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20 Tennessee Summer Festivals You Can’t Miss

Well, summer is a comin’ and here in Tennessee we have some rip roarin’ festivals that will keep you on your toes. From country music to fourth of July celebrations, you aren’t going to want to spend the next couple sweltering months anywhere else. Here we go! 

19) Lynneville Blackberry Festival: Are you a fan of jams and jellies? Do you love blackberry pie? Then we have quite the event for you. Arts and crafts and food booths. We don’t need a dang thing else.

18) Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade: If you want to celebrate the first July 4th parade in the nation, then pitch up in Gatlinburg on the 3rd for a rollicking good time. Keep time with 100,000 other attendees as you honor the nation first, together.

16) Lynchburg Frontier Days: East Nashville is really rockin’ out when it comes to all their awesome summer spots. Frontier Days in Lynchburg will give your kids the chance to ride a pony and visit the petting zoo, and you can wander the carnival area or take in a western re-enactment.

14) Chattanooga Craft Beer Festival: Check out more than thirty craft brews down in Chattanooga. The ticket price gets you unlimited samples, and this year will be held on May 9th. Better hop in that car!

10) Chattanooga Riverbend Music Festival: Ross’s Landing hosts almost ten days of music with six awesome stages and a ton of insanely great artists – we’re talking more than one hundred. It’s held in Chattanooga (shocker) from June 5-13.

9) Tennessee Medieval Faire – Harriman: Hear ye, hear ye! All you fans of medieval legendry and folklore need to make it to Harriman. The festival runs from May 16-31, and is an interactive environment for both children and adults.

6) Jonesborough Days: Three. Days. Of super fun fireworks and readying up for the 4th of July craze. There’s no admission fee, a huge parade, storytellers and a Civil War Encampment. Make it over July 2-4th.

4) Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival: The Great Smoky Mountains is a place of insane natural beauty, and you can get in on the action for the weekend of June 20-21. Check out the newly bloomed rhododendrons and enjoy a time of sweet rest with your family.

3) Blue Plum Arts and Music Festival – Johnson City : There’s a bike race! And an art contest! The festival lasts three days and boasts a fun run and food booths that’ll keep you busy and carbo-loaded all day. This year you can catch it in early June.

2) Lafayette Hillbilly Days- Lafayette: Head on out to Lafayette this June for a neat festival that celebrates the hillbilly in all of us. You’ll be able to take part in the arts and crafts area of the gathering, and the attendance stays on the slimmer side so you’ll feel safe wandering with those kiddos of yours.

There are a million and a half fantastic festivals spread liberally throughout Tennessee. Your best bet? Check your city calendar and buy some sunscreen – it’s gonna be a wild summer. If we missed your favorite festival, leave some tips in the comments below!

Meghan O'Brien
Meghan is a Tennessee transplant wildly in love with Music City. She’s quite the fan of snobby coffee, late night diner dates and the unnecessary hair flip.