Things to do in East Tennessee: September 30-October 2

(Photo: The Great Llama Race)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Food, music and fun is on the minds of East Tennesseans. Residents can experience a variety of different cultures or watch llamas race this weekend.

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The Great Llama Race

The Great Llama Race will host a celebrity race at World’s Fair Park. Area celebrities will partner with a school in order to raise money for the school’s project. WATE 6 On Your Side Good Morning Tennessee anchor Tearsa Smith will be racing with a llama.

At the event, there will be vendors, entertainment, food, music, a children’s section, crafts, games and more. Attendees can enter contests to win prizes.

The event will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Knoxville Opera Goes to Church

The concert will feature a combination of gospel, spirituals and the magnificence of opera. It will feature the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir, local soloists, and international Knoxville Opera guest artists. WATE 6 On Your Side Good Morning Tennessee anchor Tearsa Smith is the emcee for the event.

The event is free admission and will be held on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Overcoming Believers Church, 120 South Bell Street in East Knoxville.

All Weekend

GreekFest

East Tennesseans can experience Greek culture this weekend while helping the church rebuild and support community ministry efforts.

GreekFest will be at St. George Greek Orthodox Church from September 30-October 2. Attendees can try Greek food and pastries, enjoy live music, see traditional dancing and costumes and shop.

Tickets are $2 for adults and $3 for a weekend pass. Children 12-years-old and under can attend for free. The event is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Parking is available at Western Plaza’s lower lot all weekend, West High School on Saturday and Sunday, and Laurel Church of Christ and 2nd Presbyterian on Friday and after noon on Sunday.

Related: GreekFest is a time to celebrate and help the church rebuild

Cirque Italia

The Italian water circus is coming to town. Cirque Italia will be giving a theatrical performance at West Town Mall. The stage will have 35,000 gallons of water and a lid that goes 35 feet into the air. Spectators can see a contortionist, a clown that uses acrobatic skills to dive into the water, a jetski act, aerialists and a “laserman.” Attendees can also take pictures with a mermaid. For more information, visit Cirque Italia’s website.

Friday

Oktoberfest Fundraiser 

(Photo: Oak Ridge Music Association)
(Photo: Oak Ridge Music Association)

The event will benefit the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. Attendees can enjoy German cuisine and beer at the Willow Ridge Garden Center. Also, there will be a silent and live auction. Entertainment will include live music and polka dancing. There will be Best Beer Stein competition. The Biergarten opens at 5:30 p.m. and dinner Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at the Willow Ridge Garden Center or by calling the Oak Ridge Music Association at 865-483-5569.

Saturday-Sunday

HoLa Festival

The festival will celebrate Hispanic culture on Saturday and Sunday in Market Square. Attendees can expect salsa dancing, vendors, food, live entertainment, children activities and more. The festival is free and is from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday

Saving Little Hearts 5K and Family Fun Walk

According to Saving Little Hearts, it causes more child deaths than cancer. The organization is hosting a 5K and family fun walk on Saturday. The event will raise money to help Saving Little Hearts with its mission. The event will include food, drinks, entertainment and costume contests for children, adults and pets.

Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Springbrook Recreation Center Pavilion in Alcoa. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information on the organization, visit Saving Little Hearts’ website.

The Great Llama Race

The Great Llama Race will host a celebrity race at World’s Fair Park. Area celebrities will partner with a school in order to raise money for the school’s project. WATE 6 On Your Side Good Morning Tennessee anchor Tearsa Smith will be racing with a llama.

At the event, there will be vendors, entertainment, food, music, a children’s section, crafts, games and more. Attendees can enter contests to win prizes.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday

Knoxville Opera Goes to Church

The concert will feature a combination of gospel, spirituals and the magnificence of opera. It will feature the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir, local soloists, and international Knoxville Opera guest artists. WATE 6 On Your Side Good Morning Tennessee anchor Tearsa Smith is the emcee for the event.

The event is free admission and will be held at 5 p.m. at Overcoming Believers Church, 120 South Bell Street in East Knoxville.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Around 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The event will help the organization fund research, promote education and risk reduction, and provide patient support.

The organization says Knoxville partipants raised $275,000 last year. Supporters nationwide have raised more than $750 million since 1993.

The event will take place at World’s Fair Park at 3 p.m. Registration starts at 1 p.m. For more information, visit the event’s website.

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