Local Events

Last updated: July 15th, 2016

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 contact Ed Baker at 931.738.8604

Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Bluegrass music in a cave! Bluegrass Underground can be seen live 333 feet underground in the Volcano Room at Cumberland caverns, in McMinnville, TN. $15 per person :: www.bluegrassunderground.com

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) :: Click here for a complete schedule

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, call 931.836.3348 or 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, call 931.761.8687 for Bill or Kathy Saylors or JR Jones at 931.738.3029 or visit the City of Sparta website.




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



February 26th & 27th 2016

Basket Weaving Workshop
Jim and Nancy Phillips will guide you through the basics of basket making. There is a fee for this event and registration is required. For more information, contact the Nature Center at 423.881.5708.




March 5th 2016

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. Entry forms are available at the Tennessee Running Tour website. Register for this event here.

March 19th & 20th 2016

Waterfalls Weekend
Fall Creek Falls State Park is the premier waterfall destination in Tennessee. Photography seminars, hikes, and driving tours to multiple waterfalls are offered in addition to excursions to more remote areas to see the lesser visited waterfalls of the park and surrounding area. Call the Nature Center at 423.881.5708 for more details.

March 26th & 27th 2016

Easter Weekend
Meet in the Village Green for an Easter egg hunt and crafts for kids on Saturday.




April 9th & 10th 2016

35th 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.




May 6th, 7th, & 8th 2016

Tennessee Spring Star Party 2016
Programs range from entry to professional level. Professional and amateur astronomers will be giving free presentations. Dark sky field viewing will be Friday and Saturday night with alternate “bad weather” programs. There is no cost for attending this event. For more information, contact Allen Ball, Lloyd Watkins or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

May 13th 2016

Tennessee Honey Barn Sale
Good down home southern cooking, deserts and country crafts. Vendors with different booths set up with something for everyone. Visit the official Tennessee Honey Barn Sale Facebook Event site. Located just 5 minutes from Cozy Cabins as you are headed towards the park - at 175 Cherokee Rd, Spencer, TN 38585

May 14th 2016

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 Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch website.
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.




June 3rd & 4th 2016

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 0-0 at Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Museum. Performances begin at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 0, and at 1 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 0, 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.

June 3rd & 4th 2016

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, email Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

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

June 11th 2016

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 Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch website.
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.




July 1st & 2nd 2016

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, email Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

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

July 4th 2016

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

July 7th, 8th & 9th 2016

Hee Haw
Comedy show based on the television show held. Held three nights - July 7, 8, and 9, 2016 at the Sequatchie County High School. Doors open at 6PM CT. Show starts at 7PM. A silent auction is usually held at the time of the show. Proceeds go to the Sequatchie County Cancer Support Network who donates money to cancer patients in Sequatchie County. For more information, contact the City of Dunlap, TN at 423.949.2115 or the Sequatchie County Chamber of Commerce at 423.949.7608

July 9th 2016

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 Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch website.
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.

July 30th through August 6th 2016

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




July 30th through August 6th 2016

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

August 4th - 7th 2016

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 5th & 6th 2016

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, email Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

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

August 13th 2016

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 Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch website.
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.




September 10th 2016

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 Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch website.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423.554.4677

September 9th, 10th, & 11th 2016

38th 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 Friends of Fall Creek Falls website for more information about activities scheduled in the park.

September 30th & October 1st 2016

Tennessee Fall Star Gaze
View the night sky, learn about night sky viewing equipment, and engage in discussion with individuals experienced in the field of astronomy. For more information, email Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

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




October (Dates TBD) 2016

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) 2016

Yates Farm
This local event is hosted on a farm located in Spencer that has a recreated old west style town :: games, food, fun :: look for more information as the time gets closer

October 8th 2016

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 Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch website.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423.554.4677

October 22nd & 23rd 2016

Fall Colors Weekend
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.

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

October 29th 2016

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.

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




November 12th 2016

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 Tennessee Dude and Guest Ranch website.
1050 Ray Hixson Road, Dunlap, TN :: 423.554.4677

November 12th & 13th 2016

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 $10 fee and pre-registration is required. Contact the Nature Center at 423.881.5708.

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




December 2nd & 3rd 2016

Christmas on the Mountain
Make plans to attend a weekend of Yuletide fun, holiday music, handmade crafts and gifts for the little ones. Activities include making Christmas crafts, storytelling, breakfast with Santa, and a mountain craft show for everyone.

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

December (date TBD) 2016

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