Free Fishing Day • June 8 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m. • The Cove in Concord Park

The fishing is free for any adult on all public Tennessee waters on June 8, and free for youth through June 14. Why does our great state waive licensing fees on a prime late-spring fishing day and offer its staff to help out with so many related events? Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Joe Durnin says it's a fantastic way to get novice anglers hooked on the sport.

"It's a healthy outdoors activity, and it's something you can do for the rest of your life," says Durnin, who has been involved with Free Fishing Day events locally since the late 1990s.

On Saturday, June 8, he'll be with an expected crowd of 400-500 fishing at The Cove in Concord Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. TWRA has rods and bait available, and the East Tennessee Valley Sportsman Club will be grilling up picnic fare. Participating kids also have a chance to win prizes donated by generous merchants or purchased by the TWRA. Volunteers will be on-hand to lend assistance, so if your kids—or you—don't know how to bait a hook or release a fish, these are the experts to ask. Adults are welcome to fish alongside their kids, too.

"It gets you out of the house and doing something real," says Durnin. See for a complete and updated list of events across East Tennessee and the state. (Tracy Haun Jones)


Second Saturday Concerts at the Cove: June 8, 6 p.m. • The Cove in Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Dr.) •

The Celtic vibe of indie recording artists Tuatha Dea kicks off Knox County Parks & Rec's popular monthly summer concert series. Admission to the family-friendly concert is free; visit the parks-and-rec website for more info.


Civil War Sandwich Cruise with NavCal: June 7, 8, 14, 15 • 300 Neyland Dr. • or 865-765-3407 •

NavCal River Rides and Captain John give you the waterside scoop on some of Knoxville's most venerable Civil War sights, with a 90-minute cruise around the Tennessee River waters. Bonus site: the Body Farm. (See below for cruises June 9 and 16). Cost is $26 per person; book online (and reserve your sandwich of choice) or visit the site for more info.

Civil War lunch cruise with NavCal: June 9 • 300 Neyland Dr. • or 865-765-3407 •

NavCal River Rides and Capt. John are bringing plated lunches, a two-hour cruise and even more stories to the historic waters around Knoxville on the second Sunday of each month. Cost is $32 per person, and reservations at least 24 hours in advance are a must. (There's also a strictly sightseeing cruise June 16.). Call or email for more info.

Tennessee River Rally Poker Run: June 8, 11:30 a.m. • Fort Loudon Marina, Lenoir City •

Lenoir City Civitan Club hosts its 11th annual Tennessee River Rally Poker Run, with two-man performance boat crews collecting cards as they travel area waters toward the big reveal at Calhoun's at Volunteer Landing. The top three hands win prizes ranging from $500 to $1,500. Registration is $200 per boat, with proceeds funding Lenoir City's Rock Springs Park for those with special needs.

Murder at the Café Noir on the Volunteer Princess: June 6, 6 p.m. • Volunteer Landing Marina (956 Volunteer Landing Lane) • 865-541-4556 •

Put your detective skills at work while enjoying local waters, with the Mystery & Mayhem Dinner Theater's latest interactive entertainment on the Volunteer Princess. Cost is $59.95 per adult and includes a plated dinner. Reservations a must; visit the website for information.

Blues Cruise on the Star: June 16, 3 p.m. • 300 Neyland Dr. • 865-525-7827 •

"Took my blues / On a three-hour cruise." Catchy, eh? There will be a host of inspired and talented musical artists ready to entertain you as the Smoky Mountain Blues Society kicks off its 2013 season of "blues cruises" on the Star of Knoxville. Cost is $13 per adult; book in advance.


Try Before You Buy Boat Demos: June 8, 10 a.m. • Sequoyah Park, Cherokee Boulevard • 865-675-3010 •

What's your paddle profile? Blue Mountain Sports will help you figure out whether you want to cruise with a canoe, kayak or SUP by allowing you to try one or all at its boat demonstrations. Check out the website for additional demo dates.

Discover Kayaking: June 8 & 15, 10 a.m. • The Cove in Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Dr.) • or 865-523-0066 •

Learn the basics of kayaking – from how to hold the paddle to how to share the water with bigger boats – 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; reserve your spot in advance.

SUP Social Paddle: June 8 & 15, 9 a.m.; June 11, 6 p.m. • Downtown Knoxville • or 865-523-0066 •

Stand-up paddling enthusiasts get together each Saturday morning downtown and again on Tuesday nights 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 email 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.)

Social Paddle at the Cove: June 8 & 15, 9 a.m.; June 11, 6 p.m. • The Cove in Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Dr.) • or 865-523-0066 •

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.)

Secret City Mad Paddlers Dragon Boat Practice: June 11, 6:20 p.m. • Melton Lake Greenway at the Oak Ridge Marina (697 Melton Lake Dr.) • or 865-300-8562

The Secret City Mad Paddlers invite all to join them in getting ready for the big Dragon Boat race in late June, with a weekly practice get-together that welcomes new and experienced paddlers. Email or check out the group's Facebook page for more info.


Tennessee's Free Fishing Day: June 8 • Public waters, statewide •

No license necessary to fish and a host of fishing events for children across the east Tennessee region. A complete list of related kids' events, with times and locales, is listed at the TWRA website. See Spotlight for more info.

Goodwill Bass Tournament: June 8 • Douglas Lake, Dandridge • (865) 588-8567 •

The good folks at Goodwill Industries are featuring bass-catching superstar Ott DeFoe as the host angler and a $1,200 first prize at its first charity fishing tournament. Registration is $100 per boat by June 7 or $125 on site, with proceeds benefiting Goodwill's local advocacy. Visit the Goodwill website for more info.

Tuesday Night Toad Tournament: June 11 • 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.


Adventure in the Backyard: June 8, 5:30 p.m. • Ijams Nature Center (2915 Island Home Ave.) • 865-523-0066 •

Get ready for a grand adventure close to home as River Sports Outfitters presents this overnight, all-ages excursion, with food and beverage available for purchase and a host of boredom-proof activities. Cost is $25 per campsite, with $10 tent rental available; call RSO by June 6 to reserve.

Orvis Fly Fishing 101: June 8, 9 • Orvis Company Store (136 Apple Barn Road, Sevierville) • 865-774-4162 •

Fly-fishers swear there's something almost religious about the experience, and, if so, outfitter Orvis is a practiced evangelist, offering free weekend in-store seminars on the basics of tying, rigging, casting and more, through June. Call or visit the website for more information.


CALHOUN'S ON THE RIVER: 400 Neyland Dr. • 865-673-3355 •

Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Mon-Fri. Drink specials.

June 7, 8 p.m.: J. Eric

June 8, 8 p.m.: Fairview Union

June 10, 7 p.m.: Tall Paul

CALHOUN'S AT THE MARINA, FORT LOUDOUN, LENOIR CITY: 4550 City Park Dr. • 865-988-9838 •

Happy Hour: Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Drink specials.

June 7, 8 p.m.: Avenue C

FOX ROAD MARINA - BAMBOO BAR: mile marker 617 • 1100 Fox Road • 865-966-9422 •

Happy Hour: Fri.–Sat., 6 - 9 p.m. Beer specials, $2 domestic, $3 import.

June 8: Dirty Dougs

June 15: Matt Tillery

Also: Fox Road Grill open Friday-Sunday all day, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

INTERNATIONAL HARBOR MARINA: mile marker 612 • 259 Cedar Crest Lane, Friendsville • 865-995-2375 •

Archer's BBQ restaurant now open!

KEY LARGO GRILLE AT FORT LOUDON MARINA: mile marker 602.5 • 5200 City Park Dr., Lenoir City. • 865-210-0869 •

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 •

1/2 Price Wine Night: Every Monday.

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. $3 off appetizers, 1/2 price draft beer, house wine at the bar.

RUTH'S CHRIS: 950 Volunteer Landing Lane • 865-546-4696 •

Ruth's Prime Hour: Mon-Fri before 6:30 p.m.. Food and drink specials.

June 13, 6 p.m.: Mondavi wine dinner, $100 per person; reserve online

SWEET P'S BARBECUE AND SOUL HOUSE: mile marker 635.5 • 3725 Maryville Pike • 865-247-7748 •

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 6, 6:30 p.m.: Cassie Taylor

VOLUNTEER LANDING MARINA - PIRATE'S COVE TIKI BAR: mile marker 648 • 956 Volunteer Landing Lane • 865-633-5044 •

Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat noon–9 p.m. Beer specials, and now serving Archer's BBQ

June 8: Dirty Dougs

June 15: Matt Tillery

WILLY'S: mile marker 612.4 • 2600 Whitten Lane • 865-288-3480 •

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 6 & 13: Karaoke

See our Lake Life events listings, photos, and stories in the Calendar throughout the summer!