Tennessee Tourism Round Up For Sept. 29-Oct. 16

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

Ongoing

Jackson – Enjoy strolling through Andrew Boks’ Lines and Movement exhibit on display through Oct.

28 at The Ned.

Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Nashville – It’s the final weekend for guests to catch the hilarious play Picture Perfect at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.

Sept. 30

Chattanooga – Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D opens to audiences at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX Theater.

Oct. 1

Granville – Remember the 1930s at the Granville Fall Celebration with bluegrass music, a scarecrow festival, Ralph Maddux Memorial Motorcycle Show and more 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Sutton General Store.

Huntingdon – Country music hit maker Collin Raye kicks off The Dixie Live Concert Series 2 p.m. CT at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center.

Knoxville – Celebrate the City of Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary 10 a.m. to noon ET with free performances by Ensemble Knox, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet, Knoxville Opera, and Marble City Opera in downtown Knoxville.

Oct. 1-2

Townsend – The Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival features competition, demonstrations and at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.

Oct. 1-18

Loretto – Enjoy the annual Oktoberfest featuring special meal deals around town, the naming of the Burgermeister, crowning of Miss Oktoberfest and more in downtown Loretto.

Oct. 1-29

Granville – Tennessee’s largest scarecrow festival is the Granville Scarecrow Walk Festival with more than 300 scarecrows representing the town’s history noon to 3 p.m. CTWednesdays to Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. CT Saturdays.

Oct. 1-30

Lookout Mountain – Rocktoberfest, a German-themed festival complete with German bands, food, polka, and entertainment takes place 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturdays and Sundays at Rock City.

Oct. 1-Nov. 5

Gatlinburg – Silk Painters International’s Silk in Transition are two exhibitions of more than 70 silk paintings by 36 national and international artists on display at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. 

Oct. 3

Knoxville – Writers in the Library features novelist Tawnysha Greene and poet Kristi Maxwell as they read their works 7 p.m. at the University of Tennessee.

Oct. 6

Jackson – Enjoy dinner and listen to John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash, share stories and perform songs at Fairgrounds Park.

Oct. 7-8

Clinton – The annual Clinch River Fall Antiques Festival has live entertainment, more than 90 antique dealers, two food courts, antique cars, children’s activities and more in Historic Downtown Clinton.

Hohenwald – Oktober Heritage Festival features arts, crafts, food and entertainment in conjunction with the annual Fall Classics Car & Truck Show in downtown Hohenwald.

Lewisburg – Goats, Music and More Festival is two days of vendors, live music, arts and crafts, goats, food and more at Rock Creek Park.

Oct. 7-31

Nashville – Be the Ghostess with the Mostest with the BOO Cupcake Box, serving up vanilla milk chocolate, black and white, red velvet, and caramel apple cupcakes adorned with ghost and sugar decorations available through Oct. 31 at Sprinkles on 12th Ave. South.

Oct. 8

Athens – The 13th annual Pumpkintown attracts more than 8,000 visitors for more than 150 food and craft booths, costume contests, entertainment on three stages, and Pumpkin Hunt art contest in downtown Athens. 

Murfreesboro – Saturday Night Lights: Gridiron & Golf is the 5th annual glow golf tournament 6 p.m. CT at the Discovery Center.

Union City – Beer, Blues & Brats has more than 40 beers, live music by Little Boys Blue and Lew Jetton and more 5 p.m. CT on the Great Lawn of Discovery Park of America.

Oct. 9

Townsend – Take a Heritage Hike with Mark Snyder 9:15 a.m. ET leaving the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and beginning the hike at Newfound Gap.

Oct. 11

Jackson – The 2nd annual Adam’s Harvest Fundraising Dinner is a multi-course plated meal prepared by the Old Country Store with live music and speakers 6-9 p.m. CT at The Farm at Casey Jones Village. All proceeds benefit The Foundation's Historic Farm Preservation and Education Fund.

Oct. 14-15

Mount Pleasant – The Mid-South Barbecue Festival brings some of the best smokers together for a bit of competition and a whole lot of tastings in downtown Mount Pleasant.

Oct. 14-16

Memphis – The Pink Palace Crafts Fair brings together 44 years of crafts, cultural education and shopping at Audubon Park.

Oct. 15

Memphis – The Duck Dash 5K encourages participants to wear “fun fowl” attire for the popular race as part of Flocktoberfest, the world’s greatest hunting expo and sale, 7:30 a.m. CTat Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

Townsend – Take a tour of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Sam Venable 9:30 a.m. ET departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Oct. 15-16

Chattanooga – The 15th annual Chattanooga Oktoberfest returns with the sights, smells and sounds of the German tradition for local and regional Chattanooga Market visitors at the First Tennessee Pavilion.

Oct. 16

Castalian Springs –The If These Logs Could Talk series continues with a discussion on “General John Hunt Morgan’s troops’ visit to Wynnewood” 2 p.m. CT at Wynnewood


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