It's almost time to shake off the cold temperatures, trade out bulky sweaters for cotton shirts and shorts, and start planning for a spring vacation. These Tennessee spring festivals will have you reveling in the sunshine, feeding your soul with music and your stomach with some great southern food:
The festival that takes visitors around the globe March 17-April 9, 2019 at Dollywood is back and bigger than ever. Performers from numerous countries come to perform acrobatic feats, music, and performances by groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, National Dance Company of Siberia and The Flamenco Kings among others. Grab your passport for a culinary and culture featuring tastes from Germany, Ireland, South Africa and many more.
Tin Pan South - Nashville
Music fans from around the world come to Nashville for Tin Pan South March 26-30, 2019 a music festival that honors the songwriters who penned some of the biggest country hits playing on radios across the world today. More than 10 venues host more than 250 songwriters for an unforgettable experience in the heart of Music City.
Awesome April - Nashville
Celebrate why Nashville is hailed as Music City as it hosts big-name songwriters and performers all April-long. The city promises a major event every weekend of the month like Nashville Fashion Week, Cherry Blossom Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and the Wild West Comedy Festival. Keep your calendar empty and your eyes sharp for event announcements.
Mule Day - Columbia
Yes, Tennessee has a "Mule Capital" of the world and it's in Columbia. The eclectic celebration of this animal is spent with a multi-day mule festival April 1-7, 2019 complete with dancing, music, food, competitions like log-loading and pony mule pulling, and parades of mules and their miniature counterparts. It's an adorable festival kids of all ages love to attend.
Africa in April - Memphis
Africa in April is a cultural event that gives its audience a glimpse into Togo through arts and crafts, music, food, culture, history and even economics. The festival is on Beale Street where you can enjoy authentic food, explore exhibitions, see performing arts and listen to music that will make you want to dance.
World's Biggest Fish Fry - Paris
Thousands of people flock to the small town of Paris for the five tons of fried catfish that is served during the all-you-can-eat feast April 26-28, 2019. Stay an extra day to enjoy the Grand Parade, pageants, catfish races, and arts and crafts.
Nightfall Series - Chattanooga
The free music series is held each Friday night May 3-Aug. 30, 2019 in Miller Plaza in downtown Chattanooga. The music starts with opening acts at 7 p.m. EST and national headliners take the stage at 8 p.m. The series is family and pet-friendly, a great way to sample a wide range of genres performed by nationally and internationally-known artists.
Iroquois Steeplechase - Nashville
More than 25,000 spectators come to the beautiful Percy Warner Park in Nashville for the time-honored tradition of Iroquois Steeplechase May 11, 2019. Southern fashions, incredible food and thrilling horse races make this a crowd-pleasing event. Tailgating, furnished tents and family areas are available for guests to make the day a truly enjoyable experience.
Rhythm N' Blooms - Knoxville
Nationally-known artists flock to Knoxville to perform on multiple stages during the two-day music festival held in venues around downtown May 17-19, 2019. Artists on the 2019 bill include Dawes, The Black Lillies, My Brightest Diamond, Tyler Childers and many more.