Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Family Summer Fun

Friday, June 20, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Ongoing

Nashville – Rendezvous with Destiny: the 101st Airborne Division and D-Day – The exhibition commemorates the brave service and elite traditions of the 101st Airborne Division and is on display through Jan. 10, 2015 at the Tennessee State Museum.

Townsend – Summer Family Program – Fun, family activities are planned 10 a.m. to noon through early August at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

June 21

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

Manchester – Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration – A viewing of the sunrise, interpretation guides, and a ceremonial fire will take place beginning at 5:30 a.m. at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park.

Gatlinburg – Women’s Work Festival – This festival honors the contributions made by the women of Southern Appalachia and showcases lifestyles in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century 10 a.m. at the Mountain Farm Museum.

June 21-22

Knoxville – Kuumba Festival – Enjoy the African Marketplace, the World’s Children’s Village and entertainment through the day beginning at 11 a.m. at Chilhowee Park.

June 22

Chattanooga – Street Food Festival – The best food concepts of the region will celebrate the talent, taste and spirit of local culinary connoisseurs at the Chattanooga Market.

June 23-27

Memphis – Digging Up Dinosaurs Explorers Camp – Kids can learn about the creatures that lived millions of years ago, bringing out their inner paleontologist at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

June 24-29

Memphis – The Book of Mormon – Tony Award winner for “Best Musical” will play for a limited engagement at The Orpheum Theatre.

June 26-27

Jackson – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – The Peanuts gang will take the stage with their sarcastic, fun antics presented by Jackson Children’s & Teen Theatre 7 p.m. at The Ned.

June 26-28

Livingston – Genealogy Bonanza – A full weekend of speakers, dinners, folk stories, music and more will take place as part of Overton County Historical Society’s Geneology Bonanza at various locations in downtown Livingston.

June 27

Nashville – Zoovie Nights – Have a family movie night under the stars with “Epic” 6 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo.

June 28

Nashville – 2014 Craft Beer Festival – Participate in the “coolest beer festival in town” as craft beers will be on hand for unlimited tastings 1-6 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena. Tickets are $50 and $100 for VIP access.

Hendersonville – Songwriters Night – Great talent, activities, and food make for a fun evening 5 p.m. at Historic Rock Castle. Tickets are $3.

Nashville – Tennessee Brew Works Block Party – Try new beers, local food favorites, live music and browse vinyl collections noon to 8 p.m. at Tennessee Brew Works. The event is free and open to the public.

Jonesborough – “Angels in the Outfield” – Have a family-friendly evening while watching “Angels in the Outfield” as part of Movies on Main 8 p.m. in downtown Jonesborough.

Memphis – Dance on Broad – Have fun and dance during the community dance party 6-10 p.m. on Broad Avenue/Sam Cooper Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public.

Nashville – Family programs, autograph signing by Steve Gibson and a songwriter session with Tim James takes place beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

June 29

Memphis – English Quill Art – Fun for all ages, learn the cultural craft noon at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Millington – USAC Silver Crown Series – One of the world’s most competitive open-wheel racing series will take place 10 a.m. at Memphis International Raceway.

June 30 – July 3

Nashville – Zooperheroes camp – A summer camp for kids with special needs will include animal visits, zoo tours, games, crafts and more 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo.


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