Scouted Summer Activities

As July wanes and a new school year approaches, we’re soaking up every second of the remaining sun-soaked summer days. And whether you’re looking for activities to keep littles busy or ways to beat the heat, we’ve Scouted hours of local-loving summer activities.


Ijams Nature Center (2915 Island Home Ave)is the perfect place to relish East Tennessee’s nature and cool off. Whether you want to paddle or swim, a day spent at the Quarry is a good one!
Nourish Knox Farmer’s Markets are a must for stocking up on summer’s bounty. Purchase fruits, veggies, and locally-sourced goods Wednesdays (10:00 am – 1:00) and Saturdays (9:00 to 1:00).
Cruze Farm (Morristown | Asbury House | East Knoxville | Sevierville | Downtown) is an easy summer favorite. Cool off with a sweet treat, we recommend indulging in their flavors of the week!
Knoxville Museum of Art (1050 World’s Fair Park Drive) features ample art and, equally important, air conditioning. Beat the heat with a tour or sign your little up for their 2022 Summer Art Academy!

Windy Hill Farm & Preserve’s Summer Concert Series (July 30th | August 6th | August 20th | August 27th) tops our list of summer happenings, as it combines all of our favorite things: bluegrass, live music, and Windy Hill. Bonus points for turning it into a staycation!

Beer & BBQ Field Day at RT Lodge (August 26th – August 28th) is a weekend-long celebration of Southern grub and craft beer in collaboration with Blackberry Farm Brewery. Featuring esteemed pit masters and regional breweries, it’s a fabulous way to celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary for Blackberry Farm Brewery and its flagship beer, the Classic Saison.

Knoxville Botanical Garden’s Story Thyme (Wednesdays from April to October) is a lovely program for pre-school aged children. Every week, littles are invited to Knoxville Botanical Garden to explore the garden, read a story book, and do a fun craft.

Tennessee Theatre (604 South Gay Street) has, per usual, a fabulous lineup of events, from Summer Movie Magic to Anastasia. Catching a show is the perfect way to beat the heat!

The Happy Envelope (5605 Kingston Pike) has a bevy of fun, often nostalgic and chic, activities for the whole family. Stop in to stock up on puzzles and games for rainy days.

Dogwood Arts New Art in Public Places sculptures have arrived! Venture around town to view them all in person before voting for your favorite! P.S. Casting a vote enters you to win a year’s worth of Sharpies!

Did we miss your favorite local summer activity? Email us at [email protected] to let us know!