7 Outdoor Events to Do in Knoxville This Spring

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Already slacking on those New Year's resolutions? How about you revamp your 2015 checklist with these great events occurring in Knoxville this year.

1.  Smokies Scavenger Hunt (March 21)

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Want to explore the beautiful Smoky Mountains with a little friendly competition? Build a team of scavengers for this park-wide scavenger hunt. Teams can be as large or small as you want, as long as all members fit safely into one vehicle. The $50 registration buys your whole team entry into the competition, an end-of-hunt dinner, and a weekend of memories in the nation's most popular park.

2. Knoxville Marathon (March 29)

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Registration is now open for the quintessential Knoxville running experience. Start beneath the Sunsphere and run 26 miles to the unique finish at the 50-yard line of University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Don’t feel up for the full 26? No worries. There's also a half marathon, 5k, kids run, and two relays to give runners of every age, skill, ad style a chance to race across our city.

3. IC King of Trails (April 4)

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Tired of running the same old loop around your neighborhood? Want to explore some alternate terrain? This race at nearby  IC King Park  is is a great way to give trail running a try. The 8-mile circuit is relatively short for a trail race and thus ideal for beginners. If you want something a little harder, check out the entire  Treadin’ Trodden Trail Series  for other races scheduled throughout the year.

4. Dogwood Arts Festival (April 17-19)

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Walking trails flanked by beautiful blossoming dogwoods, live music, and Knoxville’s largest art expo make the annual Dogwood Arts Festival something you just can’t miss. Like, literally. You can’t miss it: artists and craftsman cover almost every square inch of Downtown Market Square, the bands in town for the Rhythm and Blooms music festival are packed into parking lots, hair salons, and coffee shops along Jackson Avenue, and an unmistakably cheerful buzz spreads throughout the city during this celebration of the region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty.

5. Outdoor KnoxFest (April 25-26)


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This is Knoxville's premier outdoors festival.

This two day springtime outdoor extravaganza put on by Legacy Parks Foundation highlights the variety of outdoor experiences available in Knoxville’s 1000-acre Urban Wilderness. Free clinics and guided tours allow participants to expand their outdoor prowess into cycling, paddling, canoeing, hiking, and climbing while learning about the surprisingly wide variety of outdoor resources Knoxville has to offers citizens and visitors alike.

6. REV3 Glow Run (May 15)

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Light up the night with this psychedelic run through Downtown Knoxville. Smoke and lasers will greet you at the finish line, and prizes will be given for the most dazzling outfits. And since you’ll already have plentiful glow sticks and an elevated heart rate, why not stick around for the post-run dance party at World’s Fair Park?

7. Coffee and Climb with a Ranger


If you’ve been dying to try climbing outside but lack the equipment, this is your chance to get out on the rocks and pay nothing out of pocket. On the first Saturday of every month, park rangers swap their wide-brimmed hats for climbing helmets and belay climbers up and down the cliffs at the Obed .

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