KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The beginning of the school year is almost here, however, that doesn’t mean East Tennesseans can’t have fun. From concerts to birthday parties for elephants, families and friends will find plenty of things to do.
Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr.
Twenty-one young actors are taking part in the Knoxville Children’s Theatre’s “Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr.,” a version of the hit Broadway musical adapted for children and families, and based on the popular film. The play will run from July 15-31. There will be a performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $12, but adults and children entering together can get tickets for $10 each. Reservations can be made by calling (865) 208-3677 or going online. The theater is located at 109 E. Churchwell Avenue.
Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts in the Community
The July Arts & Crafts in the Community celebration is from July 18 to 24. Craft enthusiasts are invited to a week full of demonstrations or hands-on activities. Parking and entry is free. For more information, visit the event’s website.
Elephant Birthday Party
Zoo Knoxville is planning an elephant-sized party to celebrate the birthdays of its three African elephants. The elephants are in their thirty’s.
The celebration for Tonka, Jana and Edie will be Friday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the elephants’ habitat in the zoo’s Grasslands Africa area. Guests can watch the elephants find surprises like fresh greenery, boxes with treats, paper mache balloons and giant frozen popsicles.
Movies in the Park!
The City of Maryville will be hosting a showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 8:45 p.m. The event will be at 325 South Court Street.
Old City Pup Crawl
Old City venues are raising money for the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation. Attendees can help the organization by going to Caleo’s, NV, The Bowery, Hanna’s, Southbound and Wagon Wheel on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Even though the event is raising money for animals, pets are not allowed in the venues.
Wristbands are $7 and will grant access to all of the venues participating in the event. By buying a wristband, attendees are automatically entered to win raffle prizes. Drink specials range from $2 to $5 and include Jager Shots and Bombs, Yazoo, Bud Light Draft, Budweiser and Bud Light.
Fruit Cobbler Festival
The event in Harriman will feature a cobbler competition, an outdoor movie showing, live music, activities and more from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees will be able to sample cobbler for $5. There will be ice cream available and a performance by Village Green People. Big Hero 6 will be shown at sundown.
The event will take place at 301 Emory Drive. Admission is free. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Back to School Block Party
First Baptist Newport is helping families get ready for the upcoming school year. The event will have food, inflatables and music. The church is giving away 550 backpacks with school supplies. Children must be present to receive a backpack. The event will take place at Newport City Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jackson Terminal Acoustic Concert featuring Mickey Guyton and Runaway Jane
The “Girls Night Out” event will feature the country music acts to benefit krēd, a recovery organization, and the Helen Ross McNabb Center‘s military services. The concert will be at Jackson Terminal at 6:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $30. VIP tickets are available for $50. Tickets sold at the door will be for sale for $40.
Beer and Cheese Pairing
The Causal Pint – Hardin Valley is hosting the event with Murray’s Cheese. Attendees can enjoy a 5 ounce-pour of beer with 0.5 ounce of cheese. Some pairings include: lager with “No Woman” cheese, wheat beer with Vermont creamery classic goat cheese, Belgian ale with estate gouda, farmhouse ale with morbier cheese, porter with colston bassett stilton, and cider with fromager d’Affinois.
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online. The event is at 5 p.m.