Spring Festivals in Middle Tennessee and Nashville


I love springtime! The weather allows more outside time, the days get longer, the flowers start to bloom and the outside event season kicks up again! There are so many fun things to do around the area in the upcoming months, and we wanted to provide you with a guide of festivals and events for you and your family to attend.

Spring Festivals in Middle Tennessee and Nashville
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Spring Festivals in Middle Tennessee and Nashville

County Sumner Irish Festival

March 9, 10-3
Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park
901 Hartsville Pike, Castalian Springs

The County Sumner Irish Festival is a fantastic event held in March at Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park in Castalian Springs, Tennessee. The park is home to an authentic Irish cottage built by Hugh Rogan in the late 1790s, as well as a historic trail that runs alongside a settler cemetery and remnants of a 19th-century spring house.

Live Irish music is sure to have you dancing and toe-tapping! Food and fun create the perfect festive celebration! The event also includes guided hikes, storytelling, craft beer from Half Batch Brewing, historic house tours, kids activities, and food vendors.

Wear your favorite Irish-themed attire to participate in the costume contest, pets included, where prizes will be given away! Please, no outside food or drinks. Admission: $15/vehicle

Music City Irish Festival

March 14-17
Multiple locations around the city 

Get your green on and check our locations – there will be something for everyone!!

Taking country back to its roots! Spend the weekend celebrating Irish style! Eat, drink, dance, shop, play, or do all the above. Find us at one of our locations around the city!

Cheekwood in Bloom

March 9-April 14, 9-5 daily (except Mondays)
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville

Bienvenue to spring at Cheekwood! This year, impressions of France are brought to life with 250,000 blooming bulbs in cheerful pastel colors. Just as the exploration into Edgar Degas through works on paper are on view in the museum, Belle Fleurs comes alive in the Color Garden with a nod to classical French garden design. Traverse along parterre-inspired gardens and stop to capture a photo at the model Eiffel Tower. Warm pinks, apricots, and lavenders balance bolder expressions of red and yellow to further the echoes of Impressionism

Bell Buckle Daffodil Day and Best of the Butts BBQ Cook-Off

March 16, 10-4
Downtown Historic Bell Buckle

This quaint little festival began in 1978 to celebrate the coming of Spring and the thousands of daffodils that line the roads and farmlands for a six mile stretch of highway leading into Bell Buckle. Now, every March, Bell Buckle bursts into full bloom with a colorful explosion of daffodils, and marks the arrival of spring by inviting everyone to come enjoy a day full of fun, family-friendly activities. People come from all over to enter their best daffodil variety in the Bell Buckle Daffodil Flower Show!

Also enjoy the Best of the Butts BBQ Cook Off, because you will have the opportunity to taste all the entries! The People’s Choice contest gives everyone a chance to sample each entry and vote on your favorite. The cost is only $10 and the fun is priceless!

There will plenty of entertainment all day, including a craft fair and food trucks as well.

Blooming Arts Festival

March 22-23
Commodore Hotel & Café
114 & 120 E Main St Linden, TN

This event will feature a diverse and compelling mix of fine arts, local craftsmanship, engaging performances, and fantastic eats. One of the first spring festivals in Tennessee, Blooming Arts is a perfect way to kick off the new season and celebrate the richness and vitality of Linden and Perry County. Attendance is FREE, and all members of the public are invited to attend this highly popular event.

Mule Day

April 4-7

If you are from the southern middle Tennessee area, then chances are you are familiar with Columbia, otherwise known as the “Mule Capital”.

Mule Day is an annual celebration of all things related to mules. Begun in 1840 as “Breeder’s Day”, a meeting for mule breeders, it now attracts over 200,000! In addition to mules, traditional Appalachian food, music, dancing, and crafts are featured. See the full event schedule here.

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

April 13th, 9:30-5
Nashville Public Square
Union St & 3rd Ave N, Nashville

The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is a great event, happening downtown Nashville at Public Square Park. This event is family-friendly, even including your furry pets (must have on a leash). You can enjoy entertainment such as Japanese music and dance, sumo-suit wrestling, children’s activities, vendors, and more! Proceeds of the festival will benefit the 10-year mission of planting 100 Japanese cherry trees each spring in Nashville parks and neighborhoods.

Historic Nolensville Buttercup Festival

April 14, Noon-6

This FREE event is sponsored by the downtown Nolensville merchants.

It includes a car show, vendor booths, live music, food, a pageant, kid’s activities and more!

Follow the latest updates at their Facebook Page.

Nashville Earth Day Festival

April 20, 11-5
Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave, Nashville

This free family event brings the Nashville community together to celebrate our planet, inspire positive environmental change, and support sustainable small businesses & nonprofits. Enjoy live demonstrations, live music, children’s activities from Kidsville, food vendors, and local artisans.

*Nashville Earth Day and Centennial Park Conservancy donate a portion of proceeds from our Nashville Earth Day program to support local environmental initiatives to create ongoing environmental change in our city.

Main Street Festival of Franklin

April 27-28, 10-6
Main Street, Downtown Franklin

The Main Street Festival attracts 120,000+ visitors annually to enjoy eclectic arts and crafts vendors, superb entertainment, great food & drink, and fun for the entire family right in the heart of historic downtown Franklin.  This beloved annual tradition produced by the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN is consistently listed among the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. This year’s Main Street Festival will include many different art and cultural elements like collaborative public art exhibits and cultural performances including dance, spoken work, music, and performance. Pets are welcome! Check out the full event schedule online. 

World’s Largest Fish Fry

April 20-27
Downtown Paris

Technically not in Middle Tennessee, but just a smidge over the Tennessee River in Northwest Tennessee, you will find Paris. It is worth the drive! The World’s Biggest Fish Fry is a premier event for Paris and Henry County. The last full week of April annually attracts people locally as well as nationally. Visitors come from across the country to enjoy the festivities.

The whole festival revolves around the “Fish Tent” where by last account over 12,500 pounds of catfish is served with all the trimmings. In addition to all you can eat catfish you will find parades, carnival, rodeos, catfish races, dances, arts and crafts, and more!

Be on the lookout for an updated 2024 schedule soon!

Gallatin Square Fest

April 27, 10-5
Downtown Gallatin

FREE event! Square Fest is an annual spring event in Downtown Gallatin.  The event has grown in size to over 170 vendors and in excess of 25,000 visitors. Square Fest is a rain or shine event. The event is primarily an arts and crafts festival, however, a large variety of food, several non-profits, two stages of entertainment and a large children’s area also contribute to the festival.

Water Lantern Festival

May 11, 5-9P
The Parthenon at Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave, Nashville

Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Each adult ticket comes with the following:

– Wristband for entry into the festival area with access to food trucks
– Floating lantern kit
– LED candle
– Commemorative drawstring bag
– Marker
– Playing Cards
– Conversation Cards
– Lantern retrieval and water clean up

The price covers the cost of collecting and removing the lanterns from the water following the event as well as cleaning up any trash that may have been previously been in or around the water. In addition, we support the mission of Water.org in helping to provide safe water and sanitation to families around the world.

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