Things to do in East Tennessee: September 23-25

(Photo: College GameDay)
(Photo: College GameDay)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The University of Tennessee is playing the University of Florida this weekend. However, if you were not able to get a ticket to the game, there are plenty of things to do this weekend. From hot-air balloons to picking out pumpkins, there are  events for the entire family.

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College GameDay store event

College GameDay is coming to Knoxville Saturday. However, The Home Depot is starting celebrations a day early on Friday. ESPN’s Samantha Ponder will be at the event to sign autographs from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Attendees can enter contests to win backstage passes to the show or tickets to the game.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. at The Home Depot at 2751 Schaad Road.

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Friday-Saturday

Muscadine Balloon Fiesta

The Madisonville event will benefit CASA Monroe, which supports children in the court system by providing court-appointed volunteer advocates. Attendees can enjoy balloon rides, listen to live music, eat food, play games, visit the Kid’s Zone and more.

The event will be from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5-125 dollars for the event at Tsali Notch Vineyard.

Friday

College GameDay store event

College GameDay is coming to Knoxville Saturday. However, The Home Depot is starting celebrations a day early. ESPN’s Samantha Ponder will be at the event to sign autographs from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Attendees can enter contests to win backstage passes to the show or tickets to the game.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. at The Home Depot at 2751 Schaad Road.

OktOBERfest

Ober Gatlinburg is hosting the festival. The event ends October 30. There will be Bavarian food, drinks and music.There will be shows at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant, outdoor games, live entertainment, and beer garden. For more information, visit Ober Gatlinburg’s website.

Saturday

Opening Day at Narramore Farms

A new season will begin at Narramore Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. The Kingston business will have pumpkins and food for sale. Children 3-years-old or younger can attend for free. Tickets are $5 for people 4-years-old and up. All pumpkins are $5.

Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival

The Campbell County event is named after Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong. The musician grew up in LaFollette. There will be four stages featuring live music. Also, attendees can visit a craft village and a kids’ zone, eat at the food court, watch movies, attend a quilt show and more.

The event is at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville. Admission is free and donations are encouraged.

Scott County Heritage Festival

The Museum of Scott County is hosting the event. The free event will have crafts, food and demonstrations, including: flint-knapping, rifle-making and soap making. The musuem is located on the Scott County High School’s campus. It houses artifacts from prehistoric times, WWII and more.

Sunday

Green Thumb Gala

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum will host the event. The event’s theme is based off the Frances Hodgsen Burnett children’s book “The Secret Garden.” The event is in honor of the memory of Andie Ray.  Attendees can enjoy English cocktails, fine dining an auction and more.

Tickets are $150 and tables of 10 are $1,500. To reserve a spot call 865-862-8717 or visit the arboretum’s website.

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The Grammy-nominated band will be at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum for its “Tour De Compadres” tour. Other artists that will perform include mat Kearney, John Marck McMillian and Welshly Arms. The concert will be at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the venue’s website.

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