Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Nov. 18-30

Friday, November 18, 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.


Cookeville – Drive through the Upper Cumberland’s largest Christmas display for Hidden Hollow Park’s Holiday Lights. Bonfires, hayrides, and refreshments round out the tradition. Open 5-9 p.m. CT daily beginning Thanksgiving evening to New Year’s Day. Tickets are $4, free for children 3 and under.

Memphis – Browse artworks by Maysey Craddock at David Lusk Gallery Memphis and Jared Small at David Lusk Gallery Nashville on display through Dec. 23.

Statewide – Enjoy a little holiday magic at Santa’s Wonderland offering free family activities through Dec. 24 at Bass Pro Shops in Tennessee.

Nov. 18

Nashville – The new exhibition Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors is open at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nov. 18-19

Athens – The 8th annual Holiday Trunk Show is an indoor exhibition of fine art, crafts and homemade gifts from local and regional artisans at the Arts Center in Athens.

Nov. 18-20

Cookeville – Tennessee Tech’s Hyder-Burks Pavilion is transformed into a wonderland of Christmas whimsy with more than 150 vendors from across the U.S. joining to create Santa’s Workshop 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. CT Sunday.

Memphis – Children can meet and take pictures with characters from Pups to the Rescue 2-5 p.m. CT Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to noon CT Saturday at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Nov. 18-Dec. 30

Nashville – Glad Tidings is a play performed through the holiday season at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.

Nov. 19

Huntingdon – Melinda Doolittle, an American Idol alum, is bringing The Great American Soul Book to the stage 7:30 p.m. CT at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center.

Spring City – Jason Coleman’s The Legacy of Floyd Cramer is performed 7:30 p.m. ET at Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Murfreesboro – The inaugural Acorn Festival brings together folk and indie music lovers with performances by Rye Baby, Mountains Like Wax, Boy Named Banjo, The Hardin Draw, and headliners, Frontier Ruckus 3-10 p.m. CT at Oaklands Park. Tickets are $10.

Franklin – The Battle of Franklin 5K and Kids’ Fun Run raises funds for the preservation of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation 8 a.m. CT beginning and ending at the McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

Spring City – Megan Taylor, Chet Atkins’ grandniece, joins Jason Coleman in a concert 7:30 p.m. ET at Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Knoxville – Rock of Ages: East Tennessee’s Marble Industry is a new feature exhibition on display through April 30, 2017 with a public opening 4:30-6:30 p.m. ET Nov. 19 at the Museum of East Tennessee History.

Lewisburg – The Christmas Bazaar helps guests shop local for gifts this season 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at the Marshall County High School.

Oak Ridge – One of the largest athletic events in the region, The Secret City Half Marathon & 5K hosts approx. 1,000 participants 9 a.m. ET starting and finishing on the Melton Lake peninsula.

Nov. 19-20

Silver Point – Celebrate the holidays with artistic flare by joining the Appalachian Center for Craft at their Holiday Celebration with gallery viewing and shopping, craft workshops, handmade ornaments, and more. Admission is free.

Nov. 19-Dec. 31

Memphis – Santa flies in on a Pedi-Flite helicopter, enjoy treats and more 9 a.m. CT at the Pink Palace Museum.

Memphis – Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees is a Memphis holiday tradition full of animated characters, model trains and decorated trees. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 3-12 years old at the Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Nov. 20

Knoxville – The Knoxville Choral Society and Rush’s Music present Appalachian Tales and Tunes 6 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Theatre. There will be a pre-concert talk at 5:20 p.m. ET.

Knoxville – Steve Vai Passion and Warefare’s 25 Anniversary Tour rocks the house 7:30 p.m. ET, doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

Chattanooga – The Thanksgiving Market has local meats, cheeses, breads, and produce for every family gathering 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET at the Chattanooga Market.

Nov. 23

Lewisburg – Celebrate the 4th anniversary of Picker’s Creek Winery with fried turkey samples, cheese spread samples, jellies and preserves, Picker’s Creek hot mulled wine, local artists, music and free wine tastings 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at Picker’s Creek Winery.

Nov. 24

Pigeon Forge – Enjoy Thanksgiving Fireworks, a parade and more 7 p.m. ET at the Titanic Museum Attraction Pigeon Forge.

Nov. 24-Dec. 17

Clarksville – Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf opens 7 p.m. CT at The Roxy Regional Theatre. Performances are 7 p.m. CT Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. CT Fridays; and 2 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT Saturdays.

Nov. 25

Chattanooga – Skate with a Turkey to burn off the Thanksgiving gravy 2-11 p.m. ET at Ice on the Landing at the Choo Choo Gardens.

Memphis – Learn how to use the forge to create hooks in a variety of shapes and designs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT at the Memphis Metal Museum. The class is $150 and $30 for materials.

Nov. 25-26

Rugby – The Tennessee Royal Holiday Tea gives an authentic 1880’s Victorian tea experience 2-4 p.m. CT at the Uffington House.

Nov. 25-Dec. 23

Memphis – Junie B. in Jungle Bells, Batman Smells! is a fun, family-friendly play starring “the world’s sassiest first grader” with performances 7 p.m. CT Fridays, 10 a.m. CT and 2 p.m. CT Saturdays and 2 p.m. CT Sundays at Playhouse on the Square.

Nov. 26

Franklin – Small Business Saturday offers more than 200 award-winning shops as well as the Hop & Shop trolley holiday route in downtown Franklin.

Memphis – Love Jones the Musical takes a look at what happens after “love at first sight” 4 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT at the Orpheum Theatre.

Nov. 26-27

Jackson – The Yuletide Pop-Market has hand-crafted goods by local artisans 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. CT Sunday at the New Southern Lobby.

Nov. 27

Cookeville – Musicians of all ages from the Upper Cumberland region join together to form the Cookeville Community Band and offer a free holiday concert 3 p.m. CT at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center.

Nov. 30

Knoxville – The 1975 bring their new album to audiences 8 p.m. ET, doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

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