Welcome to Market Square, a historic pedestrian mall that has grown from the original 1854 regional market for farmers to a multi-purpose meeting, commerce, and social space. This open, one-acre area plays hostess to an eclectic blend of culinary delights alongside a unique and vast variety of stores for shopping. You can take advantage of the two water fountains for children to play in or head over to the nearby, very scenic, Krutch Park. This overall unique and highly enjoyable place allows you and your group to do everything from playing to shopping, eating to enjoying an entertaining date night on the town. Take advantage of all the local live theater, music, performances, niche shops, gallery walks, and daily events here. If you are lucky you may happen to be visiting during one of the highly popular annual festivals, such as Shakespeare on the Square, International Biscuit Festival, Hola Festival, and the Dogwood Arts Festival.
While strolling around Market Square you will be able to feast your eyes upon various artists, street musicians, war veterans, and even political activists. Historically, besides a well-traversed marketplace, Market Square was the home of Knoxville City Hall from 1868 to 1924. During the Civil War Market House served as a barracks community and in 1984 this entire area earned the seal of the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the classical, revival, Italianate, and commercial architecture of the "most democratic place on earth," a place in which the rich and the poor can gather with perfect equality. Learn the history of farmers, wagons, and the war in Market Square, as well as of some of the most famous speeches given here, by historic figures such as Booker T. Washington, Ronald Reagan, and Edward Ward Carmack. Keep in mind that during the winter the area boasts a fun ice skating rink and in the summer, a lively farmers market.