Tennessee Tourism Round Up: History And Nightlife

Thursday, August 21, 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. 22-23

Wartrace – Town-wide Yard Sale – Participate in this annual tradition where antiques, collectibles, handmade crafts and more vendors can be found around town.

Laurel Bloomery – 89th annual Fiddler’s Convention – A weekend of camping and music with fiddlers from around the world is in store at Old Mill Music Park. For more information, call 423-727-9595.

Aug. 23

Dandridge – The Lakeside of the Smokies Triathlon – Hardcore athletes will compete on an Olympic USAT-designated course starting 8 a.m.at Douglas Lake.

Jonesborough – Farm to Table Dinner – Dine 7 p.m. at a single harvest table stretched down the Main Street corridor. The event benefits the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market and Boone Street Market.

Nashville – Archaeological Presentation – University of Tennessee archeologist Stephen Yerka will give a presentation about the Wessyngton slave cemetery 2 p.m. at the Tennessee State Museum.

Aug. 28

Maryville – Knoxville Opera preview – Get a sampling of the 2014-15 season’s operas H.M.S. PinaforeCarmen, and Il Trovatore presented by the Knoxville Opera 7 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.

Aug. 29- Sept. 7

Memphis – Delta Fair & Music Festival – Enjoy music by Uncle Kracker, The LACS, Jason D. Williams, and R5 at the Agricenter International.

Aug. 29-30

Waverly – Porch-Reed Festival – The African-American celebration reunion will feature food, games, a gospel music extravaganza and a barbecue competition at the former Porch-Reed school on Hwy. 13 N.

Aug. 30

Jonesborough – Wheels in the Hills – Hear the roar of engines during this inaugural event that includes a motorcycle poker run and car cruise-innoon to 10 p.m. in downtown Jonesborough.

Aug. 30-31

Hurricane Mills – Loretta Lynn’s Labor Day Concert Weekend – Spend a day with hiking, swimming and shopping with a performance by Loretta Saturday night at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

Sept. 1

Knoxville – Organist Jelani Eddington – Attend the free organ concert featuring internationally-acclaimed theatre organist Jelani Eddington at the Tennessee Theatre.

Sept. 4

Nashville – Sunset Safari – Make tracks for this after-hours event where wildlife meets nightlife with live music, an open bar, and more 6:30 p.m.at the Nashville Zoo.

Sept. 4-6

Pulaski – Here’s the Beef Festival – Browse arts and crafts, participate in the Taste of the Beef Challenge and more on the square in Pulaski.

Sept. 5

Goodlettsville – Under the Stars Family Campout – Roast hot dogs over an open fire, eat s’mores, play kickball and enjoy an outdoor movie at Moss-Wright Park. Tickets are $30.

Sept. 5-6

Mountain City – 26th annual Mountain Heritage Professional Rodeo – Cowboy and cowgirl fans can join the family-friendly event and cheer on their favorites 8 p.m. at Chamber Park.

Sept. 5-7

Elizabethton – 14th annual East Tennessee Celtic Festival – Live music, dancing, Scottish heavy athletics, and archery are on the schedule at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

Sept. 6

Memphis – Games with Grandparents – Celebrate Grandparent’s Month with family games like bingo and checkers. Create a family tree and make a Grandparent’s Day gift, 10 a.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Nashville – Types of Bugs: Bugs of Type: Letterbugs – Bill Moran’s work features hand-printed images using wood type manufactured in the 20th century on display through Nov. 11 in Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery.

Memphis – Midsummer Night’s Dream – Ballet Memphis will perform this classic filled with fairies, mischief and magic 6:30 p.m. at the Memphis Botanical Garden.


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