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.


Market Square Knoxville Events for August-December 2019

Market Square Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday 11am-2pm, every Saturday 9am-2pm, May through November. Everything sold is made, grown, or raised within 150 miles.

East Tennessee History Fair

August 17
East TN History Center
Learn about the history of the area with food, crafts, and fun games for adults and children alike.

Concerts on the Square
Free Jazz concerts every Tuesday through the end of August.

Knox Asian Festival
August 25 11-6pm
World’s Fair Park
Family day of fun and Asian culture events and food.

Big Kahuna Wing Festival
Sep 1
World’s Fair Park
With over 10,000 pounds of wings at the festival, learn everything about cooking them, eating them, and even bobbing for them while enjoying a fun atmosphere and live music.

Art Slam
Sept 6
View a special live art competition where local talented artists have 3 hours to create the most impressive painting they can. Paintings will be auctioned off to benefit the Art in Public Places Mural Program.

Wine on the Water
Volunteer Landing
Sep 13
An evening of delicious food and amazing wines as you enjoy the lights of the city on the river.

International Food Festival
Worlds Fair Park
Sep 21
Experience Indian culture with food, dance, and childrens’ activities

Sep 28
Old City
German food, craft beer, live music, and vendors with food and crafts you won’t find anywhere else. All ages welcome!

Hola Festival
Sep 28-29
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Knoxville. The Parade of Nations on Gay Street is a can’t-miss event, with costumes and music from around the Latin world.

LitUP Festival
Oct 13
Market Square
Books and art by and for teenagers to encourage and entice reading

Knoxville Brewers’ Jam
Nov 9
Knoxville Civic Coliseum Plaza
One of the southeast’s longest running beer events, find beers you’ve never seen befor and enjoy with great local food while jamming out to music.

Celebration of Lights
Nov 29
Market Square and elsewhere
A favorite Knoxville tradition, kick off the Christmas season with marshmallow roasting, caroling, and the lighting of the huge 42-foot Christmas tree. Fun for children and children at heart.

Knoxville Holidays on Ice
Nov 29 to Jan 5
Market Square
An open-air ice rink open for over a month. Skate day and night under the twinkling lights of Market Square.

Market Square Holiday Market
Saturdays in December
Market Square
In December the Farmers’ Market transforms for the holidays. Find homemade crafts for gifts, decorations to liven up your home with holiday cheer, and all the hot delicious beverages you need to keep warm.