The summer heats up in Tennessee as internationally-acclaimed music festivals sweep the state from Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee; CMA Music Festival in Nashville; and Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga. See chart-topping performers and legendary musicians. It’s the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”
Manchester – Bonnaroo Music Festival features more than 10 stages and welcomes the best performers in rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica and more on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.
Nashville – CMA Music Festival is “country music’s biggest party” that brings country fans and artists together for four days and nights of live music in downtown Nashville.
Chattanooga – Riverbend Festival has multiple stages of diverse music, fireworks, 5K and 10K runs, and a children’s village in downtown Chattanooga and the riverfront.
June 9-July 2
Memphis – Aida: The Musical is about an enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, who falls in love with an Egyptian soldier. It’s a musical about forbidden love, devotion, peace and prosperity at the Hattiloo Theatre.
Knoxville – Henry Cho performs his famous stand-up 8 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. ET.
Memphis – Night at the Lorraine includes food, live music, dancing to 60s hits, the “Hitsville vs. Soulsville: The Showdown” guided tour, silent auction and more 7-11 p.m. CT at the Lorraine Motel. Proceeds benefit the National Civil Rights Museum.
Memphis – Enjoy The Sandlot about a new kid in town who’s taken under the wing of a ragtag baseball team in the coming of age movie set in the summer of 1962 2 p.m. CT at The Orpheum Theatre. Arrive early at 1 p.m. CT for pre-show fun like drink specials, a photo booth and a performance by the Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
Memphis – Star Force Day includes face painting, balloon art and themed crafts like making light sabers, and photos with the galaxy’s most popular heroes and villains 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.
Murfreesboro – The Celtic Arts Festival includes hands-on activities, arts and crafts and more 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Discovery Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Union City – Adam Wakefield from NBC’s The Voice closes out the Southern Nights Concert Series beginning with Cotton Clifton and the Pickers performing at 7 p.m. CT and Wakefield taking the stage 8:30 p.m. CT on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America.
June 10-11, June 17-18
Memphis – Celebrate Gone Fishing events that include learning how to cast a reel, special giveaways, seminars and more at the Bass Pro Shops in Memphis.
June 10, June 17
Townsend – Bill Landry of “The Heartland Series” fame conducts a personal guided trip 9:30 a.m. ET around Cades Cove.
Nashville – Root for your favorite musicals to bring home the coveted Tony Award at the Tony Awards Viewing Party 7-10 p.m. CT on stage in the James K. Polk Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
Murfreesboro – The International Folk Fest features dance groups from around the world in downtown Murfreesboro. The event is free and open to the public.
Memphis – Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Juneteenth Urban Festival with events like Taste of Juneteenth, an art and wine kickoff mixer; music; Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala; the Juneteenth Outdoor Festival and more at various venues in Memphis.
Knoxville – Steve Kaufman’s Annual Concert Series features 10 nights of concerts with international performers 7 p.m. ET at Maryville College.
Murfreesboro – Science Café: The Science of Baseball is a home run as Ricardo Valerdi, founder of the Science of Sport and consultant to national sports teams, discusses the science of baseball 6:30 p.m. CT at the Discovery Center.
Nashville – Dixie’s Tupperware Party is the outrageously funny show you can’t miss as Dixie Longate tells tales, heartfelt accounts, gives away free things and more at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
Hendersonville – Enjoy a free concert by Nashville Symphony as part of their Free Community Concert Series 7:30 p.m. CT at Historic Rock Castle
Nashville – Sip and learn during the Porch Wine Series: How do You Make White Sangria as information and tastings take place 6 p.m. CT on the outside porch of City Winery.