In 2023, there are new breweries, wineries, distilleries and attractions in the Volunteer State. Here is a rundown.
NEW TENNESSEE BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES, WINERIES & SPIRITS
Memphis – IBIS, a new cocktail bar in the South Main Arts District neighborhood, features a rooftop deck, a speakeasy in the basement, a patio and events featuring gospel music, DJs and burlesque.
Henderson – Forty Cannons Winery, a small craft winery located on Stillwaters Farm, is expected to open spring 2023 with small batch and experimental wines and Crow’s Nest Tasting Room.
Hendersonville – TailGate Brewery Hendersonville, a taproom and lagerhaus overlooking Old Hickory Lake has 22 beers on tap, a kitchen and a dog-friendly patio. In spring 2023, guests can experience a larger taproom, expanded patio, two-story deck and 10-barrel brewing system.
Murfreesboro – Cedar Glade Brews, founded by four local beer lovers, has a mission to produce high-quality craft beer that recognizes the traditions, land and culture of Middle Tennessee.
Gainesboro – A mother/son do everything by hand, down to the labeling at Roaring River Distillery, and work to preserve the history of their downtown building and stories that come with it. Master distiller Chad Hunt was featured on Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiner’s Master Distiller.”
Knoxville – The founder of Drop Zone Distilling is Rod “Sarge” Parton, a fourth-generation moonshiner with family recipes going as far back as 1934 belonging to his great-grandpap. The distillery features a tasting bar and retail area.
Sevierville – From a family recipe to your glass; combat veteran, pilot and niece of Dolly Parton, Danielle Parton brings her love of moonshine and unique blends like Red Velvet to Shine Girl, a female-owned and operated distillery.
Kingsport – Fizzy Fairway Mini Golf Bar is a 9-hole indoor interactive miniature golf course featuring over 60 arcade games on 10 machines along with a variety of beer, seltzer, ice cream and craft sodas.
Statewide – Sample wonderful wine with a chance to win prizes along the new Tennessee Wine Trailfeaturing more than 40 wineries, meaderies and cideries.
NEW TENNESSEE ATTRACTIONS, EXHIBITS & EXPERIENCES
Memphis – Memphis Sports and Events Center, located inside the heart of Liberty Park outside Memphis’ Liberty Bowl Stadium, will include indoor basketball and volleyball courts, outdoor turf fields, entertainment, shops, café and concessions.
McEwen – Something Wild Riding School focuses on programs to help riders learn how to ride horses safely and offers camps and pony horse training days.
Nashville – The new Rock Hall at the Ryman exhibit pays tribute to the iconic Ryman Auditorium, including stories about Elvis Presley, James Brown, Dolly Parton, the Foo Fighters and today’s hitmakers.
Nashville – FanDuel Bracket City Live (March 16-18) comes to Nashville for its first festival centered around music, basketball, and action. Later in the year, the National Hockey League’s draft (June 28-29) and awards (June 26) will be hosted for the first time in the same city since 2006.
Leiper’s Fork – Enjoy shopping, music, locally-sourced fare from Hen House Food Truck, classes in beekeeping, floral design, jamming and biodynamic farming at Patina Home & Garden, by design duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti.
Franklin – A new vintage trolley hop-on, hop-off tour allows guests to experience and explore Franklin and the village of Leiper’s Fork. Expert guides on Franklin Hop point out and share stories at over 50 points of interest like the historic downtown, The Factory at Franklin, Carnton, Carter and Lotz Houses.
Clarksville – F&M Bank Arena opens Summer 2023, offering concerts, hockey and events for all ages. It’s also the future home of Austin Peay State University Men & Women’s Basketball.
Murfreesboro – Classy Cactus Farm, a greenhouse and plant nursery, offers classes, workshops and social events like Succs & Sips, as well as the perfect succulent and cactus gifts.
Cookeville – Tour the Upper Cumberland specializes in custom shuttle bus tours and private bookings, highlighting the scenic beauty and unique points-of-interest of the 14-county region on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, as well as day and evening trips from Cookeville.
Granville – See the nation’s largest whiskey decanter beginning May 6at the Whiskey Decanter Museum featuring 5,000 decanters. Also experience the Cornbread & Moonshine Festival featuring a cornbread cook-off, Tennessee Whiskey Trail event with tastings, live music and more.
South Pittsburg –Lodge Museum of Cast Iron takes visitors on a journey of how cast iron is made, why it matters, celebrates food, culture and stories –and features the World’s Largest Cast Iron Skillet. On site, Big Bad Breakfast, a restaurant with custom-created meals, fresh biscuits and preserves and more, is set to open Jan. 2023.
Knoxville – The Southern Fried Poetry Slam (June 7-10) hosts one of the largest Spoken word and Performance Poetry tournaments in the world and showcases extraordinary writers, orators and artists.
Chattanooga – Rock the Riverfront presents Los Trompos, an art installation featuring eight larger-than-life three-dimensional, woven spinning tops in a variety of shapes and colors, opening March 2023 as both an art piece and gathering place for relaxation, social interaction and entertainment.
Pigeon Forge – A sweet addition at Titanic Museum Attraction, TITANIC’s Frozen Custard & Chocolate Attraction, set to open fall 2023, will feature a chocolate machine, custard, decadent desserts and special merchandise.
Sevierville – SkyLand Ranch transports guests via a scenic chairlift to the top of SkyLand Ranch, where hours of fun await, including a mountain coaster, suspended bridge, canopy walks and a variety of miniature animals like cows and donkeys, which are all rescues.
Kingsport – Celphie, a new selfie museum and private event venue, offers more than 20 unique, interactive selfie scenes with updated themes to create stunning photos for your next photo opp.
Statewide – Tennessee has two new colorblind viewfinders, including at The Lodge at Montgomery Bell State Park and Paris Landing State Park, for a total of 15 colorblind viewfinders with special lens technology that enables colorblind visitors to see a broader range of clear, vibrant colors.
ICONIC TENNESSEE ANNIVERSARIES
- 10th anniversary – Discovery Park of America with special celebrations – Union City
- 10th anniversary – Johnny Cash Museum – Nashville
- 10th anniversary – Big Ears Music Festival (March 30-April 2); Knox Asian Festival – Knoxville
- 15th anniversary – The Wilderness at the Smokies resort will expand its Wild WaterDome indoor waterpark, add a Cloud Coaster, XD Theater in the immersive Adventure Forest and build 12 villas as part of its $40 million expansion.
- 20th anniversary – Market Square Farmers’ Market – Knoxville. Cafes, restaurants, and sweet shops kick-off the entire month of May with creative specials featuring locally sourced fruits, vegetables, over-the-top cocktails, scrumptious salads, luscious ice creams and desserts.
- 20th anniversary – Stax Museum of American Soul Music – Memphis. Each month, Stax Museum will host a series of free events, lectures, film screenings, a birthday party in May and, in July, a concert series of intimate performances known as “Live in Studio A.”
- 25th anniversary – Nashville Shores celebrates the milestone with the new Riptide Racer, the largest slide of its type in the world, giveaways, discounts, birthday party, fireworks and special events yearlong.
- 50th anniversary – CMA Fest (June 8-11) – Nashville
- 50th anniversary – Dunbar Cave State Park – Clarksville – The state park celebrates its milestone anniversary with special events all summer long.