Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Oct. 6-17

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 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.

Ongoing

Nashville – Explore the historic home and farm during a guided tour on weekends throughout the month of October at Nashville Zoo.

Chattanooga – Take in the fall season with brats and beer during Rocktoberfest 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 25 at Rock City.

Hendersonville – Get a free tour inside the TMC Auditorium, WPGD-TV, TMC Recording Studios and the former estate and gardens of Conway Twitty 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. CTWednesdays to Saturdays at Trinity Music City.

Pigeon Forge – Sunday shows have been added through the rest of the year at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater. 

Union City – The Pumpkin Village is now open as thousands of pumpkins have been used to create a fall village 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Tuesdays through Sundays throughout the month of October at Discovery Park of America.

Pigeon Forge – The National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration welcomes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music with free concerts, artisans from around the U.S., and more through Oct. 31 at Dollywood.

Nashville – Celebrate the fall season with all things autumn during Cheekwood Harvest through Nov. 1 CT at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Memphis – Just in time for Halloween, see Carrie the Musical based on the Stephen King novel through Oct. 25 at The Playhouse on the Square.

Nashville – Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast is shown with state-of-the-art digital projection and surround-sound at The Turner Theatre of the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Center.

Oct. 5-11

Statewide – Tennessee Craft celebrates the state’s makers with a new tradition – Tennessee Craft Week – at various locations across the state.

Oct. 6-9, 12-16

Memphis – The Kreative Kids Fall Camp encourages kids’ creative ideas and brings them to life through collage, sculpture, painting, and abstract drawings at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Oct. 6-13

Clarksville – The rock musical Murder Ballad steams up the Roxy Regional Theatre’s theotherspace.

Oct. 8-10

Etowah – Listen to stories of murder performed by the Gem Players for Murders on Main Street 6:30-9 p.m. ET at the L&N Depot.

Oct. 9

Townsend – Sarah Pirkle and Jeff Barbra perform for audiences 7 p.m. ET at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. Tickets are $8.

Oct. 9-10

Lewisburg – The Annual Goats, Music and More Festival has fainting and boer goat shows, kid game area, food, concerts, and family-friendly entertainment in Lewisburg.  

Pulaski – Attend the Haunted Ranger Rides & Barn Bash for spooky fun sunset to 11 p.m. CT at Milk Way Farm Show Barn.

Oct. 9-11

Clinton – The 36th Tennessee Fall Homecoming welcomes 70 national, regional and local musicians on five stages at Museum of Appalachia.

Oct. 9-18

Spring City – Joe DiPietro’s comedy Over the River and Through the Woods delights audiences at Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Oct. 10

Cookeville - In honor of Tennessee Tech University's centennial, Cookeville Museums' History Hike will offer Tennessee Tech trivia as visitors explore downtown via clues. Entries may be picked up at the Cookeville Depot Museum or the Cookeville History Museum 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy cookies, prizes, and a free day of fall family fun.

Sparta – Liberty Square Celebration & Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day features music, crafts, food, games, truck and car show. Visitors from across the country come to pay tribute to bluegrass legend Lester Flatt.

Humboldt – The 7th annual Fall Festival will feature pumpkin decorating, games, classic cars, cake walk, craft vendors and more 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT on Main Street.

Brownsville – The annual scarecrow competition is held 5 p.m. CT on the lawn of the Haywood County Courthouse in downtown Brownsville.

Athens – Live entertainment on four stages, more than 200 arts, crafts and vendors, the Scott Grisp Memorial PowWow, pumpkin carving contest and more are part of the 12th annual Pumpkintown in downtown Athens.

Dover – The Tennessee Wilderness River Region Quilt Festival has local 19th century quilts, a quilting bee and more at The Homeplace at Land between the Lakes.

Gatlinburg – The last outdoor market of the season brings together produce, meats, cheeses, arts and jewelry at the Gatlinburg Farmers Market.

Nashville – More than 20 performers play music pieces on four stages during Free Day of Music at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

White House – The 16th annual Harvest Moon Festival has live music, hay rides, food, booths, pony rides and more 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at the White House Municipal Park.

Nashville – Phillip Paul sits down for an interview and drum demonstration 1 p.m. CT at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Oct. 10-11

Hohenwald – Arts, crafts, food and entertainment are part of the Oktober Heritage Festival in downtown Hohenwald.

Oct. 11

Dover – Revealing and Recreating 19th Century Recipes appeals to foodies as they savor tastes of the 19th century. Blacksmithing and a talk on animal preservation also takes place at the Homeplace at Land between the Lakes.

Nashville – A night of funk waits as WAR, The Family Stone and The Bar-Kays join together 7 p.m. CT at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater.

Chattanooga – A little spice and lots of fun surrounds the Scenic City Wing event at Chattanooga Market.

Oct. 16

Murfreesboro – Tours of Evergreen Cemetery sends visitors along a mourning tour 6-7 p.m. CT departing from the entrance of the cemetery on Greenland Drive. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required.

Oct. 16-17

Mount Pleasant – The Mid-South Barbeque Festival features lots of barbecue, music, and family-friendly entertainment in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Oct. 16-18

Memphis – A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Legendary Drummer Al Jackson, Jr. takes place with special guests over a three-day commemoration at the Stax Museum of American Soul.

Oct. 16-18, 23-25

Memphis – The Memphis Zoo Boo returns with more activities than ever! Enjoy old favorites like the Costume Contest and Dracula's Disco, and take on the Rock Wall at Memphis Zoo.

Oct. 16-18, 23-25, 29-30

Nashville – Boo at the Zoo, formally known as Ghouls at Grassmere, is the premier Halloween spot as frightful fun is planned for kids of all ages at the Nashville Zoo.

Oct. 16-25

Memphis – The World’s Hunting & Wildlife Expo takes place at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

Covington – Enjoy performances of Little Shop of Horrors at the Historic Ruffin Theater.



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