Knox Area Weekend To Do List, June 17-19, 2022

Do: Lavender Festival 

When: Saturday, June 18th, 8am-4pm
Where: Jackson Square, Oak Ridge 

Tennessee's only Lavender Festival is back! Featuring 120 artisans, live music, food, Tennessee wine and more. FREE entry; Free parking. 

Ticketed areas include the following. Purchase at

? Wine Tasting by Nine Lakes Wine Country (June 18)
? Cooking demonstration (June 18, 11 a.m.) with nationally known cookbook author Nancy Baggett. 

? Tour of Gardens (NEW! Afternoons on June 17-19)

Oak Ridge Farmers Market - NEW LOCATION for the day, in Blankenship Field Parking Lot.

Order ahead from farmers for curbside pickup or home delivery through Market-To-Go:

Photos Courtesy of Lavender Festival Facebook Page

Eat & Drink: Date Night Guerilla Street Tacos And Tequila


When: Friday, June 19th, 6pm-9pm 
Where: The Cutting Edge Classroom / 150 N Martinwood Rd. Ste 402, Knoxville  

Take a culinary journey to the streets of Mexico without leaving Knoxville in this fun, hands on, and interactive cooking class! Our Chef will take you south of the border while exploring some of Mexico’s incredible street foods! You will prepare a delicious menu hands on while sipping tequila and margaritas! Best of all, you will get to eat what you make in class! This is guaranteed to be the best experience you have enjoyed in a long time! Price includes a tequila tasting. We will have margaritas and a wine selection available for purchase during class. Price is for two adults ages 21 up!


  • Sweet Potato Taco, Roasted Sweet Potato, Almond & Cashew Chile, Feta Cheese, Mexican Street Corn, Green Onion, Corn or Flour Tortilla.
  • Black Pepper Flank Steak TacoPickled Onions, Grilled Scallion, Peanut Chili Crisp, Hoisin Sauce
  • Smoked Guacamole With Chips
  • Topping Bar

 Photo Courtesy of The Cutting Edge Classroom Facebook Page

Try: Ijams Kayak Trips 

When: Friday, June 17th, 6pm-8pm
Where: Ijams River Landing / 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville

Have you ever wanted to learn about the animals in and around the Tennessee River up close? Or get a closer look at Maude's Cave? Join 2 of Ijams Nature Center’s expert guides for a 2-3 hour guided paddle as they share the unique wildlife, history, and scenery of the Tennessee River. This paddle will take participants in search of unique plants, animals, and geologic features along the river as well as introduce them to ongoing conservation efforts aimed at keeping the river healthy.

Materials Participants Should Bring: Comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, snacks, weather appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and a hands-free way to carry everything. Clothes and shoes that dry fast or are ok getting wet are prefered. Kayaks, paddles, and Personal Flotation Devices will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring their own.

Program Duration: Program distance and length will depend on river conditions and participant ability.

Requirements: Participants must be at least 16 years old to participate. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is also participating in the program. Some Kayaking experience is prefered but all experience levels are welcome, the program will begin with a kayaking review.
Location: This program meets at the boat dock at Ijams River Landing.

Please check your junk mail folder the day before this program if you have not received an email containing program details.

No walk-ins will be accepted. Every participant must have a ticket. To purchase your ticket, go to the Ijams Calendar of events to check out all the available dates for these events.

Ijams awards full refunds for any cancellations up to 7 days before a program, or if Ijams cancels a program due to inclement weather. Tickets are non-transferable.

Photo Courtesy of Ijams Nature Center Facebook Page 

Buy: Just Listed in the Heart of Farragut

Listed by: Lainey Jones (865) 356-5003 and Eleanor Cippel (865) 712-3656

Inviting 4 bedroom / 2.5 bath home in one of Farragut’s most prestigious neighborhoods: The Battery at Berkley Park. Main level open plan with a large vaulted great room with built-in shelving on either side of the stack stone fireplace and open to the beautiful kitchen with large island and spacious butler’s pantry complete with breakfast area. Also on the main level a formal dining room, living room (or office) and a primary bedroom with en suite and spacious closet. 

Upstairs you will find three additional bedrooms with a shared bathroom and expansive bonus room. Outside finds a large private backyard and a covered back patio. 

Zoned for award winning Farragut Schools, accessible to the sidewalks on Grigsby Chapel. Close to Farragut greenway and all the conveniences of Turkey Creek and West Knoxville. Close to I-40 and Pellissippi Parkway. 

Family: Summer Movie Time Magic - Shrek 

When: Sunday, June 19th at 2pm
Where: Tennessee Theatre / 604 S Gay St. Knoxville  

Join in for Summer Movie Magic presented by Denark Construction! Moviegoers will have the chance to experience this 2001 family hit in a different way: in a historic theatre originally built as a movie palace, enjoying some popcorn and a cold drink. Come experience this fun movie on the big screen! Before the film, hear the Mighty Wurlitzer organ fill the auditorium with magnificent music.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Determined to save their home -- not to mention his -- Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to be Farquaad's bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret. This film is 1 hour 30 mins and is rated PG.

Photo Courtesy of Tennessee Theatre Facebook Page 

Watch & Listen: Stand Up Comedy - The Kind and Reasonable Men Comedy Tour

When: Sunday, June 19th, 8pm
Where: BrickYard Bar & Grill / 4928 Homberg Dr. Knoxvlle 

The Kind and Reasonable Men Comedy Tour brings together two of the most distinct voices in Chicago comedy for a tour across the country.

MC Leitsy performs a very personal brand of comedy that has been heavily inspired by his Appalachian upbringing. Based in Chicago, you can see him at SouthernplayalisticComedy and Chicago Fight Club every Saturday at The Lincoln Lodge. He has performed at clubs all over the country including Zanies (Chicago), Comedy Bar (Chicago and Nashville) and Laughing Skull (Atlanta), and recently opened for Stavros Halkias.

Winslow Dumaine's comedy combines rich emotional depth, rustic absurdism, and the bleak and bizarre experiences of his unusually isolated Nebraskan upbringing. He's opened for Kyle Kinane, Sam Tallent, and Dave Ross, he's appeared on Crom Comedy Festival, Beast Village, Des Comédie Festival, The Omaha Comedy Fest, Savage Henry, and was curated to perform on Altercation Comedy Festival.

Together, they journey to strange, extreme, and silly places with tightly woven and full-realized comedic performances.

Photo Courtesy of Michael Leitsinger Facebook Page

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