Things to Love & Do

It might be cold out there...but it's always a busy time of the year in Downtown Knoxville. Whether you're planning a fun-filled cold winter day, family fun, romantic night on the town, or a weekend get-away, we've got dozens of things to love and do to get you started (in no particular order!). Scan them, try them, and come back for more.

Tennessee Theatre

Catch a Broadway show at the Tennessee Theatre! You’ll find “42nd Street” on January 28-29, “Chicago” on February 18-19, and “Rent” on March 10-11. 

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Sapphire: A Modern Bar and Restaurant

If you're celebrating Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, or any day of the week, you'll love the hand-crafted cocktails at Sapphire: A Modern Bar and Restaurant. A Perfect Gentleman, Boy Scout, Downtown Cougar, The Other Woman, Girl Next Door, or Totally Platonic...there's a perfect cocktail for everyone!

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The French Market Creperie

Be french! Celebrate at The French Market Crêperies with hot crêpes, breakfast, espresso drinks and hot chocolate! And chocolate croissants!!

412 Clinch Ave (865) 540-4372 More Details

Rain, shine, or snow—we have just what you need for Felix & Fido. Paw protection, sweaters, toys, locally baked treats, and staff with a smile await you at CitiFid-o. Pets welcome!

429 Union Ave (865) 219-5127 More Details
Downtown Wine + Spirits

It’s that time of year! Time for roses, chocolates, love and wine! You’ll find some sweet Valentine’s surprises at Downtown Wine + Spirit where 2015 Rosé wine is 15% off during the month of February and longer.

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Awaken Coffee

February is the month of love! You're going to love the Chocolate Cover Cherry Latte at Awaken Coffee.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
Preservation Pub

Take your special someone for a night of live music. Every night the biggest bands of the future play the stages at Preservation Pub and Scruffy City Hall. Alumni include The Avett Brothers, Moon Taxi, Chris Stapleton, and Cage the's the stuff great memories are made of!

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Knox Whiskey Works

Stop by Knox Whiskey Works for a tour or a tasting. You'll find some fun drinks at the tasting bar including a blushing whiskey sour, cranberry gimlet, rosemary pear Collins and game day java drink.

516 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-2372 More Details
Good Golly Tamale

Do you love finding the Good Golly Tamale Truck? You'll love the tamales even more at the Good Golly Tamale location in the Old City. 

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OP Jenkins Furniture & Design

Indulge in a bedroom makeover at OP Jenkins Furniture & Design.

209 W Summit Hill Dr (865) 522-9632 More Details
The Tomato Head

Get out of your comfort zone! Take a trip to The Tomato Head...not for pizza, but for Huevos Rancheros at Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. You can come back every other day for pizza!

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YMCA - Lindsay Young

Drop by the Downtown Knox YMCA. Through the end of January the $30 Joining Fee will be waived.

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Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Prepare for March Madness! Spend the day with the basketball lover in your life at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. March 1-31 is Women’s History Month. Bring a woman who inspires you to receive BOGO free admission.

700 Hall of Fame Drive (865) 633-9000 More Details
Regal Riveria Stadium 8 - Movie Theater

Take in the latest block buster at Regal Cinemas Riviera 8.

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Glass Guys Exhibit @ Dogwood Arts

Drop by Dogwood Arts from January 1-31 for the Glass Guys exhibit featuring artworks created by 10+ artists who call Knoxville and the East Tennessee region home. 

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Prepare for the next snow day with the kids...grab a Tennessee themed jigsaw puzzle at Rala!

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Chesapeake's Seafood House

Take your love on a romantic beach trip...well, not in Knoxville. But oysters on the half shell, lump crab cocktail, calamari, and Maine lobster can be yours at Chesapeake's Seafood House.

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Knoxville Museum of Art

Take the art lover in your life for a stroll through the Knoxville Museum of Art. You’ll find works by local, regional, national, and international artists…and admission is free.

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Douglas J Aveda Institute

Hand pick the perfect gift! We would love to help create a personally chosen Aveda gift for your Valentine, paired with a Douglas J Aveda gift card- where pure flower and plant essences are a part of every experience.

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Coolato Gelato

February 14th Coolato teams up with MEDIC Regional Blood Center, for Coolato's annual Give a Pint, Get a Pint Blood Drive. For every pint of blood you donate, Coolato will give you a pint of gelato in exchange. Don't forget gelato is 1/2 the calories of ice cream and MEDIC needs 275 blood donations a day for cancer care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma.

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Have a laugh while browsing the cards at Rala! Pick up the perfect Birthday, Valentine or 'Just Because' card for any occasion.

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Earth to Old City

Serenade the heart and comfort the soul with hand-pressed bath balms found at Earth to Old City.

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The Crown & Goose

Looking for the perfect setting for an intimate date or cocktail? Experience The Underground at the Crown & Goose...a unique space with a design inspired by the London Underground with live jazz on Friday nights.

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Rick Terry Jewelry Designs

Add some “sparkle” to your love life with a beautiful gift from Rick Terry Jewelry Designs.

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Union Ave Books

Spend the afternoon browsing for your favorite novel at Union Ave Books. You’ll also find discussions, readings and book signings throughout the winter. 

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Dads & Daughters Day @ Women's Bastketball Hall of Fame

Back by popular demand, January 22 is Dads and Daughters Day for the Lady Vols. You’ll find a pre-game event at the Women’s Basketball Hal of Fame including face painting, games, scavenger hunt and more.

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Join Bluetique Thursday, January 26 for a first look at all new arrivals for the upcoming Spring season with discounts, treats, and more!

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Escape Game Knoxille

Can your relationship withstand being locked in a room for 60 minutes? Escape a Villain’s Lair at Escape Game Knoxville.

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Mast General Store

Inviting all dogs to bring their owners. March 3 is Dog’s Night Out at Mast General Store. Drop by (with a collar and lead) and find all types of pet products, treats, and prizes.

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Five Knoxville

Treat the special one in your life to jazz brunch on Sunday at Five. Mimosas, Bloody Mary Bar, Crab Cake Benedict, Chicken n Waffles, Beignets…there’s so many choices!

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Knoxville Ice Bears

Take the sports loving person in your life to an action-paced Knoxville Ice Bears' game.

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Downtown Wine + Spirits

Find the perfect bottle of champagne at Downtown Wine + Spirits.

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The Flower Pot

Looking for roses or garden flowers or gift baskets? The Flower Pot can hook you up. 

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Art Market Gallery

Check out original artwork from 65 of our area’s amazing artists at the Art Market Gallery. 

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Mast General Store

Stock up on gloves, scarves and hats at Mast General Store for a chilly hike on a winter weekend.

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Chocolatefest Knoxville @ Knox Convention Center

Attention chocolate lovers! Chocolate specialists from across East Tennessee will be at the Knoxville Convention Center on January 28 for Chocolatefest Knoxville. Tastings, music, chocolate competitions, and more. 

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Hoops & Hearts Day @ Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to attend Hoops and Hearts Day at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on February 12. Included are tickets to the Lady Vols game, tours of the Hall, plus more. Reservations required.

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Coolato Gelato

Remember February 14th is Valentines Day. There is no better place to bring your date! Treat them with special goodies. Also, in February Coolato dips huge fresh strawberries in Italian Chocolate. This year Coolato will feature 24 carat edible strawberries. Place your orders early! What a healthy and happy way to send a sweet message! You will also want to taste our Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Gelato! We can't even believe it is 1/2 the calories. 

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Casual Pint

Let Casual Pint craft the perfect mix-a-six for the beer lover in your life.

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Tennessee Theatre

On February 13, there’s a special “Mighty Musical Monday” scheduled at the Tennessee Theatre. This special, organ-only Valentine’s show will showcase three organists, each with their own style. It’s free.

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Temple Photography

Capture the moments of a beautiful beginning with an engagement session by Temple Photography.

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The Crown & Goose

Step out for live Jazz on Wednesday and Friday nights at The Crown & Goose. You'll find Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet along with unique and unforgettable food and drink. Show starts at 8pm. Free. It's a mix of dixieland, latin and early jazz that would be right at home in New Orleans. 

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Come shop at Bluetique! Make a purchase during the month of January and you’ll get 15% off your next purchase.

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Take in a sunset from the observation level at Knoxville's greatest landmark - the Sunsphere.

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Mast General Store

Be a sweetheart and help feed the hungry! Take a stroll down memory lane in the candy barrels at Mast General Store. During the weekend of February 11 and 12, 10% of all candy sales will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

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Find a crush-worthy outfit for day or night at Fizz.

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Knox Whiskey Works

Grab a friend and take a tour at Knox Whiskey Works. Thursday through Sunday. Tastings and bottle sales available 7 days a week!

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Ruth's Chris Steak House

Come in from the cold and warm up with the sizzling happy hour at Ruth's Chris, every Sunday through Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. 

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Cafe 4

Celebrate the entire Valentine's Day weekend with love-infused cocktails and chef-inspired specials at Cafe 4. 

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Tree & Vine

Treat the chef in your life to a free tasting at the olive oil and balsamic bar at the Tree & Vine. We challenge you to go home empty handed!

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Coolato Gelato

Coolato will lend you a helping hand with your 2017 resolutions worth keeping.  Need help saving money and eating healthy?  Then join Coolato every Monday in January for All You Can Eat Soup Day!  Monday thru Friday our Daily Special features a healthy tasty mini panini, cup of soup or side salad, cup of fresh fruit and a dessert bite, just perfect for lunch that benefits the body.

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Earth to Old City

Don't give the same tired gifts as everyone else! Locally-owned and operated for 25 years, Earth to Old City still pioneers seek-the-unique shopping in Downtown Knoxville with hundreds of unique and stylish gifts available every day.

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Wild Lavender Spa & Wellness

Glow with a facial from Wild Lavender Spa and shop in the well-stocked apothecary of lovely items. From candles to organic and clean beauty products to simple bracelets, there’s something for everyone!

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Primetime Hotdogs

Relive a New York memory with a trip to Primetime NewYork Style Hotdog for a hotdog better than any street vendor can offer.

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East Tennessee History Center

Take a step back in time and learn about our region and ancestors at the East Tennessee History Center.

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Bistro at the Bijou

End the day with live jazz and dinner at the Bistro at the Bijou EVERY Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. And again every Sunday for brunch. 

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Auto Show @ Knox Convention Center

The 29th annual News Sentinel Auto Show will be at the Knoxville Convention Center from February 24-26. It’s a proverbial candy store for car lovers and potential car buyers looking to learn a little more about their four-wheeled friends.

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Reddoor Photography Studio

Show him the LOVE…book a boudoir session at Reddoor Studio.

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Knox Mason

Treat your sweetheart to Sweetwater Pimento Cheese with Saw Works Beer Bread and Housemade 'Wicked Pickles’ at Knox Mason.

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Rita's Italian Ice

Savor a sweet treat at Rita's Italian Ice...what about Black Cherry Cheesecake Cream Ice?!

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Sapphire: A Modern Bar and Restaurant

Looking for a perfect pairing? You'll find it with the Cheese and Charcuterie Platters at Sapphire: A Modern Bar and Restaurant.

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Show your love with local, one-of-a-kind, hand-made jewelry from Fizz.

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Nothing Too Fancy

Wrap up together in a locally printed Tennessee tri-star sweatshirt blanket from Nothing Too Fancy. 

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Trio Cafe & Sunset Bar

Bring your sweetie to breakfast at Trio Cafe & Sunset Bar for classic ham or sautéed kale and roasted red pepper eggs benedict with homemade citrus hollandaise and roasted potatoes.

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Experience a homey and relaxing atmosphere and enjoy an approachable gourmet breakfast 7 days a week at Olibea. Carnitas Tostada, Chicken Biscuit, TN Benedict, great coffees, and more and more. You’ll love it!

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Not Watson's Kitchen + Bar

It's not your mamma's Watson's! Create a new memory at Not Watson's Kitchen + Bar with Short Rib Sliders, Creole Pasta, Pan Seared Scallops w/ Tomatoes, Basil & Brie and more!!

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Babalu Tacos & Tapas

Show your love for Lucy! Make a meal of Guacomole made tableside, Baba-ritas, and Spicy Mexican Fudge at Babalu Taco & Tapas. 

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Calhoun's on the River

Nothing says love like baby-back ribs. Bring your sweetie to Calhoun's on the River. Start with a Spinach Artichoke Dip or Char-Grilled Shrimp and end with Key Lime Pie or Triple Fudge Cake! 

400 Neyland Ave (865) 673-3355 More Details
Cru Bistro & Wine Bar

Enjoy dinner at Cru Bistro starting with a Vampire’s Kiss cocktail and ending with a Chocolate Flourless Torte with Raspberry.

141 S Gay St (865) 544-1491 More Details
Pete's Coffee Shop & Restaurant

Start the day with Cinnamon French Toast at Pete’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant.

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Take your date for a stroll Downtown and then wind into Knoxville Uncorked for a romantic bottle of chardonnay and a delicious Cheese and Charcuterie Board. Afterward, mosey down to Market House Cafe for a mocha treat.

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