FRIDAY, OCT. 15
The 2010 Secret City Film Festival is returning for its 7th year in Oak Ridge, bringing with it several established and aspiring filmmakers in the independent film industry. The festival, which will be held at the Oak Ridge Playhouse from October 14-17, is designed to encourage, educate, and inspire independent filmmakers, and to provide established and aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work. Tickets for this year's festival are also now available at the festival's Web site. Prices are $15 per person for each day of the event, or a full event pass can be purchased for $30.
Boo! at the Zoo returns for its 24th year at the Knoxville Zoo. It's a family-friendly, not-so-scary event for the kids. The event features devilishly good music and games at the Monster Mash tent in The Clayton Family Kids Cove, your favorite costumed characters throughout the zoo and the only "haunted" carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. Visit www.knoxville-zoo.org for more information about tickets, times and prices.
Sidesplitters Comedy Club is hosting Eric Hunter in West Knoxville. Eric now performs non-stop around the country, leaving his mark as a clean, funny, bright, friendly and original performer. He jokes sarcastically about various topics, including his friends and Irish Catholic family, education, sports and relationships. Tickets are on sale for the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows on both Friday and Saturday. Visit www.sidesplitterscomedy.com for ticket prices and all the other information you can handle.
Head on down to Market Square to check out "North by Northwest" on the big screen. As always, Movies on Market Square is a free event for everybody to enjoy. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy this Alfred Hitchcock classic. The movie starts around 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 16
The Market Square Farmers' Market continues in downtown Knoxville. Vendors will open their booths at 9 a.m. Bring some cash and help out the local farmers and artisans.
The October Sky Fall Festival takes off at 9 a.m. in Oliver Springs. The parade begins at Arrowhead Park and all other activities, including live music, car shows, storytelling and a rocket launch, begin at 10 a.m.
The 3rd annual Spirit of Nations Powwow will be held at Chilhowee Park. Gates open at 10 a.m., shortly before the flute demonstration and storytelling portion of the day. Other events throughout the festival include hand-drumming, blowgun competitions, hoop dancing and a silent auction. Check out the Web site at www.indiancreekproductions.com.
The Knoxville Botanical Garden is holding its annual Fall Festival in East Knoxville. You can go out and enjoy local plant, food and craft vendors, in addition to pumpkin painting, hayride tours, marshmallow roasting and the Circle G Ranch petting zoo. Kids (12 and under) are free and adults are just $5. For more information, call (865) 862-8717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tennessee Valley Kennel Club invites you to "Meet the Breeds" in downtown Knoxville at Krutch Park. It's a showcase of 15 American Kennel Club-registered dog breeds, including Siberian Husky, Cirneco dell'Etna, Bulldog, Whippet, Belgian Laekenois, German Shepherd, English Mastiff, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Old English Sheepdog, Lagotto Romagnolo, Vizsla, and Yorkshire, Norfolk, Cairn and Norwich Terriers. There is no cost to attend, and the event is appropriate for all ages.
Come one, come all to the 2010 Knoxville Brewer's Jam at the World's Fair Park. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., vendors from all around the region will let you sample their hand-crafted brews. Music will be provided by the Kevin Abernathy Band, The Drunk Uncles, Same As It Ever Was and Shortwave Society.
The Square Room and Café 4 team up to present the "Fall Dinner Concert Series". Come downtown to Knoxville's Market Square and step into The Square Room for a special concert accompanied with a four-course meal prepared by Café 4. This week's concert will showcase Jill Andrews and The Civil Wars. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.thesquareroom.com for more information.
The Tennessee Theatre welcomes Band of Horses to the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $31 at all Tickets Unlimited Locations and The Tennessee Theatre Box Office. Visit www.tennesseetheatre.com for more information.
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Lucas Richman will present a musical tribute to acclaimed film composer John Williams. This News Sentinel Pops concert will take place at 8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. The orchestra will perform memorable music from films including Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Harry Potter, Superman and more! Tickets to the concert begin at $34 and may be purchased at www.knoxvillesymphony.com, or by calling the KSO Box Office at (865) 291-3310.
SUNDAY, OCT. 17
"4 Chics and a Cat" invite you to take a walk with your furry friend in the beautiful hills in Townsend, to benefit the Blount County SPCA and ARFNETS (Animal Rescue and Fostering Network). The 3-mile hike begins at Trillium Cove (101 Painted Trillium Way) at 11 a.m., and finishes at the Bunkhouse Inn (7249 Lamar Alexander Parkway). There will be a hayride to bring you back with a goody bag of treats. No pre-registration is required, but a $10 fee will be asked for your first pet and $5 for each additional pet.
Knoxville's Premier and largest ballroom dance studio, The National Dance Club, presents its 2010 showcase "Wherever You Are." This will be the largest ballroom dance show in East Tennessee featuring the studio's top students and professional dancers at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are just $10 for the 2 p.m. show.