Tennessee Ultimate Excursions
UNDER THE FALLS
Ruby Falls | RubyFalls.com
One of the many wonders of nature, Ruby Falls is the largest and deepest underground waterfall in America. Experienced and entertaining tour guides will lead you through the stunning rock formations and majestic caves until you arrive at the breathtaking 134-foot-high falls. Situated hundreds of feet below Lookout Mountain, this easily accessible attraction is a must-see for the whole family.
JAZZ HANDS AND BIG SMILES
Throughout April Jazzanooga Music Festival | Jazzanooga.org
Born in 2011, this dynamic jazz festival has evolved from humble beginnings into one of the most critically acclaimed cultural events in the region. Celebrating the diverse musical heritage of the area, this month-long funky festival hosts local, national, and international artists in a variety of stylish venues across this hip town. Be ready to get down with the best of them!
MUSIC AND ART MINGLE
Museum of Art Alive After Five| KnoxArt.org
Exhibiting the rich art of East Tennessee, the Knoxville Museum takes a celebration of culture to a whole new level by hosting live music, spirits, delicious local cuisine, and a whole lot of dancing! Alive After Five kicks off in April and offers many delightful sun-filled evenings of finger-clicking tunes, surrounded by stunning works of art.
WILD NATURE AT ITS BEST
Ijams Nature Center | Ijams.org
Hike, bike, canoe, or climb your way around this fabulous nature center. Home to countless wild species of animals and plants, Ijams is the perfect place to get back to the simple beauty of the earth. With hikes, activities, and a year-round calendar of activities to suit every age and fitness level, there truly is something special for everyone to enjoy.way around this fabulous nature center.
MULTIPLY YOUR CHILLS
Knoxville Ghost Tour | HauntedKnoxville.net
Take a peek at the dark side with this well-researched and historically inspired Ghost Tour that’s led by trained paranormal-activity investigators. Knoxville’s downtown is rich with many intriguing stories, which will be revealed throughout your ghostly exploration. Appropriate for youth from ages nine and up, you will be guided through a number of “ground zero” locations in safe and easily accessible areas for a chilling evening of spine-tingling tales.
OTHER VARIOUS FESTIVALS:
Memphis in May
April 29 – May 30 | Memphis in May International Festival
The Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest, and the Great American River Run are just a few of the events in this month-long festival.
BLOOMIN’ BARBEQUE AND BLUEGRASS
May 20 – 21 | Sevierville, TN | BloominBBQ.com
Free admission and free concerts headline this event featuring the Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cookoff.
Blue Plum Art & Music
June 4 – 5 | Johnson City, TN | BluePlum.org
This outdoor music and arts festival in downtown Johnson City features children’s entertainment, music, and more.
July 15 – 23 | Kingsport, TN | FunFest.net
Fun for all ages, this festival first began in 1980. Gaze at hot air balloons while enjoying food from participating area restaurants. Purchase tickets for bands in advance.
Lakeside Coves, Kingston, TN
May 27 – 30 | Memorial Day Weekend Open House | LakesideCoves.com
The welcome mat is out! Lakeside Coves opens its doors to the public for the entire Memorial Day weekend. Walk the scenic nature trails and take a boat ride on Watts Bar Lake. Stop by the clubhouse for refreshments and meet the developer. Take a tour of the model homes and select home sites. Reservations are suggested, but not required.
Tellico Village, Loudon, TN
June 16 – 18 and 23 – 26 “Grace and Glorie” | TellicoCommunityPlayhouse.org
The Tellico Community Players present their production of the Broadway play “Grace and Glorie,” written by Tom Ziegler and set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The play is one of five 2016 Tellico Community Playhouse productions, all directed by and starring residents of Tellico Village.
LENOIR CITY, TN
WindRiver, Lenoir City, TN
April 28-May 1 Spring Discovery Weekend WindRiverLiving.com
Residents, owners, and discovery guests gather to forge new friendships and celebrate the WindRiver lifestyle. Lodging is available at Lakeside Inn or Highlands Carriage Homes. Enjoy gourmet dining, boat cruises, and golf outings, plus social activities that include live music and an evening bonfire by the lake.
FAIRFIELD GLADE, TN
Fairfield Glade | Fairfield Glade, TN
Saturday, May 14 | Fairfield Glade Music Festival | FairfieldGlade.cc
Enjoy bluegrass, country, and Americana music with great bands from Nashville and Atlanta, plus local start Carrie Hassler. Featuring fabulous food, craft beer, and wine, this party goes all day from noon to 7:30 p.m. This first annual event, presented by the Fairfield Glad Rotary Club, is bound to become a community tradition.