KNOXVILLE (WATE) – It is homecoming weekend for the University of Tennessee. However, if you are not planning on heading to the game, there is still plenty of events going on as holiday events gear up.
Noted regional and local artists are coming to Knoxville to benefit behavioral health programs and services of Peninsula Hospital.
This year, the 15th annual Artsclamation! fine art sale will be held Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Lighthouse Knoxville, located at 6800 Baum Drive. Admission and parking is free, but there will be a ticketed preview party on Friday evening.
Veterans Heritage Ridge Run
A Knoxville group is holding a 5K run to help benefit construction and upkeep of the new Veterans Park at Sharps Ridge and also kicks off Community Veterans Week in the city.
The inaugural Veterans Heritage Ridge Run kick-off Saturday at 9 a.m. The race will begin at Lincoln Park Technology Trade School, 535 Chickamauga Avenue, and proceeds in a loop on the hiking trails on Sharps Ridge. The course is made up of well-marked trails through wooded and hilly terrain. If you’re not up to a 5K, there will also be a less challenging one mile fun walk.
The cost to register is currently $30. Click here for registration details.
Friday, November 4
University of Tennessee homecoming parade
This year’s Homecoming theme is “Journey through 100 Years of Volunteers,” marking the 100th anniversary of UT’s Homecoming celebration.
The annual Homecoming parade will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. The parade will start at Fiji Island beside Fraternity Park. The parade route is available online.
A Very Merry Alcoa Christmas
Alcoa Goodwill is hosting a Very Merry Alcoa Christmas event on Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. All Christmas decorations, trees, clothes and gifts will be for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Goodwill’s job training programs. Visit Goodwill’s Alcoa location at 145 N Calderwood Street in Alcoa.
5th Annual One Stop Christmas Shopping
More than 30 vendors and crafters are coming together for Sevierville Civic Center’s yearly tradition. This year several new and unique businesses are joining the fun to help Christmas shoppers find gifts for everyone on their list. There will be free refreshments and chances to win several door prizes to support Sevier County charities.
Santa arrives at West Town Mall
Santa Claus is coming to town! To help families get in the magical spirit of the holidays, West Town Mall is hosting a variety of seasonal activities. Santa will arrive Friday from 6-8 p.m. with the annual celebration, which includes face painting, milk and cookies, crafts and photos from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Great Smoky Mountain Dog Show
The Tennessee Valley Kennel Club, in conjunction with the East Tennessee Collie Club, Smoky Mountains Bulldog Club, American Belgian Tervuren Club, and the American Manchester Terrier Club, brings dog lovers the annual Great Smoky Mountain Dog Show.
Hundreds of dogs and their owners will get the chance to strut their stuff in three different canine sports Friday through Sunday at Chilhowee Park’s Jacobs Building. The event is from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Friday there will be two independent shows for Collies from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 5
Townsend Grains & Grits
Two dozen Tennessee whiskey distillers, breweries and wineries will be at the event giving free samples. Attendees can meet Jack Daniels Mast Distiller Jeff Arnett. There will be live music from country music artist and East Tennessean Tara Thompson.
The event is Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Townsend Visitors Center. Click for details on tickets.
Dollywood Smokey Mountain Christmas
Dollywood’s annual Christmas event kicks-off Saturday. This year the park is outdoing itself.
Guests can expect a multitude of merriment this year with the awe-inspiring new Parade of Many Colors, the remastered Christmas in the Smokies, the all-new It’s a Wonderful Life, four million festive lights and a joyous holiday atmosphere guests have come to enjoy during this lively festival.
Sunday, November 6
Alternative Gift Fair
First United Methodist Church in Maryville is kick-off their alternative gift fair from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Visit their church at 804 Montvale Station Road in Maryville.
Chili cook-off to support Second Harvest Food Bank
Get your taste buds on! Second Harvest Food Bank and Bush Brothers & Company will partner for the 11th Annual East Tennessee Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, November 6th at World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn from noon until 6 p.m. VIP entry at 11:00 a.m.
More than 30 amateur cooking teams will whip up their tastiest recipes to compete for the best chili in town. Each team will produce 25 gallons of their homemade chili. The $15 admission fee includes a “Tasting Pass” to sample each chili and vote for a favorite. The VIP area will include catering from Earth Fare, beverages, chili fixins, and a limited edition Chili Cook-Off T-shirt. A VIP Chili Tasting Pass is $100 which sponsors a Food for Kids Program recipient.
Candy Buy Back at West Town Mall
Children’s Dentistry of Knoxville is buying back Halloween Candy at West Town Mall. They will be in front of Banan Republic from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. giving kids $1 per pound of candy up to five pounds. The candy goes back to troops overseas as part of operation gratitude.