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.
Dollywood is your springtime destination as the award-winning, family-friendly attraction introduces a new event, Flower & Food Festival May 8-June 14, 2020. Marvel at the topiary structures, crafted by horticultural artists, reaching up to 14 feet. Take a selfie underneath Umbrella Sky, a tapestry of colorful umbrellas suspended over Showstreet. Keep your calendar open for the in-the-kitchen demonstrations and special culinary events that highlight the fresh ingredients of spring.
Music fans from around the world come to Nashville for Tin Pan South March 24-28, 2020 a music festival that honors the songwriters who penned some of the biggest country hits playing on radios across the world today. Ten venues host more than 250 songwriters for an unforgettable experience in the heart of Music City.
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.
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 2-5, 2020 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, taking place April 15-19, 2020, 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 at Robert R. Church Park in Memphis where you can enjoy authentic food, explore exhibitions, see performing arts and listen to music that will make you want to dance.
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 18-25, 2020. Stay an extra day to enjoy the Grand Parade, pageants, catfish races, and arts and crafts.
Find out what a ramp is and how to use it in meals at this culinary festival dedicated to the ramp April 24-25, 2020 at this 4-H Camp McCroy in Reliance, Tennessee. The festival kicks off with bluegrass music and servings of white beans, cornbread and ramps. Saturday is a full day with a ramp meal featuring fried ramps in eggs, fried potatoes, streaked meat, white beans and cornbread. Music fills the air all day and local craftsmen have handmade items for sale. Buck dancing and clogging happen later on in the afternoon.
Let your sweet tooth lead you to downtown Humboldt for the 83rd annual West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, Tennessee largest and longest-running festival since 1934, May 3-May 9, 2020. An art extravaganza, fireworks, a contest for the best strawberry recipe, shortcake in the park, the Strawberry Market, live music and entertainment, parades and pageants make this festival a must-attend for any traveler.
The 79th annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival includes new offerings like magic show performances, a new music stage and Robocars May 8-9, 2020 in downtown Portland. Be sure to catch the Strawberry Slam Wrestling Event, story hour, pancake breakfast, more than 150 food, craft and information vendors, strawberry farmers and much more. Stay for the strawberry festival parade and fireworks that cap off the festival.
Memphis in May International Festival packs the month of May with unforgettable events like Beale Street Music Festival May 1-3, 2020 in Tom Lee Park with performances by Lil Wayne, The Avett Brothers, Three 6 Mafia, The Lumineers and more than 60 other top musical acts; the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 13-16, 2020 at Tom Lee Park, where barbecue teams from around the world compete for the title of World Champion and a share of more than $115,000 in prize money. Thousands flock to watch and taste barbecue with a trip through BBQ Alley by Big Green Egg & Friends and more ; and the Great American River Run May 23, 2020 which introduces an inaugural 10k run along with the half marathon and 5k routes. Take in Memphis as you run along the banks of the Mississippi River and through downtown Memphis. Post-race fun includes music, food and beverages.
More than 25,000 spectators come to the beautiful Percy Warner Park in Nashville for the time-honored tradition of Iroquois Steeplechase May 9, 2020. 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.
Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga's longest-running, award-winning music festival brings music lovers together for performances on four stages May 27-30, 2020 at Ross's Landing on Riverfront Parkway. Enjoy views of the Tennessee River while listening to Brothers Osborne, Blackberry Smoke, Ashley McBryde, Here Come The Mummies, Mavis Staples, Darius Rucker, The Cadillac Three and many more.
These festivals and so many more can be experienced during your vacation to Tennessee. Check out even more festival fun on the Events Page.