Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Safari, 'Shine, And Shrek

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visittnvacation.com/calendar.

Ongoing

Murfreesboro – Tea in the Mansion – Enjoy PositiffiTEA blends, treats and a behind-the-scenes museum tour every Monday in July at Oaklands Historic House Museum. Tickets are $25.

Nashville – Kroger Safari Fridays – Kroger Plus Card holders can receive buy one, get one free zoo admission when a Kroger receipt and card are presented Fridays in July and August at the Nashville Zoo.

July 4

Pigeon Forge – July 4 Party – You never know who might show up at the concert happening at the Cyrus Family Theater. Fireworks will follow the event. 

Paris – Summer in the Park concert series – Michael S. Williams will provide country tunes 5 p.m. Patrons can enjoy fireworks starting at 9 p.m. at Paris Landing State Park.

July 6

Memphis – Anne Frank – See the sensitive televisual portrait of the Holocaust’s greatest diarists at the Belz Museum.

Chattanooga – Peach Festival – Celebrate everything peach with vendors, food, music and more 11 a.m. at the Chattanooga Market in the First Tennessee Pavilion.

July 7-11

Memphis – Around the World Sports Camp – A variety of sports activities around the world will be learned like cricket, archery, martial arts, trapeze and more at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Townsend – Native American Hunting – Learn about the seven Cherokee clans, play games, throw an atlatl, use a blow gun and more at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

July 8

Chattanooga – Brendan Gaughan – Watch NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan dive with sharks 11 a.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium.

July 10-13

Jackson – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Enjoy the ensemble musical directed by Scott Conley 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays and 2:30 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays at The Ned.

July 11

Oak Ridge – Beat the Heat Night – Enjoy musical entertainment and “Frozen” part of the Oak Ridge After Dark summer series 7 p.m. at A.K. Bissell Park and Pavilion Stage. 

July 11-26

Woodbury – SHREK The Musical – Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, the story of Shrek is brought to life on stage at the Arts Center of Cannon County.

July 12

Gatlinburg – BioBlitz: The Fungi Among Us – Discover as many life forms as possible in one location 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Twin Creeks Science Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Baxter – Wine, Shine & Stein Tour – Take a tour through DelMonaco Winery, Calfkiller Brewery and Short Mountain Moonshine Distillery 9 a.m.starting at DelMonaco Winery. Tickets are $35.

Portland – Flashback to 70s and 80s – Enjoy music from the 70s and 80s while sipping wine 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of Sumner Crest Winery. The event is free and open to the public.

Lobelville – Music on Main Street – Listen to local artists during the outdoor concert series 7:30 p.m. on the Lobelville City Hall grounds. 

Rugby – Janie Dempsey Watts – Enjoy an evening with Janie Dempsey Watts as she reads and signs copies of her book, “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge” 7 p.m. at the Rebecca Johnson Theater.

Nashville – Southern Roots – Celebrate African and Southern influenced customs with songs, stories, food and more 2-4 p.m. at the Tennessee State Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Union City – Dinosaurs Among Us – The program discusses modern-day reptiles, mammals and insects which have traits similar to dinosaurs 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Discovery Park of America.

Millington – Chase to the Championship – Have a thrill as drivers battle it out for top honors starting at 5 p.m. at Memphis International Raceway.

July 13

Dover – History Mystery – Test your knowledge of the 19th century tools and uses 1-3 p.m. at the Homeplace at Land Between The Lakes.

July 14

Goodlettsville – Worm’s Story – Metro Beautification presents the fun story about why the earth needs worms, how to turn garbage into nature’s plant food and more 2 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library’s Goodlettsville branch.

July 14-15

Morristown – Geekin’ Out! – Middle and high school students can take five workshops in artistic areas like visual arts, theatre, dance, vocal performance, creative writing and more 3-9 p.m. at the Rose Center. Admission is $40.

July 17

Nashville – Drop-in Drawing – Learn different animation techniques while brushing up on drawing skills with animator John Hamm 5 p.m. in the Ingram Gallery at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Memphis – The Wizard of Oz Sing-Along – Sing with Dorothy as she travels “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to the “Merry Old Land of Oz” during this sing-along summer movie 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theater.


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