It’s a time to celebrate our Tennessee rites of spring – one-of-a-kind festivals, incredible food, live music and of course, our abundant natural beauty. Treat yourself. Come relax and recharge. You’ll cherish the memories made during a Tennessee spring.

Festival Fun

It's festival time in Tennessee. From smokin’ barbecue and biscuits to the world’s largest fish fry, wildflowers to delicate teapots, and film to global cultures - come join the fun. Here are some of our festivals to visit over the next few weeks - Nashville Film Festival April 16-25, Dollywood Festival of Nations in Pigeon Forge, Africa in April in Memphis April 15-19, National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg April 25-26, Main Street Festival in Franklin April 25-26, Tennessee Iris Festival in Dresden April 25 - May 2, and Nashville LEGO KidsFest April 17-19.

Move to the Beat

You’ll find music on almost every corner. From our festivals to the daily shows in our intimate or iconic venues, celebrate spring dancing to the beat. Coming up in Tennessee:  Rivers & Spires Festival in Clarksville April 16-18, Rites of Spring at Vanderbilt University in Nashville (along with many more fun festivals) and Beale Street Music Festival May 1-3 in Memphis.

Outdoor Adventure

Warmer weather is just around the corner. It's time to explore Tennessee's beautiful outdoors. Hiking the mystical Smokies, rushing down the Ocoee rapids or fishing on Reelfoot Lake - what will you plan for your visit?

Spring Trip Tales

"Reconstruction Tennessee" comes alive at the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event in Knoxville, April 30-May 1. 

2015 Signature Event in Knoxville
Apr 18 Robert Crockett-Longhunter Days Livingston, TN History of early settlers in Overton County. learn more Apr 18 Valley Grass Express 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 Apr 18 Xfinity Series 300 & PittLite 125 Bristol, TN The Xfinity Series races at Bristol routinely put on one of the best shows in the motorsports. If you have not experienced it, now is the time to get your tickets and be a part of it all at the World’s Fastest Half Mile. learn more Apr 18 - 19 Smoky Mountain Orchid Society Show and Sale Knoxville, TN Smoky Mountain Orchid Society Show and Sale learn more Apr 18 Park Day Parker's Crossroads, TN Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hand-on preservation event to help Civil War Battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail buildings. This annual event sponsored by the Civil War Trust and History® is an excellent opportunity to bring Civil War enthusiasts together in an effort to help keep our nation’s Civil War heritage not only preserved, but pristine. learn more