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April 2-5, 2020
Mule Day
Columbia, Tennessee
'Mule Day' has been a popular Columbia tradition since the 1840s. It began as “Breeder’s Day”, a single day livestock show and mule market event held on the first Monday in April. Over time, “Mule Day” evolved from a single day event into a multi-day festival, attracting thousands of attendees, lasting almost a week. If you visit during Mule Day celebrations, you might see a square dance, a mule-driving contest, a horse show, a crafts festival, or attend a flea market. Other events include “working mule”, “best of breed”, or even lumberjack competitions. Food served at the event includes barbecue, roasted corn, home-made pies and funnel cakes.

April 3-4, 2020  Annual One Shot Turkey Hunt - Pulaski, Tennessee
Hunters from all over the Volunteer State flock to Pulaski each spring to join in on this exciting hunt. There are many community events associated with the hunt. Clay target shooting, turkey shoot (open to the public),  5K Turkey Run, Gobbler’s Gala, arts and crafts, games, calling contests, turkey check-in, live entertainment, a huge banquet and concert, etc.

April 4, 2020  13th Annual Lawn and Garden Expo - Brighton, Tennessee
This annual Lawn & Garden EXPO is hosted by the Tipton County Master Gardeners. Dynamic speakers have been engaged to give the public the latest gardening information from local experts and Master Gardeners.

April 4-5, 2020  21st Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament: Spring
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
The Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed.

April 18, 2020  Annual Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza
Johnson City, Tennessee
A beer lover’s festival, where you get a chance to sample over 150+ unique and obscure beers from craft breweries around the region. Try some great beer and support a great cause. Supports Girls On the Run.

April 18-25, 2020  World's Biggest Fish Fry - Paris, Tennessee
Over 6 tons of catfish served. The history of the "Fish Fry" started with the farmers and their mules.  Each past "Fish Fry" makes new history by trying new and different things, increased attendance, more catfish served, and more community involvement. Always the Last Full Week of April every year!


April 22, 2020  Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.  Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify.

April 23-26, 2020  27th Annual Appalachian Antique Farm Show & Farmer's Reunion - Gray, Tennessee
The show will feature exhibits of all makes and models of antique tractors--steam & gas, stream engines, threshing machines, gristmill, antique farm tools, live steam saw mill, belted equipment demonstrations and other farm related equipment.

April 24-25, 2020 - 62nd Annual Polk County Tennessee Ramp Tramp Festival - Reliance, Tennessee
The ramp or wild leek, is a wild onion native to North America. The bulb resembles a scallion, but the flat, broad leaves set it apart.  Ramps grow from Tennessee to Canada, and in many areas they are considered a spring delicacy and even a reason for celebration.  The flavor and odor of ramps is usually compared to a strong garlic.  The festival brings hundreds to the camp each year to enjoy the traditional meal while bluegrass music is played. The traditional meal includes ramps fried in eggs, streaked meat, fried potatoes, white beans and cornbread. All proceeds are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy.  Today’s festival is held at the Polk County 4-H Camp (Camp McCroy) on the fourth Saturday in April.  All proceeds are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy.

April 25, 2020  A Toast To Tennessee Wine Festival
Lebanon, Tennessee
Wilson County Exposition Center.  Celebrate all things Tennessee at A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival. With award winning Tennessee wineries offering samplings of their finest wines, this festival continues to be one of the area’s most anticipated events! More than just a showcase for great wine, this event offers live music, gourmet food, free wine & food seminars, fine artisans, and complimentary lake cruises.

April 25-26, 2020  Annual National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
This festival honors cornbread with the National Cornbread Cook-Off. Sample cornbreads and main dish recipes.

April 30, 2020  Taste! - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chattanooga's Premier food event, benefiting the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga area.  Samplings of local cuisine from some of Chattanooga's finest restaurants, sample beverages from local establishments such as beer, wine, or a non-alcoholic beverage. With great restaurants, live music, drinks and flair, Stratton Hall will be transformed into a hotspot for Chattanoogans looking for an upscale night on the town.  In the spirit of all things food, a chef competition will be a highlight of eye-catching events. The competition will include four prestigious Chattanooga chefs competing to create a gourmet dish using one secret ingredient provided by Whole Foods. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges to receive a prize at the end of the evening and bragging rights for an entire year!  benefiting the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga area.

waiting for new dates

April 6, 2019  VegFest Expo - Nashville, Tennessee



waiting for new dates

April 22-May 3, 2016  36th Annual Teapot Festival - Trenton, Tennessee
The festival is a weeklong event beginning with a ceremonial Lighting of the Teapots and culminates in the Annual Grand Parade. It draws attention to the rare collection of Porcelain Veilleuses.



waiting for new dates

April 10, 2015  Wine, Dine and Art Crawl - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Explore the historic Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community from 5:00 to 9:00pm as part of a private, guided tour of participating galleries. Meet the artists while sampling local wines and enjoying hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants.  Finish the evening with a sit down dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s unique eating establishments, all for one low price! Seating is limited and reservations are required. This event is for those 21 years of age and older.

April 26, 2015  Flavors of Memphis - Memphis, Tennessee
Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The meal that is delivered will showcase the signature dishes of our culinary experts and take you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.



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