Welcome to Knoxville!
Honored to have been chosen “Top Ten Greatest Gay Cities in America in 2012”, Knoxville continues to produce a robust gay scene filled with arts, culture, history, musical events, outdoor adventure, shopping and culinary experiences that will impress you. Knoxville is a city that embraces diversity and respects the values of all of its citizens. Home to HGTV, TVA and the University of Tennessee, this beautiful city is also the Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains – home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood. Visitors here can experience a diverse nightlife or a daytime filled with adventure.
The LGBT community invites you to visit our ever expanding downtown, including Gay Street (listed as one of the most desirable streets by the American Planning Association in 2012), Market Square (the central hub of downtown life and several LGBT friendly restaurants), the Old City (pub, clubs and eateries), Happy Holler (a newly gentrified area and home to gay bar XYZ ), Bearden (home of Kristopher’s, many local restaurants and shopping) and West Knoxville (home of The Edge and great shopping). The city’s Urban Wilderness features 1,000 miles of hiking and biking trails, plus waterways for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and more just minutes from downtown. Knoxville continues to be a trendsetter in LGBT functions with a PRIDE event that hosts over 20,000 people and proudly supports the Gay Men’s Chorus.
For these reasons and many more, this city welcomes you with open arms.