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.

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