Convention Center visitors experience fun, fall activities

Convention Center visitors experience fun, fall activities

📅October 6th, 2015, 13:54

Krutch park fallFrom the singing of “Rocky Top” by orange-clad football fans to the colorful changing leaves in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, Knoxville offers something for everyone in the fall.

Positioned between the urban core of downtown and the campus of the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville Convention Center is perfect for event planners and attendees looking to make the most of their time in Knoxville.

When your event or meeting ends for the day or even when your group just takes a break, walk outside and enjoy the beauty of East Tennessee. Many of our event planners plan excursions or activities for their attendees through our convention and visitor’s bureau, Visit Knoxville. Steps away from our facility are an assortment of restaurants, shops and activities.

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Starting with the obvious, it’s football time in Tennessee! Neyland Stadium is within walking distance of the Convention Center, and if you don’t already know the words to “Rocky Top,” you will by the end of the first quarter. Even if you’re not attending the game, it is spectacular to see a sea of 100,000-plus people dressed in orange and white streaming past the Knoxville Convention Center windows on a game day Saturday. If it’s not game day, walk around the campus and find the statues of the legendary Gen. Robert Neyland and Pat Summitt.

TT_3_24_05_0572R3Downtown Knoxville also offers an array of cultural attractions, including concerts and Broadway shows. The Tennessee Theatre and the Bijou Theatre are home to a wide range of entertainment this fall from Merle Haggard to The Mountain Goats. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performs at both theaters, and you also can enjoy spectacular performances by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Knoxville Opera at downtown venues. Bring your family downtown every Friday for the free Movies on the Square series, which shows a new film each week on Market Square.

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The Knoxville Museum of Art offers world-class exhibitions, such as Richard Jolley’s Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity, one of the largest, figurative glass-and-steel assemblages ever. The museum is steps away from our facility.

You also have plenty of reasons to get outside. The transition from summer to fall in East Tennessee creates a kaleidoscope of red, orange and yellow hues. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness offers plenty of outdoor adventures right in our backyard, and the Convention Center is next door to World Fair’s Park, downtown’s largest green space. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is within a short drive, and the views are breathtaking, so pack your walking shoes or hiking boots.

Throughout the year, Downtown, Market Square and the Old City offer some of Knoxville’s best restaurants and shops, and all are within walking distance of the Convention Center. Public art is on display throughout downtown, including at the picturesque Krutch Park.

When in town, don’t just visit Knoxville, experience it. We offer small town charm with big city fun and Southern hospitality.