Free music, wildflower hikes, art showcases, even a bloody mary and biscuit festival. Here’s what’s going on across Tennessee this week. For a complete list of events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.
Nashville – The Rolling Stones Exhibit at the Musicians Hall of Fame features more than 500 artifacts, including a recreation of a Stones’ recording studio, plus a backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience and Keith Richards’ 1963 diary.
Memphis – “The Chaos and the Cosmos: Inside Memphis Music’s Lost Decade, 1977-1986” exhibit at The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, features photographs of icons such as Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Wayne Jackson, Sam Phillips and more.
Pigeon Forge – Experience some of the most captivating entertainment as more than 200 performers from around the world celebrate their cultures through music, art and dance for Dollywood’s Festival of Nations.
Murfreesboro – Learn the surprising ways science and music connect at the Science of Music exhibit at Discovery Center. Feel the rhythm through the drums, find the pitch with the pipe organ and take the stage in this interactive exploration of sound.
Nashville – Walk through more than 150,000 blooms spilling from Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, like snowdrops, hyacinths, daffodils, magnolias, redbuds and dogwoods 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Cheekwood in Bloom.
Chattanooga – Artburst in April is a month-long celebration of art, artists and the blooming of color in spring, featuring outdoor art exhibitions, artful yoga, art walks and more. Find a full list of events here.
Land Between the Lakes – Homeschoolers can use Woodlands Nature Station as their outdoor classroom in April. There will be staff-led programs about owl pellets, pioneer skills, fossils and more. A full schedule of events can be found here.
Nashville – The Inspirational Country Music Awards 6 p.m. at the Grand Ole Opry celebrates the year-long accomplishments of the industry’s brightest new talents, biggest stars and living legends.
Nashville – Joe Nichols, Shenandoah, JT Hodges and Gary Hannan take the stage at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Auditorium for Nashville House Concerts, Nashville’s new music and variety show. Tickets start at $25.
Nashville —The Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Nashville Zoo co-host a free program highlighting the history of the zoo’s Grassmere Historic Home through a new digital collection 7 p.m. at the zoo’s Croft Center.
Columbia – Sip, sample & see Columbia’s premier event and wedding space at 5-8 p.m. The $5 entry fee gets you seasonal bites, some bubbly and social hour.
Columbia – Square West Arts Loft hosts “The First Thursday Artist & Artisans Party” 5:30-8:30 p.m. The monthly open house event for visual, performance, literary, culinary, craftspeople and other artists can get together, network and socialize.
Chattanooga – Explore the way technology changes our lives at Hunter Museum of American Art. The hour-long program, New Media New Millennium: Digital Art from the Thoma Foundation, is free.
Knoxville – The WDVX Six O’clock Swerve takes a musical trip with performances by talented regional artists, 6 p.m. live from Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in Knoxville’s Old City. The event is free.
Nashville – Tin Pan South is the world’s largest songwriter festival with hundreds of songwriters performing in venues across Music City. Fans can get a unique, up-close-and-personal experience with the music they love.
Nashville – Nashville Fashion Week celebrates local, national and international designs and the fashion community. Each night offers a must-attend event with industry panels, parties, workshops and more at venues across the city.
Franklin – Irlene Mandrell of the Mandrell Sisters takes the stage at Franklin Theatre in the fourth annual Concert for Local Combat Injured Heroes. Tickets start at $40 and money raised supports heroes and their families in Middle Tennessee.
Chattanooga – The Chattanooga Film Festival is packed with great cinema, special events, parties, workshops and panels. Find the full list of events here.
Jackson – Jackson Theatre Guild presents Noises Off, a hilarious play about a director trying to control an eccentric group of stage actors, at The NED.
Savannah – Head to Hardin County, home of Shiloh National Military Park, for hikes, a large-scale living history event, cannon-firing, demonstrations and interactive programs to honor Shiloh’s 156th Anniversary.
Columbia – Join in the fun at one of the world’s biggest mule celebrations. Mule Day includes a mule sale, mule pulling, mule shows, pancake breakfast, flea market and a parade.
Jackson – The Generals open the season against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Jackson Generals Ballpark, featuring Thirsty Thursdays, Food Truck Fridays and Saturday night fireworks. The games continue on Sunday and Monday.
Knoxville – “The Art of Recycling” free sculpture exhibit at Knoxville Convention Center features original artworks by University of Tennessee Sculpture Program students inspired by and incorporating scrap metal provided by steel recycler Gerdau.
Murfreesboro – Ready to solve a mystery? Grab your righteous ‘80s concert gear and head to Oaklands Mansion for the Totally 80s Murder Mystery Dinner. The $75 ticket includes dinner from Peter D’s, drinks and the show.
Columbia – As part of the Mule Day celebrations, The Muletowner Sundowner is a party you don’t want to miss with food trucks, live music, a bouncy castle and other fun activities 4-8 p.m. on Main Street off the square behind Regions Bank.
Franklin – Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton performs songs from his album Mixtape of the Open Road at Franklin Theatre.
Knoxville – Don’t miss the Once Upon a Time Gala: The Story of Ferdinand 6:30 p.m. at the Mill & Mine. The benefit with entertainment, food and music supports Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County.
Knoxville – Explore art galleries, studios, exhibits and live music on streets of downtown for the free First Friday Art Walk.
Bristol – Join the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s “Strong Mountain Women: How Ballads Power People-Songs and Stories from the Appalachian Collections of Cecil Sharp, Maud Karpeles, And Olive Dame Campbell” at 7 p.m. in the performance theater.
Lexington – Grab your family and friends to enjoy the First Friday Nights on the Square at Lexington Court Square. Downtown shops will be open with live music performed by Southern Gospel Jeff Willis & Son and Bill & Charla Burnette.
Selmer – Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the First Friday Family Fun Downtown Movie Night 8 p.m. at the Farmers Market in downtown Selmer. There will be free popcorn and lemonade for the showing of “Cars 3.”
Selmer – Bluegrass legend and five-string banjo trailblazer Curtis McPeake celebrates the release of his latest CD, The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad), 6 p.m. at McNairy County Visitors’ & Cultural Center.
Chattanooga – Rediscover the wildlife around you at the Backyard Scientist Night 5-8:30 p.m. at Tennessee Aquarium. Participants will learn how to attract animals to their homes by making their yards more wildlife-friendly.
Greeneville – Leave logic at the door as Masters of the Mind Live takes over 7:30 p.m. the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Four mentalists will demonstrate the phenomenal power of the mind.
Crossville – East Tennessee songwriter Travis Humphrey brings his soulful lyrics 6-8 p.m. at Grinder House Coffee Shop.
Tellico – Hike through the woods, observe beautiful wildflowers and dogwood trees. Covenant Health fitness expert Missy Kane leads a guided 5-6-mile Hikes & Blooms hike on the East Lakeshore Trail. Meet at Mizell Bluff off Jackson Bend at 9:30 a.m.
Nashville –Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theatre hosts an acoustic evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter 6 p.m.
Goodlettsville – Clay works, scrimshaw, engraving, leatherwork, woodworking, blacksmithing and basket making are on tap at Heritage Days at Historic Mansker’s Station in Moss Wright Park.
Sevierville –The Log Home Show at Sevierville Convention Center showcases one-of-a-kind rustic furniture and accessories. Log and timber home companies, home builders, architects and designers also have displays and exhibits at the show.
Nashville – Belmont University hosts the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal of USA vs. Belgium.
Nashville – Nashville Opera’s Susannah tells the story of an innocent girl and a lonely, traveling preacher. The performance at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theatre is a tale of evil vs. innocence, lies vs. truth, and the struggle for redemption.
Memphis – Clayborn Temple presents Union: A Musical and a community conversation about activism and democracy in the city and the nation. The show features new music and performances from award-winning hip-hop artist Sho Baraka.
Memphis – Performers defy gravity, flying around stage as Ballet Memphis performs Peter Pan at the Orpheum Theatre.
Chattanooga – More than 25 professional mural artists from around the country will paint a mural at Alton Park during the Burnin’ Bridges Mural Jam. This will be the largest street art project and event of its kind in Chattanooga.
Morristown – One of the largest “low-rider” car shows in East Tennessee returns to Cherokee Park. Lay’d out at the Park features thousands of custom cars & trucks, vendors, food and music.
Knoxville – Motown the Musical at Tennessee Theatre captures the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from boxer to music mogul, who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson.
Knoxville – The Rhythm & Blooms Music Festival highlights Knoxville’s musical soundtrack and celebrates the crossroads of this city’s varied music history by showcasing popular national acts alongside the finest musicians in East Tennessee.
Memphis – The 6th Annual Midtown Opera Festival at Playhouse on the Square is packed with opera, parties, panel discussions, family events and the premiere of the Opera 901 Showcase.
Woodbury – What happens when two idiots open a restaurant with a dead body in the kitchen? Find out when the Award-winning comedy Flaming Idiots takes center stage at the Arts Center of Cannon County.
Chattanooga – Enjoy live music, food trucks, a beer tent and experience artists creating their paintings and drawings outdoors for Spring in the Park at Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. The day finishes with an artist torching his 30-foot wooden sculpture.
Chattanooga – Take a nature walk and witness Art in Bloom 10 a.m. to noon at the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center. Budding artists will use field journals to record their discoveries in nature and create prints inspired by spring.
Rocky Top – Adventure along the cool Clinch River, one of the most diverse pathways of wildflower concentrations in the region, for the 2018 Spring Wildflower Hike at Norris Dam State Park. Meet at 10 a.m. at the River Bluff Trailhead.
Knoxville – Songwriters and artists Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert join forces in their roots-oriented approach to songs and arrangements, taking the stage at the Laurel Theater together at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Farragut – The free annual Book Fest at Founders Park at Campbell Station features book signings by local authors, storytelling, art, cookie decorating, face painting, music, refreshments and performances by Bright Star Touring Theatre.
Franklin – Journey outside with a Wildflower Hike 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary.
Lynchburg – Racers will lace up their shoes for the 2018 Oak Barrel Half Marathon starting at 8 a.m. on Main Street in the downtown Lynchburg Square. Jack Daniel’s will host the post-race food and festival. No alcohol will be served.
Jackson –Runners lace up their shoes to race in Tennessee’s oldest marathon. The Andrew Jackson Marathon and Half Marathon starts and finishes in historic downtown Jackson.
Jackson – Rock out to some of the greatest rock anthems of the 70s and 80s as the Jackson Symphony performs classic rock hits by Journey, Heart, Kansas, Pat Benetar and more 7:30 p.m. at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.
Memphis – Scouts Rock at Graceland welcomes hundreds of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from all over the country for a day full of learning, creating and rock ‘n’ rolling at the home of the Elvis Presley.
Memphis – The 4th Annual Cracker Barrel Sista Strut 3K Breast Cancer Walk begins at 10 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The rally begins at 8 a.m. The strut aims to raise awareness about breast cancer in African American women.
Memphis – The Taste the Rarity International Beer Festival features more than 30 craft breweries, circus acts, live music, surprise entertainment, backyard games and food trucks 3-7 p.m. at Wiseacre Brewing.
East Nashville – The 8th Annual East Nashville Beer Fest is on tap noon to 5 p.m. in East Park with samples from local, regional and national breweries, food trucks and live music.
Nashville – Art galleries and venues along the Fifth Avenue of the Arts and in the Historic Arcade host receptions and art openings for the free First Saturday Art Crawl 6-9 p.m. downtown.
Gallatin – Trousdale Place hosts an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The house in the heart of downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Tennessee Civil War Trail. Visit the historic home and displays at the Sumner County Museum.
Columbia – The President James K. Polk Home and Museum hosts the Bloodys & Biscuits fundraiser 9-11 a.m. with ham biscuits, bloody marys and live music in the gardens. Non-alcoholic beverages and children’s snacks will also be served.
Spring Hill – Visit Spring Hill’s Community Garden for Sunflower Saturday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bring the kids and a picnic and plant sunflowers. Kids can also participate in hikes, activities and fun projects.
Smithville – The Celebration of Craft at the Appalachian Center for Craft hosts a fun open house, education and entertaining day with live music, demonstrations, kids’ crafts, gallery discounts and more.
Cookeville – Get your blood pumping with a Morning Waterfall Hike at Cummins Falls State Park. Meet at the tiny house beside the trail head at 9 a.m. for the 2.5-mile hike. Bring water, a light snack and a dry pair of shoes for the ride home.
Union City – Grab your fishing pole and reel in the fun for Fishing Day at Discovery Park of America. You can catch and release or keep up to 10 fish. Kids ages 12 and under who bring their favorite fishing pole and bait get in FREE.
Arrington – The free Music in the Vines music series begins 4-8 p.m. Saturday and 2 -6 p.m. Sunday at Arrington Vineyards. Enjoy live jazz and bluegrass music with family and friends and buy a bottle of award-winning wine from the vineyard.
Nashville – Grab your friends and spend the weekend with a bottle of wine. Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel continues its free music series Rhythm and Vine, with performances in the tasting room or patio by new and upcoming Nashville artists.
Spencer – Enjoy hiking, picnicking and wildflowers at Fall Creek Falls State Park’s 37th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Sevierville – The 20th Annual Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is fun for adults, kids, tourists and locals. More than 10,000 trout will be stocked in more than 20 miles of streams with $10,000 in cash & prizes.
Maryville – More than 40 vendors display and sell their artwork, crafts and collectibles in Foothills Mall for the Spring Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Show.
Jonesborough – Hear firsthand accounts from locals during WWI, struggles from overseas and the home front for “I Have Been on the Front Line Trenches under Fire and in No Man’s Land” 3 p.m. at Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum.
Memphis – Authentic Persian food, artwork and handcrafts exhibits, music and dancing, entertainment for the kids and more are in store at the 2nd Annual Memphis Persian Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Overton Park.
Nashville – Nashville’s biggest songwriters come together to share their Songs and Stories 5:30 p.m. at the Wildhorse Saloon. The sixth annual concert benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Knoxville – All Time Low touches on nostalgia, journeying back to their hometown to inspire their latest album. The band takes the stage 7 p.m. at the Mill & Mine. Tickets are $27 in advance, $30 day of show.
Pigeon Forge – Kathy Crabb Hannah’s Stronger 2018 conference and retreat at Music Road Convention Center builds on the spiritual strength and depth of women across the country. The event will uplift and inspire with speakers and singers.
Knoxville – Enjoy spring with a trip out in nature. Dogwood Arts Hikes & Blooms continues with a yoga warm-up, 1.5-mile hike and brown bag lunch, 11:15 a.m. at Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum.
Nashville – Strong Leads is a four-part after-school seminar for high school girls spotlighting films about and made by women. The sessions at the Belcourt Theatre take place 4-7:30 p.m. each Tuesday from April 10-May 1.
Memphis – Brooklyn-based soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed performs 2 p.m. at Stax Museum of American Soul Music. The event is free to all Shelby County residents. Out-of-town guests get in free with museum admission.
Memphis –Something Rotten tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers desperate to write their own play while the “rock star” Shakespeare gets all the hits. The hilarious Broadway musical takes over the Orpheum Theatre.
Memphis – Join Ituen Bassey at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art as she discusses designs in her current exhibit, African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style. The 6 p.m. Designer Talk is free.
Nashville – “Roots on the Road” will be live from The Nashville Palace with a Little Jimmy Dickens Tribute Show, featuring performances by Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Connie Smith and Carpenter Ants.
Nashville – Celebrate National Pet Day with Nashville Humane Association with a Yappy Hour and pet adoptions 4-6 p.m. at the historic Union Station Hotel. You can also donate pet food and supplies like towels/blankets, toys and peanut butter.
Pigeon Forge – Dollywood’s Spring Mix features three weeks of stellar performances across multiple genre with performances from Crystal Gale, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogus, Amy Grant, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Drifters.
Columbia – Are you a writer, blogger or just love to tell or listen to stories? “Stories on the Square” kicks off at Square West Arts Loft. The theme of the first show is “Lost and Found.” The series takes place the second Thursday each month.
Clarksville – Lay out your yoga mat in a tranquil setting for Yoga at the Cave 6 p.m. at Dunbar Cave State Park. Classes are $10.
Memphis – The famous Peabody Hotel kicks off its Rooftop Parties happening every Thursday night through the summer. On April 12, The Molly Ringwalds will take you back to the 80s playing all the hits from the radical decade.
Jackson –Jackson Area Plectral Society hosts its Open Jam every Thursday night 6-9 p.m. at Casey Jones Village.
Jackson – The First Ladies Luncheon, United Way of West Tennessee’s largest fundraising event, highlights the work of women in the community. Caty Davis, Miss Tennessee 2017, will sing and provide the keynote address, noon at Fairgrounds Park.
Chattanooga – Sculptor Albert Paley will speak about his monumental work, “Resurgence,” which will soon be installed along the Riverwalk at Blue Goose Hollow 6 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Bristol – Radio Bristol presents the Farm and Fun Time variety show; live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum at 7 p.m., featuring performances by Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys and David Davis & the Warrior River Boys.
Kingsport –Seeds of Change tells a story of the trials and celebrations of the creation of a small city in the hills of Tennessee in 1917 at the Kingsport Ballet.
Crossville – Jerry J. Thomas performs an intimate acoustic concert 6 p.m. at Grinders House Coffee Shop, benefiting Hospice of Cumberland County.
Cleveland – A free educational symposium commemorates the 180th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears and 50th anniversary of the National Park Service National Historic Trails system 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cleveland State Community College.
Jamestown – Take a guided, quiet cruise around Arch Lake and take in the sights and sounds of a beautiful night at Pickett State Park. The Moonlight Canoe Float costs $5 and starts at 8 p.m. at the boathouse.
Jackson – Songwriter, recording artist, actor and playwright Henry Gross performs 7:30 p.m. at The NED. Tickets are $20.
Savannah – The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off, TN River BBQ Battle & Music Fest, is held at Green Acres RV Park with food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, muscle and classic car cruise-in, corn hole tournament and live music.
Jackson – The 3rd Annual Jacob Barker Music Festival at Amp at the Market is a two-day music festival featuring bands from all across the Mid-South. Profits for the fest benefit “Make a Wish,” providing a wish for a local child and their family.
Nashville – Take a Tennessee Whiskey Adventure to Corsair, H Clark and Leiper’s Fork Distilleries. The tasting tour leaves from the Omni Hotel in Nashville on Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., returning at 6:30 p.m. Book online here.
Middle Tennessee – Don’t miss the Bourbon Women Road Trip to Jack & Back exploring the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, including tastings and tours at Jack Daniel Distillery, Leiper’s Fork Distillery and Green Brier Distillery. Book online here.
April 13-May 5
Jonesborough – The finest artists in the region present painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography and more for the 6th Annual Jonesborough Open Juried Art Show at the McKinney Center, 10 a.m.-to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.