Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Labor Day Trip Ideas

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Make the Labor Day Weekend unforgettable with comedic plays, county fairs and Muddy Roots Festival, lauded by Rolling Stone as a top festival. For more information on Tennessee events, visit www.

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Ongoing

Crossville – Lying in State is a political comedy running through Oct. 6 at Cumberland County Playhouse.

Elizabethton – The Fife & Drum Corps offers lessons free of charge 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Centers at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

Nashville – Shakespeare in the Park features A Winter’s Tale and Antony & Cleopatra performed by the Nashville Shakespeare Festival with gates open 6 p.m. and performances 7:30 p.m. CT through Sept. 17 at the Centennial Park Bandshell. There is a suggested donation of $10.

Aug. 31

Dandridge – Music on the Town features tunes by Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier 7 p.m. ET in historic downtown Dandridge.

Maryville – An Evening of Broadway & Operetta with Knoxville Opera Company is the final concert in the 2017 Hot Summer Nights series 7 p.m. ET at the Blount County Public Library.

Nashville – Reverse Happy Hour gives patrons the opportunity to order off the late night happy hour menu specials starting at $4 with wine and cocktails for $7 9-11 p.m. CT Mondays to Thursdays at Oak Bar.

Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Halls – Enjoy the 14th annual Lauderdale County Fair that includes music, livestock shows, main stage entertainment, games and more at the Halls Airbase.

Mountain City – Long Journey Home is a heritage, music and arts celebration of the Historic 1925 Fiddler's Convention, a watershed in the development in professional country music happening in various places around Mountain City.

Paris – The Henry County Fair features rides, games, contests, food, music and more at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Sept. 1

Knoxville – Local painter Mike Berry shows his first solo exhibition, Something Blue with an opening reception 5:30-9 p.m. ET with light refreshments served at The Dogwood Arts Gallery.

Nashville – Taste of Nashville Walking Food Tour is a one-mile stroll to experience some of Nashville’s best food beginning 10:15 a.m. at Riverfront Train Station in downtown Nashville.

Nashville – Zoovies, the family movie night series presented by Southern ICEE, ends with a screening of Zootopia beginning 6 p.m. CT with inflatables, games, face painting and more at the Nashville Zoo.

Sept. 1, 2

Cookeville – Experience the arts during the Cookeville Performing Arts Center’s Backstage Show 7:30 p.m. CT in downtown Cookeville.

Sept. 1, Sept. 8

Memphis – Tonya Dyson performs for audiences Sept. 1 and Courtney Little performs Sept. 8 during the MLK Soul Concert Series that also includes food trucks, speeches by Dr. King and spoken word artists 6-8 p.m. CT at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Sept. 1-3

Jackson – Enjoy an array of cultural diversity like African Stilt Dancers, music, a children’s art pavilion and more during the African Street Festival at Lane Field.

Sept. 1-4

Cookeville - Named a top festival by Rolling StoneMuddy Roots Music Festival offers three days of music, camping, vintage cars, vendors and punk to traditional country music performances.

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.

Sept. 2

Brownsville – The Gospel Jubilee features performances by blues gospel group Five Sent Out; traditional southern gospel by Southern Grace and Aretha Turner and Company; and Will Channing Banks beginning 6 p.m. CT at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

Lewisburg – Bo’s Your Uncle performs live for wine sippers 6 p.m. CT at Pickers Creek Winery.

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.

Nashville – A closing reception for Tyler Hildebrand’s “The Retirement Party” takes place during the Wedgewood Houston Art Crawl 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT at the David Lusk Gallery Nashville.

Savannah – Enjoy the free Sunset Symphony event featuring the Germantown Symphony Orchestra 5:30 p.m. CT at the historic Cherry Mansion.

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.

Sept. 3

Chattanooga – Great American Weekend highlights American favorites with the Hot Rod and Auto Show, live music and food 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET at the First Tennessee Pavilion. The 8K Run of Honor at 8 a.m. ET supports and pays tribute to the U.S. military.

Cookeville – Appreciate the musical talents of the only non-metropolitan professional symphony orchestra in Tennessee with a free Bryon Symphony Orchestra performance under the stars 7:30 p.m. CT in Dogwood Park.

Sept. 4

Monterey – Enjoy a slower pace during Labor Day Celebration with flea market vendors, live music, food, an auction and more 2 p.m. CT at Whittaker Park.

Sept. 5

Gallatin – Attend the Elvis ’56 Tour full of the King of Rock n’ Roll’s hits 7:30 p.m. CT at The Palace Theater.

Sept. 6

Chattanooga – Celebrate the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, the largest in history, with country artist Carly Pearce for a free performance as part of the Made in Tennessee Celebration 6-10 p.m. ET in front of the Tennessee Aquarium.

Knoxville – Future Islands with opener Busdriver performs their pop mini-symphonies 8 p.m. ET with doors at 7 p.m. ET at The Mill & Mine.

Sept. 7

Nashville – The Nashville House Concerts feature Martina McBride, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, Ryan Kinder and Joe Denim 7 p.m. CT at War Memorial Auditorium.

Sept. 7-8

Knoxville – Knoxville native and The Voice winner Chris Blue performs for audiences 8 p.m. ET with doors open 7 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Theatre.

Sept. 7-9

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

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

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.

Sept. 7-11

Savannah – The Moving Wall, the nation’s traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is on display noon CT Sept. 7 through 4 p.m. CT Sept. 11 in the historic district of Savannah on the Tennessee Street Park grounds.  

Sept. 8

Knoxville – The Mountain Goats perform for audiences 8 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

Maryville – Enjoy a show of humor and history with Smoky Mountain Storytellers Jean Davidson, Jim Eastin, Susan Fulbright and Stephen Fulbright over coffee and desserts 7:30 p.m. ET at Vienna Coffee House.



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