Fun for seniors. Knoxville’s Office of Special Events is offering senior adults a new way to get active and creative Wednesday in the city’s parks. Senior’iffic Fun in the Park will be held at Caswell Park (570 Winona Street) near the John T. O’Connor Senior Center. Senior adults can participate in a variety of activities, including line dancing, Tai Chi, aerobics classes, crafts, painting and playing music. All activities will be conducted in a safe, physically distanced setting that adheres to public health protocols for reducing the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Activity sessions are available in two time slots: 9:30-11:20 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All events are free, but registration is required for each week to allow for proper physical distancing at the event. Information


Caribbean Jerk Festival

Knoxville’s inaugural festival will present food, fun and fellowship with eclectic Caribbean cuisine, musical acts, reggae artists and activities, including a children’s area. The festival will raise awareness of Caribbean culture and serve as a benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and Ladies of Charity. Noon-8 p.m. $20 per ticket, $150 VIP. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive. Information


Tennessee 225th Celebration

Blount Mansion, “the birthplace of Tennessee,” is partnering with the City of Knoxville, fellow members of the Historic Homes of Knoxville and Visit Knoxville for a celebration of the Volunteer State’s 225th birthday. The event will begin with a short procession led by Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps, students from South Knoxville Elementary School and interpreters in 18th century attire. The procession will begin at James White’s Fort and end at Blount Mansion where Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will share remarks. Guests will enjoy free MoonPies and other Tennessee-themed refreshments. The celebration is free and open to the public. Attire: Casual, business casual, business. 1:30-3 p.m. Information

JUNE 4-6

Classic Cinema Matinee returns

The Tennessee Theatre is welcoming the general public back to the historic venue for the first time in more than a year. The theater will offer multiple weekend showings to accommodate attendees since capacity remains limited for COVID-19 safety. General admission seating is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open one hour before the showing. Masks will be required at all times when not eating or drinking. The three-movie series starts with “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Showtimes are Friday, June 4, 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 5, 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 6, 3 p.m. Tennessee Theatre organist Freddie Brabson will entertain the audience with a Mighty Wurlitzer performance before the shows. The series will continue with “The Phantom of the Opera” Oct. 24 and “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dec. 12. Information


KARM Dragon Boat Festival

The 18th annual 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. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Cove at Concord Park, 11808 S. Northshore Drive. Knoxville. Information

Zoofari 2021

It’s the 34th annual Zoofari. Each year’s celebration is themed after a species or special zoo initiative creating an ever-changing adventure. The 2021 event will be “Havana Nights” in celebration of the capering Cuban crocodile. The event includes cocktail hour, silent auction, sit-down dinner, live auction, entertainment and dancing. Funds raised from Zoofari support the zoo’s animal care, animal conservation and education programs. 6:30 p.m. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive. Information


History lunch

The Knoxville History Project will hold a virtual luncheon featuring its annual Historian of the Year award ceremony. Noon-1 p.m. Additional information to come. Information

Cancer benefit concert

Cancer Support Community East Tennessee will hold an outdoor concert and provide hope to friends and neighbors with cancer. Cruz Contreras with Dave Eggar and a Dirty Guv’nahs Trio will perform at socially distanced events. Tickets can be purchased online. Seating is limited with individual seats and pods for groups of two to six people. 7-9:30 p.m. $75. The Amphitheater at World’s Fair Park, 954 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information


KMA Summer Kickoff Party

The museum will host a party to benefit its operations and educational programs. The event features heavy hors d’oeuvres by Holly’s Eventful Catering and live music from The Atlanta Showstoppers party band. Dressy casual attire. 7-11 p.m. $125 per person. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information


MLK Parade and Juneteenth

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Parade, in partnership with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center’s Juneteenth Celebration, will hold the MLK Parade. The route will begin at Chilhowee Park, 3300 E. Magnolia Avenue, and run through Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and end at Dr. Walter Hardy Park. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and step-off will start at 10 a.m. The Beck Cultural Exchange Center’s annual Juneteenth Celebration will kick off in the park following the parade. Dr. Walter Hardy Park, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Knoxville. Information

Bridles & Blue Jeans

The 15th annual fundraiser will raise money to benefit the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR), which provides positive horse-related experiences for people with disabilities or other special challenges. For sponsorship information or to donate auction items, please contact Shawn Snyder at More information to come. Shangri-la Therapeutic Academy of Riding, 11800 Highway 11E, Lenoir City. Information


City’s Virtual Business Breakfast

The City of Knoxville will host the event via Zoom for companies to learn about upcoming business opportunities with the City of Knoxville for the next 12-18 months. The event is free and open to all businesses. 8:30-11 a.m. Registration required. Information


Game On Against Cancer

Thompson Cancer Survival Center hosts the event, the proceeds of which support Thompson Cares, a fund that assists cancer patients in financial need with basic living expenses. The event includes the chance to play on home gaming equipment, live music, food, beverages, silent auction and the opportunity to challenge local celebrities and media personalities in games. Ticket price includes admission, unlimited free play, one celebrity match (additional matches available for $10 each), food and a beer/wine token. $50. The Wakefield Corporation, 10646 Dutchtown Road, Knoxville. Information