Tennessee Tourism Round Up For April 15-30

Friday, April 15, 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.


Nashville – This month, enjoy featured cupcakes Black Velvet, Lemon Meringue, Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate, and Crème Brulee Ice Cream cupcakes from Sprinkles in 12 South.

April 15-16

Nashville – The world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist Chris Botti returns to Music City to perform with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

April 15-16, 22, 29-30 and May 4

Chattanooga – Special screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D have been extended for six more opportunities for guests to watch at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.

April 16

Fayetteville – The annual Slawburger Festival features food, family-friendly entertainment, a parade, music and more in downtown Fayetteville.

McMinnville – Becky Buller Band and Off The Wagon play Bluegrass Underground in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns.

Nashville – John Murrell’s thumb, on exhibit through April 22 at the Tennessee State Museum, is featured on the national television program Deadly Possessions 9/8c on the Travel Channel. Check local listings.

Oak Ridge – More than 140 voices from across the region and the world perform Beethoven 9!, presented by the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Oak Ridge Chorus, 7:30 p.m. ET at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.

April 16-17

Alcoa – Enjoy the Smoky Mountain Air Show featuring the P-51 Mustang “Red Nose,” SBD Dauntless “Lady in Blue,” and Corsair 530 at the McGhee Tyson Airport.

Knoxville – Old Crow Medicine Show brings their roots-music ensemble for a two-night residency at the Tennessee Theatre.

Knoxville – The Dogwood Arts Art DeTour brings local artists and visitors together to discuss techniques, watch demonstrations and purchase artwork 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at studio openings throughout the area.

April 17

Nashville – Join Jim Hoobler, senior curator of art and architecture, for a Gallery Tour & Talk of the two art exhibitions currently on view 2 p.m. CT at the Tennessee State Museum.

April 18

Maryville – Learn about Southern Appalachia in the 17th and 19th centuries during the “People of Appalachia: From European Settlements to the Civil War” 7 p.m. ET at Blount County Public Library.

Memphis – The Soulsville Metals Collaborative Student Art Showcase features new work by budding artists 4:30-6 p.m. CT at the Universal Parenting Place.

Nashville – A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo with Logan Brill features the stories behind the songs and all-time classic hits 7:30 p.m. CT at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

April 18-23

Gatlinburg – The annual Earth Week Celebration shares easy green practices through games, crafts and music, outdoor opportunities and more at various locations around Gatlinburg.

April 19

Memphis – Enjoy the concert Live in Studio A: Nick Black as he performs soul and blues with a full band 2-4 p.m. CT at Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Nashville – Dining Out For Life is a dine-out fundraiser benefiting Nashville CARES and featuring more than 70 area restaurants at Chauhan Ale & Masala House.

April 20

Knoxville – Enjoy music from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with Christopher Paul Stelling 7 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Theatre.

April 21-30

Athens – Shadowlands is based on the real life love story of author C.S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman at The Arts Center in Athens.

April 22

Nashville – BEER + FARM Pop-up dinner is a collaborative effort with Eat Like Kings and Delvin Farm to provide a five-course dinner with Mantra Artisan Ale beer pairings and unlimited beer pours at the Mantra Artisan Ale taproom.

April 23

Bristol – Frank Solivan’s Dirty Kitchen Experience performs 6-9:30 p.m. ET at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Cookeville – Take the opportunity to watch or compete with four-time “Fittest Man on Earth” Rich Froning’s Mayhem for Mustard Seed Ranch, a Crossfit event for a cause at Tennessee Technological University’s Hyder-Burks Pavilion.

Jackson – Earth Day Festival includes environmental booths, a family scavenger hunt, an environmental magician, live music and a community yard sale 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Tennessee Farmer’s Market.

Jonesborough – Keep Jonesborough Beautiful, an e-waste collection and a clean-up project, takes place 8 a.m. to noon ET as part of the Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup program.  

Maryville – Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration at the Library includes a Bardfest for Kids with games, stage movement workshop, Shakespeare Trivia game for Non-Experts, Shakespeare Cabaret, and even a Shakespeare Murder Mystery: An Interactive Puzzle all at the Blount County Library.

Nashville – Cook with Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan during her Spring Cooking Class as guests learn to make a five-course meal, including a mixology lesson at Chauhan Ale & Masala House.

Nashville – Greening STEM makes for fun and messy lessons with activities surrounding the planet and environment at Adventure Science Center.

Wartrace – Dixie Line Days celebrates the railroad with hundreds of fans. Modeling and switching contests, door prizes, scale model railroads, train dealers and more are featured in downtown Wartrace.  

April 23-24

Chapel Hill – Enjoy two days of bike riding through Middle Tennessee with family-friendly and challenging routes during The Horton 100 presented by Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee beginning at Henry Horton State Park.

South Pittsburg – The 20th annual National Cornbread Festival features attractions, events, cook-offs and seven stages of entertainment including Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder in downtown Pittsburg.

April 24

Memphis – Smashing Pumpkins bring their fans an acoustic-electro evening 7:30 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre.

Memphis – New exhibitions The Impressionist Revolution: Forty Years of French Art at the Dixon and Made in Dixon open at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Nashville – Enjoy the Free Family Festival Day which includes free programs of creativity, art-making, live music and performances 1-5:30 p.m. CT at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

April 26

Bristol, TN/VA – Radio Bristol presents Farm & Fun Time with Corbin Hayslett, Bill & the Belles, and the Foghorn Stringband 7 p.m. ET at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

April 27

Nashville – In honor of Assistant’s Day, Sprinkles offers the "UR A STAR" cupcake box with dark chocolate, vanilla and red velvet cupcakes on 12 South.

April 28

Knoxville – Breaking Benjamin brings their energetic show 7 p.m. ET to the Tennessee Theatre.

April 29

Knoxville – The Wood Brothers bring their latest album ‘Paradise’ to life 7 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

April 29-30

Nashville – Beethoven’s Emperor and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 is brought to audiences featuring Garrick Ohlsson on piano and Giancarlo Guerrero as conductor at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

April 30

Bristol, TN/VA – David Gans in Concert performs an intimate concert 7 p.m. ET in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. 

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