Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 11 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free
Get your family and friends together and spend the second Saturday of each month exploring Cookeville’s historic WestSide District. This free activity begins at the Cookeville Depot Museum between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Follow the clues, duplicate images in and around participating businesses with your cell phone or camera and be entered in a prize drawing.
Jan. 21 | 8:30-11 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free
Enjoy a free sampling of group fitness classes all in one morning at Cane Creek Recreation Center. Different classes are offered every half hour. Meet the instructors and find your fitness fit.
CPAC'S Backstage Series: Marriage Play
Jan 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28 | Cookeville Performing Arts Center
CPAC’s award-winning Backstage Series presents Edward Albee's MARRIAGE PLAY. This show is being directed by Jennifer Williams, starring Pat Frank and Kimberly Frick-Welker.
Our Backstage productions are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theatre setting. For more information, call CPAC’s box office at 931-528-1313.
About the show: Jack comes home from a middling day at the office to quickly announce to his wife he is leaving her. Suspecting a mid-life crisis Gillian is not too concerned. Jack wants his wife, whom he still loves, to really understand his fears and reasons he must leave. Gillian understands but feels the investment of a thirty-year marriage is worth holding on to. Both recount memorable points in their marriage and lives.
Father Daughter Date Night
Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25 | 6 p.m. | Leslie Town Centre
Our oldest and most beloved annual event features a formal dinner and dancing for dads and daughters of all ages. Tickets for this sell-out event go on sale Jan. 14 at 8 a.m. at www.cookeville-tn.gov/ls.
CPAC'S Backstage Series: TBA
Feb. 24, 25, 26, 28 and Mar. 2, 3, 4 | Cookeville Performing Arts Center
Productions in CPAC’s award-winning Backstage Series presents are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theatre setting. For more information, call CPAC’s box office at 931-528-1313.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
April 29 | 10 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free
Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations begin at 10 a.m. People around the world will join together to celebrate this annual event and learn more about these Chinese martial art forms that are practiced both for defense training and health benefits. The event motto is “One World… One Breath.”
May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Oct. 14 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum and Cookeville History Museum | Free
Explore downtown Cookeville’s rich history with a “hike” between Cookeville Depot Museum and Cookeville History Museum on Broad Street the second Saturday of each month, April through October. Start at either museum between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Complete this activity to be entered in a prize drawing. Each month has a different theme.
Storyfest in the Park
May 6 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Lend us your ears for the eighth annual Storyfest in the Park. This is an all-day, family-friendly event that features professional storytellers from across the region, including headliner Tim Lowry, as well as an amateur storytellers’ competition. Come listen for a while under the big tent.
School of Dance performances
May 12, 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Cookeville Performing Arts Center
Students from the Leisure Services School of Dance present their annual spring performance. Dance classes, which are designed for ages 3 and up in the classic disciplines of ballet, jazz and modern dance, meet August through May at Cane Creek Recreation Center. Tickets are available by calling CPAC’s box office at 931-528-1313 or www.cpactn.com.
Third Thursday in the Park concerts
May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Enjoy concerts the third Thursday of each month, May through August, at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion. A different band is featured each month, covering a variety of music genres. This series is sponsored by the Cookeville Arts Council.
Cookeville Community Band concerts
May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Cookeville Community Band performs Monday night concerts every other week at Dogwood Performance Pavilion Memorial Day through July.
After Dark Movies in the Park
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Begins at Dark | Dogwood Park | Free
The After Dark Movies in the Park series, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Williams, brings family-friendly movies to Dogwood Park each Friday night in June. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. Concessions are available. Check out the Dogwood Park Facebook page after April 1 for titles as they are announced.
Fish for Free
June 10 | Cane Creek Park | Free
A day of free fishing awaits young anglers at Cane Creek Park. This annual event, presented by Tennessee Tech University's Student Fisheries Association, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Cookeville Leisure Services, coincides with Tennessee's Free Fishing Day, so no fishing license is required. Participants should bring their own fishing gear and bait.
Red, White & Boom
Cookeville’s eighth annual Independence Day celebration includes Tennessee’s second largest fireworks display and many other patriotic activities.
School of Dance Open House
July 31 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center
Learn about the Leisure Services School of Dance and meet the instructors. Classes are designed for ages 3 and up in the classical disciplines of ballet, jazz and modern dance.
Big Band Sound concerts
Aug. 7, 21 and Sept. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Enjoy lively Big Band Sound orchestra concerts at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion. Dancing is encouraged.
CPAC'S Backstage Series: TBA
Aug. 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19 | Cookeville Performing Arts Center
Productions in CPAC’s award-winning Backstage Series presents are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theatre setting. Tickets are available by calling CPAC’s box office at 931-528-1313 or www.cpactn.com.
Downtown Film Festival
Aug. 27 | Cookeville Performing Arts Center, Dogwood Performance Pavilion
Cookeville Performing Arts Center, in partnership with WCTE, will present the third annual WCTE Downtown Film Festival in downtown Cookeville. Tickets are available by calling CPAC’s box office at 931-528-1313 or www.cpactn.com.
Bryan Symphony Orchestra Concert
Sept. 3 | 7 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
An orchestra under the stars awaits music lovers at Dogwood Park. BSO’s annual outdoor community concert features professional musicians from throughout the region, including faculty and select students from Tennessee Tech University.
Night at the Museum
Sept. 23 | 7-9 p.m. | Broad St. between History Museum & Depot Museum
Grab a program at either the Cookeville History or Depot Museum and stroll along the north side of Broad Street as our exhibits come to life and break out of the museums to tell their stories. Free, family fun for all ages!
Sept. 23 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Cane Creek Park
Dogapalooza is an event for dogs and the people who love them. It features pet-related booths, off-leash play area, pet parade and more.
Kick off fall with outdoor music and lunch. This concert series, sponsored by Cookeville Arts Council, brings a variety of music to the museum patio three Fridays in October. Lunch is available to purchase on site.
Join us on Friday nights in October as we enjoy a free, full-length movie out on the west patio under the stars at the Cookeville Depot. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and we'll pop the popcorn and chill the water and sodas ($1 each).
Cookeville Treat Trail
Oct. 31 | 4-6 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Put on a costume and join the spooky fun while collecting lots of sweet treats along the Cookeville Treat Trail. This is a free family event. Participants must be in line by 5:30 p.m.
Cookeville Community Band Holiday Concert
Nov. 26 | 3 p.m. | Cookeville Performing Arts Center | Free
Cookeville Community Band will put audience members in the Christmas spirit with its annual free holiday concert.
Christmas Forest Opening Reception
Nov. 30 | 4-6 p.m. | Cookeville History Museum | Free
Browse through a festive display of Christmas trees during the seventh annual Christmas Forest exhibit. Learn about the community clubs and organizations that decorate each tree. Visit any time the museum is open, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join us for caroling, games, model trains and other holiday fun at the Cookeville Depot's annual Christmas Open House. Santa will be there too. (He takes a cookie break 12-1 p.m.)
Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 3 | 6 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Start the holiday season with the eighth annual Christmas Tree-Lighting and Celebration Service. See the lights brighten Dogwood Park's nearly 40-foot-tall tree and enjoy a Christmas concert and other activities. A 15-minute lightshow synchronized to holiday music will follow. The lightshow will continue nightly throughout the holiday season every hour on the hour from 5-9 p.m. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be holiday displays throughout the park.