Knoxville, and much more! 

The History Hootenanny is a free, public history event organized in partnership by the East Tennessee Historical Society and Knox County Public Library. All events originate at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Eat & Drink: Knox Food Fest 

When: Friday, August 19th, 2-9pm & Saturday, August 20th, 11am-9pm
Where: World's Fair Park, Knoxville 

The Knox Food Fest provides both new and well known vendors a chance to showcase their creative and delicious works of art while bringing together Knoxville’s local community. Knox Food Fest will provide you with the most mouthwatering, taste-bud exploding foods that America and its vast range of cultures have to offer all while supporting local businesses. 

Knox Food Fest will also offer a wide array of fun activities for the whole family as well as curated chef demonstrations and experiences that will leave you wanting more. 

With the help of their partners, Knox Food Fest has been able to increase profits that are donated to local charitable organizations that contribute immensely to the surrounding communities. In addition to the high concentration of food items, they also like to bring a marketplace of non food items, including art, antiques, vintage , crafts, and handmade jewelry.

Photo Courtesy of The Hen House Food Truck

Try: CRB Crafternoon - Good Ol' Rocky Top! 

When: Sunday, August 21st, 3pm

Where: Clinch River Brewing / 2045 Norris Freeway, Norris

It's almost football time in Tennessee! Join art teacher, Alison Greenhouse, to paint this adorable, boho inspired, Tennessee hanger! This little 12" cutie would be the perfect decor for any Vols fan!

Tickets are $24 and include all supplies, instruction and one CRB beer of your choice.

Photo Courtesy of G House Studio

Buy: Immaculate West Knoxville Home 

Listed by: Tyler Hagerman, eXp Realty (865) 771-5964

This immaculate home is ready for you and your family! Open concept with eat in kitchen and large living room is perfect for your entertainment needs with separate dining room for additional space. The kitchen is fully updated with granite backsplash to match the countertops. Range has both gas and electric hookup capability and microwave is confectionary. Master on main boasts space galore with his and hers walk in closets, double bowl vanity, soaking tub and walk-in shower. Generous upstairs includes 5 bedrooms which could include a second living area and 2 full baths. Built in desks make working from home or school a breeze. Fully fenced back yard has been professionally regraded to maximize usability. Location is very convenient to I-40 and Turkey Creek.

Family: Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival 

When: Saturday, August 20th, 4pm-9pm
Where: Townsend Visitor Center / 7906 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Townsend 

A summertime spectacle, when professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow and spectacular tethered rides. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee Smoky Mountain sunset, in beautiful Townsend, Tennessee!

There will be something for everyone including: 

  • Family Friendly Activities 
  • Live Entertainment
  • Crafters - Both Demonstrating and Selling their Artwork
  • Food Truck Court
  • Beer Tent 

Gates open at 4:00 pm.  Admission $5.00 per guest. Children 10 and under are free!

  • Advance Parking is $20.00 and parking passes are offered on the event website under tickets.
  • Day of Festival parking is $25 at gate.
  • Advanced sale of Tshirts will be handled by Goteez of Maryville. Wear your shirt the day of!!! 

Guests parking in private lots or dropped off will pay a nominal $5.00 admission fee. 

Tethered rides are now available for Pre sale orders! Tickets are $25.00 per rider, ages 8 and up. No riders under 8 years of age are permitted. Weather permitting, rides will begin at 6pm. 


Photo Courtesy of Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce

Watch & Listen: The Voice Off Finale

When: Saturday, August 20th, 6pm
Where: Daddy Mac's Down Home Dive / 11335 Campbell Lakes Dr. Farragut

Who will the win the grand prize? Come check out some of the best singers in the Knox area!

After weeks of competing, 40 contestants have been narrowed down to just a handful of finalists. They need your help to win it all - $1,000 and a recording session at Wild Wood Studios, plus the title of the 2022 Voice Off Champion. 

Hosted by DJ Stan “Duh” Man + DJ KNKT

 Photo Courtesy of Daddy Mac's Down Home Dive


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