Events

2019

Cookeville Community Band Holiday Concert

Nov. 24 | 3 p.m. | Cookeville Performing Arts Center | Free

Cookeville Community Band will put audience members into the Christmas spirit with its annual free holiday concert.

holiday concert nov 24

Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 1 | 6 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

Start the holiday season with the City of Cookeville’s fifth annual Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Celebration Service. Be there, along with Santa, as the lights come on, brightening a nearly 40-foot-tall Christmas tree, followed by a 15-minute lightshow synchronized to music. 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. Numerous activities will take place throughout December, including visits with Santa and his elves in the little red Santa House.

tree lighting

Depot Christmas Open House

Dec. 7 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free

Enjoy caroling, games, model trains and holiday treats during this beloved annual event. Take a photo with Santa, too. (He takes a cookie break from 12-1 p.m.)

Depot Christmas Open House

Santa House

Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20 | Dogwood Park | Free

Enjoy a visit with Santa and his elves in his little red house at Dogwood Park: Dec. 6-7, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 3-6 p.m.; Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m.; Dec. 15, 3-6 p.m.; and Dec. 20, 5-8 p.m. Bring a camera to capture the smiles.

Elves and a child gather with Santa at the Santa House

Christmas Carriage Rides

Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20 | Dogwood Park | Free

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides around the Dogwood Park Christmas tree: Dec. 6-7, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 3-6 p.m.; Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m.; Dec. 15, 3-6 p.m.; and Dec. 20, 5-8 p.m. 

Christmas carriage ride

Cookeville History Museum Open House

Dec. 14 | 1-3 p.m. | Cookeville History Museum | Free

Meet museum staff and browse through a festive display of Christmas trees during the opening of the fourth annual Christmas Forest exhibit.

Christmas Forest History Museum

Events

2020

WestSide Scavenger Hunts

Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 14 | 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.

People participate in a WestSide Scavenger Hunt.

Fit Frenzy 

Jan. 18 | 9-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

Fit Frenzy is the perfect start to your New Year’s fitness resolutions. Enjoy a free sampling of group fitness classes all in one morning at Cane Creek Recreation Center starting at 9 a.m. Different classes are offered every half hour during the 2 1/2-hour event. Participate or just watch.

Women participate in a fitness class at Cane Creek Recreation Center.

Backstage Series

Jan. 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, Feb. 1 (7:30 p.m.) and Jan. 26 (3 p.m.) | Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Productions in CPAC’s award-winning Backstage Series are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theatre setting.

Clever Little Lies – A mother always knows when something is wrong. When Alice notices her beloved husband, Bill, has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the puzzle, she invites her son, Billy, and daughter-in-law, Jane, over for drinks and dessert. Sidesplitting chaos ensues as Alice digs for the truth, resulting in even more honesty than anyone expected. Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a story of long-term love and marriage… for better… and for worse.

Clever Little Lies

Father-Daughter Date Night

Feb. 21, 22, 28, 29 | 6 p.m. | Leslie Town Centre

Father-Daughter Date Night, one of Cookeville Leisure Services’ oldest and most beloved annual events, features a formal dinner and dancing for dads and daughters. Online ticket sales begin Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. For sponsorship information, call 931-520-5297.

Girls dance during Father-Daughter Date Night.

Backstage Series

Feb. 28, 29, March 3, 5, 6, 7 (7:30 p.m.) and March 1 (3 p.m.) | Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Productions in CPAC’s award-winning Backstage Series are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theatre setting. 

Church and State – Three days before his bid for reelection, in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question the senator’s stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

Church and State

History Hikes

April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10 | 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-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.

Signs are part of History Hikes on Broad Street.

Dogapalooza

April 25 | 1-4 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

The 11th annual Dogapalooza is an event for dogs and the people who love them. It features pet-related vendors, off-leash play area, adoptable pets and kids’ dog show.

A mother, daughter and their dog enjoy Dogapalooza at Dogwood Park.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

April 25 | 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.”

A woman practices Tai Chi.

Cane Creek BioBlitz

April 25-26 | All Weekend | Cane Creek Park | Free

Tennessee Tech University’s Biological Graduate Student Society is spearheading a weekend BioBlitz at Cane Creek Park. A BioBlitz is a science-driven event in which local scientists, naturalists and the public get together, identify and record the biota of an area. BGSS’s mission is to inventory the species of Cane Creek, but also let the community engage with scientists and learn how to find and identify flora and fauna in a local park. Herpetologists, ichthyologists, ornithologists, botanists, mycologists, malacologists, mammalogists, entomologists and possibly some crypto-zoologists will be on hand, leading surveys.

A squirrel climbs a tree at Cane Creek Park.

School of Dance performances 

May 8, 9 | 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 the Cane Creek Recreation Center.

School of Dance students dance at their spring recital at CPAC.

Storyfest in the Park

May 30 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

“Lend us your ears” for the seventh annual Storyfest in the Park. This is an all-day, family-friendly event that features professional storytellers from across the region. Come listen for a while under the big tent.

storyfest

Third Thursday in the Park

May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 | 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.

Concertgoers gather at Dogwood Park.

Cookeville Community Band concerts 

May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

Cookeville Community Band performs Monday night concerts at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion Memorial Day through July.

Cookeville Community Band members perform at Dogwood Park.

After Dark Movies in the Park

June 5, 12, 19, 26 | 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.

A crowd gathers at Dogwood Park for After Dark Movies in the Park.

Kids Fishing Derby

June 6 | 7:30 a.m.-noon | Cane Creek Park | Free

A day of free fishing awaits anglers ages 15 and under during the 32st annual Kids Fishing Derby presented by the Tennessee Tech University Student Fisheries Association, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Cookeville Leisure Services. The event coincides with Tennessee Free Fishing Day, so no fishing license is required. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Cane Creek Park’s Lakeview Shelter. Fishing will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a picnic from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Prizes will be awarded in each age group for most fish caught and largest fish. Participants should bring their own fishing gear and bait. A limited amount of loaner equipment will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A boy shows a fish he caught at Cane Creek Park.

Red, White & Boom and SlideCKVL

July 4-5

City of Cookeville’s sixth annual Independence Day celebration includes Tennessee’s second largest fireworks display on July 4 and SlideCKVL, a 1,000-foot waterslide on Broad Street, on July 4 and 5. Days and times for patriotic concerts at Dogwood Park and additional Red, White & Boom festivities will be announced at a later date.

red white boom

School of Dance Open House

July 27 | 4-6 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

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.

School of Dance students practice in the studio at Cane Creek Recreation Center.

Backstage Series

Aug. 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22 (7:30 p.m.) and Aug. 16 (3 p.m.) | Cookeville Performing Arts Center

(Show to be announced.) Productions in CPAC’s award-winning Backstage Series are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theatre setting. Tickets are available at the CPAC Box Office or online.

To Be Announced

IDENTITY Film Festival

Aug. 28-30 | Cookeville Performing Arts Center

This is a new event in collaboration with WCTE. Details will be announced at a later date.

identity Film festival

Big Band Sound Concerts

Aug. 3, Sept. 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

Enjoy lively Big Band Sound orchestra concerts at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion. Dancing is encouraged.

The band plays and people dance at a Big Band Sound Orchestra concert at Dogwood Park.

Bryan Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sept. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

An orchestra under the stars awaits music lovers at Dogwood Park. BSO’s annual outdoor community concert attracts a large crowd with music performed by professional musicians from throughout the region, as well as faculty and select students from Tennessee Tech University. The event begins with children’s activities at 6:30 p.m.

Bryan Symphony Orchestra performs at Dogwood Park

Cookeville Cemetery Walk

Sept. 19 | 6 and 8 p.m. | Cookeville City Cemetery

Several Cookeville City Cemetery “residents” will rise from the grave to tell their stories. A guide will lead groups to various gravesites along a candlelit path for this educational and entertaining event that takes place on even-numbered years (alternating with Night at the Museums). Tickets are available at Cookeville Performing Arts Center.

Cemetery "residents" prepare for the Cookeville Cemetery Walk.

Shakespeare in the Park

Oct. 2-10 | 7 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

Experience a William Shakespeare play under the stars at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. Concessions are available.

Actors perform during Shakespeare in the Park at Dogwood Park.

Brown Bag Lunch Concerts

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free

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 the first four Fridays in October. Lunch is available to purchase on site.

A crowd gathers at the Cookeville Depot for a Brown Bag Lunch Concert.

Classic Cinema at the Depot

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 | 7 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free

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).

Moviegoers gather for Classic Cinema at the Depot.

Cookeville Treat Trail

Oct. 31 | 4-6 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

Come to Dogwood Park for some spooky fun. Put on your costume and walk along the Cookeville Treat Trail from 4-6 p.m. We'll have trick-or-treating booths, games and other fun activities.

Cookeville Treat Trail

Cookeville Community Band Holiday Concert

November | 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.

holiday concert nov 24

Depot Christmas Open House

Dec. 5 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free

Enjoy caroling, games, model trains and holiday treats during this beloved annual event. Take a photo with Santa, too. (He takes a cookie break from 12-1 p.m.)

Children enjoy Depot Christmas Open House.

Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 6 | 6 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

Start the holiday season with the City of Cookeville’s sixth annual Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Celebration Service. Be there, along with Santa, as the lights come on, brightening a nearly 40-foot-tall Christmas tree, followed by a 15-minute lightshow synchronized to music. 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. Numerous activities will take place throughout December, including visits with Santa and his elves in the little red Santa House.

tree lighting

Cookeville History Museum Open House

Dec. 12 | 10 a.m.-noon | Cookeville History Museum | Free

Meet museum staff and browse through a festive display of Christmas trees during the opening of the fifth annual Christmas Forest exhibit.

See the Christmas Forest at the Cookeville History Museum.