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18 things to do in October in East Tennessee

18 things to do in October in East Tennessee USATODAY NETWORK-TENNESSEE Tennessee Fall Homecoming The Museum of Appalachia will present its Tennessee Fall Homecoming with country star Lee Ann Womack, bluegrass groups The Steeldrivers and Earls of Leicester headlining the music and folk festival. The event will go from Friday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Highway, Clinton. Three-day, one-day and evening passes are available, and prices range from $10-$80. Friday, Oct. 6, will be Student Heritage Day, and Sunday, Oct. 8, will be family day. For more information and tickets, visit 'A Very Sordid Wedding' screening "A Very Sordid Wedding," the sequel to Del Shores' 2000 film "Sordid Lives," will screen at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center's auditorium on the University of Tennessee campus. Shores will attend the screening along with the film's producer Emerson Collins and the stars of the film: Knoxville native and actress Dale Dickey, Oliver Springs resident and actor Levi Kreis and Somerset, Kentucky, resident and actor Scott Presley. The event will serve as a fundraiser for Positively Living. A VIP reception will precede the screening from 6-7:45 p.m., and a Q&A session will follow the film. VIP tickets are $100, and general admission tickets are $20. Tickets online at National Storytelling Festival Jonesborough's three-day National Storytelling Festival is Friday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 8 at the historic town. More than 11,000 people are expected to listen to more than two dozen storytellers and musicians during the festival. The core programs are 10 a.m.-lO p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets vary by performances, and frankly, they're not cheap. An adult daily ticket is $120, but there also are com¬ bined multiple-day prices and lower prices for children and senior citizens. Prices and a schedule are at www. Great Smoky Mountain Food Days University of Tennessee graduates Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, owners/ operators of Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, California, have fond memories of their time in Tennessee, its mountains and Appalachian heritage. To honor this region the pair are hosting the Great Smoky Mountain Food Days, to be held Oct. 6-7 at UT's Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive. The event will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, with a beans and cornbread supper and book signing by Appalachian culinary historian/author/ cook Sheri Castle. Castle will be keynote speaker on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Topics to be discussed include preservation, fermentation, wild edibles and a presentation by the Cowgirl Creamery. The event ends at about 5 p.m. Cost is $65. Tickets online at http ://greatsmokymountainfood Tennessee Pirate Fest The second annual Tennessee Pirate Fest will bring some swashbuckling fun to Harriman. The event will go from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday Oct. 8, at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site, 550 Fiske Road, Harriman. Activities include costume contests, live music, comedy shows, street characters, crafts, vendors, food and more. Tickets cost $16 for those 13 and up, $8 for children 5-12 and free for those 4 and under. For more information, visit Music From Around the World The Guy Mendilow Ensemble performs its music and storytelling from around the world in Knoxville and Maryville. The ensemble is a quintet of musicians from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan and the United States. Public performances are 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Tem- pie Beth El, 3037 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Maryville College's Clayton Center for the Arts. The Oct. 10 concert at Temple Beth El is free. Tickets for the Maryville concert are $16.50 to $29.50 for adults, $14.50 or $27.50 for senior citizens or students, and available at 865-981-8590. Be a Friend Festival Sponsored by the disAbility Resource Center, the annual Be A Friend Festival promotes "friendships with all" and features kidfriendly activities, inflatables, music, puppets, entertainers and artwork. Oh, and it's all free ? including lunch. The festival will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, 620 Winona St. For information, call 865-637-3666 or visit The KSO's Beatles tribute The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents "A Beatles Tribute: Sgt. Pepper's & More" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Performing with the symphony are four Beatles tribute artists who make up the group Classical Mystery Tour and present more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed as they were originally recorded. Adult tickets range from $20 to $62; discounts are available for students. Tickets are at 865-291-3310 or BOO! at the Zoo Get extra wear out of the children's Halloween costumes at Zoo Knoxville's annual ode to the holiday. Boo! at the Zoo is spread over three weekends. Children can trick-or-treat through the park after regular hours, dance in the Monster Mash tent and ride the Boo! Choo Train or "haunted" carousel. Now in its 31st year, Boo! is designed as a not-too-scary event for preschoolers and elementary school students. Boo! is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct.15; Thursday, Oct. 19-Sunday, Oct. 22; and Thursday, Oct. 26-Sunday, Oct. 29. New this year is a Boo! night just for zoo annual passholders 5:30-8 p.m Thursday, Oct. 12. Boo! tickets are $9 a person; children younger than age 4 are admitted free. Parking is free. Tickets at, 865-637-5331 and at the zoo's ticket office during regular hours. The zoo is off Interstate 40's Exit 392. Pumpkintown Fall Festival The town of Athens will hold its free annual Pumpkintown Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Festivities include a dog costume contest, a pet adopt-a-thon, live music, a car show, crafts, Pumpkin Plinko, food vendors, kids' activities, a pancake breakfast and more. For more information, visit http:// Continued on Next Page index.html Knoxville Horror Film Fest Knoxville Horror Film Fest returns for its ninth annual celebration of sinister cinema Oct. 20-22 at Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8. The weekend features independent, classic and short-form horror films. Ten feature films are headlining: "Suspiria," an Italian horror film with 4K restoration for its 40th anniversary; "Blade of the Immortal," a bloody adaptation of the popular manga, and director Takashi Miike's 100th feature film; "The Endless," in which two men seek a mysterious cult; "Kuso," a "gross-out" debut from iconoclastic music producer Flying Lotus; "Hausu," in which a group of Japanese schoolgirls faces off against an evil spirit; "Better Watch Out," a holiday babysitting gig gone horrif- ically wrong; "Game of Death," a big-screen adaptation of a web series in which a board game teaches a houseful of millenials to kill or be killed; "Spookers," a documentary about a family of New Zealanders operating a popular haunted house attraction; "Sequence Break," a surreal story of a machine that changes a video arcade technician's life; and "Tragedy Girls," a preview screening of a teen slasher comedy. The 2017 KHFF Grindhouse GrindOut Filmmaking Contest challenges locals to create wild, grindhousestyle fake movie trailers on Saturday, and Sunday evening's Awards Ceremony recognizes the festival's best films and winners of a costume contest. Find information and tickets at Wag-N-Walk at Ijams Dog owners can take their pets to Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., for a "Wag-n-Walk" 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Veterinarian Dr. Louise Conrad and her canines will lead the walk as she reviews good dog park etiquette and safety concerns for dogs in nature. The walk's free for Ijams members, $5 for non-members. Register at October Sky Festival The Oliver Springs Historical Society will present the 10th annual October Sky Festival in the town's Arrowhead Park. The event will go from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. It will have children's activities, food, music, a beauty pageant, a car show and more. The event is free, and donations are appreciated. For more information, visit Historic Rugby Ghostly Gatherings Historic Rugby will have its annual Saturday "Ghostly Gathering" celebrations Oct. 21 and 28. The yearly Halloween-season celebration, which starts at 6 p.m., is a favorite among visitors to the Victorian-era village. It includes a homemade chili dinner with dessert at the Historic Rugby Community Building, followed by a ghost movie, then candle and oil lamp tours of several his¬ toric buildings dating back to the early 1880s. During the tour, guests meet the "ghosts" of some of Rugby's earliest residents and hear their stories, along with stories about the village's other ghosts. Later, there's hot cider around a bonfire, with more spooky stories provided by the Tale Tellers of East Tennessee State University. (Stories move inside to the Rebecca Johnson Theatre in case of rain.) These events usually sell out, so make reservations early at 423-6282441 or by emailing It's Howl-O-Ween The holiday's gone to the dogs, literally, at Howl-O-Ween, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the University of Tennessee Gardens off Neyland Drive. The fourth annual Howl-OWeen Pooch Parade and Pet Expo is presented by the gardens and UT College of Veterinary Medicine. The event's free to attend. There's a fee for dogs to participate in the costumed Halloween parade. Pre-registration for the parade is $10 per costume entry (a costume entry may include multiple dogs, so long as they will be judged together in the same category). Day-of registration is $15. Each costume entry must be accompanied by at least one adult in the parade. For more information, go to the Howl-O-Ween information at Zombie Walk/Thrill the World On Oct. 28, the undead will roam the streets of Knoxville and dance in Market Square ? for a couple of good causes. The Knoxville Zombie Walk, presented by Creature Seeker, will begin at 5 p.m. at Scruffy City Hall. Participants can arrive as early as 3 p.m. to visit vendors and get makeup help, and there's a costume contest at 4:30 p.m. Walkers should bring donated items for the Love Kitchen. See a list on the 2017 Knoxville Zombie Walk Facebook page. Then, precisely at 6, these walkers and any others hanging around in Market Square will participate in Thrill the World, a globally synchronized dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." It's the ninth year Knoxville has participated in the event, and if your moves are rustier than they should be, you can attend a free class or two to learn the choreography. Find times and locations on the Thrill the World Knoxville Facebook page. All donations collected during Thrill the World Knoxville benefit Young-Williams Animal Center. Open Streets Knoxville The next Open Streets Knoxville will come at the end of October. It will take place from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The free event will close down Gay Street Bridge and Council Place to Sevier Avenue, wrapping around to Suttree Landing Park, to traffic, according to a press release. Attendees will get to walk, jog, run, bike, dance, shop, exercise and socialize down the streets during the event. For more information, visit American Impressionists atKMA The Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, is showing more than 50 works of American Impressionist art now through Sunday, Nov. 12. The art ? mostly oil paintings ? includes landscapes, portraits, seascapes and still-life studies. "American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony" came from an extensive collection from the Reading, Pennsylvania, Public Museum. The KMA is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. A M M fBm^mJLj ' 4mkt -tW~*A. \ i V . gg ?»^ -~^^,?. - ? 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