August 19, 2021
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*Dates reflect the 2021/2022 calendar year
2021 Tennessee Music Festivals
Music comes back to The Farm in Manchester. Concerts on the Farm is an in-person concert experience with socially distanced "pods" May 14-July 4, 2021 with performances by Jason Aldean, Billy Strings, Jon Pardi with special guest Jameson Rodgers, and The Avett Brothers. Tickets are sold in groups of 4, so bring your friends or family for a great night of music. Food and beverage options will be available on-site through mobile ordering and picked up at the appropriate stand, limiting interactions between other concert attendees.
This music festival commemorates the important music contributions of three blues pioneers who called Brownsville, Tennessee home: “Sleepy” John Estes, Hammie Nixon and Yank Rachell on May 29, 2021. Live blues music, a cruise-in, deep-fried barbecue eating contest, arts and crafts and a corvette car show are all on tap at the Exit 56 Blues Fest. The experience will held outdoors and physical distancing and face coverings when in close proximity to others are encouraged.
Memphis brings music back in a big way with live music citywide every day this summer and kicks off with the GET LOUD free concert series in W.C. Handy Park. Each Thursday beginning June 5 will feature amazing music talent like PJ Morton + Marcella & Her Lovers on June 5, St. Paul & The Broken Bones + The MD's June 10, Rebirth Brass Band + Chinese Connection Dub Embassy June 24 and so much more. Get the full lineup and start planning your getaway to Memphis.
Heralded as the official festival for the state of Tennessee, the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree July 2-3, 2021 draws musicians and crafters as well as fans of both from around the world to remember the ancestral music and crafts passed down over generations. Enjoy an array of crafts booths, some barbecue and one of the biggest free shows filled with toe-tappin’ music.
Savannah Bluegrass Festival – Savannah
Picking, jam sessions and live music performances are on tap for the free Bluegrass Festival July 2-3, 2021 at the Savannah Market in downtown Savannah. The festival celebrates national fiddling champion and hometown legend Wayne Jerrolds. The full lineup and event schedule is soon to be announced.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of fun at the 2021 Fun Fest July 16-24 in Kingsport. Family fun is abundant at the festival. The Sunset Concert Series presents different artists each night in concert, including Crowder, Andrew Ripp and Tyla Boyd on July 22, Old Crow Medicine Show and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors July 23 and Darius Rucker and Jake Hoot July 24. Additional event details and events are forthcoming.
The birthplace of Southern Gospel hosts well-known groups during the James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival July 28-31, 2021 at the Historic Crockett Theater in Lawrenceburg. Free shows fill the two days. Lineup and full schedule is to be announced.
Party this summer with some of the top Christian artists at Lifest Music City July 29-31, 2021 in Bon Aqua. Performances by Newsboys, Matthew West, Mandisa, Skillet, Lecrae, Michael W. Smith, Danny Gokey, Sidewalk Prophets and Joe Nichols will take place at the 2021 family-friendly music festival. Food vendors and a marketplace will also be featured.
Artists like Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, Foo Fighters, Lana Del Rey and more will play for music fans who will once again flock to the 700-acre farm Sept. 2-5, 2021 in Manchester. The farm becomes a city with various events like yoga, Broo'ers Festival, sustainable fun at Planet Roo, the classic Ferris Wheel, Splash-A-Roo and a village market with curated crafts, art and experiences. Tickets and packages are on sale now.
Muddy Roots Festival will celebrate roots music Sept. 3-5, 2021. Named a top festival by both Rolling Stone and Garden & Gun, experience music with artists in a variety of genres from traditional country to punk, camping, vintage cars, vendors, and pinups. Bands for the 2021 festival will be announced soon. Pre- or post-festival, chill at Waterloo Falls near the festival grounds; and explore more than 150 waterfalls within a 40-mile radius of downtown Cookeville. Come for the music and leave with a newfound community.
Riverfest - Clarksville
Art, music and a family-friendly atmosphere are set along the banks of the Cumberland River during Riverfest Sept. 9-11, 2021 in downtown Clarksville. Three stages of music with artists performing country, R&B and more provide a nice soundtrack as guests enjoy food, kids' activities like games and inflatables and a wealth of competitions.
At this award-winning music festival, the roots of traditional Appalachian music are brought to life through talented musicians Sept. 10-12, 2021. Known as the birthplace of country music, Bristol's music history runs deep and have been celebrated by nationally-known artists. The 2021 lineup is amazing with artists Tanya Tucker, Blackberry Smoke, Dr. Dog, Yola, Steeldrivers, Rhonda Vincent and Hayes Carll and more than 100 other bands who will perform on 13 stages during the three music-filled days.
Mountain roots are honored as 15 regional and national bluegrass acts flock to the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival Sept. 16-18, 2021 in Kodak, Tennessee. Enjoy the views of the Great Smoky Mountains while hearing some of the best bluegrass talent from The Gibson Brothers to Rhonda Vincent & The Rage with fans from across the country. Picking and jam sessions, food and merchandise add to the fun.
The city's largest historic district, Cooper-Young is Memphis' most anticipated outdoor celebration. The festival welcomes thousands and more than 400 artisans from around the U.S. Sept. 18, 2021 to share their art. Music performances range in sound from R&B to reggae to pop and gospel.
Thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals will make their way Sept. 22-25, 2021 to various venues around Nashville. Jewel, The Vespers, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Buddy Miller, and Parker Millsap are just some of the artists who have participated in the past. More than 165 showcases in venues around downtown Nashville give guests an insight on why Nashville truly is Music City. The 2021 lineup is currently being planned.
The festival takes place Sept. 25-26, 2021. It was created to bring a meaningful, music experience to its attendees at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. The region's best food and drink will be available and merchants selling art and crafts round out the festival's offerings. Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson and Beck have played at this festival. The 2021 lineup includes Dave Matthews Band, Maren Morris, The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Amos Lee, Valerie June, Khruangbin, Black Pumas and more. Two-day general admission and VIP passes are on sale now.
More than 40,000 music fans will head to Pigeon Forge's LeConte Center Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021 for nightly concerts and showcases featuring some of the biggest quartet groups in Southern gospel. The National Quartet Convention is one of the biggest events for the genre. Tickets are now on sale.
Dailey & Vincent head up the Cumberland River Music Fest Oct. 8-9 at the Jackson County Airport in Gainesboro. The inaugural music festival will have an amazing lineup of bluegrass, country and gospel greats like the Oak Ridge Boys, Bellamy Brothers, Jake Hoot, Dailey & Vincent for both nights and a slew of other artists to be announced. Tickets are now on sale with 2-day tickets starting at $79 and 1-day tickets starting at $45.
2022 Music Festivals in Tennessee
Beale Street Music Festival - Memphis
Beale Street Music Festival will come back April 29, 2022. The festival, part of the bigger Memphis in May International Festival in Memphis, is one of the top music festivals in the U.S. and for good reason. The Beale Street Music Festival takes place for three days, bringing together an eclectic mix of bands and solo artists to four stages, giving its thousands of fans something to sing about. For 2021, Memphis in May welcomes back the 2021 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 12-15 where some of the top 'cuers compete for top prizes and bragging rights. The 2021 Great American River Run takes place May 29. Check the event modifications due to Covid-19 including temperature screenings, face mask requirements and other safety protocols approved by the Shelby County Health Department.
Next year, CMA Music Festival comes back bigger and better than ever for its 49th installment of the festival. Mark your calendar for June 9-12, 2022 where the brightest stars in country flock to Nashville for the biggest party in the city. Check out continued updates on CMA Fest including tickets, the star-studded lineup, stages and more.
Explore even more made in Tennessee music experiences and plan your pilgrimage today.