Tennessee Tourism Round Up For March 4-28

Friday, March 4, 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 – View the new exhibit Made in TN: Manufacturing Milestones on display through Aug.

14 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Castalian Springs – Wynnewood Historic Site is open for the 2016 season with tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Wednesdays to Sundays through November.

Knoxville – See the Maya’s intricate calendar systems in the exhibit Maya: Lords of Time on display through May 22 at the McClung Museum.

Memphis – The new AutoZone Dome Sharpe Planetarium is now open and showing Firefall, Astronaut, Seasonal Stargazing, and One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure at Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Nashville – Enjoy a guided tour of the Botanical Garden & Arboretum, the Cheekwood mansion, and the Steve Tobin: Southern Roots exhibition beginning 11:30 a.m. CT Saturdays and Sundays at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

March 4

Franklin – The March Franklin Art Scene looks to “Light Up The Night” for its 5th anniversary with glowsticks and a social media photo contest with the hashtags #ArtSceneGlow and #FranklinArtScene 6-9 p.m. CT in downtown Franklin.

Knoxville – First Friday Celebration showcases new exhibitions and regional artists 5-9 p.m. ET at the Emporium Center.

March 4-6

Jackson – Enjoy America’s favorite pastime at the All-Suites Play Ball Spring Classic Baseball Tournament at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex.

Memphis – The Vietnam Traveling Tribute “The Wall” is open for viewing at the Mid-South Military History & Civil War Show at the Agri-Center Show Place Arena.

Memphis – Use code BOGO when you buy online tickets for Cinderella, playing April 16-17 at the Orpheum Theatre.

March 5

Chattanooga – A night of music is in store with Seth Carico: Chattanooga’s Own, as he performs Broadway and opera favorites 7:30 p.m. ET in the Tivoli Theatre.

Huntingdon – Enjoy a Day of Percussion with a percussion FUNdamentals session, percussion ensemble performances, and more beginning 9 a.m. CT at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center.

Spring City – Emi Sunshine, one of country music’s leading young artists, performs 7:30 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Valley Theatre.

March 5-6

Blountville – Dunlop Day includes two full days of action with the practice day on Saturday and the official Racing Dunlop Day on Sunday at Muddy Creek Raceway.

March 6

Memphis – The closing reception and gallery talk with Douglas Harling and his exhibition Residence of the Heart takes place 2:30-5 p.m. CT at the Metal Museum.

March 10

Memphis – Franki Valli, the original Jersey boy, performs some of his countless hit singles 7:30 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre.

March 10-11

Jackson – The Importance of Being Ernest is a famous comedy by Oscar Wilde and is performed by The Jackson Teen Theatre at The Ned. Tickets are $7.

March 11

Huntingdon – Tony Brent returns with impressions, guitar parodies, and characters 7 p.m. CT at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center.

Nashville – The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film opens at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

March 11-April 17

Chattanooga – The Chattanoogan Hotel is providing complimentary tickets to Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX Theater when families book two or more nights over Spring Break.

March 12

Jackson – The Jackson Symphony presents Piano Men: The Music of Elton & Billy 7:30 p.m. CT at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Oak Ridge – An American salute is performed by the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra with accompaniment by Sound Company: Children’s Choir of Oak Ridge who will perform songs by Copland and music from West Side Story

Pulaski – Enjoy a Hayride & Easter Egg Hunt 1-4 p.m. CT at Milky Way Farm.

March 12-13, 19-20

Union City – Meander to the Red Barn and learn the ways of a farmer in the AgSimulator at Discovery Park of America. The attraction is free with park admission.

March 12, 19

Cornersville – Examine how families honored the dead during A House in Mourning 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Lairdland Farm House.

March 16-18, 21-28

Nashville – Think, Make, Create builds on the fun of the Tinkering Garage exhibit with maker movement, tools, and project-based learning experiences as part of the Creativity Garden, a nationwide project of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, at Adventure Science Center.

Tennessee Aquarium Leaping Into World Lemur Day On Oct. 20 With Special Programs, Activities

Never mind their captivating charisma and seemingly endless abundance of energy, being a lemur is a pretty tough gig.   Thanks to a host of ecological challenges in their native Madagascar, all of the more than 100 species of these acrobatic animals are endangered to one degree or another. As a group, they are the world’s most-imperiled class of mammal.   ... (click for more)

Parades, Planes, Playgrounds, And More At The 2018 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

The seventh annual  Wings Over North Georgia Air Show  is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Air show performances will include 70-year old warbirds, a fifth-generation fighter jet, skydivers, jet cars, world-renowned aerobatic performers, and a 45-minute reenactment of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The air show will be Oct. 13-14, in Rome, Ga. ... (click for more)

City "Moves Away" From $4 Million Light Show On Walnut Street Bridge

The city is no longer pursuing a plan for a $4,050,000 light show on the Walnut Street Bridge. Dennis Malone, assistant city engineer, told City Council members on Tuesday, "We have moved away from that project." The council had earlier pulled capital funding that had been proposed for the "Ripples of Light" on the historic "walking bridge" that dates to 1891. “Ripples ... (click for more)

Developer Of Publix Grocery At St. Elmo To Go Before Variance Board

The developer of a planned Publix grocery in St. Elmo will go before the City Board of Zoning Appeals on Nov. 7 seeking three variances. Mike Price of MAP Engineers said the grocery has been working with community members to try to come up with an acceptable plan for the site where the former Mt. Vernon Restaurant and Pizza Hut are located. There has been controversy over ... (click for more)

Why Are Joda Thongnopnua And Phil Bredesen Downplaying Their Democratic Values?

For the past several months, the Democratic Party has reached a tipping point. “Their Resistance” is to oppose anything and everything Republicans are doing to deliver a stronger economy and better economic opportunities for all Americans.  Yet, I find it very interesting that the public outcry we are seeing from the Democrats on a national level is nowhere to be found when ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s ‘Tennessee Week’

For over 50 years I have heard the line, “There are two things you must never do on ‘The Third Saturday of October.’ You mustn’t ever marry and try not to die because, in either case, the preacher won’t show up.” He’ll be watching “The Game.” Ever since Oct 18, 1901, Tennessee and Alabama have been going at it and that inaugural game set the tone as well as the standard for all ... (click for more)