This week’s Upper Cumberland tourism round up – Aug. 30

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

UPPER CUMBERLAND – There’s extra time to get out and have fun on this long holiday weekend, so go to a festival or the lake. Catch some live music or celebrate a state park’s anniversary. There are so many exciting happenings across the U.C. this weekend. For a complete list of events statewide, visit

August 30 – 31

Celina – Come learn about the history of moonshine in Clay County at the 2nd annual Moonshine Daze on the historic Clay County Courthouse Square. Festivities include a moonshine runner’s car show, mash demonstration, apple pie bakeoff, live music and much more.

August 30 – Sept. 1

Cookeville – The 10thannual Muddy Roots Festival is back with a whole lot of music including The Dead Kennedys. Information here.

August 30

Cookeville – Red Silo welcomes Matt Goedken from8 – 10 p.m. 

Cookeville – Enjoy the Smoky Nights Live at Char from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Crossville – Bill Whyte performs live “In the House” 6-8 p.m. during the singer-songwriter show at GrinderHouse Coffee Shop

Livingston– The Central Park @ Dark Summer Movie Series presents Captain Marvel Movie starts at dark. Free admission and cotton candy. Bring your chair/blanket and enjoy!

Sparta – The Coffee Collective presents Samantha Osborn starting at 7 p.m.

Sparta – Happy Trails Brewing Co presents Samantha Rae – Live starting at  8 p.m.

August 31

Cookeville – Tennessee Tech Football is back as the Golden Eagles take on Samford at 6 p.m. Tailgate opens at 3 pm and Golden Eagle Walk is at 3:45 pm. 

Cookeville – Come out to Old Mill Camp & General Store at Cummins Falls andenjoy music by Jessie Hummel and comedy by Tony Randolph. Show is from 6 – 10 p.m.

Cookeville – Cookeville Cars and Coffee car show hosted by Vintage Planet. All makes welcome from 7 a.m. to noon.

Cookeville – Red Silo welcomes Cookeville Fave Billy Mac from8 – 10 p.m. 

Cookeville – Come out and meet the local artists behind the Hix Farm Poster Show from 7 – 9 p.m. 

Livingston –Come see the Flat Rock Ramblerslive at Mitchell Creek Marina 6-8 p.m. For more information see

Rock Island – Join in and help Rock Island State Park celebrate their 50thanniversary. Events from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair for the live music.

Woodbury –Experience the Short Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival featuring homemade arts & crafts, live music and wonderful food. Events from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and fun for all ages. 

Sept. 1

Cookeville – Join the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, local artists, and community non-profits for the first annual Art in the Park event! Bring the family for this fun event from 2 – 6 p.m.

Cookeville – The Bryan Symphony Orchestra will perform in a free outdoor community concert from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion. 

Sept. 2 Labor Day

Jamestown – Pickett State Park welcomes everyone to the 44thannual Old Timers Day, a day for music and history, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old Timers’ Day was created to celebrate and showcase the unique music of the Pickett and Upper Cumberland Region.

Sept. 6

Cookeville – Enjoy the Smoky Nights Live at Char from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Cookeville – Red Silo welcomes One Shot Johnny from8 – 10 p.m. Originating In the fall of 1997, One Shot Johnny is a three-piece blues band from south central Kentucky.

Sept. 7

Cookeville – Red Silo presents the Fall Fun Fest after party with Few Miles On from8 – 11 p.m.

Cookeville – Spankies welcomes The Smokey Mount’n Bandits from 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.


Crossville – Don’t Dress For Dinner– Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed. Times and ticket information available here.

Crossville – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son. This spectacular production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Suitable for all audiences. Show runs July 19 – September 5. Times and ticket information available here.

UC Fair Schedule

UPPER CUMBERLAND – It’s fair time across the Upper Cumberland and there’s plenty to see and do. Here’s the schedule of fairs across the U.C.

Aug. 26 – 31 Cumberland County Fair 

Aug. 30 – Sept. 7 White County Fair

Sept. 7 – 15 Warren County Fair

For more information, contact Ruth Dyal, executive director for the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association, at 931-537-6347 or by email at

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