The Weekend Plan-It: Fourth of July Edition

Hi, hello, how goes it? Why don’t we get a jump on the weekend with a little planning action? Take a look at what’s going on around town today through Sunday.


The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church will have a gentle yoga and meditation class at noon. Donations will be accepted. For more info call (865) 577-2021 or email

Artists, assemble! The Candoro Arts and Heritage Center will have a life drawing session this afternoon at 2 p.m. with live models, but no instruction. To participate, just bring your sketching materials and $10. No membership is required. For more info call (865) 573-0709.

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild will meet at the Laurel Theater tonight at 7. Local writers will read from, and discuss, their work. A $2 donation is requested.

At 8 p.m., California singer/songwriter Joey English will team up with British-born Knoxville resident David Clifton for a performance at the Square Room. Matt Honkonen and Rob Kronen will also perform. Tickets are $10-$12. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at the Preservation Pub, where House of the Rising Funk will play their homegrown Southern-fried swamp jams. Cover’s $3. 21+ only.


There are so many Independence Day events going on. Check our calendar for more ideas.

The Museum of Appalachia in Clinton will have an all-day (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Fourth of July celebration, capped off with an anvil shoot. It’s $5-$15 to attend.

The Marble Springs State Historic Site will also celebrate all day (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and will ring traditional bells at 2 p.m. Storytelling, re-enactments, and more will also happen. It’s free to attend!

At noon in the visitor center downtown, Voodoo Pharmacology will perform for WDVX’s Blue Plate Special.  Take your friends and family! It’s free to attend!

The Concourse will host the Midnight Voyage, which will include performances from Liquid Stranger, Subscape, Spooky Jones, and the Midnight Voyage Alpha Fleet. The show starts at 9. Tickets are $15-$20. Buy them here. 18+ only.

Catch the State Street Rhythm Section at the Pres Pub at 10 p.m. The Jojax will also perform. Cover’s $5. 21+ only.


Saturday is Market Day on Market Square! It’ll be there till 2 p.m., so you can take your time if you need to recover.

Lenoir City’s annual fireworks and Independence Day celebration Rockin’ the Docks will kick off at Lenoir City Park at 1 p.m.

Janet Williams, the comedienne known as the “Tennessee Tramp,” will return to Knoxville for a stand-up show at Sidesplitters. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $8-$14. Buy them here. 18+ only.

Mustang Sally will perform at the Shed in Maryville at 8 p.m. with Austin Crum. Tickets are $15. Buy them here.

New Orleans singer/songwriter Kelcy Mae will perform a free show at Boyd’s Jig and Reel at 10 p.m. Mae is supporting her new album Half-Life. 18+ only.


If you head out for brunch, consider stopping in to the Bistro at the Bijou, where Shifflett and Hannah will play some jazz for diners starting at noon.

The Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee will meet at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church at 6 p.m. It’s $4 to attend the potluck. For more info, visit the group’s website or call (865) 546-5643.

Blount County’s own Robinella will play a set at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria in Maryville at 7 p.m.

Close out the weekend at the Pilot Light, where Chicago sludge outfit Lord Mantis will perform, along with Hell Militia. The show starts at 10 p.m. 18+ only.