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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – East Tennesseans will be heading outside to see professional cyclists and more. Even if sports are not your forte, there are many things to do in East Tennessee.


USA Cycling National Championships

Around 200 pro riders will be competing in Knoxville this weekend. Both men’s and women’s national champions in both the road race and time trial will be crowned.The races will go through Downtown Knoxville.

Related: USA Cycling National Championships Course Map and Schedule

All Weekend

Fanboy Expo

Fans can receive autographs and take photos with celebrities, comic artists and writers, including: Phil Ortiz, Larry Hama, Ryan Hurst, Lou Ferrigno, Spencer Wilding, Joey Fatone and more. It will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center Friday-Sunday. For more information, visit FanboyExpo.com.

Kuumba Festival

The event highlights African and African American culture and arts. Events include dance workshops, a parade, live music and more. The event will be held at Market Square on Friday and at Morningside Park Saturday-Sunday.


Alive After 5

The event at the Knoxville Museum of Art will feature music from The BlairXperience. Larry Blair, a Knoxville native, and his brothers have opened for Ray Charles, The Four Tops, Marie Osmond and more. The event costs $10 for general admission, $5 for museum members and students, and is free for children 17-years-old and younger. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Summer Movie Magic

The Tennessee Theatre will be showing the Steven Spielberg movie “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” The event costs $9 for adults, $7 for children under the age of 12 and seniors. If families can’t attend Friday at 7 p.m., there will be a showing on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Knox County Tennessee Idol

The charity event will be held at Back Porch on the Creek. The competition benefits A Home 4 Heros, an organization that builds tiny homes for veterans. The event will be held at 7 p.m.

Related: Madisonville man building tiny home community for veterans


Hops in the Hills

The craft beer festival will be held in Maryville. On Friday, June 23, there will be a craft brew crawl and poker run from 6 to 10 p.m. provided by Knox Brew Tours. Participants pick a card at each stop to build their hand and win prizes. The brew festival runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Passes to the brew crawl are $15 and general admission for Saturday is $50 per person in advance or $60 the day of the event. It includes a T-shirt and commemorative glass. Forty-six brewers are set to take part, including Blackberry Farm and Yee-Haw Breweries.


Music on the Mountain

The event will be held at Tennessee Valley Winery in Loudon. Attendees can bring their picnic baskets and lawn chairs to enjoy live music. The event will start at 6 p.m.

Shakesology: Two Gentlemen of Verona

The event will be held at the Lawson McGhee Library at 2 p.m. Attendees can learn about the play Shakespeare’s influences. The Tennessee Stage Company will discuss current productions and their creative process.

Knoxville Homecoming

History buffs can visit James White’s Fort to travel back in time to the 1790s. There will be lifestyle demonstrations, crafts and more. The event is free and is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HoLa Storytime

The event hosted by HoLa Hora Latina will be at Barnes & Noble. There will be a bilingual reading of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” The reading will be at 10:30 a.m.


Refugee Film Festival

The event hosted by Bridge Refugees Services will be held at the Knoxville Museum of Art. There will be a showing of documentaries and a sneak peak of an upcoming PBS premier. It will start at 1:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, visit the event’s website.

Birding with Mark

The event will be held at Seven Islands State Birding Park. Attendees can spend time watching grassland birds and water birds. The park suggests wearing comfotbale shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Attendees can bring binoculars and water. The event will start at 7:30 a.m. at Bluebird Barn.

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