A Local’s Take on Knoxville, Tennessee

At RidePost we always want to be in the “know” when we travel to a new place. Eric recently roadtripped home to Knoxville, TN to see friends and family for the 4th of July holiday. We asked Eric to share some local tips on what to do for fun in Knoxville. Hope you enjoy Eric’s recommendations! And let us know what you like to do for fun in your hometown in the comments section, below!


Here are some things you should definitely try and experience if you are ever in the great city of Knoxville, Tennessee:

World’s Fair Park
Knoxville hosted the 1982 World’s Fair, and as a result, the city has the beautiful World’s Fair Park right in the middle of downtown. I would definitely recommend taking a walk through the park if you are in town and checking out the most famous part of the city skyline: the Sunsphere Tower. Sunsphere Tower is a giant golden globe at the top of a tower that was built for the World’s Fair.  Inside the Tower is a ballroom that visitors can tour, and which also plays host to many fun events.  The park also has an amphitheater, a lake, lots of fountains, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and The South’s Finest Chocolate Factory.

Knoxville’s Sunsphere in World’s Fair Park

Food & Drink
For food and drinks, my favorite place to go is Copper Cellar on Cumberland Avenue. This place has the best burgers in downtown Knoxville, and they have their own micro-brewery that brews six unique beers, which are all excellent. If you go on burger night (Wednesdays), the delicious specialty burgers are only five dollars. And from 9pm until close, all the micro-brew beers are only one dollar!  As any UT student will tell you, this is the place to be on the strip.

For nightlife, I suggest checking out Market Square and the Old City. These two sections of downtown have the best bars, with live music playing somewhere every single night of the week. Preservation Pub in Market Square is probably the best, a three-story bar with a rooftop deck in the center of downtown and an awesome music scene. Barley’s Taproom in the Old City is another place that almost always has a great band playing and a good selection of beers on tap.

Live Music
If you like live music and want to experience some local acts in an intimate and FREE setting, I would recommend going to check out the Blue Plate Special. The Blue Plate Special is a concert series hosted by the local WDVX radio station and held in the Visitor’s Center on Gay St. They have performances Monday-Saturday from 12pm-1pm, which feature half-hour sets from two different bands. These sets are also broadcasted live on the radio. They even have a little café for you to eat lunch while you enjoy the show. This is a pretty well-kept secret in the city, so it rarely gets over-crowded, despite being held in a pretty small room. If you like small local bands, then certainly give the Blue Plate Special a visit.

The WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN


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