Must-See Events in Tennessee

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Find The Best Events Around On Your Tennessee Vacation

Tennessee's unique cultural features and iconic cities, including Nashville and Memphis, make it an excellent place for a vacation with family, friends, or your partner. Live music, Southern charm, and plenty of surprises await.

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The Best Family-Friendly Events in Tennessee

The state is perfect for a family vacation, with its large cities and many smaller towns hosting fabulous festivals and other regular events.

  • 1. Nashville Cultural Festival

    Experience traditional entertainment, from great blues music to authentic Aztec dances and unique craft shopping at the World Market. The festival is an amazing place to teach kids about different cultures, from the Americas and beyond. Nashville is the state's biggest city and a haven for music lovers of every kind.

  • 2. Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt, Knoxville

    Throughout July, go beyond the books and help your children in a real-life Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt. As a bonus, you’ll see many of the city’s best sights along the way in the summer weather. The Old City is an architectural wonder, and the Fort Sanders neighborhood has pretty Victorian buildings.

  • 3. 901Fest in Memphis

    There really is something for every age at this event in May. Catch street music, local art stalls, a fireworks display, and an air show. It caters to every interest as you stroll through Memphis in the springtime. Beale Street is known as the "Home of the Blues."

  • 4. IMAX Screenings at Tennessee Aquarium

    Here, you'll find an enormous screen showing the latest blockbusters at this center for family fun in Chattanooga. Also, see a variety of daily events, or get a VIP pass and let the kids get up close and personal with the animals for a superb day of activities for all ages.

Best Places to Stay for Events in Tennessee

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The Best Outdoor Events in Tennessee

Take advantage of the state's fantastic weather and check out must-see events in Tennessee throughout the year.

  • 1. LEAF Festival, Asheville

    That’s Asheville, not to be confused with Nashville! Close to the Great Smoky Mountains, this three-day festival of music and food in fall will enthrall lovers of the outdoors. It will place you close to the national park, where you can make the most of the changing colors among the many waterfalls, hiking trails, and valleys.

  • 2. Shakespeare in the Park, Nashville

    Love a bit of literature? Then head to Nashville from mid-August to mid-September and catch a Shakespearean performance in one of the city’s gorgeous parks. Pre-show events and food stalls will keep you entertained for hours.

  • 3. Dollywood, Pigeon Forge

    Everyone knows Dolly Parton, but did you know she has her own theme park in Tennessee? Home to water slides, zip lining, and special events including exclusive VIP tours and the Harvest Festival in fall, the park makes for a unique day out.

  • 4. Concerts on the Square, Knoxville

    Who doesn’t love a good free event? Every Tuesday in the summer, you can watch live jazz performances on Market Square, with free parking nearby to ensure you don’t spend a dime and still enjoy a fantastic night of music. The square is the heart of the city and there's always some kind of outdoor event going on here.

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The Best Music Events in Tennessee

Must-see events in Tennessee, especially its music festivals, make visiting the different parts of the state well worth it.

  • 1. Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, Gatlinburg

    East Tennessee is famous for its bluegrass music. Close to Knoxville, this venue offers covered areas to keep the party going in all weather. Browse great food stalls and walk your dog outside the performance areas. Hop on the city's trolley (streetcar) service and you'll make the most of all the sights around town as you move between attractions.

  • 2. Music City Brewers Festival, Clarksville

    Middle Tennessee is known for its country music. In Clarksville, go to a different kind of music festival in July, where the focus is on beer and live music. This is the state's oldest incorporated city, and the historic downtown hub is perfect for shopping, art galleries, and eating out.

  • 3. Bonnaroo, Manchester

    Close to Nashville, also in Middle Tennessee, is the city of Manchester, where you’ll find Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Make the most of the awesome weather in July at this must-see celebration, which includes big-name performances, art exhibits, and quirky stalls and tents with different types of entertainment.

  • 4. Beale Street Music Festival Memphis

    Finally, over to West Tennessee, home of blues music. Beale Street Festival is part of the larger Memphis in May festival, which also includes the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest, the Great American River Run Race, and star-studded concerts.

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