Local Events

Last updated: January 29th, 2017

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) :: 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, 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.



Currently there are no special events scheduled in February 2017 around our area.







March 4th 2017

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. Register for this event here.

March 10th - 12th 2017

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. Call the Nature Center at 423.881.5708 for more details.

March 18th & 19th 2017

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.




April 8th & 9th 2017

36th 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.

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




May 26th, 27th, & 28th 2016

Tennessee Spring Star Party 2017
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. The only cost for the event will be lodging and food. For more information, contact Allen Ball or Lloyd Watkins, or visit the Cumberland Astronomical Society.

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 23rd & 24th 2017

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

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 4th 2017

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 21st & 22nd 2017

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 3rd - 6th 2017

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 11th & 12th 2017

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 21st 2017

Total Solar Eclipse
The total phase of this total solar eclipse will be visible from a narrow path spanning all across the USA from the East Coast to the West Coast (see map), weather permitting. This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from all 48 contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was in June 8, 1918.

August 19th - 21st 2017

Eclipse in the Park
Spend the weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park to experience 2 minutes and 24 seconds of the first total solar eclipse to occur in the continental U.S. since 1979. The park will have programs and activities all weekend to celebrate this historic event!

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




September 8th, 9th, & 10th 2017

39th 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 15th & 16th 2017

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) 2017

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 20th & 21st 2017

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! Don’t miss out on the most fun you can have in state parks this weekend!

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

October 28th 2017

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 11th & 12th 2017

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 1st & 2nd 2017

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.