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Live music at Mempho Music Festival at Memphis Botanic Garden
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Add These Tennessee Music Festivals to Your Calendar

You don't have to travel around the nation to hear the Soundtrack of America. Just come to Tennessee where it was born and bred.

Please, check with event organizers before planning to attend any of the festivals featured in this article to ensure they are taking place as scheduled. For more information about Tennessee travel amid coronavirus, please visit tnvacation.com/articles/tennessee-travel-amid-coronavirus

*Dates reflect the 2022-23 calendar year

Tin Pan South - Nashville

The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival takes place March 28-April 1, 2023 in music venues around Nashville. Organized by the Nashville Songwriters Association International in partnership with Regions Bank, the festival is the largest songwriters festival in the world. Every genre is represented and artists like Donna Summer, Lori McKenna, Thomas Rhett and Josh Osborne have graced stages in the past. Details for the 2023 festival will be announced later this year.

Big Ears Festival - Knoxville

Nearly 200 performances at historic theaters, warehouse spaces, museums, galleries and clubs along with exhibitions, films literary readings and markets around Knoxville happen during Big Ears Festival, celebrating 10 years in 2023, March 30-April 2, 2023. It's a celebration of the arts, heralded by New York Times as "one of the world's greatest music bashes". The 2023 lineup will be announced soon. Passes will be available beginning Sept. 14, 2022.

Big Nine Roots Festival - Chattanooga

The two-day music event, Big Nine Roots Festival takes place April 9-10, 2022 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. The party goes until 11 p.m. on Saturday with musical artists performing throughout the day. Sam Sims & Friends, featuring Kipper Jones headlines the event.

Beale Street Music Festival - Memphis

Beale Street Music Festival will come back April 29-May 1, 2022 at The Fairgrounds in Liberty Park in midtown Memphis. The three-day festival, part of the bigger Memphis in May International Festival in Memphis, is one of the top music festivals in the U.S. and for good reason. The Beale Street Music Festival brings together an eclectic mix of bands, giving its thousands of fans something to sing about. The full lineup will be announced in February, but so far, the list of artists includes Three 6 Mafia, Foo Fighters, Lil Wayne, The Smashing Pumpkins, DaBaby, Su Foley and more.

Discovery Park of America's Rhythm on the Rails - Union City

Rhythm on the Rails returns to Discovery Park of America, an 8-week outdoor concert series taking place on the lawn near the Train Depot beginning May 5, 2023. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with music beginning at 6:30 p.m. The free concerts will have headliners such as American Idol runner up Clark Beckham, The WannaBeatles, Johnny Mac, The ShotGunbillys, Terry Mike Jeffery Elvis Tribute Show and many more.

Century Farm Winery's Voices in the Vineyard - Jackson

Sip Tennessee wine while enjoying music from a variety of local and regional artists starting May through October 2023 at Century Farm Winery. Music starts at 7 p.m. Food trucks are on location if you want to get a taste of local cuisine. Bring a lawn chair or get there early to get one of the limited tables that are available. It's a great way to spend an evening in Century Farm Winery's vineyard.

Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival - Hurricane Mills

If you love the motorcycle lifestyle, this festival is for you. Hang out and listen to music at the award-winning Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival May 18-21, 2023 at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills. Music will play from three stages and as hosted artists such as Ben and Noel Haggard, Tim Montana, Roadhouse Roosters, Bones Owens, Cordell Winter and Tayla & Ernie Lynn among others.

Exit 56 Blues Fest – Brownsville

This music festival commemorates the important music contributions of three blues pioneers who called Brownsville, Tennessee home: “Sleepy” John Estes, Hammie Nixon and Yank Rachell on May 27-28, 2023. Live blues music, a cruise-in, deep-fried barbecue eating contest, arts and crafts and a corvette car show are all on tap at the Exit 56 Blues Fest

CMA Fest - Nashville

CMA Music Festival comes back bigger and better than ever for its 49th installment of the festival this year. Mark your calendar for June 8-11, 2023 where the brightest stars in country flock to Nashville for the biggest party in the city. Check out continued updates on CMA Fest including tickets, the star-studded lineup, stages and more.

AMP Summer Concert Series - Jackson

Fill your summer with music by attending one or several of the concerts part of the AMP Summer Concert Series by the West Tennessee Farmers Market in downtown Jackson. Music starts at 6:45 p.m. and all shows are family-friendly. Concerts run from June to September 2023. The lineup will be announced soon.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester

Music fans will once again flock to the 700-acre farm June 15-18, 2023 in Manchester. The farm becomes a city with various events like yoga, Broo'ers Festival, sustainable fun at Planet Roo, the classic Ferris Wheel, Splash-A-Roo and a village market with curated crafts, art and experiences.

High on a Hillside Music Festival - Johnson City

The inaugural High on a Hillside Music Festival takes place at TVA Credit Union Ballpark in Johnson City. Three musical acts rock the stage, playing six full sets. The event is family friendly and will feature local craft vendors, food trucks, craft beer and seltzer from Tennessee Hills Brewstillery, lawn games like giant Jenga, cornhole and more. There will even be a free cornhole tournament where teams can win prizes. A family flag football game will also take place.

Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree - Smithville

Heralded as the official festival for the state of Tennessee, the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree June 30-July 1, 2023 draws musicians and crafters as well as fans of both from around the world to remember the ancestral music and crafts passed down over generations. Enjoy an array of crafts booths, some barbecue and one of the biggest free shows filled with toe-tappin’ music. 

Savannah Bluegrass Festival – Savannah 

Picking, jam sessions and live music performances are on tap for the free Bluegrass Festival July 2023 at the Savannah Market in downtown Savannah. The festival celebrates national fiddling champion and hometown legend Wayne Jerrolds. The full lineup and event schedule is soon to be announced. 

Fun Fest - Kingsport

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of fun at the 2022 Fun Fest July 14-22, 2023 in Kingsport. Family fun is abundant at the festival. The Sunset Concert Series presents different artists each night in concert which will be announced soon. Additional event details and events are forthcoming. 

James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival – Lawrenceburg 

The birthplace of Southern Gospel hosts well-known groups during the James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival July 27, 2023 at the Historic Crockett Theater in Lawrenceburg. Free shows fill the two days. Lineup and full schedule is to be announced. 

Lifest Music City - Bon Aqua 

Party this summer with some of the top Christian artists at Lifest Music City in Bon Aqua. Past artists include Mac Powell, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Cain at the family-friendly festival. Food vendors and a marketplace will also be featured.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol

At this award-winning music festival, the roots of traditional Appalachian music are brought to life through talented musicians Sept. 8-10, 2023. Known as the birthplace of country music, Bristol's music history runs deep and have been celebrated by nationally-known artists. The 2023 lineup will be announced next year including music legends and bands who will perform on more than a dozen stages during the three music-filled days.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival - Kodak 

Mountain roots are honored as 15 regional and national bluegrass acts flock to the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival Sept. 15-17, 2022 in Kodak, Tennessee. Enjoy the views of the Great Smoky Mountains while hearing some of the best bluegrass talent from The Gibson Brothers to Rhonda Vincent & The Rage with fans from across the country. Picking and jam sessions, food and merchandise add to the fun.

Cooper-Young Festival - Memphis

The city's largest historic district, Cooper-Young is Memphis' most anticipated outdoor celebration. The festival welcomes thousands and more than 400 artisans from around the U.S. Sept. 17, 2022 to share their art. Music performances range in sound from R&B to reggae to pop and gospel.

Americana Music Festival - Nashville

Thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals will make their way Sept. 13-18, 2022 to various venues around Nashville. Jewel, The Vespers, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Buddy Miller, and Parker Millsap are just some of the artists who have participated in the past. More than 165 showcases in venues around downtown Nashville give guests an insight on why Nashville truly is Music City. The 2022 lineup is currently being planned. 

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival - Franklin

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was created to bring a meaningful, music experience to its attendees at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. The region's best food and drink will be available and merchants selling art and crafts round out the festival's offerings. Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson and Beck have played at this festival. The festival dates and full lineup will be announced soon. 

National Quartet Convention - Pigeon Forge

More than 40,000 music fans will head to Pigeon Forge's LeConte Center Sept. 25 - Oct.1, 2022 for nightly concerts and showcases featuring some of the biggest quartet groups in Southern gospel. The National Quartet Convention is one of the biggest events for the genre. Tickets are now on sale.

Mempho Music Festival - Memphis

World-class musicians and artists from a wide range of genres will take the stage during Mempho Music Festival Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2022 at the beautiful Memphis Botanic Garden. Get ready for live music and a unique artistic experience in the Incendia Dome, an interactive event space in a geodesic structure with propane flame effects. Inside, the hottest DJs in Memphis bump music that'll get you dancing under the warm glow. The full lineup will be announced in early Spring 2022. Past Mempho Music Festival performers have included Cage the Elephant, Post Malone, The Avett Brothers, Bill Strings, Widespread Panic and more.

 

Explore even more made in Tennessee music experiences and plan your pilgrimage today. 

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