Spring Fling in Middle Tennessee
Spring brings us all out of hibernation – looking for the sun, for things to do, places to go. Tennessee is one of the most beautiful states in the springtime – yes, I admit, I’m biased, but with good reason! Festivals, garden shows, art shows and workshops emerge like the dogwoods that bloom in the forest.
Middle Tennessee offers a little bit of something to suit every taste in the spring. As the weather grows more enticing for outdoor pursuits, you may like to plan a weekend road trip to discover the hidden treasures in small towns on Tennessee’s Trails & Byways, hike in one of our many state parks, rent a canoe to paddle the Harpeth River near Kingston Springs, or visit the Nashville Zoo where outdoor ‘Zoovie’ nights begin in April.
Let’s run through some upcoming events and activities to satisfy your spring fever – and we’ll throw in some great local ideas for spring break!
Spring Shows & Festivals
*Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, February 28-March 3 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, is one of the largest gardening shows in the South, attracting more than 22,000 people.
*Linden Blooming Arts Festival, March 22-24. Discover the quaint town of Linden, 88 miles southwest of Nashville, at their annual festival filled with arts, crafts, music, food and live demonstrations.
*Columbia Mule Days, April 4-7 – Four days of celebrations of everything related to mules – competitions, shows, music and dance, culminating in the Mule Day Parade which travels the rural country roads from Leiper’s Fork to Columbia.
*Wineries in the Middle Tennessee area add weekend music concerts to the wine tasting experience April – November. Pack a picnic for an affordable evening of wine and jazz on the lawn at spots such as Arrington Vineyards (Arrington), Sumner Crest Winery (Portland) or Beachaven Winery (Clarksville).
*Clarksville Rivers & Spires Festival, April 18-20, is a celebration of history, art, food and entertainment for this historic town on the confluence of the Cumberland and Red Rivers.
*Iroquois Steeplechase, May 11, in Percy Warner Park, is the southern racing circuit’s prestigious horse racing event the week after the Kentucky Derby. This year visit a brand new family area open to the public for a full day of FREE entertainment to supervised kids 12 and under. There’ll be pony rides, face painting, games, inflatables and lots more. Snap up one of the limited number of tailgating spaces in the family area that have just gone on sale on their website, or call 1-800-619-4802.
Follow the History Trail
*Patsy Cline Memorial Weekend, March 2-3, Camden, 94 miles west of Nashville. Visit the site of the March 5, 1963 fatal plane crash in Benton County that took the lives of Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, and Randy Hughes. A small collection of news articles about the crash are on display.
*Red Boiling Springs Thomas House Ghost Hunting Weekends. If you’re brave enough, experience a weekend of ghost hunting at the notoriously haunted Thomas House built in 1890 as a resort spa to the elite. Weekend packages include lodging, meals, fully guided tours of the property, ghost hunting training and a full night of ghost hunting.
Fun activities for spring break can include a day of hands-on scientific discovery at the Adventure Science Museum, an entertaining look at Nashville on one of Tommy’s Tours, a night at the Grand Ole Opry, a wild paintball adventure with a group of friends, or line dancing lessons at the Wildhorse Saloon.
What is your favorite spring event or activity in Middle Tennessee? We’d love to hear from you!