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.
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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.

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Middle Tennessee

Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is the most famous symbol of Tennessees music heritage and the place most people think of when they think of Nashville. Its one place you wont want to miss!

See Stars!
East Tennessee

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

The heart of East Tennessee’s respected tradition of art and fine crafts for more than 100 years, Arrowmont is more than a gallery or a school. It’s an experience, a symbol of a way of life and an anchor in the artistic community.

Be Original
West Tennessee

The Blues

The famous names call to mind the rhythms of the Mighty Mississippi River that gave birth to the blues and, later, rock n roll: Beale Street, B.B. King, W.C. Handy, Stax, Sun Studio and the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum. Come and explore the heritage of this uniquely American sound.

Get the Blues

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 Apr 24 - 26 Rivers and Spires Festival Clarksville, TN This internationally award winning event features over 100 entertainers, art, children’s events, a teen area, international exhibits and community talent shows, all throughout Historic Downtown Clarksville. The Festival has FREE admission to all concerts, shows, and most activities. Rivers and Spires Festival started in 2003 as a tribute to the returning soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Since then, it has continued to follow this heritage, with special tributes for the many soldiers from nearby Fort Campbell deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. learn more Music & Arts Apr 24 - May 11 Monty Python's Spamalot Knoxville, TN Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and voted Outstanding Musical of 973 AD, The New York Times called Spamalot, “resplendently silly.” A musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This Broadway smash features flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers! Recommended for high school and up. learn more Music & Arts Apr 24 Gatlinburg Earth Day Festival Gatlinburg, TN Families are encouraged to come and celebrate in the Earth Day Festival. Enjoy music, free crafts, activities, face painting, demonstrations and more at Mynatt Park from 3:00-7:00pm! learn more Music & Arts Apr 24 - 26 Windrock Park Spring Jamboree Oliver Springs, TN Guided rides, ATV Rodeo, poker run, Windrock Wide Open, Windrock Challenge, Drag Race, Mud Drag and Dash for Cash are just a few of the activities at the Jamboree! learn more Music & Arts Apr 24 Curator's Perspective: "Art and War: Propaganda, Conscience, and the Power of Objectivity" Presented by Frist Center Chief Curator, Mark Scala Nashville, TN This lecture will consider the historical representation of war in the context of the exhibitions Goya: The Disasters of War and Steve Mumford’s War Journals, 2003–2013. While much war-related art has functioned as propaganda—diminishing the humanity of the enemy and emphasizing the glorious defense of homeland or ideology—other art employs extreme emotionalism to open eyes and hearts to the brutality of war. A third path, meant to dispassionately record the day-to-day reality of a war zone, avoids overt propagandizing or emotional manipulation. The artist-as-realist might say “I make no judgment. It is up to you to deduce a larger narrative, place blame, or probe more deeply into the causes of the conflict.” The lecture will raise questions: Why do artists depict conflict? How and by whom are their images used? Does their work change anything? learn more