Tennessee Tourism Round Up: A Made In Tennessee Playlist

Friday, February 12, 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.


Chattanooga –Narrated by Academy Award winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure 3Dtakes viewers on a journey through untamed wilderness in the U.S. at Tennessee Aquarium & IMAX 3D Theater.

Memphis –Receive 10 percent off one item, 15 percent off two items, 20 percent off three items, and 25 percent off four items during the Sweet Deal of February at Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Globes.

Nashville –The romantic comedy Funny Valentines plays through March 13 at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.

Parkers Crossroads –Walk through the photo exhibit Tennessee’s Fallen on display through Feb. 21at the Parkers Crossroads Visitor Center.

Feb. 12, 20

Shiloh –Hear the story of a man, born a slave in Kentucky, who witnessed the Battle of Shiloh, became a soldier and received the Congressional Medal of Honor during From Slave to Soldier: The Life of Andrew Jackson Smith 2 p.m. CT on the Visitor Center front lawn at Shiloh National Military Park.

Feb. 12-21

Statewide – ’16 Spring Fishing Classic, the world’s greatest fishing show and sale, comes to Bass Pro Shops acrossTennessee with seminars,rod and reel trade-ins, anda chance to win a fishing trip.

Feb. 13

Gatlinburg – Chris Steele, professional sword swallower, attempts to set a new Guinness World Record by swallowing five swords underwater 3 p.m. ET in the Coral Reef Tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Feb. 14

Rugby –Enjoy a formal Valentine’s Day Tea with fine teas, scones, red pepper soup, sandwiches and desserts3 p.m. ET in the Newbury House.

Feb. 18-20

Nashville – Pictures at an Exhibition with the Nashville Symphony takes a tour of artwork by Ravel’s friend Victor Hartmann, bringing the pieces to life at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Feb. 18-28

Athens – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! is the ultimate love story in the Sue. E. Trotter Theater at The Arts Center.

Feb. 20

Jackson –See Cole Swindell in concert 7:30 p.m. CT at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Knoxville –Enjoy toe-tapping music from Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at the Bijou Theater.

Nashville –See the structures of Steve Tobin, Southern Roots on display indoors throughMay 29and outdoors through Sept. 4 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

Union City –Hear a performance of The Roots of Rhythm by the UT Martin Percussion Ensemble 11:30 a.m. CT and 1 p.m. CT in the Reelfoot Room of Discovery Park of America.

Feb. 26

Knoxville –The Knoxville Opera performs Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel 7:30 p.m. ET at The Tennessee Theatre.

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