Things to do in East Tennessee: July 15-17

(Photo: Tennessee Theatre)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Families and wildlife enthusiasts will find plenty of things to do in East Tennessee. Also, some Tennesseans will be celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday.

All Weekend 

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Over 150 booths filled with work from independent artisans will be at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Live country and bluegrass music will also be on site.The event will start at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. from Thursday-Saturday. On Sunday the event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults. Children ages 12 and under can attend for free.

Human Trafficking art exhibit 

The Knoxville Museum of Art teamed up with Central High School National Art Honor Society to bring awareness to human trafficking.

The special exhibit features artwork by students. It will run until July 31 and then move to the Knox County Schools Office at the Andrew Johnson Building.

Friday and Sunday 

“The Goonies.” 

The Tennessee Theatre will be showing the cult hit Friday and Sunday. The showing begins at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for children under the age of 12 and adults who are at least 65-years-old. To purchase tickets, visit the Tennessee Theatre’s website or call 865-684-1200.


Night Safari

Zoo Knoxville will be offering a private tour to beat the heat. Guests can hear the sounds of animals during the night, including lions and wolves. There will be a stop at the Clayton Safari Splash. The event is $15 for anyone over the age of 4-years-old. Children ages 4 and under can attend for free. To register for the event call 865-637-5331 ext. 1361 or email

(Photo: Tennessee Theatre)
(Photo: Tennessee Theatre)

The 5th Woman Poetry Slam

The 5th Woman will be hosting the slam. There will be an open mic for any woman in East Tennessee who wants to take part. Also, there will be a featured performance by Daje Morris. The event will be at the Bar Marley in Knoxville. It will start at 8 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. Admission is $5.

Alive After Five

The Knoxville Museum of Art will be hosting the band Soul Connection. The band has performed with B.B. King, James Brown, Ray Charles and Bobby “Blue” Bland. The event will have food from M&J Catering. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for members and students, and free for guests ages 17 and under. The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

Nigh Hike at Seven Islands 

Guests can take a night hike at the park in Kodak. The hike is limited to 20 people. Guests will meet at the Bluebird Barn parking lot and have the opportunity to see fireflies, frogs, owls and Whip-poor-wills. The park asks guests to bring binoculars, field guide, water, insect repellent, head lamp or flash light. Also, it is suggested that guests wear comfortable shoes. The hike is $5 and starts at 8:45 p.m. To register for the event, call 865-407-8335.


Terror in the Woods 

The Ijams Nature Center will be hosting the event along with the Knoxville Horror Film Fest and FrightWorks. Guests can hunt for Bigfoot, hear the sounds of La Basura Del Diablo, and watch movies on Bigfoot.

There will be food trucks, beer and vendors at the event. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers are not allowed. The event costs $10 per person and starts at 6 p.m.

Pridefest Picnic

The Knoxville Pridefest will be hosting the event at Tyson Park. There will be hamburgers and hotdogs. Guests are asked to bring a side dish or desserts. Vegetarians are able to bring something to be grilled for them. There will be games for adults and children.The event is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Shelter 1.

Hogwarts Adventure 

Harry Potter fans can attend Hogwarts…at Zoo Knoxville. Fans can dress up in costumes to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday.  Guests will be sorted into houses and learn “magical” lessons. There will be a sorting hat station, Quidditch training camp, a photo station, lessons on animals featured in Harry Potter, wand making and more. Guests can ride the Hogwarts Express for $3.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Zoo admission tickets are $19.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 4-12 and adults over 65-years-old. Children under 4-years-old get in free.


Water for LIfe

The Knoxville Tennessee Water Professionals Conference is hosting the event at World’s Fair Park. The event is to educate the community about the environment. There will be an inflatable slide, snow cones, zoo animals, wildlife exhibits, games and the “People’s Choice Award” water tasting competition. Children will be able to make jewelry, compete in races and a bag toss, and collect stamps.

The event is able to help Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts receive badges. Boy Scouts could receive badges in Environmental Science, Sustainability and Plumbing. The event says girl scouts could receive badges for junior-level animal habitats and flowers, or cadette-level trailblazing and trees, or ambassador-level water.

The event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Beat the Heat

The Knoxville Moms Blog event will take place at Farragut’s McFee Park Splash Pad and Playground. There will be refreshments from First Watch, Juice Bar, Chick-fil-A. Turner Orthodontics will be at the event with an ice cream truck. The Home Depot, Children’s Dentistry of Knoxville, Campbell Cunningham Laser Center, Admiral Veterinary Hospital, Angela Floyd Schools The Little Gym of Farragut, Marco’s Pizza, Primrose School of Farragut will also be in attendance. Tickets are $12 and the event is from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bird Banding at Seven Islands

Sevens Islands State Birding Park in Kodak is giving guest the opportunity to see wild birds up close. Guests will see different migrant and residential birds during each session. The session will be lead by a master bander and volunteers.

Guests are asked to bring binoculars, a field guide, water, insect repellent, hat and comfortable shoes. Dogs are not allowed. The event is limited to 20 people and is $10 for anyone 16-years-old or older. Children under the age of 16 can attend for free. The event starts at 7 a.m. and guests will meet at the Bluebird Barn. To register, call 865-407-8335.

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