Knox County Tennessee


Special Events

Special Events

Events Calendar

2023 Events Calendar

Events Information

Yappy Hours

Join us for Yappy Hours and celebrate the astrological Dog Days each quarter! We will be at different dog park with food trucks, music, frozen dessert, and activities for you and your furry best friends.

  • Fee: FREE!
  • Days/Times: Thursdays | 6 - 8PM
  • Location: At each new dog park opening – TBA
  • Park & Play Spring Break Tour

The KCPR Team is offering a free pop-up program to bring recreation, fitness fun, and art entertainment to your local park. Activities can include giant board games, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, group games, athletic demonstrations, and so much more!

  • Fee: FREE!

Summer Tour:

  • June 7 - Halls Community Park
  • June 21 - Carl Cowan Park
  • July 5 - French Memorial Park
  • July 19 - Mascot Park
  • August 2 - Walker Springs Park
  • Second Saturday Concert Series

Knox County is again hosting its Second Saturday Concert Series this summer as the Parks & Recreation Department will oversee live music at The Cove and Clayton Park. The free concerts are held from 6 to 8 p.m. June through August on the second Saturday of each month. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs, and food.

Outdoor Fitness Classes

Find new ways to get active in your park by participating in one (or all!) of our outdoor fitness classes this season. Instruction by certified professionals offer opportunities for beginners, seasoned participants, and any who need mobility modifications!

  • Ages: 12+
  • Fee: FREE!
  • Days/Times: Tuesdays (Sunset in Spring), Saturdays (Sunrise in Summer) 6 - 7PM

Sunset Cinema: Every other Friday, May-August – Sunset Cinema (Movies in the Park)

  • May 5 – *Movie TBD* (SportsPark)
  • May 19 – *Movie TBD* (Carl Cowan Park)
  • June 2 –*Movie TBD* (John Tarleton Park)
  • June 16 – *Movie TBD* (Gibbs Community Park)
  • June 30 – *Movie TBD* (Hardin Valley Community Park)
  • July 14 –*Movie TBD* (Carter Park)
  • July 28 – *Movie TBD* (French Memorial Park)
  • August 11 – *Movie TBD* (Spring Place Park)
  • August 25 – *Movie TBD* (Powell Station Park


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Salamander Search

East Tennessee is home to several different species of salamanders. Throughout the winter season is a great time to try and find the streamside salamander in the creeks of our parks! Be sure to wear waterproof boots for this 1-hour program/hike.

  • Fee: FREE!
  • Date: Saturday, February 25th
  • Time: 10 - 11AM
  • Location: Walker Springs Park

Nighttime Critter Crawl

Join naturalists at Collier Preserve for a self-guided evening stroll at the park. Stop by stations to learn about reptiles, amphibians, mammals, night insects, and more. Visit with the live program animals!

  • Fee: $5
  • Day: Friday, June 9th
  • Time: 6 - 8PM
  • Location: Collier Preserve Park Registration
  • Registration Deadline: June 2

Jr. Naturalist Camp

This specialty camp is designed to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of our natural resources in Knox County and East Tennessee. Through experiential education and play in the natural world we are linking the natural history of Tennessee to recreational mediums such as games, art, research, and hands-on activities.

  • Fee: $45 per participant
  • Dates: July 17-20
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2447 Sutherland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone: 865-215-6600
Fax: 865-215-6603

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