Celebrating 100 Years Of The MoonPie In This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Tourism announces the following:

You can taste it. The chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker treat has delighted taste buds for 100 years. Celebrate at the RC and MoonPie Festival in Bell Buckle. You can hear it. Music filling the Tennessee air from small town squares, on porches and even in caves this summer. It’s all just waiting to be experienced this week in Tennessee.

June 16

Brownsville – Concert on the Porch, a summer music series, features Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Billy Weir 7 p.m. CT on the Sleepy John Estes porch at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

Ripley – Music at the Amphitheater features The Amber McCain Band and food vendors 7-9 p.m. CT in downtown Ripley.

June 16-17

Franklin, Nashville and Chattanooga – The 2017 Wine Love: A Wine Dinner pairs Frothy Monkey cuisine with the perfect wine 6:30 p.m.  ET/CT Thursdays at Frothy Monkey in Franklin; Fridays at Frothy Monkey in downtown Nashville; and Saturdays at Frothy Monkey in Southside Chattanooga.

Summertown – The Summertown Bluegrass Reunion includes live music, dancing, crafts, instrument vendors, contests and great food at 662 Monument Rd. in Summertown, Tennessee.

June 16-18

Memphis – Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour brings the Tony Award-winning production 8 p.m.  CT

June 16-17; 2 p.m. CT June 17; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. CT June 18 to the Orpheum Theatre.

Nashville –Enjoy Father’s Day brunch complete with an 18 oz. bone-in, dry-aged strip steak and the special Gentleman’s Mule cocktail at Del Frisco’s Grille.

June 16-25

Knoxville – Anything Goes is presented by the Tennessee Valley Players with a cast of more than 40 multi-talented singers and actors as they perform the musical full of dance, laughs and “boy meets girl” story 7:30 p.m. ET June 15-17 and June 22-24, with performances at 3 p.m. ET June 18 and June 25 at Carousel Theatre.

Spring City – Neil Simon’s play “Rumors” is performed 7:30 p.m. CT June 16-17 and June 23-24 with 2 p.m. CT performances June 18 and June 25 at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. Tickets are $10.

June 16-July 9

Memphis – Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical is based off the smash-hit movie as Tick, Bernadette and Adam take their show to the Australian outback performed at Playhouse on the Square.

June 17 

Bell Buckle – Commemorating 100 years of the MoonPie, the annual RC & MoonPie Festival features bluegrass, dancing and a parade along with the cutting of the world’s largest MoonPie in downtown Bell Buckle.

Franklin – Front porches become stages, yards become music venues and boulevards become art galleries as Porchfest invites songwriters to perform and crowds to stroll 4-10 p.m. CT in downtown Franklin.

McMinnville –Tickets are on sale now to see the Larry Stephenson Band, as Stephenson brings his high lonesome tenor voice to Bluegrass Underground. Glade City Rounders open the show with their high energy 1 p.m. CT in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns.

Memphis – Attend the ever-popular Soulsville Record Swap featuring dozens of dealers from around the U.S. along with food trucks and DJs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Stax Music Academy.

Nashville – Backstage Nashville features Danny Flowers, Erin Enderlin, Ray Stephenson and Zander Hawley 12:30 p.m. ET at 3rd & Lindsley.

June 18

Chattanooga – It’s all about dad during Bacon, Brews & Blues beginning 12:30 p.m. ET at Chattanooga Market.

Chattanooga – Celebrate dad or granddad aboard the River Gorge Explorer during the Happy Father’s Day Cruise. Experience local history, wildlife watching and a catered meal at 4:30-6:30 p.m. ET.

Knoxville – The Bike-In Movie Series, presented by TVB and Yee-Haw Brewing, shows Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark 8 p.m. ET at The Mill & Mine.

Murfreesboro – During Magic at the Mansion, dads and their families can enjoy magic shows, the Christie-Q BBQ food truck, music, cigars and free tours for dads with family members receiving a discounted tour of $5 noon to 5 p.m. CT at Oaklands Mansion.

Nashville – Treat dad this Father’s Day to a brunch or dinner at Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tansuo, City Winery Nashville and Capitol Grille.

June 20 

Knoxville – Old 97’s perform their rock n’ roll repertoire along with show opener Vandoliers for audiences 8 p.m. with doors at 7 p.m. ET on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

June 21

Nashville – The ninth installment of DiaLoGue is an open forum discussion led by Nashville collectors, Dan Cleary and Kevin Gordon 6-7 p.m. CT at the David Lusk Gallery.

Nashville – A music showcase performed by Mark Mackay, who has opened for musicians like Frankie Ballard, Eli Young Band, Cole Swindell and more, takes place 6 p.m. CT with doors open at 5:30 p.m. at 3rd & Lindsley.

June 22

Nashville – Tune in to the documentary, Cheekwood: A Masterpiece by Man & Nature to get a behind-the-scenes look at the mansion and grounds 8 p.m. CT on Nashville Public Television.

Jonesborough – History Happy Hour is a new monthly program, kicking off with Marlin Curnutt from Walters State Community College who presents “Jackie Robinson: Faith, Fortitude, and Fearlessness” 6:30 p.m. ET at the Chester Inn Museum. The event is free and includes free refreshments. 

June 22, June 29

Hendersonville – Enjoy the Summer Concert Series featuring a variety of music acts 6:30-9 p.m. CT at the Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville.


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