Experience the mountain laurel of Tennessee at the annual Mountain Laurel Festival.

Go to These Tennessee Small Towns for Springtime Events

Tennessee’s small towns ring in spring with charm, history and outdoor adventures.

*Dates are reflective of 2020

Tennessee’s small towns ring in spring with charm and outdoor adventures. It’s in the small towns you can gallivant the state’s countryside with easy access to parks, rivers, meadows and mountains. See Bell Buckle bloom yellow; eat your weight in catfish; and explore Tennessee's scenic beauty, made even prettier with springtime blooms. 

Outdoor Celebrations

Daffodil Day

March 21, 2020

Bell Buckle

Bell Buckle celebrates its Daffodil Day in its downtown area

Bell Buckle celebrates its Daffodil Day in its downtown area. Mass plantings of the golden beauties were planted more than 100 years ago along the corridors to the scenic little town of Bell Buckle. The daffodils have multiplied and now grow in every direction throughout the tree-lined town and corridors leading to the charming little railroad town. Horticulture seminars, The Daffodil Flower Show, and a seed exchange round out the festival events.

Trails & Trilliums

April 17-19, 2020


Construct fairy houses, take a hike through the South Cumberland Plateau with naturalist experts and browse the vendors . Birds of prey programs and demonstrations on natural dye making are also on the calendar during Trails & Trilliums that supports South Cumberland State Park, Tennessee largest state park.

Mountain Laurel Festival

May 16, 2020


When the mountain laurel blooms, this festival shows attendees just how beautiful it is with a whole month of celebrations like the Climb with a Ranger event and the Mountain Laurel 5K race. It all culminates on Courthouse Square including 24 designated trails in Frozen Head State Park, Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, and Obed Wild & Scenic River to name a few.

Artistic Festivals 

Blooming Arts Festival

March 20-21, 2020


More than 150 regional and local artists come to Linden, Tennessee to show off their talents and artwork for the thousands of attendees who flock to this festival. Fine arts like glass art, woodwork and painting can be found displayed along Linden's Main Street. Demonstrations like chainsaw carving, live dance performances and food vendors can all be enjoyed. Stop in at the Commodore Hotel & Cafe for a made-from-scratch lunch that you'll remember well after your visit. 

Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

April 24-25, 2020


Bridge stitching, creating rolags, peg loom-beg classes and demonstrations take place to teach attendees fiber arts. See displays of llamas, angora rabbits, sheep and goats. There are lots of activities for families and shopping opportunities in the Marketplace.

Iris Festival

May 16-17, 2020


The juried festival, named to honor Tennessee’s state flower, welcomes local and regional entertainment talent, more than 160 crafters and merchants and food vendors for an event that draws thousands of spectators. See demonstrations like wheel-thrown pottery, woodworking and crocheting while noshing on Southern food favorites, stir fry and gyros while seeing entertainment ranging from clogging, square dancing and jazz music.

Food Festivals 

Slawburger Festival

April 18, 2020


Celebrate the deliciousness of the famous slawburger with this festival that will either feed or start a craving for this unique burger found in Fayetteville. To date, 167,900 slawburgers have been sold at the festival. Enjoy this culinary masterpiece while listening to five bands perform throughout the day and exploring this quaint Tennessee town.

World’s Biggest Fish Fry

April 18-25, 2020


Eat your weight in catfish at this spring festival where more than 12,500 lbs. of catfish is fried up and served with sides. Enjoy the two-hour grand parade, carnival, rodeos, and even catfish races all week-long.

National Cornbread Festival

April 25-26, 2020

South Pittsburg

The battle for who can cook the yummy Southern staple is on at this event as thousands flock to South Pittsburg to taste test some of the best cornbread creations. Mosey down Cornbread Alley and sample various cornbread recipes. Play games, ride carnival rides, enjoy live music and see the arts and crafts from area vendors. You can even tour the Lodge Cast Iron Foundry where the famous cast iron skillets are meticulously made.

Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

May 8-9, 2020


Enjoy the fruit of summer at the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival in downtown Portland. The Strawberry Slam Wrestling Event kicks off festivities followed by a golf tournament, strawberry story hour, live music during the free Strawberry Jam with fireworks. Meet local farmers and purchase produce, enjoy magic shows and the annual Strawberry Festival Parade. This year's theme is "Super Berries" and begins at Freedom Drive, ending at Portland East Middle. 

Unique Celebrations 

Mule Day

April 2-5, 2020


Celebrate everything related to mules. Learn how the mule has played a vital part in Columbia, Tennessee history. The festival is made complete with mule pull contests, lumberjack competitions, “best of breed” contest, working mule competition and so much more. Keep an eye out for the Wagon Train March 30-April 1, 2020 that kicks off festivities at Maury County Park.

40th annual Teapot Festival

April 26-May 2, 2020


The 40th annual Trenton Teapot Festival is held annually to celebrate the very rare collection of porcelain veilleuses-theieres or teapots. Enjoy music, arts and crafts and learn the history of how the rare collection came to this small Tennessee town.

History Commemorations 

Military Living History and Civil War Days

April 24, 2020

Union City

Step back in time to hear the stories of those present during the Civil War, World Wars and Vietnam at Discovery Park of America. Cannon firings happen on the Great Lawn along with first-hand skirmishes between soldiers. A storytelling event that combines music and theater returns Saturday, April 25, 2020 in the cabins of the 1800s Settlement. Gallery talks, guided tours and a Field Service on Sunday round out the activities. 

Siege of Fort Watauga

May 16-17, 2020


It is the summer of 1776 and the Watauga settlement is at war. Take in the 200 colonial and Native American reenactors as they present this dramatic retelling of the Cherokee attack brought onto the settlers of the Watauga valley at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. Visit the living history camps, shop with period vendors, and witness battle re-enactments both days. Hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke and see history come to life.

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