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Scruffy City Hall

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Scruffy City Hall  includes Historic Market Square’s ONLY public balcony overlooking the Square, and the best venue for our audiences to enjoy the Scruffy City Film & Music Festival.

For over 21 years, for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike, Scott and Bernadette West have been developing historic buildings and opening exciting shops, restaurants and bars in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. Currently, they own and operate a close family of businesses on Historic Market Square, including Preservation Pub, Uncorked Bar Books Vinyl Bistro, Earth to Old City, and Scruffy City Hall. Their venues include three intimate stages hosting over 200 artists per month, in a convenient location in the epicenter of the newly renovated and revitalized Historic Market Square.

Music and Film Venue, Festival Passes Accepted

WDVX Blue Plate Special

New in 2018, we are so proud to be co-hosting three special Blue Plate Concerts with WDVX. The WDVX Blue Plate Special® is a live performance radio show held at noon, with your host Red Hickey Monday through Friday and Doug Lauderdale on Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the newly remodeled Knoxville Visitor CenterHere’s the calendar. It’s always free to join in so please don’t be shy. Make yourself at home as part of the WDVX family. From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it all part of the live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

Music Venue, Mixed Use, Free Events

Modern Studio

Located in the up and coming Happy Holler neighborhood of Downtown North Knoxville, Modern Studio is a flexible, mixed-use performing arts venue that hosts a variety of events. From theatre, live music, educational workshops, and private events, Modern Studio continues to fill a unique niche in Knoxville’s growing creative community.

We exist to support Knoxville’s performing artists, and offer a stable home for many performing arts groups. We also boast a 2018 Artist-in-Residence Wendel Werner, as well as a 2018 Concert Series.

Mixed Use Venue, Festival Passes Accepted for Most Shows

Preservation Pub

Knoxville’s Most-Smokin bar scene (80+ bands per month), with a great selection of amped and eclectic music EVERY SINGLE NIGHT from 10pm til late night, and the Hoppiest Hour in town.

Music Venue, Festival Passes Accepted

Boyd’s Jig & Reel

Boyd’s Jig and Reel is at the heart of Scottish culture in East Tennessee. We have quickly become the place for musicians and whisky lovers alike to come together and celebrate the heritage of the Scots-Irish immigrants who settled here before us. Through our musical events and pub sessions we celebrate and preserve our regions’ musical heritage.

Music Venue, Festival Passes Accepted

Festival Hotel

Hilton Knoxville

Hilton Knoxville is located in the heart of downtown Knoxville and within walking distance of the business district, Market Square and the University of Tennessee. Directly off I-40 and I-75, our hotel is near the Knoxville Convention Center and Neyland Stadium, just minutes from McGhee Tyson Airport. Offering complimentary WiFi, a rooftop pool and covered sky bridge access to the convention center, our hotel makes travel easy and fun.

To obtain the $119 Festival rate, please call the hotel at 865-523-2300 and use the code SCFM when making your reservation. Or book on-line with the following link: FESTIVAL SPECIAL RATE.

Official Hotel

Food & Beverage

Market Square Rooftops

Located on the rooftop of the Preservation Pub, the fan-misted MOONSHINE ROOF GARDEN was the FIRST space of its kind in Downtown Knoxville history, and includes The Magic Beer Tree, and a romantic deck overlooking Market Square under the sky and stars.

Located above Scruffy City Hall, the Scroof and Patio offer yet another unique place to relax with friends and take in the sights from up above Market Square.

Special Events Venues, Festival Passes Accepted

Central Filling Station

Located three blocks from the Central Cinema, Central Filling Station is Knoxville’s first full-service food truck park.

The Filling Station is a family-friendly, dog-friendly neighborhood hangout featuring a daily rotation of Knoxville’s best food trucks and local beverages!

900 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN


Located two doors down from Scruffy City Hall, Uncorked on Market Square contains K-Town’s Best Wine and Bourbon Bars, an interior courtyard for intimate dining, an expansive outdoor patio for people watching on Historic Market Square, and a kitchen specializing in delicious small plates to share.

18-20 Market Square, Knoxville, TN

The Market House Cafe

The Market House Cafe is a market/cafe with a rustic, distressed-wood ambiance with a Visit Knoxville screen for information and enjoyment involving all things that Keep Knoxville Scruffy! and a periodicals section to pay homage to Scruffy City History and modern cultural offerings– from which to choose before you sit and enjoy delicious coffees, beers and the best gourmet sandwiches you’ve ever eaten.

Visit-KnoxvilleMarket House Cafe is your warm welcoming entry to Market Square and assists in the fantastic success of Visit Knoxville and Knoxville Chamber in welcoming new residents and visitors.
36 Market Square, Knoxville, TN

Central Flats & Taps

Located across the street from the Central Cinema, Central Flats n Taps is a cozy drinking spot featuring Tennessee craft beers & whiskeys, pizzas and paninis.

1204 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN

Knoxville Ale Trail

From the urban wilderness and big beards to downtown’s eclectic nightlife, Knoxville’s craft brewers are providing the city’s residents and visitors delicious drink options for everything from a casual night out to a special celebration. With 10 breweries currently operating and several more projected to open in the next year, Knoxville’s burgeoning craft beer scene has started to mesh with the unique character of the Scruffy City.

From the historic neighborhoods to the surrounding counties, Knoxville area breweries can keep your thirst quenched as you venture along the Knoxville Ale Trail.

About Knoxville

Knoxville is home to a rich arts community and has many festivals throughout the year. In its May 2003 “20 Most Rock & Roll towns in the U.S.” feature, Blender ranked Knoxville the 17th best music scene in the United States. In the ’90s, noted alternative-music critic Ann Powers, author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America, referred to the city as “Austin without the hype”.

The city also hosts numerous art festivals, including the 17-day Dogwood Arts Festival in April, which features art shows, crafts fairs, food and live music. Also in April is the Rossini Festival, which celebrates opera and Italian culture. Autumn on the Square showcases national and local artists in outdoor concert series at historic Market Square, which has been revitalized with specialty shops and residences.

For more information go to Visit Knoxville.