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Big Ears Festival, Knoxville

Big Ears Festival - Knoxville

Nearly 200 performances at historic theaters, warehouse spaces, museums, galleries and clubs along with exhibitions, films literary readings and markets around Knoxville happen during Big Ears Festival, that takes place in March. It's a celebration of the arts, heralded by New York Times as "one of the world's greatest music bashes". The 2024 lineup includes Herbie Hancock, Jon Batiste, Rhiannon Giddens, Adrianne Lenker, Laurie Anderson and more.

Tin Pan South - Nashville

The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival takes place April in music venues around Nashville. Organised by the Nashville Songwriters Association International in partnership with Regions Bank, the festival is the largest songwriters festival in the world. Every genre is represented, celebrating the many music styles that make Nashville Music City.

Big Nine Roots Festival - Chattanooga

This two-day music event, Big Nine Roots Festival, takes place at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. The party goes until 11 p.m. on Saturday with musical artists performing throughout the day. 

Discovery Park of America's Rhythm on the Rails - Union City

Rhythm on the Rails returns to Discovery Park of America, an 8-week outdoor concert series taking place on the lawn near the Train Depot. The music series usually runs Friday evenings in May and June. 2024 dates and lineup will be announced soon. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with music beginning at 6:30 p.m. The free concerts have hosted past headliners such as American Idol runner up Clark Beckham, The WannaBeatles, Johnny Mac, The ShotGunbillys, Terry Mike Jeffery Elvis Tribute Show and many more.

Century Farm Winery's Voices in the Vineyard - Jackson

Sip Tennessee wine while enjoying music from a variety of local and regional artists starting May through October 2024 at Century Farm Winery. Voices in the Vineyard is a free event and starts at 7 p.m. Food trucks are on location if you want to get a taste of local cuisine. Bring a lawn chair or get there early to get one of the limited tables that are available. It's a great way to spend an evening in Century Farm Winery's vineyard.

Southern Skies Music & Whiskey Festival - Knoxville

Southern Skies Music & Whiskey Festival returned May 2024 to World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. The 2024 lineup included headliners Old Crow Medicine Show along with The Dirty Guv'nahs, Maggie Rose, Amythyst Kiah, Grace Bowers & the Hodge Podge, and Wyatt Ellis. Additionally, there was a Tennessee Whiskey Experience, that will bring some of Tennessee's amazing distilleries to the festival to serve a wide variety of whiskey and spirits. Celebrate music and community at this homegrown Knoxville music festival.

Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival - Hurricane Mills

If you love the motorcycle lifestyle, this festival is for you. Hang out and listen to music at the award-winning Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival that takes place during May at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills. Music will play from three stages and as hosted past artists such as Ben and Noel Haggard, Tim Montana, Roadhouse Roosters, Bones Owens, Cordell Winter and Tayla & Ernie Lynn among others.

CaveJam at The Caverns - Pelham

The Caverns presents CaveJam each May with headlining group The String Cheese Incident, performing for two nights in 2024 - three sets above ground and one special set in The Caverns' underground venue. The yurts are available to rent for the weekend as well as other glamping options, food trucks, craft vendors and cave tours.

Exit 56 Blues Fest – Brownsville

This music festival commemorates the important music contributions of three blues pioneers who called Brownsville, Tennessee home: “Sleepy” John Estes, Hammie Nixon and Yank Rachell. Live blues music, a cruise-in, deep-fried barbecue eating contest, arts and crafts and a corvette car show are all on tap at the Exit 56 Blues Fest. 

In the Pines - Bristol, TN/VA

Enjoy a new country music festival, In the Pines, that will be full of incredible music headlined by Dwight Yoakam and performances by Elle King, Paul Cauthen and Wyatt Flores in downtown Bristol, TN/VA. Celebrate the roots of American music while also helping the Birthplace of Country Music preserve and share the deep history of how country music got its start. 

CMA Fest - Nashville

CMA Music Festival comes back bigger and better every year. Mark your calendar for when the brightest stars in country flock to Nashville for the biggest party in the city. You'll want access to Fain Fair X inside Music City Center which includes artist meet-and-greets, access to CMA Close Up and Spotlight Stages, exclusive merchandise and more. Check out continued updates on CMA Fest including the star-studded lineup, stages and more announcements.

AMP Summer Concert Series - Jackson

Fill your summer with music by attending one or several of the concerts part of the AMP Summer Concert Series by the West Tennessee Farmers Market in downtown Jackson. Concerts run from June to September with music starting early evening and all shows are family-friendly..

Savannah Bluegrass Festival – Savannah 

Picking, jam sessions and live music performances are on tap for the free Bluegrass Festival in June at the Savannah Market in downtown Savannah. The festival celebrates national fiddling champion and hometown legend Wayne Jerrolds.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester

Music fans will once again flock to the 700-acre farm during June in Manchester, TN. 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. The 2024 lineup includes Megan Thee Stallion, Pretty Lights, Fisher, Post Malone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fred Again.. and many more.

Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree - Smithville

Heralded as the official festival for the state of Tennessee, the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree in July draws musicians and crafters as well as fans of both from around the world to remember the ancestral music and crafts passed down over generations. Enjoy an array of crafts booths, some barbecue and one of the biggest free shows filled with toe-tappin’ music. 

Fun Fest - Kingsport 

Celebrate the annual fun at the Fun Fest each July in Kingsport. Family fun is abundant with festival events like a hot air balloon glow, block parties, parade, 8K races, movies, food trucks, moonlight hikes, sporting events, fireworks and more. The Sunset Concert Series presents different artists each night in concert.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol

At this award-winning music festival, the roots of traditional Appalachian music are brought to life through talented musicians which takes place each September. Known as the birthplace of country music, Bristol's music history runs deep and have been celebrated by nationally-known artists. You can expect to see music legends and bands who will perform on more than a dozen stages during the three music-filled days.

Cooper-Young Festival - Memphis

The city's largest historic district, Cooper-Young is Memphis' most anticipated outdoor celebration. The festival in September welcomes thousands and more than 400 artisans from around the U.S. to share their art. Music performances range in sound from R&B to reggae to pop and gospel. 

Americana Music Festival - Nashville

Thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals will make their way to AmericanaFest in September at various venues around Nashville. Jewel, The Vespers, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Buddy Miller, and Parker Millsap are just some of the artists who have participated in the past. More than 165 showcases in venues around downtown Nashville give guests an insight on why Nashville truly is Music City.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival - Kodak 

Mountain roots are honoured as 15 regional and national bluegrass acts flock to the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in September in Kodak, Tennessee. Enjoy the views of the Great Smoky Mountains while hearing some of the best bluegrass talent. Past artists include The Gibson Brothers to Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. Picking and jam sessions, food and merchandise add to the fun.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival - Franklin

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was created to bring a meaningful, music experience to its attendees at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. The region's best food and drink will be available and merchants selling art and crafts round out the festival's offerings. Everyone from Chris Stapleton to Willie Nelson and Beck have played at this festival.

National Quartet Convention - Pigeon Forge

More than 40,000 music fans will head to Pigeon Forge's LeConte Center in September for nightly concerts and showcases featuring some of the biggest quartet groups in Southern gospel. The National Quartet Convention is one of the biggest events for the genre.

Mempho Music Festival - Memphis

World-class musicians and artists from a wide range of genres will take the stage during Mempho Music Festival in October at the beautiful Memphis Botanic Garden. Get ready for live music and a unique artistic experience in the Incendia Dome, an interactive event space in a geodesic structure with propane flame effects. Inside, the hottest DJs in Memphis bump music that'll get you dancing under the warm glow. Past Mempho Music Festival performers have included Cage the Elephant, Post Malone, The Avett Brothers, Bill Strings, Widespread Panic and more.

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