Spring has sprung in Middle Tennessee! It’s officially festival season. Middle Tennessee is known for some of its great family-friendly festivals. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite, upcoming, family-friendly festivals for you and yours to enjoy! Read on for more information.
7 Festivals to Enjoy This Spring in Middle Tennessee
#1 Main Street Festival
When: April 29th 10am-6pm and April 30th 11am-5pm
Where: Downtown Franklin
The Heritage Foundation’s Main Street Festival is back again in downtown Franklin. Visit this festival for a weekend full of music, arts and crafts, food, a children’s carnival, performances, and more!
Live music will take place in three areas — view the full performance schedule here. Third Avenue North will feature the kids’ zone with plenty of old-fashioned carnival games, a cake walk, a dunk tank, and more. There will be a ferris wheel, kiddie swings, pony rides, and petting zoo available for a small fee. “Big kid” attractions will take place on Fourth Avenue North.
More than 150 artisans and crafters will be present at this year’s festival with their handmade goods! Jewelry, pottery, furniture, woodworking, photography, and more can be found in the booths along Main Street.
Eat your heart out at one of the more than 25 food vendors and make memories the whole family will enjoy for years to come!
#2 Nashville Taco Fest
When: May 6th 12pm-8pm and May 7th 12pm-8pm
Where: Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213
Cost: General Admission $21-25, VIP $75-80
This will be the first annual Nashville Taco Fest! Portions of the proceeds from this festival will go towards area non-profits including: Opportunity Now Initiative, East Nashville Athletics, Conexion Americas, Be About Change, and the Lydia Smith Sickle Cell Foundation.
There will be plenty of tacos galore, as well as:
- Taco Trucks and Vendors
- Hot Pepper Eating Contest
- Taco Eating Competition
- Club Ibiza Salsa Dance Tent
- Mechanical Bull
- Mariachi Bands
- Margarita Mixdown Competition
- Chihuahua Costume Contest
- Specialty Margaritas
- Kid Zone
- VIP Experience
- Hourly Taco Giveaways
- Live Bands
For more information check out www.nashvilletacofest.com.
#3 Backyard BBQ Fest
When: April 29th 10am-5pm
Where: Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro, TN
Backyard BBQ Fest is presented by The Hoof restaurant and organized by the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club. This year’s 3rd annual Backyard BBQ Festival will take place on the historic grounds of Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro. Take in the smells of the delicious bbq, join in on a rib eating contest, sip on craft beers, and dine on competition style bbq! You can even watch some of the top cookers in Middle Tennessee brawl it out over who has the best bbq in town.
#4 Main Street JazzFest
When: Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th
Where: Murfreesboro, TN, Downtown Square
Main Street’s JazzFest is a great place to people-watch, eat, drink, ship, mingle, soak up the sun, and hear some phenomenal jazz music! New artists are being added to the lineup daily. One thing’s for certain, this festival will have you dancing in the streets!
#5 Strawberry Festival
When: May 13th, from 7am on
Where: Portland, TN
Cost: most events free
Start the day off at 7am with the Portland Rotary Pancake Breakfast! Located at First Baptist Church in the gym, this will cost you $7 for adults and $4 for kids.
After you’ve carbo-loaded at the pancake breakfast, take a run in the Strawberry Stride 5k at Portland High School!
From 9am-4pm you can shop over 115 vendors with food, craft items, and more. For only $5 kids can enjoy KidTown USA all day long. There will also be outstanding music on Market Street all day! Click here for the full day’s events.
#6 Franklin Farmer’s Market Summer Festivals
Each year, the Franklin Farmer’s Market puts on a handful of fun festivals for the entire family! Here is this year’s festival lineup — enjoy one, enjoy them all — you can’t go wrong!
Strawberry Festival – May 13, 8am – 1:00pm
- Farm fresh strawberries, fun and games, and the best strawberry shortcake you’ll ever have are just a few of the highlights of this strawberry themed festival!
Tomato Festival – July 15, 8am – 1:00pm
- If you love tomatoes, this is the festival for you! Celebrate summer’s favorite vegetable with plenty of tomato tastings, fun, and games.
Watermelon Festival – August 19, 8am – 1:00pm
- In honor of summer’s favorite fruit, head on down to Franklin for fun, games, a watermelon seed spitting contest, and a watermelon eating contest!
#7 Sevier Park Fest
When: May 5th 6pm-11pm and May 6th 10am-6pm
Where: Sevier Park, Nashville, TN
Cost: Friday night’s events require a ticket, Saturday is free to the public
Friday night’s concert will feature The Lone Bellow, Muddy Magnolias, and Family and Friends. You can get tickets for this event here.
Saturday’s event is free to the public. It will feature unique local vendors, food, art, fashion, pet adoptions, music, and more! With bike races, a hot wing eating contest, the Publix kid area, and more, Sevier Park is the place to be this weekend!
Sevier Park Fest is a benefit for the Friends of Sevier Park and celebrates the 12th South, Belmont, Hillsboro, and surrounding neighborhoods in an effort to promote local talent and businesses. Full festival details can be found here.
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