Knox Area Weekend To Do List, September 15-17, 2023

Do: Candle Making Workshop  

When: Sunday, September 17th, 12pm or 3pm
Where: Maker Exchange / 710 Clinch Ave. Knoxville 

Make some candles with 865 Candle Co. at Maker Exchange. They provide all the materials and guide you through making your very own candle from scratch! In class, you will go on a candle making journey that includes melting your own wax, curating your scent, and creating your own scent name. Participants must be 18 or older. There is a session at 12pm and 3pm. 

Photo Courtesy of 865 Candle Co.

Eat & Drink: 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration 

When: Saturday, September 16th, 11am-7pm

Where: Peaceful Side Social Brewery + Craft Kitchen / 7967 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend 

Like last year, but bigger and better! Join the Peaceful Side Social Brewery + Craft Kitchen for an Oktoberfest Celebration. FREE Entry! FREE Parking! Family Friendly!

Food and Bier tickets available at the entrance or you can skip the line and reserve a stein online. 

They will be welcoming back the Wurst Brats, East Tennessee's premier polka band. Enjoy traditional German biers, beer options from several guest breweries, competitive games, and more this year. 

Get all the info and reserve your stein at 

Photo Courtesy of Peaceful Side Social

Try: Monthly Bingo Night at South Press

When: Friday, September 15th, 7pm-9pm
Where: South Press / 3715 Chapman Hwy. Knoxville  

Join Knox Pride for monthly Bingo Night at South Press. The coffee and food bar will be open. This is a safe and sober event. $20 suggested per player to play all night! 

South Press is a locally sourced, eco friendly, hand crafted coffee and tea house. Opened in 2020 by Joslynn Fish, South Press has become a safe space for not only Knoxville’s queer community but for anyone in need. South Press puts the community first and is always a safe, sober, community space.


Buy: Luxurious Private Mountain Haven on 144 Acres 

Listed By: Kathleen Wallace (865) 441-6526 & Tina Ribich (865) 640-7197, Real Broker 

Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Smoky Mountains, an unparalleled escape awaits you. Welcome to a magnificent residence that seamlessly blends luxury living with the enchanting serenity of nature.

With over 5,000 square feet of living space spread across three levels this private haven is a testament to refined living, accompanied by thoughtful details at every turn, offering you a lifestyle of grandeur and tranquility. As the sun rises and sets, be captivated by the mesmerizing vistas that unfold from the porches and decks facing both east and west. Perched atop a hill, you'll find yourself entranced by the sweeping panoramas that overlook the misty, smoky mountain tops and lush valley meadow below. Imagine leisurely strolling around your private pond, its sparkling waters inviting you to indulge in swimming, fishing, or relaxing. Featuring a RV hook-up , storage building with bathroom and patio, perfect for lounging with friends and family. Venture into the great outdoors through five well-trodden trails that wind through the entirety of the 144-acre domain. These trails invite you to immerse yourself in the embrace of nature, as lush forests, babbling streams, and native wildlife unveil the captivating stories of the land. A 2,400 square foot utility barn stands ready to house all your equipment, ensuring the property remains a pristine paradise. A controlled access gate ensures your world remains secluded and private.

As you revel in the grandeur of this estate, take a moment to appreciate the area's historical significance. Just down the road lies the birthplace of none other than Dolly Parton, an embodiment of the spirit of this cherished region. Nearby, the Little Pigeon River offers opportunities for rafting and fishing, creating unforgettable experiences for all who venture near its banks. Embrace the convenience of urban amenities without sacrificing the tranquility of your piece of paradise.

The charming towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville lie within a short drive, offering a delightful blend of entertainment, dining, and cultural experiences. This property speaks to those who seek the finest in life - a haven of solitude, an ode to nature, and a testament to refined living. Whether you envision a private retreat, an equestrian sanctuary, or a vacation escape, this Smoky Mountain estate invites you to turn dreams into reality. Come, step into a world where the possibilities are as endless as the mountains themselves. Welcome to your forever refuge.

Family: Paint with a Turtle Workshop

When: Saturday, September 16th, 2pm-4pm

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

Join Hannah Doss of Mountain Mama's at Ijams on Saturday, September 16, from 2-4 pm to meet, learn about, and paint Topaz, an eastern box turtle!

This one-of-a-kind workshop will begin with a meet-and-greet introducing Topaz, one of Ijams' animal ambassadors, followed by a beginner-friendly painting lesson to create your very own Topaz masterpiece.

This is an all-levels course. Whether you're a stick-figure newbie or professional painter, you won't want to miss out on this unique painting experience!

Tickets are $45 for this two-hour experience.  All painting supplies are included.  Preregistration is required.

Limited to 24 participants! Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo Courtesy of Ijams Nature Center

Watch & Listen: Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

When: Thursday, September 14th - Saturday, September 16th

Where: 525 East Dumplin Valley Rd. Kodak

The annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in Kodak, Tennessee brings many great bands to the area. There will be free parking, food and merchandise vendors, restrooms and showers, camping by reservation, and lots of jamming.

Visit for tickets and more information. 

Photo Courtesy of Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

Vols Football:  TN vs. FL at the LoCo Drive-In

When: Saturday, September 16th, Tailgating Starts at 12pm
Where: LoCo Drive-In / 455 Centre Park Dr. Loudon

Join the LoCo Drive-In every game day for Tailgating, BBQ, and Football. Sons of Smoke Food Truck along with $2.50 canned beer and more delicious food and drinks from the LoCo Concessions Stand. Cheer on the Vols from the LED big screen! 

Tailgating Starts: 12pm

Game Starts: 7pm

Entry is free for all ages. Outside food passes can be purchased at the gate for $25 per vehicle. RSVP recommended but not required: locodrivein.comPresented By: That 1 Painter

Photo Courtesy of LoCo Drive-In


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