Tennessee Tourism Round Up For March 19-April 7

Friday, March 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.


Bristol, TN/VA – Guests can receive two free student tickets with a purchase of one adult ticket during March and April at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Chattanooga – Enter to win a Great Smoky Mountains getaway that includes a two-night stay with daily breakfast, one dinner for two and a guided hike with Smoky Mountain guides at the Lodge at Buckberry Creek in Gatlinburg. Drawing occurs March 22. Enter for free at Tennessee Aquarium, High Point Climbing and Fitness, and Kelly Subaru in Chattanooga.

Knoxville – Knoxville Eats & Beats is a spring-long celebration with a wide range of live music, arts and crafts, food and more from March to May in various locations around Knoxville.

Knoxville – More than 60 works selected from the museum’s extensive holdings are displayed for the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the legacy of the artists in the 1950s and 1960s known as The Knoxville 7 through April 17 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Memphis – Indulge in a free buffet with the purchase of a $25 Game Card through March 25 at America’s Incredible Pizza Company.

Nashville – The Taffetas is set in 1956 and spotlights four singing sisters performing a nationally-televised program through April 24 at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.

March 18-20

Kingsport – Carousel Fine Craft Show and The Brass Ring Gala preview party includes music, arts and free carousel rides in downtown Kingsport.

March 18, 24-25, 31, April 1, 7-8

Chattanooga – Early Bird Safari Programs include a sneak peek into the morning routines of animals and experts during a two-hour guided adventure 9-11 a.m. ET at the Tennessee Aquarium.

March 19

Erin – The 54th annual Wearin’ of the Green Irish Day Parade and Arts & Crafts Festival celebrates the town’s Irish heritage in big ways in downtown Erin.

Huntingdon –John Conlee, best known for his hit “Rose Colored Glasses,” performs 2 p.m. CT at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center.

Jackson – Casey Jones 153rd Birthday Celebration commemorates the local railroad hero with food, music and more at the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum.

Jackson – James Gregory, “The Funniest Man in America,” performs an evening of comedy 7:30 p.m. CT at The Ned.

Lewisburg – The Eggstravaganza Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt has snacks, crafts and games 6 p.m. CT in Morgan Park.

McMinnville – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Nashville Celts and opener Emma Reid from Belfast, Ireland 333 feet underground at Bluegrass Underground in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns.

Memphis – Free Cinderella Family Day has magic for everyone including movement activities with professional dancers, a sneak peek rehearsal of Cinderella in Sara’s Place behind the stage and character meet-and-greets 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Nashville – NanoDays helps visitors discover the benefits and challenges of nanoscale science with educational programs as part of the nationwide festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at Adventure Science Center.

Union City – Blood and Guts, a class on the history of medical malpractice takes place 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. CT in the Reelfoot Room of Discovery Park of America. 

March 20

Nashville – André Watts plays Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Nashville Symphony 8 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

March 21-25

Memphis – The Spring Break Discovery Camp teaches children photography from local photographers who demonstrate setting, lighting and background 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

March 22-April 8

Union City – Students receive $2 off general admission price on weekdays to celebrate Spring Break at Discovery Park of America.

March 25

Nashville – Classical guitarist Grant Ferris kicks off the weekend by performing a blend of classical, jazz, country and rock 6-8 p.m. CT in the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

March 26

Rugby – The Golden Jubilee year of Historic Rugby is celebrated with a special Lantern Tour on Stage production 4:30 p.m. ET at the Rebecca Johnson Theatre.

March 30

Bristol, TN/VA – A new Ralph Peer display gives visitors a glimpse into Peer’s influence beyond the Bristol Sessions and country music with artifacts through Aug. 1 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

March 31

Athens – Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience lets the audience choose the set list of Beatles’ tunes as part of the Athens Area Council for the Arts’ Big Time/Small Town Performance Season 7:30 p.m. ET at Athens City Middle School Auditorium.

Memphis – The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of The Goddesses’ orchestral score by Koji Kondo is performed 7:30 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre.

April 2

Columbia – Enjoy Bloodys & Biscuits for breakfast before the Mule Day Parade 9-11 a.m. CT at the James K. Polk Home.

Knoxville – History buffs can team up with the Civil War Trust to help with the grounds and spring-cleaning on Park Day 9 a.m. ET at Mabry-Hazen House.

Nashville – A special presentation about the 2017 solar eclipse by Andrew Fraknoi, a nationally-known author and astronomy expert, takes place 1 p.m. CT at Adventure Science Center.

Savannah – The Generals Breakfast includes a continental breakfast, a program by the attending Generals and a tour of Cherry Mansion 9 a.m. CT.

April 3

Memphis – The Wedding Expo includes food, drinks, wedding cake and free admission 1-3 p.m. CT at the Metal Museum. 

April 7

Cowan – Arts & Ales include craft beer tastings, art exhibits and live music noon to 4:30 p.m. CT at Monterey Station.

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10-Term Congresswoman Marilyn Lloyd Dies

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