Annual Special Events
There's an event every season in Cleveland, Tennessee!

Every season has something to offer here in Cleveland, Tennessee. No matter what time of year you choose to vacation here, we've got a wonderful event for you to attend. Whether it's music, wildlife, or an old?appalachian style fair, browse our event calendar for an experience to remember.

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February
Cherokee Heritage Wildlife Weekend
View the sandhill cranes as they migrate to the Hiwassee River, located just north of Cleveland, Tennessee. First weekend in February. Meigs County Tourism.
423-334-3923
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March
Music Explosion
This annual seminar for church musicians features daily workshops at North Cleveland Church of God and evening concerts at Lee University's Conn Center. Sponsored by the Church of God Department of Music Ministries. 423-478-7784
www.spirtsoundmusic.com

April
Lee Day
This annual event on the Lee University campus in Cleveland,Tennessee is designed to highlight Life at Lee for prospective students and their parents. 423-614-8000. www.leeuniversity.edu

Chattanooga Choo Choo NRHA Benefit Show

The National Racking Horse Associaition prsents this show to benefit the Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center and its programs.Held at the Tri-State Exhibition Center. 423-476-9310. www.tsec.org

May
Evening Shade
This musical series, held in Johnston Park each Friday evening in May, is sponsored by the Allied Arts & Leisure Council. Admission is free.
423-472-6587






Foothills Country Fair
Come join us at the Foothills Country Fair, held every year on the third weekend in May at Tri-State Exhibition Center. On Friday evenin', enjoy the lively sounds of Blugrass and come back again on Saturday for a little bit of Country music!?After that, don't forget our "local talent stage" and the pickin' barn for shade tree bluegrass musicians. Our family-friendly, old-time fun events include lawn mower races, a carnival, cat and dog shows, "cowboy church", cultural arts and crafts competition, 4-H horse and cattle shows, poultry shows and so much more. And what's a country fair without mouth-watering food? Sample delicious treats and scrumptious delights that will make your tastebuds sing!

H Bar M Championship Rodeo
Exciting competitions in roping, bareback riding, barrel racing, bronc busting and bull riding. Rodeo events and a variety of entertainment for children of all ages. Held at the Tri-State Exhibition Center. 423-476-9310 www.tsec.org

Ocoee Classic Walking/Racking Horse Show
This large event attracts competitors and horse owners from around the region and country. Held at the Tri-State Exhibition Center. 423-476-9310. www.tsec.org

Summer
MainStreet Cruise-In
Old cars, shiny cars, cars of special interest are displayed on the historic streets of Downtown Cleveland. More than 400 cars attend every fourth Saturday from April through October. The MainStreet Cruisers host this popular event centered around the Courthouse Square. Admission is free.
423-479-1000.www.mainstreetcleveland.com

June
Chattanooga Charities Horse Show
A variety of classes and age groups attract horse enthuiasts from many different states. Four days of show and competition held at the Tri-State Exhibition Center. 423-476-9310
www.tsec.org

July
Fireworks
Fourth of July fireworks display sponsored by the city of Cleveland and Mainstreet Cleveland. 423-479-1000

Mt. Olive Freedom Celebration
Live music, great food and fun for the whole family presented by Mt. Olive Church of God. Spectacular fireworks display to close the event. Tri-State Exhibition Center, 423-476-9310. www.tsec.org

Freedom Celebration
Celebrate freedom and patriotism with prayer and praise. His Hand Extended Interdenominational Devotionals hosts this early-morning annual event on Independence Day at Pathway Bookstore. 423-476-4512

Singing Echoes Annual Blue Springs Valley Sing
Blue Springs Valley gets a taste of gospel singing with a variety of daily activities, including watermelon cutting, softball tournaments and other activities. Blue Springs Park Road. 423-472-2421 or 423-476-4254
www.singingechoes.com

White Oak Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Live music from nationally recognized bluegrass artists. Shade-tree pickin' and food vendors. Third weekend in July. Tri-State Exhibition Center. 476-9310. www.tsec.org

August
Cherokee Days of Recognition
Includes native dance, games, authentic Cherokee crafts and foods, and a blowgun tournament. First full weekend in August. Red Clay State Historic Park. 423-478-0339. State of Tennessee Parks website

September
Annual Ocoee Cup Soccer Tournament
Regional and state soccer teams vie for championship. 423-472-2621
www.tnsoccer.org

October
Nillie Bipper Arts-and-Crafts Festival
This outdoor arts-and-crafts show features over 75 exhibits, which consist of food booths, entertainment, and handcrafted arts-and-craft items. First full weekend in October. Tri-State Exhibition Center. 423-478-3114.

Cleveland Apple Festival
A family event held in Historic Downtown Cleveland featuring a juried art and craft show, live bluegrass music, pony rides, apple dessert competition and Little Miss Apple Blossom Pageant. Gated admission.
423-503-4114. www.clevelandapplefestival.com

Mainstreet Cleveland Halloween Block Party
A safe alternative to trick-or-treating held in downtown Cleveland Halloween night. Various community organizations set up booths complemented by live music, candy and a costume contest to kick it off at 5 p.m. Admission is free. 423-479-1000. www.mainstreetcleveland.com

November
The Craft Palette
November 1-December 31. Christmas crafts and items on display and for sale. Creative Arts Guild.
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23-478-3114

Lee University Homecoming
This occasion on the university campus features annual events such as a music festival, the Homecoming basketball game, anniversary reunions for campus organizations, traditional class reunions, a fall drama production and much more. 423-614-8000. www.leeuniversity.edu

December
Carols in the City

Mainstreet Cleveland lights the community Christmas tree and welcomes Santa Claus. After the community tree lighting, the crowd walks together to each of the historic churches for a brief musical presentation on the steps of each church. 6 p.m. in front of the Courthouse Annex, Broad Street. First Friday in December. 423-479-1000. www.mainstreetcleveland.com

Mainstreet Cleveland Christmas Parade
Local organizations celebrate the Christmas season with a variety of floats, bands and caroling. Floats feature lights, so parade steps off at 6 p.m. First Saturday in December. 423-479-1000
www.mainstreetcleveland.com

Nineteenth-Century Cherokee Christmas at Red Clay
This event features live history presentations, including Christmas pioneer cooking, Cherokee arts-and-crafts demonstration, storytelling and Christmas carols. First Sunday in December. Red Clay State Historic Park.
423-478-0339. State of Tennessee Parks website

Rock Citys Enchanted Garden of Lights
Rock City Gardens presents its 9th Annual Enchanted Garden of Lights, November 22-January 4, nightly from 6 to 9 p.m., except for Christmas Eve. This award-winning, dazzling light extravaganza will feature more than 25 holiday scenes that transform the gardens' natural daytime splendor into a glorious nocturnal fantasyland.
706-820-2531. www.seerockcity.com