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Summer Music Weekends


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About Summer Music Weekends

  • Old Time Travelers at Rock City's Summer Music Weekends
  • Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey show at Summer Music Weekends
  • Tarryn Aimee Smith performs at Rock City's Summer Music Weekends
  • Taylor Kress performs at Summer Music Weekends
  • Highbeams perform at Rock City's Summer Music Weekends

Rock City's Summer Music Festival

Enjoy some toe-tapping old time, bluegrass, and country music and a Seven States View during Summer Music Weekends featuring the music of Tarryn Aimee Smith, Highbeams, Taylor Kress and the Old Time Travelers. Come enjoy a summer day at Rock City Gardens, enjoy a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, plan to dine at Cafe 7 - serving southern cuisine with a modern twist and check out the Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey shows in the Critter Classroom.

This year's Summer Music Weekends festival features even more bands and activities for you to enjoy, so be sure to get in on all the fun!


Hours and Pricing

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

8:30am – 7:00pm
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays plus the week of July 4th (June 26 - July 5)

  Adult Child (ages 3-12)
Summer Music Weekends Premiere Event Pricing $22.95 $12.95
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*Most event activities included with admission

2015 Summer Concerts

2015 Summer Concerts

This year's Summer Music Weekends concert line-up has expanded to include exciting, toe-tapping country and bluegrass acts!

Concerts held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. See below for specific performer dates.

The Old Time Travelers
Old Time Music on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays


The Old Time Travelers (Matt Downer and Clark Williams) have been playing old time music together in the TN Valley since 2005. The duo has earned a reputation for their high energy brand of traditional music, kicking new life into old tunes. Both Downer and Williams share time on fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals and a typical performance might feature anything from wild, red-hot fiddle tunes, to traditional ballads and novelty songs. Journey back to the roots of early Southern string band music with the Old Time Travelers and remember why folks still call them "the good old days."

Taylor Kress
Folk Music on Fridays


Taylor S. Kress and Bonnie Simmons are musicians from Oak Ridge and Clinton, Tennessee and have been performing for years with a number of acts in the area. A year and a half ago, they began playing as a duet for the first time and have been doing so ever since. They perform original folk music along with their own renditions of traditional Southern Appalachian songs. In addition to performing, both are students at the University of Tennessee where Taylor studies History and Bonnie Anthropology and Biology. They will be performing regularly in East Tennessee and the surrounding areas.

Tarryn Aimee Smith
Country and Bluegrass Music on Saturdays


Tarryn Aimee Smith is an Americana singer-songwriter whose music is a unique blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz and country. Many who hear Tarryn's voice describe it as pure and smooth, with an angelic quality reminiscent of Allison Krauss. Based in the Nashville area, the multi-instrumentalist plays regularly at music venues, restaurants, festivals, private events, and house parties in Tennessee and other states. One of the accolades so far in Tarryn's career was co-writing a song called "Expecting Good Things" with Wil Nance and Steve Dean that became the title cut of Jeff and Shari Easter's Grammy and Dove nominated album in 2010. A live recording of the song was also placed on the Gaither Homecoming "Majesty" CD and DVD set. In 2012, she signed with Second City Music Group as a staff songwriter. Tarryn's recordings of her original music have been played on numerous radio stations across the country. 

Folk and Country Music on Sundays


Three brothers with true passion for music. Adam and Ian Pendlington have been as close as brothers can be since birth. Bass player Stephen Quinn completed the trio just before graduating high school. The band coined the term "adventure rock" for themselves from their love of venturing into the unknown. They became known for their passionate, high energy live performances, tight harmonies, and feel good music. They finally solidified their local fan base with the release of their first full length album in May 2013. 

Festival Activities

Festival Activities

Summer Music Weekends now includes even more fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Event activities are held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Walking in Frieda's Footsteps Tour - NEW!

Fridays - Sundays
9:00am, 3:00pm, 6:30 pm

Step back in time and See Rock City through the eyes of our founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter, on this special guided tour of the gardens. Tours are on a first come, first serve basis and limited to 12 guests in each tour.

Tours meet on the main Ticket Plaza beside the ticket desk.

Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey Shows

Fridays - Sundays
11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm

Come see hawks and other raptors soar with an educational show by Wings to Soar.

WRSC Radio with Interactive Kid's Station

On air daily from 9:00am - 7:00pm

The All American Music Lovers host this 1930s era radio show featuring special guest appearances by our musical entertainment. Other special guests will include park guests throughout the day. Children will be invited to come up on stage and sing along to some classic tunes and join in the fun!

WSRC RADIO will broadcast LIVE from the WSRC RADIO Stage near Invitation on the VIP Trail.

Meet Rocky the Elf!

Fridays - Sundays
Intermittently throughout the day, 10:15am - 5:30pm

Create magical memories with your family and capture a photo with Rocky the Elf, Rock City's loveable mascot.

What's Bloomin'


What's Bloomin'

In the summer, check out all of our summer annuals blooming all summer long. We also have Becky Shasta Daisies, Knock Out Roses, Deep Rose Sunpatiens, Petunia Easy Wave, Neon Roses, Black-Eyed Susans, and Purple Heart plants blooming in our gardens. 

Partners & Sponsors

Community Partner

Rock City is proud to support the Lula Lake Land Trust during our Summer Music Weekends series. 

Lula Lake Land Trust preserves natural and historic landscapes through conservation, education, and low impact recreation. The Lula Lake Land Trust seeks to create a network of conservation properties within the watershed that will ensure protection and enhancement of local water quality, protect areas which maintain contiguous forest cover and scenic views, provide opportunities for research and education programs and designate areas suitable for public access, use and enjoyment.