Knox Area Weekend To Do List, January 27-29, 2023

Do: Winter Heritage Festival  

When: Saturday, January 28th, 10am-4pm
Where: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center / 123 Cromwell Dr. Townsend       

Experience the richness of winter traditions at the 2023 Winter Heritage Festival! Come learn about traditional foods, customs and language.

This year's event will showcase Cherokee culture with interpretive guides, including a genealogist and a linguist who will teach the Cherokee language. You will also have the opportunity to interact with other living history demonstrators, storytellers and musicians throughout the day.

Instead of regular admission, the cost is only $20 per vehicle, so bring your friends and family and make it a day trip. Admission is free for Heritage Center members. Don't miss this unique and educational event!

Photo Courtesy of Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center 


Eat & Drink: ChocolateFest 2023

When: Saturday, January 28th, 9am-5pm
Where: Chilhowee Park & Expo Center / 3301 E Magnolia Ave. Knoxville    

Get ready to satisfy that sweet tooth at Knoxville's sweetest event, ChocolateFest! Join in for tastings, vendors, gifts, and of course, CHOCOLATE! This is a great event to stock up before Valentine's day or to just treat yourself for the weekend so come out and get a taste of what Knoxville has to offer!

ChocolateFest offers a day full of sweets and gifts from area chocolatiers, bakeries, restaurants, caterers, and various other non-food type vendors! Get the VIP treatment with a tasting ticket!

2023 is going to be the biggest and best ChocolateFest, yet! After two years off due to Covid-19, they’ve had lots of time to plan and bring you the best ChocolateFest possible.

ChocolateFest benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities 


Try: Genealogy Workshop - Beginning Genealogy 

When: Saturday, January 28th, 1pm-4pm

Where: East Tennessee History Center / 601 S Gay St. Knoxville  

Are you interested in exploring your family history but not sure where to begin? This session provides participants an overview of how to conduct genealogical research, including helpful charts and forms, free internet research sites, genealogy software, and other beneficial tips.

Instructor: Ann Blomquist, editor, "Tennessee Ancestors," East Tennessee Historical Society

This workshop is free and open to the public; however, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (limit 20 participants). To register, please call (865) 215-8809. Registered participants will receive an email confirmation with additional information.


Buy: Rare Find in Dandridge  

Listed by: Paula King, eXp Realty (865) 805-0834

RARE FIND! One story, 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Home with an additional Sunroom. Brand New HVAC, Hot water heater, Drywall, kitchen cabinets and appliances. Sits on almost an acre of level land.Located on a very quiet road with a country setting and field directly across the street with seasonal Mountain Views. This home is conveniently located only 8 minutes to Douglas Lake. It is move in ready for a new owner to bring their finishing touches. Call for your showing today! 

Family: Free Family Night at The MUSE 

When: Friday, January 27th, 5-7pm 

Where: The MUSE Knoxville / 516 N Beaman St. Knoxville    

Join in on the 4th Friday of every month for a FREE evening of play at the museum. These nights are all about community so be sure to invite your family and friends! The MUSE is a children's science museum offering hands-on exhibits & activities, plus play spaces & a planetarium.
On the 4th Friday of each month from 5 - 7 PM, Muse Knoxville at Chilhowee Park is open FREE to the public.​​
  • Stay in close proximity to your children at all times.
  • Shoes are required at all times.
  • Please be respectful of museum exhibits, staff, and guests.
  • Muse Knoxville has a set number of guests that can be allowed into the museum at any one time.
  • Muse Knoxville reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone that poses a threat to the well-being of museum guests or property.
Photo Courtesy of The Muse Knoxville Facebook Page

Watch & Listen: Alive After Five presents Adam Hawley

When: Friday, January 27th, 6:30pm-9pm

Where: 1050 World's Fair Park Dr. SW, Knoxville 

Enjoy the casual elegance of the Knoxville Museum of Art for this vivacious Friday night tradition. 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 from all over the Southeastern United States. Kick off your weekend with musicians and entertainers as they take the stage with a backdrop of awe-inspiring art from East Tennessee and beyond. Adding to the flavor of the Alive After Five experience, each concert has food available from various food vendors, plus cash bars!

January's Alive After Five event is in conjunction with the opening of the special exhibition "Tennessee Triennial: RE-PAIR." ALL ATTENDEES will enjoy FREE ADMISSION to the performance after the opening reception!


Adam Hawley has ten #1 hits and performs 65+ dates per year! Adam Hawley has burst on to the scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. Originally signed to Maurice White’s (founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire) label Kalimba Music, Adam’s first two albums “Double Vision” and “Just the Beginning” spawned an incredible Six #1 Hits, an unprecedented feat for a new artist. He followed that up with “Escape” which included the 2020 Billboard Song Of The Year “To The Top.” In 2021 Adam set out with the exciting fourth album “Risin’ Up” which features Steve Cole, Vincent Ingala, Julian Vaughn, Riley Richard & Kat Hawley anchored by the thrilling first single “Risin’ Up.”

Adam has also been a guitarist to the stars, appearing with a who’s who list of artists in a wide variety of genres. Credits include Dave Koz, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Culbertson, Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, and American Idol to name just a few.

Members: FREE
Non-Members: FREE
Members with AA5 pass: FREE

Kids under 12: FREE

Doors open at 5:30pm. Music begins at 6:30pm. Cash bar.
Street level galleries remain open until 8pm and attendees can view the beautiful exhibitions on display.
The KMA Gift Shop is open to guests until 6pm and offers a variety of exciting and unique gifts for everyone.

Sponsored by Cherokee Distributing Company.

Photo Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art 

Get Crafty: Furniture Painting 101

When: Saturday, January 21st, 10:45am-11:45am
Where: Louisville Mercantile / 2940 Topside Rd. Louisville    

Do you love the look of painted furniture but don’t know where to start? Then this Furniture Painting 101 Workshop is for you.

We’ll begin with the basics to properly prep and paint your project in this hands-on class. Learning ways to further enhance your projects will all be part of your classroom experience. You’ll leave with the knowledge and support to take on your next project with confidence.

Participants will receive a free painting sponge AND 10% off any Country Chic Paints products on class day.

Instructor: Christy Simmers, Christy’s Creative Cafe



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