The 10 Best Festivals in Tennessee!

Whether you’re looking for impressive live music, delicious eats or even a laugh or two, the festivals here in Tennessee have you covered. Keep an eye out for event dates and details, because you won’t want to miss out on these events. Here are our 10 favorite festivals in the Volunteer State. 

1. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo is debatably one of the greatest music festivals in America. With a massive lineup of big names in music, unique artwork and more, “Roovians” experience something unforgettable and life changing each year. Don’t forget to grab your tickets as soon as possible before prices go up.

2. Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival, Sevierville, TN

If you’re into smoky BBQ and impressive music, you have to stop by the Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville. If music and food isn’t enough, check out the vocal competition or arts and crafts. This event is great for those of all ages so bring your family and friends!

3. 4 Bridges Art Festival, Chattanooga, TN

For those who enjoy art, this festival in Chattanooga is perfect! Whether you’re looking to browse or purchase art, those who attend will surely find a variety of works that will make them think. For a low price, you’re welcome to wander and admire the different forms of art you will find here.

4. International Biscuit Festival, Knoxville, TN

Who doesn’t love biscuits? Head over to the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville to sample some of the best and buttery biscuits Tennessee has to offer. This event is sponsored by the Travel Channel so you know they mean business! Make sure to stop by the Biscuit Boutique for a biscuit themed gift. 

5. Live on the Green, Nashville, TN

This summer music festival takes place each year from August to September on the weekends. The best part is it’s free! During the summer months, the independent radio station Lightning 100 puts together an awesome line up of local artists, up-and-coming bands and some big names too. Get there early to make sure you get a good spot to watch the show. Live on the Green is known to get pretty packed.

6. Wine Over Water Festival, Chattanooga, TN

The Wine Over Water Festival in Chattanooga is Tennessee’s premier wine festival. With wine selections from over 100 wineries around the world, even the pickiest drinker is sure to find the perfect beverage. Local chefs will be performing food demonstrations that are fascinating to watch. Come hungry too, free charcuterie and fresh bread will be available to all in attendance.

7. Southern Hot Wing Festival, Memphis, TN

Every April the Southern Hot Wing Festival takes place in Memphis. Between the hot wing competition, live music and local vendors, you will definitely have plenty to do here with your friends and family. Come on out and see which hot wing cook will make it into the “Hall of Flame” for this year! 

8. CMA Music Festival, Nashville, TN

Country music fans, this festival will make your whole year! The CMA Music Festival includes several country acts, old and new, for festivalgoers to enjoy. If you want to go but can’t spend the money on the major country stars night concerts, don’t worry. During the day, there will be a ton of performances and outdoor experiences that are free of charge. 

9. Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga, TN

For over 35 years the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga has been the premier outdoor concert series in town. With five stages and close to 100 artists, you will absolutely be entertained from start to finish. In addition to the live music, there will be scenic views of the river and tasty food from many vendors to enjoy.

10. Memphis Comedy Festival, Memphis, TN

If you love comedy or simply need a laugh, then the Memphis Comedy Festival is the place to go this March. This comedic celebration lasts four days and consists of stand-up acts, improv showcases, open-mics and so much more. Last year this festival had over 60 comics perform, so don’t miss out. 

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