Good morning, kids! Hope everyone ate their wheaties this morning, because today is THE day. Don't get too crazy today. Save it all for METRO FEST! Plus, here's what's going down all weekend.
The Townsend Fall Heritage festival starts at 9 a.m. today. It highlights Appalachian culture and music all. day. long. The festival goes until 10 p.m.
Greek Fest also starts today at 11 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. It's $2 to get in, or $3 for the entire weekend. How can you pass up authentic gyros?
At noon in UT's Thompson-Boling arena, David Ostermeier, a professor in the school of forestry, wildlife, and fisheries, will lead a discussion on "Governing the Environment in Complex Times." Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (865)-974-8156 for more info.
Oh, yeah, and a little thing called Metro Fest starts at 7 tonight. Be there or be super square. Wrist bands are $10 and all the proceeds go to the Joy of Music School. Don't forget to check the schedule of shows, and be sure to take advantage of the trolley service.
I'll understand if you have to be square to see the Ataris at the Well at 9 p.m. But then you could join in the fun! Tickets to see them are $10-$12. Buy them here.
Better eat a good brunch because Saturday is BUSY.
The Scots-Irish Festival starts at 8:30 (yes, a.m.) in Dandridge. Check out the website for more info.
The Louie Bluie Arts and Music Festival starts at 10 a.m. in Caryville. The Ebony Hillbillies will play there, and who would want to miss one of their rare performances? It's $2-$5 to get in for the entire day.
Need some spiritual healing? Head over to the Rhamapalooza Holistic Fair and Expo at the Rhama Center for Healing Arts. It starts at noon and it's $8 to get in and check everything out.
Andy Irvine will take the stage at the Laurel Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $16. Buy them here.
Lord T and Eloise, the crunk aristocrats, will play the Cider House at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12. Buy them here.
Lisa Landry will take the stage at Sidesplitter's Comedy Club at 10:15. Tickets are $8-$14 (for the 18+ crowd only). Buy them here.
Whew. By now you might need a bloody Mary. Don't hesitate.
Or have a stout at Irish Times Pub and Bar at 1 p.m. in honor of Arthur Guinness Day. Then jam all day with Pop Rox, the Chillbillies, Shoeshakerz, Michael Essex, and Tall Paul. It's $5 to get in.
Earl Hess, an LMU professor, will be at the East Tennessee History Center to discuss the Battle of Fort Sanders at 2:30. This is a free event!
The Old Gray Lantern and Carriage Tour starts at 4 p.m. Go learn about some of Knoxville's most interesting historical figures. Learn more here!
The Knoxville Opera Goes to Church at the Greater Warner Tabernacle at 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see the opera for FREE, so don't miss it!
Chain and the Gang are playing the Preservation Pub at 10 p.m. Cover is $6, and it's for the 18+ crowd. Don't miss these charismatic rockers!