This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Fall fun officially kicks off across the state with ghost hunts, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides and autumn festivals. Here’s what’s going on across Tennessee this week. For a complete list of events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

Sept. 20

Jackson – Meet some of Jackson’s finest artists whose works will be for sale at Speaking of Art 6:30-9 p.m. at Chandelier. Enjoy live music, a complimentary beverage and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $35.

Nashville – Wildlife meets nightlife at the Sunset Safari 6:30-10 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo. The unique social event features food and drinks from more than 50 Nashville restaurants, live entertainment and special animal hosts.

Lebanon – Relive the story of Atticus Finch on the big screen with a showing of the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” 6:30 p.m. at the historic Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $5.

Chattanooga – Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park will host a variety of special programs and demonstrations during the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.

Sept. 20-22

Covington – The Covington-Tipton Co. Heritage Festival at Court Square Park includes a farm-to-table dinner, scholarship auction, bluegrass band, tours of historic churches and hand-crafted products like art, clothing and home décor.

Savannah – The Hardin County Agricultural Fair, a tradition since 1859, features live music, little tikes demo derby, car show, monster trucks, delicious fair food and fun activities at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.

Sept. 20 & 27

Nashville – Musicians Corner is offering a free concert each Thursday in September at Centennial Park. September Sundown concerts showcase local artists like Amy Stroup, the Whigs and Birdtalker with food trucks, local artisans and Kidsville activities.

Sept. 20-29

Clarksville – The 1950s are out and the 1960s are in as lovable teen Tracy Turnblad tries to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show” during Hairspray at Roxy Regional Theatre. Tickets are $25.

Sept. 20-Oct. 26

Crossville – The Tony Award-winning macabre musical masterpiece Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street thrills at Cumberland County Playhouse.

Sept. 20-Nov. 4

Estill Springs – Opening Day and Fall Market Samplings are underway at Grandaddy’s Farm. All season, guests can pick their own pumpkins, take hay rides, play in the kids’ zone, journey through the corn maze and get fall decorations.
Sept. 20-Nov. 25

Gatlinburg – The Smoky Mountains Harvest Festival is a 12-week celebration of the fall season with new decorations, 3-dimensional scarecrow people and area events including a chili cook-off to let guests experience autumn in the Smokies.

Sept. 21

Jackson – Test your skills for a chance to win $2,000 at the 2nd annual Madison County CASA Cornhole Tournament 6 p.m. at the West Tennessee Farmers Market downtown. Register for the tournament here.

Clarksville – The Downtown @ Sunday Concert Series and Street Fair 6-10 p.m. at Downtown Commons features live music and beer. Venture down Strawberry Alley for the Street Fair, where local artists will sell handmade items.

Crossville – Singer-songwriter Chris Long performs a special intimate show live 6 p.m. at Grinder House Coffee Shop.

Nashville – The Bacon & Barrel Festival 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Green Door Gourmet brings together 20 of Nashville’s best restaurants and a vast array of spirits to savor bacon, barbecue, fine bourbons, whiskeys and live music.

Murfreesboro – Take a step back in time and listen to free music during the 3rd Friday Night Concert Series 7 p.m. at Cannonsburgh Village. Walk the reconstructed pioneer village with a gristmill, schoolhouse, town hall, church and blacksmith.

Knoxville – Mountainfilm on Tour visits the Bijou Theatre 7:30 p.m. for an evening of inspiring and captivating films handpicked from the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado. Tickets are $12.

Gatlinburg – Authentic German cuisine like schnitzel, bratwurst, pretzels and a Bier Garten, outdoor games, traditional Bavarian folk dances, sing-alongs, yodels and the Oompah Band are on tap at Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg.

Sept. 21-22

Townsend – Local artisans and crafters show off their work at the Outdoor Fall Festival and Craft Fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CAM Cabin Crafts. There will be food vendors, music and activities at the free fest.

Sept. 21-23

Memphis – The Memphis Cook Convention Center is transformed into an automotive utopia with hundreds of the newest cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs during the Memphis International Auto Show.

Brownsville – Celebrate the heritage and legacy of Flagg Grove School and its most famous student, Anna Mae Bullock, during Tina Turner Heritage Days at West TN Delta Heritage Center.

Nashville – Find everything to decorate the house for autumn at the Nashville Flea Market: Colors of Fall at The Fairgrounds Nashville with antique furniture, decorations, dishware, boutique clothing, carpets, knick knacks, yard art and more.

Nashville – Discover unique décor, meet home improvement experts and find the right contractor at the Nashville Home Show at Music City Center. Enjoy live cooking demonstrations by local chefs and create a beautiful home décor piece.

Nashville – Take part in African dances, art exhibits, snack on food and listen to live Gospel, Reggae, Jazz and R&B during the free African Street Festival at Hadley Park.

Nashville – A dazzling fresh take on the classical masterpiece, Swan Lake is performed by Nashville Ballet at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center with live music performed by the Nashville Symphony.

Columbia – Watershed Public Theatre’s 2018-2019 season starts with a stage adaptation of the family-friendly classic Roald Dahl novel James and the Giant Peach at Ledbetter Auditorium in the Clement Building at Columbia State Community College.

Bristol – The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion celebrates Bristol’s heritage and culture as “The Birthplace of Country Music” at venues across the city, including performances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Railroad Earth, the Taj Mahal Trio and more.

Sept. 21 and 28

Memphis – From the sweet sounds of soul to chilled-out beats and local bands, the National Civil Rights Museum hosts its free outdoor concert series 6-8 p.m. at Museum Founders Park. Concerts also feature spoken word artists, stand-up comedians, MLK speeches and DJs, Sip & Shop and food trucks.

Sept. 21-29

Dickson – Journey down the rabbit hole as Alice in Wonderland Jr. hops onto the Renaissance Center stage into a world with the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and a rapping caterpillar.

Bolivar – The Tennessee Forest Festival is packed with activities, including a tennis tournament, fashion show, highland games, cornhole competition, barbecue competition, color run, parade, pickleball, log sawing competition and live music.

Sept. 21-Nov. 3

Taft – Lyons Family Farm has all the fall fun with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, kids’ zone, music, fireworks and more. Check the website for a complete schedule of special events.

Sept. 22

Memphis – Join Hot Yoga Plus Memphis on the beautiful Rhodes College Campus for the Memphis Yoga Festival, featuring more than 30 yoga classes, kid’s zone, vendors, food trucks, tea garden and walking meditation.

Jackson – See artists at work, hear what inspires them to create, the techniques they use and watch them demonstrate at Art is Alive 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Casey Jones Village.

Jackson – Nashville singer-songwriter Ryan Larkins, The Knight Family, The Barnetts and more will perform during the West TN Christian Music & Praise Fest 6 p.m. at the Dixie Café at the Old Country Store.

Huntingdon – Festival goers can enjoy the southern art of storytelling, pony rides, face painting, balloon creations, inflatables, craft vendor booths and music at the 26th annual Heritage Day Music & Arts Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic Court Square.

Michie – It’s an afternoon of free fun at the Michie Fall Festival 2-6 p.m. at Michie City Park with craft vendors, games, food vendors, live music, a bounce house and family activities.

Clarksville – Enjoy a free movie on the big screen outside at sunset at Liberty Park. Pre-show activities begin at 5 p.m. followed by Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and picnic basket or visit the concessions.

Nashville – The Bluebird Cafe travels to the Dyer Observatory for live music under the stars. Hit songwriters play 8-10 p.m. for Bluebird on the Mountain. After the performances, the telescope is opened for visitors to get a look at the night sky.

Murfreesboro – Journey into the world of Clifford, America’s beloved big red dog. The exhibit at Discovery Center offers immersive ‘paws-on’ adventures through Clifford’s favorite places, including a doghouse and 9-foot slide.

Columbia – Get a genuine taste of true southern barbecue at the First Tennessee Muletown Bluegrass BBQ 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Riverwalk Park with live bluegrass music, chainsaw carvings, a disc golf course, caricature artist, food and fun activities.

Hilham – Hear storytellers weave their magic of spoken word with ghost stories, children’s animal stories, folk legends and other tales during the 7th annual Storytelling Festival and Standing Stone State Park.

Chattanooga – Learn about life in Japan in the playful, highly immersive exhibit Hello from Japan! At Creative Discovery Museum, families will be transported to two distinct areas of Tokyo, a kawaii streetscape and peaceful Shinto shrine park area.

Pigeon Forge – The 15th annual Old Mill Heritage Day at Old Mill Square will be filled with music, food, fun, games, demonstrations like lye soap, apple butter and sorghum making and pottery, crafts and tradition.

Sept. 22-23

Mt. Juliet – The Mt. Juliet Pow Wow at Mundy Memorial Park celebrates the Native American/American Indian culture with food, arts, crafts and a competition pow wow with intertribal dancing.

Franklin – The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival at Harlinsdale Farm features a diverse lineup of music and artists, hundreds of local artisans, restaurants, food trucks and makers that add to the authentic experience.

Pulaski – The famous Spartan Tennessee Races at Milky Way Farm will run the hills, pastures and woods of Milky Way Farm with obstacles, competitive racing and fun. Come run, test your endurance or just have fun watching the races.

Sept. 22-Oct. 21

Nashville – Celebrate all things fall during Cheekwood Harvest at Cheekwood with more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn. Stop by to see the Scarecrows invading their Turner Seasons Garden or pick the perfect pumpkin from the patch.

Sept. 22-Oct. 28

Eagleville – Visit the Pumpkin Patch & Fall Family Fun Festival at Lucky Ladd Farms with fall festivities including a corn maze, pumpkin carving contest, giant pumpkin slingshots, homemade pumpkin pie, kettle corn and caramel apples.

Sept. 22 – Nov. 3

Toone – Autumn brings Falcon Ridge Farm’s biggest event. Take a tractor-drawn hayride, pick pumpkins right off the vine, play in the cornbox, ride a pony, pet animals and enjoy other fun fall activities during the Falcon Ridge Fall Festival.

Sept. 23

Clarksville – Blow or make your own ornament, pumpkin, paperweight or memorial orb at the Glass Blowing Workshop 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Erin’s Farm. Classes start at $35 and start hourly. To reserve a spot, call 931-980-3985.

Nashville – Guests can take part in activities that focus on the conservation of the white rhinoceros for the Nashville Zoo’s World Rhino Day Celebration 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with rhino artifacts, educational activities, keeper talks, crafts and games for kids.

Murfreesboro – Can you dig it? Archaeology Day 1-4 p.m. at Oaklands Park will have archaeological displays, artifacts, hands-on activities, crafts and games. Come explore, discover and experience the past.

Elizabethton – Enjoy the rich musical traditions of the region with the Old Time Music Jam led by Art Lang 1:30-4 p.m. at Sycamore Shoals State Park. Musicians of all levels are welcome or just come to enjoy the tunes.

Sept. 23-29

Pigeon Forge – The biggest event in Southern gospel music, the National Quartet Festival, will draw more than 40,000 individuals to the LeConte Center for nightly concerts and artist showcases.

Sept. 24

Nashville – Bring the whole family to Frist Art Museum for the price of one adult admission. Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. includes special programming, storytime and access to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

Sept. 24-30

Lawrenceburg – There’s something fun for everyone at the Middle Tennessee District Fair, including a demolition derby, tractor pull, tough truck challenge, motocross and concerts. Tracy Lawrence will perform Sept. 28.

Sept. 25, Oct. 2 & 9

Nashville – Every Tuesday, the Nashville Public Library hosts a free Concert in the Courtyard from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab some lunch and enjoy the weather while listening to great live music.

Sept. 26-27

Nashville – Experience the music of Prince with the full Nashville Symphony orchestra. 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince brings the icon’s musical legacy to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Sept. 27

Henderson – The Tony Award-winning smash-hit musical Million Dollar Quartet brings the story of the famed recording session between rock ‘n’ roll icons 7:30 p.m. at Freed-Hardeman University’s Loyd Auditorium.

Lenoir City – Experience a unique runway, dinner, silent auction and the fabulous local Hunks in Heels. The not-to-be-missed event 6-9 p.m. at the Venue at Lenoir City benefits Iva’s Place Crisis Center for Women.

Sept. 27-30

Memphis – Goner Records, Memphis’ own punk/garage-rock label, kicks off the international Gonerfest 15 international music festival off across from its record store in the Cooper-Young Neighborhood. Bands and fans from around the world collide.

Jackson – The Al Chymia Shrine Circus has been delighting Mid-South audiences for more than 75 years under the big top and now they’re coming to Oman Arena for the 2nd annual Jackson Shrine Circus.

Jackson – All the world is a stage at The AMP at West Tennessee Farmers Market as the Jackson-Madison County Library presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs.

Jackson – Romantic entanglements and chaos abound in the hilarious comedy Leading Ladies at The Ned.

Sept. 28

Jackson – Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music and fun during the 5th annual Make it Shake Martini Party 7-11 p.m. at Gardens of Larue. Tickets are $65 and money raised supports Redemption Road Rescue.

Nashville – Come out to the barn for the Full Moon Pickin’ Party 7-11 p.m. at Warner Park. Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles, while three headlining bands perform on stage. Grab delicious fare from local food trucks and stop by the photo booth.

Franklin – The Bootlegger’s Bash features a sampling of local whiskeys, delicious Southern cooking and live band 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the garden at Carnton. Money raised benefits the Carnton springhouse restoration.

Knoxville – Bring your instruments to join in on pickin’ sessions at the Rocky Top Pickin’ Party at the historic Mabry-Hazen House. The event will feature live music, food, beer, moonshine, cocktails and ice cream. Tickets are $5 or $10 at the door.

Sept. 28-29

Bartlett – Enjoy great local music, dancing, “Beards for Bartlett” contest, arts, crafts, a car show, children’s activities and a barbecue cooking contest for the community-oriented Bartlett Festival at W.J. Freeman Park.

Henderson – Find out why Chester County is the self-proclaimed barbecue capital of the world. Enjoy great food, live music, arts and crafts and family-friendly fun during the 41st annual Chester County Barbecue Festival downtown.

Smyrna – In conjunction with Smyrna Depot Days, the Smyrna Artist Cooperative will host an art show at the Carpe Artista Building. There will be a cruise-in with vintage cars, live music and food/drink vendors.

Townsend – The Fall Festival and Old Timers Day at the Townsend Visitors Center celebrates Appalachian skills and heritage with bluegrass music, clogging, jam sessions, demonstrations of cornmeal making, blacksmithing, apple butter, basketry, weaving, spinning and quilting, arts and crafts booths, an antique tractor show and storytellers.

Sweetwater – Held in historic downtown Sweetwater, the National Muscadine Festival features live music, parades, muscadine stompers, wine tastings, U-pick muscadines, barbecue contests and fun activities.

Hohenwald – Put on your dancing shoes for line dancing, clogging, two-stepping and live music for Stepping at the Strand 7 p.m. at Strand Theatre & Art Gallery. Concessions will be available. The series is the fourth Friday of every month.

Sept. 28-30

Paris – Spend the weekend celebrating the visual and performing arts with theater performances, live music and entertainment in a variety of venues for the Eye Full of Paris Weekend.

Red Boiling Springs – Get ready for Halloween if you dare by joining paranormal investigators at the overnight Ghost Hunt at the Thomas House Hotel Friday or Saturday night. The event includes lodging, a meal and guided tours of the property.

Sept. 28-Oct. 13

Woodbury – A classic murder mystery begins with 10 guilty strangers being trapped on an island. See if you can solve the clues for the stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” at the Arts Center of Cannon County.

Sept. 28-Oct. 30

Gatlinburg – Ober Gatlinburg will celebrate October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. Special Oktoberfest biers will be served along with traditional German fare during Oktoberfest.

Sept. 28-Oct. 31

Chattanooga – You can run, but you can’t hide from Dread Hollow at Ruby Falls. Wander through abandoned fairgrounds of the cursed Brine Bros. Circus, the ghostly Belle Royale Hotel and the sinister darkness covering 20,000 square feet of pure horror.

Sept. 28-Nov. 3

Pigeon Forge- Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is even more spectacular this season with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns. The Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and family-friendly fun.

Sept. 29

Jackson – The Jackson International Food and Art Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Court Square features a parade of cultures, food booths, music, dancing, storytelling and artist and craftsmen booths.

Jackson – Experience a Jackson tradition with a night under the stars as the Jackson Symphony performs classical favorites, film music and more. Pack a picnic to enjoy the Starlight Symphony’s free concert 6:45 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

Caryville – Set amid the natural beauty of Cove Lake State Park, the Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival celebrates community with live music, heritage crafts, regional arts and quilts, and children’s entertainment and activities.

Humboldt – Spend the day with Crown Winery 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. celebrating the venue’s first ever Harvest Festival. Activities include the stomping of the grapes, DIY crafts, a beer garden and live music.

Darden – Classic aircraft, cars, trucks and motorcycles, live music and food are in store at the Beech River Regional Airport Fly-in and Car Show at Beech River Airport. Admission and parking are free.

Crump – Crump River Day’s 30th Birthday Celebration includes an antique car show, live music, West TN Valley Rally Bike gathering, pony rides, scavenger hunt, slug burger eating contest, games, food and a memorial helicopter honoring veterans.

Pocahontas – Join the park staff in a guided tour of the Tuscumbia and Hatchie River for the Hatchie River Kayak Float in Big Hill Pond State Park. Meet at the state park’s office at 8:45 a.m. Kayaks are $5 per person.

Murfreesboro – Oktoberfest features local craft brewers such as Blackstone Brewing and Mantra Artisan Ales, German fare, delicious treats and live music 5-9 p.m. at Oaklands Mansion.

Columbia – The Columbia Cycling Club hosts the Jailbreak Triathlon 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Trace Park. The off-road triathlon features canoeing, mountain bike and trail running with a two-person team base. The cost is $55.

Carthage – Journey back to the time of pioneers. William Walton Days Harvest Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse transforms into a craftsmen’s fair with blacksmiths, cotton weaves, soap makers, basket weavers and quilters.

Knoxville – It’s a night of razzmatazz and celebratory Prohibition-style cocktail party with a nod to the Roaring Twenties, when the Tennessee Theatre first opened in 1928. The 90 Year Speakeasy includes swing jazz, dancing, casino games, a photo booth, themed cocktails and delectable bites.

Sept. 29-30

Memphis – With more than 15,000 attendees, Memphis Pride Fest has become of the South’s largest and most colorful events. Enjoy a full day of entertainment, music, food, education, celebration and Pride Parade down Beale Street.

Tullahoma – The annual 41A Music & Arts Festival downtown features food, family-friendly entertainment and music, including a Dustin Lynch benefit concert and performances by Saved by the 90s & The Velcro Pygmies.

Knoxville – Great Smoky Mountain Food Days highlights and celebrates the food traditions and culture of the region and will feature demonstrations on preservation, fermentation, wild edibles and history at the UT Visitors Center.

Sept. 30

Memphis – Contemporary and traditional Japanese music, trapeze artists, aspiring martial artists, circus magic and Japanese cuisine will be front and center during the Memphis Japan Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden.

Knoxville – Alison Krauss headlines the Tennessee Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. for the 90-Year-Gala, an event to celebrate the milestone and raise money to maintain, operate and preserve the historic theater.

Ongoing

Nashville – Get up close and personal with legendary hit songwriters at Backstage Nashville, Music City’s only daytime hit songwriters show noon at 3rd & Lindsley. Enjoy complimentary bourbon tastings, hit songs and the stories behind them.

Eagleville – Getting lost is part of the fun in the Corn Maze Adventure at Lucky Ladd Farms. The farm features more than 100 farm animals, inventive attractions and playground, mega slides, pony rides, wagon rides and pumpkin patch.

Bristol – The exhibit Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion through Your Eyes highlights images of bands and musicians, buskers on the street and the festival through the eyes of attendees. The exhibit is on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Knoxville – On Friday nights through Oct. 19, Market Square will transform into an outdoor theater for the free Movies on Market Square. “Space Jam” shows Sept. 14 and “Clueless” Sept. 21. Bring a chair, blanket and picnic basket.

 

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