Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Fall Festivities

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 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

Lewisburg – Malice: Haunted Attraction is a new kind of evil open 7-11 p.

m. CT every Friday and Saturday in October.

Knoxville – Boo! at the Zoo, Knoxville’s largest Halloween event, features a scary-go-round, candy, and more entertainment happening every weekend now through Oct. 23 at Zoo Knoxville.

Union City – Jurassic Journeys is alive with the sounds, motions and intrigue of pre-historic animals on display now through Dec. 31 at Discovery Park of America.

Oct. 14

Gatlinburg – Enjoy a free concert with James Otto and JT Hodges 7:30 p.m. ET at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

Thompson’s Station – The Harvest Festival has hayrides, face painting, a barn dance with line dancing instruction, a Southern dinner buffet with cocktails, pumpkin carving and more 2 p.m. CT at Homestead Manor.

Oct. 14-16

Nashville – Designing a Clay Surface: Exploring Newcomb Pottery is a studio workshop that guides participants through the process of surface design on clay at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Oct. 15

Jackson – The Harvest Moon Gala is filled with dancing, silent auction and food 6:30 p.m. CT at the Jackson Ballroom.

Memphis – Soulsville USA Festival features live music, food trucks, vendors, children’s activities and more 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at McLemore & College Street.

Murfreesboro – Hispanic Heritage Day is celebrated with food, art and music of Hispanic cultures 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at the Discovery Center.

Oak Ridge – A Moonlight Hike takes guests along the Arboretum trails, listening for owls and other night creatures 9:30 p.m. CT at the University of Tennessee Arboretum.

Oct. 15-23

Memphis – Ballet Memphis presents Next Steps, three new works that explore what’s next for dance and what it takes to keep a classical art form, at Playhouse on the Square.

Oct. 18-23

Nashville – Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour brings its unforgettable story to audiences at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Oct. 21-22, 28-29

Smyrna – Visitors are led on a haunted walk through the woods 7-10 p.m. CT before arriving at the front walk for Ghost Tours of Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation. Tickets are $10.

Oct. 21-29

Clarksville – The Rocky Horror Show is re-imagined in a production at the Roxy Regional Theatre. Tickets are $25.

Oct. 22

Huntingdon – Iron Horse Bluegrass and The Secret Sisters present Metal, Grass & Lace, a performance of metal, pop, bluegrass and Americana music 7:30 p.m. CT at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center.

Murfreesboro – Harvest Days celebrate fall in pioneer fashion with old-time music, dancing, hayrides, pottery demonstrations, blacksmithing, broom making and more at Cannonsburgh Village.

Nashville – Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson performs a special songwriter session 11:30 a.m. CT at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Oct. 25

Townsend – Enjoy the Walker Sisters Quilt Exhibit & Tour with Cades Cove Heritage Tours 9 a.m. ET departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Oct. 27

Nashville – The Bodega Catena Zapata Wine Dinner celebrates Friends Day with a four-course menu and wine tasting 6:30 p.m. CT at City Winery.

Union City – Get tickets for the Honeymoon from Hades murder mystery dinner at Discovery Park of America. Tickets are $35 and include the dinner and show.

Oct. 28

Memphis – Play a round of golf at the 2016 CMOM Golf Scramble, benefiting The Children’s Museum of Memphis noon CT at The Links at Galloway Golf Course.

Oct. 29

Maryville – Spooky, Scary Stories LIVE! is presented by Smoky Mountain Storytellers Cuz Headrick, Millie Sieber, Stephen Fulbright and Janice Brooks-Headrick 7-9 p.m. ET at Vienna Coffee House.

Memphis – Taylor Hicks, Season 5 American Idol winner, performs a variety of genres he’s best known for 7:30 p.m. CT at The Halloran Centre.

Millington – An Auto Enthusiast Swap Meet and Test and Tune takes place 9 a.m. CT at Memphis International Raceway.

Spring Hill – Vines & Vintage 2016 is a festival filled with sampling Tennessee wines, shopping artisan wares and live music 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at Rippavilla Plantation.

Townsend – Embark on a Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry 9:30 a.m. ET departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.




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