First up is the annual "Shakespeare on the Square"on the downtown Market Square Mall. All performances are free but donations are accepted.
The first play is "Love's Labors Lost on July 17, 19, 25, 27, & 31st at 7:00 pm nightly. This is a funny play about the King of Navarre and his 3 most loyal friends who vow to shut themselves away from the world for 3 years to study.
However the Princess of France and 3 of her most beautiful ladies in waiting take their own vow to interrupt the King's studies. No bets on who wins.
Next is the "Merchant of Venice" July 18, 20, 24, 26; August 1, 2, 7, 9, 15, 17 and also at 7:00 pm nightly.
Merchant is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays and is about green racism, and the abuse of power (could be about politics). The courtroom scene where the lender insists on collecting some most unusual collateral is classic.
On August 16th is the annual "Feast with the Beasts" at the Knoxville Zoo
Get a sitter and leave the kids at home for this "adults only" party.Area restaurants and vendors offer BBQ, hot wings, pasta dishes, deserts, and adults beverages from local distributors adn breweries.
Live bands entertain on several of the Zoo's stages and there's a silent auction to benefit the Zoo. A very popular and rocking event for adults of all ages over 21.
The Tennessee Valley Fair Runs this year from September 5-14th at Chilhowee Park in east Knoxville with fun for all ages. Exciting rides, live music, midways, agricultural exhibits at the Jacob's Building, tractor pulls, and lots of good old fashioned fun.
September 14th - 16 is "Hank Days" a celebration of the life and music of country music legend Hank Williams Senior.