The state of Tennessee is renowned for its festivities so as a result, visitors to Loudon will find plenty going on throughout the year and particularly in the summer months. From outdoor events such as street parties and open air concerts to State Fairs and a multitude of shows and festivals celebrating everything under the sun, there is something to entertain everyone whatever their interests. August is an action packed month in the region’s calendar with different events being held across the state on almost a daily basis. Culture vultures in particular will find that the arts are well covered during this month starting with the Clayton Centre Annual Theatre Festival which is held in Maryville over the first weekend in August.
Four theatre groups from across the region provide a variety of performances to suit the whole family including children’s shows, Tony award winning productions and musical tributes to the likes of Patsy Cline, which makes this event a must for theatre lovers of all ages. There are also a variety of musical events covering all genres including blues, jazz, country, rock, opera and classical performances starting with a free outdoor concert in the first half of the month from 6.30-9.30pm in the Main Street which also includes plenty for all the family with food vendors, Children’s Art Tent, Pet Pavilion and competitions. Music Off Main is held annually in the heart of the historic downtown area. Alternatively, you may opt for a different musical experience with Bluegrass music in Sparta at the amphitheater there. If you enjoy this type of music in particular then why not attend the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg which celebrates the best of this unique musical style that originates from the Appalachian mountain region. The city of Loudon itself has also hosted the Smoky Mountain Fiddlers Convention since it was first launched at the 1982 World Fair. Bluegrass musicians travel to Loudon from all over the state to attend whether it is to play, listen or compete in this prestigious weekend event. This begins on the Friday with live music from a variety of bands from around the region while the competition itself starts at 10am on the Saturday morning, with musicians competing for the $5,000 prize fund. The admission fee for the Saturday event is $10 however you can buy a ticket for $15 which will give you entry on the Friday as well as the Saturday while children under the age of twelve are admitted free of charge.
There are also a variety of festivals featuring everything from antique cars and sports to food & beverage events and horse shows in a variety of locations within easy access of Loudon. These include the Southern Brewers Festival on the waterfront in Chattanooga which features a selection of over 300 beers from microbrewers around the US with live music and food vendors for a great day out. The East Tennessee State Fair another popular event that offers live entertainment, games, rides, food, and contests, every night for the whole family to enjoy.