Tennessee's festivals are in full swing with fall festivals quickly coming up. Here's the low-down on what you can experience this season:
Muddy Roots Music Festival – Cookeville
At June Boogie Ranch Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2018 the Muddy Roots Music Festival includes an eclectic mix of hillbilly, bluegrass and punk music. It’s been celebrated by Rolling Stone as “one of the top festivals of the year.
Delta Fair & Music Fest – Memphis
Celebrating 10 years, the Delta Fair & Music Fest, happening Aug. 31-Sept. 9, 2018 offers live music with performers like Aaron Carter, Austin Mahone, Filter and High Valley. Festival food, helicopter rides, pig races, bike night, street performers and carnival rides for the kids make this “Everyone’s Fair.”
Southern Heritage Classic – Memphis
The football match-up Sept. 6-8, 2018 between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University are heralded in with The Classic Music Festival featuring TANK, K. Mitchelle, RO James and Major at the Landers Center Sept. 7, 2018, The Classic Tailgate takes place 8 a.m. Sept. 8, 2018 with lots of food and fanfare during the duration of the event. Finally, the Classic Parade rolls through town 9 a.m. Sept. 8 featuring area high school marching bands before game day kickoff 6 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
Farm to Table Dinner – Gallatin
Locally-grown food with wine tastings and music add to the beautiful ambiance of the Farm to Table Dinner, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Corner House in Gallatin. Here, tables are lined with beautiful decor that heralds in the beginning of the harvest season as attendees dine on delicious dishes prepared by a local chef and speak with the local artisans and farmers who grew the produce for each dish.
Cherokee Fall Festival – Vonore
The Cherokee Fall Festival Sept. 8-9, 2018 is full of demonstrations, Cherokee dances, arts and crafts wares, food, music and tours of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally-owned museum.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol
Make your fall a musical one by listening to some of the top roots musicians in America during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. More than 130 artists perform Sept. 21-23, 2018 on 20 stages hosted at various venues and on the streets of downtown Bristol. Tickets range $40-135 and give you access to artists like Sierra Hull, Old Crow Medicine Show, The SteelDrivers and many more.
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival – Franklin
Pilgrimage brings big name artists Sept. 22-23, 2018 like Jack White, Lionel Richie, Counting Crows, Amos Lee, Daws, Valerie June, Hozier, Counting Crows and many more to The Park at Harlinsdale. While there, discover the culture of Franklin and Williamson County at The Bazaar where local antique dealers, artisans and restaurants showcases their wares.
Harvest Festival – Pigeon Forge
This festival welcomes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music with free concerts Sept. 28-Nov. 3, 2018 at Dollywood. Hundreds of artisans from around the U.S. showcase their skill in handmade historic games, textile art, woodworking, chainsaw carvings, and more in booths throughout the park. And, Great Pumpkin LumiNights is a collection of artistic sculptures and whimsical scenes throughout the Timber Canyon portion of Dollywood.
National Storytelling Festival – Jonesborough
The National Storytelling Festival Oct. 5-7, 2018 is an event featuring compelling performances by internationally-known professional tellers. Storytellers on the docket this year include Kim Weitkamp, Diana Ferlatte, Tim Lowry and Alton Chung among many others. The Marketplace, Midnight Cabaret, Ghost Story Concerts and Swappin' Ground, where anyone can tell a tale, are events that are also on the bill.
National Banana Pudding Festival – Centerville
The festival Oct. 6-8, 2018 hosts a national cook-off for the best banana pudding in the U.S. This two-day event includes two entertainment stages, a children's area, a cook-off in front of a live audience and more. The Puddin' Path is a walkway of 10 different pudding stops where you can decide your favorite for $5. Take your favorites home with you in a container at the Puddin' To Go Tent for $5 each.
Goats, Music & More Festival – Lewisburg
Free concerts are performed nightly by big-name acts like Tyler Farr and Jimmie Allen Oct. 12-13, 2018 at Rock Creek Park. Goat shows, specifically to celebrate the fainting goat that is prevalent in Marshall County take place, awarding a grand champion each year. Activities like kids’ games and rides, arts, crafts and a variety of food round out the events for this annual festival.
Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival – Tiptonville
Climb into a canoe and have your own National Geographic experience Oct. 19-21, 2018. See pelicans up close as they feed and thrive among Reelfoot Lake that has an unmatched ecosystem. The 15,000-acre lake is the only naturally-made lake in Tennessee. Craft vendors, an art and photo contest, and bird of prey programs are featured events at the annual festival.
Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair – Whitwell
The fair brings visitors face-to-face with the only remaining water-powered grist mill in the area Oct. 20-21, 2018 at Ketner's Mill on the banks of the Big Sequatchie River in Whitwell. Visitors can watch the operation of a sorghum mill and purchase pure molasses, stone ground corn meal and flour. Artistic demonstrations like woodworking and ironwork take place. Buy quality crafts while enjoying country cooking. After lunch, cruise in a canoe to experience the same waters that power the mill and hear a variety of local musicians perform bluegrass, country and gospel music.
Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Lynchburg
Considered one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the world, more than 90 national and international barbecue teams will answer the ultimate question: "Who is the Grand Champion?" The event will take place Oct. 22, 2018. The smoke rises and the smell of barbecue wafts in the air as 25,000 attendees take in the action. Other festivities include games, clogging and, in pure Tennessee fashion, lots of music.
Mountain Makins Festival – Morristown
Celebrate Appalachian traditions at this weekend-long folk festival Oct. 27-28, 2018 that celebrates the region. Experience the diverse cuisine, music, fine arts, dancing, music and storytelling for an unforgettable, family-friendly festival. The event is hosted at the Rose Center, Morristown's cultural arts center and is $7 for entrance.