Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Ice Cream, Theater, And Bluegrass

Friday, July 11, 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.

July 12

Humboldt – Classic Car Show – Browse cars from different eras, music, food and more 3-5 p.m. at the Humboldt Downtown Mini Park.

July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 1

Memphis – A Bug’s Life – See the Disney and Pixar film in 2D 7 p.m. at the CTI Giant Theater at the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

July 13

Chattanooga – Ice Cream Social – Savor samples from Milk & Honey, Mayfield, Cold Stone Creamery and more for $5 12:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Market. 

July 14-18

Townsend – Gardening – Have a hands-on agricultural experience with farm chores like beating rugs, picking apples, digging for potatoes, and gathering eggs 10 a.m. to noon at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Memphis – Center Stage Theatre Camp – Campers will participate in script writing, improvisation, directing and marketing with the help of local artists at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

July 17

Nashville – Climate Change – The Evidence – Investigate the evidence of climate change with Chester T. Little of Austin Peay State University during Science Café 6:30 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center.

July 18

Franklin – 40th annual Bethlehem Fish Fry – Enjoy all-you-can-eat catfish, performances by 5 Points Swing and the Bethlehem Bluegrass Band, a children’s game area and more 4:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

Sparta – Bluegrass – Enjoy live music outdoors by Across the Mountain and The Bilbreys 7 p.m. on Liberty Square. The event is free and open to the public.

Oak Ridge – Pirate Night – A series of three pirate-themed movies and a family-friendly comedy troupe will entertain audiences of the Oak Ridge After Dark 7 p.m. at A.K. Bissell Park.

July 18-20

Crossville – Front Page News – See the play about the historically accurate Scopes Trial play with music, multimedia historic imagery and more at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

July 19

Linden – Music on Main Street – Local artists perform during the free outdoor concert series 7:30 p.m. at the Perry County Courthouse Square.

Dover – Fence building Part 1 – Make split rails for the farm’s fence 10 a.m. to noon at the Homeplace at Land Between The Lakes.

Jonesborough – Graveyard Tales – Enjoy stories that will give a chill on a hot July evening 7 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Historic Site.

Union City – Summer Concert Series – See Survivor, Starship, and Exile perform their Classic Rock hit songs with doors opening at 6 p.m. on the Great Lawn of Discovery Park of America.

Gallatin – The Temptress – Silent film actress Greta Garbo stars in the movie with live music accompaniment by Ricko Donovan at The Palace Theatre.

Nashville – Ray Stevens – Preschoolers can enjoy a song and story time 10:30 a.m. while others can participate in a songwriter session with Ray Stevens 11:30 a.m. and a Guitar 101 program 1 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Spring City – Divas and Gents – Four professionally-trained singers will perform selections from “Tosca,” “Rigoletto,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “Les Misérables” 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

July 24

Memphis – Steel Magnolias – Herbert Ross’s 1989 American drama of a friendship of six women in Louisiana will be shown 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

Nashville – Mark Hosford and Barry Jones – The Nashville artists will discuss the thoughts and processes behind their work 6:30 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Rechter Room. The event is free and open to the public.

July 24-25

Jackson – The Pale Pink Dragon – Learn why the kingdom of Caladar is in an uproar in this play presented by Jackson Children’s Theatre 7 p.m.at The Ned.



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