Monday, June 3

TN Events & Festivals, Summer 2013


One of the magazines I get along with my Better Homes & Garden subscription is Tennessee Home & Farm. It's not something I would normally subscribe to but there are usually a couple of articles that peak my interest. One in particular inside the Summer 2013 issue was called "Tennessee Events & Festivals". What I'll list for you is coming straight from the magazine so I take no claim in it. The list includes a selection of events of statewide interests scheduled in June, July, and August and I know that at least one of these will appeal to someone in your family. So let's jump right in.


June 6-9, Memphis
Germantown Charity Horse Show. Don't miss this exciting all-breed event with more than 800 horses including hunter/jumpers, American Saddlebreds, Roaster and Hackney ponies, and Tennessee Walking Horses. CONTACT: (901) 754-0009,

June 6-9, Nashville
CMA Music Festival. "Country Music's Biggest Party" brings country fans from all over the world to see some of the genre's biggest artists for four days and nights of live music. CONTACT: (800) 262-3378,

June 7-9, Johnson City
Blue Plum Art & Music Festival. This outdoor music and arts festival in downtown Johnson City has children's entertainment, live music and more. CONTACT:

June 7-15, Chattanooga
Riverbend Festival. Make your way to this internationally aware-winning 9-day music festival! Enjoy multiple stages of diverse music on the waterfront plus fireworks, a 5K and 10K run, and a children's village. CONTACT: (423) 756-2211,

June 8, Memphis
Memphis Area Master Gardeners Annual Public Garden Tour.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., tour six Master Gardener home gardens from East Memphis to Germantown. Experts will speak throughout the day, including a live taping fo the "Family Plot" WKNO-TV series on gardening. Speaker topics include herbs, hydrangeas, lasagna gardening, roses, wild birds, irises, chickens, rain barrels, window boxes, cacti, containers, and Ask a Master Gardener. CONTACT: (901) 752-1207,

June 13-16, Manchester
Bonnaroo Music Festival. A 100-acre village brings together the best performers in rock 'n' roll, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica, and more at this four-day festival. This year's lineup includes legends such as Paul McCartney and popular British band Mumford & Sons. CONTACT: (931) 728-7635,

June 14-15, Nashville
Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival. Bring the whole family to this lively music festival  Enjoy great food and see local jazz and blues musicians perform. CONTACT: (615) 726-5867,

June 14-15, Oak Ridge
Lavender Festival. Historic Jackson Square hosts this herb fair featuring the farmers market, music throughout the day, enticing food, vendors selling herb plants and herbal products, handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, culinary, and garden items, as well as arts and crafts. CONTACT: (865) 483-0961,

June 15, Bell Buckel
Bell Buckle's RC & Moon Pie Festival. Celebrate a true Southern tradition with music, cloggers, games, crafts and the cutting of the world's largest Moon Pie. CONTACT: (931) 389-9663,

June 18, Spring Hill
Fruits of the Backyard. This free educational event offers visitors a chance to learn about the production of small fruits like grapes and blueberries, and how they can easily be grown int he backyard. The field day also trains guests on maintaining the more traditional "fruits" of their years, such as beautiful shrubs and lush lawns. Begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Middle Tennessee Research & Education Center. CONTACT: (731) 425-4768,

June 21-22, Oak Ridge
Secret City Festival. This 11th annual citywide celebration commemorates the 68th anniversary ending of WWII and features the largest multi-battle WWII reenactment in the South, as well as tours of Manhattan Project sites, children's festival, arts, crafts, and more. CONTACT: (865) 425-3610,

June 21-Aug. 10, Gatlinburg
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales. The 7th anniversary of this annual celebration features storytellers, musicians, and cloggers in different locations along the parkway. CONTACT: (865) 436-0500,

June 27, Springfield
Tobacco Beef & More. The Mid-South's beef and tobacco producers will want to attend this free educational event which features the state's leading experts on topics such as animal health, forage, burley, and dark fired tobacco production. Tobacco Beef & More begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Highland Rim Research & Education Center. CONTACT: (731) 425-4786,

Jun 28-30, Knoxville
Kuumba Festival. This fun event showcases local African-American art and artists, featuring entertainers performing on three stages, live demonstrations, and food vendors. CONTACT:

June 30, Lancaster
Lancaster Parade. Take part in the celebration of "One Nation Under God" as patriots from all over Middlee Tennessee come to participate in this year's 9th annual Independence Day parade beginning at 6:00 p.m. (line up at 5). Stay for Bluegrass on the Greens, a special concert performance by the 129th Army Band, great barbeque, apple pie, homemade ice cream, and a spectacular fireworks show at dark thirty. Bring your lawn chairs and be a part of a small town U.S.A. celebrating in a big way! CONTACT: (615) 683-6131,


July 3-4, Gatlinburg
Midnight Independence Day Parade. The "First July Fourth Parade of the Nation" kicks off at midnights on July 4. Floats, balloons, and marching bands pay tribute to our country. CONTACT: (865) 436-4178,

July 4, Nashville
Music City July Fourth Spectacular. This annual event is Nashville's lasrgest one-day part. Enjoy live music, family activities, food, and one of the nations's best fireworks displays. CONTACT: (800) 657-6910.

July 4, Knoxville
Festival on the Fourth. This patriotic celebration features live entertainment, family fun, and more beginning at 4:30 p.m. at World's Fair Park. CONTACT: (865) 215-4248,

July 4, Chattanooga
Independence Day Weekend Fireworks. Explosive fireworks, food, games, and rides at Lake Winnepesaukah to celebrate our nation. CONTACT: (877) 525-3946,

July 4, Knoxville
Independence Day Parade. Floats, animals and antique cars parade down Kingston Pike at 9:30 a.m. on the morning of July 4. CONTACT:

July 5-6, Smithville
Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree & Crafts Festival. This fun-filled festival features various state and national bluegrass championships, jam sessions, and juried craft exhibitors. CONTACT: (615) 597-4163,

July 5-7, Granville
Genealogy Festival & Family Reunion. In celebration of July being Genealogy Month, the historic town of Granville will conduct a Genealogy Festival with noted speakers, genealogy booths, tours, family reunions, music, craftsmen, and family fun for all ages. It's also the final weekend of the Sutton Homestead's Hats Off to Our Past exhibit. CONTACT: (931) 653-4151,

July 11, Jackson
Summer Celebration Lawn & Garden Show. Colorful blooms and lush foliage will not only lift spirits  but also spark creative ideas and offer lessons in horticulture managements that can save homeowners time and money. Hear fascinating presentation from the region's leading gardening experts. Walk through beautiful garden displays and get plant problems diagnosed. Plus, you can purchase great performing plants in the Master Gardener Plant Sale. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children 17 and under. The celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. CONTACT: (731) 425-4768,

July 11-27, Elizabethton
"Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals". Tennessee's official outdoor drama continues for a three-weekend run--Thursdays through Saturdays--in Fort Watauga Amphitheater. CONTACT:

July 12-13, Ripley
Lauderdale County Tomato Festival.  This two-day celebration honors area tomato growers with carnival rides, a petting zoo, games, crafts, lie music and tomato tastings. CONTACT: (731) 635-9541,

July 12-14, Murfreesboro
36th Annual Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival. This festival honors the memory of Uncle Dave Macon, one fo the frist Grand Ole Opry superstars and features music, arts and crafts, food, storytelling and competitions. CONTACT: (800) 716-7560,

July 12-20, Kingsport
Kingsport Fun Fest. Live concerts, children's activities, and hot-air balloons fill this family-friendly festival. CONTACT: (800) 743-5282,

July 13, Lebanon
4th Annual Tojo Creek Gourd Gala. Local gourd artists will display their art, provide demonstrations, and answer questions about gourds and gourd art. Admission is free, and visitors will find a great selection of gour art and craft for sale. CONTACT:

July 26-28, Rutledge
Grainger County Tomato Festival. Don't miss out on Civil Ware encampment, arts and cultural exposition, tomato wars, entertainment and more at this fun festival. CONTACT: (865) 828-4222,


Aug. 1-3, Gatlinburg
Tennessee State Square and Round Dance Convention. Square dancing is the official folk dance of Tennessee. Square dancers from around the state will gather for three days of dancing, shopping and more. Spectators welcome at no charge. CONTACT: (615) 542-2866

Aug. 1-4, Jamestown
127 Corridor Sale. The world's longest yard sale stretches for 675 miles along U.S. Highway 127. CONTACT: (800) 327-3945,

Aug. 2-10, Franklin
Williamson County Fair. Celebrating its ninth year, the theme of this year's fair is "Rock Around the Fair." Guests can enjoy the food, fun, competitive exhibits and more. CONTACT:

Aug. 3-4, Cleveland
Cherokee Days of Recognition. Living history, authentic crafts and food are front and center at the 30th annual Cherokee Days of Recognition, held at Red Clay State Historic Park. CONTACT: tn-gov/environment/parks/RedClay

Aug. 9-10, Jackson
Rock-A-Billy Festival. Head to Jackson for the world's largest gathering of Rock-A-Billy artists and musicians at the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame Museum. CONTACT: (731) 427-6262,

Aug. 10, East Nashville
Tomato Art Fest. This artsy festival at Five Points in East Nashville celebrates the tomato as a uniter, not a divider. Events include a dog-friendly 5K, tomato fairy costume contest, New Orleans-style parade, bobbing for tomatoes, tomato recipe contest and much more. CONTACT:

Aug. 10-16, Memphis
Elvis Week. This year marks the 36th anniversary of the celebration of Elvis Presley's music, movies and life. The event includes a candlelight vigil. CONTACT: (800) 238-2000,

Aug. 17-18, Halls
Wings Over Halls Air Show. See historic warbirds, team aerodynamics show and a super decathlon aerobatic act. The event, helt at Dyersburg Army Air Base, features more than 30 World War II-era planes. Gates open daily at 1:30 p.m. Spectators are also invited to visit the aircraft on the ramp before and after the show. CONTACT: (731) 836-7400,

Aug. 21-31, Shelbyville
75th Annual Tennessee Walk Horse National Celebration. The world championship show of Tennessee's native breed of show horse. Division champions will be crowned, and the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse will be named. CONTACT: (931) 684-5951,

Aug. 30-31, Jackson
African Street Festival. Join in the celebration of African-American cultural awareness with entertainment, workshops, educational seminars and more. CONTACT: (731) 267-3212,

WHEW. That was a lot. I'm really excited to be sharing this information with you. These summer months are all about getting outside and spending more time with your family at some sort of gathering or event. With this long list, you can pick and choose where you want to go! I did notice that the only fair that was mentioned was the one for Franklin. The Wilson County Fair in Lebanon, TN is the biggest in the state. So if you are looking for the BEST fair, I'd recommend going to that one. I hope you all print this list and put it up on your fridge because the more events the better!!

Happy summer, everyone!!

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