This week’s Upper Cumberland tourism round up – May 2

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Things are heating up around the region from cornbread & moonshine in the west to orchestra music in the east. There’s yard sales and Mother’s Day Markets. And don’t forget that the green market opens this weekend. For a complete list of events statewide, visit

May 3-4

Granville – Historic Granville has a weekend full of fun during the Cornbread & Moonshine Festival. The weekend begins Friday with an outdoor play, “Mayberry Darlings” at Pioneer Village. On Saturday, Pioneer Village will host a cornbread competition. Sample all entries and eat a great southern lunch of pinto beans, turnip greens, apples and cobbler.

May 3-5

Sparta – Northfield Vineyard presents Mother’s Day Market with over 50 vendors, great food and live music. For more information,

May 3

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

Crossville – Bette and Bab’s Banter at the historic Palace Theatre at 7 p.m. Information

Crossville – Grinder House presents John Condrone “Live on Tour” from 7 – 9 p.m.

Crossville – 2COUNTRY4NASHVILLE @ Spike’s Grille! Patio Grand Opening! 6 – 10 p.m. For information call 931-202-2989

Crossville – Overtures, Entr’actes & Exit Music – The Playhouse Orchestra in Concert gives you an opportunity to enjoy the Playhouse orchestra in their very own concert. One night only at 7:30 p.m.

Sparta – Come to Happy Trails Brewing Co. for the Jake Hoot – Friday Nights by the Fire Series from 8 – 10 p.m.

May 4

Cookeville – The Downtown Green Market Opening Day Celebration will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 20 N. Dixie Avenue.

Cookeville – Lend us your ears for our FREE, family-friendly Storyfest in the Park 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Dogwood Park behind the History Museum. The amateur storytelling competition will begin at 1 p.m.

Cookeville – Come out to the Dream Sweep yard sale at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. For information call 931-528-6064

Cookeville – Red Silo welcomes back Heart and Soul from 8 – 10 p.m.

Cumberland County – Homesteads Music Fest & Street Fair Featuring Bluegrass Artists, hamburgers & hotdogs, coffee & dessert from 2 – 7 p.m.

Cumberland County – The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park will host a spring wellness fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park’s Head of Sequatchie location.

Granville – Join in theHistoric Granville Cornbread & Moonshine Festival

Monterey – Spring on the Mountain an all day arts, crafts, food and music at the Monterey Depot Museum.  For more information visit

May 9-11

Gainesboro – Celebrate the 41stAnnual Poke Sallet Festival in downtown Gainesboro. Highlighted by the first annual Poke Sallet 5K Walk/Run on May 10 at 5:30. For information,

May 10

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

Cookeville – Billy Mac returns to Red Silo to Rock the House!!

May 11

Brush Creek – come out to Cellar 53 Winery for Wine & Wildflowers with food by Blue Water Grille and vendors for your Mother’s Day shopping.  

Cookeville – The Smoky Nights live at Jig Head Brewing from 7 – 9 p.m.

Rugby – Historic Rugby will celebrate the many aspects of its history that originate in the British Isles. Lots of music, English food and of course, The Queen’s Tea. To purchase tickets and make reservations, visit our website www.web-extract


Cookeville – Cookeville High School presents Disney’s Newsies from May 2 – 11. See here for times and ticket information.

Crossville – Bright Star is inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated bluegrass and Gospel enthused score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. Show runs April 26 – June 6. Times and ticket information available here.

Crossville – Forever Plaid is a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps the audience laughing hysterically when they’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950’s. Show runs March 29 – May 24. Times and ticket information available here.

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

Michelle Price is the former managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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