7 Amazing November Events Not To Miss in Knoxville

Knoxville is a vibrant city with numerous current events, even in November. There’s something special about the cool, crisp air that descends on the area at this time of the year.

While the holidays are a big part of many of the activities taking place, there is often something for everyone happening. For those looking for a way to get out and have some fun, consider these events.

1. Visit the Farmer’s Market

The Market Square Farmers’ Market continues in the month of November, offering tasty foods and lots of outdoor fun. There’s still a lot to find available, including fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s also a good time to visit for a favorite treat before the holidays get underway. The fresh bread and bakery are easy to smell when you arrive.
The market also offers a wide range of artisan booths selling their crafts. These make the perfect holiday gift even if you’re buying for yourself. It happens on Wednesdays and Saturdays on Market Square from 9 am to 1 pm. Many of the goodies here are inexpensive and the perfect way to stock up the fridge for the week ahead.

2. Participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade

A local tradition in Knoxville, the Veteran’s Day Parade, is an excellent way to be a part of the city and to honor the men and women that helped fight for your freedom. It takes place on Gay Street on November 11th from 10:45 am until 12 pm. The parade heads from the Knoxville Coliseum up Howard H. Baker Jr. Avenue and then to Church Street. It turns right and follows Gay Street the rest of the way until it ends at Depot Avenue. You can stand along any part of the route to be a part of it.
There’s lots of music throughout the parade and numerous exhibits along the way. Many people come out to watch the parade and then stop along at one of the shops and bistros in the area for a quick bite to eat after it.

3. Fantasy of Trees

On a cool night, make a trip to the Knoxville Convention Center. Walk around the Fantasy of Trees. It happens from November 24th to November 28th. It feels as though you’re standing in a forest of hundreds of decorated Christmas trees. Each one is unique and special. While there, you can shop for a few items to bring home with you to help make your student housing a bit more festive this year. Santa is sure to make an appearance at the event, too. Need a reason to visit? The event is one of the most important fundraisers for the local hospital.

4. Go Ice Skating!

Each year, Downtown Knoxville transforms for the holidays. One key piece of the local celebration is ice skating. Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice is an ongoing celebration of winter’s cool touch. It happens at 18 Market Square from November 26th through January 2nd on Market Square. The rink is available during evening hours and all day Friday and the weekend. It’s a fantastic way to have some fun, listen to holiday music, grab some cocoa and spend time with people.

5. Explore the Peppermint Trail

If you live in the Knoxville Metro area, you may already have visited the Downtown Peppermint Trail. It’s an event that’s right for people of all ages. It takes place in Downtown Knoxville from November 26th through January 2nd. There’s no charge to having fun. Walk around the downtown area and look at the lights and displays throughout. Each year, more than 100,000 lights are placed to create a true Winter Wonderland.
There are also numerous bars, coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants in this area that offer sweet treats, including peppermint specials. For an evening in the heart of the city, this can be one of the best, lighthearted ways to explore it all.

6. Check Out the Shows and Concerts

There are always fun concerts and shows to check out in Knoxville. For those that are looking for a night of fun, consider some of these events (tickets may be available).

  • Dirty Grass Players at the Isis Music Hall on November 11th
  • Eric Church at the Thompson-Boling Arena at the University of Tennessee on November 12th.
  • Hayden Coffman at the University of Tennessee on November 13th.
  • Shakey Graves at The Mill & Mine on November 17th.
  • Brantley Gilbert at Knoxville Civic Coliseum on November 18th.
  • The Browders in Knoxville on November 28th.

These are just a few of the events taking place in and around Knoxville in November. Sometimes, getting out from under the pile of books to explore what the city has to offer is more than worth it. With the University of Tennessee so close, it’s easy enough to get away for a few hours for some fun.