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Events and Activities

Knoxville’s Caribbean Jerk Festival

May 30th | 12:00pm-8:00pm

Worlds Fair Park 525 Henley St. Knoxville, TN 37902

Come and join us in shaking the COVID-19 blues, enjoying an epic day of wonderful culinary experiences, music that will keep you rocking and of course fun for adults and children alike. There are too many activities to name but here are a few: Be sure and enter the spades tourney, and if you are the ultimate bone collector, we dare you to enter the dominoes tourney.

Market Square Farmers’ Market

Now-November 17th | 10:00am-1:00pm

Market Square, 18 Market Square Knoxville, TN 37902

Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more.


Now-June 7th


For Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival is the first new festival experience at Dollywood since 2006. Guests will be immersed in the splendor of spring flowers through creative artistic displays, delicious spring food flavors, and Smoky Mountain cuisine selections.

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Camp

June 2-August 4th

3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive Knoxville, TN 37914

Summer Zoo Camp Summer fun at the zoo for kids ages 4-13! The new 2021 summer schedule is here!

Bike Boat Brew & Bark

June 5th

Knoxville Adventure Collective

900 Volunteer Landing Lane Knoxville, TN 37902

Bike Boat Brew & Bark celebrates the outdoor adventurer, the dog lover, the craft beer enthusiast, the local and the tourist looking to discover a secret in Knoxville’s urban wilderness. It’s a place where you can ride your bike, bring your dog and explore Knoxville in a new way on this special day! Then live it, experience it, and continue to explore it all year long! We’ll show you how at the Knoxville Adventure Collective on the Tennessee River! Contact us for more info: (865) 523-7263

Emily Ann Roberts Live

June 6th | 6:00pm

Cotton Eyed Joe, 11220 Outlet Dr Knoxville, TN 37932

The JOE is proud to welcome Emily Ann Roberts Live with special guest Marlee Hart! Ticket on sale now!

Free Family Fishing Day Tournament

June 12th | 10:00am-2:00pm

Riverside Park, 899 Main St. Loudon, TN 37774

Enjoy a day with your family on the one day out of the year you don’t need a fishing license. All ages welcome. Register for the tournament at the Riverside Shelter FREE. (Ages 1-100) We will have PRIZES!!

Summer on Broadway

June 25th-26th | 5:00pm

612 E. Depot Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917

Join us for Blount County’s premier summer festival. Live music, Dock Dogs, craft and food vendors, BBQ competition, Muscle cars and kids area. Fun for the whole family. Located in Downtown Maryville.

Festival on the Fourth

July 4th | 5:00pm

Worlds Fair Park 525 Henley St. Knoxville, TN 37902

Traditional 4th celebration with food, all types of bands with live entertainment, the Knoxville Symphony and fireworks cap off in the evening. Parking is available in lots around the World’s Fair Park.

Nature Nuggets: Flower Fun

May 20th, 10:00am-11:00am

Children ages 2-4 and their caregivers have fun with flowers!

Ijams Night Hike: SUPERMOON

May 26th 8:30pm-10:30pm

Come explore the night under a Super Moon.

Ijams Night Hike

June 4th 10:00pm

Join an Ijams naturalist as we use our senses to explore the night at Ijams.

Ijams Hiking Club

June 5th | July 3rd, 8:30am-12:30pm

Hiking Club meets the first Saturday of each month, and club membership is required to join the hikes. Contact for more information.

SPECIAL EVENT: East Tennessee Bluegrass Association Monthly Jam

June 20th 3:00pm-6:00pm

Jam out with the East Tennessee Bluegrass Association every third Sunday from 3-6 pm, through October, at Ijams’ Mead’s Quarry!

Shakespeare Off the Square

July 8th-August 8th 7:30pm-10:00pm

Love triangles, practical jokes, and mistaken identities run rampant in Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Twelfth Night & Betrayal and romance swirl in the storm that is Shakespeare’s The Tempest! Check our schedule to see what’s happening each day.

TN Naturalist - Arthropods

(Adult Program)

July 19th 9:00am-1:00pm

The Ijams TN Naturalist program is a year-long subscription and registration is full for 2021. Contact for information

For more info & events Visit:

Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Ave.

Knoxville, TN 37920

Hiking and Running Events

South Knox Fun Run

EVERY MONDAY 6:30pm-8:30pm

Alliance Brewing Co

1130 Sevier Ave. Knoxville, TN 37920

Bring a friend or come make new ones at this Monday night fun run at Alliance Brewing Co. in South Knoxville. We meet every Monday at 6:30pm! Come back and enjoy $1 off beers. Keep updated online at

Next Level Group Run

EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:00pm-7:30pm

Next Level Brewing

700 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917

Wednesday night run: 2, 3, 5 & 7 mile routes for walkers and runners of all paces, rain or shine. Afterwards enjoy $1 off brews at Next Level Brewing. Join the Facebook Group page for updates.

Yogi Hiking Day


Windhorse Yoga

106A Scott Street Tellico Plains, TN 37385

After the 10:00am class on the last Saturday of every month, join us for a hike on one of our many regional trails. Bring your own lunch/snacks or grab something at Tellico Grains Bakery before heading out. Hikes will be mostly moderate. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing, and bring plenty of water. We’ll leave from the yoga studio around 11:30am and car pool as much as possible. This is a free event, although donations are always welcome.

Pre-registration is not required.

Women’s Smoky Mountain Hiking & Glamping

July 8th - July 11th

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Event by Explorer Chick Adventure Co.

It’s a wonderfully wild weekend with a small group of women hiking the Appalachian Trail and exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Of course, what’s a trip to Tennessee without whiskey? You’ll spend a few hours on an exclusive, private tour with our local guide visiting distilleries on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Each night, put your feet up in total Pinterest-worthy digs at our adorable glamping site minutes from Gatlinburg. Over the course of the long weekend, you’ll quickly grow close with your posse of Explorer Chicks as you hike the trails and share memories of summits. Join us on our 4 Day, small-group women’s weekend hiking trip to experience it yourself!

Water Sports


OPENS May 15th

Soaky Mountain Waterpark

175 Gists Creek Rd, Sevierville, TN 37876

Who’s ready for season two at Soaky Mountain Waterpark? Our neighbors across the street are getting ready for the upcoming season and will be opening May 15th. Check out their new website to purchase tickets:

KOWS Weekly Swim

EVERY THURSDAY 6:00pm-7:30pm

Suttree Landing Park

901 Langford Ave Knoxville, TN 37920

Join Knoxville Open Water Swimmers every Thursday evening from April – October for an hour long swim. Swim is an upstream 30-45 minutes then return to the dock. Water temps in April- mid 50s and typically increase 2° a week until mid 70s in late September. Wetsuits are allowed. Must be able to swim at least 2000m in open water and be comfortable with river conditions. Free. Meets at Suttree Landing Park but check Facebook for any location changes.

Swimmers must be covered under USMS membership to join KOWS swims. NO EXCEPTIONS. Join or Renew online.

Float Down Little River


Smokey Mountain River Rat Tubing


If you don’t mind making a drive, head about 45 minutes south and check out Smokey Mountain River Rat Tubing in Townsend. River Rat rents their yellow inner tubes to anyone over 2-years-old. A float down the river is a great way to relax and enjoy the Tennessee sunshine without overheating. Prices at River Rat are reasonable, and if you book online or come with a large group of people you’ll get a discount! You’re more than welcome to pack a cooler with a bag lunch…but if you want to pack light, bring cash for their outdoors café, Toobers. The BBQ nachos and slushies are favorites here.

Nautical Boat Club


10903 S Northshore dr., Knoxville, TN 37922

If you want to enjoy the lake life to the fullest, your membership includes free access to wake boards, tubes, knee boards, even kayaks and more! Make this Summer one to remember with a membership to this Premier Boat Club.

Outdoor Adventures

2021 Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival

May 20th - 23th 10:00am-6:00pm

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

8000 Hwy 13 Hurricane Mills, TN 37078

The four day event will feature live music, hand crafted custom bikes, demo rides, stunt show, bike shows, racing, revival rides, camping, vendors, specialty food trucks, and more.

Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike

May 22nd 7:00am-5:00pm

Suttree Landing Park

1001 Waterfront Dr SE, Knoxville, TN 37920

Approximately a 10 mile hike throughout the downtown area of Knoxville to promote suicide prevention with active duty military and veterans. Participants use sidewalks and abide by local traffic laws in regards to crosswalks.

Panther Creek Prowl

June 3rd 6:00pm-7:00pm - Register Online

Panther Creek State Park

2010 Panther Creek Park Road Morristown, TN 37814

This mountain bikers event winds through the State Park, participants will encounter plenty of rocks, roots, and climbing to test their grit. The Wildcat Mountain Bike Race will take participants through the landscape and rugged hills of East Tennessee while exploring one of our favorite parks.


June - September 8:00pm-10:00pm

Lenoir City Parks and Recreation

6707 City Park Dr. Lenoir City, TN 37772

Our Movies in the Park series offers a free, outdoor movie night each month. This season’s movie themes include family, children and comedies. Pack some snacks, grab a blanket or chair, and come watch a movie with us! All movie ratings are posted with the title. Movies begin at dusk.

2021 Knoxville Brewfest

June 22nd 4:00pm-8:00pm

World’s Fair Park

525 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902

Brewfest will be returning to the iconic World’s Fair Park where there is lots of space for seating and a lovely ambiance, placed near the Sunsphere and Tennessee Amphitheatre. Stroll by the water taking in the warm breeze, and take your pick from 300 carefully selected beers that are top of the line when it comes to distinctive flavor profiles, colors, and styles.


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