Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below.  For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

Ongoing

Byrdstown, Tn. – “Ultimate Fishing Town” – Help Byrdstown win $25,000 and the title of “Ultimate Fishing Town” from the World Fishing Network by voting for them via Facebook, Twitter and online.

May 17-18

Woodbury, Tn. – Good Ole Days – Enjoy entertainment, pageants, dog show, out house decorating contest, food and more in the town square. 

May 17-19

Memphis, Tn. – Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest – Get ready for a lip-smackin’ good time as hundreds of teams compete for over $110,000 in prizes and bragging right at Tom Lee Park.

May 18

Memphis, Tn. – H2Oh! Splash Luau – Be the first to see and experience the new “H2Oh! Splash” spray park at a special luau party 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 18 at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. Tickets are $50.

Smyrna, Tn. – Free Day in May – The Sam Davis Home joins other tourist sites in Rutherford County for a day of free admission 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guides will be dressed in period clothing throughout the home as visitors can walk through the historic home and Middle Tennessee Civil War History Museum.

May 19

Nashville, Tn. – Artful Tales: “The Legend of the Wooden Shoe” – Enjoy a traditional Dutch children’s story about moss maidens, wooden clogs called klompen and a loyal woodcarver 2-3 p.m. in the Frist Center Auditorium/Studios. This program is connected to the exhibit “Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Highlights from the Detroit Institute of Arts.”

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.

May 25

Granville, Tn. – 15th Annual Granville Heritage Day – Learn about the area’s fascinating history with 1820’s pioneer log homestead and village tour, arts festival, antique tractor and engine show, car show and museum, children’s rides and petting zoo, food and more.

Woodbury, Tn. – Cruis’in On The Square – All trucks, cars and motorcycles are welcome from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the town square. Trivia contests, door prizes and the Cruiser of the Month Award are planned. For more information, call 615-563-2222.

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.

May 25-27

Woodbury, Tn. – Memorial Day Trail Ride – Saddle up and head out for a weekend of trail riding at 11 a.m. leaving from the Woodbury fairgrounds to the Walking Horse Campgrounds on Short Mountain. Other activities include live music, dancing, a horse show and camping.

May 27

Memphis, Tn. – H2Oh! Splash Exhibit Opening – The exhibit will open for the summer at 10 a.m. May 27 at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. The exhibit provides over 7,700 square feet of cool, garden-themed fun that has 40 sprayers including flowers, leaves, split and jet streams, magic mist, a water tunnel and cylinder spray. Tickets are $8 and are not included in museum admission.

May 30

Nashville, Tn. – “Titans” – The Nashville Symphony closes their season in a big way as they welcome bassist Edgar Meyer and violinist Joshua Bell to perform a new double concerto 7 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

May 31 – June 1

Jackson, Tn. – 22nd Annual Shannon Street MusicFest – Barbecue, music, 5K run, Blues exhibit and more are highlighted at this festival on historic Shannon Street in downtown Jackson, home to musical influence Sonny Boy Williamson.

To find your next vacation spot explore tnvacation.com and join other Tennessee travelers following on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. 


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