Knoxville offers a perfect blend of small-town, Southern hospitality and big city entertainment.
Our historic and revitalized downtown is often host to events that bring in thousands of visitors each year. The region’s rich and progressive music scene features everything from local hip-hop concerts at shoebox-sized clubs to mainstream artists on stage at the 700-seat Bijou Theatre to icons like Loretta Lynn and B.B. King down the street at the historic 1,000-seat Tennessee Theatre. Restaurants, pubs, clubs, eclectic shopping, an outdoor farmers’ market, art galleries, history collections, and museums including UT’s Downtown Gallery are all just a few short blocks from campus.
The country is never far away from the town in Knoxville.
Lakes and rivers wind all through the landscape and more than 50 miles of paved greenway trails cover the city, making Knoxville an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. It’s easy to plan a day hike or just an afternoon of biking, kayaking, or boating.
Between the city of Knoxville and Knox County, there are more than 120 parks including Ijams Nature Center, a 300-acre wildlife habitat and natural area just 10 minutes from the university.
Volunteer pride runs deep through East Tennessee and beyond, and devoted Vols fans follow our teams in every part of the state. Saturday home football games can draw upwards of 100,000 fans from all over the nation to campus to cheer on the Vols at Neyland Stadium. With 18 men’s and women’s competitive team sports, there’s almost always a meet, match, or game to catch on campus so check utsports.com for the latest information. You can also take advantage of Knoxville Ice Bears professional hockey games and Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball in venues that are short drives from campus.