Events & Activities in Knoxville

Side Splitters Comedy Club – Up to 51% Off Standup

3

$42.76 $21

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Rising and renowned comedians sling jokes while guests chuckle their way through burgers and cocktails

Up to 51% Off a Membership at The Rush Fitness

Multiple Locations

$59 $29

Membership includes access to indoor pool and rows of cardio equipment, as well as group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and spinning

Up to 73% Off CrossFit Classes

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$199 $55

Students in the Foundations course meet twice a week for four weeks, while learning how to safely push themselves in CrossFit workouts

Up to 63% Off Entry to Airsoft Field

Knoxville

$10 $5

Players pop off rounds of soft plastic BBs while traversing one of three combat fields including a woodland and urban-village layout

58% Off from Knoxville Food Tours

Downtown Knoxville

$118 $49

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Informed guides escort tourists by foot to a rotating lineup of downtown eateries for samples, drinks, and meetings with chefs

Up to 76% Off Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes

Knoxville

$144 $39.99

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State-of-the-art martial-arts studio offers tae kwon do, Fight Fitness, and grappling classes with an official training jersey

Up to 58% Off Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes

Knoxville

$66 $30

Learn martial arts techniques while having fun and getting into shape during kickboxing classes

Up to 63% Off at Adventure Scuba Diving

Knoxville

$25 $10

Introductory course taught by a PADI Pro–certified instructor includes all equipment and takes place in a heated pool

Up to 55% Off at Adaptive Fitness Warehouse

Knoxville

$39 $19

Members enjoy group boot-camp and Zumba classes as well as simple, functional equipment such as kettlebells and free weights

Up to 86% Off Training and Tanning Package at Workout Anytime

Multiple Locations

$350 $49

24-hour gym helps guests look sleek and toned with boot-camp and circuit classes, personal trainers, UV and spray tanning, and hydro massage

50% Off Sushi-Making Class for Two

Knoxville

$100 $50

Skilled chefs demystify the art of making sushi during a two-hour class that yields inside-out and traditional rolls

Up to 88% Off Martial Arts Classes and Private Lessons

Knoxville

$165 $29

Instructors specialize in teaching kids the foundations of martial arts, simultaneously instilling confidence and a sense of accomplishment

45% Off

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$60 $33

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 67% Off at The Practice Yoga & Wellness

Knoxville

$90 $30

Seasoned instructors lead Vinyasa flow, prenatal yoga, and hot yoga classes, plus a yoga bootcamp, on hardwood floors of spacious studio

Up to 51% Off at Nritya Masala

Multiple Locations

$70 $35

Students of all ages experience a cardio fitness workout designed tone muscles while dancing to energizing Bollywood tunes

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Knoxville

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Knoxville's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 71% Off Indoor Cycling at Any Body Fitness

Knoxville

$50 $19

Certified spin instructors urge students to pedal pro-grade stationary bikes with sweat-inducing vigor during indoor cycling classes

Up to 76% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Knoxville

$120 $29

Instructors arm students with Gracie-style Brazilian jujitsu techniques, including takedowns, joint locks, and ground grappling skills

Up to 64% Off Ballroom Dance Lessons

Knoxville

$40 $20

Learn ballroom dances such as salsa, west coast swing, Tango, or cha cha from enthusiastic instructors

Ijams Nature Center – Half Off Memberships 

Knoxville

$35 $17.50

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Special events, exhibits, family nature programs, and seasonal plant sales on 300-acre wildlife sanctuary and eco-friendly nature center

Up to Half Off BYOB Pottery Firing at Mighty Mud

Knoxville

$60 $30

With open flames dancing before groups, participants glaze their pottery, then have it fired over flames until colors harden and shine

Up to 55% Off Riding Lessons at Irvine Training

Knoxville

$70 $35

Farm with 20 acres of rolling pasture and an covered riding arena; riding lessons throughout the year

Up to 50% Off Drive-Thru Safari and Petting Zoo Park

Strawberry Plains

$18 $9

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Cars of visitors explore the 160-acre park with 700+ exotic animals such as zebras and emus before heading over to the petting zoo

Up to 51% Off Muscle-Car-Driving Experience

Adesa Dr, Lenoir City, TN 37771

$199 $99

Driver and friend cruise in a classic muscle car, such as '69 Chevy Camaro or a '66 Mustang Fastback, without the hassle of owning one

Half Off High-Speed Ferrari or Lamborghini Drive

Adesa Auto Auction

$249 $125

A closed-course drive in an exotic car with a 500 hp. engine is captured on film

Up to 54% Off Beading Classes

Lenoir City

$140 $64

Beading students take their pick of wearable art projects, including earrings and bracelets in various styles

Up to Half Off Pizza and Sandwiches at Oskie's Sports Bar & Grill

Concord

$15.99 $8

Gourmet pizzas, loaded burgers, and Cuban sandwiches served amid live music

Up to 53% Off Pontoon Boat Rental

Beach Island Marina

$225 $109

24-foot late-model pontoons tow tubes & let up to 12 people explore Norris Lake's tree-lined waters.

Up to 56% Off Horseback-Riding or Driving Lessons

Greenback

$80 $39

Seasoned instructors who have trained national champions teach students to ride or drive horses

Up to 64% Off at Friendly Farm

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$40 $20

Admission to farm and petting zoo; birthday adventure with nature walk and pony rides; Parent's Night Out entertains kids with activities

Up to 87% Off Martial Arts Class Packages

Maryville

$164.99 $29

Martial arts center offers classes such as krav maga, kickboxing, tae kwon do, and karate

78% Off Children's Tae Kwon Do Classes

Maryville

$222 $49

Children develop self-confidence and discipline while weaving together tae kwon do's blocks, punches, kicks, and open-hand strikes

Up to 91% Off at Let's Dance Ballroom Dance Studio

Maryville

$264 $25

Instructors guide solo students and couples through ballroom, swing, and Latin dance styles during private and group lessons or parties

Museum of Appalachia – Up to 47% Off

Norris

$36 $19

Step into the past via 30+ historic buildings, displays of authentic artifacts, live animal exhibits, and special events

Up to 51% Off a Beer and Cheese Tasting at Blue Ridge Cellars

Blue Ridge

$42.95 $22

Sip craft beers from Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee breweries while sampling artisan cheese and enjoying tasting-room activities

One Month of Martial Arts Classes (86% Off)

Oak Ridge

$140 $20

Instructors lead rigorous krav maga and MMA classes for adults as well as enthusiastic martial arts lessons for kids aged 3 and up

44% Off Animal Rental

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$50 $28

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Half Off Blue Ridge Helicopter Tour

Blue Ridge

$500 $249

See Blue Ridge from 500 feet with a skilled pilot who performs exciting maneuvers such as the Texas Two-Step

Up to 78% Off Martial Arts/Self-Defense Classes

Oak Ridge

$179.99 $49

Decorated instructors use judo, jiu jitsu, kenpo karate, and Filipino fighting styles as they instill confidence and skill; open to all ages

Up to 63% Off Jiu-Jitsu and Karate Classes

Blue Ridge

$59 $25

Classes for adults and kids ages 4 and up instill discipline, focus, balance, and strength

Up to 52% Off at Oak Ridge Bowling Center

Oak Ridge

$21 $10.50

Family-friendly bowling center features 32 lanes with electronic scoring, a lounge, an arcade, and a restaurant

44% Off at Reems Creek Golf Course

Reems Creek Golf Club

$52 $29

Eighteen-hole golf course inspired by the Scottish Highlands features numerous sand bunkers and punishing water hazards

Up to 46% Off Artistic Equestrian Dance

The Sablé Theater

$27.99 $15

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An artist creates scenes in sand that come to life on stage with the help of trick-riders and dancers

Up to 46% Off a Zipline Adventure

Sevierville

$89 $49

Six ziplines carry riders and safety-conscious guides through majestic views at 40–250 feet above ground in shadow of Great Smoky Mountains

Up to 52% Off Horseback Riding

Sevierville

$60 $29

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Trail rides overlook the Cherokee Valley with views of the Smoky Mountains and Lake Douglas; parties include hot dogs and marshmallows

Up to Half Off at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Pigeon Forge

$84 $42

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An indoor, wind-powered skydiving simulator allows for sessions lasting up to three times longer than outdoor freefalls

Up to 50% Off Photo Tour

Pigeon Forge

$116 $58

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Beginner and seasoned photogs travel to Smoky Mountains snapping pictures and learning photo techniques via cameras, cell phones or tablets

60% Off Cave Exploration

Cosby

$300 $120

Experienced guides lead groups of up to 30 on full- or half-day tours of an underground cave

50% Off from Skydive Smoky Mountains

Morristown

$298 $149

Adventurers safely strapped to experienced divers plummet from heights of up to 9,500 ft.; exhilarating free falls captured on video

Up to 51% Off Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Copperhill

$47.50 $24

Rafts journey down the Ocoee River in Tennessee, encountering class IV rapids and native wildlife

45% Off Services

Rossville

$145 $80

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Up to 63% Off Whitewater Rafting

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$88 $35

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Experienced rafter guides beginners and experts down the Middle Ocoee River’s Class III and IV rapids

50% Off Whitewater Rafting

Ocoee

$59.95 $29.95

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Beginner and experienced rafters navigate Class III and IV rapids in 14 ft. self-bailing rafts with help from guide

Up to 45% Off at Museum Center at 5ive Points

Cleveland

$10 $6

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Learn about the history of the Ocoee region through permanent exhibits, or temporary exhibits about the Civil War or dirt track racing

55% Off Services

Cleveland

$245 $110

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

56% Off a Zipline Tour at Ocoee Zipz

Benton

$79 $35

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Patrons zip from one tower to the next at speeds up to 45 mph over 40 acres of Ocoee's rustic riverside scenery

53% Off Guided Trout Fishing Trip for Two

Toccoa River

$425 $199.99

Guides load up gear into a 16-foot boat before taking anglers out on the trout-filled waters of the Toccoa River for a full day of fishing

Up to 76% Off at Caywood Karate

Cleveland

$112 $29

Instructors teach kids and adults the isshinryu style of karate, which emphasizes self-defense skills such as low kicks and vertical punches

71% Off Intro to CrossFit Classes

Multiple Locations

$135 $39

Expert trainers lead small groups through beginner-level classes designed to safely introduce them to the high-intensity CrossFit regimen

50% Off Five-Day Kids' Robotics Camp

Multiple Locations

$199.95 $99

Instructors teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with challenging robot kits

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

AMF Star Lanes - Asheville

$40 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 61% Off Hot Yatra Yoga Classes

Biltmore Forest

$99 $49

Instructors guide groups through coordinated breathing techniques and vinyasa flow poses during classes heated to 94-98 degrees

Up to 62% Off Karate Birthday Party or Martial Arts Lessons

Asheville

$199 $99

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Instructors can teach students self-defense, confidence, and perseverance skills in martial-arts classes

55% Off

Asheville

$100 $45

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Up to 63% Off Intro Course at Summit CrossFit

Asheville

$200 $79

Squats, presses, dead lifts, and other functional movements all get incorporated into CrossFit's intense workouts of the day

50% Off

Asheville

$40 $20

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80% Off at Tiger Bang's Martial Arts Academy

Candler

$250 $49

One-month trial of unlimited martial-arts classes; choose from tae kwon do, hap ki do, and tae moo do

Up to 53% Off at Fat Cats Billiards

Asheville

$40 $19

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An unlimited number of players enjoy an hour of pool while sipping beer and snacking on chicken tenders and burgers

Up to 75% Off Dog and Human Bootcamp

Asheville

$126 $39

Humans and dogs workout together during 60-minute bootcamps; introductory obedience lesson gets dogs up to speed

Up to 51% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lessons

West Asheville

$50 $25

Instructors emphasize effective communication during lessons detailing riding techniques and ongoing horse care

87% Off Boot-Camp Classes at O3 Health And Fitness

Asheville

$218 $29

After a health assessment, exercisers are free to take an unlimited number of fitness-enhancing boot-camp classes

79% Off at Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do

Asheville

$185 $39

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One-hour martial-arts classes are separated by age and skill level to help students build technique at their own pace; uniform included

Half Off Colburn Earth Science Museum Memberships

Downtown Asheville

$50 $25

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Members receive free admission and discounts at a science museum with more than 4,500 mineral specimens, including more than 1,000 gemstones

69% Off Ballroom-Dancing Lesson Package

Asheville Ballroom

$80 $25

Experienced instructors tailor lessons to individual learning methods to train students in waltz, foxtrot, swing, and salsa

Up to 53% Off Aerial Circus-Arts Classes 

Asheville

$34 $16

Instructors help their suspended pupils make their way through hanging silks, hoops, or hammocks with grace on trapeze

61% Off Yoga or Expressive-Dance Classes

Woodfin

$100 $39

Donation-based yoga studio's experienced instructors share yoga workouts with students from all walks of life

Up to 50% Off Scenic Train Ride

Stearns

$45.50 $22.75

A scenic train ride winds through Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork River gorge, taking guests through area's mining past

Half Off Tae Kwon Do Classes

Dunlap

$40 $20

Instructors work with students individually during group Tae Kwon Do classes that are appropriate for all ages and experience levels

Up to 56% Off Chattanooga Zombie Mud Run

Old Mcdonald Farm

$85 $45

April 5, hordes of zombies stagger, limp, and crawl toward participants; proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Chattanooga

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While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.

Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.

156 W End Ave
Knoxville,
TN
US

For more than 70 years, jewels used to fill the African mahogany cases lining Sapphire's walls. The dark wooden cabinets remain, although they now brim with more than 40 kinds of vodka, Tennessee and Kentucky whiskeys, and rums from Central and South America. Sapphire may no longer drape its customers in precious gemstones, but it does aim to preserve the sense of elegant refinement that characterized the historic building for decades.

This commitment is readily apparent in the menu of upscale southern cuisine, which includes Tennessee cheeses from Sweetwater Farms, bacon and ham from nearby Benton's, and seasonal produce from local farms. These ingredients appear throughout the selection of regionally inspired dishes. Some dishes, such as the Louisiana-crawfish-stuffed hushpuppies with cajun remoulade, assertively announce their southern roots, whereas others show a bit more restraint, such as beef-tenderloin medallions, which arrive with a simple southern succotash.

On Thursday through Saturday evenings, the elegant environment in the long, narrow room becomes livelier as the night progresses and DJs begin their sets. Upbeat rhythms echo off the high ceilings and the vintage mahogany woodwork while patrons enjoy one of the martinis that earned Sapphire a spot on Metro Pulse's Best of Knoxville 2012 list.

428 S Gay St
Knoxville,
TN
US

YMCA of East Tennessee holds fast to its three-fold mission: to encourage healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Each of their five locations brims with cardio and weight equipment, as well as digital ActivTrax kiosks, which print out customized workout plans based on each guests' information. Instructors lead group fitness classes for adults and stacks of trench-coat-clad babies disguised as adults, offering sessions that range from kickboxing to water aerobics. In addition to specialized sessions for seniors, they also lead sports programs for kids, such as swimming, basketball, and karate, as well as host a youth-based leader's club.

The folks at YMCA of East Tennessee offer memberships to military families and host programs for kids who have dropped out of school or who have been suspended. Their scholarship program helps families send their kids to the YMCA's fun, safe, character-developing programs no matter their financial circumstances.

616 Jessamine St
Knoxville,
TN
US

A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.

While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.

250 N Seven Oaks Dr
Knoxville,
TN
US

Water churns under the circular red paddles of a massive, wooden wheel, and, as dusk falls, the green shoreline slowly waves goodbye. Strings of bright holiday lights shimmer on two wooden decks, reflecting in the water’s darkening surface. The moon looks on.

On both evening and day cruises, Tennessee Riverboat Company’s captains steer the Star of Knoxville and its passengers past the river’s shoreline foliage. Buffet-style meals and an ever-changing lineup of live entertainment captivate guests without forcing them to bunk with prop comedians. Seasoned captains pilot their ships through calm waters, pointing out spots of interest while passengers lounge in air-conditioned or heated interiors. Participants may also take to the dance floor as decks fill with gospel or country tunes on themed music cruises, where performers encourage participation to help expose stowaway Dolly Partons.

300 Neyland Dr.
Knoxville,
TN
US

Visitors enter a gleeful realm of recreation and friendly competition amid the indoor and outdoor attractions of Putt-Putt Golf & Games. The emerald corridors of 54 mini golf holes meander throughout the playscape, forming three 18-hole courses that gradually escalate in both difficulty and the territorial aggression of their native windmills. The thunderous clap of bat barrels smacking line-drives resonates from the baseball and softball cages, where mechanical hurlers sling baseballs at four different speeds and softballs at fast- and slow-pitch standards. More than 50 arcade and ticket-redemption games hungrily devour tokens in the game room, and guests can sate their appetites with pizza ($9 for a large), hot dogs ($1.50), and scoops of Blue Bunny ice cream ($2 for one scoop).

164 W End Ave
Knoxville,
TN
US