This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - by Jill Kilgore

Treat your mom for Mother’s Day, listen to storytellers, trace your family history, tip your glass to wine festivals, find bargains along the Hwy 52 Yard Sale, taste the world’s best barbecue in championship cook-offs and savor strawberries. Here’s what’s going on across Tennessee this week. For a complete list of events, visittnvacation.com/calendar.

Ongoing

Brownsville – Check out the award-winning “Small World of Cotton” display at West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center with scratch-built cotton gin and implements.

Learn about the artist and Chester County native Darryl Cox’s 1/16th scale creations.

Memphis – The Witness to the Revolution exhibit at The National Civil Rights Museum describes the Velvet Revolution through the eyes of Americans who were in Czechoslovakia at the time. The exhibit is part of Memphis In May International Festival.

Nashville – The Rolling Stones Exhibit at the Musicians Hall of Fame includes more than 500 artifacts and memorabilia, including a recreation of a Stones’ recording studio, backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience and Keith Richards’ 1963 diary.

Pigeon Forge – Get ready to doubt your eyes and catch your breath with the world’s largest replica of the Titanic built entirely from 56,000 LEGO bricks at the Titanic Museum. Learn why a 10-year-old, autistic, Icelandic boy built his masterpiece.

May 10

Memphis – Learn how to tap dance with free lessons 5-7 p.m. for Crosstown Getdown. The monthly jazz series features a new dance theme every month, followed by a dance party.

Memphis – Bring your own paint supplies and beverages 6-9 p.m. for Cocktails and Canvases, an outdoor painting class using the Memphis Botanic Garden as a backdrop.

Murfreesboro – Challenge your neurons and compete for prizes during Nerd Trivia 7-9 p.m. at The Green Dragon Pub and Brewery. Proceeds benefit the Discovery Center.

Nashville –Melding flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop to the tune of 20 million albums sold, Grammy Award winners The Gipsy Kings take the stage at7:30 p.m.atTennessee Performing Arts Center.

Goodlettsville –TheGoodlettsville Farmer’s Marketkicks off its season on the lawn next to the Visitor’s Center atHistoric Mansker’s Stationwith fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, meats, locally grown plants and other goodies.

Chattanooga –The visual arts and performance intertwine6 p.m.atHunter Museum of American ArtforCasting the Canvas 3: An Art-Inspired Performanceby Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. Tickets are $15.

Knoxville – Knoxville Symphony Orchestraperforms classics and modern songs in afreeconcert7:30 p.m.on Market Square.

Bristol – Radio Bristolpresents theFarm and Fun Timevariety show live with Traveller and Roy Book Binder7 p.m.from theBirthplace of Country Music Museum.

May 10-11

Chattanooga –Function will open for Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics for thefreeoutdoorNightfall Concertseries7 p.m.atMiller Plaza. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy great live music, food and beer.

May 10-12

Memphis – Sprock ‘n’ Rollpedal bar start a “Downtown Flight Tour” with stops on Beale Street, Old Dominick Distillery and Ghost River. The two-hour tour runs dailyThursday-Saturdayand can hold between six to 16 people.

Cookeville –The Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track Championshipsmake their way toTennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

Nashville –Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson performs live with the Nashville Symphony atSchermerhorn Symphony Centeron thePet Sounds 50thAnniversary World Tour.

Humboldt –TheWest Tennessee Strawberry Festivalon Main Street is an 80-year tradition featuring parades, live entertainment, a barbecue cook-off, concerts, fireworks and lots of delicious strawberries.

Pigeon Forge –Nature lovers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts unite forWilderness Wildlife Week. Events are offered daily at theLeConte Center, including educational programs to guided hikes into the Great Smoky Mountains.

Jonesborough –Japanese Korean storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung spins stories of superstitions and magic of Hawaiian islands atStorytelling Live!at theInternational Storytelling Center’s theater.

May 10-19

Nashville –Explore a plethora of works from documentaries and narrative features to animated and experimental shorts during theNashville Film Festival. Panels, workshops and screenings are held at various venues across the city.

May 10-27

Franklin –It’s 1959 and the senior class of Rydell High School is in rare form. Studio Tenn bringsAmerican Idolsuperstars Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young to theJamison Theaterat theFactory in Franklinto present the cult classicGrease.

May 11

Jackson – Experience an all-time classic from the Master of Suspense as The Ned presents Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” at 7 p.m. Tickets can be “purchased” in exchange for donated items like bottled water, food/canned goods, socks and bedding.

Memphis – Australian roots rocker Kara Grainger performs 3-5 p.m. at Rum Boogie, ahead of the June 1 release of her new blues rocker album “Living with your Ghost.” 

Memphis – Sing along with favorite characters like Mickey and the Roadster Racers and Doc McStuffins 6 p.m. for Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour at the Orpheum Theatre.

Nashville – Musicians Corner kicks off 5-9 p.m. in Centennial Park with an Acoustic Friday Night featuring Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth, Striking Matches & Reuben Bidez, food trucks, MC Pub, local artisans and Kidsville activities. The event is free.

Arrington – Enjoy your favorite Tennessee wines, FREE live music and an amazing selection of food trucks at Food Truck Fridays 6-9 p.m. at Arrington Vineyards.

Millington – Take a relaxing Sunset Pontoon Boat Tour around Poplar Tree Lake at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. Meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Nature Center boat house for paperwork and life vests. Call (901) 876-5215 to reserve your spot.

Chattanooga – Dogs & Kids Do the Catwalk 6:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. The benefit for the McKamey Animal Center will feature a fashion show, performances by Youth Theatre kids, dog adoptions and hors d’oeuvres.

Pigeon Forge – CMA, ACM and CMT Award-winning country band Sawyer Brown perform 8 p.m. at Country Tonite Theatre.

Pigeon Forge – John Popper of Blues Traveler performs a free concert 8:30 p.m. at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

May 11-12

Memphis – Opa! Enjoy live music and traditional dancing, browse Greek wares, sample delicious Greek cuisine and discover more about this fascinating culture at the Memphis Greek Festival 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Nashville – Experience live music, art installations and a one-of-a-kind cosmic market for Far Out Fest at Mercy Lounge. A weekend pass is $35, $15 for a Friday pass and $20 forSaturday.

Franklin – Students of Act Too Players present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Franklin Theatre.

Dayton – The Tennessee Strawberry Festival downtown celebrates spring’s favorite fruit with a strawberry baking contest, strawberry chase, carnival, parade, family fun night and annual cruise-in.

Townsend – Car enthusiasts travel from as far away as Michigan to show off their British and European cars and motorcycles for the British Car Show at the Talley Ho Inn.

Newport – Ramps are known as the true wild onion of the mountains. Enjoy ramp dishes, Maid of Ramps Pageant, corn hole tournament, lip synch battle, car show, food and vendors at the Kiwanis Ramp Festival at Cocke County Fairgrounds.

May 11-13

Alcoa – The New Midland Plaza Spring Arts & Crafts Festival hosts more than 60 artisans, food vendors, face painting and balloons. Admission is free.

Chattanooga – Ride through downtown and picturesque valleys, experience farms firsthand and feast on locally-sourced food as you cycle on the Tennessee Tour de Farms-the perfect ingredients for a fun weekend. Find out more here.

May 12

Memphis – Treat mom to a one-of-a-kind arts and crafts fair 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Crosstown Concourse with shopping, live jazz and family activities. Local artisans will sell artwork, pottery, handcrafted soaps, jewelry and more.

Jackson – Bring your appetite for the inaugural Eat on the Street Food Truck Festival 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Fairgrounds Park. There will be bouncy houses, animal balloons, face painting and live entertainment. Armbands are $10 at the gate, $6 for kids.

Jackson – Immerse yourself in the passion and energy of beautiful works as the Jackson Symphony Orchestra performs 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

Brownsville – Bluegrass music takes center stage 4-8 p.m. during the Hatchie Bottom Bluegrass Jamboree at West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center featuring bands from the Golden Circle Opry. Admission is free.

Union City – On your mark, get set, GO! It’s time for the 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. Captains will sail their ships at 11 a.m. on the South Lake at Discovery Park of America. You can watch it free with your park admission.

Union City – Put on your tiara or cape for Brunch with Superheroes and Princesses 10 a.m. at Obion County Fairgrounds. All proceeds benefit Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope.

Farragut – Children under 13 are invited to the 34th annual Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo 9:30-11 a.m. at Anchor Park for a morning of fishing and competing for prizes.

Clarksville – Tiffany Johnson and Friends perform for Jazz on the Lawn at Beachaven Winery. Bring your friends, a picnic, blanket or lawn chairs for the free concert series kicking off at6:30 p.m.

Nashville – Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band with special guest The Sisterhood Band perform at 8 p.m. at the amphitheater at The Fontanel.

Nashville – The Iroquois Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park is the premier spring race meet. Seven races are held throughout the day, attracting more than 25,000 spectators decked out in spring fashions and the best hats in the South.

Nashville – Shaken, rimmed with salt and served up chilled. It’s tequila time for the 7th Annual Margarita Festival 3-6 p.m. at the Walk of Fame Park. Tickets include 15 margarita samples. Sip and vote for your favorite while DJs rock the park.

Nashville – Join the Grand Ole Opry 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. in a Salute the Troops concert featuring Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Kelly Pickler, Craig Morgan, Lee Greenwood and John Conlee.

Nashville – The Nashville Zoo will spotlight its feathered friends during Avian Awareness Day. Zoo guests can participate in activities focusing on the importance of conservation projects and how you can help in your own backyard.

Murfreesboro – Mark your calendars for a FREE Day at Oaklands Mansion. Step into the past as you experience Civil War reenactments, period games on the lawn, children’s dress-up, nature walks to the spring and tours of the historic mansion.

Murfreesboro – Embark on a tropical rainforest adventure and learn about life in the habitat as the new exhibit Rainforest Adventure opens with special activities at Discovery Center.

Spring Hill – Crafts, music, vegetables and home décor are among the finds at the new Second Saturdays Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rippavilla Plantation. Enjoy locally-made goods, homegrown fruits and vegetables, farm-raised meat and eggs.

Shelbyville – Polished, pristine and restored cars from all eras roll into Shelbyville for the Celebration City Region Car Club Annual Show 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the pavilion on theTennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds.

Mt. Pleasant – Listen to free, live music , bring a picnic or buy an amazing home-cooked meal for the Mount Pleasant Music Concert Series Porch Show 7-9 p.m. in the 400 block of Hay Long Avenue.

Portland – “Stars, Stripes and Strawberries” is the theme of the 77th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival on Market Street with a pageant, strawberry eating contest, strawberry slam, food and craft vendors, kid town USA and live music.

McMinnville – Canadian country music duo, High Valley bring a mix of folk, pop and country 333 feet underground as part of the Cumberland Caverns Live - Shows From Below In The Volcano Room 1 p.m. at Cumberland Caverns.

Waynesboro – Celebrate spring and get inspired at the Wayne County Home & Garden Show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. There will be door prizes, face painting, food vendors and a free car seat safety check-up.

Parkers Crossroads – Family and friends are invited to support Decoration Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parkers Crossroads Cemetery. Donations will be accepted to help with cost of maintenance of this historic cemetery.

Cookeville – Get active and learn with a free History Hike between the Cookeville Depot Museum and the Cookeville History Museum. Find the answers to trivia and enter to win a prize.

Crossville – Lace up your shoes for the Byrd Creek Trail Run 7:30 a.m. at Cumberland Mountain State Park with a 15K, 3.6-mile or 1.8-mile race. Proceeds benefit the Junior Camp at Cumberland Mountain State Park and Tennessee Park Ranger Association.

Southside – Historic Collinsville’s Spring Homecoming features hay rides, games, a potato toss, quilt show, spinners and an open house of the recreated village/museum offering a glimpse into mid-19th century life.

Greeneville – With distinctive vocals and skilled musicianship, country music fans are in for a treat when Shenandoah takes the stage 7:30 p.m. at Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

Chattanooga – Motown legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Martha Reeves & the Vandellas perform at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Tickets are $45 with complimentary refreshments before each show.

Chattanooga – The 6th Annual Chattabrewga returns noon to 5 p.m. at First Tennessee Pavilion. Tickets are $40 and include unlimited craft beer, special-release brews and rare beer samples.

Chattanooga – Uncorked is an evening of wine, food, music and fun to benefit the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. The event runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Renaissance Park.

Knoxville – Learn how to begin your family search using charts and forms, free internet sites, genealogy software and other sources in Beginning Genealogy 1-4 p.m. at East Tennessee History Center. Call 865-215-8809 to register.

Knoxville – Celebrated NASA astronaut and pilot of the space shuttle Endeavor, Terry Virts presents National Geographic Live’s View From Above 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre.

Maryville – Grab a cup of coffee or a dessert as Smoky Mountain Storytellers Kathleen Mavournin and Sheri Liles perform “Traditional Tales” 7 p.m. at Vienna Coffee House. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Pigeon Forge – The Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association presents “Tall Tales from the Smokies” 3:15 p.m. at the LeConte Center. The event is free.

May 12-13

Arrington – Relax every weekend with free live “Jazz in the Courtyard” and “Bluegrass in the Barn” music, award-winning wines and breathtaking views at Arrington Vineyards4-8 p.m.Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Sundays.

May 12-13, 19-20

Lookout Mountain – Celebrate the beauty of spring at Rock City’s Southern Blooms Festival. Learn about the legacy and heritage of the gardens and be a part of planting the garden. Tickets are $19.95 for adults, $11.95 for kids 3-12.

May 12-16

Jackson – The Jackson Generals take on the Mississippi Braves in games Saturday-Wednesday. Specials include a Game of Thrones night Saturday with fireworks after the game.

May 13

Memphis – Taking a cue from the way Elvis treated his own beloved mother, celebrate your mom with a Mother’s Day Brunch at The Guest House at Graceland. Delta’s Kitchen will serve the special a la cart menu with breakfast and dinner options.

Memphis – Treat your mom to an unforgettable experience in the Japanese Garden, a catered buffet, live music and crafts during the Mother’s Day Brunch 10 a.m. to noon at Memphis Botanic Garden.

Millington – Take a relaxing Mother’s Day Sunset Pontoon Ride around Popular Tree Lake 7 p.m. at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. Call 901-876-5215 to reserve your spot.

Nashville – Celebrate Mother’s Day with one of R&B’s most influential artists, as Brian McKnight returns to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for one night only, 7:30 p.m. with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Linden – Treat mom to a special occasion Mother’s Day Lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Commodore Hotel.

Lebanon – Treat mom to the outdoors and beautiful wildflowers with a Mother’s Day Hike 3:30 p.m. at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. Meet at the Nature Center for a stroll through the butterfly garden, down to Jackson Cove and over to Dixon Merritt Trail.

Chattanooga – Pamper your mom with wines, champagnes, locally made treats, local art, spring flowers and fresh ingredients for a meal 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chattanooga Market atFirst Tennessee Pavilion.

Chattanooga – Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Chattanooga Zoo. All mothers receive half-off admission on Mother’s Day only.

May 14

Knoxville – Parents, caregivers and infants can take a free Stroller Tour exploring spring flowers 10 a.m. at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Register online.

May 14-20

Jonesborough - Jonesborough’s Dulcimer Week celebrates the role of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer in American life with seven days of dulcimer-infused performances, workshops and hands-on opportunities to experience the dulcimer and other forms of art in Tennessee’s Oldest Town.

May 15

Jackson – Check out pieces by artists Challice Dalton and Karen Try at “Things that Move Me” in the main gallery of The Ned at the Art Show Reception 5-7 p.m. Admission to the reception is free.

Memphis – Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Grammy Award-winning American rock band Chicago rocks the house 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre.

Shelbyville – Country duo Big & Rich and Bedford County’s own Big Smo perform at Calsonic Arena. Proceeds benefit Bedford County Schools and the Partners in Education program. High school students with an ACT score of 21 or higher get in free.

May 16

Nashville – Get your leg warmers, jelly bracelets and Scrunchies ready for Flat Iron Maiden: An All Ladies 80s Night 8 p.m. at Mercy Lounge. Tickets are $12 & benefit End Slavery Tennessee to raise awareness and help human trafficking survivors.

Knoxville – From poems and letters from troops to advice for coping with farm and home life, learn what life was like during WWI in the Brown Bag Lecture: The Great War in Tennessee’s Newspapers noon at East Tennessee History Center.

May 16-17

Jonesborough – One of the nation’s most-loved master storytellers takes the stage at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in the Donald Davis Storytelling Concert 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $12.

May 16-19

Memphis – The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Tom Lee Park features teams from all across the U.S. and several foreign countries battle it out for the top title. It’s known as America’s most prestigious barbecue competition.

May 17

Memphis – The Pink Palace Museum hosts a lecture and pop-up exhibit called The Trail of Tears: Andrew Jackson and the Cherokee Nation. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., as part of a statewide series commemorating Jackson’s 250th birthday.

Jackson – Lace up your shoes and grab your four-legged friends for the 6th Annual Downtown Dog Trot 6 p.m. at LIFT Wellness Center. The 5k or one-mile race benefits the Downtown Dogs Group - a non-profit, no-kill dog rescue.

Jackson – Test out your picking skills or just listen to the Open Jam 6-9 p.m. at Casey Jones Village.

Union City – Help the Kiwanis Club of Union City raise money for local causes and enjoy Burgers in the Park 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kiwanis Park. Tickets are just $5.

Knoxville – Enjoy an evening with Chef John Alunni at The Cutting Edge Classroom. The Chef’s Wine Table Dinner 6-9 p.m. features a full gourmet dinner paired with three Tennessee wines. Tickets are $95 per person or $180 for two.

Knoxville – Modern traditional country duo The Young Fables perform a free concert at Concerts on the Square 7-9 p.m. at Market Square.

May 17-19

Oak Ridge – Tip your glass and toast the Nine Lakes Wine Festival at Melton Lake Park with dozens of award-winning Tennessee wines to taste, great food, live music, chef demonstrations and more.

May 18

Jackson – The Kimberlie Helton Band performs for AMP at the Market at West Tennessee Farmers Market. Bring your picnic basket or visit the food concessions. Music on the Main Stage begins at 7:30 p.m.

Jamestown – Learn stories about the Night Sky and view celestial wonders and constellations 8:30 p.m. at the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area Astronomy Field at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park. The event is free.

Franklin – Called “one of the greatest voices of her generation” songwriter Joan Osborne sings the Songs of Bob Dylan 8 p.m. at the Franklin Theatre.

Chattanooga – Become inspired by amazing animals and learn what you can do to help during Endangered Species Day at the Chattanooga Zoo. Experience animal meet and greets, educational activities and much more.

May 18-19

Jackson - Learn about the history of the cotton-mill town of Bemis established in the early 1900s. The annual event at Bemis Mill Village Museum (formerly the Bemis Auditorium) includes story time, barbecue and live music.

Sevierville – Don’t miss bluegrass legends, kids’ games, great food, authentic mountain crafts and an official state of Tennessee barbecue championship cook-off during Bloomin’ Barbecue & Bluegrass in historic downtown Sevierville.

Hwy 52 – Find bargains, antiques and treasures along the 19th Annual TN 42 Yard Sale. The sale starts at Orlinda and passes through five counties: Robertson, Sumner, Macon, Clay and Overton Counties.

May 18-20

Hurricane Mills – Branch out, experience new styles and ease your mind with yoga, meditation, workshops and activities during the Hurricane Mills Yoga Festival at Loretta Lynn Ranch.

May 19

Memphis – The National Civil Rights Museum presents the free Ruby Bridges Reading Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. celebrating Bridges’ legacy, promoting literacy and encouraging kids to start their own home libraries.

Clarksville – The Higher Roller Crit high-speed bike race launches from historic Downtown Commons and includes live music, a food zone, kids’ races, family activities and an after party.

Nashville – A building you thought was empty or maybe a historic site? As part of the 30th anniversary of Nashville Shakespeare FestivalThe Merchant of Venice is the next Shakespeare “Pop-Up” play in a surprise location. Click here to get tickets.

 

Nashville – Award-winning musicians Jerry Douglas and Nashville Bluegrass Band members Alan O’Bryant and Stuart Duncan perform Crossing the Cumberlands at 7 p.m. Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Money raised benefits the Cumberland Trail.

Morristown – The 14th Annual Morristown Strawberry Festival is jam-packed with activities, great food, arts and crafts, strawberry-pie eating contest, live music, a canine carnival and much more across the downtown area.

Lexington –Bring your lawn chair for the Henderson County Folk Festival 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Court House Square is packed with folk exhibits, arts and crafts, bluegrass & folk music and an antique car show.

Limestone – A new program at David Crockett Birthplace State Park combines the outdoors and imagination of the magical world of storybooks. Meet at Picnic Shelter Number 2 at 10 a.m. for the Storybook Trail Hike.

Oneida- Explore the solar system’s brightest and only star, the sun, 3 p.m. at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Then, at 9:30 p.m. gaze farther across the universe at more distant stars. Both events will be at Bandy Creek parking area.

Wartburg – Come delight your senses for the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Courthouse Square. There will be guided walks, music, food, a quilt show, geocache adventures, car show, crafts for kids and face painting.

Scotts Hill – Grab your lawn mower and hit the race track for a day of fun and door prizes at “Race in the Bottom” at Scotts Hill City Park. Admission is $5 and races start at 7 p.m.

Chapel Hill – Find out what goes bump in the night for Spirits of the Past paranormal investigation 7 p.m. at Henry Horton State Park Inn.

Bristol – Calling all musicians! Bring your own acoustic instruments and show off your skills during the Open Community Jam session 2-5 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Learning Center.

Chattanooga – Enjoy live music while tasting a variety of wines, beers, and spirits from around the world and sample food from Chattanooga restaurants at Spirits in the Wild 6-10 p.m. at the Chattanooga Zoo.

Knoxville – Enjoy arts, crafts, storytelling, games, music, food and performances by world-class children’s book authors and illustrators 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Children’s Festival of Reading at World’s Fair Park.

Knoxville – Join the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture for a free Family Fun Day with activities, crafts, tours and exploration of medicinal plants related to the exhibition “Let’s Plant It!”

Kingsport – Country star Aaron Tippin will headline Racks by the Tracks at the Kingsport Farmers Market. The fest is packed with barbecue, wine and beer tastings, live music, corn hole tournaments and a 5K/10K run supporting local nonprofits.

May 19-20

Maryville – The 37th Annual Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games at Maryville College offers festivities like Celtic music and dancing, genealogical research, sheep dog demonstrations, dog show and parade, food and more.

Elizabethton – Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park hosts nearly 200 living history re-enactors for the live retelling of the annual Siege of Fort Watauga.

Greeneville – Dive into Tennessee history at the Iris Festival in historic downtown Greeneville celebrating the state flower. Enjoy a juried arts & crafts festival, food, entertainment and more surrounded by the history of President Andrew Johnson.

Woodbury – The Sail On tribute to the Beach Boys will have you ready for summer with all the favorite hits and harmonies live on stage at the Arts Center of Cannon County.

May 19-20, 26-28, June 2-3

Harriman – Let the 4th annual Tennessee Medieval Faire take you back in time to the Age of Chivalry. The outdoor festival at 550 Fiske Road features professional entertainment, a Royal Joust, games, puppet shows, costume contests and live music. 


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First it was about 2,000, then we were told it’s up to 4,000. We have no way of knowing who’s coming or what their purpose is. NBC and CNN assure us they are seeking sanctuary but how can we know? Neither Honduras or our subjective media in America have been honest with us in the past. So, how do we know why that many people are marching across Central America? Then this morning ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Answer For Amy

Amy Schumer, whose cousin is Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, is said to be a very successful comedian and an activist of note. You may remember her most recent appearance was when she was arrested at the U.S. Capitol three weeks ago. She was part of a disgraceful mob who unlawfully protested the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and the hunch is Amy wanted to get arrested so she ... (click for more)