Conceived in 1853 as a canny real-estate scheme by two young investors expecting to get rich off the idea, Market Square came to be Knoxville’s most public spot, a marketplace familiar to every man, woman, and child in the area. By the 1860s, it was the busiest place in a burgeoning city, a place to shop, work, play, eat, drink, and live. In a town that became bitterly divided by politics, race, and background, Market Square became a rare common ground: a place to buy all sorts of local produce, but also a place to experience new things…

- Jack Neely, MARKET SQUARE: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth


Knoxville’s downtown area is host to an eclectic blend of culinary delights, and we’re ready to feed you. read more >>>


Do you need hiking boots to venture into the Great Smoky Mountains or a cocktail dress to attend the opera? We’ve got you covered!  read more >>>


Knoxville’s Market Square District is a prime location for all kinds of entertainment for people of every age. read more >>>


Knoxville is a historic city in the midst of unprecedented downtown revitalization. The best way to experience it? Living downtown! read more >>>


The Market Square District is host to a variety of professional businesses waiting to serve your needs (and pay your bills). read more >>>


Boutique inns, condo rentals, national hotels  … the District has many quality places for you to stay and enjoy all the fun of downtown. read more >>>

The Market Square District Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to balancing the needs of residents, businesses, property owners, government and the community through ongoing communication and collaboration. Become a member today!