This week’s Upper Cumberland tourism round up – Oct. 4

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

UPPER CUMBERLAND – This weekend you can shop till you drop or just chill out with some tunes or theatre. There are festivals and celebrations galore. Whatever you do, get out and enjoy the Upper Cumberland this weekend! For a complete list of events statewide, visit

 Oct. 4-5

Woodbury – The Arts Center of Cannon County presents Clue: The Musical, based on the board game Clue. The plot concerns a murder at a mansion, occupied by several suspects, that is solved by a detective; the ending is determined by cards drawn by audience members that select the murderer, murder weapon and location of the murder. Show times and ticket information here.

Oct. 4 – 5

Cookeville – Shakespeare in the Park features two different plays this year: Cymbeline and Anthony and Cleopatra. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Dates and Times available here.

Oct. 3-5

Clay, Overton & Pickett counties – The Rollercoaster Yard Sale is rural America’s 150 mile region wide yard sale that has something for everyone. The map is available at this link.

Oct. 4 -5

Cookeville – Oktoberfest 2019 at Jig Head Brewing Company will have live music, food, games, contests, giveaways, and of course our well-loved Golden Oktoberfest, Hafenmeister. 

Oct. 4

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

Crossville – Jake Hoot @ Spike’s Grille! from 6 – 10 p.m. See him here before he’s off to LA for “The Voice.” For information call 931-202-2989.

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

Jamestown – The Pub welcomes Junction South taking the stage at 8 p.m.

Oct. 5

Allardt – Come up for the world famous Allardt Pumpkin Festival and don’t miss The Lovers Live from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Baxter – Come stuff your own scarecrow at Hopes Happy Harvest at the Twin Oak Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with other free activities corn hole , bounce houses, roasting, marshmallows by the fire, yard checkers and even bobbing for apples. 

Cookeville – Red Silo presents Indus from8 – 10 p.m. 

Crossville – Furry, four-legged friends can get a treat and exercise by tackling corn mazes during Doggie Maze Day at Autumn Acres. The event also features demonstrations and activities for dogs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fairfield Glade – The 8thannual “Hit the Trails” Fall Festival comes to the Square in FF Glade with hiking and trail information plus live music and fresh grilled foods. For info call John at 931-287-2432.

Gainesboro – Gainesboro will celebrate the unveiling of the Jamie Dailey: Tennessee Music Pathways sign at 1 p.m. with music and activities until 8 p.m.

Granville – Enjoy the Granville Fall Festival from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy jazz on the Cumberland, Quilt Show, Arts and Craftsmen Trail, Pioneer Village craftsmen demonstrating crafts of yesteryear, antique car museum, Sutton Homestead tours, Scarecrow Festival opening, vendors, Granville Paddle and Board River cruise, and more.

McMinnville – The 25thannual Autumn Street Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown McMinnville with live music, food, vendors and events for the whole family.

Sparta – The Million Mile Yard Sale stretches from one end of town on Bockman Way to the other end. Shop from daylight to dawn looking for hidden treasures.

Oct. 6

Cookeville – The Bryan Symphony Orchestra kicks of itssubscription concert seasonExperience two different composers’ takes on Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play, Peer Gynt, along with Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, a timeless masterwork for orchestra. 

Oct. 12

Celina – Clay County Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off on the square in Celina.

Monterey – Celebrate rich Native American heritage during the Standing Stone Day Celebration. The wreath-laying, dance and ceremony starts at 11 a.m. and features a cruise-in, arts and crafts vendors, parade, flea market and live music.

Sparta – Head out toLibertySquare: A Lester Flatt Celebration. Seven continuous hours of bluegrass music performed by five of the top bluegrass bands in the USA followed by a fireworks show at 7 p.m.

Oct. 18

Sparta – Come out to Liberty Square for Bluegrass on the Square

Oct. 19

Sparta –Hot autos are the thing at Good-time Cruisers on the square in Sparta. Some of the finest classic and antique automobiles in middle Tennessee on display around the courthouse in Sparta.

Oct. 25 – 27

Byrdstown – Good Neighbors Theatre presents “Haunted Halloween Musical”. 

Oct. 25

Sparta – Come celebrate Jay Henry’s Birthday Halloween Spooktacular at Happy Trails Brewing Co from 6 p.m. to midnight.Jam out to the Sadie Faith, have our first ever costume contest, tap some amazing pumpkin beers, and wrapup the night by tapping our 2019 small batch Halloween beer!


Cookeville – The Cookeville History Museum presents “Cookeville Crazy Quilters: Still Crazy About Quilts After 30 Years,” a showcase of quilting in the area with live demonstrations on Saturdays throughout the show. Show runs from Sept. 7 to Oct. 26.

Crossville – Young Frankenstein– This electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. Young Frankenstein has all the panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added. Show runs Sept. 13 to Oct. 24. Times and ticket information available here.

Granville – 7th Annual Scarecrow Walk Festival runs from Oct 2 – 31. Find out more by visiting our website at

Red Boiling Springs – Find out what goes bump in the night. Join paranormal investigators for an overnight Ghost Hunt at the Thomas House Hotel Friday or Saturday nights in October. The event includes lodging, a meal and guided tours of the property.

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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