Monday, May 30th is Memorial Day this year, and the area around Cookeville is lighting up with fun events that you and your family won’t want to miss. From pirate days to haunted houses, Memorial Day weekend and the weekend before and after are filled with great activities to keep you busy. Enjoy the last few days of spring weather before summer really sets in with these seven great events around Cookeville!
Ghost Hunt Weekend at the Thomas House Hotel
On May 20th and 21st, spend the night in a bona fide haunted hotel. Most months out of the year, the Ghost Hunt Weekends Crew invites ordinary people into the hotel to experience the supernatural. Led by paranormal researcher Chad Morin, the crew will train you to spot supernatural events, and you’ll go on a ghost hunt for the night. Food and lodging are also provided. It’s $99 per person if you’ll be sharing a room, and $110 if you’re staying alone. Find it at 520 E Main St. in Red Boiling Springs.
The TN52 Yard Sale
Tennessee’s second-longest yard sale will be happening on May 20th and 21st. It goes from Orlinda, by Exit 117, all the way to Celina, a grand total of about 95 miles. Hours vary by seller, and you’ll be sure to find something that intrigues you in this yard sale that spans four counties. Start west of Lafayette, and drive through Portland and Westmorland to find spots reported to have the most sellers. Whether you love antiques, quilts, books, clothing, furniture, or something unexpected, the TN52 yard sale is the place to start looking!
The Friday Night Air Summer Concert Series
Crossville’s Friday Night Air Summer Concert Series starts on May 27th at 6:30 p.m., and features the Emory Bluff Band, a local band with a 70s flare on Southern rock and Folk. The concert is free for the public, and you’ll find the festivities at the Spirit Broadband Amphitheater at 302 Woodlawn Rd.
The Nashville Flea Market
From May 27th through the 29th, head to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds (625 Smith Ave.) for the Nashville Flea Market. This is one of the country’s top 10 flea markets, with vendors from 30 states converging to sell all kinds of amazing stuff. Admission is free, and parking is $5. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s Spring Music Festival
The Spring Americana Roots Music Festival happens from May 26 through 29. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day. Live performances come from acts like the Flea Market Hustlers, the Hackensaw Boys, Guy Marshall, and Blue Mother Tupelo. You can camp in a tent or an RV, or find somewhere nearby to stay. The festival is family friendly, and is free for kids 12 and under. A Weekend Pass is $85, and a camp site is $30. The festival recommends bringing your own water, sun screen, bathing suits, and snacks. They will have on-site food vendors, but the farm only has water available for washing.
Mitchell Creek Marina’s Memorial Day Celebration
On May 28th, head to Mitchell Creek Marina for their Memorial Day Celebration. From 9 to 10 a.m. you can get brunch for $20 per adult and $10 per kid. In the middle of the day, kids will be able to meet superheroes and princesses on behalf of the non-profit Mustard Seed Ranch. In the evening, check out a free doo-wop show by Blend from 6 to 7:45 p.m., which will throw you back to the 50s and 60s with classic era music. Find the marina at 1260 Livingston Boat Dock Road in Allons, TN.
Mitchell Creek Marina’s Kid’s Day
The Mitchell Creek Marina is hosting another free event on June 4. Kids’ Day is a pirate-themed fun time for children to enjoy, with face painting, treasure hunting, and a treasure quest. They’ll have a pirate dance party, and they’re putting on a pirate skit at sundown. Dress up the kids in their best pirate attire for this great event. There’s also a free movie that starts after sundown on a two-story screen. You’ll get free popcorn, too!
Can you manage to make it to every event? A few of them, like the Summer Concert Series and the Ghost Hunt Weekend, will happen again later this year. Take the time this Memorial Day to explore some of the cities around Cookeville and attend their great local events, festivals, and concerts. You and your family will love it!
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