Things to do in East Tennessee: October 7-9

(Photo: Zoo Knoxville)
(Photo: Zoo Knoxville)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Fall is here and there are many festivals to attend in East Tennessee. From music to antiques to craft beer, residents will not be bored this weekend. Also, Halloween lovers can get a early start on celebrating their favorite holiday.

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Clinch River Fall Antiques Festival

The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 16th annual Clinch River Fall Antiques Festival in downtown Clinton. The event begins Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. with food vendors in Hoskins/Lane Park, a “Cruze-in” for muscle cars on Market Street sponsored by Fox Toyota. Shops and eateries will also be open late. Entertainment will be provided by Sanctified Soul, Dave Serrat, Inman Bluegrass and Nissi.

On Saturday fro 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., over 90 antique dealers and artisans will line the streets in the historic district for a street festival. Dealers from throughout the Southeast will be on hand, as well appraiser Joe Rosson. He will appraise your treasures for $5 per item in the Clinton Antique Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Antique cars and trucks will be on display on Main Street. There will be two food courts and a kid’s area.

All Weekend

Homecoming music festival

The Museum of Appalachia is hosting one of the nation’s largest folk festivals. Homecoming will feature bluegrass, country, gospel and Americana music artists for three days. Musicians include Grammy-nominated Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Mountain Faith, Lonesome River Band, Larry Cordle and more.

Attendees can also visit vendors selling crafts, watch Appalachian dancing and demonstrations, including lye soap making. There will be food tastings in the Pioneer Village and more. Parking is free for the festival and tickets may be purchased at the gate. For more information, visit the museum’s website.

Boo! at the Zoo

The Zoo Knoxville event is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event, featuring 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary fun over three weekends.

Boo! at the Zoo runs Thursdays through Sundays October 6-9, 13-16 and 20-23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening. The family event features trick-or-treating through the zoo along the Boo! Trail, the Chick-fil-A Monster Mash tent, costumed characters and entertainers, and a “haunted” carousel called the “Scary-Go-Round.”

Tickets are $9 per person, but children under four are admitted for free. Parking is also free. Tickets can be bought by phone by calling (865) 637-5331, at Zoo Knoxville’s website, or at the ticket office during regular hours.

Junior League of Knoxville: A Shopping Spree

The women’s organization will be hosting the fundraiser at the Rothchild Catering and Conference Center. The event will feature more than 60 vendors selling women’s clothing, home decor, handcrafted jewelry, leather goods and more. The event will benefit organizations in the community which the Junior League supports. Tickets are $5. Children 12-years-old or younger can attend for free. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

There will also be a Pop and Shop event at the fundraiser. Shoppers will be able to have champagne, receive discounts and giveaways. Tickets are $10 for the Pop and Shop. The event is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. The first 50 people who bring three cans of food will receive a $100 gift certificate from Planet Beach Automated Spa Turkey Creek.

Friday

Fright Day Movie Night

Ijams Nature Center is hosting a movie screening of “The Lost Boys.” The movie tells the story of vampires taking over the town of Santa Clara, California. Tickets cost $10 and $5 for children 12-years-old and younger. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Friday-Saturday

Clinch River Fall Antiques Festival

The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 16th annual Clinch River Fall Antiques Festival in downtown Clinton. The event begins Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. with food vendors in Hoskins/Lane Park, a “Cruze-in” for muscle cars on Market Street sponsored by Fox Toyota. Shops and eateries will also be open late. Entertainment will be provided by Sanctified Soul, Dave Serrat, Inman Bluegrass and Nissi.

On Saturday fro 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., over 90 antique dealers and artisans will line the streets in the historic district for a street festival. Dealers from throughout the Southeast will be on hand, as well appraiser Joe Rosson. He will appraise your treasures for $5 per item in the Clinton Antique Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Antique cars and trucks will be on display on Main Street. There will be two food courts and a kid’s area.

Saturday

Brewers’ Jam

The event at World’s Fair Park will bring over 50 brewers and brewer reps to Knoxville. Attendees can try 5-ounce samples of craft beer. Samples will include: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Founders Brewing Co. Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Inside the “bomber” tent there will be several high-gravity beers served. Attendees will receive a souvenir sample cup and unlimited samples of beer.

Also, there will be live music by Sarah Pirkle, Jeff Barba and Griffin Vann, Handsome and the Humbles, Kelsey’s Woods, and Davis Mitchell and New Power Soul. Attendees can eat food from Savory and Sweet, Sweet P’s BBQ and Soul House, Jimmy’s Concessions and more.

Tickets are $45 at area vendors, $50 online,  and $60 online on the day of the event. VIP tickets are $100 and include entrance to a tent with Sugerlands Distilling Company samples of moonshine, a lunch by Sweet P’s BBQ and exclusive restroom facilities. Designated driver tickets can be purchased for $20 online. Attendees must be at least 21-years-old.

Saturday-Sunday

Tennessee Pirate Fest

Calling all ye matey! The Tennessee Pirate Fest is coming to Harriman for Columbus Day at 550 Fiske Road.

Guests are encouraged to come in costume for the chance to win a prize.

Pirates will gather for live music, comedy acts, costume contests, games, crafts, food and beverages. Acts will include an interactive comedy show, performances by Outlaw Ritual, PanEZ, Three RRR’s and more. There will be karaoke, corn hole, volleyball, limbo and other games. Children can hunt for treasure for $2.

Pirate Fest will be October 8-9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for the festival are $13 for pirates ages 13 and up. Younger pirates can get tickets for $8. Those 4-years-old and younger can attend for free. The event will have free parking.

Sunday

The Pilot CrossKnox 15K

The Pilot CrossKjnox 15K starts at 8:00 a.m. at Morningside Park. The finish is at Bearden Elementary School and all pre-race and post-race activities will take place at Knoxville Adult Education Center, adjacent to Bearden Elementary School. Participants will be bused from Bearden Elementary School to Morningside Park for the race.

The 15 kilometer race r runs almost entirely on City of Knoxville greenways. Participants will begin at Morningside Park and follow the greenway to Volunteer Landing, past Neyland Stadium and Thompson Boling Arena, around the UT Gardens, through Tyson Park, along Third Creek Greenway, and finally connecting to the Sutherland Greenway to finish at KAEC/Bearden Elementary School.

Parking is available onsite at Bearden Elementary School and KAEC and participants will be shuttled to the start line.

Cost to register through October 5 is $25 and then $30 on October 6 and race day. KTC Members receive $5 discount through race day.

For more information visit Knoxville Track Club’s website.

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