40th Anniversary Of Elvis Week In This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, August 4, 2017

The 40th anniversary of Elvis Week, a celebration of the life and legacy of the King of Rock n’ Roll, takes place Aug. 11-19. The week is capped with a candlelight vigil at the gates of Graceland. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

Ongoing

Nashville – Celebrate Tennessee’s regions and craft artisans by seeing the exhibition, Celebrating 50 Years: An Exhibition of Craft from The Commission Collection now through Sept. 15at the TN Arts Commission Gallery.

Nashville – Tànsuo’s dim sum brunch now includes bottomless cocktails like the Rising Phoenix and the Jade Emperor 10:30 a.m. CT Sundays.

Aug. 4

Athens – Evening with the Stars showcases regional talent with folk, blues, rock n’ roll and more genres performed 7:30 p.m. ET at The Arts Center in Athens.

Knoxville – First Friday features art currently on display in galleries, available to be seen for free 5-9 p.m. ET at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.

Knoxville – Retro-Rewind: An 80s & 90s Show is a celebration of the decades where synth-pop, new wave, alternative-nation, hair metal and more ruled the music charts 10 p.m. ET at Modern Studio.

Selmer – First Friday Family Fun includes the movie The Boss Baby, free popcorn and lemonade 8:15 p.m. CT at Selmer Farmers Market. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Aug. 4-6

Millington – See auto action during the Memphis Triple Nickle race weekend featuring stock and super stock cars battling for the $5,000 prize at Memphis International Raceway.

Aug. 5

Big Sandy – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hosts the Waterfowl Festival, the annual West Tennessee Duck Blind Drawing at Big Sandy City Park. Vendors, food, games and fun are all here during this sportsmen frenzy.

Cookeville – Enjoy Farm-to-Fork: Celebration of Local Foods featuring four local celebrity chefs, Downtown Green Market farmers, local musicians, food and beverages 5 p.m. CT in Dogwood Park.

Jackson – Love Week Block Party features live music, bounce houses, face painting, food trucks, raffles, free hot dogs and more 7-9 p.m. CT at the West Tennessee Farmers Market.

Murfreesboro – Enjoy half-price admission to commemorate the end of summer break 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. CT at the Discovery Center.

Nashville – First Saturday Art Crawl is a chance to see art galleries around Nashville for free to see their latest exhibits 6-9 p.m. at more than 20 art venues in Nashville.

Selmer – The Dawg Creek Band performs a free concert 6-8 p.m. CT at Rockabilly Park. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Aug. 5, 12

Townsend – Join Kim Delozier on the “Searching for Bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park” tour 4:30-9:30 p.m. ET leaving from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Aug. 6

Chattanooga – National Farmers Market Week is celebrated by providing opportunities to visit with farmers and food artisans 11 a.m. ET at the First Tennessee Pavilion.

Aug. 7

Cookeville – Catch an evening of free musical entertainment under the stars with the Cookeville Performing Arts Center’s Big Band Sound Concert 7:30 p.m. CT at Dogwood Park.

Aug. 8

Knoxville – Take part in the Eighth of August Jubilee to honor and recognize the day Andrew Jackson freed his personal slaves, Aug. 8, 1863 and the significance of emancipation in Tennessee at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center.

Aug. 10

Jonesborough – History Happy Hour continues with a presentation on the natural history of the region 6:30 p.m. ET at the Chester Inn Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Maryville – The Ebbert Family performs bluegrass, mountain, Celtic, Civil War, gospel and classical music 7 p.m. ET at the Blount County Public Library.

Nashville – Grant Ferris, a Nashville-based guitarist, composer and songwriter, performs 6-8 p.m. CT in the Frist Center Cafe at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Aug. 11

Gallatin – Have a night full of laughs at the Sprocket Improv Comedy Show 8-9:45 p.m. CT at The Palace Theater.

Murfreesboro – The Boro Art Crawl features artwork from regional and local artists, shopping, food and more 6-9 p.m. CT in downtown Murfreesboro.

Nashville – Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, 11-time Grammy winner, performs his R&B hit songs with special guest Endure 8 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Aug. 11, 12

Memphis – Watch classic movies Gone with the Wind 7 p.m. CT Aug. 11 and Coming to America 7 p.m. CT Aug. 12 at the Orpheum Theatre. Arrive early for pre-show drink specials, a photo booth and a performance by the Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

Aug. 11-12

Johnson City – Little Chicago Downtown Music & Arts Festival fills the streets with families and fans enjoying regional music, fine arts and crafts, and local eats in downtown Johnson City.

Aug. 11-13

Lawrenceburg – David Crockett Days takes guests back to the 1840s for a celebration of Crockett’s birthday with shooting matches, tomahawk throwing, fire starting, crafts of the times, food and wares at David Crockett State Park.

Aug. 11-19

Memphis – Elvis Week celebrates its 40th anniversary of commemorating Elvis Presley’s music, movies and life which includes a powerful candlelight vigil at Elvis Presley's Graceland.

Aug. 12

Baxter – Take a railroad rendezvous during Wine on the Rails featuring a wine tasting on the train, music, food, games, tours and scavenger hunts through the vineyard, departing 8 a.m. CT from downtown Nashville to DelMonaco Winery.

Cookeville – Enjoy free family fun with history hikes 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT between the Cookeville Depot Museum and the Cookeville History Museum.

Cookeville - Sip and stroll at Wine on the WestSide, a street party with more than 125 wines, spirits and craft beers, 35 tasting tents, two live bands, a DJ, food samplings and vendors 6-10 p.m. CT in ?Cookeville’s WestSide cultural district.

Knoxville – Songs by the Beatles are performed by 1964 The Tribute band 8 p.m. ET at Tennessee Theatre.

Lewisburg – Enjoy live music by The Sheeps 6 p.m. CT at Pickers Creek Winery.

McMinnville – Join the Emmy Award-winning Bluegrass Underground for music by Tennessee Mafia Jug Band with Johnny Campbell & the Bluegrass Drifters 1 p.m. CT in the Volcano Room of Cumberland Caverns.

Nashville – Meet Your Favorite Princess! is an event featuring fairy tale princesses available for photographs and meet-and-greets 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at Nashville Zoo.

Smithville – The Calfkiller Beer Tasting features an assortment of appetizers, buffet dinner and tastings of the beer from Calfkiller Brewery 6 p.m. CT at Evins Mill.

Springville – The Hummingbird Banding Event takes place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT as licensed banders tag hummingbirds. Guests can have up-close interaction with the hummingbirds, ask questions and assist with releases from the patio of the new Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Aug. 12-13

Wartburg – 37th annual Heritage Day Festival features craftspeople, demonstrators and musicians from around the region who perform throughout the day at Frozen Head State Park.

Aug. 13

Nashville – See famous comedian, Jay Leno as he performs 7:30 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. 

Aug. 14

Nashville – Mockingbird, a restaurant offering comfort foods with a global spin, opens its doors at 121A 12th Avenue North in Nashville.

# # #

Tennessee is the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll— delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music, that creates a vacation that is the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” Tennessee’s tourism industry generates $18.4 billion in economic impact, more than $1.6 billion in state and local sales tax revenue and more than 157,400 tourism-related jobs.

Explore more at tnvacation.com and join other Tennessee travelers by following “tnvacation” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.


Chattanooga Choo Choo Has Santa, Ice Skating And Holiday Shopping

This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up

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


The holiday season is upon us, and the Chattanooga Choo Choo is bringing back all the classics. In addition to the lighting of the tallest Christmas tree in Chattanooga, Santa will make his ... (click for more)

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)


Travel

Chattanooga Choo Choo Has Santa, Ice Skating And Holiday Shopping

The holiday season is upon us, and the Chattanooga Choo Choo is bringing back all the classics. In addition to the lighting of the tallest Christmas tree in Chattanooga, Santa will make his first appearance on Terminal Station for pictures and to take gift requests this Friday. Stepping away from the Choo Choo lobby and into the Glenn Miller Gardens, the Lookout Farmers’ Market ... (click for more)

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)

Breaking News

Attorneys Ask Lifting Of Home Confinement For Hazelwood After Higher Court Allows Him To Stay Out During Appeal; Government Is Opposed

Attorneys for former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood are asking Judge Curtis Collier for the lifting of his home confinement after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said he could remain out during his appeal. In the alternative, the attorneys ask that he be able to leave his Knoxville home between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The motion also requests that Hazelwood be ... (click for more)

Tyner Man Arrested When Woman Finds Him With Items From Home Of Her Deceased Parents

A Tyner man has been arrested after police said a woman found him at the home of her deceased parents. J.C. Donaldson, 32, of 7239 Tyner Road, is charged with aggravated burglary. The woman said she found a white Buick in her parents' driveway. She said she called her sister to ask if it was her, but she said it was not. She ran into Donaldson, who told her that someone ... (click for more)

Opinion

Bring Jeff Styles Back Now That His Case Was Dismissed

Now that prosecutors have dropped charges against Jeff Styles — and he's not been found guilty by a jury of his peers — I hope Bill Lockhart and WGOW will return him to the station. I'm believe his listeners will welcome him back with open arms. After one has been through a ringer like this, I'm not sure how you get your life back unless a good guy like Mr. Lockhart steps up ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The 2018 Turkey Edition

We are less than a week away from Thanksgiving so today we are going to take a tiny turn away from regular Saturday Funnies to give way to our 2018 Turkey Edition Special. The idea is for this year’s Turkey edition to help you be the first invited for “seconds” in honor and recognition of your marvelous wit. Actually, this setup is remarkably easy. Early next week you next begin ... (click for more)