At the center of downtown is Market Square, a collection of shops, restaurants and bars. The Farmer’s Market, tents featuring local foods, arts and crafts, sets up every Thursday and Saturday in the spring and fall. Market Square is lively throughout the year and features several of the most famous eateries in Knoxville. Also, throughout the spring and summer you may find a free concert being staged in the Square.
The Old City offers a wide variety of bars as well as a few restaurants. The nightlife is very active Thursday through Saturday year round. Many of these bars feature live music and a few have patios that can be enjoyed when the weather is pleasant. The Old City also is home to tailors, a winery, coffee shops and the dog park.
The most prominent street downtown, South Gay Street, is the center for commerce, but also features a couple of the most well-known restaurants in the city. Many lunch eateries and coffee shops have set up shop on this street. Bluegrass can be heard live at WDVX in the Knoxville Visitors Center. The Tennessee Theatre and the Bijou sit on S Gay St and host many well-known bands including Robert Earl Keen, Alison Krauss, Hall and Oates, Widespread Panic, Emmy Lou Harris, and the Dirty Guv’nahs just to name a few. On a slower night you can catch a movie at Regal Riviera.