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The 2012 Multi-Site Parade Of Homes  is a tour of new and totally renovated homes in Knox, Anderson, Blount, and Loudon Counties. With homes in a variety of locations and price ranges, the Parade is the perfect source for anyone who plans to buy a new home or wants to see the newest trends in the home building industry. For a downloadable map, visit

Tumbleweed Company with Jordan Hull will perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The Blue Plate Special takes place every weekday at noon. Head on down to the Knoxville Visitor Center for the free, live broadcast.

Knoxville First Friday is ready to highlight dozens of businesses and artists around the area. For a full listing of participating venues, visit

Movies on Market Square continues in downtown Knoxville. This week, you can enjoy "The Hunger Games". Pre-show activities begin at 6:30 pm, including pet tips and advice, as well as an array of animal-pleasing activities. The movies start at dusk.

Preservation Pub presents the Pearl Jam Tribute Charity Benefit for Autism Society and Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee, featuring Johnny the Fox, Temper Through Tears, and Alien Love Charm. The 21 and up event begins at 7 pm.

Scott Miller and Rayna Gellert will perform at the Laurel Theater as part of the Jubilee Community Arts. Tickets are available for under $20 and can be purchased at Show time is set for 8 pm.

Maryville College Theatre presents "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Show time is set for 8 pm.

Clayton Center presents Etta May. She returns to the Clayton Center after the sold out performance with Southern Fried Chicks with "White Trash Diary". Etta May won the prestigious American Comedy Awards: "Stand-Up Comic of the Year," and has appeared on Oprah, Comic Strip Live, MTV, and as a guest commentator on "CBS Sunday Morning". Tickets range from $20 to $30. Show time is set for 8 pm at the Ronald And Lynda Nutt Theatre.

Pat Dixon will perform at Side Splitters Comedy Club in west Knoxville. $12 tickets are available at the door for the 10:15 performance.


The Market Square Farmers' Market opens at 9 am. Grab some cash and bring some friends down to support your local farmers and artisans.

The Oak Ridge Art Center will host their "Hot Pots/Cool Art" fundraiser. Potters will make and sell vases, plates, wall hangings, bowls and figurines. Barbeque chicken and ribs will be available for purchase. The Art Center is located at 201 Badger Avenue in Oak Ridge. Call (865) 482-1441 for more information.

The 27th annual Newport Harvest Street Festival will be kicking off this weekend in downtown Newport. The local tradition will provide great music, crafts, festival foods, and all things Newport and Cocke County. For photos of past events and more on this festival, visit

Anticipation is building for the 21st annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off set for 10 am. Come and enjoy the great weather and be awed at the sight of giant pumpkins, green squash, and watermelons weighing hundreds of pounds, as well as an assortment of corn stalks, potatoes, tomatoes, sunflowers and other entries, all vying for recognition. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit

You can register for "Ukulele for the Absolute Adult Beginner" at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. During the class you will learn how to tune your ukulele, read chord charts, learn several basic chords and strum patterns to get you up and playing. No musical experience necessary, just a willing spirit to have fun. There is a $25 registration fee (additional $10 to rent instrument). For more information The class begins at 10 am.

The HoLa Festival is a day-long celebration of diversity and a cultural salute to Hispanic Heritage in the East Tennessee community. Again this year, the HoLa Festival will take place at West Depot Avenue by Regas Restaurant. The HoLa Festival runs from 11 am until 8 pm. There is no admission fee to the festival but make sure to bring some cash to sample some great food and crafts.

The Empty Bottle Stringband will perform on the Saturday edition of the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You can be entertained at the Knoxville Visitor Center for free at noon.

The 16th annual Knoxville Brewers' Jam will be held at the World's Fair Park. They'll be celebrating great handmade American craft beer, music, and food. General admission tickets are sold out, but there are a select number of VIP tickets available for $100. The Brewers' Jam runs from 1 until 7 pm.

The Preservation Pub presents Oktoberfest on Market Square. The Delta Saints kick off the music performances at 6 pm, followed by Grandpa's Stash at 7:15, and The Black Cadillacs at 8:45. There will be a free shuttle running from World's Fair Park to Market Square from 4:30 until 8 pm. Admission is free to the Square but make sure to bring some cash for all of the German-style fun! Mac Comer and the Coo Cool Kidders finish the night inside the Pub at 10 pm.

Ijams' Haunted Lantern Tour of Meads Quarry and the Ross Marble Natural Area begins at 7:30. Be led through the dark quarries for an informative yet hauntingly fun adventure in search of the infamous, the unknown and the unexplained. Meet in the Mead's Quarry parking lot and dress appropriately for the weather, bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. This program suitable or adults and children, ages 10 and up. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Cost $10 for non members and $7 for members. Please call 577-4717 ext. 110 to register.


Ijams Nature Center is hosting their 28th annual Native Plant Sale. The Fall Native Plant Sale and Garden Festival features regional nurseries specializing in native species along with craft booths, gardening workshops, kids' activities, live music, food and more. Proceeds benefit Ijams' education programs. The event runs from 9 am to 3 pm.

Young-Williams Animal Center will host their 2012 Furry Fall Festival. This year it will be held at the Division Street location from noon to 6 pm, with more family oriented activities, more rescue-partners booths, more food, and more animals to see.

Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee presents the 2012 edition of the Buddy Walk. The event runs from 1 until 4 pm. For more information about event and the organization, visit

Tennessee Spine Running Club is proud to present the Channon Christian Memorial 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk. The proceeds all go to the foundation to support a $5000 scholarship given every year to Farragut High School female student. Online registration is now open at The run begins at 3 pm at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson.

The Tennessee Theatre welcomes Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Tickets are available for $49 at all Tickets Unlimited locations. Show time is set for 8 pm.


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