Nashville May 14, 2017
The 10 Best Small-Town Festivals Near Nashville You’ve Never Heard Of
When it comes to finding a small town festival worth visiting, you’ll want to make your way down to Nashville, Tennessee. Due to its prime location in the middle of the state, Nashville has a special upper hand on low-key local festivals and tiny spots just outside of town. How many of these will you be visiting this summer?
10. Hoedown on the Harpeth
A showcase for local bluegrass, folk, and country musicians, Hoedown on the Harpeth is a two-day event every October at the Hayshed Farm in Kingston Springs. Dates are currently set for
October 13th and 14th, 2017, aligned with the full moon to help the party carry late in to the night.
9. A Taste of Country USA
Every year, Springfield throws the Taste of Country USA, featuring country music, food, and fun. Bring the whole family and cheer on your favorite competitors in the Talent of Tennessee singing competition. The 2017 date is currently set for
8. Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival
2017 marks the 10th annual Fiber Festival, which features over 50 vendors and over 40 different workshops and classes, from Beginning Lace Knitting to Spinning Angora Rabbit Fiber. This year's Festival is
May 26th and 27th.
7. International FolkFest
The International FolkFest is in Murfreesboro and takes place every June. The FolkFest works to promote international cultures through the arts, with a focus on dance. The 2017 festival is
June 11 to June 18.
6. Rivers and Spires Festival
The Rivers and Spires Festival is a free festival in downtown Clarksville and features vendors and music. Past headliners include Charlie Daniels, Diamond Rio, and Little Big Town. While the 2017 edition is already over, look for this Middle Tennessee staple again in April of 2018.
5. Gallatin Main Street Festival
This festival will be celebrating its 35th year in the Fall of 2017 and features more than 170 vendors, selling arts, crafts, and all kinds of foods. There are also multiple live music stages as well as an area for kids, making this the perfect family festival.
4. Watertown Music & Arts Festival
With the 2017 edition slated for Saturday,
July 8th, the Watertown Music Festival is slated for its 22nd year in a row. For a day-trip, take the Tennessee Central Railway's Murder Mystery train to the festival from Nashville.
3. Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Running every weekend every May, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival takes place at a real life castle in the town of Covington Glen. Each weekend has a different theme, from Arts and Crafts weekend to Pirate Invasion Weekend. Head on down, grab a turkey leg, and enjoy the festivities!
2. Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
This festival is kind of a big deal. The 2017 edition is
September 23rd and 24th and will feature Justin Timberlake, The Avett Brothers, and Walk The Moon. Head on down to Franklin for this larger-than-life small town festival.
1. The RC Cola/Moon Pie Fest
Located in serene Bell Buckle, the RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival is a summer staple. It takes the third Saturday of every June and features a parade, vendors, and a pageant for Mr. RC Cola and Ms. Moon Pie.
What a neat thing, wouldn’t you say?
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