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 101,915 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
The pandemic is still with us as cases continuing to rise with an increases in hospitalizations. 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.
Continue to wear masks when in large idoor groups
Now is not the time to let our guard down. Unvaccinated people are still getting the virus and some are still dying. Our best protection is to be vaccinated.
July 4th has come and gone. We are now halfway through summer. Get out and enjoy the beautiful parks in East Tennessee. Don't forget the sun screen and stay hydrated
August and Early September Destinations
August 3: Celebration at World's Fair Park by East Tennessee Community Design Center at the World's Fair Park Amphitheater from 6 to9:30 p.m.
August 5: Smoky Mountain Quilters Annual Quilt Show at th Knoxville Expo Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also August 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 5: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City and Downtown North beginning at 5 p.m.
August 5: Summer Movie Magic - Summer of Sounds: A Hard Day's Night at The Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m.
August 14: Old City Market on West Jackson Avenue 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 14: Second Sunday Art Activities at the the Knoxville Museum of Art from 1 to 4 p.m. Hands on Art for K through 6 grade.
August 14: Second Sunday docent tour at the Knoxville Museum of Art from 2 to 3 p.m.
August 19: Knoxville Food Fest at World's Fair Park from 2 to 9 p.m. also the 2oth from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 23: Tennessee Smokies vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas at Smokies Stadium at 7:15 p.m. also the 24th through 27th at 7:15 p.m. and the 28th at 2 p.m.
August 26: Movies Under the Stars: Ghostbusters at Ijams Nature Center doors open at 7 p.m. Movie begins at dark.
August 27: Tennessee Baseball Knoxville Holstons vs: Emmett Machinist of Knoxville at Historic Ramsey House at 1 p.m.
August 27: Lawn Chair Concert Series at Founder's Park in Farragut from 5 to 9 p.m.
August 27: Little River Band at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m.
August 28: 9th Annual Knox Asian Festival at World's Fair Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
September 2: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, the Old City and Downtown North beginning at 5 p.m.
September 2: 7th Annual Ancient Sounds Festival: Celtic and Appalachian Outdoor Music Festival at The Historic Ramsey House also the 3rd.
September 5: Oak Ridge Community Band Labor Day Concert at A.K. Bissell Park 1403 OakRidge Turnpike at 7 p.ms. Free Admissionm bring chairs or blankets for outdoor seating.
September 6: Concerts on the Square - Jazz Tuesdays on Market Square at 7 p.m.
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