As summertime winds down, the entertainment offerings pick up with a wide range of cultural offerings unique to the West Tennessee terrain. Sweet tea, sultry tunes and chronicled Renaissance affairs represent just a glimpse of August's special events and celebrations.
INTERNATIONAL ROCKABILLY MUSIC FESTIVAL — Jackson
Jackson, Tennessee's world-renowned music genre is about to take center stage Aug. 5-6. Featuring the finest of Rock-a-Billy music from the region, nation and greater world— like Sweden and Norway — the band lineup includes International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame inductees Europe-touring Ulf and his Cadillac Band, Rayburn Anthony, Memphis Gary Abbott, and Bobbby Joe Swilley.
LIVE AT THE GARDEN — Memphis
The summertime Botanic Garden concert series continues Aug. 25 with an ultimate classic—REO Speedwagon—under sparkling stars. Surrounded by jaw-dropping gardens, refreshing beverages and ultimate Southern comfort, the star-studded lineup melodically matches the summer breeze.
MID-SOUTH RENAISSANCE FAIRE — Memphis
(Credit: Mid-South Renaissance Faire)
Travel back in time with Queen Elizabeth I Aug. 20-21, 27-28 at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. The public, family-friendly, outdoor gathering emulates the Renaissance with dance performances and workshops, horseback jousting, and Elizabethan-inspired dining. Sail the "seas" (also known as the Shelby Farms' lakes) with MidSouth Buccaneers.
SOUTHERN FRIED FOOD & SWEET TEA FESTIVAL — McKenzie
(Credit: The Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival)
The Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival celebrates the South's most coveted mainstay cultural fare Aug. 19-20 in the charming town of McKenzie. Experience handmade creations from fried green tomatoes to Sunday fried chicken and fried pickles. All-you-can-drink sweet iced tea will cool off guests in the summer heat and accompanying arts and crafts vendors will entertain all.