World-Famous Festivals, Concerts, And Bears In This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, July 29, 2016
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East Tennessee – Norris Dam celebrates 80 years of summer fun. Boating, fishing and kayaking are just some ways Tennessee visitors can commemorate this watering hole.

Memphis – Sign up for the Scarecrow Building Contest and attend the free Scarecrow Building Seminar 10 a.
m. CT Aug. 13 at Pink Palace Family of Museums’ Lichterman Nature Center.

Nashville – Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise opens July 29 through Nov. 6 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

July 30

Buffalo Valley – The American Motorcycle Association’s Pro Hillclimb series returns to Middle Tennessee Dragway 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT in conjunction with Boswell's Country Roads Harley-Davidson’s H.O.G. Rendezvous.

Memphis – Try your hand at gold leafing at this weekend’s Hands-On Activity 10 a.m. to noon CT at the Metal Museum.

July 31 

Jackson – The inaugural 731Day includes a Downtown Fun Run, Summer Swell Pop-Up Shop, a balloon fight and music at the Cumberland House.

Aug. 1-7 

Knoxville – The exhibition Photo Recollection: 8th of August Jubilee featuring photographs by Holly Raney is on view at the East Tennessee History Center.

Aug. 2 

Chattanooga – A celebration of the hundreds of farmers, artists and crafters takes place as part of National Farmers Market Week at Chattanooga Market.

Aug. 3 

Nashville – Wine and a movie sound divine? Head to the Summer Movie Series: Music Biopics Night featuring “Coat of Many Colors” at 6 p.m. CT and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” at 8 p.m. CT at City Winery.

Aug. 4 

Maryville – EmiSunshine kicks off the 2016 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series Thursdays through Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET at the Blount County Public Library.

Aug. 4-5

Nashville – Jazz guitarist Geary Moore performs 6-8 p.m. CT Aug. 4 and East Side Story brings their mix of original songs and cover tunes 6-8 p.m. Aug. 5 CT in the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Aug. 4–7

Jamestown – World’s Longest Yard Sale stretches for 690 miles along Highway 127 and is the subject of HGTV shows while also luring pickers like History Channel’s Mike Wolfe.

Aug. 5

Chattanooga – Visitors can discover new shark secrets with experts during Sharkfest at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Murfreesboro – Main Street’s Friday Night Live Concert features music from CJ Vaughn and Highway 58 with food vendors and more 6:30-9:30 p.m. CT on the Murfreesboro Public Square. The event is free and open to the public.

Aug. 5-6

Jackson – The 17th annual Rockabilly Music Festival features musicians from Sweden, Norway and around the U.S. Friday at The International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame and Saturday at The VFW on Airways Boulevard.

Aug. 6 

Townsend – Experience a chance to see bears in their natural habitat with Kim Delozier on the Searching For Bears tour 4:30-9:30 p.m. ET in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Townsend – Join author, humorist and naturalist Sam Venable on a trip to the Little River valley, Metcalf Bottoms, Elkmont and Sugarlands departing 9:30 a.m. ET from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Union City – Southern Nights Festival continues with the ever-popular The WannaBeatles performing 7 p.m. CT on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America.

Aug. 7 

Chattanooga – The finale event of Chattanooga Magazine’s Restaurant Week culminates in a live cooking competition between five local chefs at The Chattanooga Market.

Aug. 10 

Nashville – A cocktail renaissance takes place with Classic Cocktails, a night of mixing, shaking, jiggering and drinking 7-9 p.m. CT at City Winery.

Aug. 10–17

Memphis – Elvis Week is the celebration of Elvis Presley’s music, movies and life at Elvis Presley’s Graceland. The event culminates in a moving candlelight vigil.

Aug. 11 

Nashville – The Lockhorns: Together at Last is a play based on the hilarious newspaper comics performed Backstage at Chaffin’s Barn. Tickets are on sale now.

Aug. 12 

Collierville – Movie Mania continues with a screening of Monsters University beginning at dusk at Carriage Crossing.

Franklin – Celebrate Frothy Monkey’s 12th Birthday on the 12th with a beer garden, food and drink specials, music and birthday cake beginning at 2 p.m. CT at Frothy Monkey in downtown Franklin.

Aug. 13

Henderson – Enjoy a Hatchie Canoe Float for $20 per boat at Chickasaw State Park.

Spring Hill – IMPACT Festival is a family-friendly, community festival featuring music, food trucks, free tours, horse rides and more beginning at noon CT at Rippavilla Plantation.

Aug. 14

Nashville – Netflix fans of “Making a Murderer” should attend Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang & Jerry Buting: A Conversation on Justice as the two attorneys discuss the Steven Avery case 7 p.m. CT in the James K. Polk Theater. 


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