Endless Summer Fun In This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, June 23, 2017 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Canoe floats, music on small town squares, stargazing and seasonal wines. There’s no end to summer fun. Made in Tennessee.


Knoxville – Enjoy Jazz on the Square, the free, outdoor, weekly concerts performed by Knoxville Jazz Orchestra 8-10 p.

m. ET Tuesdays now through Aug. 25 in Market Square.

Memphis – Summer Seasonal Stargazing helps visitors find constellations, learn star names and more in a full-dome audiovisual experience now through Sept. 22 in the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium in the Pink Palace Museum.

June 23-25

Knoxville – The 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. 

June 24

Henderson – Celebrate the warm weather with the First Weekend of Summer Canoe Float down the Hatchie River 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Chickasaw State Park.

Lewisburg – The annual Bark in the Park includes pet contests, doggie demonstrations, music, food and craft vendors 2-8 p.m. ET at Rock Creek Park.

Memphis – Be there for the Grand Finale at Levitt Shell as Stax Music Academy performs their dynamic soul music repertoire 7:30 p.m. CT at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. The event is free.

Nashville – Backstage Nashville continues with songwriters Danny Myrick, Paul Jenkins and Megan Linville 12:30 p.m. CT at 3rd & Lindsley.

Nashville – The music of Led Zeppelin is performed by the Nashville Symphony 7:30 p.m. CT at Ascend Amphitheater.

June 25

Chattanooga – The annual Ice Cream Social event features $6 samples from Milk & Honey, Mayfield, Clumpies Ice Cream Co. and more beginning 12:30 p.m. ET at the Chattanooga Market.

Memphis – Johnny Mathis brings The Voice of Romance Tour 2017 to audiences 7:30 p.m. CT at the Orpheum Theatre.

June 26

Jonesborough – The Jonesborough Yarn Exchange Radio Show explores the region’s cultural heritage through stories of food 7 p.m. ET at the International Storytelling Center.

Murfreesboro – The Great Race, an antique, vintage and collector car controlled-speed road rally, makes a stop in Murfreesboro at Cannonsburgh Village.

June 28

Nashville – The Porch Wine Series continues with “What Wines Pair Well with the 4th of July?” seminar featuring seasonal wines for tasting 7 p.m. CT with doors open at 6 p.m. CT at City Winery.

June 29

Memphis – The movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail is screened with pre-show fun including drink specials, a photo booth and a performance by the Mighty Wurlitzer organ 7 p.m. CT at the Orpheum Theatre.

June 29-30

Jackson – The Music Man features love, humor and iconic songs like “Marian the Librarian,” “Shipoopi” and “Seventy-Six Trombones” 7 p.m. CT at the Ned R. McWherter West TN Cultural Arts Center.

June 30

Nashville – The Long Players headline Frist Fridays as they perform hits from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 6-9 p.m. CT in the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Turner Courtyard.

Union City – Phil Vasser, Restless Heart and Olivia Faye perform during Froggy Fest 2017 6:30 p.m. CT at Discovery Park of America.

June 30-July 1

Franklin – MADE SOUTH is a highly-anticipated event of some of the best Southern makers, producers, craftsmen, artisans and more at The Factory at Franklin.

Savannah – The 39th annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival features music from local talent and headliners like Wayne Jerrolds & Savannah Grass, Jake Landers, Bobby Osbourne & the Rocky Top X-Press and more beginning 6 p.m. CT June 30 and noon CT July 1 at the Wayne Jerrolds River Park.

Smithville – The 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 live music, a parade, fireworks, kids’ activities and craft vendors.

June 30-July 15

Clarksville – Back by popular demand, the award-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch returns for performances 7 p.m. CT Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8 p.m. CT Fridays and Saturdays at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

July 1

Lewisburg – Enjoy live music by Mike Mozier and sip on made in Tennessee wines 6 p.m. ET at Pickers Creek Winery.

Maryville – Smoky Mountain Storytellers present a show of humor and history by Kathleen Mavournin, Jean Davidson, Sheri Liles and Jim Eastin 6-7:30 p.m. ET at Vienna Coffee House.

July 1-2

Nashville – Spend the day participating in the Summer Splash H2Oliday, presented by Southern ICEE with waterslides, splashy attractions and more 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT then stay forZzzoofari Slumber, an overnight camp for families and children 4-12 years old, all at the Nashville Zoo.

July 3

Hendersonville – The Hendersonville Freedom Festival is a wealth of family fun ending with fireworks 5-10 p.m. CT at Drakes Creek Park.

July 4

Counce – Celebrate Independence Day with patriotic music, a stunning fireworks display and more 7 p.m. CT at Pickwick Landing State Park Sandy Beach.

Gallatin – The 2017 July 4th Celebration has kids’ activities, music and fireworks 4-9 p.m. CT at Triple Creek Park.

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