Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Feb. 1-14

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 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.


Baxter - Pack up your favorite cozy blanket and sip some of DelMonaco Winery’s signature wines during Fire Pit Fridays 5-7 p.

m. CT each ?Friday evening at DelMonaco Winery.

Cookeville – All aboard for Train Tales, storybook time with railroad history geared toward preschool-age children, 10:30 a.m. CT at the Cookeville Depot Museum.

Memphis – Guns, Violence & Justice is an exhibition that features artists using guns and gun references in their artwork through April 30 at The Metal Museum.

Memphis – The exhibition, EXTREME DEEP: Mission to the Abyss offers opportunities for hands-on exploration of life at the bottom of the sea currently on display through May 6 in the Bodine Exhibit Hall at the Pink Palace Museum.

Nashville – Local and regional makers can submit their artwork by Feb. 15 for the 46th annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair held May 5-7 at Centennial Park.

Feb. 1

Knoxville – Yonder Mountain String Band with The Railsplitters perform 7:30 p.m. ET with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

Feb. 1-4

Memphis – The 2017 International Blues Challenge takes place in various clubs on Beale Street with the final performances happening at The Orpheum Theatre.

Feb. 1-Feb. 12

Memphis – Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin is a play about Bayard Rustin’s life in 1963 now being performed 7:30 p.m. CT Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. CT Saturdaymatinees and 3 p.m. CT Sunday matinees at the Hattiloo Theatre.

Memphis – The Broadway musical, Rock of Ages showcases songs from Twisted Sister, REO Speedwagon, Poison and more now playing 8 p.m. CT Thursdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. CTSunday matinees at Playhouse on the Square.

Feb. 1-Feb. 28

Cookeville - Learn more about the rich heritage of the Upper Cumberland as the Cookeville History Museum unveils their latest exhibit Black History: Contributions to Life in Putnam County. The free exhibition features prominent Putnam County African-Americans throughout history with photographs, artifacts and a documentary produced by WCTE/PBS, “Everybody’s Welcome at John’s Place.” Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Tuesday-Saturday.  

Feb. 2

Jackson – Masters of Soul is a celebration of Motown and soul music 7:30 p.m. CT at The Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center.

Nashville – Way Late Play Date’s theme is travel related with activities like metal bending, hovercraft test bed, an air guitar station, time zone travel and more 6:30-10 p.m. CT at Adventure Science Center.

Nashville – The Vine & Brew kick-off party is a celebration of City Winery wine now on-tap at Tennessee Brew Works 5-8 p.m. CT at the Tennessee Brew Works taproom.

Feb. 2-4

Memphis – Seven-diamond artist Garth Brooks brings The Garth Brooks World Tour to audiences 7:30 p.m. CT at the FedEx Forum.

Nashville – The Great American Songbook features Michael Feinstein and the Nashville Symphony with songs like “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and more 7 p.m. CTFeb. 2 and 8 p.m. CT Feb. 3-4 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Feb. 3

Knoxville – Lucero with Esme Matterson performs 8 p.m. ET with doors opening at 7 p.m. ET at The Mill & Mine.

Knoxville – WIMZ presents The Black Jacket Symphony: Queen’s A Night at the Opera 8 p.m. ET with doors opening at 7 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Theatre.

Memphis – Rock the Presidents is the history of U.S. presidents told through rock, pop and folk music 6:30 p.m. CT at the Orpheum Theatre.

Murfreesboro – Princess Night invites all little princesses to don their favorite princess costume or dress to the “Wedding Dresses Through the Decades” exhibit and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate in the museum gift shop 4-7 p.m. CT at the Oaklands Mansion.

Feb. 3-5

Nashville – Nate Berkus is the 2017 keynote speaker for the Antiques & Garden Show Nashville 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Feb. 3-5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Feb. 5 at the Music City Center.

Feb. 3-12

Spring City – The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is a murder mystery lightened by comedic antics with performances 7:30 p.m. ET Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 10-11 and 2 p.m. ET Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 at the Tennessee Valley Theatre.

Feb. 4

Jackson – Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty is the off-Broadway hit of three former First Ladies who share their secrets 3 p.m. CT at the Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center.

Feb. 4-5

Memphis – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2D repertory film) plays on-screen 4 p.m. CT in the CTI Giant 3D Theater in the Pink Palace Museum.

Feb. 5

Clarksville – See the Disney classic Toy Story as part of the Planters Bank Presents...Film Series 2 p.m. CT at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Union City – The popular Wings to SOAR program features all kinds of birds 1:30 p.m. CT and 3:30 p.m. CT in the Reelfoot Room of Discovery Park of America.

Feb. 10

Memphis – The Illusionists – Live From Broadway is full of magic tricks and death-defying stunts 8 p.m. CT Feb. 102 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT Feb. 11; and 1 p.m. CT and 6:30 p.m. CTFeb. 12 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Nashville – The exhibitions, Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan, and Korea and Claire Morgan: Stop Me Feeling, open at Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The Secrets of Buddhist Art exhibition’s opening ceremony includes the start of a sand mandala painting 1:30 p.m. CT Feb. 10-14.

Feb. 10-11

Nashville – Pines of Rome are performances of works by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Barber and Respighi 8 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Feb. 10-12

Upper Cumberland – The Chocolate Lovers’ Wine Trail features all eight Upper Cumberland wineries and chocolate delights paired with a special Tennessee wine 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CTFeb. 10-11 and noon to 5 p.m. CT Feb. 12 at Chestnut Hill, Stonehaus, Highland Manor, Holly Ridge, Northfield, DelMonaco, Cellar 53, and Red Barn wineries.

Feb. 10-14

Nashville – Sing Me a Love Song Staycation is a romantic getaway package that features a love song for each couple written by a Nashville songwriter that will be printed and framed, champagne, chocolate, breakfast for two and overnight accommodations at Union Station Hotel. 

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