Knoxville Area Activities and Events

Knoxville has 2800 acres of parks and recreation space, including 32 recreation centers and approximately 173 playgrounds and parks. There are 146 tennis courts and 5 senior citizen centers.

The nearby Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the most visited national park in the country, and the numerous state parks and area lakes and resorts also provide many types of leisure activities for Knoxvillians and visitors. Knoxville has a wide variety of quality facilities to accommodate an active tourist and convention trade. These include more than 71 hotels and motels with over 7800 first class rooms, a large civic coliseum-auditorium and a spacious convention center.

Making its home along the Tennessee River is Ijams Nature Center, a beautiful bird sanctuary made up of woodlands, overlooks, meadows, interpretive gardens, a pond with boardwalk, and a small nature museum. The center also has ongoing natural history programs.


There are 7 lakes and many rivers embracing & enhancing the valley of East Tennessee, including Fort Loudon Lake, Tellico Lake,, Watts Bar Lake,, Melton Hill,, Norris Lake,, Cherokee,, and Douglas Lake,

The Tennessee Valley Authority protects a million acres of public land to support wildlife, outdoor recreation & water quality. A wide range of recreation opportunities is available on the lakes of East Tennessee.

Lake Recreation ranks high on the list for family entertainment from April through November; joining friends to anchor in a nearby cove, water skiing and tubing, music and firework events. There is also many restaurants located on the water that you can boat to. In the fall, going to UT football games by boat and joining the Vol Navy ( is a spectacular way to enjoy the water.

For Additional Information on lakes surrounding Knoxville, you can contact:



Gorgeous sunrise


Beautiful Sunset of the lake


Having fun at the lake boating and swimming



Tennessee Valley Resources Agency Central Office
Ellington Agricultural Center
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
Boat Registration 615-781-6522
Boating Safety 615-781-6682
License Section 615-781-6590
Wildlife Division 615-781-6610



Market Square– Downtown:
Over the last few years Knoxville’s Downtown area has been under going a re-birth and re-development and has now become a popular place to go to Dine, Shop and Play. There are a number of restaurants, a variety of boutique shops, nightclubs and bars with both inside and patio seating. Downtown has also become a popular place to live. Many buildings have been converted into lofts and attract buyers who want to permanently be in the heart of the Downtown Activity.

There is a local Farmer’s Market on the weekends. Outdoor live bands play on the square at different times throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. The Tennessee Bijou Theatre has concerts and plays or you could catch the latest movie at the Downtown Regal Cinema. (

Knoxville also boasts a Riverfront area where there are great Restaurants. An annual Boomsday Firework Show is held off the Henley Street Bridge. The annual Rubber Duck Race is also held in this area and attracts many people to the festivities.
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West Town Mall is anchored by Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Regal Cinemas and Sears. It is the premier shopping destination in East Tennessee. Boasting more than 150 stores, over 40 of which are exclusive to West Town Mall. The Mall is located off of I-75 on Kingston Pike. You can visit the website at

Located in West Knoxville Turkey Creek boasts over 100 stores, restaurants, entertainment & services. & It is home to our largest Regal Cinema.


Knoxville is known for being the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, for being in close proximity to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, and we thrive as a scenic city where nature and technology meet. Knoxville has an abundance of attractions, activities and amenities to offer visitors, convention delegates and those who call her home.

IMG_1956Neyland Stadium was ranked the number one college football stadium in Sporting News in 2001. It is the largest football stadium in the south and the third largest in the country. It seats over 105,000 people. A record total of 747,870 fans in seven games saw the Vols post an undefeated home season in 1999. Over the last nine seasons, the Tennessee Volunteers have drawn nearly 4 million fans to Knoxville and to Neyland Stadium.

The Thompson-Boling Arena, which seats 24,678, is the site of world-class concerts, conventions, and sporting events. For example, in 1996 they hosted the Coca-Cola National Gymnastics Championships and the Southeast Regional Finals of the 1994 and 1999 NCAA Tournament at the Arena. We are also home to a number of community theaters and one professional company, that offer a full season of comedies, dramas, and musicals. Add art galleries, museums, and festivals and you’ll see why Knoxville has something for everyone!

The Knoxville Museum of Art features a collection of graphics, as well as 19th century American paintings, folk art, fine prints and photographs, as well as changing exhibits. The museum is open Sunday 12-5pm, Closed on Monday, Tuesday thru Thursday and Saturday open 10am until 5pm and Friday 10am until 9pm. The museum is located at 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. For more information call 525-6101.

The Frank H. McClung Museum is home to collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative and fine art, medicine, local history and architecture, and natural history. The museum features the Eleanor Deane Audigier Collection of Art; the American Indian in Tennessee Collection, with original artifacts excavated in the area; and an exhibit of ancient Egyptian object. Of particular interest is the Platt Medicine Collection, which was acquired from the Knoxville Academy of Medicine. Established in 1952 as a permanent memorial to medical practitioners in Knox County, it contains instruments, furniture, pictures and medical books dating from 1798. The museum is located at 1027 Circle Park Drive. Call the University of Tennessee at 974-2144 for more information.

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the achievements of Blacks in Knoxville. The archives contain books, old weekly newspapers, tape recordings, phonograph records, historical documents, photographs and other artifacts and files dating back to the 1800’s. Of special interest is the William Henry Hastie Room, which houses the memorabilia and collections of the late first Black federal judge, first Black governor of the Virgin Islands and native of Knoxville. The center also provides gallery space on occasion to artists for displays of paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and folk art. The Beck Center is located at 1927 Dandridge Avenue and you can call 524-8461 for more information.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is the newest addition to Knoxville’s growing attractions. This national hall is designated to honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future of women’s basketball. Located at 301 E. Hill Avenue you can call 633-9000 for more information.



The Bijou Theatre is an historic downtown landmark that hosts music, dance, theater and or special events.

The Knoxville Symphony’s Chamber calls the Bijou home. The symphony and its various ensembles perform an array of classical, pops, family and education concerts that total near 300 annually. World-renowned classical and pop music celebrities perform with the orchestra each season.

The Clarence Brown Theatre is located on the University of Tennessee campus. The theater is home for theatrical and dance performances by faculty, students and professional guest artists throughout the year.

The Carousel Theater also located on campus provides theater-in-the round featuring musicals, comedies, drama and dance.

The Tennessee Theatre is a historical theatre that underwent a 1 1/2 year renovation and expansion and re-opened its doors in 2005. The Theatre hosts many Broadway traveling shows, bands, comedians and dance events.

The Knoxville area is also known as a cultural focal point of East Tennessee. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra offers outstanding performances, and the Knoxville Museum of Art displays some of the finest art available in the world. The Clarence Brown Theatre offers a regular season of hits.