Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Adventure Camp, Blueberries And A “Zoovie”

Thursday, June 20, 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.

June 22

Jackson, Tn. – Hardin County Night – Enjoy a night of baseball as the Jackson Generals play the Mobile BayBears beginning at 6:05 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Spring City, Tn. – “Victoria’s House” – See this thriller play about Neil Bannister who kills his wife and thinks he’s committed the perfect crime until forces start working against him 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. Plot twists turn this play into a must-see. Tickets are $10.

June 23

Chattanooga, Tn. – Blueberry Festival – Pies, donuts, soda, chutney and even blueberry beer will be featured at the festival beginning 11 a.m. at the First Tennessee Pavilion.

Nashville, Tn. – “No Army without Music” – Musicians will perform famous and lesser known songs from the Civil War as radio personality Michael Lasser tells stories behind some of the most popular Civil War songs 2 p.m. at the Tennessee State Museum. Admission is free.

June 24-28

Chattanooga, Tn. – Appalachian Adventure CampKids 12-16 years old can go whitewater kayaking, climbing, hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains as part of Appalachian Adventure Camp. Reservations are required.

June 24

Jonesborough, Tn. – Jonesborough Yarn Exchange – Enjoy songs, skits and stories dedicated to “Baseball, Mom and Pies, Pies, Pies” 7 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.

June 25

Johnson City, Tn. – “Fossil and Artifact ID Night” – Bring fossils, rocks, minerals and artifacts to be identified and photographed 4 p.m. at the Natural History Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

June 27

Brownsville, Tn. – “Off the Beaten Path: Scenes of West Tennessee” – See photographer Joe B. Guinn’s best nature shots with a special artist reception 6 p.m. at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

June 28

Nashville, Tn. – Frist Fridays Concert Series – Kick off the summer concert series with a performance by the The MaleMen 6 p.m. in The Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Turner Courtyard.

Nashville, Tn. – Zoovie Night – See the hilarious animated movie, “Madagascar” 6 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo’s Festival Field. The movie is included in zoo admission or $5 for guests arriving after the zoo closes.

July 2

Huntingdon, Tn. – The 129th Army Band of the Tennessee Army National Guard – Enjoy a night of music and celebrate Independence Day 7 p.m. at The Dixie. The event is free and open to the public.

July 5

Knoxville, Tn. – “East Meets West” by Eun-Sook Kim – An opening ceremony for “East Meets West,” Eun-Sook Kim’s exhibit featuring ceramics, Chinese watercolor paintings and woodblock prints, will take place 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres at the Emporium Center.

July 5-7

Granville, Tn. – Genealogy Festival – Learn your family history at the festival that will feature cemetery tours, speakers and Surname booths at the Granville town square.

July 6-7

Pulaski, Tn. – Berry Festival – Wear red, white and blue and bring a lawn chair to enjoy some Southern music and have shortcake loaded with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries with whipped cream. Hayrides, tours for $5 and more will be included at Milky Way Farm.

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