Light the Night Luncheon. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will hold the event at 11:30 a.m. Thursday to kick off the Light the Night campaign and walk, which will be held Oct. 25 at Circle Park on the University of Tennessee campus. RSVP to Bethany Fields, campaign specialist, at 615 258-5507 or Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information


Susan G. Komen Dinner

The eighth annual barbecue fundraiser is one of the organization’s signature events, “Boob-b-que” features food, beer and wine, carnival games and silent and live auctions. The event raises funds to provide mammograms, patient assistance and education in Komen’s 24-county service area. 6-10 p.m. $100 per person. $900 for table of 10. Lighthouse Knoxville, 6800 Baum Drive, Knoxville. Information


History and Antique Fair

The East Tennessee Historical Society will hold its annual event, along with the East Tennessee Antique Fair. Participants representing the people, places and events that shaped East Tennessee’s past will “spill out of the East Tennessee History Center and fill downtown Knoxville, making history truly come alive.” Attendees can walk the East Tennessee Timeline, replete with re-enactors interpreting time periods from early settlement to the Vietnam War. The fair also includes hands-on activities, a bus tour of Knoxville’s historic homes, “History Hound” dog costume contest, food, museum tours and live music. The event takes place at the East Tennessee History Center and downtown Knoxville locations. East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information

Summer Celebration

Foothills Land Conservancy will hold its annual summertime event to look to the future and raise awareness for its mission – preserve, protect and enhance the landscape of the Southern Appalachian region. The event is held at the 265-acre RiverView Family Farm located along Fort Loudoun Lake, 12130 Prater Lane. Attire is summer casual. Information

The Bijou Jubilee

The annual celebration and the primary fundraising event for the Bijou Theatre features a concert by The SteelDrivers. VIP tickets are limited and include a premium seat location and access to the pre-show party at 5:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres; wine, beer and spirits; silent auction and live entertainment. $150 for VIP; $38 for reserved general admission. All ticketholders will have a chance to participate in the live auction featuring signed instruments from artists who’ve played on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre. The live auction will take place prior to The SteelDrivers’ performance. Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Information

Havana Nights

Now in its 20th year, the annual charity auction and dinner is one of the Sertoma Center’s top fundraisers, featuring a silent auction and cocktails followed by a tropical dinner, live auction and dancing. Boys’ Night Out will provide live entertainment. Attire: Festive Hawaiian shirts, sundresses, casual or cocktail. Individual tickets are $150. 6:30-10 p.m. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Great Smoky Mountains and Townsend host the second summertime spectacle, 3-9 p.m. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color against a backdrop of a Tennessee sunset. This is a balloon glow event. Balloons do not launch. There will be family-friendly activities, live entertainment, crafters doing demonstrations and selling, food trucks, local craft beers, wine tastings and activities for children. Townsend Visitors Center, 7906 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend. Information


Little Pink Dress Party

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer hosts its Knoxville kickoff event, featuring information about Making Strides and the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programs and services; team and individual signups; store; heavy hors d’oeuvres and pink drink specials. Pink attire is encouraged. The event serves as the kickoff for the Oct. 21. 6-8 p.m. Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St., Knoxville. RSVP before Aug. 7 by emailing, calling 865 558-4053 or visiting


LATINO awards

The 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. 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 pm. 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