Local Events

Last updated: April 9th, 2018

Bluegrass at the Sparta Amphitheater

Bringing some of the top names in bluegrass to Sparta's Liberty Square every 3rd Friday at 7 p.m., May thru October. In case of rain the event is held at the Sparta Civic Center, 514 E. Bockman Way. Free and family friendly :: For more information vist the Sparta Events page.

Bluegrass at Cumberland Caverns

Bluegrass music in a cave! Cumberland Caverns Live can be seen live 333 feet underground in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns, in McMinnville, TN. $15 per person :: cumberlandcaverns.com/live/

Fall Creek Falls Activities

Summer Season at Fall Creek Falls State Park :: Weekly & Special Events :: Softball, nature hikes, cave trips, canoe floats, campfires, horseback riding, and bluegrass music are just some of the events that mark our summer season. Interpretive and recreational events are scheduled seven days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fall Creek Falls Blue Grass

Summer Season at Fall Creek Falls State Park :: Every Saturday night :: $3.00 admission, children 6 and under are free :: Held in the Village area in the Amphitheater by the pool or in the Recreation Center from 7:30-9:30pm (CST) :: Visit the Friends of Fall Creek Falls website for more information about the Blue Grass Band Schedule for the park.

Farmer's Market - Warren County McMinnville

Offers a wide selection of baked and processed vegetables and fruits as well as in season local fruit and vegetables. Large selection of ornamentals including potted trees from McMinnille the nursery capital of the world :: Sale days are Wednesdays, Saturdays, and the first and third Thursday of the month from April to December :: Located under the Water Tower, downtown, south of Main Street, McMinnville :: Visit the Warren County website for more information.

Farmer's Market - White County Sparta

The Farmers Market opens on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:00 am in Metcalf Park, 117 S. Main Street - just off Liberty Square. Local farmers will have fresh produce just for you. Get there early before it all sells out. Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday at 7am, May thru September or October (when the gardens stop producing) :: For more information, visit the City of Sparta website.

Main Street LIVE! - McMinnville

Is a Free concert series every Friday night starting the second Friday in June till the last Friday in July. Bring a lawn chair, visit with friends and family, eat and drink, and enjoy the local & regional entertainment. For more information, visit the Main Street McMinnville website.

Sparta Cruiser's Cruise In

Good Time Cruisers invite you visit Liberty Square in Sparta, TN every 3rd Saturday - April thru October, 5:00pm – 8:30pm. You are invited to show your car off or just enjoy the exhibit and bluegrass music :: If you are a car lover this is a great place to salute past good times :: Sometimes they even host an old fashioned Sock Hop :: For more information, visit the City of Sparta website.


Check back again later for January 2019 scheduled events.

Through January TBD 2019

Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights
Located just 1 hr 15 mins from Cozy Cabins & Cottages... Previously through January 6th 2018! Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights - a light extravaganza that showcases more than 30 holiday scenes and nearly a million LED lights that transform the gardens' natural daytime splendor into a fantasyland. Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa and nightly entertainment. Dinner with Santa, as well as Jack Frost, Inara the ice queen and the Dancing Forest! This event was even selected as a Top 20 Event for 2017 by Southeast Tourism Society!





Check back again later for February 2019 scheduled events.

Currently there are no special events scheduled in February 2019 around our area.







March 24 2018

Hike to the Base of Fall Creek Falls
Meet Cara Alexander at the Main Overlook @ 9am for Fall Creek Falls to hike to the base and learn the history and ecological balances that make our park special! Dress for the weather and bring water and a camera.

March 31st 2018

Easter Weekend
Join rangers in Fall Creek Falls State Park for their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Village Area at 10:00am! They strive to make each year bigger than the last with more eggs and prizes than previous years. There will be craft programs for the kids offered immediately following the egg hunt, so plan to spend the day! Attendance is free, but they do accept donations through the REGISTER button on the state web site. More donations mean more candy and prizes!

Meet at the Flag pole in the Village Green

Visit the Friends of Fall Creek Falls web site for more information about activities scheduled in the park or call the Nature Center at 423-881-5708.

March Date TBD 2019

Fall Creek Falls Thaw 15K Run
Run the finale of the TSP Running Tour in a 15k traversing one of the most beautiful areas in the eastern United States.




March 31st 2018

Easter Weekend
Join rangers in Fall Creek Falls State Park for their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Village Area at 10:00am! They strive to make each year bigger than the last with more eggs and prizes than previous years. There will be craft programs for the kids offered immediately following the egg hunt, so plan to spend the day! Attendance is free, but they do accept donations through the REGISTER button on the state web site. More donations mean more candy and prizes!

Meet at the Flag pole in the Village Green

Visit the Friends of Fall Creek Falls website for more information about activities scheduled in the park or call the Nature Center at 423-881-5708.

April 7th & 8th 2018

37th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
We will explore the wildflower rich areas of the park to see many early spring wildflowers and breathtaking views. A variety of hikes, workshops, driving tours, and slideshows will be offered.

A full schedule of guide hikes and wildflower related programs will be posted here as we get closer to the event!

Visit the Friends of Fall Creek Falls website for more information about activities scheduled in the park or call the Nature Center at 423-881-5708.

April 14th 2018

Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley
The event kicks off at 5:00PM Central Time/ (6:00PM Eastern Time) with pony rides for the kids and a little chuck wagon chow for the whole family (i.e. appetizers and drinks), along with music and fellowship time! The pony rides and chuck wagon will end at 5:45 CT / 6:45 ET for everyone to take their seats for the Cowboy Church program which will start promptly at 6PM CT / 7PM ET. For more information, visit the official Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley web site.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423-554-4677




Check back again later for more May 2018 scheduled events.

Or visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for information about activities in Fall Creek Falls.

May 12th 2018

Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley
The event kicks off at 5:00PM Central Time/ (6:00PM Eastern Time) with pony rides for the kids and a little chuck wagon chow for the whole family (i.e. appetizers and drinks), along with music and fellowship time! The pony rides and chuck wagon will end at 5:45 CT / 6:45 ET for everyone to take their seats for the Cowboy Church program which will start promptly at 6PM CT / 7PM ET. For more information, visit the official Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley web site.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423-554-4677

Memorial Day through Labor Day

Summer Season at Fall Creek Falls
Softball, nature hikes, canoe floats, campfires, horseback riding and bluegrass music are just some of the events that mark our summer season. Interpretive and recreational events are scheduled seven days a week.

Visit the Upcoming Events page on the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about events in Fall Creek Falls State Park.




June 8th & 9th 2018

Astronomy Weekend
Fall Creek Falls State Park is exceptionally well suited to night sky viewing. Make plans to attend any or all of the Astronomy Weekends to discuss constellations and spatial relationships in the solar system. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, contact Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.

June dates TBD 2018

Bluegrass Festival at the Coke Ovens Museum
Traditional music will be the soundtrack of the Sequatchie Valley as part of the 30th annual Dunlap Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival June TBD at Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Museum. Performances begin at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday, June TBD, and at 1 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June TBD, at the park’s main amphitheater, built from old railroad timbers. Audience members should bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the sounds of the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass.

For more information about this event, visit the official Coke Ovens of Dunlap, TN web site

June 9th 2018

Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley
The event kicks off at 5:00PM Central Time/ (6:00PM Eastern Time) with pony rides for the kids and a little chuck wagon chow for the whole family (i.e. appetizers and drinks), along with music and fellowship time! The pony rides and chuck wagon will end at 5:45 CT / 6:45 ET for everyone to take their seats for the Cowboy Church program which will start promptly at 6PM CT / 7PM ET. For more information, visit the official Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley web site.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423-554-4677

Memorial Day through Labor Day

Summer Season at Fall Creek Falls
Softball, nature hikes, canoe floats, campfires, horseback riding and bluegrass music are just some of the events that mark our summer season. Interpretive and recreational events are scheduled seven days a week.

Visit the Upcoming Events page on the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about events in Fall Creek Falls State Park.




July dates TBD 2018

Fireworks
Van Buren County Fireworks display at 9pm in downtown Spencer, TN

July 4th 2018

4th of July Celebration
Dress up your car, your bike, or yourself for the traditional parade to Campground “A”. After watermelon and cake, field events such a sack race, the egg toss, tug-o-war, and other family favorites will be held in the Campground “A” field.

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.

July 14th & 15th 2018

Astronomy Weekend
Fall Creek Falls State Park is exceptionally well suited to night sky viewing. Make plans to attend any or all of the Astronomy Weekends to discuss constellations and spatial relationships in the solar system. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, contact Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.

July 14th 2018

Van Buren County 28th Annual Mountain Homecoming
Van Buren County Mountain Homecoming is a time to gather and celebrate the history of Spencer and Van Buren County, while enjoying a day of music, food, crafts, booths, and dancing. Event organizers stated there will be plenty of things for everyone to enjoy, including a scavenger hunt. An events page with more details will be available here - For more information, visit the official Van Buren County Mountain Homecoming Facebook page.
Location in downtown Spencer

Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley
The event kicks off at 5:00PM Central Time/ (6:00PM Eastern Time) with pony rides for the kids and a little chuck wagon chow for the whole family (i.e. appetizers and drinks), along with music and fellowship time! The pony rides and chuck wagon will end at 5:45 CT / 6:45 ET for everyone to take their seats for the Cowboy Church program which will start promptly at 6PM CT / 7PM ET. For more information, visit the official Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley web site.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423-554-4677

Late July TBD thru Early August TBD 2018

Van Buren County Fair
Located in downtown Spencer, come enjoy this local event. Beginning the afternoon of opening day will be the livestock show and chainsaw contest :: Sunday mule show :: Thursday will be the bicycle race, poultry show, greased pig contest :: Friday will be the pet show and corn hole tournaments :: the horse show will wind out the week on Saturday. Usually held the last week of July / first week of August

Memorial Day through Labor Day

Summer Season at Fall Creek Falls
Softball, nature hikes, canoe floats, campfires, horseback riding and bluegrass music are just some of the events that mark our summer season. Interpretive and recreational events are scheduled seven days a week.

Visit the Upcoming Events page on the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about events in Fall Creek Falls State Park.




August 2nd - 5th 2018

127 Yard Sale
The 127 Yard Sale is commonly referred to as “The World's Longest Yard Sale”. That is because it really is the longest yard sale in the world. To be exact, it is 690 miles long and the route travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The majority of the route follows Highway 127 from Addison, MI in the north to Chattanooga, TN. The route converses through two scenic drives allowing you to appreciate the beautiful countryside of these states all while enjoying the fun and excitement of The World’s Longest Yard Sale. For more information, visit the official 127 Yard Sale website.

August 10th & 11th 2018

Astronomy Weekend
Fall Creek Falls State Park is exceptionally well suited to night sky viewing. Make plans to attend any or all of the Astronomy Weekends to discuss constellations and spatial relationships in the solar system. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, contact Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.

August 11th 2018

Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley
The event kicks off at 5:00PM Central Time/ (6:00PM Eastern Time) with pony rides for the kids and a little chuck wagon chow for the whole family (i.e. appetizers and drinks), along with music and fellowship time! The pony rides and chuck wagon will end at 5:45 CT / 6:45 ET for everyone to take their seats for the Cowboy Church program which will start promptly at 6PM CT / 7PM ET. For more information, visit the official Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley web site.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423-554-4677

Memorial Day through Labor Day

Summer Season at Fall Creek Falls
Softball, nature hikes, canoe floats, campfires, horseback riding and bluegrass music are just some of the events that mark our summer season. Interpretive and recreational events are scheduled seven days a week.

Visit the Upcoming Events page on the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about events in Fall Creek Falls State Park.




September 7th, 8th, & 9th 2018

40th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival
The Mountaineer Folk Festival’s jam-packed schedule includes handmade crafts, 2 stages of traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cooking, and much more. Don’t miss this event!

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.

September 8th 2018

Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley
The event kicks off at 5:00PM Central Time/ (6:00PM Eastern Time) with pony rides for the kids and a little chuck wagon chow for the whole family (i.e. appetizers and drinks), along with music and fellowship time! The pony rides and chuck wagon will end at 5:45 CT / 6:45 ET for everyone to take their seats for the Cowboy Church program which will start promptly at 6PM CT / 7PM ET. For more information, visit the official Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley web site.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423-554-4677

September 15th - 20th 2018

Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee
The 29th Annual BRAT is a bike tour that takes riders through a different part of Tennessee each year. Your registration includes beautiful campsites at Tennessee State Parks, plentiful food, hot showers, live entertainment and a fully supported route.

For the first time ever, the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee will have two Tennessee State Parks serve as basecamps for this great ride - Fall Creek Falls State Park and Tims Ford State Park! Each day will feature out and back rides returning to the basecamp.

For additional lodging options, be sure to check out Cozy Cabins & Cottages!

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.




October 13th 2018

Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley
The event kicks off at 5:00PM Central Time/ (6:00PM Eastern Time) with pony rides for the kids and a little chuck wagon chow for the whole family (i.e. appetizers and drinks), along with music and fellowship time! The pony rides and chuck wagon will end at 5:45 CT / 6:45 ET for everyone to take their seats for the Cowboy Church program which will start promptly at 6PM CT / 7PM ET. For more information, visit the official Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley web site.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423-554-4677

October (Fridays & Saturdays) 2018

Mooneyham Haunted Forest
Some folks in the Mooneyham Community off Highway 30 and 285 East host this event every year and do a spook-tacular job too! Look for more information as we hear about it... If you don't see details here... we don't know anymore to tell you - we'll keep an eye open for the road signs and for details in the paper

October dates TBD 2018

Haunted Forest of Terror
92 Star Road, Spencer, TN :: Call 423.618.1954 or 423.881.5053 for more information

October 20th 2018

Fall Colors Spooktacular
Bicycle tours, guided hikes, and slideshows focusing on the autumn splendor of Fall Creek Falls State Park are a great way to enjoy a weekend. Enjoy a weekend filled with fall colors, boat rides, campsite decorating competitions, hayrides, campground trick-or-treating and more! There will be a Campground Party on Saturday night from 5pm - 9pm that is open to anyone who wishes to attend with marshmallows to roast, campsite trick-or-treating, and don't forget... a campsite decorating contest.

Day Use Guests- Parking is provided in the village with hayrides to access the campground. Roads will be closed between the Nature Center and Camper’s Check-In during the event, so please arrive early if you are coming in the North Entrance. Be prepared to trick-or-treat, roast hotdogs, and have a great time!

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.

October 27th 2018

Wild Foods Day
Field trips in Fall Creek Falls State Park identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads are just a few of the activities. The real treat comes in enjoying the wild feast.

Meet at Youth Camp #2

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.




November 10th 2018

Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley
The event kicks off at 5:00PM Central Time/ (6:00PM Eastern Time) with pony rides for the kids and a little chuck wagon chow for the whole family (i.e. appetizers and drinks), along with music and fellowship time! The pony rides and chuck wagon will end at 5:45 CT / 6:45 ET for everyone to take their seats for the Cowboy Church program which will start promptly at 6PM CT / 7PM ET. For more information, visit the official Cowboy Church of Sequatchie Valley web site.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423-554-4677

November 10th & 11th 2018

Backpacking Trip
Embark on a 13-mile trek through some of the more remote portions of Fall Creek Falls State Park. This hike is for both novices and experienced backpackers and includes a 2-day guided hike with an overnight camp. There is a $20 fee and pre-registration is required. Meet at the Nature Center.

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.

Visit the Friends of Fall Creek Falls website for more information about activities scheduled in the park.

November 2018 through January TBD 2019

Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights
Located just 1 hr 15 mins from Cozy Cabins & Cottages... Now through January 6th! Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights - a light extravaganza that showcases more than 30 holiday scenes and nearly a million LED lights that transform the gardens' natural daytime splendor into a fantasyland. Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa and nightly entertainment. Dinner with Santa, as well as Jack Frost, Inara the ice queen and the Dancing Forest! This event was even selected as a Top 20 Event for 2017 by Southeast Tourism Society!

For more information visit Rock City's Event page for this event.

1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750




November 2017 through January 6th 2018

Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights
Located just 1 hr 15 mins from Cozy Cabins & Cottages... Now through January 6th! Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights - a light extravaganza that showcases more than 30 holiday scenes and nearly a million LED lights that transform the gardens' natural daytime splendor into a fantasyland. Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa and nightly entertainment. Dinner with Santa, as well as Jack Frost, Inara the ice queen and the Dancing Forest! This event was even selected as a Top 20 Event for 2017 by Southeast Tourism Society!

For more information visit Rock City's Event page for this event.

1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750

November 30th - December 1st 2018

Christmas on the Mountain
What could be better than enjoying live music, Christmas decorations, and a handmade craft fair on the plateau? How about a visit from Santa Claus, Christmas tree lighting, hayrides, and marshmallow roasting! Don't miss the excitement at the Fall Creek Falls State Park on the first weekend in December.

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Web Site for more information about this event.

Visit the Friends of Fall Creek Falls website for more information about activities scheduled in the park.

December (date TBD) 2018

Sparta Christmas Parade
Begins at 4pm CST

December (date TBD) 2018

Spencer Christmas Parade
Begins at 2pm CST

December (date TBD) 2018

Dunlap Christmas Parade
Begins approximately at 4:15pm CST :: Line up starts at Sequatchie County Middle School :: Call 423.949.2115 for more information