Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Hikes And Plays Offered

Thursday, May 08, 2014 - 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.


Crossville – “Annie Get Your Gun” – Welcome summer with a bang by seeing Irving Berlin’s musical, starring Kellye Cash as Annie Oakley, through July 11 at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

Chattanooga – River Otter Falls Now Open – See the seven playful otters in their new home at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Pigeon Forge – Titanic Bible – See the only Holy Bible saved from Titanic on display through August at the Titanic Pigeon Forge.

Nashville – Hip Donelson Farmers Market opening – Enjoy more than 70 vendors, food, music and more at the 2014 season opening running 4-7 p.m. through Oct. 31 at Hip Donelson Farmers Market.

May 10

Crossville – Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – Troy will bring his world-renowned banjo virtuosity to play along with his fellow Tennessee Mafia Jug Band partners 7:30 p.m. at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

Harrison – Geocache Day – Kick off geocaching in Tennessee State Parks complete with a picnic lunch 10:30 a.m. at Harrison Bay State Park.

Portland – Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival – Crafts, live music, the strawberry parade with Grand Marshal James Best, known as Roscoe P. Coletrane from the “Dukes of Hazzard,” and much more are scheduled 9 a.m. in downtown Portland.

Jonesborough – Arbor Day Celebration – Chainsaw sculpting, wood carving, tree planting and giveaways are on the schedule 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the International Storytelling Center and downtown Jonesborough.

May 10-12

Linden – Civil War Reenactment – The Civil War will come alive for the 150th anniversary of the burning of the County Courthouse that occurred May 12, 1863 in downtown Linden.

May 11

Chattanooga – Play Along with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra – Community musicians are invited to perform alongside the CSO for select pieces 1-3:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Market.

Nashville – Mother’s Day Celebration – Treat mom to a special day at one of eight Tennessee State Park restaurants in a beautiful, natural setting. For a full list, visit www.tnstateparks.com.

Nashville – Exhibitions Close! – Get a last look at “Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan,” “Frank Lloyd Wright: Building the Imperial Hotel,” and “Lain York: Selections from the National Gallery” at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

May 11, 13, 16, 18

Shiloh – Wildflower Bicycle Tours – Enjoy an 8-mile bike tour across the historic battlefield with selected stops and brief walks, showcasing the flowering trees and plants 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Shiloh National Military Park.

May 15

Nashville – Cassowary Exhibit Open – See the new exhibit for the endangered cassowary at Nashville Zoo.

Spring City – Alice at Wonderland – Find out what would happen if a 21st century Alice collided with Lewis Carroll’s legendary Wonderland 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $5.

May 16-18

Rugby – 40th anniversary Rugby Spring Festival – Celebrate Rugby’s British and Appalachian roots with a full music program, local and regional artisans and crafters, food, storytelling and more in downtown Rugby.

May 17

Townsend – “The Many Roads Home” Gala – Attend the annual benefit dinner, the social highlight of the spring season with food, music, and live and silent auctions 5:30 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Nashville – Wessyngton Plantation – Tour the Wessyngton Plantation with the Tennessee State Museum led by John Baker, Jr. 9 a.m. departing by bus from the state parking lot at Charlotte Ave. between 10th and McLemore Ave.

Memphis – Volunteer Day at Chucalissa – Sort artifacts or help landscape as part of Volunteer Day 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa.

Granville – Cordell Hull Big Bass & Crappie Classic – Reel in big bass and crappie with the big bass payout totaling $2,000 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin Creek.

Portland – Sumner Crest Beach Bash – Grab some flip flops for a party with music, food and fun with wine provided by Sumner Crest Wine 6:30 p.m. at Sumner Crest Winery.

Oliver Spring – Windrock Coal Miners Memorial – See more than 1,000 Windrock coal miners’ names engraved in the new red brick and granite wall during a dedication ceremony 2 p.m. in the Union Valley Baptist Church fellowship hall.

May 17-18

Parker’s Crossroads – Artillery Demonstrations – The 1st Tennessee Heavy Artillery will conduct demonstrations 10 a.m. at Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield.

Greeneville – 20th annual Iris Festival – Two stages, cloggers, square dancers and more will be part of the non-stop entertainment in downtown Greeneville.

May 18

Goodlettsville – Vintage Base Ball – See how America’s favorite pastime was played in the 19th century complete with original rules, equipment, uniforms and more 2:30 p.m. at Moss-Wright Park.

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