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Top 20 Events and Festivals in Tennessee USA

Top Events USA highlights the top 20 Tennessee USA events, festivals and fairs.

Two of the major Tennessee events featured here at are the CMA Music Festival – one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA – and the Chattanooga Riverbend Music Festival attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year.

See below for a complete list of the main Tennessee US events.

Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville
early February
Nashville, Tennessee

top floweer and garden eventsin the USACelebrating more than 23 years, the busy and popular Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville, one of the main Tennessee events and festivals is the largest show in the country that combines gardens and antiques in one event. Featuring more than 150 antique and horticultural booths, as well as landscaped gardens, the event presents experts in antiques, decorative arts, interior design, landscape design and even gardening, offering advice on all sorts of topics from antiques to horticulture.

For more information about the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville visit:

Dogwood Arts Festival
Mid April
Knoxville, Tennessee

The Dogwood Arts Festival House & Garden Show is the largest house and garden show in Tennessee for the do-it-yourselfer and the gardening enthusiast. Visitors walk along more than 60 miles of trails featuring some of the most spectacular dogwood trees of all kinds and colors. This event offers a chance to visit and admire beautiful gardens that features an arts & crafts fair, outdoor and more.

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Nashville Film Festival

mid April
Nashville, Tennessee

top film festivals in the USAEstablished in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival, recognized here as one of the main Tennessee events and festivals, is one of the longest-running film festivals in the USA, and and attracts more than 15,000 movie fans every year. Declared by MovieMaker Magazine to be one of "25 film festivals worth the entry fee", deemed to be one of the best film festivals by Film Festival Today, and labelled as one of the top 5 film festivals in the USA by the Brooks Institute, the Nashville Film Festival showcases movies of all types, but particularly those with a musical theme, from all around the world, as well as presenting a variety of workshops, forums and after-show parties.

For more information about the Nashville Film Festival visit:

Mule Day
Columbia, Tennessee

Mule Day, with its festive air eventually evolved into what is now an almost week-long celebration of the mule. Thousands of visitors come to Columbia to take part in the numerous activities ranging from working mule and best of breed events, to horse shows, arts and crafts booths, and a flea market. The smell of barbecue specialties and homemade pies blends with the smoky aroma of roasted corn and funnel cake sweetness.The highlight of the Mule Day festivities is the Mule Day Parade held on Saturday. Entries are judged and cash prizes and ribbons are awarded in several categories.

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Africa in April
mid April
Memphis, Tennessee

top african american festivals in the USA USAA cultural awareness festival that has been a growing success for over a quarter of a century, Africa in April is an increasingly popular four-day event honoring the republic of Mali by highlighting the culture, fashions, arts/crafts, music including jazz, gospel, reggae music and more on the International African Music Day, history, and cuisine of Mali.

For more information about Africa in April in Memphis, Tennessee visit:

American Artisan Festival
early June
Nashville, Tennessee

This free, three-day family event held every year on Father’s Day showcases the finest in American handicrafts and fine art, featuring every thing from handmade jewelry to woodwork created by more than 170 artists across the USA, as well as lining up some of the wealth of musical talent in Nashville. There are food vendors and a special art booth for children where they can create their own works of art.

For more information about the American Artisan Festival visit:

Chattanooga Riverbend Music Festival
early - mid June
Chattanooga, Tennessee

An internationally award winning 9-day music festival, and one of those attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year, attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year, the Riverbend Festival in the downtown area along the banks of the Tennessee River features six stages with over 100 bands featuring world class entertainment ranging from classic rock, to jazz and bluegrass music, and offers a wide range of activities from the Children's Village to the popular Bluecross Riverbend Run and Walk, a busy marketplace and a fireworks finale. the Chattanooga Riverbend Music Festival is recognized here as one of the top 20 Tennessee USA events, festivals and fairs

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CMA Music Festival
early June
Nashville, Tennessee

The Country Music Association Music Festival is the largest country music party in the world and the ultimate destination for music lovers. Listed here as one of the top 20 events and festivals in Tennessee USA, and one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA, the CMA Music Festival is recognized, world wide as one of the top 100 events in the USA. This annual, four-day event features more than 70 hours of live music and 30 hours of autograph signing by over 400 country music artists and celebrities. While the evening concerts at LP Field provide full-tilt excitement, the Daytime Stages offer a more intimate setting for day-long, nonstop music from your favorite hit makers in Downtown Nashville.

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The CMA Music Festival is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA

Great Tennessee Air Show
mid June
Smyrna, Tennessee

top airshow events  in the USARecognized as one of the "Top 10 Best Air Shows in the World" by USA Today, the 2014 Great Tennessee Air Show will feature the world-famous US Navy Blue Angels precision flight demonstration team. Presented by the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority for over forty years, this year's show also features many other exciting aerobatic acts, military and civilian aircraft on display, and a Kid Zone, allowing the community the opportunity to experience aviation up close and personal.

For more information about the Great Tennessee Air Show visit:

July 4th Celebration
4th July
Nashville, Tennessee

top 4th July celebrations festivals in the USAFree concerts, featuring a range of music from country stars and the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony followed by what is now recognized as the largest firework display in the South and one of the best in the USA.

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Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival
early July
Smithville, Tennessee

Top Folk Music Festivals in the USAA popular event for over 40 years, and one of the most recognized events in this part of the USA, attracting thousands of musicians, music lovers and arts and crafts people, the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival contests feature Appalachian folk singing (solo/duet), individual performers, youth square dancing, old time fiddle bands and Gospel singing. The crafts booths, barbecues and food stalls together with the free shows make for an ideal family outing.

For more information about the Fiddlers’ Jamboree in Smithville visit:

Big Bass Splash
mid August
Kentucky Lake, Tennessee

Top Fishing Tournaments in the USAAttracting thousands of amateur anglers Sealy Outdoors has been producing the largest amateur fishing tournaments in fishing history since 1984 and the Big Bass Splash in mid August is now considered to be one of the world's largest amateur big bass fishing tournaments with more than $85,000 guaranteed in cash and prizes.

For more information about Big Bass Splash visit:

Wilson County Fair
mid August
Lebanon, Tennessee

Attracting more than half a million visitors each year, the Wilson County Fair is the largest fair in Tennessee offering practically something for every kind of taste, from multiple stages offering plenty of music, clown performances and wild west skills events, to competitions in everything from photography to beer brewing, racing pig events, monkeys acting as jockeys on dogs in dog races, other kinds of dog shows and even cookery classes.

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Italian Lights Festival
early September
Nashville, Tennessee

Attracting over 20,000 visitors each year, the three-day Nashville Italian Lights Festival showcases live music performances of internationally renowned tenors and sopranos as well as a big band orchestra, a host of wine events including a grape stomping contest and Italian wine classes in the Italian wine garden, Italian food events highlighting Italian food including food demos by celebrated local Italian chefs, and a multitude of other events including a bocce ball tournament with a $500 prize, Italian language lessons and Italian sing-a-longs, a meatball eating contest, Kids Zone, and a wide selection of booths selling Italian art, handicrafts and more.

For more information about the Italian Lights Festival visit:

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival
Saturday and Sunday every Labor Day Weekend
Memphis, Tennessee

Recognized as one of the best annual events in Memphis, the two-day Memphis Music & Heritage Festival celebrates various Memphis cultures with a diverse mix of events from local performers and musicians presenting a wide variety of Memphis Music including rock, rap, gospel, blues, jazz, spoken word, marching bands, and folk music on six indoor and outdoor stages. Folk art and crafts, food demonstrations from a variety of cultures and cooks, all featuring more than 500 musicians, cooks, dancers, talkers and artisans from the Memphis/Delta region and attracting over 50,000 visitors.

For more information about the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival visit:

National Storytelling Festival
early October
Jonesborough, Tennessee

The festival, now over 35 years old and acclaimed as one of the Top 100 Events in North America, includes a variety of accomplished artists whose stories take listeners back to their childhood, across cultures, and into the world of imagination. The storytelling takes place in large, circus-type tents in downtown Jonesborough with seating in each tent. Regular programming is scheduled in each tent throughout the day; attendees simply choose which tent they want to attend at which time.

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mid October
Historic German Town – Nashville, Tennessee

Top Oktoberevents  in the USAAttracting thousands of people for more than 32 years, the family oriented event of Oktoberfest in Nashville features everything from 4 stages presenting live German music, authentic German food and beverages, Polka dancing, appropriate arts and crafts including antique booths, as well as street performers and fun events for children.

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Fall Homecoming
mid October
Norris, Tennessee

A popular event in Tennessee for over 32 years, the Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia recreates the sights and sounds and traditional ways of the pioneer settlers and attracts visitors from all over the world including Germany, Egypt, England, the Netherlands, Canada, Scotland, Australia and even Kazakhstan. Popular parts of the event include 5 stages of music, traditional arts and crafts, historic demonstrations and Southern-style cooking.

For more information about the Museum of Appalachia Fall Homecoming visit:

Tennessee State Pow-Wow
mid October
Nashville, Tennessee

top Pow Wow USA eventsA popular event for more than 30 years, the Tennessee State Pow Wow taking place during Native American Indian Month features Indians from around the USA who gather to share part of their culture. This event, which has been picked as one of the Top 16 Pow Wows in the USA by Native Peoples Magazine, features everything from dance competitions and drum contests to Native American arts and crafts, Indian games, authentic Indian food, clothing, story-telling, and live music.

For more information about the Tennessee State Pow-Wow visit:

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
early December
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

A popular event for more than 36 years and one of the region's top night-time holiday parades attracting more than 800,000 visitors each year, the Annual Fantasy of Lights Parade features over a hundred entries, impressive lighted floats, high school and university marching bands, dance teams, uplifting holiday music and giant helium balloons as well as Santa Claus and his elves.

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