Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. Click on links for additional details.


Nashville/Dickson – Les Kerr & The Bayou Band: “Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration” – Celebrate Mardi Gras with Les Kerr and The Bayou Band featuring food, music and Mardi Gras decorations at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Renaissance Center. Kerr will also make appearances in Murfreesboro Feb. 2 and Clarksville Feb. 10. Tickets are $37. For more information, visit www.rcenter.org.

Pigeon Forge – Titanic’s Sweetheart Month – Renew wedding vows on the Grand Staircase at the Titanic Museum Attraction as they pay tribute to the twelve honeymooners onboard the Titanic’s Maiden Voyage. For more information, visit www.titanicpigeonforge.com.

Feb. 17

Millington – Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams – Cheer on your favorite drivers beginning at 9 a.m. at Memphis International Raceway. Tickets begin at $10. For more information, visit www.racemir.com.

Feb. 19 - 27

Chattanooga – “Small Fry February” – Keep the little ones entertained during the cold months with gallery tours, games, crafts, meeting live animals and more from 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium. The event is free with admission price. For more information, visit www.tnaqua.org.

Feb. 21

Memphis – Erik Johnson Silhouette Artist – Get a personalized silhouette from artist Erik Johnson 10 a.m. at The Village Toymaker. Originals are $25 with duplicates for $15. Frames are also available for purchase. To schedule an appointment, visit thevillagetoymaker.eventbrite.com.

Feb. 23

Nashville – Poets And Prophets: Salute To Legendary Songwriter Red Simpson Songwriter and Bakersfield Sound architect Red Simpson will be featured on “Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters” at 1:30 p.m. at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater. For more information, visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

Feb. 26

Chattanooga – Romantic Seafood Dinner at Back Inn Café – Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience with chef-selected wine and dinner from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Back Inn Café. Registration is required. Tickets are $55. For more information, visit www.community.tnaqua.org

Feb. 28 – March 2

Camden – 50th Anniversary Memorial: Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughes – Remember the legendary Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and Randy Hughes, who lost their lives in a plane crash March 5, 1963, with memorabilia and live music at the Benton County/Camden Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $65 for the three-day event. For more information, visit www.gonebutnotforgotten2013-eorg.eventbrite.com.

March 1 - 3

Pulaski – Milky Way Farm’s Southern Celebration – Join the iconic farm as they celebrate all things Southern. For more information, visit www.milkywayfarm.org.

Cookeville – Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show – Browse over 120 exhibits including the Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-Off, benefiting Habitat for Humanity beginning 4 p.m. March 1 at the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion. Admission is $3. For more information, visit www.uchba.com.  

Knoxville – Women Today Expo – Celebrate aspects of a woman’s life with fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, informative seminars and more at the Knoxville Convention Center. Admission is $8 for all three show days. For more information, visit www.womentoday.com.

March 2 – 3

Sevierville – Southeast Select Alpaca Show – Admire these unique animals through free demonstrations and learning stations Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sevierville Events Center. Experienced breeders will be on site to answer questions. For more information, visit www.sealpaca.org/southern-select.

Knoxville – Orchid Show & Sale – Beautiful orchids by various orchid societies from the Southeast will be on display and for sale. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.smokymtnorchidsociety.com.

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