With a white blanket resting over the rolling hills and lush forests of the Volunteer State’s eastern reaches, the landscape becomes a snowy playground, offering countless opportunities for cold-weather outdoor adventures in destinations like the Blue Ridge Mountains. Communities throughout the region, however, are warm and welcoming, inviting visitors to be a part of all sorts of community events, festivals, and family-friendly activities.
The Knoxville Winter Farmers’ Market gives Knoxville visitors the chance to taste the freshest products of local growers throughout the cold season. Visitors join residents in the Historic 5th and Gill neighborhood, select Saturdays from January to April, to browse vendors, sample local food truck fare, and more.
In March, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Chattanoogans at the St. Chatty’s Day Parade. It’s free fun in downtown Chattanooga, with marching bands, dancers, decorative floats, and more, beginning around noon on Market Street.
Music lovers make their way along Jackson Avenue in Knoxville as the Rhythm & Blooms festival fills venues along the strip with a variety of folk and blues performances in early April. Stop by local-favorite spots like Barley's Taproom, Boyd's Jig & Reel, and the Cripple Creek Stage, have a drink, and see who’s playing.
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Eastern Tennessee is home to several state parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Spend your days enjoying a few hours of hiking, biking, or picnicking in some f the most scenic sites around the region. From Big Ridge State Park to Panther Creek State Park, you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy the great outdoors.
Celebrate local culture and meet the locals at festivals and special events throughout East Tennessee. Pick up fresh produce and locally-made foods at the Knoxville Winter Farmers’ Market or catch the St. Chatty’s Day Parade in Chattanooga. Music festivals and seasonal celebrations are some other must-do activities to enjoy around eastern Tennessee.
From Chattanooga to Knoxville, explore some of the historic sites and cultural attractions in East Tennessee to learn about the region. Visit the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville or take a tour of the Chicakmauga & Chattanooga National Military Park to learn about the rich history and legends of the eastern region of the Volunteer State.