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 Feb 6 Clayton Center presents Ken Waldman: From Maryville to Moose Pass Maryville, TN Alaska's Fiddling Poet learn more Knoxville & Middle East Feb 7 Clayton Center presents PUSH Physical Theatre Maryville, TN Physical Theatre like you've never seen learn more Knoxville & Middle East Feb 13 Clayton Center presents Mandy Barnett Maryville, TN Special Valentine Concert with Mandy Barnett learn more Knoxville & Middle East Feb 13 Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Knoxville, TN Some artists are able to articulate a vision at the very beginning of their career, while others hone their craft over time, growing into their vision as they mature. “I am definitely in the latter category,” explains Drew Holcomb, a Tennessee-born, duck hunting, bourbon drinking, 1st edition book collecting, golf playing Eagle Scout with a Masters degree in Divinity from Scotland’s University of St Andrews who has spent the better part of the past decade as a professional musician - recording, writing, and touring with his band Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. learn more Knoxville & Middle East Feb 13 - Mar 1 "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" Book & lyrics by Joe DiPietro Music by Jimmy Roberts Knoxville, TN A musical tribute to love learn more

Knoxville & Middle East City Guide

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