Get Ready for Spring with Tennessee Festivals
The groundhog didn’t see his shadow which means spring will come early! While we’re all rejoicing and dreaming about the longer, warmer days ahead, Tennessee celebrates with a slew of spring festivals. From great music and food festivals to home and garden showcases, you’ll find a Tennessee festival that will bring out the spring in you! Take a look at these events happening and you’ll be ready to get out and play in the Tennessee spring.
Knoxville has a plethora of festivals during the spring months. Appreciate the beauty and variety of orchids and buy some to add beautiful color to your home by attending the Orchid Show and Sale presented by The Smoky Mountain Orchid Society March 2-3 in the West Town Mall in Knoxville. The Dogwood Arts Festival promotes the region’s culture, natural beauty and art. One of the featured events is the Rhythm n’ Blooms Fest, a music festival April 21-22 that celebrates the traditional music of the Appalachian region. Featuring a wide-range of music like blues, country and rock & roll, the festival honors Tennessee’s role in American Roots music at different music venues like The Square Room, Latitude 35 and Music Village. A three-day festival pass is $55. Celebrate the earth at Earthfest in Knoxville April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley campus. It’s a free event with food, entertainment and fun. You’ll even learn ways to be more eco-friendly.
In Chattanooga, the Marie Humphrey’s Spring Wildflower Festival & Plant Sale will be March 29 – March 31 at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Choose from hundreds of wildflowers, shrubs and trees for sale and make a day of it by exploring the 300 native gardens and over 12 miles of hiking paths. Events include guided wildflower walks, talks on native plants and longer hikes exploring the upper trails of Reflection Riding.
Linden will have the 5th annual Blooming Arts Festival March 22-24 on Courthouse Square. Musicians, dancers, storytellers, poets, photographers and painters are featured among 100+ exhibiting artists as well as on-site demonstrations of artistic mediums. An inflatable slide and “bounce house” will be available for the kids. Tempting foods, fun and crafts will be waiting for you to visit.
The Rivers & Spires Festival is April 18-20 in historic Clarksville and is one not to be missed, according to Southeast Tourism Society who included the event among the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast”. A celebration of Clarksville’s heritage, history and art scene, the Rivers & Spires Festival features artisans, food and entertainment. Country artist, Jo Dee Messina will be the headliner for this year’s festival as she takes the Public Square Stage April 20 at 7 p.m.
Food vendors, dance and entertainment and a merchant’s market can all be found at Greeneville’s 19th Annual Iris Festival May 18-19. The festival attracts more than 25,000 spectators and features local and regional talent through arts and crafts. There is also a Miss Iris Festival Pageant as well as a varied lineup of performances like jazz, clogging, tap dancing and square dancing. Located in historic Greeneville, it’s a great way to spend a spring weekend.
Memphis in May International Festival, a month-long event in Memphis, features music, a barbecue cooking contest and, this year, salutes Sweden with exhibits, performances and cuisine native to the country. The Beale Street Music Festival is May 3-5 and brings together music of every genre from jazz to blues to rock. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the three-day festival where more than 1.1 million people from around the world have visited. While the 2013 lineup hasn’t been announced yet, performers like NeedToBreathe, Lupe Fiasco and Florence + the Machine have performed on the Beale Street stage.
The West Tennessee Strawberry Festival in Humboldt is a week-long, 76-year tradition to promote the ever-expanding strawberry industry. The festival celebrates food and community May 5-11. Fireworks, music, barbecue cook-offs and, of course, everything strawberry from the growing process to eating are on the schedule. More than 100,000 visitors a year flock to Humboldt for the festival. You can get an armband for $15-$18 on various days throughout the week.
Which festival are you looking forward to this spring? Let me know in the comments below!