June 2016 Events in Tennessee

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Memphis Italian Festival – June 2-4, Memphis
A community celebration demonstrating the values of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition through music, food, events, games, arts and crafts, and more. CONTACT: (901) 219-1674, memphisitalianfestival.com

Dunlap Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival – June 3-4, Dunlap (pictured) 
This annual festival celebrates the traditional bluegrass music of the Sequatchie Valley and region. While there, guests can explore the 88-acre Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Museum, which preserves the remains of 268 beehive coke ovens that were part of a former coal mining operation that dates back to 1899. CONTACT: (423) 949-3483, cokeovens.com

County Wide Community Yard Sale – June 3-4, Centerville
This annual event typically features over 80 registered yard sales in Hickman County. The event is held from 8 a.m. until guests stop coming each day. CONTACT: (931) 729-5300, hickmancountychamber.org

Tennessee Wetlands Festival – June 4, Athens
A celebration of wetlands providing a hands-on community activity that draws together individuals interested in protecting the environment, restoring, and maintaining the wetlands and their related ecosystems. Food, craft, educational vendors and children’s activities will be on-site. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CONTACT: (423) 506-7316, keepmcminnbeautiful.com

Blue Plum Art & Music Festival – June 3-4, Johnson City
Enjoy this outdoor music and arts festival in downtown Johnson City that features children’s entertainment, music and more. CONTACT: blueplum.org

Wartrace Music Festival – June 4, Wartrace
This day-long family music festival includes two stages, arts and crafts booths, a bicycle stunt show, barbecue, classic car displays, fireworks show, and an interactive Kid’s Zone. Kids 11 and under are free. CONTACT: (931) 389-6144, wartracemusicfest.org

Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival – June 4-5, Lenoir City
For over 50 years, this annual event has featured close to 200 booths of artisans and crafters. There will be demonstrations, entertainment and plenty of food vendors. It will be held at Lenoir City Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3. CONTACT: (865) 323-6470, lenoircityartsandcraftsfestival.com

50th Annual Covered Bridge Celebration – June 8-11, Elizabethton
The 50th Annual Covered Bridge Celebration is bringing East Tennessee to life with four days of music and festivities in downtown Elizabethton. Entering the hometown of the “Queen of the Doe” will encourage festivalgoers to enjoy live music, homemade crafts and décor, and fabulous food. The event is free and open to the public. CONTACT: (423) 547-3850, elizabethtonchamber.com

CMA Music Festival – June 9-12, Nashville
Thousands flock to Music City for the “Country Music’s Biggest Party.” The festival brings country fans and artists together for four days and nights of live music. CONTACT: (800) CMA-FEST, cmafest.com

Bonnaroo Music Festival – June 9-12, Manchester
Bonnaroo takes place on a 100-acre farm that becomes the largest city in the state for the four-day festival of the best performers in rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica and more. CONTACT: (931) 728-7635, bonnaroo.com

Riverbend Festival – June 10-18, Chattanooga
The event takes place on multiple stages of diverse music, plus fireworks, 5K and 10K runs, and a children’s village. CONTACT: (423) 756-2211, riverbendfestival.com

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales – June 10 – July 30, Gatlinburg
This summer session takes place each night in downtown Gatlinburg. Enjoy storytellers, musicians, artisans and entertainers at different locations along the Parkway. CONTACT: (865) 436-4178, gatlinburg.com

32nd Annual Smoky Mountain Walking Horse Show – June 11, Sevierville
A yearly event that showcases the Tennessee Walking Horse with both performance and pleasure classes. The event is held at the Sevier County Fairgrounds. CONTACT: (865) 256-2591

Raus Old Fashioned Ice Cream Supper – June 11, Tullahoma
Come enjoy juicy hamburgers, homemade cakes, pies and of course, ice cream – more than 20 gallons and a wide variety of flavors. Guests can return to a simpler time as they sit on the peaceful creek bank and listen to live music or enjoy a lively, colorful performance by the Foothills Irish Dancers all while helping to support the historic Raus School Building. CONTACT: (931) 695-5306

Washington College Academy Civil War Weekend – June 11-12, Limestone
Washington College Academy and the Army of Tennessee will host a reenactment/living history on their campus. The school, founded in 1780, was occupied by both sides during the Civil War and two buildings still exist from this period. CONTACT: (423) 257-5151, (423) 502-2194

SMQ 36th Annual Quilt Show and Competition – June 17-18, Knoxville
The 36th Annual SMQ Quilt Show and Competition will include over 30 vendors and nearly 200 quilts on display. We will have a small quilt sale benefiting the guild’s charitable work with Ronald McDonald House. CONTACT: (865) 310-3625, smokymtnquilters.com

Bell Buckle RC Moon Pie Festival – June 18, Bell Buckle
Celebrate a Southern tradition with music, cloggers, games, crafts and the cutting of the world’s largest Moon Pie. CONTACT: (931) 389-9663, bellbucklechamber.com

Kuumba Festival – June 23-26, Knoxville
Learn more about local African American art and artists, featuring entertainers performing on three stages, live demonstrations, food vendors, and crafters. CONTACT: kuumbafestival.com

Jonesborough Days Festival – June 30 – July 2, Jonesborough
Take part in the story of Tennessee’s oldest town through its award-wining patriotic celebration featuring live music, storytelling, a parade, fireworks, children’s entertainment, craft vendors, games, food and more. CONTACT: (866) 401-4223, jonesborough.com

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