Tennessee Tourism Round Up For April 7-22

Friday, April 7, 2017

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism events include a Cherry Blossom Festival, the grand opening of Tennessee’s newest natural attraction and more. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

Ongoing

Cookeville – Enjoy free family fun in Cookeville’s historic WestSide cultural district with history hikes 10 a.m.

to 2 p.m. CT the second Saturday of each month between the Cookeville Depot Museum and the Cookeville History Museum.

Knoxville – The Dogwood Arts Festival has miles of trails featuring some of the most spectacular dogwood trees, the highly-anticipated Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, artwork and much more.

Nashville – Awesome April has a major event each weekend during this musical tribute to the city.

April 7

Cookeville – The teams from The Outdoor Experience and Caney Fork Cycles have joined forces, creating a dream retail and rental experience for outdoor enthusiasts. Join them for their grand opening as they celebrate along with Red Silo Brewing Co., toasting at their joint location near the entrance of Dogwood Park.

Knoxville – Dismembered Tennesseans perform bluegrass for audiences 8 p.m. ET at the Laurel Theater.

Nashville – Taste wines paired with a five-course menu designed by Chef Chase Ingalls and head baker Jen Mello during Wine Love: A Wine Dinner 6:30-9 p.m. CT at the Frothy Monkey in downtown Nashville.

Ooltewah – The Cambridge Square Night Market opens its 2017 season 6-9 p.m. ET with local live music by Megan Saunders, artisan food and fine crafts on Cambridge Square.

April 7-8

Halls – A commemoration for the 75,000 U.S. and Filipino soldiers who endured the 65-mile Bataan death march during World War II to prison camps takes place with living historians, Filipino American cultural performances, military vehicles, exhibitions, and a 5.6-mile walk called Remembrance of the Bataan Death March beginning at the Veterans Museum.

April 7-28

Knoxville – Enjoy the exhibition, The Enlightened and Lost by Kat Lewis, a collection of works about dreams, visions and stories of spiritual awakening, on display at the Emporium Center. 

April 8

Baxter – Experience Tennessee’s newest natural attraction, Window Cliffs State Natural Area during the grand opening next to Burgess Falls State Park. A strenuous 4-mile, round-trip hike rewards guests with spectacular views of the unique geologic "windows" formed in the limestone cliffs, a Cane Creek oxbow, and Window Cliffs Falls.

Cookeville – Take part in the Window on the World International Festival, celebrating cultural diversity and global harmony with symposium and festival components of food, performers and cultural displays at Tennessee Tech University.

Jackson – A Notable Journey features the Jackson Symphony as they take audiences on a tour through Europe with compositions from across the continent 7:30 p.m. CT at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Knoxville – Play ball! A double header of vintage base ball features local favorites Emmett Machinist of Knoxville vs. Travellers of Brentwood at noon ET and Knoxville Holstons vs. Cumberlanders of Nashville at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Historic Ramsey House.

Nashville – The 9th annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring and Japanese culture through family-friendly activities like music, dance, martial arts, food, a Cherry Blossom Walk and more beginning 9 a.m. CT on Nashville Public Square.

Nashville – The hit songwriter series, Backstage Nashville Live features Kendell Marvel, Tim James, Ray Stephenson and Alex Seier 12:30 p.m. CT at 3rd and Lindsley.

Nashville – Slow Art Day is a global event that encourages the public to contemplate several works of art for an extended period of time. Participate 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. 

Shiloh – Young local artists from Adamsville High School and Hardin County High School capture the battlefield in watercolors, oils and pencils 10 a.m. to noon CT at Shiloh National Military Park. The public is invited to view their works in progress.

April 9

Nashville – The Zombies mark their 50th anniversary of their iconic album “Odessey & Oracle” live for the final time 7 p.m. CT at James K. Polk Theater.

April 12

Memphis – Mike Doughty performs on the Beale Street Caravan Show via public radio.

Nashville – Take the final course of the four-course series, Vine to Glass: Wine Bootcamp 101 that broadens participants’ understanding of wine 6 p.m. CT at City Winery.

April 13

Maryville – Musical Story Time with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra String Quartet combines children’s literature with classical music, sound effects and hands-on learning 10:30 a.m. ET at the Blount County Public Library.

April 15

Cowan – Arts & Ales is an event featuring craft beer tastings, art exhibits and live music noon to 4:30 p.m. CT at Monterey Station.

Pocahontas – The Big Hill Trail Run is a 5k course featuring paved and mixed natural surfaces with registration beginning 6 a.m. CT and the race starting 8 a.m. CT through Big Hill Pond State Park.

Townsend – Bill Landry of “The Heartland Series” fame conducts a personal guided trip 9:30 a.m. ET around Cades Cove.

Union City – Kids can enjoy the Dino Egg Hunt and a plethora of activities 2 p.m. CT at Discovery Park of America.

April 16

Nashville – Enjoy a lovely Easter brunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CT at Chauhan Ale & Masala House; 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at City Winery; 1 p.m. to close CT at Carter’s in Union Station Hotel; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at Watermark.

April 18

Nashville – The Fall 2017 collection by Zac Posen is featured at The 2017 Symphony Fashion Show with a performance by Kelsea Ballerini beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. CT and the fashion show at 7:30 p.m. CT at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Townsend – A tour and hike featuring a presentation about The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier by Robin Goddard and a hike to the Walker Sisters homestead departs 9:15 a.m. ETfrom the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

April 18-23

Memphis – The Sound of Music, the story of Maria and the von Trapp family comes to life on stage 7:30 p.m. CT April 18-208 p.m. CT April 212 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT April 22; and 1 p.m. CT and 6:30 p.m. CT April 23 at the Orpheum Theatre.

April 19

Nashville – Determine whether classical or rock music pairs well with wine at Music of The Grateful Dead: Music and Wine Pairings featuring a performance by The Stolen Faces 7-9 p.m. CT at City Winery.

April 19-22

Reliance – The Ramp Tramp Festival features a hike up Big Frog Mountain, live music, clogging and buck dancing performances and a ramp meal at Greasy Creek 4H Campground.

April 20-22

Lewisburg – Enjoy the three-day Rusted Magnolia Marketplace featuring vintage, repurposed and handmade furniture and home decor, jewelry and unique art, live music and food at Jubilee Hills. 


This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Behind The BigPicture Event Is Nov. 8 At The Tennessee Aquarium

This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up


Cities and attractions will offer special deals and ceremonies for Veterans Day in honor of their service. Get in the holiday spirit at holiday markets and seasonal musts like Elvis Presley’s ... (click for more)

Get the inside story behind the spectacular images from the BigPicture Natural World Photography exhibit - the best wildlife and conservation photos from around the globe – during a special reception ... (click for more)

Honor veterans and their service, celebrate the fall harvest with night hikes and campfire s’mores, vinyasa at the Music City Yoga Festival or get in the holiday spirit at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain ... (click for more)


Travel

This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Cities and attractions will offer special deals and ceremonies for Veterans Day in honor of their service. Get in the holiday spirit at holiday markets and seasonal musts like Elvis Presley’s Graceland Lighting Ceremony, A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas and Gatlinburg Winter Magic. Enjoy a Parents’ Night Out, head to the drive-in for ... (click for more)

Behind The BigPicture Event Is Nov. 8 At The Tennessee Aquarium

Get the inside story behind the spectacular images from the BigPicture Natural World Photography exhibit - the best wildlife and conservation photos from around the globe – during a special reception and presentation at the Tennessee Aquarium on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nationally acclaimed wildlife photographer Donna Bourdon will share secrets to capturing dramatic ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Longtime CARTA Board Chairman Steve Jett Steps Down

After 38 years of service to CARTA, longtime board chairman Steve Jett said Thursday it was time to step aside in favor of young leadership. Vice Chairman John Bilderback, who is director of data and quality at Signal Centers, will step up to chairman. Mr. Jett was appointed to the board of the transit agency in 1980 by Mayor Pat Rose. He submitted his resignation to Mayor ... (click for more)

Man Injured Early Thursday Morning When Tree Falls On House

A man was injured early Thursday morning when a tree fell on his house. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm around 3:30 a.m. and responded to 7317 Elaine Circle with several fire companies. Battalion Chief David Thompson Jr. said the department's Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) was requested in case a rescue was needed, but the entire family, including two ... (click for more)

Opinion

County Commissioners, Stop Pandering And Lead - And Response

There is no shortage of public need in Hamilton County, and only a limited amount of revenue and capital bond issues. I cannot admire or appreciate an elected Hamilton County Commission that leads by warm and fuzzy kitty emotions over real and tangible needs. As Commissioner Tim Boyd correctly stated, there is immediate and emergent need for police and fire training facilities. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Lamar Rants

Being a child of the South, I’ve marveled at our funny sayings for all of my life. I’ve been at a football game and heard a disgruntled fan in the stands say of his team’s quarterback, “That boy couldn’t play dead in a cowboy movie.” I’ve been at the Sunday supper table and heard, “I’m of a mind each one of his sermons is better than the next.” And I’ve sat in a Saturday morning ... (click for more)