Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Soak Up The Last Moments Of Summer

Friday, August 15, 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.

Aug. 15-18

Knoxville - – Civil War History cruise – An 1864 map will show patrons Civil War sights along the river including fortifications, background and aftermath of the battle of Fort Sanders beginning at Star Landing.

Aug. 16

Memphis - – Back to School Open House – Observe dance classes, meet faculty and be involved in classically-based curriculum discussions 9 a.m. to noon at Ballet Memphis School. New students receive 10 percent off their first semester.

Nashville - – Shark Week Celebration – Enjoy a day of ocean-themed fun for all ages to learn about sharks and their habitats 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center.

Aug. 16-17

Paris - – Big Bass Splash – See amateurs fish from the banks, docks, and boats with five places paid cash each hour beginning 7 a.m. at Paris Landing State Park.

Aug. 18

Memphis - – “Risking Everything” – The new exhibit of photos and documents collected during the 1964 Freedom Summer Project of Mississippi will be on display 10 a.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Aug. 23

Clarksville - – Tri Clarksville Triathlon – Hundreds of bikers, swimmers, and runners will test their strength and ability 7 a.m. beginning and ending at Liberty Park.

Memphis - – 20th annual Art Sale – The annual sale that benefits The Orpheum Theatre will feature the area’s top artists, wine tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres and more 1-4 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Castalian Springs - – The Gala at Cragfont – Enjoy a great evening with General’s Gold beer, food, Dueling Pianos, and more at Historic Cragfont.

Rugby - – British Motorcar Show – Historic Rugby will celebrate its British roots with a car show consisting of MG’s, five T-series from early 1950s, Ariel, Lotus, Sunbeam, and Rover cars. Food, vendors and crafts will also be featured 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT in downtown Rugby.

Aug. 23-24

Gatlinburg - – Biodiversity Hike – Guests can hike and spend the night at the highest elevation in the Eastern U.S., Mt. Le Conte. For more information, contact Todd Witcher at todd@dlia.org or call 865-430-4757.

Aug. 25

Jonesborough - – “Where Did That Name Come From?” – Listen in on the storytelling radio hour with stories, skits and songs centered on “Where Did That Name Come From?” 7 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center Stage.

Aug. 28

Memphis - – Lunch n’ Learn – Chinese burial practices will be discussed with Belz Museum director, Belinda Fish, noon at Elmwood Cemetery. Tickets are $7.

Aug. 28-30

Celina - – Moonshine Daze – A YEEHAW variety show, contests, and more are on the schedule for the festival on Main Street.

Aug. 29

Nashville - – The Tyrone Smith Revue featuring “Super T” – The high-energy group will perform an expansive list covering hits from classic rock to R&B 6-9 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Turner Courtyard.

Jackson - – 35th annual Starlight Symphony – Enjoy the outdoor concert that will cover Tchaikovsky, Copland and more 6:45 p.m. at the 1stPresbyterian Church. The event is free and open to the public.

Millington - – Midnight Madness – A car and bike show, live music and nonstop drag racing will take place 7:30 p.m. at Memphis International Raceway. Tickets are $10.

Aug. 29-31

Jackson - – 25th annual African Street Festival – The three-day event includes more than 60 merchandise and food vendors, music, dancers, performers, workshops, and original theater presentations at the Jackson Fairgrounds Park.

Aug. 30

Jonesborough - – The Lego Movie – “Everything is awesome” when families come to enjoy this animated adventure 8:30 p.m. in downtown Jonesborough.

Allons - – Labor Day Celebration – Bumper boats, corn hole and beach volleyball tournaments, movies under the stars, and music by Brandon Maddox will top the celebration beginning noon at Mitchell Creek Marina.

Nashville - – Zzzoofari Slumber – Sleep under the stars a short distance from snoozing animals and enjoy hayrides, animals shows, and more 4 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo.

Collinwood - – Old Timer’s Day – Live music, food, tractors, antique cars, and more are on the schedule at Ralph Hughes Park.

Portland - – 15th annual Grape Stomp – See what your feet and toes can do during the annual grape stomp with prizes given for Gents, Ladies, and Kids under 12. Music and dancing will continue festivities through the night 2:30 p.m. at Sumner Crest Winery.

 



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