All events are subject to change or cancellation in accordance with social gathering guidelines.

WestSide Scavenger Hunts

Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 | 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.

westside scavenger hunt

CPAC's Backstage Series: Dads

Feb. 5, 6 | On-Demand Video Performance 

Dads is an on-demand video project produced by Cookeville Performing Arts Center as part of its award-winning Backstage Series. Patrons may view two productions, The Hug by Marshall Foltz and Imaginary Conversations with My Daughter by Darren V. Michael, on CPAC's Vimeo account with a pre-purchased access code. Tickets are available by calling 931-528-1313.


Backstage - Dads

Father-Daughter Date Night

Virtual Activities

Although we cannot gather together as in previous years, we encourage fathers and daughters to continue the treasured tradition of Father-Daughter Date Night through virtual alternative activities. Watch the Cookeville Leisure Services Department's Facebook page for posts with contests and ideas on fun ways fathers and daughters can celebrate their time together. Participants will have through Feb. 27 to enter each activity. (Details will be posted on the dates below.) Winners will be announced March 1.
Feb. 16: Scavenger Hunt
Feb. 18: Dance-Off Videos: Show us your moves!
Feb. 21: Post a past Father Daughter Date Night picture.
Feb. 23: Post a current father-daughter picture: What does this year's date night look like?
Feb. 25: Share your favorite father-daughter tradition or memory.

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CPAC'S Backstage Series

March 5-6 | On-Demand Video Performance

Cookeville Performing Arts Center’s award-winning Backstage Series presents an on-demand video performance: Alone, Together. This pandemic lifestyle-related compilation consists of six plays: The Most Human Human, Pandemic Therapy, The Art of Coping, Do Not Go My Love, All the Cranes in the World and Dynamite Sales.


Alone Together

History Hikes

April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9 | 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.

history hike

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

April 24 | 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.”

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2020

Storyfest in the Park

May 1 | 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.


School of Dance performances 

May 7, 8 | 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.

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

Third Thursday in the Park concerts

May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 | 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.

Big Band Sound Concerts

May 31, June 14, Aug. 16, Sept. 6 | 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.

After Dark Movies in the Park

June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2 | 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 and one Friday in July. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. Concessions are available.

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

Free Fishing Day Scavenger Hunt

June 12 | Cane Creek Park | 8 a.m.-noon | Free

A day of free fishing and a fishing scavenger hunt awaits anglers of all ages. This family 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

July 4

Better Cookeville’s seventh annual Independence Day celebration includes Tennessee’s second largest fireworks display.

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Cookeville Community Band concerts 

July 5, July 19, Aug. 2 | 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.

Cookeville Community Band members perform at Dogwood Park.

School of Dance Open House

Aug. 2 | 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.

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

CPAC'S Backstage Series: Almost, Maine

Aug. 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21 (7:30 p.m.) and Aug. 15 (3 p.m.) | Cookeville Performing Arts Center

CPAC’s award-winning Backstage Series presents Almost, Maine by John Cariani. This show is being directed by Kimberly Frick-Welker. Productions are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theatre setting. 


Almost Maine

Downtown Film Festival

Aug. 28 | Cookeville Performing Arts Center, Dogwood Performance Pavilion

Cookeville Performing Arts Center, in partnership with WCTE, will present the second annual WCTE Downtown Film Festival in downtown Cookeville.

film festival

Bryan Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sept. 5 | 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, as well as faculty and select students from Tennessee Tech University. Children’s activities will take place before the concert from 5:30-6:45 p.m.

People gather in Dogwood Park for a Bryan Symphony Orchestra concert.

Night at the Museums

Sept. 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Cookeville History Museum and Cookeville Depot Museum | Free 

What happens when the lights go out and the doors are locked at the Cookeville Depot Museum and Cookeville History Museum? Find out during this free, fun and education event that is held on odd-numbered years (alternating with the Cookeville Cemetery Walk).

Night at the Museums


Sept. 25 | 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 and more.


Shakespeare in the Park

TBA | 7 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

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

UPDATE: This event has been postponed to October 2022.

shakespeare in the park

Brown Bag Lunch Concerts

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 | 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. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 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. 30 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 Treat Trail

Cookeville Community Band Holiday Concert

Nov. 28 | 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.

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Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony

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

Start the holiday season with the seventh annual Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony. Be there as the lights brighten a 40-foot-tall tree. 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.

Dogwood Park Christmas tree

Depot Christmas Open House

Dec. 4 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free

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.)

Depot Christmas

Christmas Forest Exhibit

Dec. 4-Jan. 4 | Cookeville History Museum | Free

Browse through a festive display of Christmas trees during the sixth annual Christmas Forest exhibit. See it any time the museum is open, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also, enjoy learning about the community clubs and organizations that decorate each tree.

Christmas Forest

Santa House

Dec. 10,12, 17-20 | Dogwood Park | Free

Enjoy a free visit with Santa and his elves in the little red Santa House. He'll be there Dec. 10, 17 and 18, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 12 and 19, 3-6 p.m.; and Dec. 20, 5-8 p.m.

Elves and a child gather with Santa at the Santa House