By Mike Steely

October and November will see lots of events you can get involved in and seems there’s something for every member of the family. Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville, provided a list of activities to The Focus:


On Saturday, October 24th the Tennessee Theater will host “Costumes & Classic Cartoons Open House.” The FREE event starts at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for children 12 years old and younger. Classic cartoons and live organ music by Bill Snyder on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ will keep things lively.

Children accompanied by adults are welcome to dress in family-friendly costumes and no toy weapons will be permitted. You can also take a self-guided tour of the historic theater and the tours begin in the dressing rooms at the lower lobby.


Open Streets Knoxville takes place Sunday, October 25th between the Old City and Happy Holler. People are invited to walk Central Avenue, visit with neighbors, and shop along the way. Various activities will be available.


Also on October 25th is the Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo at UT Gardens from 1 until 5 p.m. The second annual event will have food trucks present and a pet costume contest. Entry fee for costumed dogs is $10 that day or $15 for more than one dog.


Boo at the Zoo continues October 19th and also on October 23 through the 26th.


Concerts of the Square are scheduled for October 22 and 29. The music begins at 7 p.m. on Market Square downtown. “Knoxville’s Finest Band” performs on the 22nd and “Handsome and the Humbles” play on the 29th.


The 2015 National Nuclear Science Week’s Big Event will take place at the Knoxville Convention Center in downtown Knoxville, TN beginning Thursday, October 22, and ending Saturday, October 24, 2015. Admission to this three-day event is free and open to all who have an interest in nuclear science and energy.


Halloween in the City Trick or Treat offers a chance for everyone, adults, children and pets, to trick or treat downtown Knoxville. There will be prizes, drawings and discounts at the October 31st event and merchants taking part will be displaying black and orange balloons. The hours are from 3 until 5 p.m.


Other upcoming events include the Foothills Craft Guild and Annual Fine Art Craft Fair November 20 through the 22nd. The event is open 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park. Admission is $ 8 for adults and $ 7 for seniors.


The 2015 Scruffy City Comedy Festival takes place from Friday, November 13th to Sunday, November 15th.  Tickets will be $30 for a festival pass through the week of the festival. This will give you access to all shows during the festival. Passes go up to $40 the week of the festival. The festival venues are all located in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.