LATINO awards. The Thursday event honors those who serve the East Tennessee community and is Centro Hispano’s annual fundraising event. Centro Hispano will recognize three community leaders voted on by the East Tennessee community in the nomination categories: Latino Community Leader; Latino Spirit Award; and Latino Humanitarian Award. The event features cocktails, authentic Latino cuisine, dancing, silent auction and live music. 5-9 p.m. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information


Purple Gala

Alzheimer’s Tennessee will hold its annual gala with a theme of Beatlemania. Doors open at 7 p.m. for food and cocktail tasting with the Beatles tribute concert starting at 8:15 p.m. Attire is festive purple. 7-9:30 p.m. $100 per ticket; $1,000 for table of 10. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Puppy Yoga & Wine Tour

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley will hold a fundraiser with puppies, yoga and wine. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $30 per ticket. Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, 6717 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information


Girl Talk Fashion Show Gala

The event, now in its sixth year, is held every summer to create awareness of the organization’s mission and involve the community in a fun-filled evening benefit. The event includes a cocktail reception, dinner, program and fashion show. Attire: Black tie, black tie optional or cocktail. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $75 per person, $750 for table of 10. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Information

75th Anniversary Gala

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley is 75 and celebrating the milestone event with dinner and entertainment. 6-11 p.m. $350 per person; $2,500 for table of eight. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information


Asian Festival

The 5th annual event features crafts, arts, and textiles of each participating Asian country, authentic Asian food, visual and performing arts, martial arts presentations and children’s activities. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Market Square, Knoxville. Information


Theatre Opening

The Clarence Brown Theatre opens the 2018-19 season in a joint production with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” to mark the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth year. Bernstein was an influential composer, conductor, educator, activist, cultural ambassador and humanitarian. 7:30-10 p.m. 1714 Andy Holt Ave, Knoxville. Information


Supreme Court Dinner

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold its annual dinner to pay tribute to the justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court. A cash bar reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The featured speaker is The Hon. R. Ashby Pate of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. Pate is a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Palau, where he helped design the island nation’s first-ever jury trial system, 6-9 p.m. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Dr. Information


Goodwill Vintage Fashion Show

Now in its 34th year, it is Goodwill Industries-Knoxville’s flagship fundraising event. The evening of fun and fashion features hundreds of vintage and vintage-inspired modern outfits, all found at local Goodwill stores. The event includes dinner, entry to the fashion show and access to deals at the Vintage Boutique immediately following the show. Attire is dressy, cocktail, business or business casual. A Vintage Boutique pre-sale begins at 5 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the 7 p.m. runway show. The boutique is open to all attendees after the show. The funds support Goodwill Industries-Knoxville’s mission to provide vocational services and employment opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment in East Tennessee. Holiday Inn Downtown World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St. Knoxville. Information

FRIDAY, Sept. 7

Luncheon kicks off TN Valley Fair

The fair’s annual luncheon for government officials and businesses officially celebrates the start of the fair, now in its 99th year. Held on the Knoxville fairgrounds at Chilhowee Park, the luncheon is attended by more than 300 business and community leaders from throughout East Tennessee. Noon. Tennessee Valley Fairgrounds, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville. Information

SEPT. 7-16

Tennessee Valley Fair

All of the favorites for fair fans including music, food, midway rides, competitions, sports, events for kids and more. Among the entertainers in concert at this year’s event are Rick Springfield, Chris Blue, Joe Diffie, Craig Campbell, 38 Special, Who’s Bad, Charlie Daniel’s Band, Tenth Avenue North, Scott McCreery and Bone Thugs-in-Harmony. The event opens Friday at 3 p.m. with rides getting underway at 4 p.m. Also, on Friday, the Fair Food Throwdown at the Culinary Arts Stage, a contest among concessionaires for the best fair food. Other competitions for exhibitors are for livestock, cheerleading and dancing, pageants, talent, food, photography, Legos, and a variety of contests for home crafts, gardening, arts and others. Information


UT’s Football

The Vols begin a new football era under coach Jeremy Pruitt, playing at home against East Tennessee State. Neyland Stadium,1235 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville. 4 p.m. Information