Tennessee Tourism Round Up For April 8-25

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 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.

Ongoing

Knoxville – Visual and performing arts, outdoor adventures and vendors celebrate spring during the Dogwood Arts Festival through the end of April in downtown Knoxville.

Nashville – First Thursday Nights in the Garden take place now through September until 10 p.m. CT as Steve Tobin’s sculptures are illuminated at night at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Nashville – Taffetas, the musical that blends nostalgia and sentiment into one production, continues through April 24 at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre. 

April 8

Memphis – The Second Annual Star-Lite Revue introduces a night of gospel, blues and soul featuring Rev. John Wilkins & His Three Daughters, The Holy Ghost Town Blues Revue, The Southern Sons, The Bell Singers and more 7 p.m. CT at The Halloran Centre at The Orpheum.

April 8-10

Gatlinburg – The inaugural Hands on Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend features classwork specializing in jewelry-making, weaving, woodworking, soap-making and more in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community.

Knoxville – The 2016 Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, part of the Dogwood Arts Festival, hosts MuteMath, The Mavericks, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Long Bellow, The Black Cadillacs and more at various venues around downtown Knoxville.

Millington – The Super Chevy Show celebrates its 30th year with drag racing, the Pro Show, car and truck show, swap meet and more beginning 8 a.m. CT each day at Memphis International Raceway.

April 9

Bristol, TN/VA – Family Fun Day includes free games, activities and free admission to the new exhibit, Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones at Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Cookeville – Experience intense competition as the American Motorcycle Association’s Pro Hillclimb series takes over 11 a.m. CT Buffalo Valley’s Middle Tennessee Dragway with competitors braving a 500-ft hill ascent.

Decherd – Pack the Park hosts a car, truck, motorcycle and tractor show with John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at the John L. Sanders Park.

Memphis – The inaugural Grizz 5K shows participants the Grit and Grind needed to Run starting and finishing at FedExForum.

Nashville – Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers with special guests CeCe Winans, Sam Moore, Jimmy Hall, Ruby Amanfu and more 7:30 p.m. at The Ryman.

Nashville – ROBOWeek includes a variety of demos and activities all focused on robots at Adventure Science Center.

April 11

Nashville – Christian Moeller’s Stix is welcomed to the Nashville public art collection 5-6:30 p.m. CT in Exhibit Hall D Concourse of the Music City Center. RSVP at arts@nashville.gov

April 12

Bristol, TN/VA – The History of Mandolin Orchestras features multi-instrumentalist Lee Bidgood as he presents a lecture on the history of mandolin orchestras and their wide repertoire 7 p.m. ET at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Nashville – Dailey & Vincent take the stage with their trademark harmonies and instrumentals with the Nashville Symphony 7:30 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

April 13-17

Memphis – Forging on the River 2016 includes workshops, a dinner and auction hosted at the Metal Museum.

Memphis – The 30th annual Africa in April celebrates the Republic of Tanzania with performances, food and more at the Robert R. Church Park.

April 14

Chattanooga –Watch the new IMAX film National Parks Adventure 3D featuring Teddy Roosevelt played by Joe Wiegand 6-7:30 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.

Maryville – Grace Notes Flute Ensemble performs a concert 7 p.m. at the Blount County Library.

Memphis – The Milk Carton Kids perform their Grammy-nominated harmonies with inflections of jazz, classical and modern alternative 8 p.m. CT at the Halloran Centre at The Orpheum Theatre.

Memphis – The Peabody Hotel’s 2016 Rooftop Party Season launches with David Cook and the 80s cover band The Molly Ringwalds 6-10 p.m. CT at The Peabody Hotel.

Nashville – All the World’s A Stage: Drama brings the exhibition Treasures from the House of Alba to life with a performance by the Nashville Shakespeare Festival 7 p.m. CT in the Galleries at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

April 14-16

Martin – Bucking broncos and brave cowboys are featured at the 48th annual UT Martin Rodeo at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex.

Oliver Springs – The Spring Jamboree includes ATV and SxS competitions, guided rides, a poker run, the Windrock Wide Open Race, Challenge Race, Mud Bog, Drag Race, Ladies Dash for Cash and more at Windrock Park.

April 14-17

Memphis – The magic of Cinderella is presented on stage at The Orpheum Theatre.

April 15

Cleveland – Join the community for the dedication of three newly-installed markers to be featured on the multi-state Civil War Trails program at the Cleveland-Bradley County Public Library Community Room.

April 15-16

Winchester – High on the Hog Festival welcomes barbecue lovers to come out for a weekend of family fun with the State BBQ Championship that also includes music, a motorcycle poker run, raffle, and the Jack Daniel’s Qualifier, Butt to Butt Qualifier, and American Royal Qualifier at Winchester City Park.

April 15-16, 22-23

Huntingdon – Mary Poppins enchants audiences in this musical adventure performed by Bethel’s Renaissance Theatre Program at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center.

April 15-May 7

Jonesborough – More than 30 artists with more than 50 works from around the region are part of the Jonesborough’s Open Juried Art Show, one of the region’s premier exhibitions at the McKinney Center.

April 16

Chattanooga – Scott Miller & The Commonwealth’s Ladies Auxiliary celebrate Miller’s world-class songwriting with a performance 7 p.m. ET at The Camp House.

Jackson – The 6th annual Art in the Village Spring Art Festival features work from more than 80 regional artists and craftsmen 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at Casey Jones Village.

Knoxville – EarthFest is a zero waste Earth Day celebration attended by 5,000 people. Bands, food and vendors round out the celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at World’s Fair Park.

Memphis – The Bacon & Bourbon Festival combines two loved southern traditions: hearty food and distilled spirits beginning 6 p.m. CT at the Memphis Farmers Market.

April 17

Bristol – Food City 500 welcomes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the Last Great Colosseum 1-5 p.m. at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Jackson – Enjoy America’s favorite pastime as the Jackson Generals play the Birmingham Barons 6 p.m. CT at The Ballpark at Jackson.

April 19

Huntingdon –Honor the 342 firefighters who gave their lives Sept. 11, 2001 when the Never Forget 9/11 Mobile Exhibit is displayed on the Huntingdon Court Square.

April 20-21

Chattanooga – Southern Roots, Southern Routes is the theme for the first Southeast Regional Bicycle Tourism Summit at the Edney Innovation Center in downtown Chattanooga.

April 21

Chattanooga – Comedian, movie star and screenwriter Kevin Smith brings his hilarious show 6:30 p.m. ET to the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

April 22

Spring City – An Hour on the Road with Karen Elliot is a presentation of more than 20 years of travel from the show Southern Accents 7:30 p.m. ET at the Tennessee Valley Theatre.

April 22-24

Nashville – Nashville Ballet ends their 30th season with the larger-than-life Carmina Burana and Paul Vasterling’s world premiere of Layla & The Majnun at the Andrew Jackson Hall at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Chapel Hill – The Spring Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee is two days of rides, returning each evening beginning and ending at Henry Horton State Park.

Union City – Civil War Days welcomes reenactors in period clothing as they perform demonstrations of life during the Civil War on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America.

April 22-30

Nashville – Sprinkles Cupcakes introduces a new gluten-free flourless chocolate cupcake at their location on 12 South.

April 23

Memphis – Catch the performance of Puscifer, featuring Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle at the Orpheum Theatre.

South Fulton – Enjoy a free concert featuring Kelli Pickler, Broseph E. Lee, Jason Pritchell, Brandon Holland, Charee White, and Trailer Choir at Unity Park Amphitheater Stage.

April 23-24

Chattanooga – The Chattanooga Market celebrates 16 years with an abundance of vendors, entertainment, food and more during its opening weekend.

April 25

Jonesborough – Enjoy the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange performance Oh, to be Young (and Young at Heart) Stories of Our Youth 7 p.m. ET at the International Storytelling Center.



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