Knoxville Brewers’ Jam
Over fifty leading craft brewers—including a handful from Britain, the Czech Republic and Belgium—will participate in the twelfth edition of this annual rite of fall (knoxvillebrewersjam.com). Thousands of beer lovers are expected to turn out at World’s Fair Park to sample the ales, lagers, pilsners and stouts and to listen to the music of four local bands.
Landmark Golf Club at Avalon
A graceful Joe Lee design a half hour southwest of Knoxville, Landmark rolls through the Smoky Mountain foothills. $38–$58; 865-986-4653, avalongolf.com
River Islands Golf Club
This lengthy and dramatic Arthur Hills routing meanders among tall trees along the French Broad River, twenty minutes east of the city. $56–$60; 865-933-0100, riverislandsgolf.com
Stonehenge Golf Club
It’s worth the hour-plus drive to play this course, nestled amid the rocks and bosky denseness of Cumberland Plateau. $69; 931-484-3731, stonehengegolf.com
Hilton Knoxville Newly renovated and conveniently located, the Hilton is offering two-person festival packages for $200. 865-523-2300, hilton.com
Hotel St. Oliver
Stay here in the heart of Market Square to get a sense of nineteenth-century Tennessee elegance. From $75 per night; 865-521-0050, hotelstolivertn.com
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria
Knoxville’s pedestrian-friendly Market Square and Old City neighborhoods are the perfect places to continue the good times into the evening. This festive establishment, located in a converted nineteenth-century hardware and feed store, has dozens of beers on tap, live music, billiards, darts and a patio with sunset views of downtown. barleystaproom.com
Great American Eastern Invitational Microbrewery Festival
Since 1991, Stoudt’s has welcomed hundreds of brewers to its German-style beer halls and courtyards for festivals of various sorts. This year’s Microfest (stoudtsbeer.com) is actually two events, the first held in August and the second on this autumn Saturday, when wurst and schnitzel will accompany the suds.