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 Apr 25 - 27 Outdoor KnoxFest Knoxville, TN Outdoor KnoxFest is a weekend packed with outdoor adventure! Something for everyone - all ages and skill levels can experience Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness through guided trail and road rides, runs, hikes, paddles and much more! Sign up for one of the many clinics offered and learn new skills or try out a new venue. learn more Knoxville & Middle East Apr 25 Museum of Appalachia's Sheep Shearing Day Clinton, TN Celebrate a Springtime Rite with the Annual Shearing of the Sheep Sheep Shearing Day at the Museum of Appalachia, April 25th, 2014 learn more Knoxville & Middle East Apr 25 - 27 Dogwood Arts Festival Market Square Art Fair Knoxville, TN One of Dogwood Arts Festival’s most cherished traditions, the Market Square Art Fair transforms downtown Knoxville into a lively street fair with high-quality arts and crafts booths, demonstrations, entertainment, and festive food. learn more Knoxville & Middle East Apr 25 Sheep Shearing Day Norris, TN In pioneer Appalachia, farmers sheared their sheep each spring for wool to spin into yarn or fill quilts. The Museum of Appalachia will renew this annual ritual on Friday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., trimming the winter’s growth of heavy wool from its flock of sheep. learn more Knoxville & Middle East Apr 25 The Nancy Swain Watters Memorial Walk Oneida, TN The Nancy Swain Watters Memorial Walk has been set for Friday, April 25, 2014. learn more

Knoxville & Middle East City Guide

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