Tennessee Theatre

604 S. Gay Street

The magnificent Tennessee Theatre first opened its doors in 1928 as Tennessee’s grand movie palace and was hailed as “the South’s most beautiful theatre.” Writers from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork have likened it to performing inside a Fabergé egg. It’s a fabulously ornate space – one that hosts everything from classic movies, symphonies, Broadway touring shows, dance and live music events. Acts such as B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, Widespread Panic and Morrissey have all performed on its storied stage.

U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre

803 S. Gay Street

The Bijou Theatre is one of East Tennessee’s oldest and most revered performance venues, opening in 1909, as part of the Lamar House hotel, one of the oldest buildings in Knoxville. Tabbed by the New York Times as “one of the best sounding rooms in this country,” the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou offers a clear stage view and aural excellence from every seat. Music, vaudeville, opera, comedy and more have all been performed on the historic stage throughout the years hosting, among others, Joan Baez, The Ramones, Richard Thompson, Bob Weir, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth, Philip Glass, the xx and comedian Louis CK.

The Mill & Mine

225 Depot Avenue

Knoxville promoter Ashley Capps and developers David Dewhirst and Mark Heinz have partnered in a new downtown concert venue called The Mill & Mine. Located across from the Southern Railway Station at 225 Depot Ave., the venue has a 1,200-patron capacity and features a large elevated stage, a second floor viewing area, private rooms and outside patios.

The Standard

416 W. Jackson Avenue

With its urban feel, huge skylights, exposed brick and more than 10,000 square feet of usable space, The Standard is a beautiful and unique event space in Knoxville. Originally built in 1930 for manufacturing, 416 West Jackson Avenue once housed the building’s namesake, the Standard Wilson Glass Company. Today, The Standard features an original wood staircase, copper storefronts, exposed brick walls, arched doorways and much of the original trim detail—making the space perfect for weddings, galas, parties, receptions and so much more.

The Square Room

4 Market Square

Stepping through the archway into the small alley nestled in Knoxville’s Historic Market Square district, one can’t help but get the feeling that something unexpected lies behind the doors of The Square Room. Each performance at the Square Room has a setting unique to the audience in order to afford music fans of all ages the opportunity to enjoy every aspect of a live show. The combination of the intimate setting, top-of-the-line sound, lighting & video equipment make the Square Room one of Knoxville’s must-visit venues.

Regal Riviera Stadium 8

510 S. Gay Street

Regal Riviera Stadium 8 stands on the site of the long lost, jazz-era Riviera Theatre. Regal’s Riviera features all the latest amenities along with an impeccable film presentation for an outstanding moviegoing experience and is the first new downtown cinema in Knoxville since the Roxy Theatre was built in the 1930’s.


Church Street United Methodist Church

900 Henley Street

Church Street United Methodist Church‘s first congregation met in 1816. Since that time, the church has relocated a number of times, finally settling on its centralized Henley Street location in 1928. On Labor Day 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was driven past the church en route to Newfound Gap to dedicate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He reportedly inquired about the church and remarked, “That is the most beautiful church I have ever seen.” In 2009, the church building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized for its architecture and beautiful stained glass.

Photo by Inside of Knoxville

St. John's Episcopal Cathedral

413 Cumberland Avenue

St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral has been an anchor congregation of downtown Knoxville since 1826. The present church building dates from 1892, although the oldest parts of the campus still in use were built in the 1850s. The church’s generous acoustic and beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque interior have made it an ideal space for music, and St. John’s has been a frequent host of choirs, chamber music, orchestras, and organ recitals. Today, St. John’s Cathedral seeks to contribute to the rich cultural life of Knoxville and participate in the vibrant downtown community through charitable works, the arts, social activities, and as a house of prayer for all people.

Knoxville Museum of Art

1050 World’s Fair Park Drive

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, educates and serves a diverse community, enhances Knoxville’s quality of life and operates ethically, responsibly and transparently as a public trust.

UT Downtown Gallery

106 S. Gay Street

The Downtown Gallery is a contemporary art gallery exhibiting professional work through funding and support from The University of Tennessee.

Jackson Terminal

213 W. Jackson Avenue

We are excited to activate a brand new venue for Big Ears 2017! Big Ears Beats & Eats Presented by Visit Knoxville will be held at Jackson Terminal throughout the festival weekend. As your hub for all things Big Ears, Beats & Eats will host the festival box office, official merchandise supplied by our partners at Nothing Too Fancy, quick eats and cocktails from your favorite local restaurants, artist discussions and Q&A’s, along with other Big Ears events. More details will be revealed soon, stay tuned!

Boyd's Jig & Reel

101 S. Central Street

Jig and Reel is an authentic Scottish music and Whisky pub located in the Old City. Open six days a week, they serve delicious meals with a focus on friendly Scottish hospitality. Its extensive Scotch selection is one of the best in the world and, with over 600 whiskies on their full list, any of their knowledgeable bartenders will be happy to recommend something new for you to try. It is their goal to preserve their musical history and celebrate the Scottish culture of their ancestors.