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$20 A Day in Downtown Knoxville

Food & Drink Itineraries Around Town

Downtown Knoxville offers lots of free things to do, plus meals at an affordable price. Here's how you can spend a full day in Downtown Knoxville for just $20 (plus tax and tip).


Mural Hunting (Free)

Start your day mural hunting. New murals pop up from local artists all the time, so bring your camera and observe some street art! Make your way through Strong Alley, then head down to the STORIES mural at the Jackson Ave/Gay Street Stairwell to participate in a little scavenger hunt, and swing by #MollyKnox at Boyd's Jig & Reel. Many others will surprise you as you explore downtown on foot.

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Tree & Vine (Free)

Then stop by the Tree & Vine on Union Ave just around the corner from Market Square for a free sample of their famous olive oils and balsamics. It's fun to try the different flavors, and you may even go home with a souvenir!

Good Golly Tamale ($5)

Grab a bite to eat Good Golly Tamale, where you can order up a hand-rolled specialty tamale for just $5! The Chicken Tinga and Vegan Soul are two crowd-favorites from this hidden gem in the Old City.

Trolley Ride (Free)

Hop on one of the free trolley lines that run throughout Downtown Knoxville! Not only are they charming, but they will get you from point A to point B quickly. And a fun way for a quick tour around town. Kids love them too!

The Sunsphere Observation Deck ($5)

Enjoy a break on World's Fair Park's large lawn, then take a trip to the top of the Sunsphere for dramatic 360° views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the city. Purchase tickets online or at the base of the Sunsphere using a QR code. Kids under 12 are free.

Ham'n Goody's ($1.25)

Need a sweet snack? Stop by Ham'n Goodys on Gay Street for a famous lemon cookie. We promise it'll be the best $1.25 you'll ever spend! Tangy, sweet, just right.

Observe Architecture (Free)

Continue exploring Downtown Knoxville on foot, observing the city's historic architecture. Within the walkable 0.67 square mile Downtown district, there are more than two dozen listings on the National Register of Historic Places, including the entire Gay Street Commercial Historic District and the Market Square Historic District. Over in the Old City, Knoxville's most concentrated collection of restored Victorian buildings pridefully take you back in time.

Chivo Taqueria ($8)

For dinner, head to Chivo Taqueria, a funky taco bar on Gay Street with tons of great street tacos, burritos, and margaritas. Order up two tacos at $4 a piece.

Harrogate's Lounge ($0.75)

End your night with a few quarters to play pinball at Harrogate's Lounge, a fun arcade bar with high gravity pints. 


A fun-filled day in Downtown Knoxville for exactly $20 (plus tax). Don't forget to tip!