Tennessee Tourism Round Up For April 22-May 8

Monday, April 25, 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.


Oak Ridge – Enjoy the hilarious musical Urinetown through May 8 at the Oak Ridge Playhouse.

Nashville – Fitness Fridays encourages visitors to get moving and enjoy nature with certified fitness instructors in yoga, dance and Tai Chi through May 27 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

April 25–30

Paris – World’s Biggest Fish Fry serves up more than five tons of catfish to thousands of visitors. A rodeo, parade and catfish races are also included in downtown Paris.

April 27

Gatlinburg – The Arrowmont Staff Exhibit features works from staff members Jeda Barr, Nick DeFord, Kelly Sullivan, Vickie Bradshaw, Bill Griffith, Kelly Hider, Jennifer Blackburn, Ernie Schultz, Heather Ashworth, Laura Tuttle, Bob Biddlestone and Jason Burnett through June 25 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Knoxville – Citizen Cope performs 7 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

Nashville – Generation Axe: A Night of Guitars takes place 7:30 p.m. CT at the Ryman Auditorium.

April 28

Nashville – The Way Late Play Date features apocalyptic wilderness survival, how the brain works, how viruses and bacteria spread and more 6:30-10 p.m. CT at Adventure Science Center.

April 28-30

Lewisburg – The Rusted Magnolia Marketplace is a handmade and vintage artisan shopping experience on the 100-acre Jubilee Hills estate venue.

April 29

Jackson – An evening of music by Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery, Coyote Talk and Joel Levi during the Catalyst Music Fest 6 p.m. CT at Casey Jones Amphitheater.

Nashville – Songwriter Ronny Criss and some of his songwriting friends perform original music 6-8 p.m. CT in the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

April 29–May 30

Memphis – Memphis In May International Festival is a month-long event that includes Beale Street Music Festival (April 29-May 1) and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May 12-14).

April 30

Columbia – Enjoy the annual History Fair featuring a Frontier to Statehood & Beyond Living History demonstration at the Athenaeum.

Lynchburg – The 21st annual Spring in the Hollow features crafters, music, the annual quilt show, animal adoptions, foot races and more 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT on Lynchburg Square. 

May 1

Memphis – The Stax Music Academy’s Spring Concert 2016 celebrates southern soul music 4-6 p.m. CT on Overton Square Tower Courtyard.

Nashville – A special presentation, “Speaking with the Ancestors,” with Middle Tennessee State University professor of anthropology Kevin E. Smith takes place 2 p.m. CT at the Tennessee State Museum. 

Vonore – Get a free and unique Mother’s Day card in the Cherokee Syllabary on a portable printing press by Jeff Marley, department chair at Nantahala School for the Arts at Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.

May 2

Chattanooga – The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras conclude their 30th season with a Spring Concert 7 p.m. ET at the Tivoli Theatre.

May 2-10

Clarksville – The chilling true story of crime masters who pulled off the most infamous crimes of the 20th century unfold on stage in Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

May 3

Athens – Arts on the Side features Alex Shelton and her cake decorating demonstration and tasting noon ET at The Arts Center.

May 4

Memphis – The Blues Hall of Fame Induction includes a cocktail reception and the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony by The Blues Foundation beginning 5:30 p.m. CT at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education.

May 5

Bristol, TN/VA – Sierra Hull in Concert is a collection of her new songs from her album Weighted Mind 7-9 p.m. ET at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. 

Memphis – Whet Thursday features free admission to the museum, food from Gourmade food truck, music by The Candy Company and a hands-on activity 5-8 p.m. CT at the Metal Museum.

May 5-8

Knoxville – The Knoxville Stomp is a celebration of recordings made by local and regional artists in the summer of 1929 and spring of 1930 bringing an array of musicians, writers, scholars and collectors together in venues throughout downtown Knoxville.

May 6

Collierville – Movie Mania returns with Shawn of the Sleep beginning at dusk at the Central Park roundabout at Carriage Crossing.

Memphis – Ghost of the Blues is a journey through Blues history steeped in deep emotion 7 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre.

Nashville – Enjoy free admission as part of National Public Gardens Day with live music and guided garden tours at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Download the free admission coupon at publicgardens.org.

May 7

Memphis – Willie Clayton and Charles Wilson present a Mother’s Day Southern Soul Festival 7 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre.

Union City – Kick off the Southern Nights Festival with Clark Beckham from American Idol 6 p.m. CT on the Great Lawn of Discovery Park of America.

Chattanooga – Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Glenn Miller’s song “Chattanooga Choo Choo” during the Choo Choo Jubilee 11 a.m. to midnight at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

May 8

Nashville – Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Mother’s Day Brunch featuring music from harpist Kirsten Agresta Copely and a takeaway gift for mom at Chauhan Ale & Masala House.

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