CONCERTS & FESTIVALS
Ijams’ Summer Solstice Celebration: June 21. 3 p.m. • Ijams Nature Center (2915 Island Home Ave.) • 865-577-4717, ext. 110 • ijams.org
Soak up every second of sun on the longest day of the year, with activities for kids, solar-powered entertainment, and room to spread your own picnic blanket on the Ijams’ grounds. Cost is $3 per person for members and $6 for non-members; visit the website for more info.
KARM’s Dragon Boat Festival: June 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. • The Cove in Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Dr.) • firstname.lastname@example.org • karm.org
East meets West for a day of purposeful, all-ages fun as Knox Area Rescue Ministries hosts its 11th annual competition of majestic 46-foot dragon boats. Each boasts 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steerer, all racing for champion status and to help KARM’s local good works. More than 60 boats are slated to race at press time; visit the website for more info.
BOATING & WATERSPORTS
Civil War Sandwich Cruise with NavCal: June 21, 22, 28, 29, 12 p.m. • 300 Neyland Dr. • email@example.com or 865-765-3407 • navcal.com
NavCal River Rides and Captain John give you the waterside scoop on Knoxville’s colorful past and present, with a 90-minute cruise around the Tennessee River waters. Cost is $26 per person. Book online; call or visit the website for more info.
Sightseeing Cruise with NavCal: June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30; 3 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. • 300 Neyland Dr. • firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-765-3407 • navcal.com
This is the season when NavCal, which is Caption John and his lovely wife, get serious about cruising, with numerous sightseeing trips leaving the Volunteer Landing dock on summer weekend days for a cruise around Knoxville’s most iconic sights, including Crescent Bend and the Body Farm. All aboard! Cost is $18 per adult; reserve in advance or visit the website for more info.
Taco Fiesta on the Volunteer Princess: June 25, 6 p.m. • Volunteer Landing Marina (956 Volunteer Landing Lane) • email@example.com or 865-541-4556 • volunteerprincess.com
Because fiestas aren’t just for Fridays, the Volunteer Princess crew serves up this Tuesday night taco bar, with specials on Mexican beverages, on a pleasure cruise on the 100-foot Volunteer Princess. The cost is $25.95 for adults ($23.95 for students) and $15.95 for children under 10; reserve in advance.
Deluxe Dinner Cruise on the Star: June 27, 28, 29, 6:30 p.m. • 300 Neyland Dr. • 865-525-7827 • tnriverboat.com
It’s dinner and dancing served up in a twilight light on the Star of Knoxville. Cost is $37.95 per adult and $19.90 for children 5 to 11, with a prime rib buffet included. Reserve in advance online or visit the website for more info.
Summer Comedy Booze Cruise on the Star: June 21, 10 p.m. • 300 Neyland Dr. • firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-226-9113 • comedyboozecruise.blogspot.com
Laugh in the summer solstice with a late-night cruise around Knoxville, as the Star features Chad Riden, Paulina Combow, Bryce Damuth, Jay Kendrick and other masters of stand-up, including host David Wright. Features a cash bar. Cost is $10 per adult; call or visit the website to reserve in advance.
Country Dinner Cruise: June 26, 6:30 p.m. • 300 Neyland Dr. • 865-525-7827 • tnriverboat.com
Boot-scootin’ on a boat while eating barbecue? That’s so Knoxville. The riverboat Star moves its country cruises to weekly Wednesdays, with this one featuring the John Titlow Band and line-dance pointers from the staff. Cost is $32.95 per adult, $19.95 children 5 through 11; call to reserve at least 24 hours in advance.
Sea Breeze Dinner Cruise on the Volunteer Princess: June 26, 6 p.m. • Volunteer Landing Marina (956 Volunteer Landing Lane) • email@example.com or 865-541-4556 • volunteerprincess.com
Make a date for fun with one of the Volunteer Princess’ Sea Breeze cruises, featuring a light plated dinner and sweet water views. Cost is $28.95 per adult and $15.95 for children 10 and under; reserve in advance.
Murder at the Café Noir on the Volunteer Princess: June 27, 6 p.m. • Volunteer Landing Marina (956 Volunteer Landing Lane) • 865-541-4556 • volunteerprincess.com
We deduce there’s a good time to be had when entertainment by the Mystery & Mayhem Dinner Theater is staged on a two-hour evening cruise on the Volunteer Princess. Cost is $59.95 per adult and includes a plated dinner. Reservations a must; visit the website for information.
Duck Race Adoptions: Through July 3 • 865-232-1205 • duckshelpkids.com
It’s time to put your money on your favorite rubber ducky (or several) for the annual Duck Race benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. $5 gets you into the race, which will be held at World’s Fair Park on July 4; adopt your duck(s) online or by phone.
Discover Kayaking: June 22 & 29, 10 a.m. • The Cove in Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Dr.) • firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com
Learn the basics of kayaking in this beginner’s class presented by River Sports Outfitters. The class will be presented each Saturday through the summer. Cost is $35 per person, and space is limited; call to reserve your spot in advance.
Discover SUP: June 22 & 29, 1:30 p.m. • The Cove in Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Dr.) • email@example.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com
Get your feet wet –so to speak—with an hour-and-a-half class on the basics of stand-up paddle (SUP), presented by River Sports Outfitters. You may bring your own board or one will be provided. Cost is $35 per person, and space is limited to eight participants; call to reserve your spot in advance. Ongoing each Saturday through summer.
Social Paddle at the Cove: June 22 & 29, 9 a.m.; June 25, 6 p.m. • The Cove in Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Dr.) • firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com
River Sports Outfitters sponsors this paddling get-together. It’s free if you bring your own gear or $15 to get outfitted. Call or e-mail to reserve your spot. (The two-hour social paddle takes place each Saturday morning and Tuesday night through season.)
SUP Social Paddle: June 22 & 29, 9 a.m.; June 25, 6 p.m. • Downtown Knoxville • email@example.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com
Stand-up paddling enthusiasts get together each Saturday morning downtown to meet and mingle with other SUP-ers. River Sports Outfitters will provide gear for a fee, or you may bring your own. Registration is limited; call or e-mail to reserve your spot. (There are also SUP Discovery programs at The Cove in Concord Park Sunday afternoons through season; call or visit the website.)
Ijams’ Morning Canoe Cruise: June 22, 8 a.m. • Ijams Nature Center (2915 Island Home Ave.) • 865-577-4717, ext. 119 • ijams.org
Naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales guides an informative paddle around Mead’s Quarry Lake, pointing out the flora and fauna that now call this man-made lake home. Cost is $15 per person for members and $17.50 for non-members. Call to register in advance or visit the website for more info.
Canoe on the Clinch, June 23 • Clinch River • firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-922-3518 • tennesseesierraclub.org/broome
Get your oars out for a trip down the Clinch River with the nature-friendly folks at the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club. This low-keyed morning float is open to beginners, but you must bring your own canoe or kayak. Reserve spot in advance; email response preferred.
SUP’n in the Quarry: June 25, 6 p.m. • Ijams Nature Center • email@example.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com
Splash around Ijams’ Mead’s Quarry with other SUP-ers and the friendly folks from River Sports Outfitters every Tuesday night through season. Cost is $10. Call or email for more information.
Tuesday Night Toad Tournament: June 25 • Loudon • Facebook: Tuesday Night Toad Tournament
The Toad tourney, which is actually a bass tournament, goes on every Tuesday night through season. Check out the group’s Facebook page for info and locales.
CLASSES & CAMPS
TWRA Boating Safety Courses
• Volunteer Landing Marina: June 22, 9 a.m.
Boating safety class. Bring your 600 permit; no pre-registration required.
• John Sevier Hunter Education Center (2327 Rifle Range Rd.): June 25, 6–9 p.m.
Bring your 600 permit.
• Gander Mountain (11501 Parkside Dr., Farragut): June 25-26, 6–9 p.m.
Two-night session in boating safety, with test on the second night. Call the store at 865-671-2790 in advance to register or for more information.
• Concord Marina: June 29, 9 a.m.
Boating safety class. Bring your 600 permit; no pre-registration required.
Bass Pro’s Family Summer Camp: June 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, 12 – 5 p.m. • Bass Pro Shops (3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place , Kodak) • 865-932-5600 • basspro.com
Through July 14, four days a week, Bass Pro Shop outside of Pigeon Forge is welcoming the whole family to an in-store summer camp experience, complete with activities, crafts and pins to be earned by completing workshops on hunter safety, marksmanship, camping, hiking and more. There are even, yes, lanyards. Visit the website for more information, and please note this is a family togetherness activity, not a drop-off camp.
FOOD, DRINK, AND MUSIC NEAR THE WATER
CALHOUN’S ON THE RIVER: 400 Neyland Dr. • 865-673-3355 • calhouns.com
Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Mon-Fri. Drink specials.
June 21, 8 p.m.: Hillbilly Jedi
June 22, 8 p.m.: John Titlow Band
June 22, 7 p.m.: Tall Paul
June 28, 8 p.m.: Kitty Wampus
CALHOUN’S AT THE MARINA, FORT LOUDOUN, LENOIR CITY: 4550 City Park Dr. • 865-988-9838 • calhouns.com
Happy Hour: Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Drink specials.
June 22, 8 p.m.: J. D. Cable and the Empty Bottle Band
June 28, 8 p.m.: Steve Rutledge
June 29, 8 p.m.: Jeff Jopling Band
FOX ROAD MARINA - BAMBOO BAR / FOX ROAD GRILL: mile marker 617 • 1100 Fox Road • 865-966-9422 • themarinas.net
Happy Hour: Fri. - Sat., 6-9 p.m. Beer specials, $2 domestic, $3 import. Fox Road Grill open Fri.–Sun., all day, serving breakfast through dinner.
June 22: Ben Bale
June 29: Chris Kagay
INTERNATIONAL HARBOR MARINA: mile marker 612 • 259 Cedar Crest Lane, Friendsville • 865-995-2375 • themarinas.net
Restaurant reopened for summer, serving Archer’s BBQ.
KEY LARGO GRILLE AT FORT LOUDON MARINA: mile marker 602.5 • 5200 City Park Dr., Lenoir City. • 865-210-0869 • fortloudonmarina.com
Hours: Sun: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Mon-Thu: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
LAKESIDE TAVERN – CONCORD PARK: mile marker 16 • 10911 Concord Park Dr. • 865-671-2980 • lakeside-tavern.com
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. $3 off appetizers, 1/2 price draft beer, house wine at the bar. 1/2 Price Wine Night: Every Monday.
June 26, 6:30 p.m.: Chef’s Choice Dinner, featuring wines from Farragut Wine & Spirits, $45 per person; call for reservations.
RUTH’S CHRIS: 950 Volunteer Landing Lane • 865-546-4696 • ruthschris.com
Ruth’s Prime Hour: Mon-Fri before 6:30 p.m.. Food and drink specials.
SWEET P’S BARBECUE AND SOUL HOUSE: mile marker 635.5 • 3725 Maryville Pike • 865-247-7748 • sweetpbbq.com
Hours: Tue-Thu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
June 20, 6:30 p.m.: Jimmie D
VOLUNTEER LANDING MARINA - PIRATE’S COVE TIKI BAR: mile marker 648 • 956 Volunteer Landing Lane • 865-633-5004 • themarinas.net
Fri. 6 9- p.m.; Sat 12-9 p.m. Beer specials; now serving Archer’s BBQ
June 22: Matt Tillery
June 29: Clint Young
WILLY’S: mile marker 612.4 • 2600 Whitten Lane • 865-288-3480 • willysbandg.com
Hours: Thu, 4-11 p.m.; Fri Thu, 4 p.m.–12 a.m.; Sat: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
June 20 & 27: Karaoke
See our Lake Life events listings, photos, and stories in the Calendar throughout the summer!