Events

2019

WestSide Scavenger Hunts

Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free

Spend the second Saturday of each month exploring Cookeville’s historic WestSide district. Get an entry form 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 digital camera or cell phone and be entered in a prize drawing.

WestSide Scavenger Hunts

Fit Frenzy 

Jan. 19 | 9-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

Enjoy a free sampling of fitness classes all in one morning at the Cane Creek Recreation Center starting at 9 a.m. Different classes will be offered every half hour during the 2 ½-hour event. Participate or just watch and learn.

fit frenzy

Backstage Series

Jan. 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, Feb. 1, 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Cookeville Performing Arts Center

“Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” – 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.

Tea for Three

Father-Daughter Date Night

Feb. 15, 16, 22, 23 | 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. 12. For sponsorship information, call 931-520-5297.

Father-Daughter Date Night

Backstage Series

March 1-3, 5, 7-9 | 7:30 p.m. | Cookeville Performing Arts Center

“7 Interviews” – 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.

seven interviews

History Hikes

April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12 | 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 will have a different theme.

History Hike-Broad Street

Dogapalooza

April 27 | 1-4 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

The 10th 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.

dogapalooza

World Tai Chi and Quigong Day

April 27 | 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 moto is “One World… One Breath.”

Tai Chi

Storyfest in the Park

May 4 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

The sixth annual Storyfest in the Park 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

School of Dance performances 

May 10, 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Leisure Services School of Dance students will show what they’ve learned. 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

Third Thursday in the Park

May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 | 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.

Third Thursday

Cookeville Community Band concerts 

May 27, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

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

community band  concert

After Dark Movies in the Park

June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 6 | At Dark | Dogwood Park | Free

This series presents family-friendly movies each Friday night in June. A bonus movie will be shown July 6 as part of the City of Cookeville's Red, White & Boom celebration. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. Concessions are available.

June 7: "Ralph Breaks the Internet"

June 14: "Mary Poppins Returns"

June 21: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

June 28: "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"

July 6: To be announced

After Dark Movies

Kids Fishing Derby

June 8 | 7:30 a.m.-noon | Cane Creek Park | Free

A day of free fishing awaits anglers ages 15 and under during the 31st 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.

fishing derby

Red, White & Boom!

July | Dogwood Park, Putnam County Fairgrounds, Broad Street

City of Cookeville’s fifth annual Independence Day celebration includes free concerts at Dogwood Park, Tennessee’s second largest fireworks display at the Putnam County Fairgrounds, and SlideCKVL, a 1,000-foot waterslide that begins at the Cookeville Courthouse Square on Broad Street.

red white boom

Summer Cinema at the Depot

July 5, 12, 19, 26 | 8 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free

Bring a lawn chair and blanket and enjoy a classic film under the stars Friday nights in July on the west patio of the historic depot. Popcorn and drinks are available to purchase.

July 5: Big Kids’ Night: “The Sandlot” (1993)

July 12: Date Night: “Father of the Bride” (1950) & “Father’s Little Dividend” (1951)

July 19: Christmas in July: “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1964)

July 26: Superhero Cinema: “Superman: Fleischer Cartoons” (1940s)

Depot Summer Cinema

School of Dance Open House

July 29 | 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 open house

Backstage Series

August 16-18, 20, 22-24 | 7:30 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. Tickets are available at the CPAC Box Office or online.

CPAC Backstage Series

Big Band Sound Concerts

Aug. 5, Sept. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

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

Big Band Sound

Bryan Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sept. 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

BSO’s annual outdoor community concert attracts a large crowd with music performed by professional musicians from throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama, as well as faculty and select students from Tennessee Tech University. The event begins with children’s activities at 6:30 p.m.

BSO concert at DWP

Night at the Museums 

Sept. 21 | 7-9 p.m. | Cookeville Depot and Cookeville History Museum | Free

What happens when the lights go out and the doors are locked at the Cookeville Depot Museum and Cookeville History Museum? The exhibits come to life. Visit them on Broad Street between the museums during this fun and educational event that is held every other year (alternating with the Cookeville Cemetery Walk).

night at museums

Shakespeare in the Park

Sept. 27-Oct. 5 | 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.

shakespeare in the park

Brown Bag Lunch Concerts

Oct. 4, 11, 18 | 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 three Fridays in October. Lunch is available to purchase on site.

Brown Bag Lunch Concert

Boo, Y’all Halloween Cinema

Oct. 25 | 7 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free

Spooks and popcorn will come together for a Halloween movie under the stars on the west patio. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Popcorn and drinks will be available for $1 each.

cinema

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 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 2018

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