This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - by Jill Kilgore

Coffee with the symphony, yoga under the stars, ghost hunts, music and art exhibits from the Roman Empire to the Civil Rights Movement, here’s what’s going on across Tennessee this week. For a complete list of events, visit


Statewide – Gov.

Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development dedicated 10 Tennessee stops along the newly-launched U.S. Civil Rights Trail, including The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Woolworth on 5th in Nashville and Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton. More information and itineraries to plan your trip can be foundhere.

Memphis-Taking a Stand: The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike showcases 16 photographs documenting the strike, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s first speech at Mason Temple, protests and counter-protests that culminated in Dr. King’s death. Richard Copley’s photographs will be on display at the STAX Academy of American Soul Music through April 30.

Memphis – Stunning photography at the Black Resistance: Ernest C. Withers and the Civil Rights Movement exhibit at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art captures pickets, sit-ins, the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nashville – Rome: City and Empire brings more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects tell the story of how Rome grew to a mighty empire on display at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Cookeville – Geared toward preschool-age, bring the little ones to the Cookeville Depot Museum for the free event Train Tales, a train story that talks about railroad friends 10:30-11 a.m. every Friday.

Bristol – JP Parsons, known as “Bristol’s own troubadour” shares the spotlight with other talented musicians on his new radio show “Appalachian Travels.” Tune in Fridays at 2:30 p.m. EST online at or through Radio Bristol's free mobile app.

Bristol – The special exhibit The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions ends March 4 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, featuring the artistry of the master makers of stringed instruments.

Feb. 22

Memphis – The Pure Memphis Music Series presents songwriter and Americana icon Jim Lauderdale at Old Dominick Distillery.

Franklin – The Grammy-winning band The Indigo Girls, performing together for 35 years, steal the hearts of generations of fans as they take the stage at the Franklin Theatre.

Nashville – Nashville-based classical guitarist Grant Ferris shows off his stylings for Music at the Frist for free 6-8 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Feb. 22-28

Tiptonville – Wake up and spot the national bird. American Bald Eagle and Waterfowl Tours are two-hour tours, leaving 10 a.m. daily from the Visitor’s Center at Reelfoot Lake State Park

Feb. 23

Bristol – Merlefest on the Road makes a stop 7:30 p.m. at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for an intimate 1927 Society Concert experience featuring live music from The Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May.

Memphis - African-Print Fashion Now! introduces audiences to the dynamic traditions of African dress featuring colorful, boldly-patterned, printed cloth at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Knoxville –Lucero with special guest Jake La Botz rocks it out on stage 8 p.m. at The Mill & Mine.

Jackson – Brian Hoffman’s Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton re-creates some of Red’s best known characters. The family-friendly show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Ned R. McWherter West TN Cultural Arts Center.

Nashville – Poignant black-and-white photographs showcase prisoners’ humanity and individual stories through the exhibit Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nashville – Relax with Coffee & Classics: Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto at Schermerhorn Symphony CenterFree coffee and pastries are included with your ticket purchase.

Feb. 23-24

Memphis – Get ready to laugh as Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner, a play about a quirky musician who journeys to his roots in the Deep South to find inspiration for a new project, excites audiences at the Orpheum Theatre.

Feb. 23-24March 2-3

Huntingdon – Escape to Medieval England with King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table as The Dixie Players present “Camelot the Musical” at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center.

Feb. 23-25

Red Boiling Springs – Thrills and chills abound at the Haunted Hotel Overnight Ghost Hunt at Thomas House Hotel. The event includes lodging, meals, fully-guided tours of the property and ghost hunt training. Choose either Friday or Saturday night.

Knoxville – The 49th Jubilee Festival celebrates traditional mountain music featuring Tennessee artists performing old styles of fiddle, banjo, blues harp, ukulele, string bands and more at the Laurel Theater.

Feb. 23-25March 2-4

Jonesborough – The play “I Am Home” at the McKinney Center tells the stories of the people who helped shape the Jonesborough of today. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors and students.

Feb. 24

Murfreesboro – Kick back for a fiesta at the Murfreesboro Taco and Tequila Festival 1 p.m. at The Grove at Williamson Place. The festival will include live music, a variety of tacos and tequila and loads of fun.

Nashville – Have a perfect date day learning how to cook at Saturday Cooking with Cousin Maria at Coco’s Banquet & Event Center, featuring a full four-course meal including desserts, wine and a cookbook with all the recipes.

Nashville – May the Zen be with you as you practice Yoga Under the Stars at Adventure Science Center’s Sudekum Planetarium.

Cookeville – Select the full marathon, half-Marathon, 10k or 5k scenic race routes along the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River for the Cummins Falls Marathon. Money raised protects Cummins Falls State Park.

Clarksville – Uniformed soldiers will host a living history event and cannon firing demonstrations to commemorate the significance of the surrender of Fort Defiance to Union soldiers in 1862 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Defiance Interpretive Center.

Nashville – The Black History Month Memorial Service features 150 flowers laid and marked with names of all those known to have been enslaved at The Hermitage. There will be a procession to the slavery memorial “Follow the Drinking Gourd.”

Greeneville – The many talents of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will have you tapping your feet at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

Granville- Steeped with tradition and gospel bluegrass with a contemporary twist, Tom Brantley & Missionary Ridge take the stage at Sutton Ole Time Music Hour 6-8 p.m. at the T.B. Sutton General Store. Tickets are $20 for dinner and admission.

Union City – The 2018 Miss Main Street and Miss Historic Union City Pageants take over Masquerade Theatre at 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 24-25

Clarksville – Get inspiration to plan your next project with spring products and vendors at the 9th Annual Home & Garden Show at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.

Nashville – Grammy winners The Earls of Leicester perform live in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.  Tickets are $34.50. These shows will be recorded for the band’s upcoming live record.

Feb. 25

Knoxville – A magical show that has to be seen to be believed, Tape Face takes center stage 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre.

Feb. 26

Nashville – Bring the whole family to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts for just $12, the price of one admission. Family Monday has special programs like story time and family tours. Enjoy ArtQuest Gallery and Studios reserved just for families.

Feb. 26-March 1

Nashville – Join Fontanel for TV tapings of Season 2 of the acclaimed series, Songs and Stories with John Berry. See interviews, live performances and be part of the live studio audience. Admission is free.

Feb. 26-March 6

Clarksville – The wildly funny one-man tour de force, FULLY COMMITTED, features nearly 40 characters, all played by Executive Director Ryan Bowie. Catch the show for four nights only at Roxy Regional Theatre’s theotherspace.

Feb. 27

Nashville – Grammy-award winner Robert Cray blurs the lines between blues, soul and R&B at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Bristol – Volunteers are needed help with archives, galleries and collection, research, exhibit assistance and special events 3-6 p.m. EST at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Feb. 28

Nashville - Grab a friend and head to the Old Dominick Nashville launch party at Mercy Lounge, featuring music from local favorites Alanna Royale & Levi Ray with Old Dominick drink specials all night.

March 1

Memphis – Seniors can enjoy a tour of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s special exhibit African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style followed by tea and treats 2-4 p.m. in the Terrace Room.

Nashville – Eddy Raven and rising country artist Kalie Shorr perform for the unique new variety show Nashville House Concerts at the historic War Memorial Auditorium.

March 1-4

Nashville – Come experience the timeless appeal and importance of gardens at The Fairgrounds for the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show. Each year brings a new theme with floral displays, speakers and more.

March 1-29

Townsend – The very best quilts from the Foothills Quilters Guild will be on exhibit at the Townsend Visitors Center. The event is free.

March 1-31

Pigeon Forge – The entire month of March is a tribute to the Irish and where they built Titanic in Belfast, Ireland. The Titanic Museum will host multiple events to honor the 159 Irish passengers and crew aboard Titanic.

March 2

Knoxville – Art, music, fun and food fill the streets of downtown for the free First Friday Art Walk. Explore art galleries, studios, exhibits and live music in the streets and a variety of venues.

Knoxville – Knoxville’s own Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, will perform stunning choreography 8 p.m. at Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $26 for adults, $13 for children.

Murfreesboro – The 5th annual Wine & Whiskey at the Wetlands features more than 150 local and crafted wines, fine whiskeys and spirits provided by Stones River Total Beverages 5 p.m. at the Discovery Center. Proceeds benefits Discovery Center.

Nashville – Come fly with the Nashville Symphony as crooner Steve Lippia brings hits by Frank Sinatra to life 8 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Union City – Sample new bourbons, delicious meats and sides at Sip & Savor: A Steak and Bourbon Tasting at Discovery Park of America. Stations will be set up around Dino Hall. Tickets are $45 and $50.

Memphis – Families can discover wonder under the stars for a night of hot dogs, s’mores and cider at the Night Lights Campfire Party 6-8 p.m at Memphis Botanical Gardens.

March 2-3

Memphis – The first-ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend takes over the Graceland Soundstage at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

March 2-4

Memphis – The second annual Vintage901Fest celebrates wine, food and music at various locations across the city, including tastings at Crosstown Concourse, pairings dinner atMemphis College of Art and Sparkling Brunch at Shelby Farms Park.

Memphis – Ballet Memphis Fly Studio presents “I Am” in honor of MLK50. The performance is a powerful show aimed at giving a voice to the voiceless. Tickets are $15. The show is at7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday2 p.m. Sunday.

Knoxville – There’s truly no place like home as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz follows the yellow brick road to the historic Tennessee Theatre.

Cookeville – The Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show showcases builders, landscapers, home improvement ideas and trends at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion.

March 3

Nashville – Art galleries and venues along the Fifth Avenue of the Arts and in the Historic Arcade host receptions and art openings for the free First Saturday Art Crawl 6-9 p.m.downtown.

Nashville – Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy Award-winning country artist, Travis Tritt during an intimate performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Memphis – Christian music’s most groundbreaking annual tour, Winter Jam 2018 Tour Spectacular returns to the FedExForum with performances by Skillet, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Building 429, KB, Hollyn and Jordan Feliz.

Chattanooga – Meet your favorite superheroes and get your photo made with them on ZOOperhero Day at the Chattanooga Zoo.

Murfreesboro – Laughs and adventure ensue as Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats must save the day during The Aristocats Kids at The Center for the Arts. Tickets are $12.

Pigeon Forge - Shine your boots and embrace the ways of the Wild West with fun entertainers, a chuck wagon cook-off, workshops, a cowboy dance and cowboy church at Clabough’s Campground.

March 3-4

Clarksville – The great outdoors is calling. The Tuckessee Hunting & Fishing Expo at Wilma Rudolph Event Center features boats, trucks, outdoor and fishing gear.

March 4

Jackson – Eat, drink and be married. Jackson Bridal Show 2018, the largest bridal show in West Tennessee has wedding professionals, swag, show-only specials, drinks and giveaways that can save you thousands on your dream wedding.  

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