Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Oct. 16-26

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 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.


Lenoir City – Enjoy a pumpkin patch and corn maze at Deep Well Farm, haunted house at Dead Man’s Farm, and take some action at Zombie Hunters Paintball through Oct.

31 at 9567 Hwy 11E.

Oct. 16-18, 22-25

Knoxville – Knoxville’s largest Halloween event, Knoxville Boo! at the Zoo has dancing, carnival games, a “haunted” carousel, trick-or-treating and more at the Knoxville Zoo.

Oct. 16-17, 23-24, 30-31

Chattanooga – Animal enrichment activities, a scavenger hunt, photos with costumed characters, animal meet-and-greets and more are part of Boo in the Zoo at the Chattanooga Zoo.

Oct. 16-17, 24, 31

Clarksville – Just in time for Halloween, Robert Louis Stevenson's chilling Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde plays for audiences 8 p.m. CT at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Oct. 16-18, 23-25

Loudon – Arsenic & Old Lace plays for audiences 8 p.m. ET on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. ET on Sundays at the Lyric Theater. Tickets are $10.

Oct. 17

Granville – Jeremy Curtis teaches a blacksmithing class 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT in downtown Granville. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 931-653-4151.

Gallatin – Fiesta de Otoño has a soccer tournament, cultural dances, a cook-off, live music and more at the Volunteer State Community College.

Maryville – The Traveling Kind Tour: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell continues its national tour 8 p.m. ET at the Clayton Center.

Memphis – The Chester Thompson Trio plays for audiences from a repertoire that includes jazz, pop, gospel, and more 7 p.m. CT at The Halloran Centre.

Knoxville – The 2nd annual Knox Asian Fest celebrates the traditions and talents from the Asian continent at Krutch Park.

Cookeville – Run in the Haunted Half Marathon and afterwards, taste more than 60 craft beers across the U.S. at the 2nd annual Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival noon to 5 p.m. CT in downtown Cookeville’s Dogwood Park.

Nashville – Celebrate 70 years of science fun with the 70th Birthday Bonanza 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at Adventure Science Center.

Springville – The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge celebrates its 70th Anniversary 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at 1271 Wildlife Drive.

Oct. 17-18

Whitwell – Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair welcomes visitors to watch the operation of a sorghum mill and purchase pure molasses, stone ground corn meal and flour. Buy quality crafts, paddle a canoe, enjoy good country cooking, and listen to a variety of music.

Bell Buckle – Eager shoppers can attend the 39th annual Webb School Art & Craft Show with more than 100 juried artists and crafters, live demonstrations and more in historic Bell Buckle.

Nashville – Music and Molasses Festival features fall fun with a four-acre hillside with sorghum molasses making and tasting, apple butter cooking, crafts, music, farm animals, museum tours and more at the Ellington Agricultural Center.

Oct. 17-27

Knoxville – Explore some of Knoxville’s haunted sites and best kept secrets during the Hearthscares Tours 7-10 p.m. CT beginning and ending at James White’s Fort.

Oct. 19

Memphis – Junie B. Jones delights kids of all ages with crafts, photo-ops and singing from her upcoming musical 4:30 p.m. CT at The Booksellers at Laurelwood.

Oct. 21

Memphis – Find out who was behind a heist that involved stealing documents from the FBI and mailing them to newsrooms with the independent film “1971” 7 p.m. CT at The Halloran Centre.

Oct. 22

Chattanooga – The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera performs a Brahms Requiem 7:30 p.m. ET at the Tivoli Theatre.

Oct. 22-24

Nashville –Dracula is performed by the Nashville Ballet at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater.

Oct. 23

Memphis – The 2015 Boo! Ball is a costume party with dancing, “witches brew,” food and more 7 p.m. CT at the Pink Palace.

Goodlettsville – The Ghost & Lantern Tour weaves through the grounds of one of Tennessee’s oldest brick homes at Historic Mansker’s Station. Tickets are $5.

Oct. 23-24

Murfreesboro – Take a flashlight tour along dark halls, corners and creepy cupboards with a guide in mourning attire during Flashlight Nights 7-11 p.m. CT at Oaklands Mansion.

Oct. 23-25

Tiptonville – The Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival includes canoe floats for an opportunity to get close to the birds, craft vendors, art and photo contest, bird of prey programs and more.

Memphis – More than 170 artists participate in the RiverArts Fest, the largest outdoor juried artists market and street festival in the Mid-South. Listen to music and celebrate fine arts in the Historic South Main Arts District in downtown Memphis. 

Oct. 23-25Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Lewisburg – The lovable ogre Shrek comes to the stage at Dixie Theatre.

Oct. 24

Hendersonville – Live music, food trucks, storytelling and living history demonstrations are all part of the Sumner Harvest Festival 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT at Historic Rock Castle. 

Memphis – Kate Campbell will perform songs from her recent album 1000 Pound Machine 7 p.m. CT at the Orpheum Theatre.

Fayetteville – Trail of Tears Memorial Walk, re-enactment and Living History is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT in downtown Fayetteville.

Spring Hill – Vines & Vintage is a wine, antique and artisan market with live music and food noon to 6 p.m. CT at Rippavilla Plantation.

Paris – Festivities abound at Spooktacular noon to 4 p.m. CT on the Downtown Court Square.

Chapel Hill – Decorate your car and enjoy s’mores, hayless hay rides and more at the Trunk or Treat 6-8 p.m. CT at Henry Horton State Park.

Union City – Jason Lindsey will be part of Spooky Scientists serving up shows 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT at Discovery Park of America.

Oct. 25

Knoxville – Walk, bike, jog or dance through town during Open Streets Knoxville along the 1-mile Central Street.

Chattanooga – Enjoy the River GORGEous Fall Color Cruise launching 10 a.m. ET and again at 1 p.m. ET for a 3 ½ hour fall foliage cruise downstream along the Tennessee River Gorge at the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer.

Oct. 26

Memphis – Grammy Award winner Norah Jones delights audiences with her repertoire of jazz and traditional pop music 8 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre.

Jonesborough – A Night with the Yarn Exchange: Halloween Episode tells tales from the most haunted places in the region 7 p.m. ET at the International Storytelling Center.

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