About Knoxville


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, the home of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the American Museum of Science and Energy, featuring the Secret City and a large Friendship Bell cast in Japan and presented to Oak Ridge by its Japanese Sister City.

Upcoming Activities!

Winter is here with cold winds and rain. However, it is still a good time to get out and enjoy the sights and scenes of the area.  Just remember, Spring is just around the corner.

Below you will find a small selection of places to go and things to see.

Upcoming Events in the Area:

  • Dogwood Arts House and Garden Show, February 14-16, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville Convention Center, Friday 10-pm, Saturday 10-pm, Sunday 10-pm, $10 for Adults/$8 for Seniors 65+ and Military/Free for Children 12 and Under
  • Waynestock: 10 Years of Knoxville Music, January 30, 31, and February 1, 1208 North Central Street, Relix Variety Theatre
  • Black History Month Celebration  at Farragut Museum February 23 at 1:00 pm
  • Knox Shamrock Fest: March 13-14 a full weekend of St. Patrick's festivities in Market Square,
  • Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk: April 4 in Market Square
  • Rossini Festival International Street Fair: April 18 in downtown Knoxville.
  • Dogwood arts Festival: April 24-26 on Market Square.
  • Tennessee Pottery Festival: May 8  at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend.
  • Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games: May 16-17 at Maryville College.

Recurring Events and Places to See in the Area:

  • First Friday Knoxville and Art Walk, Enjoy Great Art and Great Company Every First Friday of the Month
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special, Monday's through Thursday's and Saturday's (recurring), 12-1 pm, Knoxville Visitors Center
  • UT Physics and Astronomy Dept. Telescope Observations of the Sky, First and Third Friday's of each month (weather permitting), 9 pm, Roof of Alvin H. Nielsen Physics and Astronomy Building
  • Knoxville Botanical Gardens
  • Beck Cultural Exchange Center
  • The Green McAdoo Museum
  • Wednesday Wine and Cheese Party, Wednesday's (recurring), Merchants of Beer
  • Jazz in the Old City Wine Bar, Wednesday's (recurring), Old City Wine Bar
  • Knox Brew Tours, Thursday's, Friday's, and Saturday's (recurring), Knox Brew Tours
  • Knoxville Walking Tours, Sunday's, Friday's, and Saturday's (recurring), see Knoxville Walking Tours Website for Info
  • Blues Jam, Tuesday's, 9pm-1am (recurring), Roger's Place, Knoxville
  • McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture
  • East Tennessee  History Center
  • Knoxville Museum of Art
  • Ijams Nature Center
  • Marble Spring State Historical Site, 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway
  • Fort Dickerson
  • The Sunsphere


For information about Places to Go, Places to Play, Where to Dine,  Places to Sleep and a wonderful Visitors Guide of Knoxville please click http://www.visitknoxville.com. 

Another interesting site for more information about Knoxville visit: City of Knoxville