Tennessee Tourism Round Up For July 8-25

Friday, July 8, 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.

July 8-31

Memphis – Moon Vine is the world premiere story of financial hardship, family separation and change at TheatreWorks.

July 9

Knoxville – Hop on the Vintage Baseball Express train as it departs the Three Rivers Rambler’s depot at 10:30 a.m. ET and arrives at the historic Ramsey House for a Civil War-style base ball game by the Knoxville Holstons.

Knoxville – Knoxville Rugby’s 40th annual Tennessee 7’s Tournament takes place at Tennessee Rugby Park.

Lewisburg – Enjoy a glass of wine and music by David Liggett 6-9 p.m. CT at Picker’s Creek Winery.

July 9-11

Spring Hill – The Swanky Plank Vintage Marketplace includes artists and crafters with works for sale at Rippavilla Plantation.

July 10

Chattanooga –The annual Ice Cream Social includes samples from Milk & Honey, Mayfield, Ice Cream Show, Clumpies Ice Cream Co., and more at The Chattanooga Market. Tickets are $6.

July 13

Union City – Bring a telescope to enjoy a night among the stars with Dr. Lionel Crews and the University of Tennessee Martin Astrology Club for Stargazing Night 8:30-10 p.m. CT on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America. 

July 14

Collierville – The 2016 Sunset on the Square Concert Series continues with the Germantown Baptist Jazz Band on Collierville’s Main Street. 

Memphis – Tootsie is a movie about an unsuccessful actor who disguises himself as a woman to get a role on a soap opera, showing 7 p.m. CT at the Halloran Centre at The Orpheum Theatre.

Nashville – Enjoy music by Cowboy Dan and food truck offerings from Hoss’ Loaded Burgers and Retro Sno as part of Family Night Out 6:30 p.m. CT at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

July 14-15

Nashville – Begin the weekend with jazz with a performance by jazz guitarist Jerry Krahn 6-8 p.m. CT July 14 and then jazz vocalist Sonja Hopkins 6-8 p.m. CT July 15 in the Frist Center Café at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

July 14-17

Gatlinburg – Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair features more than 200 booths of arts, crafts and music from some of the nation’s finest artisans, craftspeople and musicians at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

July 14-18

Brownsville – The Summer Jamz Music Fest hosts live music at indoor and outdoor venues around Brownsville.

July 15

Collierville – Movie Mania continues with a showing of Inside Out beginning at dusk at Carriage Crossing.

Greeneville – Alternative folk music is performed by Annabelle’s Curse at The Capitol Theatre.

Nashville – Celebrate Christmas in July with specialty beers, ugly Christmas sweaters, prizes and more with drinks provided by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company 4 p.m. to close CT at Embers Ski Lodge.

July 15-16

Belvidere – Some of the best groups in bluegrass like Lone Mountain Band, Becky Buller, and Connection 27 perform for the 5th annual Circle E Guest Ranch Bluegrass Festival at Circle E Guest Ranch.

July 15, 17

Knoxville – See the classic movie The Goonies as part of Summer Movie Magic 8 p.m. ET July 15 and 2 p.m. ET July 17 at the Tennessee Theatre.

July 16

Chattanooga – The next BioBlitz helps the public identify species, celebrate environmental diversity and highlights the impact of parks 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET at Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area.

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

Paris – The Kentucky Lake Water Fun Run has boaters collect stamps at resorts for a chance to win $500 10 a.m. CT with check-in 2-4 p.m. CT at Paris Landing State Park.

Townsend – Bill Landry hosts a Cades Cove Tour departing 9:30 a.m. ET from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. The tour is approx. four hours.

Vonore – You can experience “Made in Tennessee” craftsmanship with a class on pine needle basketry with local artisan Tonya Dockery 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET at Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. Tickets are $15 with materials included.

July 17

Murfreesboro – The 3rd annual Sundae Sunday explores the science behind ice cream in honor of National Ice Cream Day 2-4 p.m. CT at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring.

July 18

Knoxville – Tarocco: A Soldier’s Tale blends circus arts, music and dance for a spellbinding performance by The Fox & Beggar Theatre 7 p.m. ET at The Bijou Theatre.

July 19

Knoxville – Garbage brings the dark, industrial sounds of their music 7 p.m. ET to The Mill & Mine.

Knoxville – Melissa Etheridge performs her legendary music 7 p.m. ET at Tennessee Theatre.

Nashville – Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint opens its downtown Nashville location.

July 23

Shiloh – The 7th annual Kids’ Fun Day highlights the experiences of the common Civil War soldier through activities and demonstrations 9 a.m. to noon CT at Shiloh National Military Park.

July 25

Maryville – Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy of romance and misadventures presented by the Tennessee Stage Company 6:30-9 p.m. ET in the Main Gallery of the Reading Rotunda of the Blount County Public Library. 

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