Knoxville’s Market Square is host to an eclectic blend of culinary delights, has a variety of stores to suit your shopping needs with friendly merchants ready to assist you and features two water play fountains for the kids. Market Square is adjacent to the scenic Krutch Park. Whether you are bringing your children down to play in the fountains while you shop the Market Square Farmers Market, or bringing your sweetheart downtown for a romantic dinner and evening at the theater, you’ll find something for everyone. Market Square District is alive with music, performers, niche shops and gallery walks on the First Friday of every month. We are host to the International Biscuit Festival, First Night Knoxville and lend our support to Shakespeare on the Square, Hola Festival, Sundown in the City, Dogwood Arts Festival and other special events that make downtown Knoxville such a unique and enjoyable place.
Originally a warehouse district in the mid 1800s, Knoxville’s Old City has become a must visit entertainment district for locals and out of towners alike. A 1 minute walk from Marble Alley, The Old City is home to Nationally recognized restaurants such as “The Crown and Goose”, “OliBea’s”, and “Barley’s Tap Room” The Old City is also a place to let your hair down. From the sophisticated vibe of “Carleo’s Nightclub” to the boot scootin’ twang of “The Wagon Wheel” you’ll be able to find the sort of nightlife that wets your whistle.
Just one block away from Marble Alley, Gay Street is home to both business and entertainment. Lawyers and bankers in suits and ties rub elbows with students, artists, and entrepreneurs at Gay streets many restaurants and nightclubs. From one end of Gay street to the other, you’ll find an amazing assortment of food, drink and fun. Highlights include: Clancy’s Irish Pub, The Downtown Grill and Brewery (beer brewed on premises), Sapphire (a New York style martini bar), Mast General Store, Holly’s 135 restaurant, along with art galleries on every block.