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5 Can’t-Miss Arts and Culture Experiences in Rutherford County, Tennessee

Check out these destinations for arts and culture in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne and Eagleville.

By Kevin Litwin on June 23, 2022

The Science of Music exhibit at Discovery Center in Murfreesboro
Jeff Adkins

Interesting and educational are a couple of adjectives that can describe the arts-and-culture scene in Rutherford County, and the following are must-visit arts experiences for residents and visitors.

1. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

This hands-on children’s museum attracts about 120,000 children and families each year. Its goal is to provide fun activities to get children interested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math). Some of the permanent exhibits have names like 5 Senses, If/Then, The Great Outdoors and Waterworks.

2. Simply Smyrna Celebration

Kick off the summer at the annual Simply Smyrna Celebration, which occurs on a Saturday night in early June and is billed as a “Celebration of the Arts.” It takes place along Front Street in the Smyrna Historic Depot District, and activities include live music, food vendors and fun cultural experiences.

3. Uncle Dave Macon Days

On Oct. 7-8, 2022, Hop Springs Beer Park in Murfreesboro will host this annual bluegrass festival that features old-time music, dance, food and craft vendors. There are competitions in clogging, buck dancing, banjo and bluegrass bands. Uncle Dave Macon (1870-1952) is a Country Music Hall of Famer and considered the first great country music star.

4. Eagleville Farmers Market & La Vergne Farmers Market

Both markets operate on Saturday mornings during the summer months, with the Eagleville market staged at 259 N. Main Street, and the La Vergne market at Bicentennial Park next to La Vergne City Hall. Crafters, local farmers, area food producers and musicians all contribute to the festivities.

5. Art and Culture Everywhere

Other cultural and entertainment opportunities take center stage at venues such as Springhouse Theatre, Center for the Arts, Mills-Pate Arts Center, Murfreesboro Little Theatre, Tucker Theatre and Washington Theatre at Patterson Park. Meanwhile, art lovers can enjoy great showcases at places like Smyrna Town Hall, Murfreesboro City Hall Rotunda, Carpe Artista and Todd Art Gallery.

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