Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Motus Knoxville Trail Run at Ijams Nature Center

Category: Festivals & special events, Health & wellness and Science & nature

Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 8 AM – 12 PM

At Ijams, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

The Motus Trail Series moves to Knoxville, TN to bring one of the toughest and most exciting trail runs on the calendar. Only two miles from downtown, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness presents a unique urban playground for trail runners. Winding through the Urban Wilderness, participants will encounter plenty of rocks, roots, and climbing to test their grit. Motus Knoxville will take participants through five parks, featuring the old quarries and hills of East Tennessee with a perfect balance of neighborhood backyard feel.

Half Marathon Trail Race (13.1 Miles) and 4.6 Mile Trail Race

https://www.facebook.com/events/447004415961603/

Farragut Business Alliance: Dog Daze IV

  • August 14, 2020 — August 16, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

DOG DAZE IV @ Village Green Shopping Center, will be a 3 Day Festival of fun, food, shopping and competition, Friday August 14 through Sunday the 16th. SHOP FARRAGUT and Town of Farragut have teamed up with Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs (http://www.smokymountaindockdogs.com/) & Ricki's Pet Depot (http://rickispetdepot.com/ ) to bring a nationally sanctioned regional canine aquatics competition by DOCK DOGS INTERNATIONAL (http://dockdogs.com/). The festivities will take place in the Village Green Shopping Center parking lot, just south of Stein Mart and Planet Fitness, Friday August 14 through Sunday the 16th.

Smoky Mountain DockDogs is the local club that will be supporting this event. Club President Kaye Noble states; "Since the onset of the Covid Virus, many of our DockDog competitions have been cancelled. So, we are excited to host this event which has just been awarded "WILDCARD" status. As a wildcard, competitors will receive bonus points and the opportunity to go to the world championships in October. We expect teams from across the country to compete for those valuable points." Competitors love coming to the Dog Daze at Village Green event because of the atmosphere of the crowd, the local food trucks, and the level of competition this event brings. There will be over 300 jumps with 150 competitors. This event is one of the last national events in the South East so it has become very popular with the competitors. Smoky Mountain DockDogs will also conduct a silent auction which will benefit the B.A.A.R.K. foundation. B.A.A.R.K. is an organization that helps the DockDogs community in their time of need.

DockDogs® was established in 2000; its first event was at the ESPN 2000 Great Outdoor Games competition. This competition will attract dog owners from across the Southeast. Last year there were over 30 competitors and more than 5000 visitors during the sophomore effort of this soon to be annual Farragut event. Registrants will be able to gain qualifying points towards attendance at the World Championships in October. If you have never witnessed this – expect the unexpected! Learn more at http://www.dockdogs.com. First Utility District is a major sponsor supplying over 27,000 gallons of fresh Tennessee River water to fill the pool for the weekend.

The festivities will start on Friday afternoon with local dogs taking a "Pooch Plunge!" Area dog owners will have the opportunity to have their 'puppy' try a Dock-Dive! K9 Center of East Tennessee has underwritten The Plunge activity which will allow non-competitors to try the DockDog experience free of charge. Between 4 and 7pm, members of the Smoky Mountain DockDogs Club will assist area pet lovers with their introduction to the sport. Actual competitions will commence on Saturday at 9am and competition registrations have SOLD OUT.
Between qualifying rounds, spectators can shop the Village Green shopping center, visit the many merchant booths on-site, mingle with pet food suppliers, plus get food & drink at the Festival Tent while visiting many pet related vendor booths, local merchant showcases and displays.

THE ENTIRE WEEKEND IS FREE!

The final rounds of competition and award presentations will take place late Sunday afternoon.

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Ijams Nature Center: Hummingbird Festival: Celebration of Wings

Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

Even a pandemic can’t stop the migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds! If the hummingbirds are coming through East Tennessee, Ijams Nature Center is going to celebrate them…and all of the winged creatures that make this region so amazing! However, having just one day of festivities with hundreds of people packed in to hear speakers or shop in the marketplace wasn’t wise, so it’s going to be a little different this year: Ijams is celebrating our flying friends ALL MONTH LONG! Please join Ijams for the 2020 Ijams Hummingbird Festival: Celebration of Wings! You'll learn about all your favorite winged creatures, from ruby-throated hummingbirds and other backyard birds to moths, butterflies, bats and more! Space is limited and preregistration is required for every event. Ijams has put safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe. There's something for all ages, so make plans to join in the fun!

Aug. 6
• 10-11 a.m. Nature Nuggets: All About Wings

Aug. 7
• 6-8 p.m. Speaker Series: Marvelous Moths w/Kris Light
• 8-9 p.m. Night Program: Bat and Moth Walk and Talk

Aug. 14
• 6-8 p.m. Speaker Series: Powerful Pollinators w/Kris Light

Aug. 20
• 9-11 a.m. Little Creatures With Wings
• 9-11 a.m. Hummingbird Hike
• 10-11 a.m. Nature Nuggets: All About Wings

Aug. 21
• 6-8 p.m. Speaker Series: Monarch Migration w/Kris Light
• 8-9 p.m. Night Rambles w/Naturalists: Night Flyers
• 9-10 p.m. Family Campfire: Celebration of Wings

Aug. 22 A Day of All Things Wings!
• 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Behind-the-Scenes Bird Banding and Community Science Experience, Animal Encounters and More!
• 8-9 p.m. Night Rambles w/Naturalists: Night Flyers
• 9-10 p.m. Family Campfire: Celebration of Wings

Aug. 27
• 6-8 p.m. Speaker Series: Secrets of Backyard Birds w/Stephen Lyn Bales

NOTE: Programs may change based on COVID requirements issued by the State of Tennessee or City of Knoxville/ Knox County. Learn More and Register: https://www.ijams.org/ijams-hummingbird-festival

Ijams Nature Center: Opening Quarry Swimming Area, Paddling Rentals

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Ijams Nature Center has opened the swimming area at Mead's Quarry in phase two of the City/County reopening plan, which went into effect May 26.

River Sports Outfitters (RSO) began offering paddle rentals on the lake Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Rentals will close due to inclement weather and will be announced on the RSO Facebook page at @RiverSportsOutfitters.

The Ijams Outpost, which offers concessions, beer and other items, will mirror RSO hours. Restrooms at the quarry remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Visitor Center restrooms and limited-contact gift shop/concessions purchases continue to be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All restrooms will close for short periods at set times each day to allow facilities to be cleaned and sanitized. During those times, the front lobby of the Visitor Center also will be closed.

Navitat is open Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are by appointment only.

You are encouraged to wear masks when entering the Visitor Center and while passing other people on the grounds. Ijams remains committed to the health and safety of visitors and staff, and will be evaluating reopening policies, procedures and hours; changes may be implemented at any time. www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

Nourish Knoxville: Market at Mary Costa Plaza

  • May 2, 2020 — December 19, 2020

Category: Culinary arts, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

COVID-19 UPDATE: the Market Square Farmers’ Market will be temporarily relocated to Mary Costa Plaza by the Civic Coliseum. While at Mary Costa, our hours on both Wednesday and Saturday will be 9 am – 1 pm, with the 9 am – 10 am reserved for at-risk shoppers. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more details about the COVID-19 safety protocols in place at our markets.
https://www.nourishknoxville.org/market-square-farmers-market/

Dates and Hours:
May 2 – November 21, 2020
Wednesdays/Saturdays 9 AM - 1 PM

December 5, 12, & 19, 2020
Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm

The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more.

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours: COVID-19 Program

  • May 1, 2020 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Since 2010, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours have created the highest level of enjoyment. With the hard times we are facing as a country, we feel that entertainment IS 100% essential. Getting out of the house, enjoying the outdoors with loved-ones is extremely beneficial to personal health.
With this being said, we have decided to adjust our Tours operation so we can offer service to the public, while also maintaining social distancing requirement.
Public Tours are postponed till social distancing requirements are lifted. (RESCHEDULES will be available once social distancing requirements are lifted.)
Private Tours will be offered for “Households” and social circles. (We have decided to offer these events to individuals who spend time in close proximity of each other.) This is a great solution for slowing the spread of the virus while also offering activities that can bring enjoyment to families in the community.

Information: 865-377-9677 or www.hauntedknoxville.net