Family Weekend Events {May 18th-20th}

Welp. Just a few days left of school, huh? And for lots of us, school ended this week. It will be okay, I promise. Stayed tuned for a new series on Mondays with ideas of ways to keep the kids entertained during the summer. If only I could think of a catchy name…any ideas?

For now, here’s some fun stuff happening in Knoxville this weekend! Have a great one, y’all!

Ijams Nature Center is truly such a wonderful place to visit in Knoxville. They have several fun events planned for this weekend. On Friday night, May 18th beginning at 7 pm, they will host a Nightlife Symphony for the whole family. Listen to all the night sounds of nocturnal animals like frogs, birds, and insects as you explore the park. This program is free for members and $5 for non-members. To register, please call 577-4717, ext. 110.

Saturday, May 19th will also be a super fun day at Ijams Nature Center as they host Moving Into Nature from 1 pm – 4 pm. Read all about it this free day of fun, including the Fairy House and Gnome Home Building Competition HERE!

The Smoky Mountain Highland Games begin this weekend at Maryville College. A parade to kickoff the festivities will be on Friday night, May 18th beginning at 6:30 pm in downtown Maryville. Entertainment continues through Sunday, May 20th and includes Country Dancing, a Dog Show, athletic competitions, Clan Competitions, Stage Performing Bands, Balladeers, a Comedian, and a Kid’s Playground. For more information visit

You like biscuits, right? Well head on down to Market Square this Saturday, May 19th for the International Biscuit Festival beginning at 8:30 am with a Biscuit Breakfast. The days festivities all include biscuits, biscuits, and more biscuits. For the full schedule, visit their website.

Historic Cherokee Caverns is a great place to beat the heat this weekend as they present their Old Fashioned Lantern Tours on Saturday, May 19th from 10 am – 4 pm. These tours of the cave will mimic the tours that were conducted in 1929 when the cave first opened to the public. Guests will enjoy 1,000 feet of the trails and are encouraged to bring a flashlight and a camera. Cherokee Caverns is wheelchair and baby stroller accessible.

The Children’s Festival of Reading will be this Saturday, May 19th at World’s Fair Park from 10 am – 3 pm. For more information, read our article from Tuesday with scheduled authors, and other important information to know before you go!

There are some many more fun things going on this weekend including Princess and Pirate Day at the Knoxville Zoo, a free storytime event at Barnes and Noble featuring There’s a Dragon in the Library, the CuddleBugs Baby and Family Fair at Turkey Creek Medical Center.

Still looking for more? Check out our Knoxville Events Calendar!

(photo credit: Joelk75)

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