Friday, May 3
Emerald Youth Foundation Breakfast
7 a.m., Knoxville Expo Center. Donations accepted.
This breakfast fund-raiser is hitting its 20th anniversary, collecting donations for the non-profit urban youth outreach program. Originally started in 1988 at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church, it's now a network of 20 churches, serving more than 1,350 inner-city children.
39th annual Street Rod Nationals South Plus
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Chilhowee Park. $14/$5 kids.
You're going to see a lot of hot rods this weekend. Like, nearly 3,000. Where are they all going? Chilhowee Park, for a festival that arguably has even more colorful characters than the Tennessee Valley Fair. Runs through Sunday.
Saturday, May 4
First Annual Rocky Top Hummin' & Strummin' BBQ Cook-Off
Noon.-5:30 p.m., Episcopal School of Knoxville.
This sanctioned Tennessee State BBQ Championship debuts on Friday with some 50 competitors, then continues through Saturday with live music from American Idol contestant Kendra Chantelle, the Early Morning String Dusters, Second Opinion, and the Kounterfitterz. The winner will go on to compete in the Jack Daniels World Barbecue Championship Invitational. Proceeds support the West Knoxville Rotary Club's service projects.
Sunday, May 5
Skirmish on the Holston
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Historic Ramsey House (2614 Thorngrove Pike). $10.
The Civil War Reenactors of East Tennessee will be seeing plenty of action both Saturday and Sunday. They'll be recreating the "Skirmish on the Holston," which occurred on Feb. 20, 1864, at 2 p.m. each day. There'll be lots of other Civil War performances and attractions as well—rain or shine.