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Find out what’s new in Tennessee this summer – Clarksville Online

Tennessee Department of Tourism DevelopmentNashville, TN – Soak up the sun for an unforgettable Tennessee adventure as summer heats things up.

Cool off in a Kaleidoscope Kavern, stroll the WildSide, hit the back road, enjoy the garden, nightclub or rooftop bar, relax in a stylish retreat or discover a “new to you” story at attractions and events.

Here’s what’s new and trending in Tennessee this summer.



New attractions, exhibitions and experiences

Statewide – Cyclists can hit the byways and byways with the new statewide cycling program, Bike Tennessee, featuring 52 curated cycling routes through scenic landscapes.

Great Smoky Mountains – Unleash your inner WildSide at this new outdoor adventure park with 2,000 acres of mountain terrain, 15 miles of trails for mountain biking, e-biking, guided or solo tours, and UTV trails.

Pigeon Forge – Discover Dolly’s story like never before with immersive and interactive exhibits at the Dolly Parton Experience at Dollywood, exploring her iconic career, signature style and biggest dreams. In addition, TITANIC Museum Attraction will unveil its limited Jack & Rose exhibition opening June 14, featuring the iconic ornate wooden ‘door prop’ panel from the Titanic film.

Sevierville – Wilderness at the Smokies opens entertainment and treehouse cabins. The park also added a 40,000-square-foot expansion to its water dome with a new Kaleidoscope Kavern experience, a new indoor water coaster, a glass-edge rooftop pool and a new rooftop restaurant.

Gatlinburg – Discover larger-than-life, whimsical birdhouses in a new aviary experience at BirdVenture in Anakeesta. Enjoy themed birdhouses, interactive adventure zones and side slides.





Jumping field – The inaugural Fire Cured Festival on August 24 is an immersive experience to satisfy the senses with fire-cured meats, fire-dried beverages, visual arts, fire activities, live music and optional helicopter flights to see Springfield’s iconic smoke barns from new heights.

Clarksville – The historic Smith Trahern Mansion, built in 1859, featuring Greek Revival and Italianate styles overlooking the Cumberland River, reopened its doors for tours.

Smith Trahern Mansion.  (Visit Clarksville)
Smith Trahern Mansion. (Visit Clarksville)

Hendersonville – Spend your day on Old Hickory Lake with Get Up and Go Kayaking. Paddle the scenic waters in one of their clear kayaks, available for daytime adventures or sunset tours.

Nashville – Carter Studios, located in the Carter Vintage Guitar Store in the heart of the Gulch, is Music City’s newest event and creative space focused on content creation, music videos, rehearsals, wellness setups, yoga classes, private led dinner of a chef and writing sessions.

New hotels and places to stay

Gatlinburg – A new symbol of Appalachian hospitality, the Historic Rocky Waters Inn on Downtown Parkway is a luxury resort-style hotel with on-site guiding services by Smoky Mountain Guides, chef-driven dinner at the Roaring Fork Restaurant, locally made products and more.

Ten miles – Nestled in the hills of East Tennessee, Camp Willow is a fledgling outdoor RV resort with cozy cabins, wooded campsites, restaurants and mini golf for the perfect getaway along Watts Bar Lake.

Nashville – Tempo by Hilton Nashville features more than 300 rooms, rooftop views, creative menus, refreshing drinks, with an emphasis on wellness and sustainability, just steps from the city’s museums, restaurants and bars.



New restaurants, shops and music venues

Knoxville – Kern’s Food Hall provides a vibrant meeting place for foodies, families and furry friends with a diverse range of culinary delights, shops, bars and events. In addition, Luna Night Club at Asylum 801, a nightclub in a historic building, spans 10,000 square feet with live entertainment starting every night at 8 p.m. with music and DJ dance nights.

Fresh water – Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in the heart of downtown, The Lazy Beagle offers rooftop dining and specialties such as shrimp and grits, spicy honey cheese bites, flatbread French dip and grilled cheese.

Ethridge – Enjoy barbecue, brisket and homemade sauces at Amish Country Smoke House, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the peaceful countryside.

Colombia – Revitalizing its culinary heritage, Prime & Pint interweaves the timeless percussion with the atmosphere of a community-focused café and dining experience in a scratch kitchen, featuring the finest cuts of meat and expertly crafted dishes.

Middle Tennessee – Known for its exceptional burgers and craft beer, ML Rose will open its first location in Franklin this summer, with locations in Inglewood and Gallatin opening later this year.



Leiper’s fork – Patina Home & Garden now offers organically grown produce such as cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, herbs and flowers from their nearby farm, Patina Meadow.

Nashville – Discover a cutting-edge blend of rock ‘n’ roll and country at JBJ’s Nashville by Jon Bon Jovi, a five-story rooftop bar and music venue in the heart of downtown. Bell Bottoms Up by Lainey Wilson is a three-story complex with her signature flair, including a 70s-inspired rooftop bar.

Memphis – Biscuits & Jams just expanded its location at Hotel Indigo downtown. Enjoy delicious cookies, fried green tomatoes and stay for mimosas and cocktails.

New bars, breweries, distilleries, wineries and spirits

Bristol – The new Tennessee Hills Distillery headquarters opens in July with multiple bars offering whiskey, cocktails, tours and a cream distillery with liquor-inspired ice cream and pastries.

Kingsport – Kingsport’s newest spot, Inspire Wine Bar, offers a variety of wines from southeastern vineyards, charcuterie to pair with selections, open Wednesday through Sunday in the heart of downtown.

Sevierville – Taste unique handcrafted ciders such as Red Lemonhead, Sip Gingerly, Blue Barb and Simply Muscadine at Apple Barn Cider House, opening in late June 2024. Guests can see how cider is milled and how hard ciders are made. There will also be non-alcoholic ciders on tap.



Reaching new milestones

Chattanooga – Ruby Falls marks a milestone with a new history tour and “Celebrating 95 Years of Wonder” exhibit featuring lesser-known facts about the falls’ history, memorabilia, vintage postcards and rare photographs.

Gatlinburg – Gatlinburg SkyPark Hiking Trails, newly added in their 70th year, offer a unique way to explore the Smokies in the heart of downtown with new routes featuring diverse views and scenic viewpoints.

Monteagle – The 65th Mountain Market for Arts & Crafts features more than 100 artisans and craftspeople, carving and blacksmithing demonstrations, and delicious food and fun in Hannah Pickett Park.

Somerville – The 25th annual Cotton Festival in historic Somerville Square features arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, music, a kids zone and family fun.

New and popular seasonal events

Jonesborough (now September 27) – Music on the Square, a free series of open-air music concerts, takes place every Friday. Bring a chair or blanket to the Washington County Courthouse.

Clarksville (June 15, July 13, August 17) – Clarksville’s newest concert series, Bands at the Brewstillery, combines four great things: live music by local musicians, great food, the outdoors and a Special Forces Veteran-owned brewery.



Nashville (July 4) – Dance the night away at Nashville’s biggest party during the FREE Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th. Nashville native Chris Young will headline the event with Yola, Girl Named Tom and Blessing Offor before one of the country’s largest fireworks displays on the 4th of July.

Koningsport (July 19-27) – Kingsport Fun Fest offers more than 100 events at 50 locations in Kingsport, including a parade, sporting events, hot air balloons, moonlight walks, outdoor movies, block parties, concerts, food truck rally and a spectacular fireworks display.

Knoxville (July 20) – Grooves in the Garden at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is an outdoor musical festival with jazz, R&B and soul music, a DJ, food trucks and a cash bar.

Cumberland Gap (July 20) – The Tri-State Outdoors Fest promises a full day of adventure, fun and community, with opportunities for partygoers to enjoy the outdoors through kayaking, hiking and more.





Chattanooga (now-September 2) – Roam with gnomes during Mountaintop Summers in Rock City featuring gnome scavenger hunts, animal education shows, Rock City Raptors, new food and BBQ, flowers and fun.

Memphis (August 9-17) – Music lovers from around the world make the pilgrimage to Graceland for Elvis Week with live performances, panels, competitions, film screenings, candlelight vigils and more, all in honor of the legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

For a complete list of events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.

About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD) is committed to stimulating economic growth and tourism in all 95 counties. TDTD’s global marketing efforts increase the number of visitors to Tennessee, which increases tax revenues, creates jobs and attracts new investment across the state.

A global destination par excellence, Tennessee offers visitors world-class music, live entertainment, family-friendly experiences, charming communities, innovative and classic culinary creations, renowned natural beauty and outdoor adventure – all centered at the intersection of rich history and unparalleled hospitality. Vacations “sound perfect” in Tennessee.

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