Artistic Works And Fun Fairs In This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, May 13, 2016 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit

May 14

Jackson – Enjoy music from The Allen Warren Band 8 p.

m. CT at The Little Rebel Drive Inn.

Nashville – Rob Matthews talks of his current show Dawn Watchers Watch for the Dawn 11 a.m. CT at the David Lusk Gallery Nashville.

May 14-30

Harriman – The Tennessee Medieval Faire is a step back in time to the early Middle Ages with comedy, dance, jousting and more at 550 Fiske Road.

May 15

Chattanooga – The EPB Strawberry Festival has a variety of strawberry breads, baked goods, granola and even salsa at the Chattanooga Market.

May 16-22

Memphis – Playing at The Orpheum Theatre, Bullets Over Broadway is the hilarious musical comedy written by Woody Allen of a mobster financially backing a musical to please his showgirl girlfriend. 

May 18

Nashville – Enjoy music by Silversun Pickups and Foals with Joywave 7:30 p.m. CT at Ryman Auditorium.

May 19-21

Dandridge – The Bassmasters return for the Bassmasters Open to compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes on Douglas Lake.

May 20

Bristol, TN/VA – Friends of 1927 Concert Series presents Darrell Scott, Grammy-nominated performer and recording artist, at Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Collierville – Enjoy Movie Mania with The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge Out of Water (PG) at the Central Park roundabout at Carriage Crossing.

May 20-21

Jackson – Annual Bemis Heritage Days include a recorded tour of Bemis, a performance by the W.S. Holland Band, barbecue and storytellers at the Bemis Mill Village Museum.

May 20-June 11

Clarksville – Shrek the Musical JR performed by the Roxy Regional School of the Arts is a fun adventure for the entire family at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

May 21

Chattanooga – The 2016 fundraiser, UnCorked, features a wine tasting, local cuisine and music by Smooth Dialects 6:30-10 p.m. ET at Renaissance Park.

Nashville – Enjoy a High Tea 1:30-3:30 p.m. CT with hot and cold hand-selected teas and a tier of sweet and savory snacks at the Chauhan Ale & Masala House.

New Johnsonville – The Spring Living History Event features Civil War infantry demonstrations 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Johnsonville State Historic Park.

Townsend – The 13th annual Heritage Center Gala and Auction features a dinner catered by Rothchild Catering of Knoxville along with artwork, an extensive auction and more at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 

May 22

Knoxville – Enjoy a one-stop sampling of a variety of Jewish cuisine during the inaugural Knoshville Jewish Food Festival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center.

May 23

Jonesborough – Pay tribute at Jonesborough Yarn Exchange’s Memorial Day Stories of Local Veterans and Those We Lost 7 p.m. ET at the International Storytelling Center.

Nashville – Cheese & Wine 101 features Kathleen Cotter, cheese expert and owner of The Bloomy Rind, who talks about the characteristics, pairings and styles of cheese and wine 6 p.m. CT at the City Winery.

May 26

Gatlinburg – Arrowmont’s 6th annual Shine, Wine & Dine is an evening celebrating fine art by regional and national artists, wines and more at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

May 26-28

Nashville – The Nashville Symphony Women’s Chorus featuring Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano perform Mahler’s Third Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

May 27

Nashville – Exhibitions Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975 and Inka Essenhigh: Between Worlds open at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

May 28

Memphis – In celebration of International Blacksmithing Day, blacksmithing demonstrations and competitions happen all day at the Metal Museum.

Union City – The 3rd annual Cardboad Boat Regatta combines creativity and competition to see which cardboard boat wins 11 a.m. CT at Discovery Park of America.

May 29

Jonesborough – The Veterans Memorial Musical Tribute honors all veterans featuring songs performed by the Johnson City Community Concert Band 2:30 p.m. ET at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.

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Rome, Ga., Has Inaugural Hot Air Balloon Festival

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Karen Saxton, 64, Killed In Crash On Highway 58 Saturday Afternoon

One person was killed in a crash on Highway 58 on Saturday afternoon. The victim was identified as Karen Saxton, 64. Chattanooga Police responded at 5:15 p.m. to the wreck in the 5900 block of Highway 58.  Upon arrival officers located a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Allen Dickerson in the northbound lane and the Saxton vehicle in the southbound lane. Police said ... (click for more)

Juvenile Shot On East 14th Street On Friday

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Roy Exum: On Saving A Soul

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