Tennessee Tourism Round Up: The Start Of Autumn

Friday, September 20, 2013

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

Ongoing

Knoxville – “Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery” – See over 60 Pueblo Indian pottery vessels through Jan. 5, 2014 at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Sept. 23

Johnson City – “Banjo Romantika: American Bluegrass Music and The Czech Imagination” – Get a sneak peak of the documentary as it highlights an assortment of musicians from across the formerly communist Czech Republic who were inspired by classic American bluegrass sounds 7 p.m. at the Down Home.

Sept. 25

Nashville – Book Signing with Bruce Munro – For one night only, acclaimed artist Bruce Munro will sign copies of “Catching the Light,” which includes 210 color images of his exhibition “Light” 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the herb garden at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. 

Jonesborough – “A Night with the Yarn Exchange” – The popular storytelling show will make its on-air debut 8 p.m. on WETS 89.5 FM featuring stories, sketches and musical guests.

Sept. 27

Nashville – Serenatta: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – Join violinist Pablo Garzon and the musicians of Serenatta as they celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 6-8 p.m. at the Frist Center for Visual Art.

Sept. 27-28

Nashville – Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Listen to some of the biggest acts like the Zac Brown Band, Jason Mraz, Kasey Musgraves, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and more while enjoying gourmet food from local restaurants.

Sept. 28

Chattanooga – Blowing Screams Farm – Visitors can get a Halloween scare at Blowing Springs where labs and endless corridors are filled with test subjects feeding on whatever and whoever they encounter 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays at Rock City.

Memphis – “On Track in Memphis” – Travel through another dimension of steam, steel and motion with model railroad layouts, memorabilia and more through Oct. 25 at the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Spring City – “The Legacy of Floyd Cramer” – See Jason Coleman perform songs with a signature styling as he honors his grandfather, Floyd Cramer 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Oct. 1

Nashville – Extended hours for “Light” – Additional weeknights have been added to extend the viewing hour of “Light” until 11 p.m. select Tuesdays Oct. 1, 15 and 29.

Portland – Bottom View Farm Fall Festival – Enjoy a jaunt through the pumpkin patch, train rides, activities for children and the workings of a real farm throughout October at Bottom View Farm.

Oct. 2-13

Chattanooga – RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games – An outdoor event celebrating the natural resources with more than 100 competitive, novice and entertainment events in multiple venues. Some events are free and open to the public.

Oct. 4

Murfreesboro – “Autumn in the Oaks” – Children can experience chores of the mid-1800s through period crafts, demonstrations, games and more activities 9 a.m. at the Oaklands Historic House Museum.

Pigeon Forge – JTV Live broadcast – Join Jewelry Television in a live broadcast from the Titanic Museum Attraction with co-host Jamie, Titanic First Class Maid.

Oct. 4-5

Chattanooga – 3 Sisters Music Festival – Enjoy bluegrass music at its finest 6-11 p.m. at Ross’s Landing Park. The event is free and open to the public.

Oct. 5

Granville – Scarecrow Festival – Browse real-life looking scarecrows in all the historical buildings through Oct. 31 in downtown Granville.

Gallatin – Cemetery Candlelight Tour – Enjoy a tour of the historic cemetery featuring costumed interpreters telling individuals’ stories who are buried there 4-10 p.m. at the Gallatin City Cemetery. Tickets are $7.

Chattanooga – “Sharpshooters and the Siege” – Travel 150 years back in time as you’ll learn the history behind the Confederate sharpshooters 12:30-2:30 p.m. on the River Gorge Explorer.

Memphis – Family Fun Day – Casting, jewelry and blacksmith demonstrations, an iron pour and a gallery reception, dinner and art auction will take place at the Metal Museum.

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