Get your flannels, pumpkin decor, and festive selves ready because fall is (almost) here! Knoxville is always beautiful and full of things to do, especially when the weather turns crisp and leaves change colors. Here are 9 events you need to put on your calendar this fall in Knoxville!
1. Late Model Nationals Knoxville Raceway • September 13-15
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes their way to Knoxville for the 15th Annual Late Model Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store. One of Knoxville Raceway’s biggest events of the year, the Late Model Nationals is one last hurrah to the racing season.
2. A & P Pub End of Summer Party • September 21, 7:00 pm
Atlantic & Pacific Pub’s last outdoor event of the season will feature Rocky Raccoon, a Beetle’s Tribute Band. Be sure to try a special fall drink while you’re there. May we suggest a Pumpkin Mule? Must be 21 or older to attend.
3. Knoxville Community Schools Homecoming Week • September 24-29
This annual tradition of Knoxville Homecoming to welcome home past Panther graduates is a week full of activity.
∙ Monday, September 24 – Joel Tonda Tennis Court Dedication, 5pm; Students and staff compete in the always entertaining to watch Dodgeball Tournament, 6pm @ High School
∙ Tuesday, September 25 – Panther Invitational Cross Country, 4:15 @ Pine Knolls Golf Club; Volleyball vs Eddyville Blakeburg Fremont, starting with Freshman at 5:30 at the Knoxville High School
∙ Thursday, September 27 – Jersey Auction, 5:30 pm; Pep Assembly, 7:00 pm; Iron Man, 8:00 pm @ High School; Powder Puff, 9:00 pm @ Randy Wilson Track
∙ Friday, September 28 – Alumni Association Lunch, 11:30 am @ Dyer Hudson Hall; Parade, 3pm in downtown Knoxville; Football Game, starting @ 4:45 with the Freshman game vs. Grinnell
∙ Saturday, September 29 – Alumni Dance, 7:00 pm @ Dyer Hudson Hall
4. Nearwood Winery Vineyard Open House • September 29, 12:00-5:30 pm
Knoxville's first and only winery has expanded and its new location is now open! Join Nearwood Winery for a Stakeholder's Open House which includes live music by Highway 14 Blues Band, appetizers, and wine! Tour the new facility and check out the beautiful views in the new space located just south of Knoxville.
5. Farm Crawl • Sunday, October 7, 11am-5pm
The tradition of Farm Crawl occurs on the first Sunday in October. Six independent family farms welcome guests from all over Iowa for an afternoon of tours, farm animal visits, demonstrations, samples, and special guest vendors. Make your way through southern Marion and Lucas County and visit Blue Gate Farm, Coyote Run Farm, Crooked Gap Farm, Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch, Schneider Orchard, and Williams Tool Works, for perfect, fall, family fun!
6. Brews & Muse at Peace Tree Brewing Co. • October 13, 4-11pm
Brews & Muse is Peace Tree’s biggest outdoor party of the year. It is an evening of live music, local food, and craft beer in the heart of downtown Knoxville. The first 300 attendees receive a free commemorative Brews & Muse glass. Ticket range in price from $8-$15.
7. HCI Bucket Bash • October 13, 6-8pm
Hospice Center of Iowa’s 8th Annual Bucket Bash is a great event and it support a good cause. The evening will be filled with entertainment, appetizers, Peace Tree beer, and great raffle prizes consisting of buckets filled with local eats, gift cards, and experiences for you and your family to enjoy! All proceeds will benefit end-of-life experiences and services for patients. Tickets are $30/person
8. Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival • October 13 & 14
If there is a perfect place in fall in Marion County, it is Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch. Fall Festival includes numerous craft vendors; the Country Store with costumes and fall décor will be open; and countless varieties of pumpkins, square, and gourds. Kids will love the hay bale maze and the photo ops are endless. Lunch will also be available to purchase both days.
9. Begger’s Night • October 30, 6-8 pm
All of the little ghosts and goblins will be out knocking on doors filling their bags with treats. Begger’s Night is a city wide event. Residents are encouraged to keep their front door lights on if they are passing out candy.
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