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Knoxville, TN Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 73
Total Sleeping Rooms 7,500
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 378
Committable Meeting Rooms* 26
Largest Exhibit Space 120,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 57,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $90
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $56
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $212
*Maximum for a single hotel

Knoxville, TN Things to Do and Attractions

Market Square

Since the 1860s, Market Square has been one of Knoxville's most popular places to shop, play, and dine. Kid and pet friendly, the Square plays host to a variety of festivals, outdoor concerts, movies, Shakespeare on the Square, a Farmer's Market,

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The Old City

This historic downtown district is home to an eclectic assortment of shops, coffee bars, breweries, restaurants, and clubs. Tip: Check out the shops and restaurants on the 100 Block of Gay Street as you stroll to and from The Old City and Market

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This unique Knoxville landmark, built for the 1982 World's Fair, features a 4th floor observation deck with a 360-degree view. Open free to the public daily.

Star of Knoxville

Enjoy the scenic Tennessee River aboard an authentic Mississippi style paddle wheeler, which offers lunch, sightseeing, dinner, and party cruises.

Volunteer Princess Cruises

This elegant charter yacht offers a unique venue and unparalleled ambiance for both dining and entertaining.

Three Rivers Rambler

This vintage steam engine train takes guests on a 90-minute excursion through some of Knoxville's most historic and beautiful countryside.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

The world's only museum dedicated to preserving the history of women's basketball.

Zoo Knoxville

Experience wildlife and fun at Knoxville's largest attraction with over 800 of the earth's most fascinating animals.

Knoxville Ice Bears

Knoxville's professional ice hockey team offers steamrolling action, fan participation, giveaways and prizes, and close-to-the-action feel.

Mast General Store

With authentic general store history dating back to the 1880s, Mast specializes in housewares, name brand outdoor clothing and footwear, trail and travel gear, toys, and old-fashioned candies.

Maple Hall Bowling

This boutique 11-lane bowling alley located in downtown's historic J.C. Penney building offers a spirited bowling experience with full-service bar, small plates, cozy lounge areas, a live stage, and a two-lane private VIP room.

Veloce Indoor Speedway

Veloce Indoor Speedway is the premier indoor go-karting entertainment experience.

East Tennessee History Center

The Center houses the McClung Historical Collection, a premier genealogical research library and the Museum of East Tennessee History, a regional history museum covering 300 years – from the Cherokee and pioneers to Civil War divisions,

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Historic Homes of Knoxville

From log cabins to frame houses and stately stone mansions, these seven Knoxville homes invite you to step back in time and experience firsthand the history of Knoxville.

The Emporium Center

Originally built in 1898, The Emporium houses eight arts organizations, 11 artist studios, five exhibition areas, a dance studio, black box performance space, and two art galleries. Check out the mural on the lower level.

Knoxville Museum of Art

Celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee. Attractions include Richard Jolley's Cycle of Life, one of the world’s largest figurative glass-and-steel installations. Free Admission.

The Muse Knoxville

A hands-on children's science and art museum with Knoxville's only public-access full-dome planetarium. Open seven days a week. ASTC reciprocal memberships honored. Military and Educators admitted free of charge (with ID).

Beck Cultural Center

A historic community treasure dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting artifacts and other evidence of contributions relating to the history and culture of African-Americans in East Tennessee and America while creating educational

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Bijou Theatre

Knoxville's most historic theatre offers the perfect atmosphere for live music and the performing arts.

The Mill & Mine

The Mill & Mine is a state-of-the-art concert and event venue nestled in historic downtown Knoxville. Hosting artists like electronic juggernauts M83, indie-rockstars Band of Horses, and Americana giant Gillian Welch in their first opening

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Tennessee Theatre

The magnificent Tennessee Theatre first opened its doors in 1928 and was hailed as "the South's most beautiful theatre". The former movie palace underwent a major renovation in 2003 and reopened in 2005 as a world-class performing arts center.

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WDVX Blue Plate Special

Brings back the Knoxville tradition of a downtown midday live radio show with "The Blue Plate Special" at the Knoxville Visitors Center. Enjoy free live Bluegrass and Americana music Monday through Saturday at noon.

Ijams Nature Center

A 300-acre nature sanctuary on the banks of the Tennessee River with 10 miles of trails, a waterfront boardwalk, and wildlife viewing areas.

Navitat Canopy Adventures

Tree-based zipline challenge park at Ijams Nature Center designed to thrill, educate, and inspire.

Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum

Walking trails, display gardens, unique and historic horticulture, and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings. Home of Knoxville's Secret Garden, which bears some likeness to the hidden garden in "The Secret Garden" by

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Onsight Rock Gym

Knoxville's newest and largest indoor rock climbing gym.

River Sports Outfitters

Indoor climbing center with a variety of climbing options to suit all abilities and ages. Organized group hikes, rides, and runs, as well as paddling events.

Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge

Premier birding destination with more than 190 species of birds sighted. The park encompasses 416 acres along the French Broad River in Knox County.

University of Tennessee Gardens

More than 1,500 varieties of flowering plants including roses, annuals, perennials, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and grasses, demonstrating each plant's ideal use in the landscape.

Urban Wilderness

A unique 1,000-acre urban playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners located just minutes from downtown. Nearly 50 miles of Urban Wilderness trails connect parks, historic sites, and unique natural features.

Knox Brew Tours

Explore the delicious brew Knoxville has to offer with Knoxville's first craft brewery tour. Tours stop at three breweries and include history and samples. Private tours also available.

Knox Whiskey Works

Small batch, craft distillery using locally sourced products. Distillery tours happen Thursday through Sunday.

Knoxville Visitors Center

Located in downtown Knoxville at the corner of Summit and Gay, the Visitors Center is the place for all things Knoxville. From maps and information on tours and entertainment to locally made art and gifts. The Visitors Center is also home to WDVX and

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Knoxville Trolley

Knoxville is proud to offer free trolley service downtown and to the University of Tennessee campus. Stops include hotels, the Knoxville Convention Center, and area attractions.

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