Thursday, October 3

What: October MetroFest Music Tour featuring Itchy and the Hater Tots
When: 8 p.m.
Where: The Bowery
Price: $5
Cortney's Take: This year MetroFest is a music tour. October's tour is here and presents Itchy and the Hater Tots, a "schizophrenic roots rock" band. They will be joined by acoustic/bluegrass group, the Grassroots Gringos. This is sure to get your weekend started early with good music and will serve as your good deed for the weekend, as all proceeds go to the Joy of Music School.

Friday, October 4

What: First Friday: UT Downtown Gallery Ossuary project
When: 5 - 9 p.m.
Where: UT Downtown Gallery
Price: Free
Cortney's Take: It's time again for First Friday. The UT Downtown Gallery will feature Ossuary, a project centered around the use of bones as art. More than 300 artists have contributed to it, adding some serious and some playful bone art works. Get into the spirit of Halloween and be artsy this First Friday.

Saturday, October 5

What: Dungeon of Darkness Haunted Castle
When: 7 - 11 p.m.
Where: Alnwick Community Center in Maryville, Tenn.
Price: $13-$20
Claire's Take: What better way to celebrate the beginning of October than with a super scary haunted castle? You don't have to wait until Halloween to clutch your date in fear as you traverse this terrifying terrain.

Sunday, October 6

What: Sundress Academy for the Arts Poetry Reading
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Preservation Pub, 21+
Price: Free
Claire's Take: Use your Sunday afternoon to experience some culture at a poetry reading from a "local artists' colony that hosts workshops, retreats and residencies for writers, actors, filmmakers and visual artists," according to MetroPulse. This is a chance to be inspired by some of the most creative minds Knoxville has to offer.