In large, popular cities, you can be hard-pressed to find activities that don’t cost, as your grandma might say, “an arm and a leg.” Every little thing seems to add up, and all the number crunching is enough to make you want to just stay home. Well, put the abacus away and enjoy these 5 free Knoxville events and activities:

  1. Art Market Gallery

    There’s something about going to an art museum that suddenly gives you the confidence to be a critic. Even if you don’t know anything about art, it’s cathartic to look at an abstract painting and say, “My son could paint better than that” or “Wow, I feel like this piece says so much by doing so little.”

    Turning into art world’s Simon Cowell overnight is easy and totally free at the Art Market Gallery. Swing by on your lunch break if you’re close enough or make a day of it on a Saturday. The art market gallery is one of the most popular Knoxville events.

  2. Beck Cultural Exchange Center

    See the visual representation of your ancestors or educate yourself on another people’s history at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. The center’s purpose is to accumulate, preserve and display relics relating to African American history and culture. Beck Cultural Exchange Center works to preserve history and promote education about African-American history to current and future generations. Taking a trip to the center is educational, fun and free.

  3. Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s Place

    Even if you were never a Girl Scout – even if none of your kids are Scouts – you can put your anthropologist hat on and have a time investigating the created culture of the Girl Scouts at the Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s Place.

    No admission fee required – you can just walk in and check out previous uniforms, all the different badges and their meanings and even a Girl Scout doll, previously displayed at the Smithsonian.

  4. Ijams Nature Center

    The Ijams Nature Center is a preserve associated with the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. Besides getting to bask in the beauty of your surroundings, 1,000 acres of trees, trails and lakes, there’s also a number of other ways to enjoy the Ijams Nature Center.

    Enjoy the sights on a hike, master one of the many biking trails (if you don’t have a bike, you can rent one!), paddle your way from shore to shore and observe the wildlife. All for free.

  5. McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

    Tuition is crazy expensive, but enjoying some of the sites and activities on college campuses is free. One of those activities is attending the McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture at the University of Tennessee.

    Stroll leisurely through the exhibitions, taking in the sites and learning about the history of Tennessee. See its geologic formation through models, examine historic artifacts and judge past artists for free. Even the parking is free.

    These are just a few of the free things you can do in Knoxville. It’s a thriving, exciting city where there’s never a dull moment. There are plenty other Knoxville events to attend to as well.