Festivals and Events

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:32 am

Editor’s Note: To submit a calendar event, e-mail: ctstate@lcs.net

MAY

JAN. 31-MAY 10 – Abingdon, Va. – Play: “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell” at the Barter Theatre. Hilarious, irreverent and mostly true. It’s 1939, and David O. Selznick has already begun filming “Gone With the Wind” when he realizes his script is a dud. Only the legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht can save the day, but Hecht has never read the book. Selznick locks himself, Hecht and director Victor Fleming in his office with only bananas and peanuts to eat, and a single mission: help Hecht write a new script in exactly one week. See the outrageous antics that produced one of the classic movies of all time. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call 276-628-3991.

FEB. 13-MAY 10 – Abingdon, Va. – Play: “Man of LaMancha” at the Barter Theatre. The funny, imaginative musical that inspires people to “Dream the Impossible Dream,” tells Cervantes’ story of the errant knight Don Quixote and his lovable sidekick, Sancho, as they roam the countryside battling monsters and wooing the lady Dulcinea. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bartertheatre.com.

FEB. 27-MAY 10 – Abingdon, Va. – Play: “I Do, I Do, I Do” at the Barter Theatre. Diana has it all: beauty, intelligence, a sweet nature.  There’s just one problem: it’s one week before her wedding and she has promised herself to three different men.  How shall she decide?  You’ll be guessing until the final moments in this hilarious romp of misadventures and loves lost and won. For more information, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call 276-628-3991.

MARCH 8-MAY 4 – Abingdon, Va. – Play: “The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale” at the Barter Theatre. The Great Depression has hit the Appalachian Mountains pretty hard, and things are looking bleak when Lena finally leaves her no-good husband and goes home to her daddy’s farm. To make matters worse, the chestnut trees that locals have always depended on are dying off, one by one.  When a mysterious young girl appears, Lena and her family’s lives are changed forever. But where did the girl come from, and what does she want? For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call 276-628-3991.

MARCH 20-MAY 23 – Asheville, N.C. – Biltmore Blooms. The gardens are alive with color with the arrival of spring. Stunning floral displays feature nearly 100,000 tulips. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items and the winery will offer wine seminars. For more information, visit www.biltmore.com.

APRIL 17-MAY 15 – Knoxville – Early Learning Series for Toddlers: Head, Knees and Paws at the Knoxville Zoo. Turtle Tots was created for 2- and 3-year-olds to introduce them to the world of animals. The weekly series encourages toddlers to interact with new friends, both human and animal. Zoo staff introduce animal concepts through hands-on activities that include games, songs, dancing, crafts and animal visitors. The classes are offered in a six-week series focusing on a highlighted topic each Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Log Cabin. The cost is $15 per child. Receive a discount by purchasing a full five-week series for $65. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome if space permits. Walk-ins will be charged $5 for on-site registration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.knoxvillezoo.org. To register for Turtle Tots, call Jessica Hurley at 865-637-5331 or email Jlhurley@knoxville-zoo.org.

APRIL 24-MAY 11 – Knoxville – Play: “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at the Clarence Brown Theatre is a musical ripped from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The play features flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and musical numbers. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit clarencebrowntheatre.com.

APRIL 25-MAY 10 – Oak Ridge – Play: “Ain’t Misbehavin’” at the Oak Ridge Playhouse evokes the humor and infectious energy of 1930s Harlem honky tonk dives, rent parties and stride piano players. The music of “Fats” Waller will get the joint a-jumpin’ as the cast struts, strums and sings the songs made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.orplayhouse.com.

MAY 2-3 – Morristown – Community Yard Sale at CherokeePark. For more information, visit www.cherokeeparktn.com.

MAY 2-4 – Abingdon, Va. – 17th Annual Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire at the Southwest Virginia Higher EducationCenter. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 per day. Children under 12 are free. The theme is “Let the Gardens Begin.” For more information, contact the Washington County Virginia Masters Gardeners at 276-356-7871 or 276-701-1467.

MAY 2-4 – Pikeville – Tennessee Spring Star Party at FallCreekFallsState Park. Join fellow star gazers for a weekend of celestial fun. Professional and amateur astronomers will give presentations and dark sky field viewing will be Friday and Saturday night with alternate programming in the event of bad weather. There is no registration fee. The only cost is lodging and food. For more information, contact Allen Ball at mistal@bellsouth.net or Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.net, or visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org. Make reservations with Fall Creek Falls Inn by calling 1-800-250-8610 and ask about the special package deal.

MAY 10 – Elizabethton – Bird Walk at SycamoreShoalsState Park. Meet other birders and naturalists at 8 a.m. for a morning of birding during the migratory season. For more information call 423-543-5808.

MAY 10 – Greeneville – Concert: MercyMe at the Niswonger Performing ArtsCenter. Since its inception, MercyMe has evolved from being Christian music’s fastest-selling new act to one of the most successful bands in all musical genres. Their music appeals to both devout Christians who study the Bible and young teens who devour the Rolling Stones. Tickets are $40 for orchestra and mezzanine seats and $30 for the balcony. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.npacgreeneville.com.

MAY 10 – Morristown – Bluegrass-Gospel Show at CherokeePark to end the Strawberry Festival with The Dillards, Lonesome River Band and Deeper Faith. For more information, visit www.cherokeeparktn.com.

MAY 11-JULY 27 – Abingdon, Va. – Play: “Educating Rita” at the Barter Theatre. Rita is ambitious, feisty, and dissatisfied with her working-class life. When she enrolls in night school, it’s just her luck to get stuck with a empty, jaded English professor who just wants to coast until retirement. A humorous story about the freedom of education and the power of choice. In the end, who is the teacher and who is the student? For more information, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call 276-628-3991.

MAY 14 – Morristown – Concert: Sidewalk Prophets present, “An Evening of Hope” at the Smoky Mountain Expo to benefit the HelenRossMcNabbCenter. The group’s song, “You Love Me Anyway,” spent time at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Singles chart. They wee nominated by the Gospel Music Association for awards, including Group of the Year, Song of the Year for their hit, “Live Like That,” and New Group of the Year in 2010. About A Mile will open for Sidewalk Prophets starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $12, with group rates available. Sponsorship opportunities include VIP seating, dinner and experience with the Sidewalk Prophets and About A Mile. For more information, call 865-329-9030 or visit www.mcnabbcenter.com. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lakewaytickets.com or by calling 423-581-5630.

MAY 16 – Cherokee, N.C. – Concert: Chicago at Harrah’s CherokeeEventCenter. Originally formed in 1967, Chicago is one of those rare bands that has maintained its success with Top Ten hits like “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” and “Look Away.” They appear in concert at 9 p.m. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

MAY 16-17 – Sevierville – 10th Annual Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival includes a headline performance from rising bluegrass group, The SteelDrivers. Festivities get under way at 5 p.m. Friday with a live performance from Grammy winning and national fingerpicking champion, Bill Mize. The two-day event also includes the nation’s top BBQ cook teams in the Bush’s Best Tennessee State Championship Cook-Off, and Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, food, handmade crafts, kids’ games and more. For more information, visit www.BloominBBQ.com.

MAY 17 – Greeneville – Concert: The Motown Experience at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. The Motown Experience is a lineup of vocalists from the legendary groups that made many of these hits timeless classics. The vocal group is assembled from former members of The Capitols, The Miracles and The Temptations. The show features harmonies, dazzling choreography and those great Motown grooves everyone knows and loves. They have both live performance and recording credits with a veritable who’s who of popular music artists from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. They will perform hits from The Temptations, The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more. Tickets are $25 for orchestra and mezzanine seats and $15 for the balcony. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.npacgreeneville.com.

MAY 17-18 – Elizabethton – 20th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals State Park. Step back to a vibrant and dangerous time…America declares Independence in the summer of 1776, and people beyond the mountains build forts, stock powder and sharpen hatchets for the oncoming war. Walk among local legends for a glimpse of life on this dark and bloody ground. Colonial, native, and British re-enactors share their past through talks, mini-dramas and demonstrations of 18th century life. Battle re-enactments both days. Contact the park for detailed schedule. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 423-543-5808.

MAY 23 – Asheville, N.C. – Moveable Feast at the Biltmore. Take in the views of the estate and enjoy an exquisite meal designed and prepared by Chef Kirk Fiore. Surrounded the beautiful blooms, the dinner takes place outside in the historic WalledGarden. A 6:30 p.m. reception will be followed by dinner at 7:15. Tickets are $160 per person and include tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 828-257-5995.

MAY 23 – Pigeon Forge – Concert: “Roots & Boots Tour” with Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw at the Country Tonite Theatre. The three artists will perform together on stage with acoustic versions of more than 40 Top 10 hits. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 plus tax. For more information, visit countrytonitepf.com/celebrity-shows. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003.

MAY 25 – Cherokee, N.C. – Concert: Dolly Parton at Harrah’s CherokeeEventCenter. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.Ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

MAY 27-AUG. 9 – Abingdon, Va. – Play: “The Wizard of Oz” at the Barter Theatre. Yes, we are off to see The Wizard with Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion and her little dog, Toto, too.  Take the whole family to experience the eye-popping delights of this spectacular musical. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call 276-628-3991.

MAY 29-AUG. 10 – Abington, Va. – Play: “Welcome Back to Ivy Gap” at the Barter Theatre. This third and final play in the series, including First Baptist of Ivy Gap and Showtime at First Baptist. For more information, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call 276-628-3991.

MAY 31-JUNE 1 – Elizabethton – 24th Annual Native American Festival at SycamoreShoalsState Park. Celebrate Native American heritage during this two-day festival, which features award-winning dancers, storytellers, artists and scholars gather at the circle to share knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Discover Native American arts, music and historical legends, with an emphasis on the Cherokee culture. There is an admission charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. For more information call 423-543-5808.

June

JUNE 2-15 – Chattanooga – Ice Cream Festival at Ruby Falls. Enjoy ice cream flavors of the day, free sampling and a Cavern Scavenger Hunt for kids 3 to 12. Kids receive a “code” sheet from the front desk. During the tour, some formations have a code on display below the sign. Write down each code and give it to the ice cream vendor for a free kid’s treat. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 423-821-2544 or visit www.rubyfalls.com/icecream.

JUNE 3-7 – Jonesborough – Storytelling Live! at the InternationalStorytellingCenter with Teller-in-Resident Ann Shimojima, who tells literary stories, historical pieces and folk tales from her Asian heritage and around the world. A retired, award-winning school library media specialist, Shimojima has performed nationwide for more than 30 years, in addition to providing workshops on the use of storytelling in education and family history projects. For more information, call 423-913-1276 or visit storytellingcenter.net.

JUNE 5 – Jonesborough – Family History Workshop: Hidden Memory: Ideas for Your Family History Project with Anne Shimojima at the InternationalStorytellingCenter. Hours are 9 to 11 a.m. The fee is $30. Shimojima gives tips on interviewing family members and demonstrates how she created her own family project, including a hardbound book of photographs, digital slide shows and a DVD for each family member. A handout includes resources on genealogy, oral history and ways to preserve your family memories. For tickets or more information, call 423-913-1276.

JUNE 5-JULY 26 – Abington, Va. – Play: “Hollywood Confidential” at the Barter Theatre. What happens when a washed up actor tries to help a temperamental actress in distress? It doesn’t take long for him to discover that no good deed goes unpunished. How the once great film star, Larry Lancaster, ends up wearing a dress is one thing, how long he can keep it a secret from the scandal magazine Hollywood Confidential is something else entirely.  For more information, visit www.bartertheatre.com or call 276-628-3991.

JUNE 7 – Knoxville – Celebrate Jane Austen Event at Ramsey House Plantation. Enjoy readings from her books and papers, 1927 historic house tours, period games, reenactments, vendors and many people in period costume. There will be a tea presentation in the afternoon with several seatings available and a starlit evening will give way to a formal ball for those wanting to create the romantic period of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. Period costuming is encouraged, but not required. Dances will be led by the English Country Dancers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for the event and $20 for the event and tea. Reservations are required for the tea. For more information, call 865-546-0745 or visit ramseyhouse.org.

JUNE 7 – LaFollette – Paws in the Park 2014 at LeeJ.SeargentsPark. There will be live music, live demonstrations, food, vendors, fun for the kids, “Fur Baby” fun, pet adoptions and a rabies clinic. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.friendsofanimalscc.com.

JUNE 7 – Morristown – Fishing Rodeo at Panther Creek State Park. Take the kids for a fun and exciting fishing rodeo. Meet at the boat ramp parking area at 9 a.m. to enjoy a friendly fishing competition in CherokeeLake in celebration of Tennessee’s free fishing day (no fishing license required). Fishing equipment and bait will be provided by the park. Prizes will be awarded for the largest and most fish caught. The rodeo is open to kids between ages 8 and 15 and is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required and begins May 20. For more information, call the park office at 423-587-7046.

JUNE 7-8 – Limestone – Appalachian Heritage Fair at DavyCrockettBirthplaceState Park. Local artisans display their handmade traditional Appalachian style crafts, traditional flowers and herbs. The fair will also include local organic farmers, a tractor show and traditional mountain music. A local food vendor will be on hand. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more Information or to be considered as a craft vendor, email Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov.

JUNE 9-13, 16-20 – Morristown – Junior Ranger Naturalist Camp at PantherCreekState Park for kids ages 10 to 14. The camp meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. During the day-camp, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of environmental, natural and recreational programs, including canoeing, stream stomps, hiking, orienteering, recycling, Leave-No-Trace activities, water safety and more. There will be a pizza party Friday, with a closing celebration at River Sports Outfitter’s ClimbingCenter in Knoxville. Registration begins May 31 with a maximum of 20 participants each week. For more information and registration, call 423-587-7046.

JUNE 9-JULY 25 – Gray – Paleo Camp at the EastTennesseeStateUniversityNaturalHistoryMuseum and Gray Fossil Site. Camps allow children to explore paleontology in the field and lab at the five-acre Gray Fossil Site, as well as the museum and education center. Campers will dig at the fossil site to find fossils, rocks and minerals, wet-screen for micro-fossils and identify them in the lab, make casts of bones, tie dye a T-shirt and play “Fossil Feud.” Each camp section will have age-appropriate activities. For reservation forms, pricing and camp schedules, visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.

JUNE 10-14 – Jonesborough – Storytelling Live! With Teller-in-Residence Tim Lowry at the InternationalStorytellingCenter. Lowry mixes stories of the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Western Frontier with tales of growing up Baptist, teaching English to Russian immigrants, exciting road trips to Disney World, baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. For more information, call 423-913-1276 or visit storytellingcenter.net.

JUNE 12-14 – Cumberland Gap – 4th Annual Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Day includes events, speakers and presentations in Cumberland Cap, the visitors center at Cumberland GapNationalHistoricalPark in Middlesboro, Ky. and Wilderness RoadState Park in Ewing, Va. For more information, visit www.genealogyjamboree.us.

JUNE 13 – Knoxville – Bedtime with the Beasts at the Knoxville Zoo. All participants must be 6 or older. For more information, call 865-637-5331 or visit www.knoxville-zoo.org.

JUNE 13-14 – Athens – Daylily Bloom Festival at Gardens of Sunshine Hollow. Free daylily plans Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade ice cream available. Admission if $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for groups of 15 or more. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call 1-800-669-2005.

JUNE 14 – Cherokee, N.C. – Concert: Jim Gaffigan at Harrah’s CherokeeEventCenter for one night only. A graduate of Georgetown’s school of business, Gaffigan began taking improv classes at night while working an advertising job in New York City. The father of five often jokes about his upbringing in a large family, cake, Hot Pockets and bacon. Concert begins at 9 p.m. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

JUNE 14 – Harriman – Polk Salad Festival at the HarrimanRiverfrontPark. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free. The centerpiece of the festival is polk salad, accompanied by traditional fixings such as fried green tomatoes, fried okra, corn bread, pinto beans and a variety of desserts. Other activities include hands-on arts and crafts activities for children and artisan demonstrations by blacksmiths, chainsaw carvers, potters and more. For more information visit www.facebook.com/TennesseePolkSaladFestival.

JUNE 14 – Knoxville – Class of 2014 Induction: Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.wbhof.com.

JUNE 14 – Knoxville – Superhero Saturday at the Knoxville Zoo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the zoo for a chance to meet Spider-man and Hulk. Take your camera as there will be photo opportunities with the two superheroes. Crafts and activities are also planned. The activity is included with regular zoo admission. For more information, visit www.knoxville-zoo.org.

JUNE 14 – Pigeon Forge – Concert: The Oak Ridge Boys at Country Tonite Theatre. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a No. 1 pop smash. Show times are 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 plus tax. For more information, visit countrytonitepf.com/celebrity-shows. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003.

JUNE 19-22 – Knoxville – Kuumba Festival is a multi-event celebration with entertainers, demonstrations, live music performances, dancing and an African Marketplace featuring an array of crafts and food vendors. The festival takes place at multiple locations through Knoxville. For more information, call 865-217-6786.

JUNE 20 – Knoxville – Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum: Summer Solstice Dinner is a celebration of local food, local brews and local music. For more information, call 865-862-8717 or visit www.knoxgarden.org.

JUNE 21 – Dandridge – Second Annual Bass Tournament for Goodwill on DouglasLake at Shady Grove Ramp. Hosted by Pro Angler Ott Defoe. The grand prize is worth $1,500. The  tournament starts at safe light and weigh-ins begin at 3 p.m. Anglers may register until 4:30 p.m., June 39. The registration fee is $100 per boat. Late registration is available the morning of the tournament for $125 per boat. For more information, call 865-588-8567 or visit www.gwiktn.org.

JUNE 21 – Kingsport – Dragonfly Day at Warriors’ Path State Park. Discover Jewelwings, Sprites and Skimmers and other native dragonflies and damselflies. Learn to observe, photograph and identify native dragonflies and damselflies. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information call 423-239-6786 or 423-239-8531 or email marty.silver@tn.gov.

JUNE 21 – Limestone – Pioneer Camp Crockett at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. is designed to help kids understand and experience Appalachian frontier heritage of the early 1800s.  Kids will get hands on experience with archery, traditional crafts of the time period, tomahawk throwing, fire starting and more.  Local artisans and interpreters will be on hand to instruct.  This event will begin at 10 am. For more information, email Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov.

JUNE 21-22 – Roan Mountain – 67th Annual Rhododendron Festival at Roan Mountain State Park. Celebrate and explore the world’s largest natural Catawba rhododendron garden. Take in the expansive views and bushes abloom atop RoanMountain. At the foot of the mountain, the festival features handmade crafts, food and a variety of traditional music, plus an array of old-time folkway demonstrations. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.roanmountain.com/festival.htm.

JUNE 27 – Wartburg – Night Sky Viewing at Frozen HeadState Park. Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations. Everyone will have the opportunity to view celestial wonders through the park’s 12-inch telescope. Meet up with the park ranger at 9:30 p.m. at the park’s visitor center. For more information, call 423-346-3318 or email Michael.E.Hodge@tn.gov.

JUNE 27-28 – Pikeville – Astronomy Weekend at FallCreekFallsState Park includes discussions regarding constellations, lunar lore and our brightest star, the Sun. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, email Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.net, or visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org.

JUNE 28 – Knoxville – American Diabetes Association: Tour de Cure at the University of Tennessee Gardens challenges riders to be part of the Stop Diabetes movement by taking part in the annual cycling event. Anyone from the occasional to the experienced cyclist with routes from 10-mile family rides to 100-mile century rides. The route features rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer the riders. Registration at 7 a.m. The first ride is at 8. For more information or to register, call 1-888-DIABETES or visit www.diabetes.org/tour.

JUNE 28 – Knoxville – Meadow Lark Music Festival at Ijams Nature Center at 1 p.m. The line-up includes St. Paul & the Broken Bones, The Black Cadillacs, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Leah Gardner, The Barstool Romeos, Josh Oliver, Jay Clark & the Tennessee Tree Beavers and Norwegian Wood. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the festival. To buy tickets, visit ww.brownpapertickets.com.

JUNE 28 – Knoxville – Vintage Baseball Game at Ramsey House Plantation. The Dry Town Boys of Roane County go to bat against the Knoxville Holstons. The game starts at noon. Take the family, your favorite lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the American sport played the way it was in the beginning, with no formal field, no gloves, full vintage uniforms and the original rules of play. The festivities are free and open to the public. Ballpark treats will be sold. For more information, call 865-546-0745 or visit www.ramseyhouse.org.

JUNE 28-29 – Elizabethton – Independence Celebration & Muster at SycamoreShoalsState Park. Experience the 4th of July, 18th century-style! What did colonists think about a new nation. Be a guest in FortWatauga as news of independence arrives to the colonial frontier. Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future. Activities begin at 10 a.m. daily with the celebration taking place on Saturday. Activities conclude at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

July

JULY 4 – Morristown – Party in the Park at Cherokee Park with Parmalee, Jimmie Van Zandt. For more information, visit www.cherokeeparktn.com.

JULY 4 – Pigeon Forge – Concert: Mark Chesnutt at Country Tonite Theatre. Chesnutt has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 Top 10 singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to his credit. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 plus tax. For more information, visit countrytonitepf.com/celebrity-shows. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003.

JULY 4 – Pikeville – Fourth of July Celebration at FallCreekFallsState Park. Dress us your car, bike or yourself for the traditional parade, which ends in Camground A. After watermelon and cake, the festivities move to the field for events such as a sack race, egg toss, tug-o-war and other family favorites. For more information, call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

JULY 17-26 – Elizabethton – Play: “Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals” at SycamoreShoalsState Park. Tennessee’s official outdoor drama is presented by local performers against the backdrop of FortWatauga. Now in its 35th year, the performance depicts the Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. These settlers formed an independent government, made treaties with the Cherokee, defended their homes, and fought a British army at the epic battle of King’s Mountain. Performances are presented every Thursday through Saturday evening, July 17-19 and 24-26. Bleacher seating is available in the amphitheater. Sponsored by Friends of SycamoreShoalsState Historic Area. Admission Charge. For more information call 423-543-5808.

JULY 25 – Pigeon Forge – Concert: Steve Wariner at Country Tonite Theatre. The Grand Ole Opry member has amassed nearly three dozen Top 10 hits on the Billboard country charts, including nine that went to No. 1. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 plus tax. For more information, visit countrytonitepf.com/celebrity-shows. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003.

JULY 25-26 – Pikeville – Astronomy Weekend at FallCreekFallsState Park includes discussions regarding constellations, lunar lore and our brightest star, the Sun. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, email Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.net, or visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org.

JULY 26 – Wartburg – Night Sky Viewing at Frozen HeadState Park. Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations. Everyone will have the opportunity to view celestial wonders through the park’s 12-inch telescope. Meet up with the park ranger at 9:30 p.m. at the park’s visitor center. For more information, call 423-346-3318 or email Michael.E.Hodge@tn.gov.

August

AUG. 1-3 – Morristown – Music Festival at CherokeePark. For more information, visit www.cherokeeparktn.com.

AUG. 2 – Elizabethton – 11th Annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count at Sycamore Shoals State Park. Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long winged adventure across town. Come for all or part of the day. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association and SycamoreShoalsState Historic Area. For more information, call 423-543-5808.

AUG. 16-17 – Limestone – Crockett Days at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. Join park staff and local historical interpreters for a two-day event celebrating the birth of David Crockett, pioneer, political leader, and one of Tennessee and GreeneCounty’s most famous sons. Explore living history demonstrations depicting life on the frontier, activities, workshops, kids’ games, crafts, wagon rides, period food and music. All activities will highlight early Pioneer life in Tennessee. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the park office at 423-257-2167 or email Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov.

AUG. 17 – Pikeville – Triathlon at FallCreekFallsState Park. Push your limits in a 1.5k swim, followed by a 40k bike ride and a 10k run. For more information about the competition, email Kevin Mahan at Kevin@endurancesportsmanagement.com or call 865-988-3906.

AUG. 22 – Pigeon Forge – Concert: Ronnie McDowell and Billy Joe Royal at Country Tonite Theatre. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 plus tax. For more information, visit countrytonitepf.com/celebrity-shows. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003.

AUG. 22-23 – Pikeville – Astronomy Weekend at FallCreekFallsState Park includes discussions regarding constellations, lunar lore and our brightest star, the Sun. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, email Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.net, or visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org.

AUG. 22-23 – Pikeville – Inaugural Fishing Classic at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Put your angling to the test during a Saturday fishing tournament on FallCreekLake. The competition is limited to 25 two-person  teams. For more information about entry fees, inn package deals and boat availability, contact Ranger Robert Becker at 423-881-3697 or email robert.becker@tn.gov.

AUG. 26 – Wartburg – Night Sky Viewing at Frozen HeadState Park. Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations. Everyone will have the opportunity to view celestial wonders through the park’s 12-inch telescope. Meet up with the park ranger at 9 p.m. at the park’s visitor center. For more information, call 423-346-3318 or email Michael.E.Hodge@tn.gov.

September

SEPT. 5-7 – Elizabethton – 13th Annual Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival at Sycamore Shoals State Park. Celebrate Appalachia’s Celtic heritage. The festival opens with a torchlight ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Clans and family societies will be on hand throughout the weekend to help with family history. Festivities include dance, music, food, vendors, demonstrations, re-enactments of 18th and 19th century heritage and lectures. The festival runs 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with a special musical concert at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

SEPT. 5-7 – Pikeville – 36th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival at FallCreekFallsState Park. The weekend is jam-packed with handmade crafts, two stages of traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cooking and more. For more information, call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

SEPT. 19 – Pigeon Forge – Concert: Bobby Bare, John Anderson and Darryl Worley at Country Tonite Theatre. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 plus tax. For more information, visit countrytonitepf.com/celebrity-shows. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003.

SEPT. 19-20 – Morristown – Community Yard Sale at CherokeePark. For more information, visit www.cherokeeparktn.com.

SEPT. 20-21 – Elizabethton – Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration at SycamoreShoalsState Park. Visit an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution! Activities begin at 10 a.m. each day and end at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday, join the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution at 10 a.m. for a memorial service and wreath laying service to celebrate the 234th Gathering at Sycamore Shoals. This is a celebration of the Overmountain Men coming together to march to King’s Mountain and defeat Loyalist forces under Col. Patrick Ferguson. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the wreath laying. For more information please contact Ronnie Lail at 423-914-8677 or by email at Wataugatnssar@Gmail.com. For more information, call 423-543-5808.

SEPT. 25 – Elizabethton –Overmountain Victory Trail March at SycamoreShoalsState Park. Since 1975, members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain. This historic re-enactment will take place approximately 2 p.m. when marchers will cross the WataugaRiver at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 233 years ago. For more information call 423-543-5808.

SEPT. 26-27 – Pikeville – Astronomy Weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park includes discussions regarding constellations, lunar lore and our brightest star, the Sun. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, email Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.net, or visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org.

SEPT. 27 – Limestone – National Public Lands Day at DavyCrockettBirthplaceState Park. Join park staff at the Crockett Cabin at 11 am for an interpretive hike on the River Bluff Trail along the NolichuckyRiver and a service project by helping to pick up litter and debris along the trail. For more information, call 423-257-2167 or email Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov.

October

OCT. 2-5 – Elizabethton – 19th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show at Sycamore Shoals State Park. This four-day exhibition, sponsored by the Sycamore Shoals Stitchers, features a show and demonstrations by local quilters. Bed quilts, wall hangings, holiday and baby quilts, miniatures and antique quilts will be on display. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 to 4:40 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

OCT. 4-5 – Elizabethton – Fort Watauga Knap-In at Sycamore Shoals State Park. Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at FortWatauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. knappers will be showcasing primitive skills, crafting arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools. There will be demonstrations of primitive tools such as the bow, arrow and atlatl throughout the day. For more information call 423-543-5808.

OCT. 11 – Elizabethton – Spinning and Fiber Meet at SycamoreShoalsState Park. Join area fiber artists and producers for a day of spinning, felting, workshops, vendors, fiber sources, competitions and more. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 423-543-5808.

OCT. 11 – Limestone – Mountain Melodies at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. Celebrate the rich heritage of traditional mountain music in the region as local groups showcase their talents and storytelling abilities for the community. This event will be held at the campground shelter beginning at 11 am. For more information, email Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov or Ken.Tester@tn.gov, or call 423-257-2167.

OCT. 17-18 – Pigeon Forge – Concert: Don Williams at Country Tonite Theatre. Show times  are 8 p.m. both days Tickets are $39.95 plus tax. For more information, visit countrytonitepf.com/celebrity-shows. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003.

OCT. 18 – Morristown – 3rd Annual Heritage Day at Panther Creek State Park. Take your family to the celebration at the Upper Campground Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include live music, food, crafts, hay rides, games and prizes, candy bags, tomahawk throwing, marshmallow roasting, pumpkin piñatas, historical displays and demonstrations. This is a free family event, but attendees are encouraged to take non-perishable food items for donation to local families in need. For more information, call the park office at 423-587-7046.

OCT. 18-19 – Pikeville – Fall Colors Weekend at FallCreekFallsState Park. Enjoy bicycle tours, guided hikes and slideshows focusing on the autumn splendor of FallCreekFallsState Park. For more information, call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

OCT. 24 – Wartburg – Night Sky Viewing at Frozen HeadState Park. Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations. Everyone will have the opportunity to view celestial wonders through the park’s 12-inch telescope. Meet up with the park ranger at 7:30 p.m. at the park’s visitor center. For more information, call 423-346-3318 or email Michael.E.Hodge@tn.gov.

OCT. 25 – Pikeville – Wild Food Day at FallCreekFallsState Park with field trips identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads. The real treat comes in enjoying the wild feast. For more information, call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

OCT. 30 – Elizabethton – Scary Stories at the CarterMansion. Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at a 200-year-old mansion. Take the family for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid, the graveyard at the CarterMansion isn’t haunted. Maybe. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 423-543-5808.

OCT. 31 – Limestone – Tricks or Treat in the Haunted Forest at DavyCrockettBirthplaceState Park. Take the kids to trick or treat through the park’s woods. There will be a lighted trail to lead the way so no one will get lost. Ghost, ghouls and haints will hand out treats along the trail and provide a little scare. Dress appropriately for cold weather, take a flashlight and a candy bag. A $1 per person donation for the park will be taken at the entrance. Hours are 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 423-257-2167 or email Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov.

November

NOV. 7 – Pigeon Forge – Concert: Con Hunley and Jimmy Fortune at Country Tonite Theatre. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 plus tax. For more information, visit countrytonitepf.com/celebrity-shows. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003.

NOV. 7-JAN. 3 – Asheville, N.C. – 31st Annual Candlelight Evenings at Biltmore. Candlelight and firelight accent Biltmore House’s holiday décor during these nighttime tours. Evenings include a self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House, next-day visit to the gardens, AntlerHillVillage and Biltmore Winery. For more information, visit www.biltmore.com.

NOV. 7-JAN. 11 – Asheville, N.C. – 40th Annual Christmas at Biltmore at America’s largest home promises an extravagant celebration, complete with dozens of Christmas trees, miles of ribbon, garland and lights. For more information, visit www.biltmore.com.

NOV. 8-9 – Morristown – Run to the Hills Car Show and BBQ Competition at CherokeePark. For more information, visit www.cherokeeparktn.com.

NOV. 15-16 – Elizabethton – Harvest Celebration & Militia Muster at SycamoreShoalsState Park. The Washington County Militia musters its troops for good times and good cheer. Re-enactors in period dress provide demonstrations of old-time skills and scenes from daily life in America’s colonial past. Activities begin at 10 a.m. both days and end at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 423-543-5808.

NOV. 15-16 – Pikeville – Backpacking Trip at FallCreekFallsState Park. Take a 13-mile hike through some of the more remote portions of the park. This hike is for both novices and experienced backpackers and includes a two-day guided hike with an overnight camp. There is a $10 fee and pre-registration is required. For more information, call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

NOV. 30-DEC. 4 – Elizabethton – Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit at Sycamore Shoals State Park. The rooms of the park visitors’ center will be graced with wreaths of all designs and colors hung from old-time lampposts. Contact the park to request a place in this show. Wreaths, made by community members, civic groups and schools, bring to life the Christmas spirit of the region and will remain on display during regular park hours throughout December until Jan. 4. Hours: Tues. through Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

December

DEC. 5 – Pigeon Forge – Concert: Ronnie Milsap at Country Tonite Theate. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 plus tax. For more information, visit countrytonitepf.com/celebrity-shows. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003.

DEC. 5-6 – Elizabethton – Christmas at the Carter Mansion. Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Highlights include music, refreshments and costumed interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. For more information, call 423-543-5808.

DEC. 6 – Limestone – Crockett Christmas at DavyCrockettBirthplaceState Park. Get a glimpse of Christmas past on the frontier as the birthplace cabin will be decorated in pioneer spirit along with traditional music playing inside the cabin from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Traditional storytelling will be provided along with hot wassail and edibles common to the period.  The path to the cabin will be lit by candlelight and a nice warm fire in the cabin and outside the cabin will keep visitors toasty warm.  Living history hours are 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 423-257-2167 or email Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov.

DEC. 13 – Morristown – 11th Annual Christmas in the Park at Panther Creek State Park. Join the friends and staff of the park beginning at 1 p.m. at the Upper Campground Pavilion. The festivities include crafts, Christmas stories and hayrides through the park. Warm yourself by the fire while enjoying hot chocolate and sugary treats provided by the Friends of Panther Creek State Park. This is a free family event, but attendees are encouraged to take non-perishable food items for donation to local families in need. For more information, call the park office at 423-587-7046.

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