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. Friday, 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


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

Taste of Turkey Creek

The event offers the opportunity to sample beer, wine and dining from nearly two dozen Turkey Creek restaurants. The benefit for The Pat Summitt Foundation also features a silent auction and special ice cream tasting inspired by Pat Summitt’s vanilla ice cream recipe. New for 2018 is a VIP ticket with early admission before 6 p.m., reserved and shaded seating area, private bar and additional catering. $25-$75. 6-9 p.m. Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, 11251 Parkside Drive. 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 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


Symphony in the Park

An annual event with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra benefits Ijams Nature Center’s environmental education programs, 300-acre wildlife sanctuary and care of its non-releasable animals. The event includes a silent auction, art, KSO music and dinner. Sponsorships for Ijams’ 2018 Symphony in the Park are now available. The 2018 featured musical artist is poet and songwriter R.B. Morris; the 2018 featured visual artist is ceramic artist Katherine Smith. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $175 per person; $1,750, table of 10. Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Information


Provision CARES

The Foundation’s fall luncheon will honor cancer patients, survivors and their families. In addition to enjoying lunch, attendees will hear uplifting stories from program recipients. The event serves as a fundraiser for the organization, which helps cancer patients in East Tennessee. Reservations are required, and donations will be requested at the event. Sponsorships begin at $500. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville. Information


YWCA Tribute to Women

For the 34th year, the event will honor outstanding women in the community through its Tribute to Women celebration. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by the formal presentation and awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Additional details to come. First Tennessee Plaza, 800 S Gay St., Knoxville. Information

Comedy for a Cause

The fifth annual event features comedian Leanne Morgan and supports The Cancer Institute at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for education and research funding for gynecologic cancers. A reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and silent auction begins at 5 p.m., with the program at 6:30 p.m. and comedy show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Current gynecologic cancer patients and survivors receive a complimentary ticket. 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information

Endeavor Young Professionals Summit

The event is a celebration and gathering of the next generation of leaders in Knoxville, an initiative spearheaded by the Knoxville Chamber, to provide young professionals opportunities to engage, become empowered and get involved. The “Achieve Greatness” summit is held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and includes the Endeavor pre-party; breakfast, lunch, snacks and coffee; and happy hour access with two beer tickets, food, networking and entertainment. Attire is business casual or casual. $80-$140. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Big Brothers Big Sisters

The sixth annual Cash for Kids’ Sake event serves as a fundraiser for the organization with a reverse raffle and silent auction. By purchasing a reverse raffle ticket, individuals have a chance to win up to $15,000. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. A $250 ticket admits two guests with one entry into the raffle. A $1,000 table admits 10 guests and five entries into the raffle. Dinner and drinks are included. The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information


Wine on the Water

The event is an evening of great wine poured by international and domestic wineries, wonderful cuisine by the area’s chefs and live music along the downtown waterfront. The event is a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. VIP admission is at 5:30 p.m.; general admission, 6:30 p.m. $150 VIP, $85, early access, $65 general admission. Volunteer Landing, Neyland Drive, Knoxville. Information

SEPT. 17-19

ETPA seminar

The East Tennessee Purchasing Association will host a three-day seminar for public housing authority procurement professionals Knoxville. Led by Michael S. Gifford, C.P.M., CPSD, Housing Agency Procurement Assistance, the practical, hands-on seminar on procurement and contract management will help participants purchase wisely and in compliance with laws and policies, including the latest federal procurement requirements. It is designed for management, purchasing, finance and property management personnel. Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC), 901 N. Broadway. $600 per person. Information