Knox Area Weekend To Do List, May 17-19, 2024

Do: Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games 

When: Saturday, May 18th at 8am to Sunday, May 19th at 4pm
Where: Townsend Visitor Center / 7906 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Townsend 

Get ready to experience Scotland in the Smokies! Now celebrating its 42nd year, the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games is the oldest festival of Scottish, Irish, and Celtic culture in Tennessee. Immerse yourself in a vibrant mix of folk, roots, rock & pop music, thrilling highland athletics, mesmerizing pipes & drums performances, and captivating highland and Irish dance. Plus, indulge in whisky tastings, explore a variety of vendors, and savor delicious fare from the Scottish, Irish, and British homelands.

Bring the whole family for a weekend of unforgettable fun in the stunning foothills of Townsend, Tennessee, just a stone's throw from the majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Eat & Drink: Cheese Making Workshop

When: Sunday, May 19th, 10am-12pm

Where: Ijams Nature Center / 2915 Island Home Ave. Knoxville 

Calling all cheese enthusiasts! Ever dreamed of becoming a cheese-making wizard but not sure where to begin? Well, fear not! Join the fabulous Kristin Webber, aka the Chicken Librarian for a cheese-making extravaganza where you'll learn the art of whipping up "30 Minute Mozzarella"!  All you need is one gallon of top-notch milk, and you'll be on your whey to creating some delicious cheeses. 

This hands-on class will guide you through the cheesemaking basics, provide all the supplies you need, and most importantly, guarantee a whole lot of fun! Plus, each participant gets to take home their very own homemade mozzarella! 

No cheese-making experience required – just bring your curiosity and appetite for adventure. Tickets are $50 per person and include all the cheesy goodness. 

Hurry, spaces are limited, so grab your spot before it's curd-fully too late! 


Try: Murder at the Sock Hop - A Murder Mystery Dinner Show

When: Saturday, May 18th, 7pm
Where: The Bird and The Book / 1509 E Broadway Ave. Maryville 

Step into the time machine and journey back to the groovy era of 1955, where poodle skirts, hot rods, and rockin' tunes rule the scene! The social clubs of Ryder High School and East High School are teaming up to throw the ultimate sock hop bash, aiming to bury the hatchet on their not-so-friendly rivalry. But when the D-Birds, Pink Chicks, Pit Vipers, and Black Widows collide, things take a wild turn.  When new student Brandy Dee takes an unexpected tumble, fingers start wagging and secrets start spilling faster than a soda at a soda fountain. Did East High take things too far? Were Ryder High's friendships all just a sham? And who's got a secret to keep?  Strap on your saddle shoes and slick back your hair, because it's time to crack the case and uncover the truth at this1950s-themed mystery party!

WHAT: Active participation in solving a murder mystery, with options to purchase a three course meal with your ticket or purchase a show-only ticket with no other food option

WHEN: Saturday, May 18th @ 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM! Costume contest at 6:30 PM!

WHERE: The Bird and The Book (1509 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37804)

COST: $25 for dinner + show tickets OR $15 for show only tickets (proceeds will benefit both FCP and The Bird and The Book)

HOW: RSVP by emailing [email protected] or texting (865) 268-3840 to reserve your space! Or, purchase your tickets below! We encourage you to reserve your space ahead of time, as seats and meals are limited.

Buy: Douglas Lake Condo in Harbor Crest

Listed By: Suzanne Walls, Real Broker (724) 456-1720

Open House - Saturday, May, 18th, 1pm-4pm

It is officially lake season and your dream retreat on Douglas Lake is now available! Nestled amidst the serene beauty of nature, this exquisite furnished 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo offers an unparalleled lakeside living experience. The unit being offered is positioned in the center of building C providing breathtaking sunrise and sunset views that will captivate your senses.

This Harbor Crest condos offer access to a wealth of amenities and includes a lap swimming pool, spa, fitness center, boat slip, allowing you to fully embrace the waterfront lifestyle. Owning here entitles you to all the fishing, boating, and leisurely strolls along the shoreline of the illuminated walking path that your heart desires. Harbor Crest offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and relaxation.

With its unparalleled combination of comfort and natural beauty this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo on Douglas Lake is the epitome of lakeside living at its finest. Come experience the tranquility and splendor of waterfront living in this beautifully maintained and highly coveted community.

Family: Children's Festival of Reading 

When: Saturday, May 18th, 10am-3pm
Where: World's Fair Park / Knoxville

Get ready for an unforgettable day at World's Fair Park, where they will be celebrating the magic of books, authors, and all things literary!  Join in for a whirlwind of excitement as you snap selfies with beloved characters, belt out tunes in the music tent, and embark on mind-bending adventures in the Science and Discovery tent. Sit on the edge of your seat for captivating tales in the Storytelling Tent, while the little ones splash and play to their heart's content in Toddler Town. 

And that's just the beginning – there's so much more to explore and discover! Meet acclaimed authors like Alan Gratz, Cozbi Cabrera, Gale Galligan, and more, and don't miss out on encounters with beloved storybook characters like Paddington Bear and the mischievous Pigeon. 

Plus, get ready to kick off your summer reading adventures with the Summer Library Club – be sure to swing by the Quest for Knowledge tent to grab your reading log!  For all the details, visit

Watch & Listen: Movies in the Cave - The Goonies

When: Saturday, May 18th, 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm(Sold Out), 9pm 

Where: Cherokee Caverns / 8524 Oak Ridge Hwy. Knoxville 

Experience the beloved movie "The Goonies" from inside the depths of a real live cave among the stalagtites and stalagmites. Tickets are $15 each and children 3 and under are free. You can pre-purchase your movie tickets online in advance or purchase tickets on-site (if they aren't sold out). Chairs will be provided, but you can bring your own. The cave is always 58 degrees so keep that in mind when you are planning. 

Concessions will be available in The Grotto and prepared and served by J&J Dogs and More. They will have snacks like: hot dogs, pizza, nachos, candy, and popcorn. 

Your ticket includes a self-guided tour of the cave 30 minutes before and after the movie. The Cave path is wheelchair and stroller friendly. 

Parking is always free!  

Sunday Funday: 7th Annual Cattywampus Puppet Council Parade & Block Party

When: Sunday, May 19th, 3pm-6pm
Where: Emory Place to 1000 N. Central St. Knoxville

In its seventh glorious year, the Cattywampus Parade & Block Party has cemented its place as a beloved Knoxville tradition. This annual extravaganza unites people from all walks of life, spanning generations, in a celebration of creativity, camaraderie, and community spirit. Through the power of visual and performing arts, we weave together our stories and envision the future we aspire to collectively create. From crafting giant puppets to donning elaborate masks and costumes, everyone is invited to unleash their inner artist and join in the parade as one vibrant, unified force.

In collaboration with Open Streets Knoxville and Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment, Inc. (SOCM), this year's event delves into the theme "We Dwell Together," celebrating the beautiful tapestry of our community. Join along Central Avenue for the parade, culminating in a lively Block Party at 1000 N. Central St. It's a day you won't want to miss!

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