Things to do in East Tennessee: October 21-23

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Fall weather is here, just in time for many harvest festivals and outdoor activities.

All weekend

Kerbela Shriners Circus

The event will be all weekend at Thompson-Boling Arena. Families can see a variety of acts at the event.

The circus is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a 1 p.m. show on Saturday and Sunday.


Science of Beer

The event will feature an interactive tour by Saw Works Brewing Company brewmasters, a cooking demonstration, a lesson in crafting musical instruments and how to make a commemorative beer glass. The event will benefit The Muse.

The event costs $15 and includes four tickets for samples of beer, the tour and demonstrations. Tickets are available online. There will be $5 pints, 6-packs for $6.  It takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Saw Works Brewing Company.

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Farragut Hotel

Knox Hertiage will be leading the tour. The hotel is being renovated and will become a Hyatt Place Hotel in 2017. To reserve a spot, email The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Arab Fest 

The event is free and open to the public and features Arab food, music, crafts, dance, cooking demonstrations and costumes.

The event will be held on the UT Joe Johnson and John Ward Pedestrian Walkway on October 21 from noon to 9 p.m. and October 22 from noon to 6 p.m.


Race for the Cure

The event raises money for breast cancer research. Donations will be accepted until November 21. Breast cancer survivors will wear pink shirts on race day.

Adults can pay $35 to register or $40 for timed runs. The fees for children are $25 and $30 for timed races. Registration can be done at the event from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. The race starts at 8:30 a.m at World Fair’s Park.

John Paul White concert

The former member of the music duo The Civil Wars will be performing at the Open Chord. White will be singing songs from his new album, “Beulah.” The concert will be at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 on the day of the show.

West Town Mall Trick-Or-Treating

Grab a broomstick and fly to West Town Mall to get in the spooky spirit with mall-wide trick-or-treating for the costumed candy-lovers from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

In addition, shoppers can arrive at 4:30 p.m. in their most angelic or alarming fashions to register for Hot 104.5’s Hot-O-Ween costume contest taking place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Please note that only children 12 and under are permitted to trick-or-treat or wear masks. No toy weapons are allowed, and costumes may only be worn during event hours. Adults participating in the costume contest are asked to only wear their masks in the event area and during the contest.

Sevier County Heritage Harvest Festival

The event will feature music, crafts, food, storytellers and more. The event is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sevier County Fairgrounds. Proceeds will benefit the Sevier County Center and the Office on Aging. Tickets are $10 for adults. The event is free for children 12-years-old and younger.

Change Center Gala

The Knoxville Change Center is hosting a benefit gala. There will be dinner, drinks, dancing and a program that shows how important the Change Center is to the community. It will be hosted at the home of philanthropist Sherri Lee starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $100 and the proceed will go toward funding for the Change Center.


Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo

The UT Gardens Knoxville is pleased to present their third annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo, a fun Halloween-themed event sponsored by the UT Gardens Knoxville and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The event is from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p .m. It is free to attend, but their is a $15 fee for parade participants.

This fun event with a spooky twist will include a judged costume parade with prizes, an expo of educational booths, pet businesses, and rescue groups, food trucks and more. The event will be held rain or shine.

Fall Festival

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum will be hosting the event. There will be food, children activities, hayrides, marshmellow roasting, vendors and more. The event is free and is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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