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There's no place like Tennessee to inspire artistic expression, from great music to traditional crafts, from storytelling to fine art.

Tennessee is calling you to enjoy great entertainment in music and performing arts, with beautiful historic theaters and unique music venues throughout the state, from the blues on the banks of the Mississippi, to the world-famous recording studios of Nashville, to the haunting sounds of traditional mountain music in the east.

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Orpheum Theatre
"In 1890, the Grand Opera House was built on the corner of Main and Beale Streets. The Grand was billed as the classiest theatre outside of New York City. Vaudeville was the main source of entertainment at the time and acts featured singers, musicians and magicians. The Grand became part of the Orpheum Circuit of vaudeville shows in 1907, thus ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-525-7800

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Palace Theater
"The Palace is Tennessee's oldest silent movie theatre and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre has been renovated to it's original splendor and hosts live shows, movies and performances. Call for schedule. (615) ...more

City:  Gallatin, TN
Phone:  615-452-5692

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Palace Theater
"The Palace Theater, restored 1934 theater, hosts film and music shows throughout the ...more

City:  Maryville, TN
Phone:  800-352-8745

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Palace Theatre
"A Short History of Crossville’s Palace Theatre by Jim Young The Palace Theatre has been a part of Crossville’s Main Street for 73 years! Sometimes called “The Jewel of Main Street,” the Palace Theatre has now been restored into a flexible community auditorium that can show 35 mm classic movies, host concerts from classical to rock, beauty pageants, school programs ...more

City:  Crossville, TN
Phone:  (931) 484-6133

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Paris Historic Downtown
"Unique shops and cafes surround one of the oldest courthouses in Tennessee with antique stores and walking tours of the historic downtown ...more

City:  Paris, TN
Phone:  731-642-1030

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Princess Performing Arts, Education & Conference Center
"This historic theatre is one of only a few Art Deco theatres still standing today. It is now the Princess Performing Arts, Education & Conference Center, offering movies, plays, live music and education ...more

City:  Harriman, TN
Phone:  865-354-3000

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Rogersville Historic District
"National Register Historic district referred to as "Tennessee's largest collection of Federal-type architecture," dating from ...more

City:  Rogersville, TN
Phone:  423-272-2186

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Ryman Auditorium
"Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001, the Ryman has an impressive country music origin. As home to the Grand Ole Opry, the building gained nationwide recognition. From 1943-74, artists including Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley could be found on the Ryman stage. In 1974, when the Opry moved to the new Grand ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-889-3060

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Sam Houston Schoolhouse
"Houston, the only person in U.S. history to be elected governor in two different states (Tennessee and Texas), moved to Maryville when he was 14 years old. At 16, he ran away from home and was adopted by the Cherokee nation. He returned to Maryville at age 19 and founded the first school built in Tennessee. He served with distinction in ...more

City:  Maryville, TN
Phone:  865-983-1550

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Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park
"Alvin York, one of the nation’s most decorated war heroes, became the public face of the Congressional Medal of Honor after capturing 35 German machine guns and 132 prisoners in the Argonne Forest in 1918. York was a hard-working, hard-fighting sharpshooter, a simple country boy and a religious pacifist who displayed tremendous courage, calm and common sense in taking charge ...more

City:  Pall Mall, TN
Phone:  931-879-6456

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Sleepy John Estes House
"Sleepy John Estes, an American bluesman, was also a legendary guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Born in Ripley, Tennessee, Sleepy John's family moved to Brownsville, Tennessee, when he was 16. His father was a sharecropper who also played guitar, and Sleepy John took a cue from him. Due to an accident in a baseball game, Sleepy John lost sight in his ...more

City:  Brownsville, TN
Phone:  (731) 779-9000

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Soldier in Grey
"Dedicated on April 6, 1905, on the 43rd anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. The hand-chiseled granite monument stands guard on the courthouse lawn at the center of Historic Court ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN
Phone:  731-286-7800

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Southeast Tennessee Civil War Trail
"Southeast Tennessee's Civil War Trails, Fighting for the Rails brochure provides a designated path for southeast Tennessee travelers to follow as they explore sites associated with the American Civil War in Tennessee. The brochure has 47 sites and covers 10 counties. Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association (SETTA) worked in conjunction with Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Historic Preservation and ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 424-4267

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Spring Hill Battlefield
"Interpretative walking trail at site of one of the most controversial events of the Civil ...more

City:  Spring Hill, TN
Phone:  888-852-1860

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Springfield Historic Downtown
"Beautifully restored Main Street and Public Square featuring 125-year-old courthouse, museum, archives, shops, cafes and a beautiful ...more

City:  Springfield, TN
Phone:  888-511-1109

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Bryan Fine Arts Center
"Home to the Tennessee Tech University Dept. of Music and Art and the Bryan Symphony. Two-hundred concerts and exhibitions by national and local artists ...more

City:  Cookeville, TN
Phone:  931-525-2633

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Bungo Glass
"The main focus of glass artists Shawn Bungo is on creating bold glass jewelry, but he also makes paperweights, marbles, cabinet knobs. He works exclusively with American-made borosilicate glass rods, preferring the incomparable quality and color palette of this glass. Most of his work has naturally taken on an oceanic or aquatic feel, with many of designs imitating exotic ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-851-7938

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Cane Creek Mennonite Community
"Handmade crafts, custom cabinets, baskets, wood crafts, leather goods, rocking chairs, honey, fresh produce in season and more! For more information contact: ...more

City:  Lobelville, TN
Phone:  931-589-2453

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Carroll Reece Museum
"Art and history museum with six galleries on regional history, musical instruments, arts and fine crafts. Associated programming and ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  423-439-4392

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park
"Cedars of Lebanon State Park, in Tennessee’s Central Basin, was named by settlers who saw in the dense cedar forest a reminder of the Biblical Cedars of Lebanon. The park and forest were established as a resettlement park when the federal government bought depleted farmland in 1937 and resettled the residents. The Works Progress Administration handled the building ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  800-713-5180

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Center for Appalachian Studies and Services
"The Center fosters educational, scholarly, artistic and public service opportunities that address the needs and interests of the Appalachian ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  423-439-5348

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Center for Southern Folklore & Cafe
"Informal folklife center presenting music and arts and crafts. Cultural tours, noon-time music shows, exhibits, cyber cafe, lunches and gift shop. The center features works by African-American artists and photographers and offers films, exhibits, books, music, artwork and ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-525-3655

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Chattanooga Market
"Open air market located in downtown Chattanooga in an old foundry. The market features handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, live entertainment, chef demonstrations, children's art projects, farm direct tax free products and a unique ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-648-2496

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Cherokee Chieftain
"Acclaimed sculptor, Peter "Wolf" Toth presented this carving to the city in 1974. The beloved Chieftain is the focal point of Downtown Cleveland's Johnston Park. Toth carved a Native American statue in each of the 50 ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  800-472-6588

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Chickasaw State Park
"Chickasaw State Rustic Park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west Tennessee, with water recreation on Lakes Placid and La Joie. Chickasaw was one of Tennessee’s earliest state parks and has always been a place of classic state park recreation, nature, and scenery in an historic environment. Chickasaw is primarily a recreation park, popular for its cabins ...more

City:  Henderson, TN
Phone:  800-458-1752

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Cleveland Creative Arts Guild's Craft Palette
"Arts and crafts shop and ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  423-478-3114

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Coker Creek Gallery
"Experience the exceptional art and traditional handmade craft of more than 30 artisans in the unspoiled mountains of East Tennessee. Mediums include photography, pottery, basketry, jewelry, forged metal, glass, wood, sculpture, painting, weaving and ...more

City:  Coker Creek, TN
Phone:  423-261-2157

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Common Ground
"Gourmet coffee shop, cafe, unique gifts and original artwork. Free ...more

City:  Kingston, TN

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Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch at Oakes Farm
"Visit the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Oakes Farm for "the most fun you can have while getting lost." Lose yourself in their 12-acre, professionally designed corn maze. Then, take a hayride to their nine-acre pumpkin patch where you can select and pick your own ...more

City:  Corryton, TN
Phone:  865-688-6200

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Cotton Museum of the South
"Features a 1915 cotton gin. Located in a rural antique village with dining, shops, country church, arboretum, log buildings and a one-room ...more

City:  Alamo, TN
Phone:  731-663-3319

Bonnaroo Music and Art festival has been given the "Outstanding Greener Festival" award by agreenerfestival.com, "authority on all things green in the live music industry around the world."

The "Outstanding Greener Festival" is the highest accolade one can receive, and was awarded to Bonnaroo this year along with only six other festivals globally. Bonnaroo has, since inception, attempted to change the direction of the concert industry by implementing carbon-conscious practices and emphasizing the importance of minding waste and excess while still enjoying great music.

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Dayton Strawberry Festival
Includes a children’s pageant, children’s area, entertainment, arts & crafts, food vendors and, of course ...more

City:  Dayton, TN
Phone:  423-775-0361
Dates:  May 11, 2007 - May 12, 2007

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Dogwood Arts Festival
Walk along more than 60 miles of trails featuring some of the most spectacular dogwood trees of all kinds ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-637-4561
Dates:  Apr 2, 2009 - May 29, 2009

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Riverbend Festival
Six stages of world-class music, includes rock, classic, country, bluegrass, jazz, eclectic, R&B, and mor ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-756-2211
Dates:  Jun 5, 2009 - Jun 13, 2009

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20th Anniversary Kuumba Festival
Showcases local African American art and artists sharing, educating, and exposing rich cultural art forms ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-546-9705
Dates:  Jun 25, 2009 - Jun 28, 2009

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Grainger County Tomato Festival
Events include Civil War encampment, Arts & Cultural Exposition, tomato wars, 5K fun run, antique car sho ...more

City:  Rutledge, TN
Phone:  865-828-4222
Dates:  Jul 24, 2009 - Jul 26, 2009

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Movies at the Bijou: Pretty in Pink & The Breakfast Club
Double feature at the historic Bijou. ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Jul 31, 2009 - Aug 1, 2009

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Will Reagan & the United Pursuit Band at the Bijou
Will Reagan and the United Pursuit Band have touched thousands upon thousands rocking out their unorthodo ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Aug 6, 2009 - Aug 6, 2009

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Movies at the Bijou: Princess Mononoke & Spirited Away
A double feature of award-winning animated films from Japan. ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Aug 7, 2009 - Aug 8, 2009

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Adrian Belew Power Trio at the Bijou
Adrian Belew has played with some of rock's biggest names (Frank Zappa, David Bowie, the Talking Heads, K ...more

City:  knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Aug 21, 2009 - Aug 21, 2009

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The Wallflowers at the Bijou
Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers are back again in fine form once more. ...more

City:  knoxville, TN
Dates:  Aug 29, 2009 - Aug 29, 2009

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Jesse Winchester at the Bijou
Jesse Winchester gained prominence through his association with The Band's Robbie Robertson and Levon Hel ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Sep 11, 2009 - Sep 11, 2009

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Margaret Cho at the Bijou
Margaret Cho mixes a whip-smart delivery with loads of sass to entertain an increasingly diverse audience ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Sep 15, 2009 - Sep 15, 2009

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An Evening with Medeski, Martin & Wood at the Bijou
A group that effortlessly straddles the gap between avant-garde improvisation and accessible groove-based ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Sep 16, 2009 - Sep 16, 2009

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Yo La Tengo at the Bijou
One of indie rock's most adventurous and most beloved bands. ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Sep 22, 2009 - Sep 22, 2009

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Sunn O))) with Eagle Twin at the Bijou
Feedback and effects are as much a part of the sonic palette as is the absence of any discernible beat. T ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Sep 24, 2009 - Sep 24, 2009

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Indigo Girls with Alison Brown at the Bijou
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, known to the world as the Indigo Girls, have been releasing fiery folk rock al ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Sep 25, 2009 - Sep 25, 2009

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Bellfield at the Bijou
Knoxville natives Bellfield are creating a unique breed of energetic alternative rock music. ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Sep 26, 2009 - Sep 26, 2009

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30th Annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming
Fall Homecoming is one of the nation’s largest and most authentic music, craft, and folk festivals. More ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  865-494-7680
Dates:  Oct 8, 2009 - Oct 11, 2009

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Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Bijou
The Carolina Chocolate Drops play stringband music in the rich tradition of fiddle and banjo music in Car ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Oct 11, 2009 - Oct 11, 2009

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Andrew Bird with St. Vincent at the Bijou
"Bird could be the only performer who's lit up both Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo with a combination of vocal ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Oct 13, 2009 - Oct 13, 2009

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An Evening with Marianne Faithfull
A long and distinguished career has seen Marianne Faithfull emerge as one of the most original female sin ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Oct 16, 2009 - Oct 16, 2009

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Joe Bonamassa at the Bijou
Joe Bonamassa's reputation as one of the world's greatest guitar players is undeniable. ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-0832
Dates:  Oct 27, 2009 - Oct 27, 2009

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Smoky Mountain Winterfest
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville - The gateway towns to the Smokies turn into a winter wonderland wi ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  800-568-4748
Dates:  Nov 3, 2009 - Feb 28, 2010

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14th Annual National Cornbread Festival
Live entertainment, juried arts & crafts, and food. This festival honors cornbread with the National Corn ...more

City:  South Pittsburg, TN
Phone:  423-837-0022
Dates:  Apr 24, 2010 - Apr 25, 2010

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5K Run/25K Bike Race
The Humphreys County, Tennessee, Waverly Lions Club's main fundraising event, 17th Annual 5K Run / 25K Bi ...more

City:  Waverly, TN
Phone:  931-622-2775
Dates:  May 13, 2006 - May 13, 2006

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Holiday Tours at the Hermitage - Home of President Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson always welcomed visitors to his home. Since The Hermitage opened as a museum in 1889 nearl ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-889-2941
Dates:  Nov 28, 2008 - Jan 1, 2009

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Tin Pan South
Celebrate songwriters and their craft at America’s largest music festival dedicated to them. ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  800-321-6008
Dates:  Mar 31, 2009 - Apr 4, 2009

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Awesome April
A musical tribute to the city that promises a major event each weekend. ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  800-657-6910
Dates:  Apr 1, 2009 - Apr 1, 2009

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Rivers & Spires Festival
Six stages with over 100 entertainers, Kidz Zone, arts & crafts, teen zone, and more. ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  931-245-4344
Dates:  Apr 16, 2009 - Apr 18, 2009

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Bonnaroo Music Festival
Outdoor concert with world-class, twenty-four hour entertainment. Voted #1 music festival in the nation ...more

City:  Manchester, TN
Phone:  931-728-7635
Dates:  Jun 11, 2009 - Jun 14, 2009

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CMA Music Festival
Each year “Country Music’s Biggest Party” continues to grow. The festival brings country fans and artists ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  800-CMA-FEST
Dates:  Jun 11, 2009 - Jun 14, 2009

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Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival
Two days of great music, wonderful food, and plenty of fun for the family. Local jazz and blues musicians ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 726-5867
Dates:  Jun 18, 2009 - Jun 29, 2009

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Smithville's Fiddler's Jamboree & Crafts Festival
State and National Championships in 24 categories plus 7 categories for country music beginners, continuo ...more

City:  Smithville, TN
Phone:  615-597-8500
Dates:  Jul 3, 2009 - Jul 4, 2009

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Americana Music Festival
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City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615.386.6936
Dates:  Sep 16, 2009 - Sep 19, 2009

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Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival
Tons of fun! Three acres of activities, free wagon rides, making & tasting sorghum molasses, Bluegrass/Co ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-837-5197
Dates:  Oct 17, 2009 - Oct 18, 2009

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Memphis In May International Festival
Memphis hosts Chile as its 2009 honored country. Some of the events include the Beale Street Music Festiv ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-525-4611
Dates:  May 1, 2009 - May 31, 2009

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Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival
Features over 300 exhibitors including artists, potters, carvers, jewelry makers, music, delicious barbec ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  731-885-7295
Dates:  Oct 2, 2009 - Oct 4, 2009

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11th Annual Fall Folklore Jamboree
More than 120 traditional folk artists, musicians and exhibitors demonstrate skills in traditional crafts ...more

City:  Milan, TN
Phone:  731-686-7362
Dates:  Oct 17, 2009 - Oct 17, 2009

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73rd Annual West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
One of the oldest festivals in the state. Events include a Berry Festive Afernoon, pet parade, recipe con ...more

City:  Humboldt, TN
Phone:  (731) 784-1842
Dates:  May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

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Tennessee Shines with Alecia Nugent, Doyle Lawson, Jay Clark, and Rob Ikes
...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Dates:  Jul 29, 2009 - Jul 29, 2009

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