Things to do in East Tennessee: Nov 18-20

(Photo: Ober Gatlinburg)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The last University of Tennessee home football game of the season will be Saturday. However, if you are not able to make it to Neyland Stadium, there are plenty of things to do in East Tennessee.

All Weekend

Foothills Fine Craft Show

The event will take place at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be demonstrations, author meet and greets, live entertainment, vendors and a radio kid’s show. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children between 6 and 12 years of age, $7 for military, $7 for adults at least 65-years-old and $20 for Special Friends of Foothills members.


Night Hike

Ijams Nature Center will be hosting the event. Attendees can see the stars and nocturnal animals. The event is $5 for members and $8 for non-members. To register, call 865-577-4714, ext. 110.

Lights Up

The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek is getting ready for the holidays. The event will feature crafts, activities, treats and refreshments. There will be performances by Dickens Carolers and the Cedar Bluff Middle School Chorus. Attendees can also enjoy holiday train rides, photos with Santa, simulated snow and the lighting of the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree. The event is free and donations will be accepted for Mission of Hope. The event is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Back in Blue Rail Jam

Ober Gatlinburg is opening its season Friday. The event will highlight the sky resort’s tubing park. The event will feature a freestyle competition for skiers and snowboarders. There will be live music, food and drink specials, vendors and more.

There will be a practice session at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. The event is free for competitors and spectators. Competitors could win a cash prize of $1,200.

Related: Ober Gatlinburg kicks off season with ‘Back in Blue Rail Jam’

Saturday- Sunday

Ober Gatlinburg Tubing Season

The resort’s opening weekend will bring plenty of fun. The resort started creating simulated snow in October. Ober Gatlinburg says tubing is fun for those 3-years-old or older. There are shaped lanes that guide the tubes through the course. The park has food concessions, a winter accessory shop nearby and the resort’s Ski Mountain Coaster.

Guests can come to the park from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be 1.5 hour sessions beginning every two hours and rates are $25 per person.


Pete the Cat Meet and Greet

Families can take their children to Smart Toys and Books from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature a meet and greet, photo opportunities and a book signing.

Wagging Walk

Ijams Nature Center veterinarian Dr. Louise Conrad will be teaching dog owners pet etiquette at dog parks. She will review safety concerns and more. The event is $5 for non-members and free for members. It starts at 9 a.m. at Ijams.


Clayton Turkey Trot

The event raises money for the Blount County Education Foundation. It will feature a 5K, and a 1-mile fun run and walk. The event will start at 3 p.m. at the Clayton Corporate Office at 5000 Clayton Road in Maryville. Packet pickup will start at 1 p.m. and race day registration will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Santa Paws

Pets can receive a professional photo with Santa at the Human Society of Tennessee Valley at 6717 Kingston Pike. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The first 100 can receive a set of 12 holiday cads. Attendees are asked to donate $20.

Humana Knoxville 5K

The free event will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at World’s Fair Park. Runners can receive a finisher medal, refreshments and giveaways. There will be live entertainment. Participants can register for free online.

Big Ears 2017 Preview

Music lovers can get a preview of acts for the Big Ears Festival. Wu Fei, Shane Parish will be performing at The Pilot Light from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is $7.

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