Music & Arts
Tennessee is a feast for both body and soul. Take a musical journey, or sink your senses into beautiful works of art and craft. Explore the tales we tell in words, sights and sounds.

Tennessee is best known for its rich music scene, with mind-blowing music venues for every taste. But the music is only the beginning.

Lose yourself in the wonder of tales told in traditional stage shows and quirky storytelling that reaches deep into our heritage. Learn about Tennessees greats of stage and screen. Let the visual arts in our galleries, museums and festivals fill your minds eye.

Touch the handiwork of Tennessees artisans both traditional and avant-garde. Examine our astonishing literary history from scholarly research to science fiction. Top it all off with a filling taste of Tennessees culinary arts.

Middle Tennessee

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

One words says it all – Bonnarroo. One of the best music and arts festivals in the world starts the second Thursday of every June and runs four days on a 700-acre farm in Manchester.  Artists from every musical genre hit the stage including acts this year such as Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Florence & The Machine, Kacey Musgraves and more. This is a one-of-a-kind musical experience that can only be Made in Tennessee.

Festival on the Farm
East Tennessee

Riverbend Festival

Started in 1982, Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga has become one the largest music festivals in the country. This year's festival, June 5 - 13, features some 100 artists playing eight nights on stages around downtown. Riverbend attracts more than 600,000 people every year. You'll be able to catch artists such as Hunter Hayes, Three Doors Down, Merle Haggard, Sam Hunt, Melissa Etheridge, Martina McBride and Stone Temple Pilots.

Dancin' on the River
Middle Tennessee

CMA Music Festival

The biggest names in country music bring their talents and diehard fans June 11-14 to downtown Nashville for the CMA Music Festival. Country artists can meet their fans during the AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X which includes live music on three stages, freebies, fan experiences and artist interactions including autograph signings and meet-and-greets. Get thee to LP Field every night for performances by Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Ashley Monroe, Aaron Watson, Big Smo, Chris Young, Chase Rice, Diamond Rio, Dustin Lynch, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, The Oak Ridge Boys and many more. 

Country Music's Biggest Festival
West Tennessee

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum tells the story of the birth of rock and soul music. Located on famous Beale Street in the FedEx Forum, this Smithsonian interactive exhibition covers Memphis' music history from the rural field hollers and sharecroppers of the 1930s through the explosion of Sun, Stax and Hi Records onto the music scene. 

Listen to legends

Experience Music & Arts

Tennessee’s natural beauty and cultural heritage feed the creative instinct like no other place. Immerse yourself in the depth and variety of artistic expression in Tennessee.

Music & Arts Jul 6 - 10 Arts Adventures Unmasked Maryville, TN Performing Arts Day Camp learn more Music & Arts Jul 6 - 10 Science of History Summer Camp Smyrna, TN The Science of History will focus on the plantation’s natural resources and will feature engaging, hands-on activities designed to inspire campers to take a closer look at the world around them. Activities will include a creek stomp, a meadow safari, outdoor living skills, and maybe even getting up-close and personal with some wildlife! learn more Music & Arts Jul 7 - 11 West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex / AAYBA World Series Jackson, TN The Southeast's premier youth baseball and softball facility located in the heart of West Tennessee halfway between Memphis and Nashville on Interstate 40. With 17 lighted and immaculately groomed fields sitting on 70 acres, the Sportsplex welcomed over 1545 travel teams with a 38 tournament schedule during its seventh straight season. The Sportsplex is next door to the Jackson Generals, the Double A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. To learn more about Jackson visit http://jacksontn.com/tourism/. To learn more about the Sportsplex visit http://www.jacksonsportsplex.com or call 731.425.8640. learn more Music & Arts Jul 7 - 11 Won-Ldy Paye as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center Jonesborough, TN Won-Ldy Paye is from the northeastern rice farming region of Liberia. He is a member of the Tlo Ker Mehn, the class of professional entertainers who are keepers of the oral tradition. Growing up in the rice field, Paye was trained by his grandmother to remember and retell the stories of the Dan people. learn more Music & Arts Jul 8 Wine Down Wednesday with Sips N Strokes Nashville, TN What better place to paint then in a winery. learn more