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 Aug 1 Mighty Fine & Dandy at Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Granville, TN Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. Tennessee's Best Bluegrass and Ole Time Music Every Saturday Night 6pm warm up show 7pm Syndicated Radio Show learn more Music & Arts Aug 1 Chattanooga Lookouts vs Pensacola Blue Wahoos Chattanooga, TN The Chattanooga Lookouts are a Double-A A affiliate team for the Minnesota Twins. learn more Music & Arts Aug 1 Riverfront Nights Music Series Chattanooga, TN This Free music series is held downtown on Chattanooga’s riverfront. Enjoy food, drinks and great music every week. Free & fee-based boat parking available. learn more Music & Arts Aug 1 - 2 MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL Memphis, TN Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!® learn more Music & Arts Aug 1 - 29 Sundown Saturday's at Stardust Marina on Norris Lake Andersonville, TN Sundown Saturday's will feature live entertainment each Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the patio at Stardust Marina, voted one of the top five marinas in East Tennessee. learn more