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The Weekend Plan-It: Battlefield Band, James McMurtry, and Many Festivals

We made it!! Woo!! Just get through a few more hours of work and we're all free for the weekend! And here's what's going on.


Greekfest starts at 11 a.m. Go get yourself some gyros! And check out the music and marketplace while you're there. Admission is $2 for the day or $3 for the weekend.

At noon, head over to Thompson-Boling Arena for the UT Science Forum. Micobiology professor Dr. Jill Mikucki will lead a discussion entitled "Antarctica: Exploring Ecosystems Below a Half Mile of Ice." It's free to attend and open to the public. For more info, call (865) 974-8156 or email

At 6 p.m., head over to the Knoxville Zoo for the "Art Gone Wild" exhibit. That's right--the art on display is all done by some of the zoo's residents! There will also be food and drinks. It's $30 to attend. 21+ only.

Scottish traditionalists the Battlefield Band will make a stop in Knoxville at 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater. Tickets are $21. Buy them here.

At 9:45, venture over to 90 Proof in the Old City to catch local indie rockers Gamenight, who released their new album last month. Zach and Kota's Sweet Life and Mare Vita will also perform. Cover's $5. 18+ only.

Get up a little early and head over to Fountain City Park for the Fountain City Art Center's Fall Festival at 10 a.m. There will be music, food, arts and crafts booths, and kids' activities. The best part? It's free to attend.

Whatever you do, don't miss the Hola Festival on Gay Street, which kicks off at 11 a.m. There will be plenty of food and music. I can already smell the empanadas and tamales... It's free to attend! 

James McMurtry will bring his unique brand of alt-country to the Shed in Maryville with Corb Lund at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Buy them here.

Also at 8 p.m. is the noncompetitive Neon Vibe 5K run and light show at Alvin Bissell Park in Oak Ridge. Live music is involved. It's $40 to run. 

The Broadcast will play funky soul and classic rock at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria at 10 p.m. There's no cover! 21+ only.

Check out the final day of the Knoxville Film Festival, where local, national, and international indie films will be screened. Movie lovers, this is not to be missed. Tickets are $10 for each film block, and up to $100 for the entire weekend (and VIP access). Movies start at 11:30 a.m.

Retired Morgan State University history professor Elaine G. Breslaw will be at the East Tennessee History Center at 2 p.m. to talk about early American medicine--from folk remedies to early science. It's free to attend!

If you're still out and about at 8 p.m., check out the Preservation Pub's Upstairs Underground Comedy Show. There's no cover! 21+ only.

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