Things to do in East Tennessee: October 14-16

Kevin Swider (Photo: Knoxville Ice Bears)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Even though the Vols are going head to head with the Crimson Tide this weekend, many events are taking place. Fans can watch the game while bowling or enjoy many festivals.

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Be a Friend Festival

The event is hosted by The disABILITY Resource Center in an effort to stand against bullying toward minorities and diverse populations, including people of different ethnicities, religion, race, disability, economic status, weight, gender and more, through positive education and awareness. WATE 6 On Your Side’s Don Dare will be the emcee for the event.

Different providers and organizations will have booths with information and a kid-friendly activity. Local magician, Michael Messing, will be in attendance.

The event runs from 10 am. to 2 p.m at Ashley Nicole Park inside Knoxville’s Caswell Park on Winona Street.

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Wears Valley Fall Festival

The festival offers all the usual fall festival favorites: deep fried southern foods, crafts, live entertainment and pumpkins. Unique to the festival, is the mission to prevent littering, reduce waste and make public places into beautiful spaces.

The event will be at the Tennessee State Bank at 3177 Wears Valley Rd. Tickets are $3 for individuals or $10 for a family pass. For more information on the Wears Valley Fall Festival and a schedule of events visit wearsvalleyfallfest.com.

Knoxville Flea Market

The event will have more than 300 booths for shoppers. Attendees can find jewelry, crafts, candles, overstock, grocery items, antiques, collectibles, furniture and more. The free event will be at the Knoxville Expo Center at 5441 Clinton Highway. Parking is free. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Friday

Be a Friend Festival

The event is hosted by The disABILITY Resource Center in an effort to stand against bullying toward minorities and diverse populations, including people of different ethnicities, religion, race, disability, economic status, weight, gender and more, through positive education and awareness. WATE 6 On Your Side’s Don Dare will be the emcee for the event.

Different providers and organizations will have booths with information and a kid-friendly activity. Local magician, Michael Messing, will be in attendance.

The event runs from 10 am. to 2 p.m at Ashley Nicole Park inside Knoxville’s Caswell Park on Winona Street.

Ice Bears

The first game of the season will be against the Huntsville Havoc. The game starts at 7:35 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum.

Wine and Movie Night

Maynardville’s The Winery at Seven Springs Farm is hosting the event starting at 8 p.m. Attendees can enjoy the movie “Thunder Road,” starring Robert Mitchem. The movie is a drama/crime film about the Kentucky/Tennessee area in the 1950s. Tickets are $5. No pets or outside alcohol is allowed.

Saturday

Curious George Meet and Greet

Children can meet their favorite storybook character at Smart Toys and Books at 9700 Kingston Pike, Suite 12. The event will include a book signing and photo opportunities. The meet and greet is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bowling and Football

S&S Family Bowl is hosting a free bowling event in honor of UT’s game against Alabama. Fans can bowl while watching the game. Rental shoes will be $3.50. The bowling alley is at 213 Hayfield Road in Knoxville.

Full Moon Hike

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society is hosting the hike. Hikers will go through the Arboretum trails under the moonlight. The two-mile hike will start at the Visitors Center.  Attendees will hear owls and other creatures during the night. There will be a telescope to take a closer look at the night sky.

The event will start at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m at 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.

Sunday

Barefoot Benefit 5K

Three classes of Haslam College of Business students are working together for the Barefoot Benefit. The event will raise money for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Samaritan Place. The organization provides emergency shelter for older adults.

Attendees can wear shoes or go barefoot as they run through Sequoyah Hills Park. Also, the event will feature music, food, games and family activities. Attendees can win door prizes from Knoxville businesses including, Regal Cinemas.

Registration and activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the race begins at 2 p.m. Registration costs $30 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children between the ages of 6-13. Groups of 5 or more can receive a $5 discount per participant. To register, visit the event’s website.

Happy Holler Walking Tour

The Knoxville History Project is hosting the tour led by Jack Neely. The tour will start at the Central Collective and will teach attendees about the Happy Holler district. The neighborhood is known for being a business district for the middle and working classes. It is also the childhood home of Hollywood director Clarence Brown. The event is from 4 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at Central Collective’s website.

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