Visitor’s Guide to Downtown Knoxville Concerts & Events

Downtown Knoxville’s live music venues and robust festival season – plus UT sports! – make it a popular destination for visitors. We have the dates for the best of downtown Knoxville’s upcoming and annual events all right here in one place to make your trip planning easier. Whether you’re planning a day trip, weekend get-away, or a longer stay, we hope you’ll find this information useful.

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Featured Hotels

Great places to stay in downtown Knoxville

Upcoming Events

Some of our favorites from Knoxville’s busy event schedule

Knoxville’s Annual Festivals

Plan a trip around one (or more) of these great events

Repeating Events

Farmer’s Market, ArtWalk, and Concerts on the Square

University of Tennessee Sports

Plan to go or plan to avoid the crowds

Hilton Downton Knoxville

The Hilton as about equal distance from the Tennessee Theater, Bijou, and Convention Center. Close to Market Square and World’s Fair Park, too!

Embassy Suites Knoxville

Ideally located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, with a variety of accommodations available, including 2 bedroom/2 bath apartments.

Crowne Plaza Knoxville

The Crowne Plaza is located at the northern end of the downtown district, convenient to Old City music venues and restaurants, and a short walk to Market Square.

Upcoming Knoxville Events

Our picks for some of the best events for visitors to enjoy in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

Bonnie Raitt Just Like That Tour

May 1, 2024
Tennessee Theatre

Lukas Nelson + POTR

May 1, 2024
Mill & Mine

First Friday ArtWalk

May 3, 2024
Downtown Knoxville

Market Square Saturday Farmer’s Market Opens for the Season

May 4, 2024
Market Square (Downtown Knoxville)

One Knoxville SC vs Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC

May 11, 2024
Regal Soccer Stadium

Southern Skies Music and Whisky Festival

May 11, 2024
World’s Fair Park

Open Streets

May 19, 2024
Emery Place to Happy Holler

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Farewell Tour

May 19, 2024
Tennessee Theatre

Steep Canyon Rangers

May 31, 2024
Bijou Theatre

Beetlejuice the Musical

June 11 – 16, 2024
Tennessee Theatre

Knoxville’s Annual Festivals

Downtown Knoxville hosts a lot of great events. It seems like there’s always something going on at Market Square or World’s Fair Park. The list below features the biggest and best of the annual fests.

Big Ears Music Festival

March 21 – 24, 2024
Downtown Knoxville

Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk

April 6, 2024
Market Square

Rossini Festival

April 20 & 21, 2014
Downtown Knoxville

Dogwood Arts Festival

April 26 – 28, 2024
World’s Fair Park

Festival on the 4th

July 4, 2024
World’s Fair Park

Knox Asian Festival

September 8, 2024
World’s Fair Park

HoLa Festival

September 21 & 22, 2024
World’s Fair Park

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Fantasy of Trees

November, 2024
Knoxville Convention Center

Regularly Scheduled Events

Market Square Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday, May 4 – November 23, 2024
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday, May 1 – November 20, 2024
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

NO farmers market on Saturday, November 30, 2024

First Friday Art Stroll

First Friday of every month

Concerts on the Square

2004 Jazz Tuesdays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

May 7 – Joe Wilaniskis Quintet
May 14 – Greg Tardy Quintet
May 21 – Taber Gable Trio
May 28 – Sam Adams
June 4 – Mark Boling Trio
June 11 – Ken Brown Quartet
June 18 – Vance Thompson Quartet
June 25 – Larry Vincent Quartet
September 3 – Matt Nelson Trio
September 10 – TBA
September 17 – TBA
September 24 – TBA

Variety Thursdays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

May 16 – 12Eleven Band
June 20 – Jeanine Fuller & The True Funk SOULdiers Tribute Band
July 18 – Liquid Velvet featuring Fleetwood Mac/Journey Tribute
September 19 – Square on the Square (Square Dancing)

2024 University of Tennessee Sports in Knoxville

Home Football Games

August 31, 2024
University of Tennessee vs Chattanooga
Neyland Stadium

September 14, 2024
University of Tennessee vs Kent State
Neyland Stadium

October 12, 2024
University of Tennessee vs Florida
Neyland Stadium

October 19, 2024
University of Tennessee vs Alabama
Neyland Stadium

November 2, 2024
University of Tennessee vs Kentucky
Neyland Stadium

November 9, 2024
University of Tennessee vs Mississippi State
Neyland Stadium

November 23, 2024
University of Tennessee vs UTEP
Neyland Stadium

Women’s Softball Home Games

May 2,3, 4, 2024
University of Tennessee vs Kentucky
Sherri Park Lee Stadium

Men’s Baseball Home Games

April 25, 26, 27, 2024
University of Tennessee vs Missouri
Lindsey Nelson Stadium

April 30, 2024
Tennessee vs Lipscomb
Lindsey Nelson Stadium

May 7, 2024
Tennessee vs Queens
Lindsey Nelson Stadium

May 14, 2024
Tennessee vs Belmont
Lindsey Nelson Stadium

May 16, 17, 18, 2024
Tennessee vs South Carolina
Lindsey Nelson Stadium