Things to do in East Tennessee: Labor Day weekend edition

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Fall is almost here in East Tennessee. There are many things to do to celebrate including attending concerts, watching car races and shopping for unique crafts this holiday weekend.

Friday

Officer Kenny Moats Benefit Concert

Country superstar Trace Adkins and Knoxville concert venue The Back Porch on the Creek will be hosting the event in Knoxville at 7 p.m. Also, they are donating $10,000 to the family of Officer Kenny Moats, the Maryville police officer killed last week in the line of duty.

Also, Back Porch on the Creek is donating $1 of each ticket sold to the local Fraternal Order of Police.

Any law enforcement officer who shows his badge at the gate can get free admission to the concert. General admission tickets have been reduced to $25 and will be available at Knoxville Harley Davidson.

Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market

The event will be at the Bruce Street Gazebo from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Shoppers can buy producer and crafts from 35 vendors. Items for sale include bread, soaps, dolls, law ornaments, pottery, vegetables and more.

Related: Trace Adkins, Knoxville concert venue to donate $10K to family of slain Maryville police officer

Saturday

“Rock the Smokies”

The festival will feature Grammy-nominated group Newsboys and Grammy award winner For King and Country. Also, I Am They, Stars Go Dim, We Are Messengers, 7Eventh Time Down and Bob Smiley will perform.

The concert will be at Dollywood’s Celebrity Theater. There are three show times: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Attendees can receive admission into Dollywood by purchasing a concert ticket. Tickets are $65 for adults and $50 for children. Ticket prices will increase on the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased online or at the event.

Lakeway Latin Food Festival

The Hispanic Outreach Leadership Association of the Lakeway Area will be hosting the event in Morristown. There will be Latin American food representing many countries. Attendees can play games, listen to music and more.

The event will be at the Rose Center at 442 W 2nd N Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thunder in the Park

The event in Maynardville will have music, food, fireworks, activities and more. Attendees can view hot-rods and see the community show their red, white and blue. The event starts at 5 p.m. in Wilson Park.

Sunday

Hal Canfield Memorial MileFest

The event raises money for the Hal Canfield Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund. Prices for all runners will be $25 on race day.

The race is on Cherokee Boulevard. It will start and finish near the middle parking lot. There will be 7 races: Masters/Grandmasters male and female, Open/Elite male and female, youth, boys and girls, and the Community Mile. Pets and strollers are allowed during the Community Mile, which is not timed and is open to the public.

The first race begins at 8 a.m. Awards start at 9:20 a.m. Runners can park in the lot or the nearby field.

Related: Knoxville race to help send high school athletes to college

Buddy Roger’s Memorial 

Attendees can watch Super Late Model drivers compete for $4,400 at Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell. The event is in honor of Tazewell Speedway Hall of Famer Buddy Rogers. Also, there will be other races and fireworks.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and admission is free for children 9-years-old and younger. Pit admission is $35.

Old City Cover Jam

Knoxville cover bands and solo artists perform for eight hours at NV Nightclub, 125 E. Jackson Avenue, to benefit Autism Site Knoxville, a local nonprofit community support center. Artists include the Coveralls, Chillbillies, Kincaid Band, Soulfinger, Crawlspace, Kyle Campbell, Tall Paul, Jonathan Sexton, Matt Tillery, and Ben Wilson.

Change Center Block Party

Knoxville’s Change Center is hosting a block party from 5 to 8 p.m. at Harriet Tubman Park featuring Sterling “Sterl the Pearl” Henton as DJ, stick hockey with the Ice Bears, face painting, snow cones, food and fun. In an effort to support the “Change 4 Change” campaign, tubs will be out to collect pennies and other change for the Change Center.

Labor Day

Hooray for Harriman

The Roane County town will celebrate its 125th anniversary. There will be music, food, arts and crafts. Children can enjoy a variety of activities. The event will be held in Downtown Harriman on Roane Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Foxfire Labor Day Party

The Sevierville attraction will be offering discounts on admission during the day. The site includes a Gorilla climbing wall and a 12-element ropes course. Customers can enjoy free food, live entertainment, contests and raffles. There will be a competition during the day.  Proceeds from the raffles will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

City of Harrogate Labor Day Celebration

The Claiborne County town will be hosting the event. There will be live entertainment, music from the Dale Ann Bradley Band and fireworks. The event will be at Harrogate City Park from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sevier County Fair

The Sevier County Fair kicks off on Labor Day. Monday is Farm Bureau Night. There will be live music, fishing demonstrations, and beef/dairy shows. Tickets are $6 for adults, children 10-years-old or under can get in free. Unlimited ride wristbands are $18.

Mighty Musical Monday

Organist Paul Swiderski and the band Dor L’Dor will perform at the Tennessee Theatre. The performance starts at noon, doors open at 11:30 a.m. The event is free.

Dollywood Splash Country

Labor Day is the last day of the park’s season. Families can enjoy water attractions to celebrate the end of summer. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $48 for adults, $43 for children ages 4-11, and $43 for adults ages 60 and up.

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