Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, September 2, 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.


Knoxville – The Broadway musical Violet tells the story of a disfigured woman who takes a journey by bus from North Carolina, through Tennessee, to Oklahoma to be healed.

It's performed through Sept. 18 at the Clarence Brown Theatre.

Nashville – Enjoy the flavors of the month: German chocolate, lemon meringue, olive oil, and peanut butter jelly available through September at Sprinkles Cupcakes on 12 South Ave.

Sept. 2-11

Martin – Experience competitions, activities and live music performances by Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, Plain White T’s and Brothers Osborne among others during the Soybean Festival.

Memphis – The Delta Fair & Music Festival includes pig races, carnival rides, petting zoo, tractor pulls, goat shows, music and more at the Agricenter International.

Sept. 3

Shiloh – Enjoy classical sounds under Tennessee stars during the Sunset Symphony 5 p.m. CT at Shiloh National Military Park.

Sept. 5

Union City – Have Labor Day fun with inflatables, magic shows, train rides along with 20 craftsmen 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at Discovery Park of America.

Sept. 6

Athens – Arts on the Side is a walking lunch and tour of downtown Athens square noon ET at The Arts Center.

Sept. 7-11

Nashville – Marine Week Nashville offers more than 80 free, public events ranging from music to military demonstrations and taps played 10 p.m. CT city-wide.

Sept. 8-10

Cornersville – The 10th annual Living History Weekend hosts the 19th Alabama Civilian Corps Volunteers who demonstrate life during the Civil War. Other activities include demonstrations, vendors, traveler’s cottage and exhibits, living history and more 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at Lairdland Farm House.

Memphis – The Southern Heritage Classic is a football match-up between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University preceded by fun events.

Sept. 9

Nashville – Ben Folds with the Nashville Symphony kick off their 10th anniversary season with a night of pop hits and Folds’ critically-acclaimed concerto 8 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Sept. 9-10

Cookeville – Fall Funfest is a wealth of music, arts, food and fun in downtown Cookeville.

Eagleville – The 29th annual Pioneer Power Days is an antique tractor pull and gas engine show including crafts, exhibits, demonstrations and more 7 a.m. CT daily at the Eagleville Tractor Show Grounds.

Memphis – The inaugural Bass Pro Shops Mississippi River Monsters Catfishing Tournament is held on the Mississippi River with many events happening at the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

Millington – Get ready for the fun and funky, family-friendly Goat Days Family Festival at USA Stadium Complex.

Sept. 9-18

Knoxville – The Tennessee Valley Fair includes music by Styx, Gary Allan, Lauren Daigle, Emily Ann Roberts, a demolition derby, tractor pull, Battle at Bristol Tailgating Party, 10 Days of Giveaways and more at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center.

Nashville – Evita, a collaboration between Studio TENN and Tennessee Performing Arts Center, stars Broadway’s Eden Espinosa as Argentina’s First Lady in the Andrew Jackson Hall at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Spring City – Steel Magnolias, the iconic comedy-drama set in Louisiana, is performed at the Tennessee Valley Theatre.

Sept. 10

Bristol – Battle at Bristol, college football’s biggest game in history takes place when the Volunteers of the University of Tennessee battle it out against the Hokies of Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Charleston – International Cowpea Festival & Cookoff is a cook-off focusing on cowpea recipes. A marketplace, pageant, entertainment and a heritage area are included.

Jackson – The Casey Jones Village Old Time Music Festival is an outdoor music festival dedicated to preserving old-time string, bluegrass and gospel music at Casey Jones Village.

McMinnville – Wood & Wire and Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass perform 1 p.m. CT at Bluegrass Underground in Cumberland Caverns.

Memphis – Booker T. Jones is a Grammy Award-winning artist who brings his modern soul music 7:30 p.m. CT to the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum Theatre.

Sept. 10-22

Vonore – The 25th Cherokee Fall Festival features Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance, a blacksmith shop and special demonstrations on Cherokee life in the 1700s 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.

Sept. 11

Chattanooga – Run of Honor 8k and 1-mile run is held to honor the public servants of the community 7:45 a.m. ET beginning at the Chattanooga Market.

Jackson – Arts at the Market, the 5th annual Arts and Craft Show welcomes local and regional artists talented in woodcrafts, painting, jewelry, candles, photography and more 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the West Tennessee Farmers Market.

Memphis – Inside the Collections: 10th Anniversary Gates is an in-depth presentation by the Metal Museum’s Registrar on the gates of the Metal Museum 2-2:30 p.m. CT at the Metal Museum.

Nashville – Boyz II Men with the Nashville Symphony bring their mega-hits of Motown 7:30 p.m. CT to Ascend Amphitheater.

Sept. 13-18

Jackson – The West TN State Fair is filled with animal exhibits, livestock shows, petting zoo, art, food, rides and more at Fairgrounds Park. 

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