Knox Area Weekend To Do List, July 28-30, 2023

Do: KUUMBA Festival 2023

When: Friday, July 28th, 12pm-10pm and Saturday, July 29th, 6pm-9pm
Where: Friday at Market Square Knoxville and Saturday at Marble City Market

KUUMBA Festival is back, the largest cultural heritage and music festival in East Tennessee that celebrates African Culture in Diaspora. Drum, dance, food vendors, fashion, and live entertainment!

Friday festivities will be held at Market Square and hosted by Sista Zock. 

12:00 pm - 10 pm The Kuumba Marketplace will open the day's event with food and merchandise vendors from all over the world.  Relish in the cultural spirit of the African  Marketplace with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods.

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm - West African Drum and Dance Community Circle - everyone is welcome to participate 

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Local talent showcase, open mic, and spoken word

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village Extravaganza and Indigenous Vibes. Amazing sounds and movements of traditional West African Drum and dance by artists of all ages.

8:30 pm - Chinese Connection Dub Embassy an amazing reggae band from Memphis, TN will be Performing Live until 10PM! 

Saturday festivities will be held at Marble City Market

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm “A Taste of African Art’s Fashion and Music” The schedule of events will consist of a DJ, live music, and an African-centered fashion show, by Senegalese fashion designer Ibra “Deugs” Fall, showcasing his clothing line Deugs Fashion; Drums Up Guns Down/Kuumba Watoto Drum and Dance Ensemble.   

8:30pm – Africa Unplugged an Afro-Beat from Greensboro N.C, featuring world renowned Kora Player Amadou Kouyate from Baltimore MD, will be performing. 

Photo Courtesy of Visit Knoxville

Eat & Drink: An Evening in Spain for Two

When: Friday, July 28th, 6pm-9pm

Where: The Cutting Edge Classroom / 150 N Martinwood Rd. Suite 402, Knoxville  

Enjoy a culinary adventure to Spain without leaving Knoxville in this fun, hands on, and interactive class! The Chef will show you how to create some of the delicious iconic dishes that Spain is known for while sharing cooking tips and tricks along the way! Enjoy a fun experience, make some new friends & sip some freshly made sangria with us! Best of all you will get to eat what you prepare in class!


  • Fried Chipirones – Calamari Served With Garlic Aioli
  • Grilled Marinated Flank Steak With Scratch Made Chimichurri
  • Patatas Bravas – Fried Paprika Potatoes
  • Pisto Manchego – Spanish Ratatouille & Manchego Cheese
  • Crema Catalana – a dessert similar to crème bruleè but better!

Cocktail Special:

  • Chefs Homemade Fruity Sangria

Try: Albright Grove Brewing Tours 

When: Sunday, July 30th, 2pm-3pm
Where: Albright Grove Brewing Company / 2924 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville 

The last Sunday of every month you can head to Albright Grove Brewing Company for a brewery tour and tasting! 

Learn about the brewing process - from raw ingredient selections to fermentation and final preparations right into your glass! $10 per person, includes 2 full pours during the guided tour. Arrive 15 minutes early and check in at the Tasting Room bar.

Photo Courtesy of Albright Grove Brewing Co. 

Buy: Just Listed - Rare Find in Maryville

Listed By: Heidi McBride, Great Life RE / Real Broker (423) 351-3702

Come see this amazing rare find in Maryville 3 bed, 3 bath home with a pool! The split level floor plan offers an open concept kitchen and living room with 2 bedrooms and a master suite, 2 bath rooms, and plenty of storage on the top level. While the bottom level has an amazing open space, this bonus room could be used as an extra bedroom, home theater, mancave the options are endless! the bottom level also has access to the 2 car garage and a full bathroom the leads out to the amazing pool! The property has a attached  massive 2 car garage with plenty of room for a workshop and extra storage. A detached third garage is available as well and currently being used as a pool house. Pool is heated and has a new filter (this year), pump (1 year old), heater (2 years old), and solar cover (this year). The back yard is fenced in and features a patio, deck, pool, firepit and the third garage/pool house. The home was completely renovated in 2020 and the lower level had improvements and new floor last year.

Family: Sunset Cinema Friday - Encanto

When: Friday, July 28th, 7pm

Where: French Memorial Park / 7752 Martin Mill Pike, Knoxville   

Knox County Parks and Rec is hosting the Sunset Cinema Series with a new family-friendly movie showing every other Friday in Knox County's most beautiful parks. It's alway FREE too! 

This Friday they are playing the movie EncantoEncanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal-every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family's last hope.

Photo Courtesy of Disney

Watch & Listen: Knoxville Community Band Concert

When: Sunday, July 30th, 3pm-5pm

Where: Clayton Center for the Arts  - Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre /  502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Maryville 

Enjoy this free concert from the Knoxville Community Band. This band is sponsored by Knoxville Department of Parks and Recreation. The KCB offers a variety of musical styles and genres including pop, Broadway musicals, and some classical selections. 

Photo Courtesy of The Daily Times

Sunday Funday w/ Your Dog: Dog Pool Party & Pop Up Market

When: Sunday, July 30th, 11am-2pm
Where: Printshop Beer Co. / 1532 Island Home Ave. Knoxville 

With the dog days of summer upon us, it's time for another doggie pool party and pop up market. Head to Printshop Beer Co. to pick up some locally-made goodies to pamper your pup, and get your pet portraits from a professional pet photographer or a pet caricaturist. Weather permitting, they'll have a pre-market walk and jog through the Island Home neighborhood.

Photo Courtesy of Printhshop Beer Co. 


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