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Key Info

Market Square

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Cafes, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Since the 1860s, Market Square has been a community center of Knoxville, with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars drawing a large number of locals and visitors. Recent travelers said it's a lively and fun place to walk around, with plenty of places to eat or just hang out. From outdoor concerts and movies to Shakespeare on the Square and other live entertainment, the area is usually bustling. There are also two water play fountains, a magnet for kids in warm weather.

From May through November on Wednesday and Saturday, the open-air Market Square Farmers Market offers products grown or made by vendors in the East Tennessee region. Products, which vary by the seasons, include eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, baked goods, coffee, crafts and much more.

Market Square is in the center of downtown, between Walnut and Gay streets and is free to visit.

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