Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Summer Music And Festivals

Friday, June 13, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Ongoing

Nashville – Sinema – The restaurant and bar will open this summer with a main dining area, lounge, bar and more in the historic Melrose theater, located at 2600 Franklin Pike.

LaFollette – Cumberland Trail construction – Join trail construction with AmeriCorps and the State Park Trail Crew all month. For more information, call 423-566-2229.

Jackson – Free guided tour – Buy a Blue Suede Shoes coffee cup and receive a free guided tour all month-long at the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame.

June 13

Memphis – Jack Kenner – Join the opening night reception for Jack Kenner’s “Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, Delta Project” 5:30 p.m. at the ANF Architects.

Livingston – Free Music on the Square – Sierra Hull and the Highway 111 Band will perform during the summer music series 5:30 p.m. in downtown Livingston.

Nashville – Victoria Schwab – Author of “Vicious,” a futuristic tale of ambition, jealousy and betrayal, Victoria Schwab will read and discuss her work 6:30 p.m. at Cheekwood’s Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

Jackson – Historic Musical Instrument Display – See a sistrum from Ethiopia, drum from Israel, Oud from Iran, a Sitar from India and 24 other historic and seven modern instruments on display at the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame.

June 13-22

Spring City – “Oklahoma!” – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration set the standards of musical theater and will be performed 7:30 p.m.Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Tennessee Valley Theatre.

June 14

Memphis – Father/Son Workshop – It’s a workshop just for the guys with para-cord survival bracelet making and more 11 a.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. Tickets are $10.

Gatlinburg – Jason Dolley “PJ” from Good Luck Charlie – The Disney star will meet fans at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Jackson – Annual Juneteenth Celebration – Commemorate African-American freedom with an emphasis on education and achievements atnoon at Centennial Park. For more information, call Wendy C. Trice at 731-267-3212.

Rugby – Terry Roberts – Award-winning novelist Terry Roberts will conduct readings and a book signing 7 p.m. in the Rebecca Johnson Theater.

Nashville – Second Saturday – After-hour shows from fierce oceans to twinkling stars will be featured 6:30 p.m. in the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Center. Tickets are $6 per show.

June 14-15

Fayetteville – 48th annual Arts Festival – Browse vendors and artistic work at Stonebridge Park.

Knoxville – Civil War Living History – Visitors will enjoy open camps, military demonstrations, cannon firings, and daily life of a soldier programming at the Mabry-Hazen House. Tickets are $5.

June 15

Hendersonville – Free Summer Concert Series – Enjoy the Jeff Coffin Band 6 p.m. at Monthaven.

Statewide – Enjoy a delicious meal to celebrate Father’s Day beginning at 11 a.m. at one of the Tennessee State Park’s restaurants.

June 16-20

Morristown – Extra Yarn Camp– Campers will create and perform a short musical 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 4-8 at Rose Center. Admission is $70 for members and $80 for non-members.

June 19

McMinnville – Conservation Hall Jazz Band – The band will play 7 p.m. in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns. Tickets are $50.

Nashville – “For the Love of Plants: Hydrangeas & Blooming Shrubs” – Rita Randolph, nationally-known garden writer and speaker, will share her knowledge of plants and flowering shrubs noon at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

June 19-20

Memphis – “Mamma Mia” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” – Sing along to “Mamma Mia” June 19 and enjoy endless laughs with “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” June 20 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

June 20

Union City – Travis Tritt – The “Summer Concert Series” continues with Travis Tritt and Corey Smith 7:30 p.m. at Discovery Park of America.

June 21

Chattanooga – Breakfast with the Otters – Learn to keep pace with the feisty mammals during breakfast 8:30 a.m. in Cove Forest at the Tennessee Aquarium. Take a tour of the Cove Forest afterwards. Tickets are $15 for members and $38 for non-members.

Nashville – Make Music Nashville – Musicians will play at various locations during the international festival of music at the Nashville Zoo.

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

Elizabethton – History at Home – Interpreter Tanner Wells will conduct tours of the Carter Mansion, frontier life programming and a musket demonstration are also on the bill 10 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

Gallatin - Rose Mont Festival – Browse antique booths, artist displays, craft vendors, food vendors, and live entertainment at Historic Rose Mont. Tours of the mansion are also free.

Goodlettsville – Hansel and Gretel – The classic Brothers Grimm tale is told with Peeko Puppets 10:30 a.m. at the Goodlettsville Branch of the Nashville Public Library.

June 21-22

Rugby – Antique Street Fair – Browse among vendors across the region and enjoy a guided tour and meal at the Harrow Road Café in downtown Rugby.

June 23

Jonesborough – Yarn Exchange – Celebrate community outreach with stories, skits and songs centered on outreach programs throughout the region 7 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.


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