Five ways to spend Father’s Day with your dad


Looking for something to do with your dad on Sunday? Sure, he’d love a burger and a cold beer in the back yard, but why not get out there and try some of what Knoxville has to offer? Consider one of these experiences instead:

For grouchy dads with hearts of gold: Take him to see Shrek at the Tennessee Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday. It’s part of the theater’s Summer Movie Magic series, and tickets are a mere $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Reserve yours here

For Game of Thrones fans: Get Dad in the spirit of a medieval Father’s Day at Craft Axe Throwing, where dads will throw their axes for free through June 23. Open from 2 to 9 p.m.

For pickin’ and grinnin’ dads: The East Tennessee Bluegrass Association will hold its free monthly jam at Ijams Nature Center from 3 to 6 p.m. If your dad’s a performer, sign him up in advance. Otherwise, just bring a chair and enjoy the show. Sessions are at Mead’s Quarry when the weather cooperates. 

For lovers of the stage: Sunday is the final performance date of two shows in Knoxville — Rope at Theatre Knoxville Downtown and Something Rotten by the Tennessee Valley Players at the UT Carousel Theatre. Both performances begin at 3 p.m.

For dads you’ve not yet bought a gift for: Take him to the Old Sevier June Market at Hi-Wire Brewing in South Knoxville. Buy him a beer and a special, handcrafted gift from one of the dozens of merchants on hand. From food to fine art and plants to pottery, there’ll be plenty to choose from. 

  • Eastside Sunday Market, Dr Walter Hardy Memorial Park, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Fresh Perspectives by Wayne Blankenship, RED Gallery, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Fri. – Sat. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), through July 29
  • Juneteenth Freedom Day: Father’s Day, Beck Cultural Center, 1927 Dandridge Ave., 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., $30 – $35, RSVP
  • Old Sevier JUNE Market with Hi-Wire Brewing, 2020 Barber St., 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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