Welcome To Your Middle Tennessee Weekend Vol. 35

 Welcome to Your Middle Tennessee Weekend! If you're looking for something fun to do, then look no further! 

On the weekend of May 5-6th, we will feature a 2 day festival of informative walks highlighting birds, butterflies, geology, native plant gardening, edible plants, and more around the park. Activities are suited for families, including programs designed to introduce children to cedar glades and wildflowers.
The festival is named for the late Dr. Elsie Quarterman, a distinguished biologist and tireless advocate for the cedar glades. The wildflower festival is co-sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Cedar Glade Studies.
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity for the park to demonstrate the importance of conservation and the reason the park protects these natural resources. We will see you in May!
Schedule of events: Once the schedule is finalized it will be released.
Any and all donations go to support parks to offer such amazing events!

May the 4th be with you, but beware the Revenge of the 5th. Join us for Star Wars Trvia on May 5th @ 7PM!
Get here early, seats will fill up quick.
All Ages
Free Admission
The Cedar Tap, 107 W Main St, Lebanon, TN 37087 

Fiddlers Grove Historical Village in partnership with the Wilson County Master Gardeners presents Spring Fest in the Grove on May 6, 2023. This is a free one day event. If you enjoy to shop, this is the place to be. This event is also held the week before Mother's Day. Come out and get something for your Mom and be her favorite child.

On Friday, May 5th the Discovery Center is going untapped with the return of Shakesbeer, one of the most extensive drinking experiences of the year. Outside in the Discovery Center’s serene Murfree Spring natural area, guests will enjoy unlimited samples of a variety of the most enjoyable local craft brews as well as theatrical performances by Murfreesboro Little Theater , M-Prov, , and savor charcuterie provided by Graze Craze.
This year is bringing even more fun with the addition of brewers competing to win the coveted title of “Fan Favorite” that you our wonderful guests will have the chance to vote on. Delectable cuisine will also be available for purchase from local food vendors; Cousins Maine Lobster, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Middle Tennessee Catering, and Wise Girls LLC. Sponsored by Consolidated Electrical Distributors with additional support from Sunbelt Rentals, This event is for ages 21 and up.

The Gallatin Farmers Market is open seasonally on Saturdays from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Offering the season's best fresh produce, fresh baked goods, local honey, jams & jellies, herbs, goat milk products, pickles, honey, farm fresh eggs, homemade pet treats, gourmet popcorn, and locally grown plants, the Market brings you items straight from the producers to your shopping bag. Locally sourced seafood from the coast are available on designated market days. Great gifts and home decor can also be found at the Market including local handmade artisan crafts.

Join us on Friday Night May 5th from 5:30-9pm and again on Saturday May 6th from 10-3 for Food trucks and handmade vendors that you will LOVE! This is a fantastic opportunity to support local small business and enjoy our amazing community.

Join us at Sip TN Nashville May 6, 2023 at Nashville Shores from 12pm-5pm as we highlight Tennessee wines at their finest. The festival showcases over 100 wines, meads, and ciders produced right here in Tennessee, utilizing some of the freshest fruit in the South.
The festival is planned to be a day of fun. Stroll around, shop with artisans and vendors, enjoy delicious food, and sip wine and hard cider all from local sources. The proceeds from the event stay local, benefitting Tennessee agriculture and small businesses.
Sip TN is made up entirely of Tennessee wineries, including those who produce mead and cider. Come sip, savor, and purchase bottles of your favorite wines.
Ticket Cost:
VIP: $100
Early Bird VIP: $90
General Admission: $50
Early Bird GA: $45
Designated Driver: $10 

Tennessee Craft presents the 52ndAnnual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair, in Nashville’s iconic Centennial Park. Artists from across the nation will exhibit their handmade craft on the Great Lawn adjacent to the Parthenon, showcasing fine craft from clay, jewelry and leather to wood, glass, painting and more.
Organizational partners will be onsite in our Kids' Tent throughout the weekend sharing a variety of craft techniques with our youngest fair goers and guiding children through art activities that they can recreate at home using ordinary materials and their creativity.
In the Demonstration Tent, watch and learn “how it’s made” from the Tennessee Association of Woodturners, the Clay Lady’s Campus, and This Little Light Creative Glass.
The Emerging Makers Tent is another exciting place to be during the fair! Artists who are just beginning their craft careers or are exhibiting in a craft fair for the first time work together in a group selling environment to support each other in set up, display, selling and customer service.
Through the fairs and a robust calendar of year-round programs, Tennessee Craft impacts current and future generations of craft artists and collectors. Tennessee Craft Fairs (held each Spring and Fall) are the premier outdoor events for artists to showcase and sell their work in an intimate and personal setting. Craft artists connect with the community by demonstrating their craft knowledge and processes.
As always, this free event is accessible to the public – with free parking and free shuttle service on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles will run in 15-minute loops from the HCA Parking Lots located on Park Plaza to the entrance of the Tennessee Craft Fair. Gray Line of Tennessee generously provides this free service.
Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Make plans to join friends and neighbors for another unforgettable time in the park with Will Hoge, Lilly Hiatt, and so many more!
Past headliners have included Brandy Clark, The Lone Bellow, Johnnyswim, Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler, J Roddy Walston, Amanda Shires, Rayland Baxter, and others. 

Traveling to Nashville for the Taylor Swift concerts May 5-7? We'd love to see you at our Open House events all weekend from 10 AM–2PM. We'll be Celebrating the Eras with some pre-concert festivities. Come see where Taylor got her start, enter our daily item giveaway, stop by our photo station, or search for the perfect Eras Tour outfit.

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If you make it to any of these awesome events we would love to hear what you thought and for you to share any pictures of your experience!  

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