A guide to Summer Fun in the Scruffy City

Kids visit Mayfield Farms during a field trip as part of the KORE Summer Camp program. Image via the City of Knoxville website.

We may know what you did last summer… but how about your plans for this year? Here’s a list of a few of our favorite fun activities and cool experiences happening this summer in Knoxville.

City of Knoxville Programming

  • Kids

From team sports to art lessons and summer camps, the City of Knoxville hosts a variety of programming for kids under age 18.

• KORE Summer Camp

The Knoxville Outdoor Recreation Summer Camp is designed to help kids aged 6-12 learn to love spending time in nature. The program also features field trips to local destinations. It’s scheduled to last through June and July. To find more details about cost and how to register visit the KORE website here.

The City of Knoxville also offers sports programs, arts and crafts events swimming lessons. Click here to view the full list of activities for kids. 

  • Adults

Whether you’re in the mood for a game of pickle ball, or you’d rather learn to create your own art, there are options for adults too. Check out the full list of team sports and classes available here.

  • Seniors

You’re never too old for a little summer fun. There are plenty of city programs catered to older adults too. Swim lessons, dance events, sports teams, and art classes are available at Knoxville Senior Centers. Find the full list of events set for this summer here.


Market Square Farmers Market – Weekly through November 19

The freshest produce and unique handmade finds will be available in Market Square each Saturday through November 19. Find more details about specific vendors and available products through the Nourish Knoxville website

Dolly Drag Trivia Night – June 1

Head over to Ancient Lore Village in South Knoxville if you think you’re really Dolly’s biggest fan. The Knoxville Trivia Guys are ready to put your knowledge to the test! Attendees should make a reservation on the Ancient Lore Village website. 

Boat, Brew and Bark – June 4

Bring your dog along for an event that features water sports, discounted bike rentals a riverwalk tour and more. The event is happening at Volunteer Landing and it’s free to attend. Find out more about the day’s scheduled activities here.

Doggie Dip Day – September 11

If your family’s furry friend could use a little pool side relaxation, Inskip Pool is providing an opportunity with “Doggy Dip Day.”

The biggest pool party of the season is for canines swimmers only. It’s happening at 4204 Bruhin Road on Sunday September, 11. Attendees must register ahead of time. Find the link to register on the City of Knoxville website, here. The event costs $5 per human and per dog. 

Anyone who needs more information can call 865-687-9919 or email rlove@knoxvilletn.gov for additional details.

Concerts in the Park 

If you love to play an instrument, this could be your time to shine! Musical performers of any experience level are invited to participate in a concert series with the Knoxville Community Band. The group will play an assortment of music types at events the following events:

  • Sunday, June 26 – 3 p.m.

World’s Fair Park Amphitheatre, Knoxville

  • Sunday, July 31 – 3 p.m.

Clayton Center, Maryville

  • Saturday, October 8 – 3 p.m.

World’s Fair Park Amphitheatre, Knoxville

  • Sunday, December 4 – 3 p.m.

Bijou Theatre, Knoxville

The band meets weekly at Northwest Middle School. To find out more about how to join the group, reach out to Larry Hicks via email at kcbdirector@gmail.com.

This list serves as just a highlight reel for the many fun activities scheduled in Knoxville this summer. To find more events and additional information, check out the calendar posted on the Visit Knoxville website. 

Published on May 31, 2022.