Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Monday, April 22, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

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


Crossville, Tn. – “The Miracle Worker” – The true story of Helen Keller and her teacher who brought light, words and the world to a blind, deaf child will be performed at the Cumberland County Playhouse until May 17. For more information, visit www.ccplayhouse.com.

May 13-14

Fairfield Glade, Tn. – TPGA – Tennessee’s section of the PGA Senior State Open tour will be played at Stonehenge Golf Course. For more information, visit www.golfhousetennessee.com.

May 16

Lebanon, Tn. – Jammin’ with the General – Enjoy a night filled with 50’s music by Randy Moore and the Fabulous Suedes and a cruise-in 5:30 p.m. at the Public Square. Jammin’ with the General occurs the third Thursday May through June. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/JamminWithTheGeneral.

May 17

Elizabethton, Tn. – Colonial Kids at Fort Watauga – Kids 8-12 years old will love a taste of 18th century life with old-time games, black powder muskets, tomahawk throwing and more at this all-day event at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Admission is free but reservations are required. For more information, call 423-543-5808.

May 18

Memphis, Tn. – H2Oh! Splash Luau! – Enter a tropical paradise with palm trees and ocean breezes, grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts and tropical delights 5:30 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. Tickets are $50. For more information, visit www.CMOM.com.

May 18-19

Greeneville, Tn. – Annual Iris Festival – Browse arts and crafts vendors, enjoy music and dance, food and fun at the community’s major festival of the year in downtown Greeneville. For more information, visit www.greenecountypartnership.com.

May 21-25

Lewisburg, Tn. – Rotary Festival on the Rocks – Enjoy a carnival, barbecue cook-off, a talent show and more at the Rock Creek Park. For more information, visit www.festivalontherocks.com.

May 23

Nashville, Tn. – Cirque Musica – Take a faraway journey in mystery, suspense and beauty as the world’s greatest circus performers thrill and amaze with stunning symphonic music 7 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center until May 25. For more information, visit www.nashvillesymphony.org.

May 24

Jonesborough, Tn. – Jonesborough Open Juried Art Show 2013 – See 60-75 traditional and non-traditional works of differing artistic mediums at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School until June 14. An opening reception will be 6 p.m. May 24 at the Jonesborough International Storytelling Center. For more information, visit www.jonesboroughtn.org.

May 25

Brownsville, Tn. – Exit 56 Blues Fest – Celebrate Blues heritage May 25 at the Delta Heritage Center with arts, crafts, a car cruise-in and live Blues music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.westtnheritage.com.

Granville, Tn. – Granville Heritage Day – The famous Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, antique car and tractor show, crafts, Civil War re-enactments and more will be featured. For more information, visit www.granvilletn.com.

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