Day trips to North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia are quite reasonable for Knoxville residents. Here are some events that might spice up your weekend without spending a fortune.
Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby
It’s the kids’ turn to try their hand at the tackle box at the Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby. The fun starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday, with lots of prizes and free bait and tackle for the little anglers. Admission is free, but children must be registered and there will be a five-trout limit per child. (828) 497-1826 or cherokeetroutderby.com. August 2-3, Oconaluftee Island Park, Cherokee, N.C.
Virginia Highlands Festival
The Virginia Highlands Festival rings in its 65th year this summer, with dining, music, shopping, cultural displays and more, spread out over four square miles of festival locations. Free trolleys and shuttle buses will help you make the most of the varied festival exhibits that stretch across nine full days. (276) 623-5266 or vahighlandsfestival.org. August 9-11, Abingdon, Va.
Blue Ridge Breakaway
Take your passion for cycling to a new level during the Blue Ridge Breakaway. The ride features four routes throughout Haywood County with one traveling 32 miles on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. (828) 456-3021, email@example.com or blueridgebreakaway.com. August 17, Waynesville, N.C.
Laugh Your Asheville Off
In the mood for a good laugh? The 6th Annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival will provide an entire weekend of them. The festival prides itself on its non-competitive nature, and attracts both established laugh makers and up-and-comers alike. firstname.lastname@example.org or laughyourashevilleoff.com. August 13-17, downtown Asheville, N.C.
GarlicFest is the 5th annual celebration of the Garlic harvest in north Georgia. There will be visiting chefs, creative food, cooking demos, tastings, live music, and of course, lots of garlic. (706) 348-6068 or loganberryheritagefarm.com. August 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Logan Berry Heritage Farm, Cleveland, Ga.
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