Solstice Supper. CAC Beardsley Community Farm celebrates its 20th anniversary Celebration on Thursday with its annual farm-to-table benefit. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction, and dinner is served at 6:45 p.m. The dinner features four courses paired with craft beer and local wine. Solstice Supper is a collaboration among OliBea, Old City Wine Bar, Rebel Kitchen, Oliver Royale, Pretentious Brewing Company and Mothers Daughter. The supper will include some of Beardsley’s produce in addition to donations from A&B and Spring Creek Farm. Individual tickets are available ($110 per ticket, $400, table of four, $760 for table of eight). A business sponsor table of eight is $1,000 and includes recognition at the dinner. Solstice Supper raises funds for the farm’s operating budget to provide sustainable grown produce to those in need in Knoxville. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information


Concerts on the Square

Knoxville’s live music series on Market Square includes jazz on Tuesdays. Variety Thursdays will feature the following acts every Thursday, from 7-9 p.m.:

• June 21: Josh Cottrell

• June 28: Bary Jolly’s Jimmy Buffett Tribute

All Concerts on the Square events are free, including parking for motorists entering City-owned garages after 6 p.m. No alcohol or food will be sold on Market Square proper, although 14 restaurants – many with patios – are located on the Square. Information


Kuumba Festival

The event serves as the largest African-American Cultural Arts Festival in East Tennessee. The 2018 theme is “Kuumba Forever,” in memory of Nkechi Ajanaku, the longtime executive director of the festival who died June 1, 2017. Market Square. Information

Trivia Night

InterFaith Health Clinic has partnered with Summit Medical Group for Doctors vs. Lawyers Trivia Night, which will bring together the medical and legal communities in healthy competition to raise money to provide health care for the underserved. 6:30-9 p.m. $75 per ticket, sponsorships available. Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville. Information

Summer Solstice Dinner

The 6th event at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum features local food, brews and music. Enjoy an evening under the stars and a meal made with fresh ingredients from KBGA’s Center for Urban Agriculture. 7-9 p.m. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave., Knoxville. Information


All You Can Eat Crab Fest

Join Second Harvest Food Bank in Maryville for the festival, 2-5 p.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank 136 Harvest Lane. Enjoy all you can eat steamed Southeast blue crabs, fried fish and French fries and boiled corn for only $50. Water, sodas, wine and beer will also be available. Each ticket will provide 75 meals to those in need in the 18 counties Second Harvest serves. Includes tour of Second Harvest facility. Information

Dragon Boat Festival

The 16th annual KARM event draws corporate and community teams that compete for a variety of awards, while serving as a primary fundraiser for Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Teams of paddlers race 41-foot-long dragon boats to support the programs that KARM offers the homeless in the community. Teams pay a registration fee to enter. 4-8 p.m. Spectators free. The Cove at Concord Park, 11808 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville. Information:

Knoxville PrideFest 2018

The event is an open celebration of music, entertainment and speakers focused on promoting equality and inclusion of all people. Held at the Mary Costa Plaza and Performance Lawn at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, this festival attracts thousands and includes a parade at 11 a.m. Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Information

KMA: Painting with a Purpose

Hosted by Art House at the KMA, the event will feature wildlife and animal painter Freddy Paske, who will travel from London. Paske uses his art to bring attention to the difficulties facing what remains of the world’s wildlife population through the project “The Bigger Picture.” Elephants, for example, are the world’s largest living land mammal. In 1979, there were 1.3 million. Today, 450,000 survive in the wild. Paske also will bring a selection of current works and speak about what it means to create art with purpose. A cocktail buffet, along with a selection of summer wines and cocktails, will be available. 7-9 p.m. $75, Art House members; $125, non-members. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information



The City of Alcoa celebrates Independence Day early, 6-11 p.m. at the Alcoa Duck Pond. Pyro Shows, Inc., a fireworks production company headquartered in LaFollette will again provide the event’s patriotic firepower. The 49-year-old pyrotechnics company has a long-standing relationship with the City, having provided the City its fireworks products since the 1980s. Now, the company does the entire show, from setup until the last shot is fired. Musical performances will begin at 6 p.m. breaking for the 20-minute fireworks spectacle at approximately 9:45 p.m. Entertainers will return to the stage at the end of the pyrotechnic presentation to treat event goers to music and “dancing in the street.’’ Food vendors will operate on the same 6-11 p.m. schedule, stopping only for the 20-minute fireworks display. A children’s area will be located between the Duck Pond and Springbrook Pool. Activities from will include a climbing wall, bounce house, inflatable slide, obstacle course, and face painting by Faces Gone Wild and Making Faces. Information

JULY 3-4

Gatlinburg goes first

For 43 years, Gatlinburg has kicked off the holiday with the first Independence Day parade in the nation stepping off at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early on Tuesday, July 3 to secure the perfect viewing area along the parade route. Stretching more than a mile, the parade route begins at Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway, turning south onto Parkway at traffic light #3 and traveling the length of downtown to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July celebrations will come to a close at 10 p.m. on July 4th with a 20-minute fireworks display in the heart of downtown. In addition to the Fourth of July events, the streets of Gatlinburg will be filled with Appalachian music from Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales every night through August 11. The city offers free Parkway Trolley service, spanning the full length of the Parkway, daily through August 11 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Information


4th in Knoxville

Celebrate Independence Day with music, food and fun at Knoxville’s festival on the performance lawns of the World’s Fair Park. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present the KSO 34th annual Free Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert at World’s Fair Park. The two-hour show features the KSO performing a mix of patriotic and Americana pieces with fireworks show. The event is held rain or shine. 4-10 p.m. 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive. Information

4th in Pigeon Forge

Experience the 4th of July, noon-10 p.m. at the 28th annual Patriot Festival. The night will feature music, food and fun games, all of which are free and open to the public. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family. Umbrellas and coolers will not be permitted on site. Festivities include free Kid’s Karnival, a musical tribute to veterans, Craig Morgan as headliner at 8:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Patriot Park, 186 Old Mill Ave. Information


Meacham book discussion

Renowned presidential historian and Tennessee native Jon Meacham will discuss his latest book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” at a special author event. He will be joined on stage by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Knox County Public Library and Union Ave Books. Meacham paints surprising portraits of presidents since the Civil War and brings to life turning points in history to include Reconstruction and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in WWI; the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women’s rights; the anti-Communist witch hunts led by McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson’s crusade against Jim Crow. Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, is the author of The New York Times best-sellers “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush”; “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power”; “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House”; “American Gospel”; and “Franklin and Winston.” 7-9 p.m. $35 per ticket. First Presbyterian Church, 620 State St., Knoxville. Information