Tennessee Valley Fair. The 101st Tennessee Valley Fair, a nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing East Tennessee heritage, is being held at the Tennessee at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center through Sept. 19. The 10-day event offers food and food competitions, attractions and Midway rides, concerts, action sports, agriculture competitions, beauty pageants, shopping, giveaways, fireworks and special events. Mayberry Day is Sept. 18 at 6 p.m., celebrating the Andy Griffith Show. La Fiesta Latina is Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. A new event this year is a pet show, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. for cats and 7:30 p.m. for dogs. Concerts include Jon Langston, John Anderson, Riley Green, the Commodores, Rick Springfield, En Vogue, The Purple Experience and Joe Nichols. Tennessee at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center, 3301 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville. Information


UT Football

Vols vs. Pittsburgh. Noon. Neyland Stadium. Information


Twilight at Ijams

Ijams Nature Center will debut the event, previously known as Symphony in the Park, for its signature fundraiser. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville. Information


Carry the Torch Luncheon

The luncheon, hosted by the Volunteer Ministry Center, will begin at 11:45 a.m. and is part of a Mission Fair beginning at 10 a.m. with agencies that serve the homeless presenting booths and information and interacting with attendees seeking volunteer opportunities. The benefit luncheon will feature Father Gregory J. Boyle, a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and reentry program in the world. His books include “Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship,” and “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” A book signing will be held from 1-2 p.m. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information


Seeds of Imagination Luncheon

A fall luncheon to recognize a legacy of readers and to benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County. The advisory board will host the third annual event with lunch, live music and a book-themed silent auction. The Stowers family also will present the Seeds of Literacy Award to this year’s honorees, the nurses of the Childbirth Center at Parkwest Medical Center, for their exceptional contribution to early literacy in Knox County. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $125 per person, $1,000 table of eight. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike Knoxville. Information

Power of the Purse

This fall marks 50 years of Mobile Meals serving food and hope to seniors in the community, and the program, part of the CAC Office on Aging, will hold its 50th anniversary celebration with Power of the Purse presented by Patricia Nash. The event will include entertainment by the Jay Eric Band, a special video produced by Rustic Roots Creative, reception with food and beverages and bar, and the Power of the Purse silent auction. 4:45-7 p.m. Registration required. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., Knoxville. Information

Bach at the Botanicals

Let the sounds of the symphony guide you through the Knoxville Botanical Garden as KSO musicians perform the music of J.S. Bach alongside contemporary composers, including Dosia McKay, Rhiannon Giddens and Mark O’Connor. In the case of rain, KSO musicians will move into the Dogwood Center and continue performances as planned. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave., Knoxville. Information

Gov. Haslam promotes book

Bill Haslam will discuss his new book, “Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square,’’ joined by retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade. 6:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street, Knoxville. Registration required on ETHS website. Books are available before and after the event from the Museum of East Tennessee History’s gift shop. They will also be available for purchase and signing the night of the event. Information