Tennessee Tourism Round Up: The Soundtrack Of Summer

Thursday, July 31, 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 31

Memphis- – GREASE Sing-Along – Get ready for a night of fun with Danny Zuko, Sandy Olsson and the gang at Rydell High 6 p.

m. with a sing-along as part of the Summer Movie Series 6 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Aug. 1

Nashville- – Meet the Seavers – Meet the Seavers will perform compositions rooted in swing 6-8 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Franklin- – First-Friday Art Crawl – The Franklin Art Scene returns after a month hiatus 6-9 p.m. in downtown Franklin featuring local artists specializing in paint, oil, sculpture and more.

Aug. 1-17

Various locations- – The Fall Hunting Classic – Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can participate in free seminars led by nationally-recognized professional hunters, special offers, and a chance to win the “Once in a Lifetime Hunting Trip” at Bass Pro Shops throughout Tennessee.

Aug. 1-3

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

Nashville- – Studio Animate – Create animated artworks with digital programs and drawing techniques under the instruction of Meredith Eastburn1-5 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Art’s Studio A and B.

Hendersonville- – Songwriters Night – A night of talent, food and activities will take place 5 p.m. at Historic Rock Castle. Tickets are $3.

Nashville- – Author John Baker Lecture – A descendant of the Washington slaves, Baker, author of “The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family’s Journey to Freedom” will give a lecture 2 p.m. at the Tennessee State Museum.

Aug. 3-9

Chattanooga- – National Farmers Market Week – Enjoy the season’s freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and artisan foods at the Chattanooga Market.

Aug. 7-9

Jackson- – Rock-A-Billy Festival – The world’s largest gathering of Rock-A-Billy artists and musicians 7 p.m. at Oman Arena. Tickets are $75 for table seating and $25 for general admission.

Aug. 8

Nashville- – JT Ellison – Local author JT Ellison will read from his work “When Shadows Fall” 6:30 p.m. at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art’s Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

Livingston- – The Scott Miller Band – Enjoy a wonderful night of music with The Scott Miller Band 5:30-9 p.m. on the Livingston Town Square.

Oak Ridge- – Einstein Simplified – A comedy troupe, movie, and more are part of the Oak Ridge After Dark series 7 p.m. at A.K. Bissell Park.

Memphis- – Backstage Bash – Attendees will enter through the famous Stage Door on Beale Street and experience life behind the scenes with music by The Super 5, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and more 6-10 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Aug. 8-9

Nashville- – Tomato Art Fest – Enjoy a day where tomatoes are celebrated in culinary dishes, entertainment, and art at 5 Points East Nashville.

Aug. 9

Nashville- – Family Day at OZ – Art activities and music by Dan Zanes will be featured at the family day noon to 4 p.m. at OZ at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle.

Portland- – The Great Rock and Roll Revival – Enjoy the summer concert with Skip Bond and the Fugitives 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Sumner Crest Winery.

Franklin- – Bootlegger’s Bash – Attendees will enjoy food, entertainment and a whiskey tasting 6:30-10 p.m. at Carnton Plantation. Tickets are $65 per person or $120 per couple. All proceeds benefit The Battle of Franklin Trust.


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