Things to do in East Tennessee: Veterans Day edition

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – This weekend, many will honor those who have served our country in the armed forces. From parades to hockey, there are many things to do in East Tennessee.

Veterans Day

Knoxville Veterans Day Parade

The parade will take place downtown starting at 10:45 a.m. and end at noon on Friday. The event will start at the eastbound lanes of Howard H. Baker Jr. Avenue and will go through Church Avenue, Gay Street and Depot Avenue.

There will be a viewing stand for veterans and they will be honored at 11 a.m. The lights on Henley Bridge will be red, white and blue.

Related: Knoxville honors Veterans Day with parade

Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration

The city of Gatlinburg will be honoring veterans will live music and a tribute at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. The event is free and starts at 11 a.m.

Blount County War Dead Memorial

The Blount County event will honor veterans and fallen heroes. The event will take place at 10 a.m. on the Blount County courthouse lawn with refreshments starting at 9 a.m. There will be an unveiling of the War Dead Memorial Plaza.

Ice Bears

The minor league hockey team will be honoring veterans at their game against the Macon Mayhem. Tickets are available online and the game starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum.

Free Admission at The East Tennessee Historical Society

The museum and research center will give free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center has exhibits and other highlights featuring East Tennessee history. “Tennesseans have a proud tradition of stepping to the fore in defense of our nation and earning the state the nickname, the ‘Volunteer State,’” says ETHS Director Cherel Henderson. “We are pleased to honor the contributions of our military, past and present, by inviting them to visit the museum as our special guests on this day.”

All weekend

Christmas Fair 

The fair will be held at the Knoxville Expo Center and feature many vendors. The event is from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Light the Way 5K

The run at Dollywood will feature the park’s four million Christmas lights. The event will start at 11 p.m. Parking will be free after 8 p.m. There will be awards and door prizes. Registration is $35. Event registration on Friday will be at the Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and will end at 9 p.m.

Junk Gypsy Book Tour

Amie and Jolie will be giving a book signing at Stages West in Pigeon Forge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The TV stars and business owners will be showing attendees their new boots from the Junk Gypsy by Lane boot line.

Tyler Farr at the Cotton Eyed Joe

The country music artist will be performing at the Cotton Eyed Joe. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins after 9 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Attendees 18-years-old to 20-years-old will receive an additional door charge.


Sleeping with the Sharks Scout Night

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will be hosting a sleepover for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. The event is open to all ages. Boys and girls will sleep on separate areas of the shark tunnel. Cadettes can earn a Night Owl badge. The event is $50.13 per person. The sleepover begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and ends at 9 a.m. Sunday.

To register call 865-430-8808, ext. 2142 or email Please let organizers know of any food restrictions at the time of registration.


Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Tribute Concert

Las Vegas performers Wendy T and Mark Hinds will be performing the country artists’ hits at the Rose Center in Morristown. The event will be at 3 p.m. and Tickets are $15. There will be soda and light snacks available. Attendees are able to bring alcoholic beverages. To buy tickets, call 423-581-4330 or go to the Rose Center box office.

Pet Pictures with Santa Claus

The Incredible Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge is hosting the event. It will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the courtyard. The event will benefit the Sevier County Human Society Animal Shelter.

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