Knox Area Weekend To Do List, September 16-18, 2022

Do: Oktoberfest at Peaceful Side Social

When: Saturday, September 17th, 2pm-9pm  

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

In support of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, they will celebrate Germany’s most fun and time-honored traditions right in Townsend, Tennessee!

Their FIRST ever Oktoberfest will celebrate the time honored German tradition centered around food, fun, and festbier! This will be Townsend, Tennessee’s most fun event of the year, and one you won’t want to miss!

They will expand their Biergarten to be 4 times bigger adding a 4000 square foot festival tent, a stage, 9 guest breweries, a German Bier Trailer, Selfie Stations, a grilling area and giant seating areas! You will enjoy an array of entertainment, games, and live music all announced by the Emcee, Red Hickey! Two live bands will take the stage beginning with Chattanooga’s premier Oktoberfest Polka band, The Wurstbrats at 3pm, followed by Americana Bluegrass band, Troubador Blue at 7pm!

Team BUSAR will be onsite hosting Search + Rescue themed competitive games including a Pull Up Challenge, Blind-Folded Stein Walk, Arm Wrestling Bracket Challenge, and a pulley system Tug O’ War Challenge for the kids!

More activities throughout the day will include Stein Holding competitions, Pretzel Eating Competition, Chicken Dances, a Costume Contest with bronze, silver and gold winners announced, selfie stations for fun pictures, and a Silent Auction to win a special chance to participate in the now endangered species annual Monarch Tagging in Cades Cove.

Peaceful Side Social Brewery + Craft Kitchen and Taco Bar will be operating with business as usual during Oktoberfest.

They will be joining forces with 9 local breweries who will be bringing their finest seasonal craft brews for you to enjoy. The breweries who will be onsite are Schulzbrau, Crafty Bastard, Print Shop Brewing, Albright Grove, Living Waters, Lily Pad, Founders, and Gypsy Circus Barrelhouse!

You will be able to purchase your limited edition Oktoberfest Bier Stein, Food + Bier Tickets, and get your wristband at the entrance. You must show your valid I.D. at the entrance to get a wristband. Only guests who have wristbands and tickets will be served alcohol. There will be no cash or cards accepted at the vendor booths for food or beverages. Only tickets will be accepted at vendor booths for food or beverages. You will be able to purchase tickets at the main entrance and within the main festival area through designated ticket holders.

Costume Contest Entry:

1. Where your best Lederhosen, Dirndl, or German festival-wear

2. Listen for Red Hickey’s announcement to come to the stage

3. Audience will be the judges

4. Bronze, Silver, and Gold winners receive a special prize from Peaceful Side Social!

This will be a special event in support of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont to help fund educational programs and initiatives that preserve and protect the natural wonders within our Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Eat & Drink: 13th Annual Pesto Festo

When: Saturday, September 17th, 5pm
Where: Mabry-Hazen House / 1711 Dandridge Ave. Knoxville 

A foodie fundraising event to help support Tennessee Valley's growers, raisers, farmers, food educators & chefs. 

This year's glorious three course meal will be carefully crafted and curated by the celebrated Chef Robert McDonald of the beloved @bistro_bythetracks! 

A Pesto Contest with prizes is open to the guests to both enter AND judge, a silent auction with incredible items from all throughout East TN. Live music, lawn games, all the foodies around and an overall really stellar time!

This is a no waste event! In support of all that Slow Food stands for they ask that you bring your place settings. This includes plate, silverware, napkin and any drinking ware. In addition to BYOS (setting) this event is also BYOB! We have wonderful local breweries that may surprise us but please feel free to bring your preference or a delicious bottle of wine.

Want to purchase a discounted $50 ticket and become a part of the Slow Food community? Join us today and sign up to be a member for your ticket discount code! Feel free to email or dm @slowfoodtnvalley for more info.


Try: Pound and Pour  

When: Saturday, September 17th, 12pm

Where: Hexagon Brewing Company / 1002 Dutch Valley Dr. NE, Knoxville  

What is POUND and pour?

Join in for Pound and Pour at HEXAGON BREWING CO.!

POUND is the world's first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. Cost of the event is $10.00 (cash preferred), which includes the POUND class and one beverage after class.

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Buy: 1900s Charmer in the Heart of Sweetwater 

Listed by: Jessica Hill, eXp Realty (423) 836-6695

Built in 1900...Take a step back to the turn of the 20th century. This home has charm like no other in our local market! Located in the heart of Sweetwater! This gem will amaze you with the square footage! TWO COAL burning fireplaces, Most of the original wood-work accents adorn the home. On the main level you'll find 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, kitchen, laundry room, living room & oversized dining room with storage. Second level provides 3 additional large bedrooms that can be used for so many possibilities! Kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. Close to shopping, parks, walking trails, and Historic Downtown. Many important updates in recent years: 21 Windows replaced with Lifetime warranty in Sept. 2019, Gas HVAC with warranty through 9/2025. Metal roof that's only 8 years old.

Family: Farragut Art Fest

When: Sunday, September 18th, 1pm-3pm

Where: Farragut Community Center / 239 Jamestowne Blvd. Farragut

Art Fest returns in 2022 with fresh, new fun! Enjoy indoor and outdoor interactive art activities from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd. Activities are geared toward kids, but anyone can participate! This free event is sponsored by the Farragut Arts & Beautification Committee.

For more information, contact Recreation & Event Manager Merritt Piper at 218-3376 or [email protected].

Photo Courtesy of Farragut Community Center 

Watch & Listen: Knoxville Film Festival 

When: Friday, September 16th - Sunday, September 18th
Where: Regal Downtown West / 1640 Downtown W Blvd. Knoxville 

Executive Director Keith McDaniel founded the Secret City Film Festival in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 2004 in celebration of the art of independent cinema. Nine years later, the festival was moved to Knoxville and rebranded as the Knoxville Film Festival. Held at Knoxville’s arthouse theatre, the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8,

The Knoxville Film Festival has become the largest and most complete film festival in the region. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, KFF has been held at Knoxville's Arthouse theater, the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8. KFF has truly become the region's destination for independent cinema. In past years, KFF has had nearly 4,000 in attendance. They screen independent films, hold panel discussions and host two filmmaking competitions.

2022 will mark the Knoxville Film Festival's 19th year (including its previous incarnation as the Secret City Film Festival).

Photo Courtesy of Knoxville Film Festival

Shop: Fall Fling Warehouse Market

When: Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th, 10am-3pm
Where: Pedal Java / 4711 Morton Place Way, Knoxville 

Fall is here, and Pedal Java is ready to get their pumpkin on! Join in to celebrate with some of their favorite vendor friends. They’ve created another over-the-top drink to celebrate the season! Their friends from Chroma Clay Company, Your Sugar Therapy, Flourish Flowers (Saturday only), and Cox Homestead will all be vending both days. 

Please join in on September 17-18 from 10 am-3 pm. They will be serving their full menu as well. All large drinks are on promotion for the small price—that’s $2 off per drink! And, of course, all bagged coffee and syrups will be available for sale as well.

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