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


Nashville hosts the 16th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference Sept. 15-20. More than 160 artists will perform at venues across the city including Los Lobos, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack, Jim Lauderdale, Stephen Kellogg, honeyhoney, Andrew Combs, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, Liz Longley, Josh Rouse and more. For more information, click here.

East Tennessee

Bristol Rhythm Roots & Reunion

More than 100 music acts take to stages throughout downtown Bristol for this three-day music festival, Sept. 18-20. This year you will hear the likes of Steve Earle & the Dukes, Dr. Dog, Delbert McClinton, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, and many more. For tickets and more info, click here.

Dancin' in the Birthplace of Country Music
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 Nov 27 Christmas in the Country Livingston, TN Christmas in the Country learn more Music & Arts Nov 27 - 28 The Nutcracker Sweet Gatlinburg, TN Presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7 p.m. in the W.L. Mills Auditorium. (GCVBE) Call (865) 680-7369 for ticket information. learn more Music & Arts Nov 27 Free Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Barn Nursery, Chattanooga! Chattanooga, TN Free Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Barn Nursery, Chattanoog! learn more Music & Arts Nov 27 Lighted Boat Parade Chattanooga, TN Kick off the Christmas season with this popular lighted parade of approximately 40 boats decorated for the season, holiday music on the stage, holiday craft vendors, food & drink concessions, live Nativity scene and glittering fireworks finale signals the illumination of 130+ downtown buildings, bridges and parks for the winter season. learn more Music & Arts Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Holidays on Ice Presented by Home Federal Bank Knoxville, TN Outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Knoxville on Market Square--open rain or shine seven days a week. learn more