Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Nov. 13-29

Friday, November 13, 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.


Memphis – Carved ivory figures are on display in the Japanese Okimono: Life in Ivory exhibit on display through Jan.

9, 2016 at the Belz Museum.

Nov. 13

Kingsport - An evening with The Barefoot Movement LIVE kicks off with special guest Rebecca Lee Daniels 7-10 p.m. at Renaissance Arts Center Theater. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required.

Memphis – Arc Attack blends rock music and science for a memorable performance 6:30 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Memphis – Curtain Up hosts seven different musical acts including The Memphis Dawls at Playhouse on the Square.

Nov. 13-14

Cookeville – Explore art studios, galleries, and artist spaces noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday throughout Cookeville’s historic downtown during ART Prowl. Meet the artists, watch demonstrations, kids’ activities, and enjoy specials at local shops, cafes, and pubs.

Nov. 13-27

Clarksville – The Secret Garden plays for audiences at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Nov. 14

Jonesborough – The Claire Lynch Band performs for the Jonesborough Art Initiative which includes an interactive music walk through the historic district 7 p.m. at the McKinney Center.

Memphis – MYTHBUSTERS Jamie & Adam Unleashed! brings the Emmy-nominated Discovery series to the stage 8 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

Nashville – Peter Guralnick discusses his biography “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll” 1:30 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

Pall Mall – Explore Sgt. Alvin C. York’s roots and learn of his military bravery on a motor coach ride to Pall Mall as part of the bus trip series Exploring Tennessee by the Tennessee State Museum. The coach departs 8:30 a.m. and returns 7 p.m. from the Tennessee State Museum.

Spring City – Comedian and magician Tom Vorjohan performs his captivating show 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Townsend – Get a behind-the-scenes guided tour of Gray Fossil Site, prep lab and collections storage; learn how scientists identify fossils and more departing 8:30 a.m. from the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.

Nov. 14-15

Gallatin – The Gallatin Tinsel & Treasures brings together locally-owned businesses for a widespread holiday open house at Gallatin’s Historic Downtown Square.

Nov. 15

Chattanooga – Firehouse Chili brings together five local firehouses to compete while patrons pick their favorites at the Chattanooga Market.

Henning – Voices for Our Children is a concert and food drive 4 p.m. at the New Hope CME Church.

Nov. 15-16

Memphis – Heart Full of Soul is a wining, dining and dancing event with special guests Eddie Floyd, Al Bell, Deanie Parker, the Astors, Steve Cropper and more at Napa Café.

Nov. 17

Brownsville – Writers Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, authors of “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” delve into the role of music in society and veteran therapy services 6 p.m. at The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

Nov. 17-22

Memphis – Tony Award-winning Pippin brings high-flying action to Memphis at The Orpheum Theatre.

Nov. 18

Memphis – Bobby Rush with James “Super Chikan” Johnson will perform at Beale Street Caravan.

Nov. 18, 21

Nashville – Examine snow, become a penguin, and paint a mural of the Northern Lights during Winter Wonderland 11 a.m. at Adventure Science Center.

Nov. 19

Gatlinburg – The Souper Bowl XII serves lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner 5-6:30 p.m. at Arrowmont’s campus dining hall. Participants even get to choose a hand-crafted bowl to keep.

Union City – Enjoy a night of wine tasting 6-8 p.m. in Dinosaur Hall at Discovery Park of America. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Nov. 20

Nashville – Be there for the opening of the Keith Urban So Far exhibition at Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

Nashville – Enjoy music by the Helen Highwater Stringband 6-8 p.m. in the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nov. 20-21

Chattanooga – Sleep in the Deep: Family Sleepover welcomes guests to sleep alongside sharks, stingrays and tropical fish 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Nov. 20-Dec. 22

Crossville – A Sanders Family Christmas, the heart-warming sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey's wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical “Smoke on the Mountain,” returns for the holidays to the Adventure Theater at Cumberland County Playhouse.

Nov. 20-Jan. 10

Memphis – Fly to Neverland with the musical Peter Pan playing through Jan. 10 at the Playhouse on the Square.

Nov. 21

McMinnville – Travel 300 ft. below the earth to hear music from Mountain Heart and EmiSunshine at Bluegrass Underground in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns. 

Memphis – The chamber group Infinitus brings its beatboxing string trio to Memphis 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre at The Orpheum Theatre.

Oak Ridge – Run your best in the Secret City Half Marathon 8 a.m. and 5K 8:15 a.m. at 697 Melton Lake Drive in Oak Ridge.

Oliver Springs – Try to make it through the trails during The Bigfoot Blast 5K Trail Race at Windrock Park.

Nov. 23

Jackson – The Festival of Trees features Christmas trees decorated in a variety of ways on display through Dec. 11 at the Wiley T. Daniels building.

Nov. 24

Maryville – The National Circus & Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, a company of 45, present “Peking Dreams” 7:30 p.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Nov. 25

Memphis – “Some of Mudboy” with Steve Selvidge, Jimmy Crosthwait, Ben Baker and Luke White will perform at Beale Street Caravan.

Nov. 25-Dec. 20

Knoxville – A Christmas Carol brings together live music, costumes and stage effects for a classic retelling of Charles Dickens’ story at Clarence Brown Theatre Mainstage.

Nov. 28

Nashville – Holiday Movies kicks off the 12 Days of Science 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Adventure Science Center.

Nov. 29

Chattanooga – Travel back to 1863 with historian Jim Ogden during the Civil War History Cruise: The Battle of Missionary Ridge 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer.

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