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 web site for more info.


Civil War Sandwich Cruise with NavCal: May 31, June 1, 2 & June 7, 8 • 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 sites, with a 90-minute cruise around the Tennessee River waters on the Trace. Check out the website for more info.

Powerboat Super League Racing on the Tennessee June 1-2 • Volunteer Landing •

Zoom, zoom. Some of America's top powerboat racers, averaging speeds of 115 miles an hour, will take their daring turns in the waters near downtown Knoxville for this two-day event. Expect leagues of enthusiastic fans, food and beverage vendors and even an exhibit of outboard vintage race models by a local enthusiast. Check out the Visit Knoxville site or for more info.

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

NavCal River Rides and Captain John are bringing plated lunches, longer cruises and even more stories to the historic waters around Knoxville on the second Sunday of each month, starting in June. Cost is $26 per person, and reservations at least 24 hours in advance are a must. Call or e-mail for more info.

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

You got to know when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em, and when to hit the local waters to gather up more cards. Lenoir City Civitan Club hosts its 11th annual Tennessee River Rally Poker Run, with boat crews collecting cards as they travel toward downtown Knoxville. The top three hands win prizes ranging from $500 to $1,500. Registration is $200 per boat after May 31 and includes poker hands, T-shirts and meal passes for two crew members. Proceeds will fund Lenoir City's Rock Springs Park for children with special needs.

Sunset Dinner on the Volunteer Princess: June 4 & 6, 6 p.m. • Volunteer Landing Marina (956 Volunteer Landing Lane) • 865-541-4556 or

The popular regular cruise on the 100-foot Volunteer Princess puts you on the water for the rose-toned hues of a late spring sunset and downtown Knoxville in one of its best lights. Cost is $45.95 per adult and includes a plated dinner. Reserve in advance, and visit the website for info about additional dates as well as other cruises.

Fun Lunch Cruise on the Star: June 1, 12 p.m. • 300 Neyland Dr. • 865-525-7827 •

In addition to its popular dinner and themed cruises, you can enjoy a sunny (or so we hope) Saturday afternoon excursion on the Star of Knoxville riverboat. Cost is $24.95 per adult, $14.95 children 5 through 11; call to reserve at least 24 hours in advance and check the web site for additional dates and other cruises.


Wildlife Float, June 1 • Rankin Wildlife Management Area, Douglas Lake, Dandridge • or 865-922-3518 •

The Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club takes nature-lovers on a sunset outing into the backwaters of Rankin Bottoms for a group paddle, guided by naturalist Michael Sledjeski. You must bring your own canoe or kayak; reserve in advance, e-mail preferred.

Discover Kayaking: June 1 & 8, 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 1 & 8, 9 a.m.; June 4, 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 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.)

Social Paddle at the Cove: June 1 & 8, 9 a.m.; June 4, 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 4, 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. E-mail or check out the group's Facebook page for more info.

Level 1 Kayaking: June 1 • The Cove in Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Dr.) • or 865-523-0066 •

Say you've been around the pond a time or two but would still benefit from some advanced kayaking pointers? Head for River Sports Outfitters' monthly two-hour class, preferably if you have already completed the outfitter's Discover class. You'll need to bring your kayak and required safety gear and prepare to get wet. Cost is $75 per person; reserve your spot 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.


Cherokee Memorial Holiday Trout Fishing Tournament: May 31–June 2 • Public waters, Cherokee, N.C. •

The trout are calling you from the other side of the mountain, with $10,000 worth of specially tagged fish being stocked for this tournament in the public waters around the Cherokee reservation. An $11 registration fee makes you eligible to redeem the tags from fishes for prizes from $20 to $500; registration available online.

Tuesday Night Toad Tournament: June 4 • 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.

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 for its first in an annual fishing tournament. There's a $1,200 first prize and, through May 31, a chance to bid to be DeFoe's tourney partner and receive a half-day of practice with the master. 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.


Orvis Fly Fishing 101: June 1, 2, 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. Call or visit the website for more information.

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

What's better than sleeping under the stars in your own backyard? Sleeping in a tent under the stars at South Knoxville's Ijams Nature Center. 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.


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

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

June 1: Kinkaid

June 3: J. Eric Duo

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.

May 30: Tall Paul

June 1: Taboo

FOX ROAD MARINA - BAMBOO BAR: mile marker 617,

Specials and entertainment.

LAKESIDE TAVERN: 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.

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.

May 30: Slow Blind Hill

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

Hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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.

May 30 & June 6: Karaoke

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