Looking for a great night on the town? Don’t worry if there isn’t a big festival going on — Market Square and the surrounding downtown area is constantly alive with events big and small to make every night out one to remember. Local artists, musicians, and storytellers can be found providing entertainment on the street or just off of it. Our restaurant scene is thrilling and lively, with everything from down-home cooking on a food truck to gourmet experiences just off the Square.



Shakespeare on the Square

Thursday-Sunday through the 2nd week of August. Rotating plays of William Shakespeare.

Concerts on the Square

Free Jazz concerts every Tuesday through the end of August.

East Tennessee History Fair
August 18
Market Square
Family (and canine!) fun with food, crafts, costumes and more.

5th Annual Knox Asian Festival
August 26 11-6pm
Market Square
Family day of fun and Asian culture events and food.

Movies on the Square
Sept 14-Oct 19 (Fridays)
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join hundreds of others under the stars for a night of family fun in front of the silver screen.

Hola Festival
Sept 29 and 30
Yearly family friendly event in downtown Knoxville, TN to celebrate the rich diversity of Latino culture.

The Great Llama Race
Held at Worlds Fair Park
Oct 6th 11-4pm
The most unique event ever! Llamas racing, llama costume contest, great entertainment, music, games, competitions, prizes, children’s crafts, vendors, llama games and much more! A great family event.

International Food Festival
Held at Worlds Fair Park
Oct 13th 11-5pm
From their Facebook page: This is your chance to taste some of the most popular and tastiest foods from different countries around the world.
Food and drink tickets will be sold for $1 each. Food prices will vary.
Our bazaar will give you the feel of shopping in the market place and will have authentic products to purchase.

Veterans Day Parade – 92nd Annual
Nov 10 Starting at 10am

Fantasy of Trees at Knoxville Convention Center
Nov 21-25
Get in the Christmas Spirit with this annual event that supports the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Plenty of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Turkey Trot and Little Gobbler Run
Nov 22 Downtown Knoxville
Gobblers Run at 8am
5k Turkey Trot at 8:30

Regal Celebration of Lights
Nov 23 (Friday) 6-9pm
From the website: Join us for the lighting of our 42′ tree in Krutch Park Ext. Enjoy live music, train rides, pictures with Santa, face painting, and more. WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Ho Down will be on Bill Lyons Pavilion from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Market Street will have local businesses doing crafts with children, stop by Home Depot’s Little Elves Workshop, make a card to be sent to our soldiers with American Red Cross ‘Cards for Heroes’. And don’t forget to stop by and see the miniature train set! Music will start at 5:30 pm, the lighting of the tree ceremony begins at 6 pm, other activities will begin after.

WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown
Nov 23 – 6:30-9pm at the Market Square Stage
Christmas Music for the Family

Knoxville Holidays on Ice
Daily open ice skating starting Nov 23rd

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