In today’s economy, many people are cutting back on their spending and limiting any extras-like going on dates. However, you can go on dates and budget. If you live in the Knoxville, TN area there are plenty of great things to do, and many of them are free!
Here are some ideas for free dates in Knoxville:
1. Go to Free City Events
Knoxville hosts a ton of free events, especially during the summer time. With a little planning, you can take your date to a great concert or event without paying a penny.
During the summer, there are free concerts every week at Market Square as part of the Sundown in the City series. They often get in some big name artists as well as regional musicians. During the summer there’s also a Shakespeare on the Square series, so you and your date can enjoy a great play-for free. During the winter, you can enjoy Christmas in the City events, including free carriage rides (very romantic!). For more information on events at Market Square, click here.
There are other free events in other areas of the city as well. For example, The Cove park also offers free concerts and other events, and is a beautiful waterfront park. There are also free activities every spring with the Dogwood Arts Festival.
If you want to find out about upcoming free events, get a free copy of The Metro Pulse.
2. Enjoy the Scenery
Knoxville is in beautiful East Tennessee. There are plenty of free activities to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Take your date to one of the beautiful water-front parks, eat a picnic, play volleyball/Frisbee together, and then watch the sunset over the water. Romantic and completely free.
Parks in and around Knoxville include: Carl Cowan Park, Melton Hill, Chilhowee Park, The World’s Fair Park and Concord Park, to name just a few.
If you’re able to go a bit further, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park isn’t too far of a drive from Knoxville, and is stunning.
3. Enjoy Some Culture
You can take your date out to enjoy some free culture in Knoxville. The Knoxville Museum of Art offers free admission, and is a charming museum where the two of you can enjoy strolling around together, discussing and admiring artwork. Although you have to pay for admission to the Alive After Five jazz series that is hosted in the bottom floor of the art museum, admission to the museum itself is still free, so go during one of the concerts for great music too. If it’s not too crowded with kids, afterwards you can go across the street to Fort Kid and have a chat while swinging. Another free art attraction is the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture. The current exhibition is Objects on the Horizon, consisting of contemporary sculpture by TN artists.
To find out more about the area, go to the free Museum of East Tennessee History or the free Farragut Museum of Folklife. Going to a history museum might not be a traditional date, but it can be a lot of fun.