Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Feb. 20-March 11

Saturday, February 20, 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.


Knoxville – Have a Jazz Jam with Vance Thompson, Jamel Mitchell, Keith Brown, Clint Mullican and Nolan Nevels, or just enjoy the music 4-6 p.m. ET at the Black Box of The Emporium Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Nashville – Walk through Steve Tobin’s Southern Roots exhibition both indoors through May 29 and outdoors through Sept.
4 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Union City – From the skeletal system to the vital organs, see how the body functions during the exhibition Bodies Revealed on display through May 1 at Discovery Park of America.

Feb. 20

Gatlinburg – The inaugural King/Queen of the Mountain competition features technical skiing and freestyle creativity 10 a.m. ET at Ober Gatlinburg.

Memphis – STOMP continues its run of four global productions, making a stop in Memphis 2 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre.

Oak Ridge – The Oak Ridge String Quartet provides a romantic program 7:30 p.m. ET at the Pollard Auditorium. Tickets are $25.

Feb. 22

Jonesborough – Celebrate Black History Month with A Night with the Yarn Exchange 7 p.m. ET at the International Storytelling Center.

Feb. 25

Nashville – Enjoy music by Stone Soup, a funk, blues, jazz and soul band, 6-8 p.m. CT in the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Feb. 25-27

Nashville – Reminisce with The Music of the Eagles with the Nashville Symphony under the conduction of Martin Herman at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Feb. 26

Jackson – Enjoy music from Jupiter Stone, Beyond Blame, The Skeleton Krew, Water the Buffalo, The Go-To’s, and The Surreals 6-10 p.m. CT at the New Southern Lobby. Tickets are $5.

Feb. 26-27

Jackson – Catch a performance of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man Jr. 1 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. CT  Friday and Saturday at The Ned R. McWherter West TN Cultural Center.

Feb. 27

New Johnsonville – The Tennessee Environmental Council contributes to Tennessee’s scenic beauty by planting 50,000 trees and invites the general public to participate in the 50KTree Day Distribution 8-10 a.m. CT at Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center.

Feb. 27-28

Jackson – Tameka “Big Baby” Goodman and R&B recording artist “JL” bring An Evening of Soul 8 p.m. CT to Miss Ollie’s.

Feb. 29

Maryville – Join Paul Threadgill, biology professor at Maryville College, for the Southern Appalachia Speaker Series: The Natural History of Southern Appalachia 7 p.m. ET at the Blount County Public Library.

Shiloh – Get insight on the construction of Shiloh and how those contributions supported the U.S. during the Great Depression at The Civilian Conservation Corps at Shiloh presentation 2 p.m. CT in the Visitor Center auditorium at Shiloh National Military Park.

March 4

Nashville – Enjoy a performance of Strauss’ Don Quixote and Brahms’ Third Symphony 8 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

March 5

Athens – The annual Arts Gala includes a silent auction, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music 6:30 p.m. ET at The Arts Center in downtown Athens, Tennessee. Tickets are $75.

Murfreesboro – Door prizes, light refreshments and an afternoon send-off of the bride and groom with champagne surround the 5th Anniversary of Wedding Dresses Through the Decades 3-5 p.m. CT at Oaklands Mansion.

Nashville – The Art of Special Effects Makeup, an interactive makeup workshop featuring renowned artists from film and television takes place 1-5 p.m. CT in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater.

March 10

Maryville – A special performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Quartet takes place during KSO Musical Story Time 10:30 a.m. CT in the Main Gallery of the Blount County Public Library.

March 11-April 16

Crossville – Check out Larry Shue’s hilarious play, The Nerd on stage at The Cumberland County Playhouse.

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