Fall A&E Preview: Festivals

Fall has everything you need for a good festival—agreeable weather, harvest traditions, Halloween and Thanksgiving—and Knoxville and the surrounding counties have plenty of them. They also tend to group together on weekends when the Vols aren’t playing in town, so sometimes a long look ahead helps you plan your way through the season. Here’s what’s coming up.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, SUNDAY, SEPT. 18

Secret City Film Festival

This annual celebration of independent films gets submissions from around the world, but also provides strong support to local filmmakers.

Grove Theater (Oak Ridge) • $5-$30 • secretcityfilmfest.com

TUESDAY, SEPT. 20

Knoxville Jazz Festival

The world premiere of the documentary A Place for Me: Jazz in a Small Southern City, followed by music by Nu Jazz Fourtet and Thad Brown.

The Square Room • 7 p.m. • $12 • knoxjazzfest.org

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

Fountain City Art Center Fall Festival: Art-a-Palooza

Music, art, and food for all ages.

Fountain City Art Center • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free • fountaincityartctr.org

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23

Art Gone Wild!

Enjoy cocktails and artwork made by the animals of Knoxville Zoo.

Knoxville Zoo • 6 p.m. • $30 • knoxville-zoo.org

Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day

The annual Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day highlights Appalachian culture—from bluegrass music, traditional dance, local crafts, food, and storytelling.

Townsend Visitors Center • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

National Muscadine Festival

Sweetwater, Tenn.

A first-time festival celebrating the grape-like muscadine, a fruit native to the Southeastern United States, with jelly-making demonstrations, a barbecue competition, a parade, live music, storytelling, and fresh muscadines.

Sweetwater • Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-5 p.m. • nationalmuscadinefestival.com

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, SUNDAY, SEPT. 25

GreekFest

Knoxville’s longest-running ethnic festival celebrates its 32nd year with another weekend of traditional Greek food, music, and dance.

St. George Greek Orthodox Church • Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m. • $2 • greekfesttn.com

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

Hola Fest

This year’s Hola Festival, a wide-ranging celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture featuring food, dancing, music, traditional costumes, and more, moves to the intersection of Gay Street and Depot Street.

Downtown Knoxville • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. • Free • holafestival.org

Scots-Irish Festival

Food, traditional dance, bagpipes, and an evening of live music.

Downtown Dandridge • 10 a.m.-9 p.m. • Free • mainstreetdandridge.com

Slow Food Knoxville Pesto Festo

A Place of the Heart Farm (Pioneer) • 5 p.m. • slowfoodknoxville.org

Titanic Princess Tea Party

The Titanic Museum brings back a time-honored ritual in gracious living for a day for ages 5-15. Includes mini-manner lessons on etiquette, proper table settings, and serving skills. Classic finger sandwiches and cookies will be served, along with a museum tour.

Titanic Museum (Pigeon Forge) • 9 a.m. • $22-$25

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, SUNDAY, SEPT. 25

John Sevier Days Arts & Crafts Show

Marble Springs State Historic Site • Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29

Gourmet Garden Crawl

A happy hour tour through the Botanical Garden.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum • 5 p.m. • $25-$30 • knoxgarden.org

SATURDAY, OCT. 1

Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival

An all-day celebration of the widespread musical legacy of Howard Armstrong, the LaFollette-raised string musician who incorporated blues, country music, jazz, pop, and gospel during his long and varied career.

Cove Lake State Park (Caryville) • 10 a.m.-7:45 p.m. • $2-$5 • louiebluie.org

FRIDAY, OCT. 7

SlutWalk Knoxville

Knoxville presents its version of the international event, designed to call attention to the culture of shame and victim-blaming in sexual crimes and to stand up for victims of sexual assault.

Krutch Park • 5:30 p.m. • Free • slutwalkknoxville.wordpress.com

FRIDAY, OCT. 7, SATURDAY, OCT. 8, SUNDAY, OCT. 9

Tennessee Fall Homecoming 2011

The Museum of Appalachia presents a weekend of music, crafts, historic demonstrations, and old-fashioned cooking at its annual fall festival.

Museum of Appalachia • $10-$75 • museumofappalachia.org

Foothills Fall Festival

Food, crafts, and children’s activities, highlighted by headlining performances by Sarah Evans, Reba McEntire, and Chicago. (Bad news: Saturday and Sunday concerts are already sold out.)

Downtown Maryville • Free-$50 • foothillsfallfestival.com

THURSDAY, OCT. 13, FRIDAY, OCT. 14, SATURDAY, OCT. 15

Boo! at the Zoo

Family-friendly Halloween fun.

Knoxville Zoo • 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. • Free-$6 • knoxville-zoo.org

FRIDAY, OCT. 14

Green Thumb Gala

This annual dinner party is the major fund-raiser for the Knoxville Botanical Garden.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum • 6 p.m. • knoxgarden.org

SATURDAY, OCT. 15

Fall Festival

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • $5 • knoxgarden.org

THURSDAY, OCT. 20, FRIDAY, OCT. 21, SATURDAY, OCT. 22

Boo! at the Zoo

Knoxville Zoo • 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. • Free-$6 • knoxville-zoo.org

SATURDAY, OCT. 22

Tennessee Food and Wine Festival

A regional foodie’s dream come true: all Tennessee products, demonstrations from renowned working and celebrity chefs, and displays of each and every winner from the 2011 Wines of the South competition.

Knoxville Convention Center • Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • $10-$15 • tnfestival.com

SATURDAY, OCT. 22

Happy Hollerpalooza

Celebrate the history and current revival of one of Knoxville’s historic neighborhoods.

Happy Holler • noon-5 p.m. • Free

Neighborhood Bike Ride

The 11th annual ride starts at the corner of Central Street and Baxter Avenue and tours through some of North Knoxville’s historic neighborhoods.

North Knoxville • 9:30 a.m. • Free • knoxtrans.org

Brewers’ Jam

Craft brewers from around the country offer samples of their finest beers at this popular benefit for Community Shares.

World’s Fair Park • 1-7 p.m. • $5-$40 • knoxvillebrewersjam.com

SATURDAY, OCT. 22, SUNDAY, OCT. 23

Knoxville Horror Film Fest

Relix Variety Theatre • $10-$18 • knoxvillehorrorfest.com

THURSDAY, OCT. 27, FRIDAY, OCT. 28, SATURDAY, OCT. 29, SUNDAY, OCT. 30

Boo! at the Zoo

Knoxville Zoo • 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. • Free-$6 • knoxville-zoo.org

SUNDAY, OCT. 30

East Tennessee Chili Cook-Off

World’s Fair Park • noon-6 p.m. • etnchilicookoff.com

Freedom Spirit Fest

Holistic crafts, art, and music.

Market Square • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. • Free

SUNDAY, NOV. 6

An Evening with Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss

Buddy Valastro, star of TLC’s Cake Boss, heads this interactive performance, so he’ll be demonstrating on the stage, answering audience questions, and asking some lucky cake artist wannabes up on the stage.

Tennessee Theatre • 7 p.m. • $35.75-$45.75

FRIDAY, NOV. 18, SATURDAY, NOV. 19, SUNDAY, NOV. 20

Foothills Fine Craft Fair

Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park • Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • $5-$6 • foothillscraftguild.org

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, SATURDAY, DEC. 3

Emporium Holiday Extravaganza

A two-day holiday celebration with handmade gifts and crafts for sale, plus performances by local arts organizations.

Emporium Center • Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Free • knoxalliance.com

THURSDAY, DEC. 15

Tour de Lights

Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program leads an annual bike tour of neighborhood holiday lights.

Market Square • 7 p.m. • Free • knoxtrans.org

SATURDAY, DEC. 31

First Night Knoxville

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve festivities on Market Square and other venues downtown.

Downtown Knoxville • firstnightknoxville.com

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