Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Summer Wraps Up

Friday, July 25, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky
Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below.

Pikeville - – Astronomy Weekend – Discussions on constellations, lunar lore and Sun Telescope viewing will be featured at Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park, Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Crossville - – Promised Land and Pie in the Sky Trail Showcase – Discover the hidden gems along the Promised Land Trail and Pie in the Sky Trail, two of the 16 Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways, at the showcase featuring performances, demonstrations and more 11 a.

m. to 2 p.m. at the Cumberland Mountain State Park.

July 25-26

Murfreesboro - – 16th Annual World Versatility Show – The Tennessee Walking Horse will be on full display with the ultimate test of versatility at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum.

July 26

Crossville - – Water Fest & Family Fun Day – Canoe races, paddle canoes, pontoon cruises, wildlife exhibits and more will be park of the festivities 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Meadow Park Lake.

Millington - – Cars and Coffee Poker Run – Enjoy a barbecue lunch, an opportunity to make ¼-mile runs on the drag strip and experience the NASA Autocross at Memphis International Raceway.

Union City - – Summer Concert Series – See Sawyer Brown, Lee Roy Parnell, and Maggie Rose perform their big hits 7:30 p.m. on The Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America.

Nashville - – National Dance Day – Nashville Ballet will offer free classes for children and adults 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet.

July 26-27

Hendersonville - – Artillery and Dismounted Cavalry Demonstrations – An Army campsite, tours, and and more will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27 at Parkers Crossroads Battlefield.

July 27

Chattanooga - – Tomato Festival – Get the season’s best tomatoes, sample Chattanooga’s best restaurants, and more 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chattanooga Market.

Only - – Music at the Ranch – Enjoy musical stylings by Scott Myatt and David Boisvert noon to 5 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Ranch Bed and Breakfast.

Nashville - – Brunch & Learn – Sit down for brunch while zookeepers answer questions about day-to-day activities including training techniques, animal behaviors and rewarding results noon at the Nashville Zoo. Tickets are $16.

July 27-Aug. 2

Hurricane Mills - – AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship – See the world’s largest amateur motocross race at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

July 28

Maryville - – Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” – The comedy will be performed by the Tennessee Stage Company 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.

Murfreesboro - – Tea in the Mansion – Travel back in time to hoop skirts and high tea noon and 2 p.m. at Oaklands Historic House Museum. Tickets are $25.

Jonesborough - – “Fun Things to Do While You’re Waiting” – Stories, skits, and songs will center on the fact there’s always time to do something fun 7 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.

July 28-Aug. 1

Townsend - – Around the House – Participate in pioneer chores, see the process of making brooms, make a quilt square, and make butter 10 a.m. to noon daily at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

July 30

Memphis - – Ray LaMontagne – Grammy-Award winner Ray LaMontagne will perform songs from his fifth album “Supernova” 7:30 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

July 31

Nashville - – Meltzer Parsons Guitar Duo – Bryant Meltzer and Michael David Parsons will perform melodies with classical, jazz, Americana and pop influences 6-8 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nashville - – Way Lake Play Date – Have an intergalactic night of reckoning at the adults-only party 6:30-10 p.m. at Adventure Science Center. Tickets are $25.

Aug. 1

Nashville - – Hot Nights at the Hall – Holly Williams will perform beautiful melodies as part of the annual summer concert series 6 p.m. in the Event Hall at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Memphis - – The Princess Bride – See the classic love story of Westley and Buttercup as they face an evil villain 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Murfreesboro - – Author Shirley Farris Jones – Author and Civil War historian Shirley Farris Jones will recount the story of General John Hunt Morgan and his wife Mattie Ready Morgan 5:30 p.m. in the parlors of Oaklands Historic House Museum’s parlors. Tickets are $10.

Jackson - – Main Street Live – Travis Cottrell will perform a night of music 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Amphitheatre in Jackson.

Aug. 1-2

Bristol - – Birthplace of Country Music Museum opening – The museum that celebrates the 1927 Bristol Sessions will have its grand opening with tours, speeches and more at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way.

Aug. 2

Linden - – Music on Main Street – The outdoor concert series continues with local artists 7:30 p.m. at the Perry County Courthouse Square.

Jonesborough - – The Avengers – See the Marvel heroes take on evil 8:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Jonesborough.

Memphis - – Back to School Blowout – Cool cartoon characters will be on hand for photos and fun activities 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Aug. 4-8

Memphis - – My First Classroom – Preschoolers can prepare for “real” school with subjects in math, reading and science tailored for toddlers 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

 


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