Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, August 15, 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.


Jonesborough – 2nd annual Jonesborough Chili Cook-Off – Entries are now being accepted to see who has what it takes to take home the title of Jonesborough’s best chili. Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 4.

Aug. 17

Memphis – Elvis Night – Enjoy a night of baseball and fireworks as part of Elvis Week as the Jackson Generals play against the Montgomery Biscuits 6:05 p.m. at Generals Park.

Knoxville – 6th annual East Tennessee History Fair – History will come to life this weekend 10 a.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, Krutch Park and downtown Knoxville. The event is free and open to the public.

Aug. 17-18

Limestone – Crockett Days Celebration – Celebrate the birth, life and spirit of this American inspiration, David Crockett through reenactments, artisans, wagon rides and more at the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.

Halls – Wings Over Halls – See aircrafts of all types fly high in the sky 10 a.m. at the former B-17 Base.

Aug. 18

Pigeon Forge – Comedy Barn Canines – Get a last chance to see the talented pooches before they move to Hawaii with their trainer 8:15 p.m. at The Comedy Barn Theater. 

Johnson City – America’s Got Talent Joe Castillo – The sand story artist and one of three finalists on America’s Got Talent will perform at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church. Tickets are $10.

Aug. 23-24, Aug. 30

Red Boiling Springs – “Four Windows” – Mystery, murder and laughs are included in this play written by Gene Embry and directed by Darrell Cole 7 p.m. at the Thomas House. Tickets are $25.

Aug. 23-24

Wartrace – 18th annual Wartrace Town Wide Yard Sale – Browse Flea market finds, antiques and collectibles that will be on display in downtown Wartrace.

Aug. 24

Nashville – Pioneer Day – Reenactments of Americans who lived in the area from 1700s to 1840 will be performed as well as basket weaving, beading, quill pen demonstrations and more 10 a.m. at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center.

Aug. 28

Memphis – “Singing the Dream” – Celebrate through music the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington 4 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum’s courtyard. The event is free and open to the public.

Aug. 29

Maryville – Knoxville Opera Company – Listen to excerpts from the 2013-2014 season’s operas 7 p.m. in the Reading Rotunda of the Blount County Public Library.

Aug. 30

Nashville – Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ – Enjoy this American southern rock band as they perform 6 p.m. at the Frist Center for Visual Arts’ Turner Courtyard. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Memphis – “An Affair to Remember” – See the movie starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $7.

Aug. 30-Sept. 8

Martin – 20th Annual Soybean Festival – Celebrate one of the county’s biggest cash crops with music, a tractor/truck pull and more in downtown Martin. 

Aug. 31

Jonesborough – “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – See the adventure-filled movie as part of Jonesborough’s Movies on Main 8:30 p.m. on Main Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Memphis – Family and Friends Day Picnic – Music, food, a horse driven merry-go-round, kid-friendly music and games and activities for families will take place 11 a.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Red Boiling Springs – Annual Duck Day Race and Festival – Enjoy this family event of music, door prizes, food, a rubber duck race and more in downtown Red Boiling Springs.

Baxter – Baxter Street Fair – Food, craft vendors, a car show and more will be included in this family-friendly fair in downtown Baxter.

Portland – 14th annual Grape Stomp – Sumner Crest’s biggest festival of the year includes bands, kids’ activities and more. Stomping is 2:30-6 p.m. at Sumner Crest Winery. 

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