102 Things to Do Around Knoxville in 2013

Fun things to do in Knoxville with kids

Whether you’re a Knoxville native or a transplant to the area, Family Friendly Knoxville has lots of ideas and inspiration for family friendly fun! Make a resolution to become a tourist in our great city! Below you’ll find details on 102 things to do in 2013 with your family around Knoxville!

Fun Things to Do this Winter…and beyond

Visit one of Knoxville’s many indoor attractions or catch a sporting event…


1. American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge
2. Beck Cultural Exchange Center
3. Blount Mansion
4. Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
5. East Tennessee History Center *FREE on Sundays*
6. Farragut Folklife Museum *FREE*
7. Historic Ramsey House
8. James White’s Fort
9. Knoxville Museum of Art *FREE*
10. McClung Museum *FREE* The McClung Museum also offers periodic Stroller Tours for parents with young children.
11. Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

12. *FREE* Story Times
Visit our Knoxville Events Calendar for dates and times!

Clinton Public Library
Knox County Library
Union Ave. Books
Smart Toys and Books
Barnes and Noble

Indoor Play Places
Visit our Knoxville Events Calendar for dates and times!

14. Bounce USA
15. Gym Bugs
16. Pump It Up
17. Tataru’s
18. The Zone Sports Complex

Sporting Events

19. Knoxville Ice Bears
20. Monster Jam
21. UT Men’s Basketball
22. UT Women’s Basketball

Musical and Theatre Events

23. Disney’s Phineas & Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!
24. The Wordplayers-Lift Every Voice
25. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ‘Fully Charged Gold Edition’
26. Mary Poppins at the Tennessee Theatre
27. Rapunzel at Oak Ridge Playhouse

Family Friendly Festivals Throughout the Year


28. 10th, East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival
29. 16th, International Festival at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge


30. Dogwood Arts Festival. There are many fun events during this nearly month-long festival including an art fair and chalk walk.
31. 27th, Rossini Festival
32. 20th, Earth Fest
33. Farragut Book Fest
34. Kite Festival
35. Storytelling Festival at Marble Springs


36. 3rd-4th, Old Timer’s Festival in Townsend
37. 18th, Children’s Festival of Reading
38. Vestival
39. 18th, International Biscuit Festival


40. 21st-22nd, Secret City Festival
41. Cherokee Heritage Days at James White’s Fort
42. Kuumba Festival


43. Red, White, and Blues Festival in Farragut


44. 10th, Irish Fest on the Hill


45. 1st, Boomsday
46. 6th-15th, Tennessee Valley Fair
47. Greekfest
48. 21st-22nd, John Sevier Days
49. Louie Bluie Festival
50. 28th-29th, Townsend Heritage Festival


51. Hola Festival
52. Foothills Fall Festival
53. Fall Apple Festival at Washington Pike Presbyterian
54. October Sky Festival in Oliver Springs

Outdoor Fun Around Knoxville

- here are just a few of the many outdoor play areas in Knoxville.

55. Worlds Fair Park and Fort Kid
56. Anchor Park
57. The Cove
58. McFee Park
59. Walker Springs Park
60. New Harvest Park
61. Caswell Park
62. Tyson Park

63. Splash pads (opening May)

Click here for a list of all the area’s splash pads

64. Farmers Markets (opening April and May)

Click here for a list of all the area’s Farmer’s Markets

65. Greenways

Oak Ridge

66. Knoxville Botanical Gardens

67. Safety City (opening in June)

68. UT Gardens

Books & Blooms
Trick or Trees
Easter Eggstravaganza

69. Fort Loudoun State Historic Area

70. Ijams Nature Center

71. Knoxville Zoo

72. Second Saturday Concerts at The Cove at Concord Park (summer months)

73. Miniature Golf

Putt Putt
Sir Goony’s
Zuma Fun Center

Family Friendly Theatre Events

74. Children’s Theatre of Knoxville

75. Oak Ridge Junior Playhouse

Rapunzel, March 9th-10th

76. Tennessee Theatre

Mary Poppins, March 5th-10th
Pajaminals, April 2nd

77. Summer Movie Programs
Stayed tuned for dates and times!

Halls Cinema
Cinemark in Oak Ridge

78. Carmike 7 Dollar Theatre

79. Parkway Drive-In, (spring and summer)

80. Shakespeare on the Square (summer)

81. Movies on Market Square (September and October)

Uniquely Knoxville Attractions

82. Sunsphere

83. Market Square

84. Cherokee Caverns (open at various times throughout the year)

85. WDVX Kidstuff Live (Last Saturday of the month)

Sporting Events

86. Tennessee Smokies (spring and summer)

87. Hard Knox Roller Girls (March-October)

88. Knoxville Nighthawks (March-June)

89. UT Football (fall)

Attractions Just a Short Drive Away

90. Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga

91. Crossville Model Railroad

92. Dollywood

93. Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

94. Kentucky Splash

95. Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum

96. Mayfield Dairy

97. Norris Dam State Park

98. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

99. Secret City Excursion Train

100. Splash Country

101. Sweetwater Farms

102. Virginia Creeper


Holiday Fun to Look Forward to in 2013

We compiled a list of 102 Things and more to do in Knoxville during the holidays in 2012, but here are a few of the most popular attractions and events you can’t miss!

Fantasy of Trees

Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice

Reindeer Festival at Creekside Nursery

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

WIVK Christmas Parade

What did we leave off of our list? Let us know in the comments and on our Facebook page!

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