Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Music And Festivals

Friday, May 16, 2014 - by A

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


Knoxville – New Executive Chef – Chris Leynes is now the executive chef, bringing his interpretation of Southern cuisine to Windows on the Park, adjacent to the newly remodeled Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park.

May 17

Cosby – Cosby in the Park Festival – Enjoy Southern Appalachian music, hikes, demonstrations like blacksmithing, quilting and more starting10:30 a.m. at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Cosby campground.

Gatlinburg – Kid’s Fin-Tastic Summer – Shelby Wulfert, Maddie from “Liv & Maddie” will meet and greet guests 5 p.m. at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Union City – Daniel Musgrave – Hear music from Daniel Musgrave and the Do-Rite Daddys 1 p.m. in The Settlement on the grounds of Discovery Park of America.

Knoxville – Family Fun Day – Enjoy free activities, tours, crafts and more 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

May 18

Chattanooga – Strawberry Festival – All things strawberry will be celebrated 11 a.m. at First Tennessee Pavilion as part of the Chattanooga Market.

Nashville – Art Museum Day – Enjoy free admission 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

May 20

Chattanooga – A night at IMAX with Jeff Corwin – Wildlife conservationist Jeff Corwin will host a premiere screening of “Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland” 6 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.

Maryville – Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet – The quintet will perform musical selections appropriate for all ages 7 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Franklin – 1861 Project – The third and final edition of the acclaimed series “The 1861 Project Volume 3: Franklin Commemorating the Civil War’s ‘Five Bloodiest Hours’” continues with special speakers and guests 11 a.m. at the Lotz House.

May 22-25

Jackson – “A Salute to the Negro League Baseball” – A reunion of Negro League Baseball Legends like Tommy Taylor, Ira McKnight, Larry LeGrande, Reggie Howard and Bill Little will take place along with a community baseball game 1 p.m. Sunday at Northside High School Baseball Field. 

May 23

Nashville – Indigo Girls with the Nashville Symphony – Experience all-time favorites like “Kid Fears,” “Power of Two” and “Closer to Fine” 8 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

McMinnville – Bluegrass Underground – See The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill 7 p.m. in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns.

May 23-26

Nashville – Memorial Day Super Sale – Find savings during the annual four-day Memorial Day Super Sale Weekend at Opry Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Tennessee.

May 24

Memphis – “50 Shades! The Musical” – Have a laugh-out-loud night with this fun and hilarious musical playing 7:30 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Brownsville – Exit 56 Blues Fest – Blues fans will gather for the fourth annual fest with music from Little Boys Blue at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Townsend – Bill Landry Tours – Bill Landry of “The Heartland Series” will give a personal-guided trip around Cades Cove with stories, tales and adventures 9:30 a.m. departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Memphis – International Blacksmiths’ Day – Get free admission and see blacksmithing demonstrations all day at the Metal Museum.

Linden – Music on Main Street – Enjoy an outdoor concert series 7:30 p.m. at the Perry County Courthouse Square. The event is free and open to the public.

Clifton – Smoke on the River – Enjoy a barbecue cook off, art show and antique car show at Ross Creek Recreational Area.

May 25

Nashville – “Lest We Forget: A Patriotic Salute” – The musicians of the Air Assault Band of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell will perform patriotic melodies 3 p.m. in the Turner Courtyard at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

May 27

Nashville – ScienceQuest Summer Camps – Weekly summer camps will open for kindergarten through 9th grade students with programs that include music, robotics, animal habitats and more through Aug. 8 at the Adventure Science Center.

Memphis – Morrissey – Morrissey will perform songs from his debut album for audience members 8 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

May 28

Jonesborough – Yarn Exchange Memorial Day – Stories, skits and songs centered on veterans, their families and experiences serving in the United States Armed Forces will be performed 7 p.m. on the International Storytelling Center Stage.


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