1. Unraveling the politics of hair: The Umoja Festival, East Tennessee State University Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries partnered to bring a special exhibit to the Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring St., Johnson City, exploring the politics of hair and the nuanced roles in the negotiation of identity and race. The exhibit opens Thursday through Sept. 30, with a reception Friday from 6-8 p.m. open to the public. Tipton Gallery operating hours are Thursday and Friday from 5-7 p.m.
2. My faire lady: Come one, come all to the second annual Appalachian Renaissance Faire, 220 Piney Flats Road, Piney Flats, for a weekend of the finest jousting, fairies, mermaids where fantasy meets history. The faire is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday this weekend, and tickets are $25 general admission for the weekend, $15 per day, $12 per day for veterans and seniors, $10 per day for children ages 6-13 and free for children 5 and younger.
3. Calling of the clans: Rally your clan and don’t forget your tartan Friday at 7 p.m. for a special ceremony at Tipton Haynes State Historic Site, 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City, with dinner to follow. That just kicks off the Upper East TN Celtic Festival at the site, which will continue Saturday with archery, axe , spear, and knife throwing and crossbow in addition to a trebuchet and combat demonstrations. Sunday will bring a sheep herding and archery tournament to the grounds. While Friday night’s events are free, tickets for the rest of the weekend are $10 adults and children 7 and older. Children 6 and younger attend for free.
4. Pops in the park: To kick off this concert season, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will begin with a free outdoor pops concert at the Memorial Park Amphitheater, 510 Bert St., in Johnson City on Sunday at 6 p.m. Bring friends and family along with chairs, blankets and even a picnic basket for “A Little Night Music.”
5. Dog Sees God: Teenage blockhead Charlie Brown is on the search for what happens after life after his beloved dog dies in Johnson City Community Theatre’s one-weekend show of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.” Parents should not the play has mature themes and language. Show times are at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the theater, 600 E. Maple St., in Johnson City. Tickets are $10 and available at jccommunitytheatre.org.
6. Rally for nature: Join Friends of Roan Mountain throughout the weekend for the fall naturalist rally at Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Roan Mountain. From flint knapping to fossil casting to birds of prey and butterflies, the rally has educational events throughout the weekend for all ages. Registration and a full schedule of events are available at friendsofroanmtn.org.
7. Paws in Blue: Enjoy swimming at Wetlands, food trucks, vendors and a K-9 officer competition Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for the first Paws in Blue fundraiser to help Jonesborough Police Department in their efforts to get another K-9 officer. The event will kick off at Wetlands Water Park and Persimmon Ridge Park, 1523 Persimmon Ridge Road, in Jonesborough.
8. Gear up for giggles: Comedy returns to LampLight Theatre, 140 Broad St., Kingsport, with the “Foggy Valley Tent Revival,” from the slapstick Foggy Valley comedy crew. Showtimes are every weekend until Sept. 23 – Fridays and Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. This Saturday, enjoy dinner at 5:30 p.m. and either the 2 or 7 p.m. performance for $30 for adults, $17 for students in the banquet hall adjacent to the theatre. General show tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students and free for children 5 and younger.
9. 100 stories: In memorial of the firefighters who died in the 9/11 attacks, The Tri-Cities 9/11 Stair Climb is hosting its annual fundraiser Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon at Holston Valley Hospital, 130 W. Ravine Road, in Kingsport. Each participant will climb the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center to commemorate the 343 firefighters who died in the attacks 17 years ago. Registration is $35 and can be made at events.firehero.org. Proceeds will benefit the New York City Fire Department and programs for family members of the department’s fallen firefighters.
10. Hands-on pie: Learn the ins and outs of making your very own pie crust Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Serenity Knoll Farm, 542 Bacon Branch Road, in Jonesborough. Special guest chef Deidra Harruff will lead the class through making a classic homemade pie with pecans sprinkled on top to take home. The class is $40 per person and reservations can be made at serenityknoll.com