Fun In The Sun 



Compiled by Jennifer Helm

Festivals Through May 31

14th Annual Renaissance Festival celebrating 16th-century England takes place off Hwy. 96 in Triune. For information, call 395-9950. Highlights include 16th-century music, comedy, and stage theater, juried artisans, man-powered rides, exotic foods, games of human skill, an armored joust, and a tour of a 12th-century English border castle, Castle Gwynn. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. & Memorial Day. $12 adults, $5 children ages 5-12.

May 22-23

25th annual festival of British and Appalachian culture takes place in Historic Rugby, the restored 19th-century village on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. Scottish music, story stage, English country dancers, hand-spinners, Scottish foods, and more. Call (423) 628-2441 for information.

June 6

Dulcimer festival featuring workshops, food, instrument repair, and music, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the grounds of Two Rivers Mansion. Tours of the house are also available. Call 871-4852 for information.

June 12-13

Homeplace Pickin’ Party, a bluegrass festival at The Homeplace-1850 at Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond, Ky. Live performances, workshops, open-mic sessions, and picking sessions. $4 ages 5-12, $5.50 13 and up. Call (800) LBL-7077 for information.

June 18-20

29th Annual American Artisan Festival brings national artists to Centennial Park. For information, call 298-4691.

June 20

Celtic Music Festival and Summer Solstice Picnic. Bring your own picnic to historic Travellers Rest, and listen to music under the stars. Call 832-8197 for information.

June 23-27

Chet Atkins Musicians’ Days, an annual music festival featuring a concert at the Ryman Auditorium and numerous outdoor performances. For information, call 256-2073.

July 9-11

Uncle Dave Macon Days, a celebration in honor of one of the first Grand Ole Opry stars, held in Cannonsburgh, an authentic pioneer village, at 312 S. Front St. in Murfreesboro. The festival includes music and dance competitions, a bicycle road race, gospel singing, an arts and crafts show, a historic photo exhibit, heritage activities for children, and, of course, lots of really good food. Admission is free; however there are registration fees for the competition. For information, call 893-2371.

July 10

Celebration of Cultures ’99 at the Scarritt-Bennett Center. Entertainment will be provided by international dancers, storytellers, and singers representing over 40 cultures. Kids can create crafts from many lands, and there will be international food booths, exhibits, seminars, and demonstrations. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $5 adults, $2 kids & seniors. For information, call 320-4600.

July 16-18

30th Annual Tennessee/Kentucky Steam Show at Bell Witch Village in Adams, Tenn. See an old-fashioned tractor pull. Take a trip back in time at the wheat thrashing show, and marvel at the old steam engines that built our country. $4 adults, kids under 12 are free. Call 696-2469 for information.

Aug. 13-14

The Bell Witch Bluegrass Festival takes place in the Bell Witch Village, Old School Complex on Hwy. 41 just outside of Adams, Tenn. Anyone can compete in every competition—for more than $3,000 in prize money—or can just go to enjoy the atmosphere. You will meet great people and enjoy all the food you can eat. Call 696-2469 for information.

Aug. 14-15

Southern Folklife Festival at Carnton Plantation, 1345 Carnton Ln., Franklin. 794-0903. A two-day festival which includes special tours of the house and gardens, craftsmen and artisans, and Irish and African American dancing. Musical performances include traditional bluegrass, African American, and harp music. The festival ends Sunday evening with a Nashville songwriters concert.

June 5

“Train Robbery Trip,” an excursion train to Lebanon, where passengers will visit a Civil War camp & battle reenactment. The train departs the Tennessee Central Railway Museum’s 220 Willow St. location 9 a.m. (boarding begins 8:30 a.m.). $28 regular seats, $35 first class, $60 dome seats; $15 ages 11 & under. For information, call 781-0262 or e-mail

June 9

5th Annual Friends of Watkins Spring Membership Drive, an evening of bowling, music, dancing, and more, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. in Cheekwood’s Frist Learning Center, 1200 Forrest Park Dr. $25 individuals, $40 couples; free for Friends of Watkins. For information, call 383-4848.

June 12

“A Night in White,” the annual benefit for Nashville CARES. Regal Maxwell House Hotel. For information, call 259-4866.

June 14-19

Fan Fair. Fans galore come to Nashville to see, hear, and meet the stars of country music. At the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and Opryland. For information, call the Country Music Association at 889-7503.

July 10

Murder Mystery Excursion Train. The Tennessee Central Railway Museum hosts this event, which gives passengers the opportunity to solve a murder mystery performed en route to Watertown. At Watertown passengers will deboard for live music, entertainment, and supper. Reservations are required; regular seats $26, kids under 12 $15, first class $32, dome seats $50. Call 781-0262 for details.

Aug. 27-29

Totally Artcentric 11. The annual art event benefiting Bethlehem Centers of Nashville begins with dinner at the Regal Maxwell House Hotel on Friday. Show hours are noon-5 p.m. Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. at the Bethlehem Center, 1417 Charlotte Ave. Call 329-3386.


Nashville Scene Movies in the Park, Centennial Park Bandshell, Centennial Park, West End Ave. Drive-in movies without the car. 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays June 1-July 6. Call 244-7989, ext. 340, for information. In cases of rain, movies will be shown on Wednesdays.

“Stories under the Stars” with music, puppets, and dance, 7-8 pm Fridays in June at the Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheater. For information, call Metro Parks at 862-8424.

All Summer

Big Band Dances, Centennial Park Event Shelter, Saturdays, through July 24. Bands include The Establishment and The Paul Ross Orchestra. 7:30-10 p.m. Call 862-8424 for information.

Concert in the Park, 7 p.m. Sundays in the Crockett Park Amphitheater, off Crockett Road, Brentwood. Bring a blanket and a picnic for these free family concerts. The Establishment (Big Band/Swing Dance) will perform June 6; the series continues with Tropical Steel Band & Revue and the Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band. Call 371-0060 for complete schedule & details.

Hadley Park Summer Concerts, 28th Ave. N. & John Merritt Blvd. Series begins with a gospel concert on June 12. Jazz & blues follows on July 10, and the Aug. 14 concert will be hip-hop & spoken word. Concert times: 3-6 p.m. Call 862-8424 for information.

Nashville Symphony Concerts at Centennial, Shelby, and Riverfront Parks. Call 862-8424 for dates and times.

Nashville Community Concert Band plays Centennial Park June 13 and July 18. Call 862-8424 for information.

Aug. 13 -Sept. 12

Shakespeare in the Park

The Tempest will be performed this year at the Centennial Park bandshell. Increasing the festival atmosphere this year will be a visual arts gallery and 15 lucky high school apprentices who will help the crowd create the storm. Directed by Denice Hicks and produced by Ann Loree. Don’t miss it! 7 p.m. Fri.-Sun.; pre-show entertainment starts at 6 p.m.

Aug. 22 & Aug. 29

Jazz on the Porch at Two Rivers Mansion. Bring a blanket and a picnic for music under the stars. Admission in free. Concert time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Call 862-8424 for information.

Aug. 26 -Sept. 4

Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. The World Grand Championships for the Tennessee walking horse. Celebration Grounds, Shelbyville. Call (931) 684-5915 for information.

May 22

Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center Open House. Families can learn to water ski, climb a 50-foot Alpine tower, go on a hayride, visit the equestrian center, and see what summer camp is all about. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 360-CAMP for details.

June 4

Goodlettsville Chamber Of Commerce 9th Annual Golf Tournament, Twelve Stones Crossing Golf Course in Goodlettsville. Call 859-7979 for information.

June 5

Music Country Grand Prix, Brownland Farm, Franklin. The Grand Prix is part of the United States Equestrian Team ranking procedure used to qualify riders to represent the U.S. in the Olympics, Pan American Games, and the World Championships. It benefits Saddle Up!, a therapeutic riding program for disabled children, and Nashville Cares. $5 adults, $2 kids (10-18), kids 9 & younger admitted free. For information, call 259-9002.

June 6-13

BellSouth Senior Classic, a PGA Seniors’ Tour event at the Springhouse Golf Club. $15 per person. Proceeds benefit senior citizens. Tickets available through the Council on Aging. For information, call 385-2221, ext. 33.

June 14

1999 March of Dimes Pro-Am Golf Classic. Natchez Trace Country Club, Franklin. Call 399-3200 for information.

Aug. 2-3

The Vinny, the annual Vince Gill Pro-Celebrity Invitation benefits Junior Golf. Held at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs. A concert July 31 at the First American Music Center kicks off the tournament. For information, call 790-7755.

Aug. 6-8

12th Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Nashville Shores. Entry deadline is Aug. 5. Teams must consist of at least 8 and no more than 14 players, and 2 women must be on the court at all times. $150 per team. For information, call 269-7091.

Aug. 7

Hummingbird Fest ’99 at Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond, Ky. Bob and Martha Sargent, members of the Hummer/Bird Study Group, lead programs on feeding strategies, garden planning, and other hummingbird dos and don’ts. They will band migrating birds and participants can help release birds once they are banded. For information, call (800) LBL-7077.

June 6

Kingston Springs Historical Association Garden Tour. This self-guided tour features 10 beautiful gardens throughout the vicinity of Kingston Springs. Purchase tickets at the South Kingston Library, located at 358 N. Main St. in downtown Kingston Springs, beginning at 12:30 p.m. $7 per person. An ice cream social with door prizes follows the tour. For information, call 297-3344.

June 12-13

3rd Annual Friends Garden Tour in historic Franklin and Williamson County. Purchase tickets ($12 in advance, $15 day of tour) at the main branch of the Williamson County Library, 794-3105.

June 19

4th Annual Palmyra Home & Garden Tour, a self-guided tour, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Palmyra, a small community 7 miles outside of Clarksville. Tickets are $10 each and can be obtained at the Montgomery County Public Library and at Byers & Harvey Real Estate on College Street. Proceeds benefit the local fire department, and refreshments and door prizes can be obtained there. For information, call (931) 326-5385.

July 4

Independence Day Celebration at Riverfront Park. The Nashville Symphony performs at 8 p.m. Other musical entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Join the crowd, or take part in the other great tradition—the search for the perfect off-site view of the fireworks.

Franklin on the Fourth. Sharon Puckett hosts the official Fourth of July celebration in downtown Franklin featuring food, music of all genres, children’s activities (incl. face painting and sand sculpture), and a stage show performed by the People’s Church of Franklin that will be both a tribute to America and to Franklin’s bicentennial. After the show, the fireworks begin at the Williamson Square Shopping Center. 4-8 p.m. For information, call 794-1594.

Independence Day at the Homeplace-1850, Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond, Ky. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the traditional rifle shot. The entire day is a 19th-century style celebration of the Fourth with music, children’s games, anvil-firings, horseshoes, and watermelon. Picnics are welcome. Call (800) LBL-7077 for information.

By the Rockets Red Glare Boat Cruise, a three-hour cruise on Lake Barkley aboard the Cumberland Princess, takes in the beauty of a Land Between the Lakes sunset, then a spectacular view of fireworks from the water. Rest rooms, cold beverages, and snacks available on board. $35 per person. Reservations required, call (800) LBL-7077.

June 4-5

25th Annual Nashville Ceramic Show, Tennessee State Fairgrounds Exhibitors Building. The place to get all your ceramic, doll, and craft supplies. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 admission. For information, call (407) 657-2334.

June 5-6

8th Annual Sam Davis Home Civil War Relic Show and Sale, Smyrna Town Centre, Smyrna. Features over 50 dealers from throughout the Southeast buying, selling, trading, and appraising Civil War artifacts, books, and related items. There will also be a Civil War lecture series. $5 adults, kids under 12 are free. Call 459-2341 for information.

Aug. 6-8

Americana Sampler Craft, Folk Art, & Antique Show. The 16th annual summer show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Call 227-2080 for information.


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