Knox Area Weekend To Do List, June 7-9, 2024

Do: Rhinestone Fest

When: Friday, June 7th at 5pm - Saturday, June 8th at 11pm
Where: Old City / 102 S Central St. SW, Knoxville

Celebrate Dolly Parton and the countless musicians, artists, and do-gooders she has inspired throughout her dazzling career. The festivities kick off on Friday, coinciding with First Friday events, and continue throughout the weekend in and around the Old City.

Saturday's Main Stage event on Jackson Avenue features the Rhinestone Market, curated by the Old City Market, with Dolly music, Dolly impersonators, Dolly costume contests, and more! Enjoy shows, performances, and Dolly-themed food and drink specials at various Old City locations. Rhinestone Fest is family-friendly and free to attend.

Born from the success of the 2019 Dolly Art Contest at RALA, Rhinestone Fest celebrates all things Dolly and invites everyone to experience our vibrant Old City community. First Friday activities include art shows, live music, and Dolly movie screenings.

Saturday's events feature live music, a Dolly costume contest, a talent show, and local performers. The Rhinestone Market will showcase Dolly-themed creations from local and regional artists and makers. Restaurants, bars, and retail shops will offer specials throughout the weekend.

***Note: This event is not affiliated with Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton Enterprises, Dollywood, or The Dollywood Foundation. Dolly Parton will not be attending.

Eat & Drink: Great Smoky Mountains Food Fest 

When: Saturday, June 8th, 11am-8pm

Where: Sevier County Fairgrounds / 754 Old Knoxville Hwy. Sevierville

Get ready for a mouthwatering adventure at the Great Smoky Mountains Food Fest!  This free event with complimentary parking is set to be a culinary extravaganza you won't want to miss. Whether you're a foodie, a fan of local crafts, or just looking for a fun day out, there's something for everyone.

Picture this: Over 100 food and drink-related vendors ready to tantalize your taste buds! From gourmet food trucks serving up delicious bites to vendors showcasing the tastiest products, your culinary cravings are sure to be satisfied. Discover a wide array of kitchen and houseware items, perfect for any home cook or culinary enthusiast. And let's not forget the delightful crafts – a chance to pick up unique, handmade treasures.

The entertainment lineup is just as exciting! Enjoy live music and performances throughout the day, adding a lively soundtrack to your foodie adventure. Bring the whole family and soak in the festive atmosphere, complete with activities and surprises for all ages. Whether you're sampling a new dish, shopping for unique items, or simply enjoying the ambiance, the Great Smoky Mountains Food Fest promises a day full of flavor and fun.

Mark your calendars and come hungry – the Great Smoky Mountains Food Fest is where food, fun, and community come together for an unforgettable celebration.

Try: Bridgerton Trivia 

When: Friday, June 7th, 6:30pm
Where: Scruffy's Cafe / 1015 North Broadway, Knoxville

A note from Lady Scruffydown:

Dearest Gentlefolk and Esteemed Patrons,

Pray, join us for an evening of unparalleled delight at our Bridgerton Trivia Night, to be held within the charming confines of our most beloved Cat Café. This splendid event shall transpire on June 7th, from the hours of thirty past six to thirty past eight in the evening, where we shall convene to engage in spirited competition whilst surrounded by our feline friends.

Tickets: Secure your passage to this enchanting evening for the sum of $20 per person if procured online, or $25 at the door. Each esteemed guest shall be bestowed with a delectable macaron and a charming sticker as tokens of our gratitude. Bring along as many as five companions, if you so desire.

Regency Dress: To enhance the merriment, we ardently encourage all attendees to don their finest Regency attire. Let us transport ourselves to the opulent ballrooms of the Bridgerton era!

Mocktails: For your pleasure, we shall offer a selection of exquisite customized mocktails, available for puuuurchase throughout the evening.

Support Our Cause: All proceeds from this event shall be dedicated to our noble cat rescue mission, enabling us to expand our team and further our compassionate endeavors. Our adorable cats, available for adoption from Feral Feline Friends, eagerly await the opportunity to meet their future families.

Join us for a night of regency splendor, trivia triumph, and feline affection. Your presence and support shall make this event truly memorable.

With the utmost anticipation,

Lady Talisa Scruffydown of Scruffy's Cafe

Buy: Adorable Claxton Home on over an Acre 

Listed By: Camila Metchikoff, Real Broker (865) 556-1287

This adorable home is located in the Claxton community very conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Clinton! This is the perfect starter home or would be great for an investor! This cute home features gleaming hardwood floors, a cozy wood burning fireplace, new roof about a year ago, a 35x10 3rd bedroom or bonus room with newer carpet, and a cellar that is perfect for extra storage. To top if off, it sits on over an acre and is USDA eligible!!! You won't want to miss out on this one!

Family: Fireflies Viewing Night

When: Saturday, June 8th, 8:30pm-11pm
Where: Seven Islands State Birding Park / 2809 Kelly Ln. Kodak

Firefly season is here! Join Seven Island State Birding Park for a magical night light show at the Bobwhite ADA Trail. Experience the park after hours, enjoy the fireflies, and gaze at the night sky. Bring your blankets and chairs to set up along the paved trail. Park staff will be available to answer any questions during the event.


  • Date: Check-in by 9:00 PM at the Bluebird Barn.
  • Time: Kids activities start at 8:30 PM; sunset is around 9:00 PM. The event ends at 11:00 PM.
  •  $10.00 per person (ages 3+).

Please Note:

  • Stay on the Bobwhite ADA Trail for the entire event; other trails are off-limits.
  • Minimize flashlight use; use red filters if possible to avoid disturbing fireflies and other visitors.
  • Bring water, sturdy hiking shoes, and flashlights.

Enjoy a short slideshow inside the Bluebird Barn for cool firefly facts. Kids activities will keep the little ones entertained until it gets dark. This event is outside of normal park hours, so unregistered visitors will be considered trespassing after sunset.

Don't miss this enchanting experience! Please note pre-registration is required for this program. Please register here:

Watch & Listen: Laugh Alive Comedy Show

When: Every Sunday, 7pm-9pm
Where: Ale' Rae Grill Gastropub / 937 N. Broadway, Knoxville 

Join in every Sunday at Ale' Rae's for the Laugh Alive Comedy Show! Enjoy performances by local artists, traveling acts, and new faces every week. Sunday shows are free to attend! Seating begins at 7 PM, and their full menu will be available to order during the show. 

Comedy shows are inside! Come out for a night of laughs and great food!

Ale' Rae's (pronounced Allie Ray's) has been a household name in the Knoxville Food Truck culinary scene since 2016. They expanded their presence and are now housed in a landmark building in the historic district of downtown Knoxville. Ale'Rae's is what happens when passionate food lovers get together and decide to share their talents with the world. Everything is made fresh and ready to take on the go at your convenience.

Self-Care Saturday: Lavender Field Yoga

When: Saturday, June 8th, 10:30am-11:30am
Where: MGM Lavender Farm / 4623 McCloud Rd. Knoxville

Relax, recharge, and let the soothing scent of lavender help you ease into your yoga practice with Brittany of Bend It Like Britt. After the class, enjoy a refreshing lavender lemonade, snap some photos in the beautiful lavender field, learn about this aromatic plant, and shop for lavender goodies to take home.

Cost is $25. Please Venmo @Brittany-Charnley to secure your spot; prepayment is required. In case of rain, they will reschedule.

Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat, towel, and water bottle. 

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