Tennessee Announces 2014 January To June Events

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Winter celebrations and summer fun are on the agenda for 2014 in Tennessee. This is the year for historical events, anniversaries, and festivals filled with music, food, and entertainment. Cities will be abuzz with activity and small towns will charm their way into the hearts of their guests. Kick off the 60th anniversary of Rock n’ Roll with Elvis Presley’s Birthday Celebration at Graceland as fans from around the world celebrate the King. Find Tennessee’s quirky side at events like Mule Day in Columbia, RC & Moon Pie Festival in Bell Buckle, and Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester. Tennessee won’t leave its guests hungry with food festivals like the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, and World’s Biggest Fish Fry in Paris.


Additional 2014 Tennessee events are highlighted for your convenience below. For more Tennessee events, visit www.tnvacation.com/calendar.  

JANUARY

Jan. 8-11 – Elvis Presley’s Birthday Celebration, Memphis – Elvis Presley fans celebrate what would have been his 79th birthday, including enjoying a grand birthday cake. 800-238-2000, elvis.com


Jan. 11-12 – Tennessee Sandhill Crane Viewing Festival, Birchwood – A celebration of the thousands of Sandhill Cranes that migrate through or spend the winter at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Tennessee Rivers near Birchwood, TN.  Festival activities will be held at the Birchwood Elementary School, the Hiwassee Refuge, the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park, and the Rhea County Welcome Center.


Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memphis – Programs at the National Civil Rights Museum celebrate the birthday of Dr. King. 901-521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org


Jan. 25-Feb. 1 – Wilderness Wildlife Week, Pigeon Forge – The ultimate Smoky Mountain experience is a series of activities sure to connect Pigeon Forge visitors with the great outdoors. Experts share their knowledge at seminars, lectures and hands-on workshops. 800-251-9100, mypigeonforge.com


FEBRUARY

Jan. 20-Feb 1 - Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies, Townsend – Celebrates the history, natural beauty and cultural traditions of Townsend, Cades Cove and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 800-525-6834, smokymountains.org


Feb 27-March 2 – Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, Nashville – The timeless appeal and importance of gardens will be celebrated at the 23rd annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com


MARCH


March 8-16 – Shamrock City, Chattanooga – Rock City’s 7th annual Irish celebration features music, entertainment and Irish delicacies. 800-854-0675, seerockcity.com

March 15 – Irish Day Celebration, Erin – Enjoy a parade, food, entertainment and crafts at the largest Irish Day celebration and parade in this area. 931-289-5100, houstoncochamber.com


March 22-April 21 – Dollywood’s Festival of the Nations, Pigeon Forge – More than 200 performers from around the world celebrate music, dance and art. 800-DOLLYWOOD, dollywood.com


March 31-April 6 – Mule Day, Columbia – One of the world’s biggest mule celebrations. Events include mule sale, mule pulling, mule shows, pancake breakfast, flea market and parade. 931-381-9557, muleday.com


APRIL

Month-long – 52nd Annual Dogwood Arts Festival, Knoxville – Miles of trails feature some of the most spectacular dogwood trees of all kinds. 865-637-4561, dogwoodarts.com


Month-long – Awesome April, Nashville – A musical tribute to the city that promises a major event each weekend. 800-657-6910, visitmusiccity.com


April 4 – Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Memphis – The National Civil Rights Museum offers a special program to commemorate the late Civil Rights leader. 901-521-9699, civilrightsmuseum.org


April 17-26 – Nashville Film Festival, Nashville – With genres from drama to comedy to foreign documentaries, this festival has something for everyone. 615-742-2500, nashvillefilmfestival.org


April 21-27 – World’s Biggest Fish Fry, Paris – More than five tons of catfish are served to thousands of visitors, plus a rodeo, parade and catfish races. 731-644-1143, worldsbiggestfishfry.com


April 24-26 – Rivers & Spires Festival, Clarksville – A festival with more than 100 entertainers, kids area, car shows, food, jazz and more. 931-245-4344, riversandspires.com


Apr 26-27 – National Cornbread Festival, South Pittsburg – Visitors can experience the National Cornbread Cook-Off, art and shows. 423-837-0022, nationalcornbread.com


MAY

May 2-24 – Memphis in May International Festival, Memphis – Monthlong events include Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. 901-525-4611, memphisinmay.org


May 4-10 - West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, Humboldt – This festival includes parades, live entertainment, barbecue cook-off, concerts, fireworks and more. 731-784-1842, wtsf.org


May 6 – Nov 1 - Storytelling Live! Jonesborough – Storytellers from across the United States will share stories and entertain guests. 800-952-8392, storytellingcenter.net


May 9-10 – Tennessee Strawberry Festival, Dayton – Crafts,  food and cruise-in on Friday expanding on Saturday to include the parade,  food competition and entertainment. 423-570-0105, tnstrawberryfestival.com


May 10 – 73rd Annual Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville – This is the nation’s oldest continuously run, weight-for-age steeplechase. 866-207-2391, iroquoissteeplechase.org

May 15-17 – International Biscuit Festival, Knoxville – Named one of the country’s top 10 food festivals, this popular event allows guests to enjoy food, fun and music. biscuitfest.com


May 15-17 – Buford Pusser Festival, Adamsville – This annual festival honors the famous “Walking Tall” sheriff and features good music, food and family fun. 731-632-4080, bufordpussermuseum.com


May 16-17 – Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass, Sevierville – This event features the Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, bluegrass concerts from rising stars and bluegrass legends, kids games, great food and authentic mountain crafts. visitsevierville.com/vsevents.aspx


May 17-18 – 19th Annual Iris Festival, Greeneville – A juried arts/crafts festival plus food, entertainment and more surrounded by the history of President Andrew Johnson. The Annual Woodcarving Show is held each year in conjunction with the festival.


May 22-25 - Americana Music Festival, Crawford – Enjoy a three-day camping and music festival that coincides with the taping of an episode of the “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s Americana Music Series” on PBS. A similar fall festival is held in September. 931-445-2072, myhippiejack.com


May 30-June 1 - Memphis Italian Festival, Memphis – This community celebration demonstrates the values of family, faith, and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition. 901-767-6949, memphisitalianfestival.com


JUNE

June 3-7 – Germantown Charity Horse Show, Memphis – An exciting all-breed event with more than 800 horses including hunter/jumpers, American Saddlebreds, Roaster and Hackney ponies and Tennessee Walking Horses. 901-754-0009, gchs.org

June 5-8 – CMA Music Festival, Nashville – “Country Music’s Biggest Party” brings country fans and artists together for four days and nights of live music. 800-CMA-FEST, cmafest.com

June 6-7 – Blue Plum Art & Music Festival, Johnson City – Outdoor music and arts festival in downtown Johnson City features children’s entertainment, music and more. Blueplum.org

June 6-14 – Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga – Multiple stages of diverse music, plus fireworks, 5K and 10K runs and a children’s village. 423-756-2211, riverbendfestival.com

June 6-Aug. 9 – Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, Gatlinburg – This 7th annual celebration features storytellers, musicians and cloggers at different locations along the Parkway. 865-436-0500, gatlinburg.com

June 12-15 – Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester – A 100-acre village brings together the best performers in rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica and more. 931-728-7635, bonnaroo.com

June 13-14 – Secret City Festival, Oak Ridge – This 10th annual citywide celebration commemorates the 67th anniversary ending of WWII and features the largest multi-battle WWII reenactment in the South, as well as tours of Manhattan Project sites, children’s festival, arts and crafts and exhibitors. 865-425-3610, secretcityfestival.com

June 19-22 – Kuumba Festival, Knoxville – This event showcases local African American art and artists, featuring entertainers performing on three stages, live demonstrations, and crafts people and food vendors. kuumbafesttn.com

June 21 – Bell Buckle RC & Moon Pie Festival, Bell Buckle – Celebrate a Southern tradition with music, cloggers, games, crafts and cutting the world’s largest Moon Pie. 931-389-9663, bellbucklechamber.com

June 21 – Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival, Nashville – Great music, food and family fun. Local jazz and blues musicians perform. 615-726-5867, jumptojefferson.com



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