Celebrate Tennessee All Year Long
No matter what time of year, there’s a celebration happening somewhere in the Volunteer State. Get in on the exciting atmosphere at these festivals and family events.
This ten-day family friendly festival celebrates all things outdoors. People of all ability levels are encouraged to participate in the river, mountain and terrain events like rowing, canoe jousting, rock climbing, ziplining, trail running and off-road biking, to name a few. There are also hot air balloon rides, live music performances and plenty of local food vendors. With so much to do, even non-nature lovers will find themselves falling in love with the great outdoors.
Address: 720 Cherry Street Chattanooga, Tennessee 37102
Apple Valley Corn Maze
Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, you'll find the Apple Valley Corn Maze. Gather the family and get ready to have some fun finding your way through the corn maze or haunted corn maze. There's also a petting zoo, hay rides and pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin. Buy seasonal handmade fall decorations while munching on kettle corn, roasted corn and other snacks.
Address: 460 Lonesome Valley Road Sevierville, Tennessee 37862
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
For four days, a sprawling 700-acre farm in Manchester transforms into a non-stop party with 150 acts on ten stages. Experience live music performances from bands of all genres and comedians, browse the art exhibits and check out films in the cinema tent. Make sure to party at the silent disco and shop at the market featuring creations by artisans and other craftsmen, as well as wares from other vendors.
Address: Manchester, Tennessee
Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Allow yourself to be transported to 16th century England at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. Musicians fill the air with period music while costumed villagers roam the grounds. Browse the Renaissance Marketplace for artisan wares and tour Castle Gwynn where you'll behold the RoseDan-Freeman Weaponry Collection and Imogene Stones' Tapestry Collection. Observe games of skill like jousting, human chess matches and knife throwing among others.
Address: 2124 New Castle Road, Arrington, Tennessee 37014
National Storytelling Festival
Every October, storytellers from around the world converge on Jonesborough to share their tall tales, yarns and folklore. Large open air tents host the storytellers and captive audiences. Once the sun sets, older children and family members will enjoy the Ghost Story Concert and adults will appreciate the racier stories in the Midnight Cabaret. Find storytelling merchandise and meet the storytellers at the marketplace.
Address: 116 W. Main Street Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659
RC Cola-Moon Pie Festival
Two Southern favorites, RC Cola and Moon Pies, are celebrated at this annual festival. A 10-mile race kicks off a fun-filled day of events which include the RC-Moon Pie Parade, coronation of the RC-Moon Pie King and Queen, synchronized wading and cutting of the World's Largest Moon Pie. Quirky Moon Pie games give everyone a chance to participate in this family-friendly festival. Arts and crafts booths, live music and food vendors round out the event.
Address: 4 Railroad Square Bell Buckle, Tennessee 37020
Down to Earth Festival
Celebrate the earth and sustainability at the annual Down to Earth Festival. Take a guided tour through the park while on horseback or seated in a horse drawn carriage. There are games, food and plenty of live entertainment. Take to the high adventure activities, shop the eco-friendly arts and crafts, visit the petting zoo or simply stretch out on the rolling lawns.
Address: 6489 Mullins Station Road Memphis, Tennessee 38134
Image courtesy of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival