Downtown Delights and Natural Eye Appeal

Knoxville & Middle East

A place with wholesome fun for kids, an eclectic night scene, lots of live music, the arts, and edgy Southern cuisine. All in a just-the-right-size city area, Knoxville lives and plays large.

Set against the backdrop of the Smokies and surrounded by water for recreation, Knoxville is an urban playground with upbeat nightlife, crowd-crazy sports, an exquisite and historic state theatre and World War II secrets.

Knoxville and its surrounding area have the perfect blend of historic charm and urban fun. The beauty of the water and mountains inspires you to come out and play. Historic Market Square and downtown are a mecca for shopping, farm-to-table food, live music and dramatic performances. The University of Tennessee’s Game Day pulses with “Rocky Top,” a sea of orange and white, tailgate aromas and the Vol Navy streaming down the Tennessee River.

A vein of creative energy distinguishes Knoxville and surrounding towns. Knoxville is home to a rich arts community. The International Biscuit Festival, Dogwood Arts, and other festivals will entertain and inspire. Award-winning WDVX radio station offers daily concerts and streams lunchtime Americana music and roots worldwide. In nearby Oak Ridge, you’ll find World War II history, renowned museums and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Take the Knoxville Civil War Driving Tour to learn how the war changed the region.

It’s easy to be inspired at Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore as you learn about the Native American who created a written language for the Cherokee people. And, what could be more creative (or tasty) than the fine-honed culinary art achieved by Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams & Bacon? Sail the Lost Sea, the nations largest underground lake. Sample treats at area wineries and farms. Explore the great outdoors and an original way of life at Norris Dam State Park

Experience the Knoxville Area

Explore culture and heritage. Marvel at the landscape. Dip a paddle into a picture-perfect lake. Eat dinner with a side of live music. Feel the chill of the fresh mountain air and the thrills of Knoxvilles surroundings.

Knoxville & Middle East Nov 29 Small Town Christmas Sweetwater, TN Horse and buggy rides, Christmas shopping and pictures with SANTA! learn more Knoxville & Middle East Dec 4 Christmas Open House Dandridge, TN Join us for our 13th annual Christmas Open House on the evening of December 4, 2014. We will again feature a book signing by Sam Venable, Bill Landry and Lisa Soland. It is also our 49th wedding anniversary so plan to spend it with us. Refreshments all evening. learn more Knoxville & Middle East Dec 5 Delbert McClinton Knoxville, TN The three-time Grammy Award winning recording artist and songwriter Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. learn more Knoxville & Middle East Dec 6 - 24 Christmas in Old Appalachia Norris, TN The simple joys of an old-fashioned Christmas await Museum of Appalachia visitors during December. Music of the season can be heard across the grounds. learn more Knoxville & Middle East Dec 6 - 7 Rockwood Christmas Home Tour Rockwood, TN Experience the magic of Christmas during this annual tour of homes in the picturesque town of Rockwood, nestled at the foot of the Cumberland Plateau. This year's event will showcase historic homes along Rockwood’s Historic Kingston Avenue and Downtown Rockwood, along with carolers and refreshments. learn more

Knoxville & Middle East City Guide