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Founded in 1786, Knoxville is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, behind Memphis and Nashville, and is the county seat of Knox County. It is also the largest city in East Tennessee, and the second-largest city (behind only Pittsburgh) within the region of Appalachia.

Culture

Knoxville is home to a rich arts community and has many festivals throughout the year. Its contributions to old-time, bluegrass and country music are numerous, from Flatt & Scruggs and Homer & Jethro to the Everly Brothers. For the past several years an award-winning listener-funded radio station, WDVX, has broadcast weekday lunchtime concerts of bluegrass music, old-time music and more from the Knoxville Visitor's Center on Gay Street, as well as streaming its music programming to the world over the Internet.

Knoxville also boasts an Opera Company which has been guided by Don Townsend for over two decades. The KOC performs a season of opera every year with a talented chorus as the backbone of each production.

In its May 2003 "20 Most Rock & Roll towns in the U.S." feature, Blender ranked Knoxville the 17th best music scene in the United States.In the ’90s, noted alternative-music critic Ann Powers, author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America, referred to the city as "Austin without the hype".

The city also hosts numerous art festivals, including the 17-day Dogwood Arts Festival in April, which features art shows, crafts fairs, food and live music. Also in April is the Rossini Festival, which celebrates opera and Italian culture. June's Kuumba (meaning creativity in Swahili) Festival commemorates the region's African American heritage and showcases visual arts, folk arts, dance, games, music, storytelling, theater, and food. Autumn on the Square showcases national and local artists in outdoor concert series at historic Market Square, which has been revitalized with specialty shops and residences. Every Labor Day brings Boomsday, the largest Labor Day fireworks display in the United States, to the banks of the Tennessee River between the University of Tennessee football stadium and downtown.

Events

Big Ears Festival
Boo At The Zoo
Big KnoxVenture Race
Boomsday
Corvette Expo
Dogwood Arts Festival
Destination ImagiNation Global Finals
Great Knoxville Rubber Duck Race
GreekFest
Hank Days
Honda Hoot
Knoxville Brewers' Jam
Knoxville Lindy Exchange
Feast With the Beasts @ Knoxville Zoo
Fantasy of Trees

Knoxville Marathon
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Kuumba Festival
Market Square Farmers' Market
NSRA Street Rod Nationals South
Rossini Festival
Sevier Heights Living Christmas Tree
Ska Weekend
Sundown in the City
Tennessee Valley Fair
Vestival

Sites of interest

Bijou Theatre
Bleak House
William Blount Mansion
Candoro Marble Works
Civic Coliseum
Fort Dickerson
Haley Heritage Square
Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum
Knoxville Convention Center
Knoxville Greenways
Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville Police Museum
Knoxville Zoo
Mabry-Hazen House
Marble Springs
Market Square

Frank H. McClung Museum
Museum of East Tennessee History
National Register of Historic Places, Knox County, Tennessee
Old City
Ramsey House
Sunsphere
Tennessee Theatre
Three Rivers Rambler Train Ride
Volunteer Landing
World's Fair Park
James White's Fort

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