Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - by Melanie Beauchamp

Oct. 26 – 27

Murfreesboro – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Stones River – Reexamine one of the Civil War’s most significant battles. Hear historian presentations and living history character stories. Registration is $20 per person. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/stri/planyourvisit/legacycurrent.htm

Maynardville – Ghost House Hikes – Hear spooky stories about Big Ridge’s past on a 1.2-mile night hike through Big Ridge State Park. Admission is free but reservations are required. For more information, call 865-992-5523.

Smyrna – Ghost Tours – Find out if the Sam Davis Home is truly haunted beginning at  7 p.m. with a haunted hayride and then with a tour of the home. Admission is $5 and parental discretion is advised. For more information, visit www.samdavishome.org/events.php

Limestone – Davy Crockett Hosts Trick or Treat in the Haunted Forest – Ghosts and ghouls will hand out treats after giving you a scare. Bring a flashlight and a candy bag. A $1 donation will be taken at the entrance. For more information, call 423-257-2167.

Adams – Port Royal by Lantern – Hear historical stories like the Bell Witch and the tobacco wars on a guided lantern tour of Port Royal State Park. Tours begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call 931-358-9696.

Oct. 26

Chattanooga – Aqua-Scarium Family Halloween Party – Trick or treat your way through the River Journey building 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium as part of Thrills, Gills and Chills. For a full schedule of events, visit www.tnaqua.org/thrillsgillschills.aspx

Memphis – Midnight Madness Series season closing event – Enjoy a car show, races and a rocking pit party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Memphis International Raceway. Admission is $10 for spectators and $20 for racers. For more information, visit www.racemir.com

Oct. 27 – 28

Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Horse & Soul World Tour – Lisa Parelli, wife of Natural Horsemanship founder Pat Parelli, will headline at the Horse & Soul World Tour at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. Tickets are $25 in advance for both days. For more information, visit www.parelli.com

Morristown – 37th Annual Mountain Makins Festival – Enjoy Appalachia traditions like storytelling, demonstrations, music and fine art. Tickets are $5 and all-weekend passes are $25. A preview reception will be 6:30– 9:30 p.m., Oct. 26. For more information, visit www.rosecenter.org or call 423-581-4330.

Tiptonville – Reelfoot Lake Canoe Float – Float down Reelfoot Lake to see beautiful fall foliage and maybe a bald eagle or two. Reservations are required and donations are appreciated. For more information call 731-253-9652.

Oct. 27

Lynchburg – Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Watch teams from the United States and around the world compete for the Grand Champion title. For more information, visit http://www.jackdanielsbarbecuemedia.com/

Dickson – Artisan & Food Fair – Enjoy free food demonstrations and samples from local producers as well as artisan demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Renaissance Center. For more information, visit www.rcenter.org

Millington – Meeman-Shelby Heritage Fest & 75th Anniversary Celebration – Free event with music, demonstrations and vendors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. For more information, call 901- 875-520.

Nashville – El Dia de Los Muertos at Cheekwood Art & Gardens – Celebrate a blending of Nashville and Mexican cultures with live music, dance, art activities and authentic Mexican cuisine, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Crossville – Cumberland Mountain Hosts Trunk or Treat – Take a hayride to the campground to begin a trunk or treat adventure 6 – 8 p.m. For more information, call 931-484-6138.

 Oct. 28

Cleveland – Fort Hill Cemetery Tour – Hear living history characters’ stories of notable Cleveland residents 4– 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit http://www.visitclevelandtn.com/www/docs/1151

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