By Blair Thomas
Tennessee State Square & Round Dance Convention – August 4-6, Gatlinburg
This convention has something to offer every casual or avid square, round or line dancer. Fun activities such as workshops, fashion show, sewing clinic, great shopping, prize drawings. CONTACT: 865-654-6747.
Highway 127 Corridor Sale: The World’s Longest Yard Sale – August 4-7, Highway 127
Headquartered in Jamestown, the world’s longest yard sale stretches for 654 miles along Highway 127. CONTACT: 800-327-3945.
Rock-A-Billy Festival – August 5-6, Jackson
The world’s largest gathering of rock-a-billy artists and musicians, featuring the pioneers of rock-a-billy music as well as new artists. CONTACT: 731-427-6262.
Cherokee Days of Recognition – August 5-7, Cleveland
This annual event celebrates Cherokee customs and culture with games, food, demonstrations, a blowgun tournament, crafts and more. CONTACT: 423-478-0339.
Elvis Week – August 10-16, Memphis
Celebrate the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Enjoy a full week of fun events. CONTACT: 800-238-2000.
Smokin’ in McMinnville – August 11-13, McMinnville
A state championship BBQ contest and backyard competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The event features money prizes plus music, food vendors, games and inflatables for kids. CONTACT: 931-473-6611.
Davy Crockett’s 225th Birthday Celebration – August 13, Morristown
In celebration of the 225th birthday for Davy Crockett, the annual event includes refreshments, music, children’s activities, re-enactors, tours of the Crockett Tavern Museum. CONTACT: 423-587-9900.
Appalachian Craft Fair – August 22-27, Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Gray
Traditional arts and crafts, bluegrass music and food. CONTACT: 423-257-2167.
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration – August 24- September 3, Shelbyville
This event for the Tennessee Walking Horse encompasses exciting classes in competition where more than $650,000 in prizes and awards are given. Other activities include a barn decorating contest, a trade fair and a dog show. CONTACT: 931-684-5915.
Charlotte Fall Festival – August 27, Dickson
This celebration features a parade, a variety of local musical acts, children’s rides and games, and a variety of foods. Free to the public. CONTACT: 615-789-4184.
Fall Gardener’s Festival – August 30, Crossville
This outdoor gardening festival offers 12 educational sessions, wagon tours of the UT Plateau Research and Education Center and walking tours of the Plateau Discovery Gardens. Experts will be available to examine diseased or pest-infested samples brought in by participants. CONTACT: 931-707-0120.