September 2015 Events in Tennessee

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High Forest Rumble Rallies – Sept. 5-6, Oct. 2-3, Hohenwald
The High Forest Rumble is a rally for motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages. Turning the Tennessee National Raceway into a Family Friendly destination with great food and beverage vendors, games and contests, creative vendors and live music each day. CONTACT: 931-796-3436,

Here’s the Beef Festival – Sept. 10-12, Giles County
The event kicks off on Thursday with a Taste of Tailgating Cook-off, and throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy the annual golf scramble, a steak and eggs breakfast, farmers market, arts and crafts, free beef samples, a burger contest, and more. Hosted by the Giles County Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, the festival celebrates the county’s top three ranking for beef cattle production in Tennessee. CONTACT:

5th Annual Quilt Show – Sept. 10-12, Greenback
The Greenback Heritage Museum is sponsoring its 5th Annual Quilt Show. Show attendees and museum patrons will judge quilts by placing pennies in the piggy banks associated with each display item. Prizes will be awarded. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A craft fair will take place across the street in the restored Greenback Depot Sept. 11-12 concurrent with the Quilt Show, and an old tractor display will be held nearby on Saturday. CONTACT: (865) 856-3262,

Southern Heritage Classic – Sept. 10-12, Memphis
An annual football match-up between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University preceded by fun events. CONTACT: (901) 398-6655,

CityScape’s Fall FunFest – Sept. 11-12, Cookeville
Head to the annual celebration that welcomes thousands to Cookeville’s historic downtown square featuring live music, arts and crafts, fun run and more. The event also features a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned competition drawing participants from across the country. CONTACT:

Days of the Pioneer Antique Show – Sept. 11-12, Clinton
This show will feature over 60 of the finest selection of 18th & 19th century antiqued. During the show traditional craftsmen will be on the grounds demonstrating their various and centuries-old talents. The venue will also provide mountain music in different locations on the grounds while other areas will highlight Civil War-era soldiers and civilians in their period dress. CONTACT: (865) 494-7680,

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Tennessee State Fair – Sept. 11-20, Nashville
Bring your family out to Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue! Take part in the ice cream eating competition, watch a spectacular horse show, test your judging skills in the Livestock Show Arena, spin, flip, & slide on the midway, learn a thing or two on the Tennessee FFA Barn Tours, dance the night away to a live band, witness the creation of something awe-inspiring by Tennessee’s craft artisans, or simply relax to the tunes from the Volunteer Village Bluegrass Stage! The State Fair is an excellent opportunity for field trips as well. CONTACT: (615) 852-8997,

13th Annual Wings of Freedom Fish Fry and Classic Car Show – Sept. 12, Smyrna
Don’t miss this annual event honoring Vietnam veterans. The event takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. and is sponsored by Smyrna Rotary and hosted by Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport and Corporate Flight Management. CONTACT:

Plectral Society’s Old-Time Music Festival – Sept. 12, Jackson
Outdoor music festival dedicated to preserving old-time string, bluegrass and gospel music at Casey Jones Village. CONTACT: (800) 748-9588,

Redeemer Fall Festival & Craft Fair – Sept. 12, Harriman
Find all kinds of crafts, homemade baked goods, youth group cookbooks, plants, fresh vegetables and more at this fun festival, benefitting the Redeemer’s Youth Group. CONTACT: (865) 712-3486

International Cowpea Festival & Cookoff – Sept. 12, Charleston
A cook-off focusing on cowpea recipes, a marketplace, pageant, entertainment and a heritage area are included in this fun event. CONTACT:

Tomorrow’s World Today Expo – Sept. 12, Greeneville
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greene County Fair Grounds. Guests will enjoy this exposition about better living options and resilient community development as exhibitors showcase ways they can improve their quality of life and take steps toward a more enjoyable, sustainable life style. Food will be available and admission is free. CONTACT: (423) 456-4202

Grinders Switch Music & Arts Festival – Sept. 12, Centerville
The Hickman County Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual festival from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on the Centerville Square. Come out and enjoy arts & crafts, great food, live music, a bouncy house and obstacle course for the kiddos. CONTACT: (931) 729-5300,

56th Annual Coin Show – Sept. 12-13, Jackson
U. S. and foreign coins, ancient coins, tokens, gold and silver, paper money, collector supplies and other collectibles will be bought and sold by dealers (all of them primarily coin or currency dealers) from seven states. Held at the Madison County Agricultural Extension Service Auditorium starting at 9 a.m. CONTACT: (731) 394-3972

White Oak Craft Fair – Sept. 12-13, Woodbury
The White Oak Craft Fair returns for its 26th year, offering something of interest for everybody who delights in items and products that are individually designed and hand crafted. See artists and craft vendors display their beautiful and unique wares along the banks of the East Fork Stones River just down from the Arts Center of Cannon County. CONTACT: 615-563-2787,

24th Annual Festival of Quilts and Fine Needlework – Sept. 14 – Oct. 9, Ripley
Visit the festival which will be displayed in the lobby of Bank of Ripley. Interested quilt enthusiasts are welcome to exhibit their works of art or heirlooms at no fee. The exhibit will feature an array of antique and new quilts as well as many pieces of fine needlework. Selected items will be for sale by the artist/crafter. This favorite event, with its variety of artistic offerings, has attracted visitors far and near over the last 20+ years. Each year talented individuals showcase their colorful heritage and unique blend of cultures which equals true Americana art at its best! CONTACT: (731) 635-1230,

16th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – Sept. 17-19, Kodak
3 days of world class bluegrass bands presented on the stage in a converted dairy barn. Located in beautiful East Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains. Ticket and camping info is available on the website. CONTACT: (865) 397-7942,

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion – Sept. 18-20, Bristol
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is back for its 15th year in 2015. This annual three-day music festival features an eclectic mix of Americana, folk-rock, bluegrass and more, as State Street in downtown Bristol turns into an exciting outdoor concert. This year’s event features headliners including Steve Earle & the Dukes and Dr. Dog. Stop into the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this year. Visitors can see text and artifacts, multiple theater experiences, film, sound and technology-infused displays, all telling the origin story of country music. CONTACT:(423) 573-1927,

13th Annual Gladefest – Sept. 19, Gladeville
Free admission. Festivities include free inflatables, food trucks, car show and live entertainment. We are honoring our veterns this year in the Wilson Bank lobby along with a free photo booth from Walgreens. CONTACT: 615-443-6522,

Run4Don – Sept. 19, Gainesboro
5k race to raise money for ALS research and to provide scholarship for young people in the Jackson, Smith County area. All the money raised goes to scholarships and ALS research. This year’s race will be at 8:00 a.m. CONTACT: (615)774-3248,

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Music City Food & Wine Festival – Sept. 20-21, Nashville
Chefs including Michael Symon, Tim Love, Andrew Zimmern and more share their culinary insights on topics ranging from wild game to the best meals of all time. Guests can also sample foods from some of Music City’s best restaurants, ranging from Sinema and Lockeland Table to Biscuit Love and Arnold’s Meat & Three. CONTACT: READ MORE: Highlights From Music City Food & Wine Festival 2014

Remembering WWII – Sept. 25-26, Linden
Relive a pivotal point in American history at the Remembering WWII event in Linden. The event features re-enactments, an army encampment, big band music, vintage vehicles, a 1940s canteen and much more. The weekend will honor WWII veterans and the incredible sacrifices they made for their country, and guests can listen as they share their stories and experiences. CONTACT:

Eye Full of Paris Weekend – Sept. 25-27, Paris
This celebration of the arts includes three full days of visual and performing arts in a variety of venues. CONTACT: (731) 653-7274,

21st Annual Fall Sardis Antique Farm and Home Show – Sept. 26, Sardis
Antiques from the farm and home, demonstrations, kids’ activities and plenty of music. CONTACT: (731) 858-2403, (731) 206-0858

Heritage Festival – Sept. 26, Covington
Join us for our annual Heritage Day on Covington’s Historic Square. This event features over 100 vendors, heritage displays, children’s activities, live music, re-enactments, and more. Admission is free with free parking. CONTACT: (901) 476-9727,

Art on the Fly Fest – Sept. 26, Fly
Benefit event for “We Are Building Lives” serving Nashville area homeless Veterans. Artisans with focus on items, both aesthetic and/or functional, that have been upcycled, repurposed, reclaimed, etc. CONTACT: (615) 473-3202

Get Up and Glow DASH – Sept. 26, Sante Fe
Community outreach event that includes music, a 5K and 1 mile walk/run. Opens at 5 p.m. CONTACT: (931) 626-0111,

Wilson Bank Hermitage Family Fun Movie Night – Sept. 26, Hermitage
First annual Family fun Day and Movie Night. Free Admission. Hope to raise money for the TN breast cancer coalition. Events include free inflatables, food trucks, free movie. Begins at 4pm CONTACT: 615-885-0040,

3rd Annual William Walton Days – Sept. 26, Carthage
Journey back in time with us, learn the history of Smith County and the founder of Carthage, Captain William Walton from the American Revolutionary War and enjoy this Pioneer Celebration. The Historic Courthouse will be transformed into a Colonial Craftmen’s Fair with blacksmiths, cotton weavers, soap makers, basket weavers, quilters and other period craftsmen demonstrating their heritage. Historic Courthouse and Heritage Museum will be open to the public and food vendors will be available. CONTACT: (615) 735-2093,

4th Annual Alpha Upsilon Storytelling Festival – Sept. 26, Livingston
Held at Standing Stone State Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission. Storytellers from the Upper Cumberland with stories from all genres, includes: ghost stories, children’s animal stories, folk legends, and historical information. Primitive crafts from Upper Cumberland artists will be on display as well. Concessions will be sold with all proceeds going to the 2016 Storytelling Festival. CONTACT: (931) 823-1916

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Cumberland Homesteads Apple Festival – Sept. 26-27, Crossville
Explore this year’s theme of “Everything Apple” with apple pies, apple butter, cold cider, apples by the bushel and a variety of baked goods. Guests can enjoy live music, a kids’ zone, quilt show, handmade crafts and more. CONTACT: (931) 456-9663,

Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern – Sept. 26 – Oct. 31, Lookout Mountain
No. 4 on Buzzfeed’s national haunt list, this event takes place above and below ground and is considered one of the area’s best haunted attractions. CONTACT: (423) 821-2544,

Maze Daze – Sept. 26 – Nov. 1, Holladay
Celebrate the fall season with family fun for all ages. Find your way through the corn maze or tackle a huge slide. Try your hand at shooting a monster slingshot or racing ducks. Take a ride on our hay wagon or farm train. Top off your day with a weenie roast, s’mores and a variety of snacks and beverages. CONTACT: (731) 924 3400,

Celebrate Your Parks! – Sept. 27, Farragut
Farragut’s “Celebrate Your Parks!” will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Founders Park at Campbell Station. The event is offered as part of National Public Lands Day and will feature a variety of activities – appealing to both youth and adults – and presenters encouraging citizens to get outside and learn about the wonderful natural resources in our community. CONTACT: (865) 966-7057,

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