Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Art, Festivals, And Pioneers

Friday, July 18, 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.

Ongoing

Memphis -– Purchase a pair of season tickets for the 2014-2015 Broadway Season at The Orpheum Theater between now and Aug.

4 and receive a free $50 gift certificate to The Majestic Grille.

July 18

Union City -– The Art Vine Wine & Paint Classes – Enjoy the perfect night out and create a canvas masterpiece 6:30 p.m. in the Life Enrichment Center at Discovery Park of America.

Crossville -– Gypsy – One of “the best musicals ever” tells the story of the archetypal stage mother, Rose and her daughters June and Louise in the 1920s plays through Sept. 5 at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

July 19

Memphis -– Dino Egg Hunt – The dinosaurs have invaded and dinosaur eggs are everywhere. Find an egg and win a prize 11 a.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Nashville -– Music City Brewers Festival – Sample brews from more than 40 local, regional, national, and imported breweries noon at Walk of Fame Park.

Union City -– The Settlement – Birds of prey will visit for an informational program 11 a.m. at The Settlement at Discovery Park of America. 

Monteagle -– Geocaching – Fierce competitors will compete in a modern-day scavenger hunt 10 a.m. beginning at Mountain Works. Tickets are $10 per vehicle.

July 20

Jonesborough -– “Christmas in July” Craft Sale – Browse vendors with handcrafted items like jewelry, decorations, crochet items and morenoon to 5 p.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center.

July 21-25

Memphis -– Smart Art Photography Camp – Children will learn the basics of photography, learning to see the world through the eyes of a lens at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Hendersonville -– Frontier Camp – Get the kids out for a week full of fun outdoor activities exploring life on the Tennessee Frontier at Historic Rock Castle.

Townsend -– Move Like a Pioneer – Build a cabin, travel as a pioneer, and play pioneer games 10 a.m. to noon at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

July 24

Nashville -– Music at the Frist – Serenatta, a Nashville-based romantic Latin ensemble, will play songs lush in violin, vocals, flutes, Spanish guitars, and more 6 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

July 24-26

Lawrenceburg -– James D. Vaughan Gospel Quartet Festival – Chuck Wagon Gang, Gospel Singing Caravan, Blackwood Brothers, and more are scheduled for the festival in the Crockett Theater.

July 25

Allons -– Christmas in July and Night Boat Parade – Mitchell Creek will light the night with dock displays and a boat show 5-9 p.m. at Mitchell Creek Marina.

Millington -– Midnight Madness – Join the party that includes a car show, live music, and nonstop drag racing 7:30 p.m. at Memphis International Raceway.

July 26

Lobelville -– Music on Main Street – Local musicians perform during the outdoor concert series 7:30 p.m. at the Lobelville City Hall grounds. The event is free and open to the public.

Jonesborough -– Movies on Main – Cuddle up to watch the heart-warming Disney-Pixar film “Up” 8:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Jonesborough.

Maryville -– Maker Faire – Join Knox Makers for 3-D printers, a polygraph, tech arts, crafts and more 2 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.

Goodlettsville -– Vintage Base Ball – The 19th century comes to life through base ball events that use rules, equipment, costumes, and culture of the 1860s-1880s noon at Moss-Wright Park.

Memphis -– Dinner on Stage – The evening will include a cocktail reception, tour, a brief film, a three-course meal, Broadway trivia, and more 6 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $75.

Nashville -– Ice Day – Beat that summer heat with an inflatable water slide, ice cream samples, special keeper talks and more 9 a.m. at the Nashville Zoo.

Humboldt -– Concert on the Hill – Enjoy a night of music from MsGuided Band, Reverend Jessie & the Holy Smokes, and Little Boy Blue 6:30 p.m. at Crown Winery’s HRH Vineyard Amphitheater.

 


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