Tennessee Tourism Announces June-December Events

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tennessee Tourism has posted their schedule of events from June through December.

"Tennessee welcomes summer with music festivals galore from traditional bluegrass to country to rock and hip hop. More than 10 stages are filled at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester; bluegrass is celebrated at Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival in Dunlap and Defeated Creek Bluegrass Festival in Carthage.

"In the fall, gear up for Justin Timberlake at Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin and Gonerfest in Memphis. Couple these with arts and crafts events, barbecue competitions, and holiday family fun for endless reasons to come back to Tennessee again and again" officials said.

JUNE 

June 1-3
Memphis – The Memphis Italian Festival is a community celebration that demonstrates the values of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition with music, food, events, games, arts and crafts and more. memphisitalianfestival.com

June 2-3
Camden – Weave In is the basket-weaving event hosted by the West TN Basket Build at Briarwood School in Camden. bentoncountycamden.com

Dunlap – Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival celebrates the traditional bluegrass music of the Sequatchie Valley region. Guests can explore the 88-acre Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Museum, which preserves the remains of 268 beehive coke ovens that were part of a former coal mining operation dating back to the early 1900s. cokeovens.com

Johnson City – The Blue Plum Festival is an outdoor music and arts festival in downtown Johnson City that features children’s entertainment, music and more. blueplum.org

June 2-10
Oak Ridge – The Secret City Festival has inflatables for kids, a petting zoo, zip line, crafts, vendors, giveaways, food, music, historic memorabilia and more. secretcityfestival.com

June 3
Red Boiling Springs – Folk Medicine Festival celebrates the restorative power of nature with healing arts practitioners and folk art. maconcountychamber.org

June 3-4
Lenoir City – Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival is located on the banks of Fort Loudoun Lake with more than 200 vendors offering ceramics, glassware, metal work, baskets and jewelry. lenoircityartsandcraftsfestival.com

June 5-11
Memphis – FEDEX St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind has been held annually since 1958. The professional golf tournament is a regular event on the PGA Tour. stjudeclassic.com

June 8-10 
Elizabethton – The Covered Bridge Celebration is a free event that includes four days of live music, artisan crafts and food in the Covered Bridge Park. elizabethtonchamber.com

June 8-11
Manchester – Bonnaroo Music Festival features more than 10 stages and welcomes the best performers in rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica and more. bonnaroo.com

Nashville – CMA Music Festival is “country music’s biggest party” that brings country fans and artists together for four days and nights of live music. cmafest.com

June 9-10
Carthage – Defeated Creek Bluegrass Festival is an annual fundraiser festival for the Defeated Creek Fire Department that features music, food and fun at the Defeated Creek Marina. visitsmithcountytn.com

June 9-17
Chattanooga – Riverbend Festival has multiple stages of diverse music, fireworks, 5K and 10K runs, and a children’s village. riverbendfestival.com

June 9-July 28
McMinnville – Main Street Live! Concerts on the Plaza happen on Thursday evenings with local food vendors, a beer garden and live music. It’s your kick-back destination. 931-506-5335

June 9-July 29
Gatlinburg – Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is the summer session of musicians, taking place each night in downtown Gatlinburg.

June 10 
New Johnsonville – KY Lake Strike King Open Bass Tournament is an open bass tournament on the Tennessee River at Pebble Isle Marina. visithumphreys.com

Selmer – Rockabilly Highway Revival is the annual festival featuring rockabilly music from old and new artists alike. The music, motorcycles, hot-rods, and food are a perfect way to kick off summer. selmerrockabilly.com

June 16-17
Newport – Moonshine Rod Run is hosted by The Hard Times Street Rod Club with hot rods, food and fun, all enjoyed for free by spectators. hardtimesstreetrodclub.com

June 17
Bell Buckle – RC MoonPie Festival is a Southern tradition with music, games, crafts and cutting the world’s largest MoonPie. bellbucklechamber.com

June 17-18
Roan Mountain – The Rhododendron Festival is a springtime tradition that hails the blooming of the world-famous rhododendron gardens atop Roan Mountain. 800-250-8620

June 17-Aug. 6
Pigeon Forge – Summer Lives Here is Dollywood’s summer celebration with extended park hours, fireworks and more throughout the park. Keep checking dollywood.com for event updates.

June 22-24
Lynchburg – Frontier Days has street dances, a carnival, costume contests and more. 931-759-4111

June 23-25
Knoxville – 2017 USA Cycling National Road & Time-Trial Championships attract the best cyclists, the highest level of competition and a jam-packed weekend. The 2017 men’s and women’s national champions are crowned here. usacycling.org

June 30-July 1 
Savannah – The 39th annual Bluegrass Festival features the hometown legend national fiddling champion, Wayne Jerrolds. tourhardincounty.org

Smithville – Smithville’s Fiddler’s Jamboree & Crafts Festival features various state and national championships, jam sessions and juried craft exhibitors.

June 30-July 2
Jonesborough – Jonesborough Days is a patriotic celebration with a low-country shrimp boil, live music, parade, fireworks, kids’ activities and craft vendors. jonesborough.com

JULY

July 1 
Hurricane Mills – Loretta Lynn performs a Remembering Conway Tribute each July 4th weekend with a concert on Saturday. Performers include Michael and Tre Twitty, Loretta Lynn and more. lorettalynn.com

July 3
Collierville – Independence Day Celebration has one of the largest fireworks displays in the mid-South and celebrates with music, food trucks and more. colliervilleparks.org/special-events

Hendersonville – Freedom Fest has craft booths, music, children’s play area, food and fireworks at dark. visitsumnertn.com

July 4
Gatlinburg – The Midnight Independence Day Parade is the “First July Fourth Parade of the Nation,” kicking off at 12:01 a.m. July 4. Illuminated floats, balloons and marching bands pay tribute to the U.S. gatlinburg.com

Jackson – Firefighter’s Freedom Festival has free games, entertainment, fireworks and food at McKellar-Sipes Airport. jacksontn.com/tourism

Nashville – Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City! is one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays, featuring live music, family activities and food. visitmusiccity.com

Norris – July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot at the Museum of Appalachia celebrates July 4th in an unusual and dramatic fashion with historic anvil shoots, arts and crafts, bluegrass and more. museumofappalachia.org

Pickwick Dam – The annual July 4th Fireworks Festival has family-friendly fun and a spectacular fireworks show displayed over Pickwick Lake. 731-689-3129

Pigeon Forge – Patriot Festival has live music, family-friendly activities, food vendors and a fireworks show at Patriot Park. mypigeonforge.com

July 7-8
Murfreesboro – Uncle Dave Macon Days Music and Arts Festival honors the memory of Uncle Dave Macon, one of the first Grand Ole Opry superstars, and features music, arts and crafts, food, storytelling and competitions. uncledavemacondays.com

July 13-15
Spring Hill – Swanky Plank is the place to shop the best antique, vintage, repurposed and handmade treasures, have lunch and listen to music. rippavilla.org

July 13-15, 20-22, 27-29
Elizabethton – Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals is Tennessee’s official outdoor drama and has a three-weekend run beginning 7:30 p.m. each evening Thursdays through Saturdays in Fort Watauga Amphitheater. friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

July 14-15
Townsend – Summer Jam All Volkswagen Car Show displays all kinds of Volkswagen vehicles, children’s activities, a swap meet, new and used parts vendors and more. 865-448-2465

July 14-22
Kingsport – Fun Fest has live concerts, children’s activities, and hot air balloons for this family-friendly festival. funfest.net

July 14-23
Gatlinburg – Summer Craftman’s Fair was voted one of the Southeast’s “Most Popular Events” as it hosts artisans and craftsmen from all over the U.S. with more than 200 booths. craftsmenfair.com

July 15
Paris – Kentucky Lake Water Fun Run is held on the Kentucky Lake every third week of July. Players travel to area resorts, getting a card stamped. Poker hands are played with a chance to win. paristnchamber.com

July 26-29
Lawrenceburg – James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival celebrates the birthplace of Southern gospel music, Lawrenceburg, at the Historic Crockett Theatre. lawrenceburgtn.gov

July 28-30
Rutledge – Grainger County Tomato Festival has events that include a Civil War encampment, arts and cultural exposition, tomato wars, entertainment and more. graingercountytomatofestival.com

July 28-29
McEwen – 163rd Annual Irish Picnic serves up 16,000 pounds of brisket and 4,200 chicken halves with secret sauce as well as games, live entertainment and dancing. 931-582-3493

AUGUST

Aug. 3-6
Jamestown – The Highway 127 Sale is the world’s longest yard sale that attracts celebrities like actress Gwyneth Paltrow and “American Picker” Mike Wolfe who are known to browse the antiques and wares of the 690 miles. 127sale.com

Aug. 5
Big Sandy – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hosts the Waterfowl Festival, the annual West Tennessee Duck Blind Drawing at Big Sandy City Park. Vendors, food, games and fun are all here during this sportsmen frenzy. bentoncountycamden.com

Aug. 11-12
Johnson City – Little Chicago Downtown Music & Arts Festival fills the streets of downtown Johnson City with families and fans enjoying regional music, fine arts and crafts, and local eats. littlechicagofestival.com

Aug. 11-13
Lawrenceburg – David Crockett Days takes guests back to the 1840s for a celebration of Crockett’s birthday with shooting matches, tomahawk throwing, fire starting, crafts of the times, food and wares. 931-762-9408

Aug. 11-19
Memphis – Elvis Week celebrates its 40th anniversary of commemorating Elvis Presley’s music, movies and life which includes a moving candlelight vigil. graceland.com

Aug. 12
Springville – The Hummingbird Banding Event takes place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as licensed banders tag hummingbirds. Guests can have up-close interaction with the hummingbirds, ask questions and assist with releases from the patio of the new Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. 731-642-2091

Aug. 12-13
Wartburg – 37th annual Heritage Day Festival features craftspeople, demonstrators and musicians from around the region who perform throughout the day at Frozen Head State Park. 423-346-3318

Aug. 16-20
Gatlinburg – Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival honors the craft of songwriting from the songwriters themselves as they fill venues with ongoing performances for four days throughout Gatlinburg. smswf.com

Aug. 18
Maynardville – Big Ridge State Park Annual Bluegrass Festival is an evening of bluegrass music from local musicians, vendors and wares from local artists at Big Ridge State Park. 865-992-5523

Aug. 18-26
Lebanon – The Wilson County Fair has a packed schedule of live music, pageants, tractor pulls, games, livestock shows, demolition derbies and much more. wilsoncountyfair.net

Aug. 19
Bristol – When the sun goes down, the track heats up at Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, the popular NASCAR night battle at Bristol Motor Speedway. bristolmotorspeedway.com

Aug. 21
Statewide – Tennessee cities and towns are planning family-friendly events around the 2017 Eclipse as the state is in the direct line of viewing for the natural occurrence. tnvacation.com/articles/where-experience-tennessee-total-solar-eclipse

Aug. 24-Sept. 2
Shelbyville – Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is the world championship of Tennessee’s native breed of show horse and welcomes division champions who compete for top honors. The World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse is also named. twhnc.com

Aug. 25-26
McKenzie – Southern Fried and Sweet Tea Festival has fried chicken, fried catfish, fried green tomatoes and so much more. Wash it all down with refreshing sweet tea while enjoying a variety of entertainment. mckenzietn.gov

Aug. 27
Knoxville – Knox Asian Festival is an exciting outdoor event, involving cultural exhibits, food, performances and more from China, Japan, Korea, India and Thailand. knoxasianfestival.com

Aug. 29-Sept. 2
Columbia – The Maury County Fair has 4-H blue ribbon competitions, beef and dairy cattle shows, music, food, motocross, amusement park rides and Fairest of the Fair competitions. maurycountyfair.com

Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Summertown – Bluegrass Reunion includes live music, dancing, crafts, instrument vendors, contests, camping and good food. summertownbluegrassreunion.com

SEPTEMBER 

Sept. 1-2
Benton County – Bargain Highway Weekend welcomes thousands who enter Benton County for 30 miles worth of yard sales from one end of the county to the other. bentoncountycamden.com

Sept. 1-4
Rickman – Muddy Roots Music Festival has been named by Rolling Stone as one of the top festivals of the year. Music includes hillbilly, bluegrass and punk. muddyrootsrecords.com

Sept. 1-10
Memphis – Delta Fair & Music Fest has live music, festival food, helicopter rides, pig races, redneck yacht races, bike night, street performers, a petting zoo and carnival rides for the kids. deltafest.com

Sept. 2 
Morristown – The 3rd Annual Latin Food Festival at Rose Center is a feast for the senses incorporating traditional Latino and Hispanic customs, food and entertainment. 423-586-3083

Mountain City – Long Journey Home is a heritage, music and arts celebration. longjourneyhome.net

Sept. 2-3
Memphis – Memphis Music & Heritage Festival transforms downtown Memphis for a celebration of music, arts, dances and food with more than 100 performers, hosted by the Center for Southern Folklore. southernfolklore.com/festival

Sept. 7-9
Martin – The Soybean Festival has more than 50 events including live music that celebrates agriculture and a tiny, yet worthy, vegetable. tnsoybeanfestival.org

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

Pulaski – Find the answer to the age-old question, “Where’s the Beef?” with Here’s the Beef, a festival full of agricultural pride in Middle Tennessee’s beef cattle industry. gileshtb.com

Sept. 8-9
Cookeville – Fall Funfest is Cookeville’s Main Street music festival that includes live music, arts and craft vendors, food and fun for the whole family. fallfunfest.com

Millington – 28th annual International Goat Days Festival includes a goat show, barbecue competition, antique tractor show, tractor pull, catch and release fishing rodeo, pancake breakfast and more. millingtontn.gov

Red Boiling Springs – Mid TN AACA Car Show is the annual antique car show where antique enthusiasts come from across the U.S. to the Thomas House Hotel. midtennaaca.org

Sept. 8-10
Spencer – 39th annual Mountaineer Folk Festival features handmade crafts, traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cookin’ and much more. 800-250-8610

Sept. 9
Charleston – International Cowpea Festival & Cookoff focuses on cowpea recipes while hosting a marketplace, pageant, entertainment and a heritage area. cowpeafestival.com

Gallatin – Farm to Table Dinner features locally-grown food along with wine tastings and music, all under a beautifully-lit tent for added ambiance. visitsumnertn.com

Sept. 9-10
Germantown – Germantown Festival is a free family weekend with arts and crafts, rides and games, live stage entertainment, car exhibits and the Running of the Weenies Dachshund race. germantownfest.com

Vonore – Cherokee Fall Festival is hosted by Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally-owned museum. See Cherokee dances, demonstrations, food, crafts and music. sequoyahmuseum.org

Woodbury – The White Oak Craft Fair hosts the top craft artisans from the region. artscenterofcc.com

Sept. 12-17
Nashville – Americana Music Festival & Conference hosts legendary artists, rising stars, industry professionals and music fans that flock to this educational music forum and festival. americanamusic.org

Sept. 14-16
Buchanan – The Mid-South Motorcycle Rally is a fun-filled, three-day event with a parade, fun run, Boss Hoss raffle, demonstration rides and live entertainment. 731-642-4311

Kodak – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival has three days of music from the nation’s best bluegrass musicians. dumplinvalleybluegrass.com

Sept. 16
Crossville – Cumberland Hispanic Festival features artists representing Hispanic cultures from around the world who gather on the ground of the Cumberland County Fairground to engage audiences with art, music and dance. welcomingamerica.org

Memphis – 30th annual Cooper-Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people and culture with live music, art vendors, handcrafted goods, a kids’ play area, festival food and local brews. cooperyoungfestival.com

Oneida – Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival is a fun day of stories, music, crafts and more at the Bandy Creek Field. discoverscott.com

Union City – The Great American Airshow welcomes thousands who watch planes swirl and twirl in the sky above Discovery Park of America. The event is free and open to the public. discoveryparkofamerica.com

Sept. 16-17
Eva – Rock ‘N Race Weekend includes the Eva Beach Music Festival that has arts, crafts, performances and more; and The Amazing Race, a competition in a variety of sports on Sunday. bentoncountycamden.com

Pinson – Archaeofest 2017 celebrates Native American culture with demonstrations, dancing and authentic crafts. 731-988-5614

Sept. 21-23
Algood – Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival is full of beautiful quilt displays, a quilt barn tour, auction, square dancing exhibitions, crafts and a country store. quilt-festival.com

Sept. 22-23
Sweetwater – National Muscadine Festival is held in downtown Sweetwater with live music, parades, muscadine stompers, wine tastings, U-pick muscadine shuttle farm and barbecue contests. nationalmuscadinefestival.com

Sept. 22-24
Paris – Eye Full of Paris Weekend is a celebration of the arts during three full days of visual and performing arts in a variety of venues. visitdowntownparis.com

Sept. 23
Huntingdon – One Way Music & Arts Festival has music, entertainment and artistic flair that come together to celebrate the rich history of Huntingdon. dixiepac.net

Sept. 23-24
Crossville – Homesteads Apple Festival is focused on the Homesteads with entertainment, crafts and apples of all kinds. 931-456-9663

Franklin – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival features Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, Mavis Staples, Walk the Moon, The Avett Brothers and many more 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Park at Harlinsdale. pilgrimagefestival.com

Sept. 24-30
Pigeon Forge – The National Quartet Convention is the biggest event in Southern gospel music that draws more than 40,000 individuals to the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. natqc.com

Sept. 28-Oct. 1
Memphis – Gonerfest brings together bands for four days and three nights of rock ‘n’ roll mayhem. goner-records.com

Sept. 29-30
Bartlett – Bartlett Festival has great local music, dancing, “Beards of Bartlett” contest, arts and crafts, a car show, children’s activities and a barbecue cooking contest. cityofbartlett.org

Henderson – Chester County BBQ Festival serves up famous Chester County barbecue and live entertainment, street vendors and has a kids zone. chestercountychamber.com

Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Jackson – Casey Jones Village Old Time Music Festival is an outdoor festival dedicated to preserving old-time string, bluegrass and gospel music at Casey Jones Village. caseyjones.com

Jackson – The African Street Festival promotes African culture awareness with entertainment, workshops, educational seminars and more. saaca.com

Tiptonville – Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival invites attendees to explore more than 300 exhibitors including artists, potters, carvers, jewelry makers, music, barbecue, fried pies, ice cream and more. reelfootartsandcrafts.com

Sept. 29-Oct. 28
Pigeon Forge – Harvest Festival: Great Pumpkin Luminights is a new nighttime event during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival that features fabulous fall pumpkin illumination. dollywood.com

Sept. 30
Carthage – William Walton Days has food, great shopping and entertainment while stepping into the pioneer days at Courthouse Square. smithcountychamber.org

Caryville – Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival is set amid the natural beauty of Cove Lake State Park featuring live music, heritage crafts, regional arts and quilts, and children’s entertainment and activities. louiebluie.org

Dandridge – Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival has Scottish and Irish music, Bagpipe & Drum Band Playoff Challenge, Highland dancing, Irish step dancing and more. scots-irish.com

Tazewell – Smoke in the Valley Festival has live music, drinks, food and more at this family-friendly festival on a 70-acre farm. smokeinthevalleytn.com

Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Memphis – Bona Fide Blues Festival hosts one stage for two days with no light shows or auto-tune. Just down and dirty, authentic blues played by some of the best Memphis musicians. bonafidebluesfest.com

OCTOBER 

Oct. 1-7
Rutherford – Davy Crockett Days are centered around Crockett’s last home and features a grand parade, food, street dances, a block party, fireworks and bluegrass music. 731-665-7223

Oct. 4-28
Granville – Scarecrow Walk & Fall Celebration welcomes autumn with quilts, scarecrows, a Fall Arts Festival and demonstrations including cooking, wood carving and much more. granvilletn.com

Oct. 5-7
Livingston – Rollercoaster Yard Sale has 150 miles of yard sales, crafts, antiques and flea markets. overtonco.com

Oct. 6-7
Erwin – Unicoi County Apple Festival has vendors, apple dishes, crafts, children’s area and entertainment. unicoicounty.org

Oct. 6-8
Jonesborough – National Storytelling Festival is a three-day event featuring compelling performances by internationally-known professional storytellers. storytellingcenter.net

Sevierville – Robert A. Tino Smoky Mountain Homecoming welcomes guests to explore landscape artist Robert A. Tino’s work, local crafts, bluegrass music, good ol’ Southern food, kids’ art classes and a pick-n-paint pumpkin patch.

Oct. 7
Lynchburg – Cruisin’ The Hollow fills up Wiseman Park with Corvettes of every color and year. It’s a walk down memory lane or a dream come true for car enthusiasts of all ages. lynchburgtn.com

Oct. 7-8
Centerville – National Banana Pudding Festival is a national cook-off to determine the best banana pudding in America that also hosts two entertainment stages, a children’s area, craft booths, lots of pudding samples and more. bananapuddingfest.org

Oct. 12-14
Clarksville – Miss Tennessee USA and Miss Tennessee Teen USA Pageants are held at Austin Peay State University as the next queen is crowned. 931-647-2331

Oct. 13-14
Hohenwald – Oktober Heritage Festival celebrates the founding of one of three German/Swiss towns in Tennessee and being a national monument to Meriwether Lewis. hohenwaldlewischamber.com

Lewisburg – The Goats, Music and More Festival features free concerts nightly by big-name musical acts, goat shows, kids’ games and rides, arts, crafts, food and more. goatsmusicandmore.com

Oct. 13-15
Rogersville – Heritage Days features music, storytellers, dancers, kid’s activities, demonstrations of pioneer skills, antique quilts, cars and farm equipment, and a juried craft show. rogersvilleheritage.org

Oct. 14
Grand Junction – Ames Plantation Heritage Festival is a blend of educational demonstrations, hands-on activities and a wide selection of traditional skills and handcrafted items. amesplantation.org

Jackson – Bagel and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour is a series of fundraising bicycle rides of 14, 32, 64 and 100 miles that travel through Pinson Mounds State Park and Chickasaw State Park.

LaFollette – Big Creek ATV Festival has guided ATV rides beginning in historic downtown LaFollette full of heavenly views from more than 600 miles of ATV trails in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains. lafollettetn.gov

Savannah – Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run Downtown Savannah Concert is a fundraiser by Darryl Worley’s foundation that helps neighbors in need and national charities. tnriverrun.org

Sparta – Liberty Square Celebration & Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day welcomes visitors around the U.S. to come pay tribute to the bluegrass legend with a full day of music, crafts, food, games, truck and car shows and much more. sparta-chamber.net

Oct. 16-29
Rocky Top – Norris Dam State Park’s Annual Fall Color Trips feature a one-hour pontoon boat trip 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Norris Lake to view fall colors and wildlife. Canoes are $7 per person. 865-426-7461

Oct. 19-21
Oliver Springs – Windrock Park Fall Jamboree has guided rides, rock crawls, drag races, mud bogs, live music and more with more than 72,000 acres of off-road adventure for the entire family. windrockpark.com

Oct. 20-21
Celina – Moonshine Daze is a light-hearted and entertaining heritage celebration in downtown Celina. 931-243-3338

Nashville – 14th annual Tennessee History Festival makes history come alive as living historians present demonstrations, re-enactments and other programs at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. 615-741-5800

Oct. 20-22, Oct. 27-31
Memphis – The Memphis Zoo Boo is the zoo’s most spook-tacular event with more events than ever like a costume contest, straw maze and more. memphiszoo.org

Oct. 21
Lawrenceburg – Halloween History Trail is a dark path with enchanted creatures that greet visitors at this slightly spooky but very fun Halloween event at David Crockett State Park. 931-762-9408

Oct. 21-22
Whitwell – Visitors can watch the operation of the only remaining water-powered gristmill in the area with parts dating back to 1824 at Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair. Buy quality crafts, paddle a canoe, enjoy good country cooking and listen to music. ketnersmill.org

Oct. 27-29
Memphis – The 10th annual RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of original fine arts from more than 180 artists, Memphis music and great Southern food with activities for all. riverartsmemphis.org

Morristown – Mountain Makins Festival is hosted at the historic 1892 Rose Center, filled with juried fine arts and crafts, live music, dancing, storytelling, children’s activities, food and expert demonstrations of time-honored traditions. rosecenter.org

Oct. 28
Linden – Come join the fun of a Haunted Hay Ride through the backroads of the park with ghosts and goblins around every turn at Mousetail Landing State Park. 731-847-0841

Livingston – Fall-O-Ween in Livingston has more than 100 booths for trick-or-treating, games with prizes, bouncy houses, hay/wagon rides, music and ghost stories. The event is free and open to the public. overtonco.com

Lynchburg – Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue has been touted as the most prestigious barbecue competition in the world. jackdaniels.com

Spring Hill – Vines and Vintage is one of only six state-sanctioned wine festivals in Tennessee. Join the annual event filled with wine, music, antiques and artisans at Rippavilla Plantation. rippavilla.org

NOVEMBER 

Nov. 1-6
Memphis – Indie Memphis Film Festival is a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists and audiences bringing a broad range of independent features, documentaries and shorts to Memphis. indiememphis.com

Nov. 3-4
Eva – Battle of Johnsonville Commemorative Living History Event features artillery, infantry, cavalry and civilian demonstrations taking place at Eva Beach to commemorate the Battle of Johnsonville, an 1864 Civil War battle. bentoncountycamden.com

New Johnsonville – Battle of Johnsonville Civil War Days features artillery, infantry and civilian living history programs that commemorate the Civil War Battle of Johnsonville which took place

Nov. 4, 1864. tnstateparks.com
Waverly – Quilts Show & Christmas Open House is an annual event that features handmade quilts and boutiques with handmade items. 931-209-3337

Nov. 4
Greenfield – Big Cypress Tree Fall Festival features birds of prey, live animal programs, walks on the boardwalk, food and more. 731-235-2700

Townsend – Experience the thriving craft spirits of Tennessee at the Townsend Grains and Grits Festival, a celebration of Southern spirits and gourmet grub. grainsandgritsfest.com

Nov. 4-Jan. 1
Bristol – Speedway in Lights has a stunning display of more than 1 million lights and hundreds of displays that can be viewed by car. Make a reservation to bring your group through by bus. speedwayinlights.org

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Sevierville – Smoky Mountain Winterfest is hosted in the gateway towns to the Smokies that turn into a winter wonderland with dazzling displays of more than 5 million lights and special events. gatlinburg.com, mypigeonforge.com, visitsevierville.com

Memphis – Christmas at Graceland has traditional lights and decorations, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and much more originally displayed by Elvis. elvis.com

Nashville – Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas has sensational decorations, entertainment, and food as part of an extravagant holiday production at the Grand Ole Opry House. gaylordopryland.com

Pigeon Forge – Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is the ultimate Smoky Mountain family Christmas destination with more than 4 million lights, Parade of Many Colors, fun rides, and attractions, plus award-winning shows. dollywood.com

Nov. 8
Gatlinburg – Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff has live entertainment, samples of chili recipes from local restaurants and the illumination of more than 3 million holiday lights. gatlinburg.com

Nov. 15-Dec. 16
Jonesborough – Christmas in Olde Jonesborough has a variety of special holiday events that take place every Saturday from Thanksgiving to Christmas in downtown Jonesborough. 866-401-4223

Nov. 17-18
Columbia – A Very Maury Christmas has a local and artisan holiday market featuring more than 30 quality vendors at Westbury House in downtown Columbia. westburyhouseonthesquare.com

Nov. 17-19
Lawrenceburg – Christmas in the Country features vendor booths filled with antiques, baskets, breads, cakes and candies, crafts, dolls, gifts, glassware, jewelry, quilts, toys and much more. lawcotn.com

Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8
Livingston – Christmas in the Country is an ol’ time Christmas celebration on the town square with carriage/wagon rides, music, hot cider, shopping and Santa. overtonco.com

Nov. 25
Eva – Lighting of “The Knob” is a Christmas season event where thousands of lights, refreshments, holiday music and Santa Claus at the top of Pilot Knob blend for an unforgettable occasion. bentoncountycamden.com

Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16
Collierville – Christmas in Collierville celebrates the holidays with music, carriage rides, and visits from Santa on Collierville’s historic square. 901-457-2776

DECEMBER

Dec. 1 
Gatlinburg – The 42nd annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade is an award-winning nighttime parade that features lighted floats, marching bands, balloons and more. gatlinburg.com

Dec. 1-2
Columbia – Maury Historic Christmas Home Tour is a celebration of Columbia being the “Antebellum Capital of Tennessee” with fun and holiday spirit at the Athenaeum. maurychristmas.org

Spencer – Christmas on the Mountain is a weekend of yuletide fun, holiday music, handmade crafts and gifts for kids. Activities include making Christmas crafts, storytelling, breakfast with Santa and a mountain craft show at Fall Creek Falls State Park. fallcreekfalls.org

Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-9
Piney Flats – A Candlelight Christmas is an 18th-century Christmas celebration that features dancing, decorations, music and storytelling. Reservations are recommended. rockymountmuseum.com

Dec. 1-23
Chattanooga – Ruby Falls Christmas Underground runs Thursdays to Sundays. Visit the Ruby Falls gem mines and discover Joystone, a rare gemstone that helps spread the spirit of Christmas. Go on an adventure to see Santa that leads to an ice cave. Watch gemstone miners play, catch a view of the Northern Lights and journey through the Sugar Plum Fairy Village. rubyfalls.com/christmas

Dec. 1-31
Union City – Let It Glow Light Show features thousands of twinkly lights with surprises everywhere. discoveryparkofamerica.com 

Dec. 2
Goodlettsville – Yulefest is a Christmas experience on the frontier. Masker’s Fort and historic Bowen House are decorated for the Christmas holiday with live entertainment. visitsumnertn.com

Memphis – The St. Jude Memphis Marathon is a Boston-qualifying, 26.2-mile race that traverses through the neighborhoods of Memphis and ends at AutoZone Park. stjude.org

Mount Pleasant – Mount Pleasant Annual Rotary Christmas Parade features floats, antique cars and more in downtown Mount Pleasant. 931-379-9837

Sevierville – 55th Annual Christmas Parade features baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of Santa Claus who surprises and delights spectators of all ages in downtown Sevierville.

Dec. 2, Dec. 9
Rugby – Christmas at Historic Rugby features beautifully-decorated historic homes that bring an old-fashioned Christmas holiday season to life. historicrugby.org

Dec. 4 
Columbia – The Main Street Christmas Parade includes marching bands, church and school groups, lighted floats and more. 931-388-3647

Dec. 9-10
Franklin – Dickens of a Christmas is a Victorian-themed Christmas with more than 200 costumed characters reenacting the work of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” historicfranklin.com

Dec. 31
Gatlinburg – New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show welcomes the New Year in grand style with this family-friendly celebration that is one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation. gatlinburg.com



New Aquarium Exhibit Features Holographic Technology To Tell Story

Despite exhibiting some species that have existed long enough to earn distinction as “living fossils,” the Tennessee Aquarium is no stranger to being on the leading edge of technology.  From virtual reality immersive learning and the region’s first IMAX with Laser projection system to the world’s only tweeting electric eel, the Ocean Journey and River Journey buildings have ... (click for more)

Rock City’s Enchanted Garden Of Lights Returns Nov. 17

Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights has delighted guests for over two decades as this holiday tradition returns with almost a million LED lights and unmatched holiday memory-making beginning Nov. 17. The gardens’ daytime splendor transforms into a winter wonderland for its 23rd year displaying more than 30 holiday scenes from 6-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 6.  “New this ... (click for more)

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Longest-Serving County Official Knowles Is First In Line To Sign Up For New Term

Bill Knowles is one of the longest-serving officials in Hamilton County history, and he's not through yet. County clerk since 1974, he was the first in line on Friday morning to pick up his petition for re-election. Then he beat everyone back with the completed form. Mr. Knowles said, "I ran in 1974 on a campaign of ending the long tag lines. We put in a tag by mail system ... (click for more)

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Re: Roy Exum’s “Stay, Signal Mountain, Stay”  Well this article is something to think about. I think the split could go either way, and Signal Mountain schools would still flourish, as they have done for the past several years. What I'm worried about is why Signal Mountain has not yet had the guts to go be problem solvers at Howard, or Tyner, or Central. Why do ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

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