Tennessee Tourism Round Up For May 21-June 8

Friday, May 20, 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 – Receive reciprocal, half-off admission to see Macchine Italiane: A Tour of Italy’s Motoring Spirit through Oct.

9 at Lane Motor Museum and Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975 through Oct. 10 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nashville – Neil Simon’s classic Rumors runs through June 5 at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.

May 21

Nashville – Styx with the Nashville Symphony perform their classic hits 8 p.m. CT at Ascend Amphitheater.

Nashville – Celebrate World Whisky Day with the whiskey of the month, Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon at Embers Ski Lodge in Nashville’s 12South neighborhood. 

May 21-29

Jonesborough – Sense & Sensibility is Jane Austen’s classic novel performed on stage at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre.

May 22

Chattanooga – Mountain View Bluegrass provides foot-stomping music all day at Chattanooga Market.

May 21-22

Elizabethton – Nearly 200 living history persons reenact the 1776 Siege of Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

May 23

Cookeville – The 28th annual Run for the Wall motorcycle event, honoring veterans, POWs/MIAs, makes Cookeville a major stop in their cross-country route to Arlington with more than 300 riders arriving into town 4:30 p.m. CT down Jefferson Avenue.

Jonesborough – The live show of local stories, “I Didn’t Join, I Was Drafted” takes place 7 p.m. ET at the International Storytelling Center.

May 24

Nashville – The Grand Ole Opry salutes the 75th anniversary of the USO with a red carpet arrival and special show featuring Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels Band, Lee Greenwood, the Oak Ridge Boys and more 5:45 p.m. CT at the Grand Ole Opry.

May 25

Nashville – Join winery production winemaker Bill Anton and assistant winemaker Laura Cypress as they take a look at basic winemaking and advanced techniques 6 p.m. CT at City Winery.

May 26-29

Crawford – The Spring Music Festival: Americana Roots Music, Camping & Arts Festival features music by Guy Marshall, Little Johnny Kantreed, Hackensaw Boys, Barstool Romeos, Wild Ponies, Charly Horse, Jimmy Davis and more at Jammin at Hippie Jack’s.

May 27

Nashville – Zoovie Nights kick off with the showing of Minions beginning at sundown at Nashville Zoo.

May 27-28

Lewisburg – Festival on the Rocks BBQ Cook-off Competition is filled with barbecue, cooking and competition at Rock Creek Park.

May 28

Memphis – International Blacksmiths Day is features blacksmithing demonstrations 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at The Metal Museum.

May 28-29

Brownsville – Exit 56 Blues Fest is two days of live music from the porch of the last home of blues legend Sleepy John Estes at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

May 28-30

Shiloh – A concert, artillery demonstrations, special exhibits,ranger-guided tours and a Memorial Day service take place at Shiloh National Military Park.

May 29

Jackson – Touch a Truck Day invites guests to explore police cars, limousines, helicopters, firetrucks and more at Fairgrounds Park.

May 30

Memphis – Fans of Star Trek celebrate its 50th anniversary with the showing of Star Trek First Contact, Star Trek 2009, and Star Trek into Darkness 4 p.m. CT at The Pink Palace Family of Museums.

May 31

Nashville – The Music of Elton John with Michael Cavanaugh & the Nashville Symphony is presented 7:30 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

June 1

Bristol, TN/VA – Learn about Vintage Base Ball from Adam Alfrey of the Knoxville Holstons Vintage Base Ball Club 6:30-8 p.m. ET at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Lewisburg – The new Bonjour Boutique opens for business beside Tillis Jewelry on the Lewisburg Square.

June 2

Collierville – The 2016 Sunset on the Square Concert Series kicks off with Wolf River Rednecks on Main Street in downtown Collierville.

June 2, 3

Memphis – Kick off the 2016 Summer Movie Series with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 7 p.m. CT June 2 and Beverly Hills Cop 7 p.m. CT June 3 at The Orpheum Theatre. 

June 3

Collierville – The next outdoor family-friendly movie is Minions as part of Movie Mania at Carriage Crossing.

Knoxville – Enjoy music by The Tallest Man on Earth 7 p.m. ET at the Bijou Theatre.

Memphis – Peter and the Starcatcher, based on the novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson, comes to the stage through June 26 at The Circuit Playhouse.

Nashville – Brew at the Zoo includes animal encounters, live music, local food trucks and 100 craft beers on tap 6:30-11 p.m. CT at the Nashville Zoo.

June 4

Dover – Take a day trip to Fort Donelson National Battlefield with the Tennessee State Museum departing 7:30 a.m. CT and returning approx. 4:30 p.m. CT from the Tennessee State Museum on Charlotte Ave. and 10th Ave. North.

Red Boiling Springs – The Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival features old-time medicine and natural healing, arts and crafts, and live demonstrations 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT in downtown Red Boiling Springs.

Union City – Beloved characters Peg + Cat spend a day visiting guests at Discovery Park of America.

June 5

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

June 8

Nashville – Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam welcomes country music stars 10 p.m. CT at the Ryman Auditorium. 

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The mission of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is to motivate travel to and within Tennessee by inspiring enjoyment, creating memories, producing a desire to return, and establishing key long-term relationships that result in visitors becoming residents. The promise of Tennessee—the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll—is to be the global music destination of choice. To deliver an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”

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