This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If the snow or cold temperatures are giving you cabin fever, get out and create new memories with these exciting events happening across the state. For a complete list, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

Ongoing 

Murfreesboro – Learn about surprising ways science and music connect at the Science of Music exhibit at the Discovery Center. Build your own harmonica and discover how sound travels and soundproofing works.

Nashville – Visit Nashville Ballet to view portraits and stories from “Living On,” a documentary project presenting stories of Holocaust survivors now living in Tennessee. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Knoxville – The exhibit In the Footsteps of Sergeant York at the Museum of East Tennessee History showcases groundbreaking research and allows visitors to retrace the steps of one of America’s best-known military heroes.

Knoxville – Experience Art in Public Places, an annual exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures in Knoxville’s downtown public spaces, McGhee Tyson Airport, and Oak Ridge.

Crossville – Need a laugh? The Cumberland County Playhouse rings in the new year with joy and laughter as it presents “Welcome Back to Ivy Gap,” a hilarious, heartwarming comedy.

Pulaski – Schedule a fudge tour at Milky Way Farm to see the 1930s home of candy legend Frank Mars. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee, a fudge brownie and ice cream at the historic table.

Jan. 25

Clarksville – Champagne and Chocolate is back for its ninth year to benefit the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the museum for the signature winter event.

Chattanooga – Join the Feed Co. Table and Tavern for “Bluegrass Thursdays” featuring some of the best local and regional bluegrass acts around.

Memphis – The Pure Memphis Music Series kicks off 7:30 p.m. at Old Dominick Distillery, featuring John Nemeth & The Blue Dreamers. Tickets include an Old Dominick cocktail.

Jan. 25-28

Sevierville – Cherry Pit will sponsor a second annual quilt retreat at Dollywood DreamMore Resort. Tickets cover fabric, pattern, three meals and the teacher fee. Attendees will need to make a reservation and cover their room fee.

Jan. 26

Union City – Travel to a little piece of Italy at the Cork & Fork Wine Pairing Dinner at Discovery Park of America. Lupo’s will cater a four-course meal with a wine pairing for each course, perfect for a date night or girls’ night out.

Memphis – Inspire the artist in you during an evening of art, drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Incognito! Art Soiree and Silent Auction at Memphis Botanical Garden. Art and ticket sales benefit Memphis Botanical Garden.

Memphis – Motel Mirrors performs for the first time 7 p.m. at the Memphis Music Mansion, including songs from their upcoming album, In the Meantime. The event is potluck and BYOB with an unforgettable night of music.

Memphis – Join the free Spark! Conversation: Diverse Faces of Memphis as Ballet Memphis spotlights Memphis makers, including a dancer, singer/songwriter, artist and visual artist. Starting at 6 p.m., you can watch a professional rehearsal of the upcoming Small Places world premiere. The conversation starts at 7 p.m.

Nashville – Unpredictable, wild and highly entertaining, check out Inebriated Shakespeare in the Lounge with a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at City Winery. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Bristol – An evening of stories and music with luthiers Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Jan. 26-28

Townsend – Local historians share stories that created our past at the Winter Heritage Festival at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. The Blount County Fire Dept.’s cooking team will provide a cast iron lunch.

Knoxville – Leave your troubles outside as you experience the Tony Award-winning musical CABARET at Tennessee Theatre.

Jan. 26-Feb. 3

Pulaski – At STAAR Theatre at Antoinette Hall, meet the charming and innocent ladies of Arsenic and Old Lace, a must-see comedy favorite on stages from New York to small theatres since 1939.

Jan. 27

Brownsville – Get grooving with the Sleepy John Estes’ Country Blues Jam on what would’ve been the Blues Pioneer’s 119th birthday. The free celebration is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

Granville – Native Tennessean John Tomlin soaks in the sounds of his grandfather’s banjo and great uncle’s guitar at the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour 6-8 p.m. at the T.B. Sutton General Store. Tickets are $20 for dinner and admission.

Jackson – Have a ball for a good cause. The Crystal Ball 6 p.m. at the Carl Perkins Civil Center features champagne, hors d’oeuvres, buffet-style dinner, and live and silent auctions, all benefiting the Jackson Symphony.

Memphis – Grit, grind and groove at the Staxtacular fundraiser for Stax Music Academy. The event at Stax Museum of American Soul Music features dining, dancing, live music, cocktails, and live and silent auctions.

Nashville – Join a herd of runners at Zoo Run Run. The winter race or walk is a 5K adventure through the Nashville Zoo. All proceeds benefit the zoo, providing educational programs for children and the care of animals.

Nashville – Lay out your mat at 9 a.m. for Yoga Under the Stars at Adventure Science Center.

Nashville – Experience Music City Roots “Live From City Winery” featuring John Oates, Derek Hoke, Greg Garing and Ms. Adventure. There will be a pre-show screening of Music City Roots’ new season on PBS.

Franklin – Hike through the woods on an adventure for Family Geocaching Day. The free event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary.

Franklin – A new ballet tells the story of a disfigured boy who uncovers the insecurities that live within us all. The Nashville Ballet performs Frank at 6 p.m. at Academy Park Performing Arts Center.

Chattanooga – Singer/songwriter Jess Goggans, recognized for her sultry southern grit and soulful melodies, takes the stage at 9 p.m. at the Revelry Room in A Tribute to Janis Joplin.

Chattanooga – Families can meet a flying squirrel at the IMAX Theater during “A Party in the Sky” at the Tennessee Aquarium. Guests can play games, take part in crafts and meet birds before seeing Conquest of the Skies 3D.

Moss – See how a log cabin is built from the ground up. Honest Abe Log Homes hosts a Log Raising during a free, three-hour event beginning 9 a.m. at its National Headquarters.

Johnson City – To celebrate the fourth year of The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, the coffee shop will bring two bands, Yarn & Dangermuffin, together on stage for a night of music.

Nashville – A perfect date day cooking class at Coco’s Italian Market. The first $75 session of Spend Saturday Cooking with Cousin Maria is a four-course meal including dessert. You also get a cookbook with the recipes.

Jan. 27-28

Knoxville – Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, performed by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

Nashville – THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC returns to screens in a new restoration at Belcourt Theatre. The film chronicles the trial of Joan of Arc in the final hours leading up to her execution.

Memphis – Get ready for hands-on creativity 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Metal Museum as instructors show you how to make a  two-part mold using an oil bonded sand known as green sand.

Jan. 28

Nashville – The 12th season of Jazz on the Move features free performances by jazz artists starting at 3 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The series starts with a tribute to saxophonist Arnett Cobb.

Elizabethton – Enjoy the rich musical traditions as musicians of all levels take part in the Old Time Music Jam led by Art Lang, 1:30-4 p.m. at Sycamore Shoals State Park.

Jan. 29

Nashville – Bring the whole family for just the cost of one adult admission for special programming, story time and family tours and Martin ArtQuest Gallery Tours for Family Mondays at the Frist Center for Visual Arts.

Jan. 30

Knoxville – Unite for a Pint. One dollar from every beer sold at Hops and Hollers will be donated to United Way of Greater Knoxville. Beer, good friends and a good time, all for a great cause.

Jan. 30-31

Knoxville – Shen Yun brings 5,000 years of Chinese civilization to life. Ethnic and folk dances in the grand production 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre feature nearly 100 artists, 400 costumes and an orchestra.

Jan. 30 – Feb. 4

Nashville – Two worlds collide at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center for one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I, winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.

Jan. 31

Nashville – Learn how to make an appetizer and main course with Chef Piero Notardonato, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Coco’s Italian Market. The menu includes speck and asiago roll, chicken limone and tortellini with vodka sauce. Tickets are $75.

Nashville – A benefit show for music industry veteran Mike Owens kicks off at 8 p.m. at 3rd & Lindsley, featuring Brandy Clark, Randy Houser, Alison Krauss and others. Proceeds go towards Owens’ healthcare expenses.

Feb. 1

Nashville – Nashville House Concerts is a new music variety show at the historic War Memorial Auditorium. This Thursday’s performance features Kristian Bush, Natalie Hemby and Chuck Wicks.

Feb. 1-3

Murfreesboro – Prince Hamlet is torn between two unbearable situations as the talented cast of Hamlet takes the stage at MTSU’s Tucker Theater to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

Feb. 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 – The Black Jacket Symphony presents Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Damn the Torpedoes” 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, now celebrating its 90th year.

Chattanooga – Take an intimate journey on the Ruby Falls Lantern Tours with a rarely seen view deep within Lookout Mountain. Limited-sized groups start the adventure with a 260-foot elevator ride into the mountain.

Franklin – An unforgettable kick off to the month of love. Nat King Cole comes back to life at Rodeo & Juliet on the Franklin Theatre stage through the amazing vocal gift of gospel artist Michael Tait.

Feb. 2-3

Memphis – Now more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us all together, connected by our common humanity. Engage your emotions as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater takes the stage at the Orpheum Theater.

Feb. 2 – 4

Nashville – Explore, discover, shop and stroll through four lovely gardens. The 28th Annual Antiques & Garden Show features more than 150 dealers in antiques, fine arts and horticulture at Music City Center.

Tiptonville – Enjoy a weekend of family fun with eagle tours, kids’ activities, live bird-of-prey shows and more at the Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival at Reelfoot Lake State Park.

Feb. 3 

Granville – The sounds of bluegrass fill the Sutton General Store with The Carolina Blue Band at Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. Watch the show and get a southern style home-cooked meal for $20, $3 admission.

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 from 6-9 p.m. downtown.

Huntingdon – A score of rock hits from rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, the musical Million Dollar Quartet takes you back in time at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center.

Smithville – Sip back at the Calfkiller Brewery Beer Tasting, paired with appetizers and a Mardi Gras inspired dinner buffet prepared by Chef Evans starting at 6 p.m. at Evins Mill.

Clarksville – A sweet taste for sweethearts at A Chocolate Affair at Wilma Rudolph Event Center. Vendors offer bite-sized samples of creative chocolate treats.

Union City – Kick off the first weekend of February with Superhero Saturday at Discovery Park of America. Kids 12 and under dressed as their favorite superhero get in free.

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About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

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 $19.3 billion in economic impact, more than $1.7 billion in state and local tax revenue and more than 176,500 tourism-related jobs.

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