Festivals in Tennessee
Elvis Birthday Celebration – January 5–8, Mark The King's special day at a variety of festivities around town.
The three-day Beale Street Music Festival, the kickoff to the annual Memphis in May International Festival, is the ultimate coming-together of people and music. Since 1977, festival-goers have gathered to hear national and local acts including B.B. King, who performed at the inaugural event, and Stax Records artists Booker T. & the MG's, a vanguard of intergrated bands. Other past artists have included Memphis native Aretha Franklin, The Black Keys, John Mayer and Alabama Shakes, to name just a few. They also gather to sample some of the best barbecue around at the popular World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.
The CMA Music Festival is held every year in mid-June in downtown Nashville. Over four jam-packed days, Nashville's signature music event features concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more. For 38 years, the event has been an unparalleled celebration of America's music, drawing thousands of fans and media from all corners of the globe to Nashville. CMA Music Festival was dubbed the "crown jewel of Country Music Festivals" by USA Today. Click here for further information.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee every June. Bonnaroo brings together some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles such as jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica, and just about any contemporary music you can think of. In addition to dozens of epic performances, the festival's 100-acre entertainment village buzzes around the clock with attractions and activities including a classic arcade, on-site cinema, silent disco, comedy club, theater performers, a beer festival, and a music technology village. For its peaceful vibe, near-flawless logistics, and unrivaled entertainment options, Rolling Stone magazine named this revolutionary entertainment experience one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll. Click here for further information.
The Riverbend Festival is a nine day music festival located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee every June. The festival is located on the 21st Century Waterfront along the Tennessee River. Boasting five stages with over 100 bands featuring world class entertainment ranging from classic rock and jam bands to country, urban and bluegrass, the festival draws over 600,000 patrons annually. Riverbend has a Children's Village, Mobile exhibits, Bluecross Riverbend Run and Walk, a Marketplace, Fireworks Finale and much more! Click here for further information.
The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion brings every September quality national, regional and local music and entertainment to Bristol, “the Birthplace of Country Music,” in celebration of its musical heritage and culture. Four blocks of historic downtown Bristol Tennessee/Virginia are closed off to traffic during the 3-day festival. Fans literally are stepping into/out of Tennessee and Virginia as they enjoy the festival. There are three outdoor stages, one dance tent and 16 indoor stages, with music at each throughout the weekend. Click here for further information.
Keep your eyes and ears on five stages over two days in early September for some of the best in Memphis' music and culture.
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