FRIDAY JUNE 18
I'm gonna be honest...it's a little slow in Knoxville this weekend. Between Father's Day and the fact that it's about 900 degrees, most people are spending time in and around the house. The World Cup should consume most of your morning, and trips to the theater are a nice afternoon heat relief. There are still a few notable things going on around town...
Everyone is invited to discover Oak Ridge, America's World War II (WWII) Secret City, Friday and Saturday, during the 8th Annual Secret City Festival. This year's highlights include a Tribute Night concert, a concert by music legend Chubby Checker, a WWII re-enactment, a children's and toddler's area, a new youth area, arts and crafts vendors with a juried arts show, antique dealers, and plenty of fun, food and activities for the whole family. The festival site is open to the public, and most of the weekend's events are free of charge. Events kick off on Friday around 11:00 am and Saturday at 10:00 am.
The Knoxville Museum of Art is hosting Alive After Five. This week's musical entertainment is Carib Sounds Steel Band. Tickets are $9 for non-members and there is a cash bar. Everything kicks off at 6:00 pm.
There's a lot of music on Friday night around town. Out in Farragut, the Chillbillies will be taking over at Irish Times. Flipside Runner takes over Wild Wing Cafe, and on the other side of town Discordain Society will be playing at Preservation Pub. But if you want to get your 80's on, head over to the Valarium to check out The Breakfast Club.
SATURDAY JUNE 19
The 12th Annual Lavender Festival will once again fill Historic Jackson Square in Oak Ridge with sweet scents of herbs, great music, herb and craft booths, demonstrations and all things herbal from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. This annual herb fair features booths from several dozen vendors offering herbal plants and products, jewelry, aromatherapy, gardening, along with arts and crafts. Demonstrations on herbal cooking and crafts along with educational programs are given throughout the day. Live music includes contemporary folk, traditional and bluegrass.
The Market Square Farmers' Market continues to roll strong in Downtown Knoxville. Go. It starts at 9:00 am.
The Children's Miracle Network is having a fundraiser at Sam's Club East from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a silent auction, inflatables and plenty of food vendors. Musical artists like Donnie Riggs, Tammy Bounds, and J. Storm are sure to keep the crowds entertained throughout the day.
The Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will be chugging along during the festival on Saturday at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, with tickets available in advance for the day's trips. There will also be a 6:00 pm dinner train. This is the only train of its kind in the United States, traveling over a mile through the historic and once secret K-25 site. For tickets and additional information, call (865) 241-2140.
The 3rd Annual Jablonski Jam takes place from 5:00 pm to midnight. This annual live music and a live auction Jam will be held at Rick's Place, 1521 Downtown West Boulevard.
Jablonski Jam was created to honor the memory of Jason Jablonski, local musician, through a yearly live music and live auction benefit, each year for a different cause. Young-Williams Animal Center will be accepting this year's donations to further the Furry Friends program. Furry Friends sponsor adoptable adult and senior cats and dogs at YWAC by paying their adoption fee. Musical Guests include Voodoo Bone, Station R, Blues Prophets, Latitude 35, M.O.O.D., and Michael Crawley.There is no cover to attend Jablonski Jam, but donations are encouraged. All donations and live auction proceeds will go directly to the Young-Williams Animal Center's Furry Friends program.
The Annual Cityview Top Chefs Event of Knoxville celebrates the fine cuisine of Knoxville's best chefs and benefits East Tennessee Children's Hospitals Camp Cure. Eleven chefs from around the area will compete for title of "Top Chef". This event promises to be a fun celebration of food, drink, music by the Chillbillies, and most importantly charity. Restaurants include: Bravo Cucina Italiana, Chez Liberty, Nama, Puleo's Grille, Season's Café, The Orangery, Riverview Grill, Regas, Johnny Carino's, Latitude 35, The Grill at Highlands Row . Tickets available by calling (865) 585-1130 or www.cityviewmag.com
SUNDAY JUNE 20
Take your Pops out on the town. From golfing, to fishing, to eating, to leaving him alone.....show Dad you care!