About the Region
Knoxville is located in East Tennessee at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are four distinct seasons with temperatures ranging from 20 degrees F. in January to 88 degrees F. in July.
Knoxville is a community of festivals with each season having its own unique events. Festivals offer more than 350 events including craft shows, concerts, sporting events and more than 60 miles of dogwood lined trails. The Dogwood Arts Festival in April is one of the largest of its type in the nation.
Knoxville is the home of The University of Tennessee, which is well known for its many academic programs, as well as its national championship women's basketball teams. The 102,455 seat Neyland Stadium and the 21,678 seat Thompson-Boling Arena on campus host many intercollegiate games, concerts, and other activities.
Our city has a variety of local historical sites and museums including the Knoxville Museum of Art, The East Tennessee History Center, Beck Cultural Center, McClung Museum, James White Fort, Blount Mansion, and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the nation, with Cades Cove showing early life of the pioneers. Pigeon Forge is the home of Dollywood, one of the major amusement parks of the southeast, with rides, crafts and musical shows.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is world famous for its electrical power-making expertise. TVA's many dams have provided the area with numerous lakes for recreational boating, fishing and swimming.
A visit here would not be complete without a day at the Museum of Appalachia near Norris where the life and times of the early settlers is depicted.
Oak Ridge is the home of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, If you are interested in the Manhattan Project, the development of the atomic bomb during World War II visit the Oakridge History Museum, the K-25 History Center, the Children's Museum, the K-25 Visitor's Center and the American Museum of Science and Energy. In order to promote good well and understanding Oak Ridge's Japanese Sister City sent a large International Friendship Bell cast in Japan and was presented to Oak Ridge.
During the Pandemic
Even though you may now have been fully immunized from COVID-19 it is still most important to encourage your friends and family who have not been immunized to get the vaccine to protect all of us. Wear a mask when inside public places or in crowded areas outside.. This will help protect everyone from the Delta variant of the virus.
It is still very important to wash your hands frequently.
As the holiday season nears it is a good time to take advantage of places to go and things to see in East Tennessee. Here are a few of them for you to consider.
November 9: Rain: A Tribute to the Beetles at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
November 10: Bob Dylan at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 p.m.
November 11: Veterans Day Parade along Gay Street from 10:45 a.m. to noon.
November 12 - 14: 39th Annual Christmas Fair at the Knoxville Expo Center. Friday 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
November 13: Tennessee vs. Georgia at Neyland Stadium
November 13: Christmas Market at the Historic Ramsey House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 18: Knoxville Symphony orchestra : Tchaikovsky's "Pathetipque" at The Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Also on the 19th.
November 19: Chilhowee at the Chilhowee Park and Expo Center from 6 to 9 p.m.
November 19: Ice Bears vs. Vermillion County Bobcats at the Knoxville Civic Center at 7:30 p.m.
November 20: Tennessee vs. South Alabama at Neyland Stadium.
November 23: Light the Park at Founders Park along Campbell Station Road in Farragut. Lights are on until 10p.m. nightly through January 2.
November 24: Fantasy of Trees at The Knoxville Convention Center 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to p p.m. Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
November 25: Thanksgiving Day
November 26: Regal Celebration of Lights at Krutch Park, Market Square and Union Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m.
November 26: Zoo Lights at Zoo Knoxville from 5 to p p.m. through January 9.
November 27: Tennessee vs.Vanderbuilt at Neyland Stadium.
November 27: Old City Market on Jackson Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 28: Knoxville Symphony: Classic Christmas at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 p.m.
November 28: Light up Lakeshore at Lakeshore Park from 4 to 8 p.m.