Good morning! Does everyone have their life rafts ready? Did you float to work today? Stay safe! And check out what's going on this weekend.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., check out the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival at the Townsend visitor center. There will be animal exhibitions, art exhibitions, workshops, fiber-arts demonstrations, educational demonstrations, and hands-on projects for the kiddos. More information here.
At noon in the Knoxville visitor center, the Samuel Williams Orchestra will play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special with the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. It's free to attend! Bring your lunch!
This evening at 7, Knoxville's premier traditional Irish music group Four Leaf Peat will play at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. It's $5 to attend!
Provocative Christian singer/songwriter Derek Webb will play at the Square Room tonight at 8. Tickets are $15-$20. Buy them here.
California hip-hop/pop/rock outfit Mansions on the Moon released an EP last year produced by Pharrell Williams, and will release their first album this year. They'll play at the Bowery tonight at 9 with Griz. Tickets are $12-$15. 18+ only.
Local worldbeat-inspired music collective Marina Orchestra will play at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria at 10 p.m. with Madre. It's free to attend. 21+ only.
Start your day at 8 a.m. at the Race Against Sexual Assault 5K at UT, which goes to benefit the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee. It's $15-$20 to register there.
The Outdoor Knoxfest kicks off at 9 a.m. with a Pickel Road Ride (a 20, 40, or 60-mile bike ride on the backroads of East Tennessee) and a Knoxville urban wilderness trail run at the Ijams Nature Center. Check out Outdoor Knoxville's website for the full list of events this weekend!
Saturday is also Record Store Day! (Are you exhausted yet?) There will be tons of live performances at various record stores around town. Check out what's going on at the Disc Exchange here and at Lost and Found Records here.
Knoxville's Earth Fest also starts at 10 a.m. Check out full details on the website. It's pet friendly and free to attend!
In case NONE of those festivals appeal to you, there IS another: Shakesfest, which celebrates William Shakespeare. It goes from 1 till 4 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. It's free to attend!
THEN, don't forget to check out Stacey Campfield's debate with comedian and former Knoxville radio show host J. LaLonde at the Square Room. The event will be moderated by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Doors open at 2 p.m. It's free to attend!
At 7 p.m., the Flatlanders will play at the Shed in Maryville with Joe Pug, Texas Tony, and the Tornado Ramblers. Tickets are $20. Buy them here.
Grammy-nominated Nashville bluegrass band the SteelDrivers will play at the Bijou Theatre with Logan Brill at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. Buy them here.
Nashville singer/songwriter Don Gallardo will play at Boyd's Jig and Reel at 10 p.m. with How Far West. The show's free! 18+ only.
The Melvins bassist Joe Preston's solo outfit Thrones will perform at the Pilot Light at 10 p.m. with Argentinum Astrum. Tickets are $8. 18+ only.
After brunch, head over to Market Square, where the City of Knoxville, the Knoxville Fire Department, and the Tennessee EMS Education Association will host a free CPR training form noon to 5 p.m.
At the Frank H. McClung Museum, the Civil War Lecture series continues at 2 p.m. with a discussion on the first heavy artillery colored troops. It's free to attend!
In honor of National Crime Victims Rights Week, there will be a walk at 2 p.m. on Volunteer Landing hosted by HOPE for Victims. It's free to attend.
Poet Marilyn Kallet will be at Union Avenue Books at 4 p.m. to read from her new collection "The Love that Moves Me." It's free to attend!
The Knoxville Vegan Supper Club will meet at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Kingston Pike at 5 p.m. For more info call (865) 264-3894.
Wrap up the night with some laughs at the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show at the Preservation Pub at 8 p.m. No cover! 21+ only.