Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Get Some Fresh Air

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

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

Ongoing

Savannah – Tennessee Street Park – The six-acre park for all ages and abilities is now open with two playgrounds, splash pads, a central fountain, a butterfly garden, quarter-mile walking trail and more in downtown Savannah.

Franklin – Walking Tours of Franklin Battlefield – Get comprehensive information of the Franklin battlefield on a 90-minute walking tour 11 a.m. every Tuesday through Friday starting from The Carter House.

Memphis – “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets” – See 80 works like helmets, chain mail, amulets, talismans and more by Suzanne Ramljak through Sept. 7 at the Metal Museum.

Nashville – Cheekwood by Night – Visit after sunset for a family outing or date night with a cash bar, stroll through the gardens and live music until 10 p.m. Friday nights May through October.

May 29-31

Cypress Inn – Singing on the Farm – Sing along at The Morrow Farm. The event is free and open to the public.

May 30

Nashville – Brew at the Zoo – Sample 100 craft bears, including an Australian wine tasting near the new Kangaroo Kickabout 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo.

Whiteville – Hatchie BirdFest – Nature enthusiasts can learn about more than 200 bird species found in West Tennessee at the Hatchie Natural Wildlife Refuge.

Memphis – Double Feature: “Night of the Living Dead” and “Zombieland” – The Classic Summer Movie Series is back with a season filled with classics and blockbuster hits at the Orpheum Theatre.

May 31

Lobelville – Music on Main Street – Enjoy a summer night of music with an outdoor concert 7:30 p.m. at the Lobelville City Hall grounds.

Memphis – Splash Park Luau – Celebrate summer with the season opening of the H2Oh! Splash Park 10 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. Tickets are $3 for members and $15 for non-members.

Oak Ridge – Dragon Boat Race Festival – Check out the morning Drummers Parade, the boat races, food, a beer garden and kids area as part of the inaugural event 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Marina and Pavilion.

McMinnville – Bluegrass Underground – Hear Scythian with Christian Sedelmyer and David Goldenberg 1 p.m. in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns. Doors open at noon.

Golden Pond – Children’s Day on the Farm – Kids can do farm activities to earn tokens and credits to spend at the Children’s Day General Store 1-4 p.m. at The Homeplace in Land Between The Lakes National Recreational Area.

June 1

Madison – Sunday Farmers Market – Spend a day among the vendors noon to 3 p.m. at the historic Amqui Train Station where the historic train whistle will blow once again.

Memphis – “The Lady in Number Six; Music Saved My Life” – See the inspirational story of 109-year-old Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor 12:30 p.m. at the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art at Peabody Place.

June 3

Memphis – Whet Tuesday – Hone casting skills with a Foundry class; see the newest exhibition “Protective Ornament;” and enjoy live music, a cash bar and Caribbean cuisine 5-7 p.m. at the Metal Museum.

Nashville – The Henningsens – The family trio with lush harmonies will perform during the Hot Nights at the Hall concert series at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s event hall.

June 4

Nashville – Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction – Guitars signed by artists like Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride and Jimmy Dickens will be auctioned 4 p.m. at the CMA Music Fest Buckle Stage at 4th Ave. and Broadway. Proceeds will benefit the Opry Trust Fund.

June 5-8

Nashville – CMA Fest – Jam out to music from hundreds of artists on 11 stages, part of the world-renowned music festival in downtown Nashville.

June 6

Nashville – Exhibitions Opening – Animation and style come together when “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show” and “Maira Kalman: The Elements of Style” open at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Union City – Charlie Daniels – The Charlie Daniels Band will headline the first outdoor concert 7:30 p.m. at Discovery Park of America’s The Great Lawn.

June 7

Wartrace – MusicFest – Southern Rock, fireworks and the Allman Brothers tribute band Midnight Riders will be a part of the festivities 3:30 p.m. in downtown Wartrace.

Coopertown – Coopertown Barrel Festival – One of the largest summer festivals in Robertson County will have more than 200 vendors and a five-mile run on Old Coopertown Road. 

Statewide – National Trails Day – Tennessee state parks will host free, guided hikes, family activities and more.

Ripley – Pops on the Square – Hear the Germantown Symphony play musical favorites 6 p.m. in downtown Ripley.

Hendersonville – Flappers & Fellas – Attend the Gatsby-style summer soiree with a silent auction, dinner, dancing and 1920’s entertainment5:30 p.m. at Historic Rock Castle.

June 11

Counce – Team Hardin County Golf Tournament – Enjoy golf, lunch at noon, prizes and refreshments at Pickwick Landing State Park.


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