Events

2020

WestSide Scavenger Hunts

Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 14 | 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.

People participate in a WestSide Scavenger Hunt.

Fit Frenzy 

Jan. 18 | 9-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

Fit Frenzy is Cookeville's hippest fitness party and the perfect start to your New Year’s fitness resolutions. Enjoy a free sampling of group fitness classes all in one morning at Cane Creek Recreation Center starting at 9 a.m. Different classes are offered every half hour during the 2 1/2-hour event. Participate or just watch.

Women participate in a fitness class at Cane Creek Recreation Center.

Backstage Series: Clever Little Lies

Jan. 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, Feb. 1 (7:30 p.m.) and Jan. 26 (3 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.

Clever Little Lies – A mother always knows when something is wrong. When Alice notices her beloved husband, Bill, has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the puzzle, she invites her son, Billy, and daughter-in-law, Jane, over for drinks and dessert. Sidesplitting chaos ensues as Alice digs for the truth, resulting in even more honesty than anyone expected. Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a story of long-term love and marriage… for better… and for worse.

Clever Little Lies

Father-Daughter Date Night

Feb. 21, 22, 28, 29 | 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. 11 at 8 a.m. For sponsorship information, call 931-520-5297.

Girls dance during Father-Daughter Date Night.

Backstage Series: The Dock Brief

Feb. 28, 29, March 3, 5, 6, 7 (7:30 p.m.) and March 1 (3 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. 

The Dock Brief – A seedy lawyer has been waiting for years to make a grandstand defense. He is assigned to defend an innocuous little man accused of murdering his wife. The man cheerfully admits his guilt; he simply couldn’t stand his wife’s constant joking and laughing. The trial ends and the verdict is a foregone conclusion. The lawyer begs his client to let him appeal. Ironically the man is reprieved because of the ineptitude of his defense.

The Dock Brief

Dogapalooza

April 25 | 1-4 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

The 11th 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.

UPDATE: Event cancelled due to social distancing recommendations. Virtual Dogapalooza held instead: Top (Quarantine) and Kids’ Dog Show.

A mother, daughter and their dog enjoy Dogapalooza at Dogwood Park.

School of Dance performances 

May 8, 9 | 7:30 p.m. | 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 the Cane Creek Recreation Center.

UPDATE: Recitals cancelled due to social distancing recommendations. High school senior solo dance recitals may be viewed on Cookeville Leisure Services YouTube channel.

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

History Hikes

May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10 | 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, May 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.

Signs are part of History Hikes on Broad Street.

Storyfest in the Park

May 30 | 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.

UPDATE: Event cancelled due to social distancing recommendations. Virtual Storyfest is planned for May 26-29.

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

May 30 | 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.”

A woman practices Tai Chi.

Cookeville Community Band concerts 

May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

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

UPDATE: Concerts have been cancelled due to social distancing recommendations.

Cookeville Community Band members perform at Dogwood Park.

After Dark Movies in the Park

June 5, 12, 19, 26 | 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. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. Concessions are available.

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

Kids Fishing Derby

June 6 | 7:30 a.m.-noon | Cane Creek Park | Free

A day of free fishing awaits anglers ages 15 and under during the 32nd 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.

UPDATE: Event cancelled due to social distancing recommendations. 

A boy shows a fish he caught at Cane Creek Park.

Third Thursday in the Park

June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

Enjoy concerts the third Thursday of each month, June 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.

Red, White & Boom

July 4

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

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School of Dance Open House

July 27 | 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.

Update: Event cancelled.

Big Band Sound Concerts

Aug. 3, Sept. 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

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

School of Dance students practice in the studio at Cane Creek Recreation Center.
The band plays and people dance at a Big Band Sound Orchestra concert at Dogwood Park.

Backstage Series: Church & State

Aug. 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22 (7:30 p.m.) and Aug. 16 (3 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. 

Church and State – Three days before his bid for reelection, in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question the senator’s stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

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Church and State

Film Festival

Aug. 29 | Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Cookeville Performing Arts Center, in partnership with WCTE, will present the inaugural WCTE Downtown Film Festival at CPAC and Dogwood Park. Independent non-fiction films will focus on Putnam County’s tornado tragedy and the impact of COVID-19 social distancing on the Upper Cumberland region.

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Bryan Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sept. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

An orchestra under the stars awaits music lovers at Dogwood Park. BSO’s annual outdoor community concert attracts a large crowd with music performed by professional musicians from throughout the region, as well as faculty and select students from Tennessee Tech University. The event begins with children’s activities at 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE: This concert has been postponed to the spring of 2021.

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

Cookeville Cemetery Walk

Sept. 19 | 6 and 8 p.m. | Cookeville City Cemetery

Six Cookeville City Cemetery “residents” will tell their stories. A guide will lead groups to various gravesites along a candlelit path for this educational and entertaining event that takes place on even-numbered years (alternating with Night at the Museums). Tickets are available at Cookeville Performing Arts Center.

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Cemetery "residents" prepare for the Cookeville Cemetery Walk.

Shakespeare in the Park

Oct. 2-10 | 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.

Actors perform during Shakespeare in the Park at Dogwood Park.

Brown Bag Lunch Concerts

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 | 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. 2, 9, 16, 23 | 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. 31 | 4-6 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

Come to Dogwood Park for some spooky fun. Put on your costume and walk along the Cookeville Treat Trail from 4-6 p.m. We'll have trick-or-treating booths, games and other fun activities.

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.

Cookeville Treat Trail

Christmas Forest Exhibit

Nov. 28-Jan. 2 | Cookeville History Museum | Free

Browse through a festive display of Christmas trees during the fifth 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.

See the Christmas Forest at the Cookeville History Museum.

Cookeville Community Band Holiday Concert

Nov. 29 | 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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Depot Christmas

Dec. 5 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cookeville Depot Museum | Free

Join us for a socially distanced outdoor visit with Santa. He and his elves will have a special treat for each child. Drop by any time between 10 a.m. and noon or 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Santa takes a cookie break from noon-1 p.m.) and be sure to bring your masks, cameras and wish-list letters to drop in the mailbox for Santa to take back to the North Pole at the end of the day. Ho ho ho! (Due to the risks associated with COVID, our elves will be unable to take photos with your cameras/phones this year. Sorry for any inconvenience.)

People walk outside the Cookeville Depot Museum.

Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony

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

Start the holiday season with the City of Cookeville’s sixth annual Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Celebration Service. This simple yet meaningful program will be live streamed so people can enjoy it from home. Space around the nearly 40-foot tall Christmas tree is limited to maintain social distancing. 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.

tree lighting