Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN
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Spring & Summer Festivals in Tennessee

Plan to attend these unique, quirky and family-friendly festivals happening in the spring and summer.

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Spring Festivals in Tennessee (March-May)
Summer Festivals in Tennessee (June-September)


*Dates reflect the 2024 calendar year

It's time to start planning for a spring and summer vacation. These Tennessee spring and summer city and local town festivals offer music, entertainment, food and more. Check out the unique festivals happening across the state.

Spring Festivals in Tennessee

Daffodil Day & Best of the Butts BBQ Cook-Off - Bell Buckle

Celebrate the coming of spring in Bell Buckle during the Daffodil Day & Best of the Butts BBQ Cook-Off March 16, 2024. You'll see thousands of daffodils line the roads and farmlands for a six-mile stretch of highway leading into Bell Buckle. Once in town, enjoy the flower show where youth and adult gardeners compete for ribbons. At the Cook-Off, watch barbecue masters compete for bragging rights and get a taste to pick your favorite. Tickets to sample are $10.

Mule Day - Columbia 

Yes, Tennessee has a "Mule Capital" of the world and it's in Columbia. Mule Day is April 4-7, 2024 and hosts 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.

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 the Tennessee Tulip FestivalNashville Wine and Food Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Tin Pan South, St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, and the Nashville Comedy Festival. Keep your calendar empty and your eyes sharp for event announcements.

Hot Slaw and Art Y'all - Cleveland

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Hot Slaw was recently named as as an official state food. Celebrate the delicious condiment you can put on hotdogs, hamburgers or eat as a side at the family-friendly food and art festival in Cleveland, Tennessee. The Hot Slaw and Art Y'all! festival takes place April 6, 2024 with live music, artist exhibitors, pop-up street performances, food vendors, contests and, of course, hot slaw smothered on burgers, hot dogs and more.

Trails & Trilliums - Beersheba Springs

Celebrate Earth Day with Tennessee naturalists during Trails & Trilliums April 19-21, 2024 for guided hikes, workshops and talks at Beersheba Springs Conference Center. Visit Stone Door, Savage Gulf, Greeter Falls and Collins Gulf to enjoy amazing overlooks, serene trails, wildflowers and waterfalls. Family-friendly activities include fair house building, campfire cooking, hands-on wildlife seminars, nature hikes and pioneering. It's a great way to experience Tennessee's scenic beauty and learn more about natural preservation.

Flower & Food Festival at Dollywood - Pigeon Forge

Dollywood is your springtime destination as the award-winning, family-friendly attraction introduces a new event, Flower & Food Festival April 19 - June 9, 2024. 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.

Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival - Reliance

Find out what a ramp is and how to use it in meals at this unique culinary festival dedicated to the ramp April 26-27, 2024 at this 4-H Camp McCroy in Reliance, Tennessee. The Ramp Tramp 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. 

World's Biggest Fish Fry - Paris 

The small town of Paris serves of five tons of catfish for the World's Biggest Fish Fry.
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Thousands of people flock to the small town of Paris April 20-27, 2024 for the five tons of fried catfish that is served during the all-you-can-eat feast each April. Stay an extra day to enjoy the World's Biggest Fish Fry's Grand Parade, pageants, catfish races, and arts and crafts.

Tennessee Whiskey Week - Statewide

Sip, savor and celebrate Tennessee craft spirits during Tennessee Whiskey Month May 1-21, 2024. May 21 is International Tennessee Whiskey Day. This is a great time to plan your route along the Tennessee Whiskey Trail and connect with the distillers behind Tennessee's worldwide famed spirits.

Memphis in May International Festival - Memphis

Memphis in May International Festival packs the month of May with unforgettable events the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 15-18, 2024, where barbecue teams from around the world compete for the title of World Champion and 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 25, 2024 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.  

West Tennessee Strawberry Festival - Humboldt 

Let your sweet tooth lead you to downtown Humboldt for the annual West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, Tennessee's largest and longest-running festival since 1934 that takes place May 5-11, 2024. 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.

Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival - Portland 

Find delicious strawberries around every corner.

The annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival includes new offerings like magic show performances, live music and Robocars May 11, 2024 in downtown Portland. Be sure to catch the Strawberry Slam Wrestling Event, story hour, pancake breakfast, more than 150 food, craft and information vendors, live music, strawberry farmers and much more. Stay for the strawberry festival parade and fireworks that cap off the festival. 

Iroquois Steeplechase - Nashville

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More than 25,000 spectators come to the beautiful Percy Warner Park in Nashville for the time-honored tradition of Iroquois Steeplechase May 11, 2024. 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. 

Southern Skies Music Festival - Knoxville

The Southern Skies Music & Whiskey Festival returns to Knoxville's World's Fair Park May 11, 2024. The celebration of music and community features performances from Americana legends Old Crow Medicine Show as well as The Dirty Guv'nahs, Maggie Rose, Amythyst Kiaih, Grace Bowers & The Hodge Podge and Wyatt Ellis. And, in collaboration with the Tennessee Distillers Guild, some of the top distilleries in Tennessee will offer a wide variety of whiskey and other unique, handcrafted spirits, bottles for sale and educational opportunities on the art of distilling, barrel aging and distilling history.

Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival - Wartburg

Celebrate the gorgeous mountain laurel blooms in Wartburg during the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival with hikes along several trails as well as fun activities and events including live music, beer tastings, car show, children's games, craft demonstrations and so much more. The 2024 festival takes place on Courthouse Square May 18, 2024.

Memphis Italian Festival - Memphis 

The garlic, breads, pastas, and cheeses will lead your cravings for good food to the Memphis Italian Festival May 30-June 1, 2024. Enjoy dinner in the air conditioned Luigi's Cafe while overlooking Marquette Park. Live music, cooking demonstrations, a slew of food vendors and arts and crafts will also be featured. Kids and kids at heart will love Luigi Land, a collection of carnival games like Plinko, Roller Bowler, Balloon Pop and more along with mini carnival rides, mechanical bull and others. Smaller children can enjoy the inflatable bounce houses.

Summer Festivals in Tennessee

First Friday Nights - Lexington

Travel to the small town of Lexington to enjoy music under the stars during First Friday Nights on the town square. A variety of local and regional artists play the first Friday in June through August. Arrive early to shop the local boutiques and enjoy a meal at restaurants downtown. Follow their Facebook page for the upcoming lineup announcement.

Promise Land Annual Music & Arts Festival - Charlotte

Enjoy the new, family-friendly Promise Land annual Music & Arts Festival June 1, 2024 at Promise Land Historic Site in Charlotte. The new event features craft and food vendors, a children's pavilion, a Parade of Hats for Healthy Hearts at 11 a.m. and music guests. The Promise Land Community was settled by former slaves during 1870-1875 in Charlotte, Tennessee. The community encompassed more than 50 homes, several stores, three churches and an elementary school. Today, the Promise Land Heritage Association preserves and interprets the community's history.

CMA Music Festival - Nashville

CMA Music Festival comes back bigger and better than ever for its 49th installment of the festival this year. Mark your calendar for June 6-9, 2024 where the brightest stars in country flock to Nashville for the biggest party in the city. 2024 four-night passes are now available to purchase. Check out continued updates on CMA Fest including tickets, the star-studded lineup, stages and more.

Laser Live Planetarium Concerts - Memphis

The Museum of Science & History and Overton Park Shell are teaming up for a summer concert series in the Memphis Museum of Science & History AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. Get ready for a music experience like no other with Laser Live! on summer Saturdays. All concerts are accompanied by a full laser show inspired by the musician's work.

Second Saturday & Main Street LIVE Concert Series - McMinnville

Visit McMinnville for local shopping and live music all summer long. Local businesses are open late and live music can be heard during Second Saturday events. Enjoy shopping at local shops like The Doodle Fish, The Vintage Market, Three Sisters Candle Co. and Southern Traditions. Main Street LIVE is an outdoor concert series in downtown McMinnville June and July 2024 with a variety of music throughout the summer from country to Motown & R&B to classic rock.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester

Artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Pretty Lights, Post Malone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fred Again.. and more will play for music fans who will once again flock to the 700-acre farm for Bonnaroo June 13-16, 2024 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.

Summer Celebration at Dollywood - Pigeon Forge

Make your summer bigger, brighter and sweeter at Dollywood this summer during the Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration June 15 - Aug. 11, 2024. The Sweet Summer Nights drone and fireworks show returns with new illuminated scenes. Gazillion Bubble Show Aurora returns to the stages. Watch as millions of bubbles envelop the entire theater that all ages will love, featuring an homage to Dolly and the Great Smoky Mountains. Additionally, a garden hose fountain, rainbow art installations and an explosion of brilliant color will spread across the park.

Lavender Festival - Oak Ridge

The Lavender Festival, the oldest lavender festival in the Southeast takes place on Historic Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. The free festival June 15, 2024 includes live music, 130 artisan vendors and lavender learning sessions including how to grow lavender in East Tennessee, how to make local products from lavender and cooking with herbs demonstration and more. Children will love bubbles and sidewalk chalk, splash fountain in Jackson Square, building workshops, free train rides, The Art Spot and much more.

RC Cola-Moon Pie Festival - Bell Buckle

The RC-MoonPie Festival is a wacky festival that celebrates the classic Southern combo, RC Cola and MoonPie June 15, 2024 in downtown Bell Buckle. You'll find music, fun contests, cloggers, MoonPie games and a colorful parade among other activities.

Bluff City Balloon Jamboree - Memphis

The Bluff City Balloon Jamboree is a family-friendly event featuring more than 20 hot air balloons. Get there early to see the morning balloon launch and snag your spot for the afternoon tethered rides. In the evening, all balloons light up the night sky as part of the evening balloon glow. Carnival rides, balloon basket photo booth, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and music round out the summer festivities.

Knoxville Brewfest - Knoxville

Knoxville has a flourishing brewery community and what better way to local craft beer than at Knoxville Brewfest? Featuring more than 20 local, regional and national breweries, Brewfest takes place June 22, 2024 at World's Fair Park Lake. It is a celebration of beer and the city's community spirit. Tickets include event admission, a commemorative tasting glass and beer tasting.

Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree - Smithville

Heralded as "The official festival for the state of Tennessee," the annual Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree July 5-6, 2024 in Smithville is a celebration of the music and art of Appalachia. Hundreds of musicians and crafts people come to Smithville and thousands of attendees come to enjoy timeless bluegrass tunes and shop the wide variety of crafts.

Big Mouth Bluegrass Festival - Pelham

You'll want to be at The Caverns for the new Big Mouth Bluegrass Festival July 1-2, 2024. Award-winning bluegrass artists perform during the weekend full of fireworks, cook outs, cave tours, camping and more. The lineup will soon be announced.

Fun Fest - Kingsport

Fun Fest takes place July 19-27, 2024 and features more than 80 events in over 30 locations in Kingsport. Enjoy the variety of events which include moonlight hikes, outdoor movies, hot air balloons, concerts, food trucks, block parties, fireworks and 8K races. The headliners for the Sunset Concert Series include Danny Gokey, Boyz II Men, Chris Lane and Clay Walker.

Tri-State Outdoors Fest - Harrogate 

Attend the Tri-State Outdoors Fest July 20, 2024 to learn about the numerous outdoor opportunities in and around Cumberland Gap like hiking, kayaking, canoeing, hunting, fishing, boating and more. Seminars and guided hikes led by world-renowned outdoor experts will take place. A children's area will include a kid-friendly obstacle course, archery, open-fire cooking demonstrations and more. Sample craft beer from Clinch River Brewing Company, enter drawings for prizes and enjoy live music. A large community clean up effort will happen on Sunday.

Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival - Nashville

The annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival takes place July 20, 2024 on Fisk University's campus. The festival celebrates and highlights the rich music history of Jefferson Street, historically one of America's best-known jazz, blues and rhythm & blues districts. Famous African American musicians played in the clubs like Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles and Memphis Slim among others. Local businesses and culture are showcased during the festival with music performances happening all day. It is the largest annual public community music festival in North Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Kuumba Festival - Knoxville

Celebrate African culture in Diaspora featuring music, performances and the always-popular African World Marketplace during the Kuumba Festival in Knoxville. Festivities take place on Market Square and events continue at Morningside Park. See traditional crafts, clothing and food from all over the world. Enjoy the West African Drum and Dance Community Circle where everyone in attendance is welcome to participate. A local talent show, Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village extravaganza and live music and entertainment are also highlights.

Monteagle Mountain Market Arts & Crafts - Monteagle

Meet the makers of Northeast Tennessee during the Monteagle Mountain Market Arts & Crafts in downtown Monteagle. Featuring over 100 artisans and crafters, browse and purchase handmade creations including fine art, leather work, woodcrafts, jewelry, metal art, glass art, primitive furniture and more. When you're hungry, head to one of the food vendors offering barbecue, burgers, homemade ice cream, turkey legs, kettle corn and fresh lemonade.

127 Yard Sale - Middle and East Tennessee

The 127 Yard Sale, considered the world's largest yard sale, spreads across Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama for 690 miles and featuring thousands of vendors each year. Here in Tennessee, you can shop for antiques, handmade items and more at booths and stops in Pall Mall, Jamestown, Clarkrange, CrossvillePikeville, Dunlap, Signal Mountain and Chattanooga among others. Celebrities have even been spotted hunting for treasured pieces. This year's event takes place Aug. 1-4, 2024. 

Appalachian Trail Vista Summit - Johnson City

Hiking enthusiasts will love attending the new Appalachian Trail Vista Summit for 40 guided hikes, 30 workshops and Appalachian Trail excursions like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, fishing, tours and more. The summit will offer educational, cultural and historical learning programs while also showcasing the beauty and adventure found on The Appalachian Trail. Locations and hosts for 2024 are being reviewed and updates will be share on the Appalachian Trail Vista website.

Elvis Week at Graceland - Memphis

Elvis fans from all over the world gather at Graceland Aug. 9-17, 2024 in Memphis to celebrate the King of Rock n' Roll. Join in on the fun-filled week full of live music, contests, screening, panels and more. Highlights include Aloha from Hawaii 50th Anniversary Concert featuring Elvis on the big screen backed by a live band; the annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest; Conversations on Elvis featuring a panel of those who knew Elvis best sharing their memories and stories; and, of course, the annual Candlelight Vigil where fans gather in quiet remembrance of the King.

Meet the Mountains Festival - Johnson City

Get acquainted with Northeast Tennessee's great outdoors during Meet the Mountains Festival Aug. 9-10, 2024 in Johnson City. Become an experiences outdoor enthusiast through numerous outdoor activities from paddling to hiking, mountain biking and fishing. The gear, people and resources are available to help you enjoy the vast landscape. Split into three zones - water zone, air zone and earth zone - the festival has activity stations like a zipline, rock wall, kayak demos, dock diving by Ultimate Air Dogs, mountain bike skills clinic, axe throwing and archery. Come out for two days of family-friendly outdoor fun.

Wilson County Fair-Tennessee State Fair - Lebanon

Ten days of fair fun including music, competitions and exhibits will take place during the Wilson County Fair-Tennessee State Fair Aug. 15-24, 2024 at the Wilson County Exposition Center in Lebanon, Tennessee. Live music and entertainment by local and regional artists, cloggers and square dancers will take place on five stages. See live stock shows, antique car show, dog shows, a cat competition, food competitions, robotics challenge and so much more. Have a ride on one of the carnival rides like the classic Ferris wheel or swings.

Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival - Townsend


The Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival provides a visually stunning display of hot air balloons set against majestic mountains Aug. 17, 2024. Be one of only 300 participants of the VIP lift off package which includes parking, tented seating for the balloon viewing, ability to chat with balloonists, a balloon ride, commemorative gifts, food, tickets for adult beverages and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. Family-friendly activities include live entertainment, balloon viewing, tethered balloon rides, crafters, food truck court and beer tent.

Delta Fair & Music Festival - Memphis

The Delta Fair & Music Fest has live music with performances by Jason D Williams, Big Smo, Lathan Warlick and The Josephines. Festival food, helicopter rides, pig races, bike night, street performers and carnival rides for the kids make this “Everyone’s Fair.” 

These festivals and so many more can be experienced during your vacation to Tennessee. Check out even more festival fun on the calendar.

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