Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, February 8, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

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

Ongoing

Clarksville – Win a Chance to Meet Jo Dee Messina – Enter for a chance to win a meet-and-greet with Jo Dee Messina April 20 at the River & Spires Festival before she takes the Public Square stage. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 30. For more information, visit www.riversandspires.com/win.

Crawford – Jammin’ at Hippie Jacks – Tickets are on sale now for the 9th Annual Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s May Festival. General admission is $25 for a day pass and $70 for a weekend pass. You can also reserve a camping site for the weekend. The festival is May 23 – 26. For more information, visit www.myhippiejack.com.

Feb. 8 – 24

Crossville – “Footloose” – Enjoy this story of values, faith and traditions with fancy footwork at the Cumberland County Playhouse. Tickets are $24. For more information, visit www.ccplayhouse.com.

Feb. 10

Knoxville – East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival – Celebrate Chinese culture and the coming Spring through song, dance and martial arts 5:30– 8 p.m. at the Alumni Memorial Building. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.knoxvillechineseculture.org/FESTIVALS/cny.

Feb. 12 - 18

Nashville – Emancipation Proclamation at State Museum– See the original Emancipation Proclamation at the Tennessee State Museum. The viewing is in conjunction with the “Discovering the Civil War” exhibition from Washington D.C.’s National Archives. General admission is free. To schedule a time, reservations are $1. For more information, visit www.tnmuseum.org.

Feb. 14

Jonesborough – Ladies Valentine’s Day Tea – Enjoy savory teas and light refreshments at 10 a.m. at the International Storytelling Center. A storytelling performance will follow. Tickets are $5. For more information, call the International Storytelling Center at 423-753-1010

Feb. 15 - 16

Nashville – Two Hearts Antiques and Crafts Show at Two Rivers Mansion – Enjoy 20 antique, art and craft vendors, appraisals and a coffee shoppe. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.friendsoftworiversmansion.org.

Feb. 17

Memphis – President’s Eve VIP Party – Join Incredible Pizza Company for a night of go-karts, games and unlimited pizza from 10 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $14.99. For more information, visit www.incrediblepizza.com.

Feb. 22 – 23

Red Boiling Springs – Ghost Hunt Weekends at Thomas House Hotel – Spend a spooky night ghost hunting at the Thomas House Hotel. Rooms and meals are included. Tickets are $99. For more information, visit www.ghosthuntweekends.com/ghw/events.

Feb. 28

Maryville – Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Quartet Concert – Join the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as they perform at 7 p.m. in the Blount County Public Library’s Reading Rotunda. There will be a story time for children with musical accompaniment as well. For more information, visit www.blountlibrary.org

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