Tennessee Tourism Round Up - The Soundtrack Of Autumn

Wednesday, September 16, 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.


Paris – The 2015 Fall Photo Contest is underway until Oct.

11 at Paris Landing State Park. For a complete list of details, contact Gary McEntire at Gary.McEntire@tn.gov.

Sept. 17

Nashville – Songwriter’s Night continues with John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina, and Ruston Kelly 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Johnny Cash Museum. Admission is free but seating is limited.

Sept. 18

Chattanooga – Park(ing) Day kicks off the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras’ 30th Anniversary with an instrument petting zoo and youth performances 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Market Street.

Sept. 19

Spring City – Mt. LeConte Jug Band performs 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Sept. 20

Paris – The Age of Adaline plays for audiences during Fall Family Movie Sundays 2:30 p.m. at W.G. Rhea Public Library.

Sept. 24, 25

Nashville – Music at the Frist welcomes jazz musicians Larry and Nancy Mechem 6-8 p.m. Sept. 24 and Tantsova Grupa featuring Eastern European folk dance 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Frist Center Café.

Sept. 24, Oct. 29

Murfreesboro – Experience the chores of the mid-1800’s through period crafts, demonstrations, games and hands-on activities during Autumn in the Oaks 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oaklands Historic House Museum.

Sept. 24-27

Crawford – Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s Music, Camping & Arts Festival brings Americana Roots music to Crawford.

Sept. 25-26

Linden – Remember and honor World War II veterans during the interactive, hands-on living history experience, Remembering WWII: Living History, Education and Honor in downtown Linden.

Sept. 25-Oct. 11

Memphis – The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder is performed at the Playhouse on the Square.

Sept. 25-Oct. 31

Crossville – See an all-new production of Paul Crabtree’s classic musical fantasy, The Perils of Pinocchio as part of the 50th anniversary at Cumberland County Playhouse.

Sept. 26

Nashville – Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived opens and runs through Jan. 31, 2016 at the Adventure Science Center. 

Huntsville – The Heritage Festival features crafts, food vendors, demonstrations and more at the Museum of Scott County, the nation’s only student-designed, student-built and student-curated museum.

McMinnville – Participate in the World Peace Day Celebration at ISHA Institute of Inner Sciences.

Gainesboro – The 2nd annual Gainesboro Chili Cooke-off takes place on the historic Gainesboro square.

Sept. 26-27

Crossville – Enjoy two days of live music including bluegrass, folk, country, and gospel, more than 100 vendors and fresh fried apple pies and cider at the Apple Festival next to the Historic Cumberland Homesteads Tower.

Sept. 27

Nashville – The Nashville Symphony performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons 7 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Oct. 1

Nashville – Sunset Safari will include food and drink from the city’s best restaurants, special animal hosts and live entertainment at Nashville Zoo.

Oct. 2-3

Erwin – Unicoi County Apple Festival includes vendors, crafts, children’s area and entertainment in downtown Erwin.

Oct. 2-4

Jonesborough – National Storytelling Festival is a three-day event featuring performances by internationally-known professional tellers at the International Storytelling Center.

Tiptonville – The Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival features more than 300 exhibitors including artists, potters, carvers, jewelry makers, music, delicious barbecue, fried pies, ice cream and more.

Oct. 3

Centerville – Autumn in the Country Arts & Crafts Fair will showcase artisans across the region 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Centerville Courthouse Square.

Allardt – The 24th annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off will take place with food vendors, pumpkin run, antique tractor show, pumpkin festival parade, and the weigh-off in downtown Allardt.

Nashville – The Grand Ole Opry’s 90th Birthday Bash officially takes place at the Grand Ole Opry.

Jackson – Celebrate the diverse culture of Jackson with the International Food & Art Festival in downtown Jackson.

Maynardville – Bikers will ride along 100 miles of scenic tours during the Union County Humane Society Motorcycle Ride through Union, Grainger and Claiborne counties.

Chattanooga – Embark on a Civil War History Cruise “Sharpshooters at the Siege” 12:30-2:30 p.m. on the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer.

Centerville – Local artisans from Hickman County display their wares at Autumn in the Country Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Courthouse Square.

Columbia – Muletown Music Fest welcomes music by The Sprigs, Jason Ringenberg, Firekid, Humming House and more in venues around Columbia.

Spring Hill – The Country Ham Festival offers hot air balloon rides, hog calling, monster truck rides, music, mechanical bull riding, arts and crafts, food and more at the Tennessee Children’s Home. 

Savannah – Darryl Worley’s annual Tennessee River Run hosts Wade Hayes, Lorrie Morgan and Tracy Lawrence for the main concert in downtown Savannah.

Memphis – The 5th annual Children’s Ball invites children to a magical night full of carriage rides, dancing and a drawing for a Swarovski crystal slipper 6-8 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

McMinnville – Travel underground for music by Ray Wylie Hubbard during Bluegrass Underground in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns.

Oct. 3-4

Centerville – In addition to a cook-off for the best banana pudding in America, the National Banana Pudding Festival includes two entertainment stages, a children’s area, craft booths, lots of pudding samples and more.

Oct. 3-19

Nashville – Middle Tennessee students can discover the history of country music for free with gallery games, keepsakes, and at-home activities during Fall Break Fun at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Oct. 4

Kingsport – Free carousel rides courtesy of Bank of Tennessee takes place 1-7 p.m. at the Kingsport Carousel.

Tennessee Aquarium Leaping Into World Lemur Day On Oct. 20 With Special Programs, Activities

Never mind their captivating charisma and seemingly endless abundance of energy, being a lemur is a pretty tough gig.   Thanks to a host of ecological challenges in their native Madagascar, all of the more than 100 species of these acrobatic animals are endangered to one degree or another. As a group, they are the world’s most-imperiled class of mammal.   ... (click for more)

Parades, Planes, Playgrounds, And More At The 2018 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

The seventh annual  Wings Over North Georgia Air Show  is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Air show performances will include 70-year old warbirds, a fifth-generation fighter jet, skydivers, jet cars, world-renowned aerobatic performers, and a 45-minute reenactment of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The air show will be Oct. 13-14, in Rome, Ga. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Investigating Shooting That Victim Says Happened A Week Ago

Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital on Friday evening after a person arrived with a gunshot wound.   The injured man told police he was shot on Thursday, Oct. 11. He said he was shot while on the dance floor of a club somewhere along Brainerd Road.   If you have any information about the incident, call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525. You ... (click for more)

Charles Pipkens, Lajeromeney Brown Arrested In Series Of Violent Home Invasions In Which Robbers Posed As Police

Chattanooga Police have arrested Charles Dijon Pipkens and Lajeromeney Brown in connection with a series of violent home invasions in which the suspects told their victims they were Chattanooga Police officers.. Pipkens, 27, was charged in an Aug. 11 case and Brown, 40, in an incident on Sept. 19. Pipkens, of 434 N. Hickory St., is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, ... (click for more)

Teach For America Raises Concerns

For the last several years, many groups, individuals and parties interested in preserving public education for our children have stood firm as a rampantly growing privatization movement has descended upon our local educational landscape.  We saw last year the Department of Education push a plan that would form a partnership zone which could potentially lead to schools in the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Inequality & The Left

The story is told about a liberal politician who was getting a room full of snowflakes all heated up over equity and equality, which is big with the political Left right now. One of his handlers finally got the chance and whispered in his ear, “Use ‘fairness’ instead! That’s what sells … “ Afterwards a newspaper column read, “The liberals love fairness because it cannot be measured. ... (click for more)