Knox Area Weekend To Do List, July 21-23, 2023

Do: Grainger County Tomato Festival 

When: Friday, July 21st, 12pm-6pm and Saturday, July 22nd, 9am-6pm
Where: 7480 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge

The Grainger County Tomato Festival was organized in 1992 to promote our world famous Grainger County Tomatoes. The mission is to promote all Grainger County agricultural products, specifically the Grainger County Tomato, and to promote the many local artists, authors, talent, and craftsmen we have in our area. Over the years they have added a number of special events making the festival one of the largest free festivals in East Tennessee and has been named by Parade magazine as one of the top ten free festivals in the USA.

There is a living history section where people are dressed in period clothing exhibiting what life was like during the Revolutionary War. There are vendors in this area as well selling handmade items like leather goods, wooden toys, and iron tools. These craftsmen are demonstrating their craft right there on the festival grounds, and they love to share their knowledge. This is an educational opportunity for the entire family.

Another crowd favorite is the tractor and engine exhibit and its not just for the guys. The ladies are included thanks to the pink tractors. The folks that own these wonderful machines are right there with them and love to talk about all that is involved with restoration and use.

There will be several misting tents scattered around the festival grounds that cool the air by about 15 degrees. They do welcome dogs and you can find many water stations for your pups to get a drink to cool off. It is July and it will be hot so please keep that in mind when you bring your pets out for a day of festivities.

​The Tomato Wars is so popular that they had to add an extra day to accommodate all the sign ups, which is a great thing because it's a fundraiser for Yoke.

The Grainger County Opry will take place on Friday, July 21st, 6:30pm-9pm. The admission is free and the event will take place in the Middle School Gym. 

Photo Courtesy of Grainger County Tomato Festival

Eat & Drink: Meat Smoking Class with Nate

When: Saturday, July 22nd, 1pm-2:30pm

Where: TAPestry Event Space at Barrelhouse / 621 Lamar St. Knoxville 

Join Pittboss, Nate, and learn his secrets to making the award-winning wings at The Bohemian Restaurant at Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus. 

Nate will take you through his brining, prep, and smoking process. He will teach you how to make amazing wings at your smoker at home! 

This class includes a sampling of wings and information on how you can do this at home. 

Hurry and register! This class is limited to 25 people. Register here

Photo Courtesy of Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus

Try: Herbal Iced Beverages Tasting and Learning  

When: Saturday, July 22nd, 10am-12pm
Where: Trauma Wellness / 402 Clyde St. NW, Knoxville 

It's the middle of Summer and it's HOT! Many think of herbal teas to warm us through the Fall and Winter, but herbal tea can be wonderfully tasty and creative options through the Summer months. 

Explore with a tasting class sampling teas, lemonades, smoothies, and more all made with healthy and yummy herbal ingredients. There will be information on the health benefits of the herbs, samples in the class, and recipes to take home. 

Don't let the heat spoil your Summer, stay cool with plenty of Iced Herbal Treats! 

Photo Courtesy of Trauma Wellness 

Buy: Practically New in Hardin Valley 

Listed By: Megan Jerez, Real Broker (865) 360-3553

**Motivated Seller!!!This beautiful 5 Bedroom( could be made into 6), 3 bathroom house in Hardin Valley is ready for you to call it, 'Home'. Practically new! Completed in 2021, you'll fall in LOVE with it's large open concept and custom design natural gas fireplace. The spacious kitchen boasts a large island, stunning granite countertops, and a natural gas stove, suited for a chef. The main level features one bedroom, perfect for a guest room or an office. . This is a dream home come true with an added flex room perfect for entertaining. The second floor features a spacious owner's suite, plus three additional bedrooms. No one will feel left out on the second level with the additional living space big enough for a game or media room. Just imagine spending your evenings in the beautiful, spacious backyard in this quiet neighborhood. To top it all off this home is located in the Hardin Valley School system.

Family: Repticon Knoxville

When: Saturday, July 22nd, 9am and Sunday, July 23rd, 4pm

Where: Jacob Building at Chilhowee / 3301 E Magnolia Ave. Knoxville   

Repticon, a recognized leader in hosting reptile and exotic animal expos throughout the United States, hosts an outstanding mixture of vendors, breeders, and educators. This family-oriented, fun-filled event offers guests the opportunity to learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Breeder-vendors are always willing to teach; and, throughout the event, there will be seminars on animal-related topics by experts in the field of herpetology.

Guests can also shop for a new family pet among the hundreds of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders, and small exotic animals. Repticon is also the perfect place for them to get merchandise, cages, supplies, and both live and frozen feeders, as well as to get expert advice about caring for their new household member. Many of the vendors allow live interactions with the pets during visits to their booth.

Photo Courtesy of Repticon

Watch & Listen: Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"

When: Friday, July 21st, 7pm; Saturday, July 22nd, 7pm; Sunday, July 23rd, 3pm

Where: Theatre Knoxville Downtown / 800 South Central St. Knoxville  

In And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie’s play based on one of her most famous novels, ten unlikely strangers are summoned to a beautiful seaside home on a remote island. All that these guests have in common are wicked pasts they’re unwilling to reveal and secrets that will seal their fates. For each has been marked for death as soon as they set foot on Soldier Island. As the weather turns bad and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins. One by one, they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. But who is the mysterious Mr. Owen and can you figure out whodunnit before the last victim falls?

Fans of Agatha Christie, Knives Out, White Lotus, and any BBC mystery program will love this murder mystery set in pre-WWII England, when etiquette and manners begin to falter as soon as the violence starts. The Theatre Knoxville Downtown production, directed by Christina Scott Sayer, features a wealth of local acting talent, including many familiar faces from the local Knoxville theatre community, as well as some rising stars.

Photo Courtesy of Theatre Knoxville Downtown

Sunday Funday: Santa's Sparkly Music Bingo

When: Sunday, July 23rd, 2pm
Where: Elstwhere Taproom / 2419 N Central St. Knoxville

Christmas in July celebrations are in full swing! Join the celebration at Elst Brewing Company as they have Christmas Music Bingo, Dance Parties, and Costume Contests. Their food truck will be serving up some great food. They will be running specials on their Celebration bottles with vintages on tap. Great prizes, times, beer, food and people.

Singo starts at 2pm. All ages are welcome! Christmas is coming early! Oh, and it's all hosted by Michael Galyean; blue shirt dancing guy from the UT Football game. 


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