Tennessee Festivals are musically inclined and centered around Music City and the eastern part of Tennessee. You’ll be amazed at all the fun you’ll have celebrating with the locals at these festivals; some in 2020!
36th Annual Pumpkinfest: This fest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival that will return this year on the last weekend in October. With over 65,000 people in attendance, the festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin, and its avenues, and offers tons of festive fun for families!
Made South Holiday Market: Do all your holiday shopping with some of the finest makers in all the South, all while eating delicious food, and experiencing wonderful music and art! Antiques at The Factory, Franklin; Nov 15 – Nov 16
Big Ears Festival: Effortlessly crossing the boundaries of musical genres as well as artistic disciplines, the Big Ears Festival features an array of world-class artists, including GRAMMY Award winners, Pulitzer Prize recipients, and MacArthur “Genius Grant” winners. Join us in March to experience 100+ performances along with a film festival, 12-hour drone, and an array of panels, workshops, and exhibitions – all in Knoxville’s extraordinary concert halls, listening rooms, clubs, churches, and galleries. The Big Ears Festival, a nonprofit cultural organization, reaches thousands of people each year through free community programming and educational expenses. Knoxville; Mar 26 – 29, 2020.
7th Annual Music City Yoga Festival: This festival is an annual celebration of yoga, fitness, and wellness in the Nashville area. All proceeds from the event support Small World Yoga, a Nashville nonprofit inspiring growth connection, and by increasing access to yoga throughout Middle Tennessee. This event is open to all ages and yoga levels. Bring your yoga mat and come ready to connect and grow! Nashville; Feb. 15, 2020 – all day
Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights: Come see the Zoo in a whole new light and enjoy the country’s largest Chinese lantern festival. Over 500 custom-made silk lanterns will be spread across 60 acres, creating elaborate displays with some of your favorite Zoo animals, holiday-themed scenes and even a 200-foot-long dragon! This event takes place nightly from Nov. 15 to Dec. 30 in the evening and is closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. From Jan 2 – Feb 2, the event takes place Thursday – Sunday in Nashville in the evening.
Chattanooga Water Lantern Festival: This festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met come together along the river to create a peaceful, memorable experience. Chester Frost Park, Hixson; on Apr 4, in the evening.
38th Annual Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games: Originally founded in 1981 as the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games, this festival is one of the oldest Scottish Festivals in the country. In 2010, it was established in a new home in the City of Maryville on the grounds of historic Maryville College, home of “The Scots”. You don’t have to be Scottish in order to enjoy this unique Festival! Our location in the foothills of The Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect backdrop for you and your family to get a wee glimpse of Scotland -and to discover and appreciate the rich traditions and history of the Scottish and Scots-Irish settlers of our local area. Townsend, May 16 – 17, 2020
Call TravelKatz at 352-277-7300 if Tennessee is where you want to go to celebrate these festivals and more. We can send you packing for some real family fun and adventure.
Tennessee State Capital: NASHVILLE
Nashville, Tennessee is named after Revolutionary War General Francis Nash. Originally called Nashborough, it was deemed too English-sounding in the wake of the Revolutionary War, and was renamed Nashville in honor of the French in 1784.
The Grand Ole Opry, an American Icon and Nashville’s number one attraction, is known for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. It’s where unforgettable moments happen every week…moments like the night Trace Adkins revealed a tweet inviting his pal Blake Shelton to become a member of the Opry. With country music’s new stars, superstars, and legends live on stage, you never know what’ll happen next. See the show that made country music famous. You can watch a video intro and then have a great tour guide who takes you backstage and through the history of the building. We recommend this tour to anyone who comes to Nashville- it was very informative and fun! Of course, staying for the show only adds to your enjoyment.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the home of this popular American art form, safeguarding over 2.5 million artifacts, with two expansive floors of gallery space featuring permanent- and limited- engagement exhibits. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also home to Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print. Unbelievable, amazing museum, full of music, clothing, cars, records, history, all pertaining to Country Music. They recommend 4 hours and we used every bit of that time.
The Johnny Cash Museum features the world’s largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Walk through the life of the Man in Black depicted in interactive exhibits, films and much more. We feature a Bongo Java Coffee Shop and Museum Cafe. Officially endorsed by the Cash Family. There is a lot to see in this small museum and any Johnny Cash fan should stop while in town. It tells the story of his life from beginning to end with everything in between.
Belle Meade Plantation is a non-profit historic site located in Nashville, TN. Established in 1807, Belle Meade was revered as the greatest thoroughbred stud farm in the United States. It was home to Iroquois, the first American bred horse to win the Epsom Derby and the great foundation sire, Bonnie Scotland, whose descendants include Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Native Dancer, Big Brown and California Chrome. Belle Meade was owned and operated by the Harding-Jackson family for nearly a century from 1807 until 1906. Today their home is restored to its turn of the century appearance along with several original outbuildings. Lunch is a fun, delicious experience too. It was so interesting learning the history of the area and touring the beautiful mansion and grounds. You also can enjoy the wine and cheese tasting.
The General Jackson River Cruise: Begin your showboat cruise with convenient pickup at your Nashville hotel 30 minutes prior to departure time; the lunch cruise departs at 11am and the dinner cruise departs at 6pm. Board the historically recreated General Jackson Showboat, one of the country’s largest paddle-wheel boats, and set off down the Cumberland River. Find a spot on one of the outdoor or indoor decks to enjoy the riverside scenery, then make your way to the boat’s onboard Victorian theater to be seated for your meal. Dig in to a traditional Southern meal, then sit back and enjoy a show featuring live comedy and music. The dinner show includes a live orchestra and talented dancers.
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