Sept. 2 – Main Street’s Friday Night Live Concert Series
The O’Donnells will perform at the Murfreesboro Public Square from 6:30–9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. Bring your lawn chair; admission is free. For more information, call (615) 895-1887 or visit downtownmurfreesboro.com.
Sept. 2 – Movies in the Park
Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Rotary Soccer Park (300 Soccer Way, Smyrna) on Friday, Sept. 2, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and the movie at dusk (approx. 7:30 p.m.). Enjoy food vendors, inflatables and train rides. Admission is $1 per person. For more information, call (615) 459-9773.
Sept. 3 – Hummingbirds Exhibit
Barfield Crescent Park is home to hundreds of hummingbirds that, each fall, prepare to embark on an annual journey. Join in celebrating these incredible creatures as Cyndi Routledge of Southeastern Avian Research (SEAR) shares her knowledge and experience at the Wilderness Station (301 Volunteer Rd.) from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, with children’s activities, hummingbird merchandise and more. For more information, contact (615) 217-3017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 5 – Labor Day Pool Party
Enjoy live music, relax by the pool and play games at Sports*Com’s outdoor pool (2310 Memorial Blvd.) for their last day of the season offering fun, food and prizes from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for youth and seniors. For more information, contact (615) 895-5040 or email@example.com.
Sept. 9 – 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Join the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on the west side of the Rutherford County Courthouse (Murfreesboro Public Square) from 9–10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, presented by the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department and Murfreesboro Police Department, and emceed by Bart Walker of WGNS.
Sept. 9 & 10 – Annual Pioneer Days Antique Tractor Pull and Gas Engine Show
Enjoy crafts, tractors, exhibits and demonstrations at the Eagleville Tractor Show Grounds (747 Chapel Hill Pk., Eagleville) beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10. Festivities include a skillet throw, slow tractor race, 1920s steam engine sawmill, parade of power, pedal tractor pulls for kids, craft vendors and more. Admission is $7 for adults; 12 and under are free with a paid adult. For more information, call (615) 708-7086 or visit eaglevilletvppa.com.
Sept. 10 – Hallowed Ground: A Lantern Tour of the Stones River National Cemetery
Spend an hour walking through the Stones River National Cemetery by lantern light while hearing the stories of soldiers and civilians relating the terrible cost of the Civil War at the Stones River National Battlefield (1563 N. Thompson Ln.) beginning at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. For reservations, call (615) 893-9501.
Sept. 10 – Smyrna Rotary Wings of Freedom Fish Fry
Come out for the 14th Annual Wings of Freedom Fish Fry sponsored by Rotary Club of Smyrna at the Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport Authority and Corporate Flight Management (278 Doug Warpoole Rd., Smyrna) honoring veterans of Operation Desert Storm with fish, food and drinks, airplanes, classic cars, live music, and family fun. Tickets are $40 and the event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. For more Information, call (615) 459-2651 or visit wofsmyrna.com.
Sept. 10–11 – 27th Annual White Oak Craft Fair
More than 75 artisans offering original textiles, jewelry, woodcarving, metalwork, pottery, photography, chairs, baskets, ironwork, stained glass and more will participate in the 27th Annual White Oak Craft Fair at the Arts Center of Cannon County (1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury) from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 11. For more information, call (615) 563-ARTS (2787) or visit artscenterofcc.com.
Sept. 10 & 20 – FOL Book Sale
Friends of Linebaugh Library will hold a book sale in the garage below the library (105 W. Vine St.) for Linebaugh members on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and a book sale open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m–12 noon.
Sept. 10 & 24 – Murfreesboro Hot Rod Club
The Murfreesboro Hot Rod Club meets at Central Magnet High School, 701 E. Main St., from 5–9 p.m., every other Saturday. The fun includes music, door prizes, food, games and more. Find photos of past cruise-ins and club information at 4mhrc.net. For more information, call Dale at (615) 405-5271 or Sandra at (615) 556-0547.
Sept. 10 – ’Boro International Fest
Have a blast at ’Boro Fest (and Day) at Cannonsburgh Village (312 S. Front St.) from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. to pay tribute to the cultural diversity in Murfreesboro. For more information, visit cityschools.net.
Through Sept. 11 – Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice Exhibit
Visit prehistoric times with face-to-face interactions with dinosaurs at the Discovery Center (502 SE Broad St.) as you put on an insect costume, buzz around a swampy bog, coast down an icy slide and dig for fossils. The exhibit features an immersive learning environment divided into three sections: two dinosaur habitats (warm and cold environments) and a field research station. The dinosaur environments include the flora and fauna believed to have been present 65–70 million years ago, during the end of the Cretaceous Period, and represent areas that are now part of North America. For more information, call (615) 890-2300 or visit explorethedc.org.
Sept. 12 – Game Day Tailgating Party
Greenhouse Ministries will host a Game Day Tailgating Party on Monday, Sept. 12, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The event, held at 315 S. Academy St., will create more awareness for the Greenhouse Ministries mission while also raising funds for its new building. There will be music, corn hole and Slick Pig-catered barbecue. It is an adults-only event and attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite team’s football jersey. For more information, contact Rachel Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 13 – Rutherford Cable Keynote Speaker Louis Upkins Jr.
Louis Upkins Jr. helps clients find their purpose and bring their ideas to life in his “Treat Me Like a Customer” speech, presented at the Rutherford Cable monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 7:15–9 a.m. at Stones River Country Club (1830 NW Broad St.). This meeting launches the group’s membership drive. All are welcome; admission is $5 and includes breakfast. To register or for more information, visit rutherfordcable.org.
Sept. 13 – Business After Hours
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce presents Business After Hours at 3343 Memorial (3343 Memorial Blvd.), from 5–7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Business After Hours is an informal, social networking event designed to connect business professionals from across Rutherford County. For more information, visit rutherfordchamber.org.
Sept. 13 – Evening on Maple
Main Street Murfreesboro will host its annual membership event at the new Gavel Grill & Speakeasy (109 N. Maple St.) from 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Donations to Main Street will be accepted at the door. Guests may make dinner reservations with The Gavel to follow the Main Street reception. For more information, visit downtownmurfreesboro.com.
Sept. 14 – Constitution Day Observed at MTSU
American Civil Rights leader Diane Nash will speak at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the MTSU Tucker Theater. Following that, Tracy Nelson will discuss songwriting in the context of free speech and social activism at the MTSU McWherter Learning Resource Center Rm. 221 on the MTSU campus, at 4:30 p.m. Nelson talks about her long and unique career with performers such as Willie Nelson and will give a live performance.
Sept. 15 – The Connection, Business Networking at Mayday
The Connection: An Evening of Professional Networking and Business Brainstorming will be held from 5–7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at Mayday Brewery, 521 Old Salem Rd. All Middle Tennessee entrepreneurs and professionals are welcome to attend this casual, no-obligation event, where they can meet other small-business owners and tap into one another’s experience and energy. An open roundtable discussion will encourage participation from those in attendance, asking them to articulate their vision for their business and calling for examples of some of the business challenges and solutions they are experiencing. The series will continue the third Thursday of each month.
Sept. 15 – Yoga in the Park
Join The Avenue Murfreesboro (2615 Medical Center Pkwy.) for free yoga in Central Park at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Bring a light-colored mat, towel and water. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. To register, visit theavenuemurfreesboro.com/news-events or for more information visit facebook.com/avenuemurfreesboro.
Sept. 16 – Coffee with the Veterans
Join Operation Adopt a Hero at Cultivate Coworking (107 W. Lytle St.) from 7:30–9 a.m. on the third Friday of each month for Coffee with the Veterans, an informal, social networking event designed to foster friendships between local veterans and their community. Enjoy coffee, pastries and the chance to meet and mingle with our service members and their families. For more information, call (615) 893-6565.
Sept. 16 – Roll It
Sports*Com (2310 Memorial Blvd.) will host a foam rolling class at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, teaching techniques to help loosen tight muscles and improve blood flow. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Cost is $20 (price includes class and foam rollers) and is for ages 18 and up. For more information, contact (615) 895-5040 or email@example.com.
Sept. 16 – Adult Evening Kayak Float
Float down the cool, meandering Stones River, and forget about the hustle and bustle of city life as you enjoy the beauty of nature. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Admission is $15. All equipment and instruction are provided; the trip takes off at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. For more information, call (615) 217-3017 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 16 – 3rd Friday Night Concert at Cannonsburgh
Come out for a live performance by country/bluegrass musician Zach Kerber at Cannonsburgh Village (312 S. Front St.) from 7–9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket. Admission is free. For more information, call (615) 890-0355.
Sept. 17 – 1st Annual Flying Fish Benefit Concert
Howard’s Hope invites the community to Murfreesboro Aviation (1936 Memorial Blvd.) on Saturday, Sept. 17, for a benefit concert supporting their Flying Fish program in providing the opportunity for disadvantaged children in Middle Tennessee learning how to swim. Enjoy live music by Rockslide and Mosaic Rhythm, food and beverages, door prizes and a silent auction with items ranging from airline tickets to sports memorabilia. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (615) 663-0313 or visit howardshope.org.
Sept. 17 – Greenway Art Festival
Enjoy works by talented artists along the Greenway trail at Old Fort Park (916 Golf Ln.) from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Browse through booths of original artwork in a family-friendly park setting featuring oils, acrylics, watercolors, pottery, sculpture, and other original artwork while enjoying music, food vendors and kids’ art activities. For more information, contact (615) 893-2141 or email@example.com, or visit murfreesborotn.gov.
Sept. 17 – Cardboard Boat Regatta
Join in the fun with your own cardboard boat, or spend the day watching captains and their crews race across the Sports*Com outdoor pool (2310 Memorial Blvd.) from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. before springing a leak. Some will sink, and others will float. Teams consist of 1–4 people who must be in the boat at all times. All entries must be submitted by Sept. 16 at 8 a.m.; this event is for ages 13 and up. For more information, contact (615) 895-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 17 – Ignite Music Festival 2016
The Ignite Music Festival will feature performers Leander, The Persuaded, Change Musik, Quan Cole, Mary Howell Band, Root Road, Embassy and more, and include a Kids Zone and barbecue cookoff. The event will be at The Arts Center of Cannon County (1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury) from 1–8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. For more information, contact (615) 801-0568 or email@example.com, or visit ignitemissionsandministry.com.
Sept. 17 – Wine Around the Square
The fifth annual Wine Around the Square, held on the Murfreesboro Public Square, Saturday, Sept. 17, is a progressive wine tasting, food sampling and music event. This fun community event is held on a crisp fall evening in the heart of downtown and raises money for the Power of Pink, providing diagnostic breast testing for Rutherford County women who are uninsured and underinsured. For more information, visit winearoundthesquare.org.
Sept. 17 – Inaugural Back to School Dash 5K/10K
Register for the first-ever City Schools Foundation Back to School 5K/10K Dash to support of the Murfreesboro City School system in the areas of science, math and academic competition and excellence among students. This timed race starts at Overall Creek Elementary (429 Otter Tr.) at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. For more information, visit cityschoolsfoundation.com.
Sept. 17 – 4th Annual Rutherford Romp
Get your running shoes ready for the 4th Annual Rutherford Romp, a 5K and 1-mile Fun Run beginning at Oaklands Mansion (900 N. Maney Ave.) this year and winding through downtown Murfreesboro on Saturday, Sept. 17. Proceeds benefit the Child Advocacy of Rutherford County, Amelia’s Closet, Murfreesboro Rescue Mission and Second Harvest Food Bank. This year the Rutherford Romp Foundation partners with the Murfreesboro Young Professionals, and proceeds from the Murfreesboro Young Professional’s Ice Cream Bowl (enjoy ice cream at the finish line) benefit United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. To register or for more information, visit rutherfordromp.com.
Sept. 18 – Tennessee Valley Winds
The Tennessee Valley Winds, a nonprofit, all-volunteer community wind band, will perform a free concert at Old Fort Park beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
Sept. 19 – The Americans Lecture
Los Angeles roots-rock band The Americans, featured in the highly anticipated documentary American Epic, produced by T-Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White, offer a program about the origins of the music recording industry in the 1920s with historical information and performances of hillbilly, blues, and other genres in MTSU’s Bragg Room 101 at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.
Sept. 20 – Fatal Force
David Fallis, one of the Washington Post investigative editors who led a reporting team to fill the information gaps about police shootings in America and helped create a national database in 2015, will speak at the MTSU Student Union Building, Parliamentary Room, as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Series. The discussion, presented by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies and focusing on recent fatal shootings by police, will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Sept. 22 – Community Pulse Group Rhythm Event
Everybody Drum Some invites anyone who would like to participate in a group drumming session to the brick area at the east side of the Rutherford County Courthouse, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. Participants can bring a drum, tambourine or shaker; if you do not have an instrument, some instruments will be provided.
Sept. 23 and 24 – Inception Art Show
Join the Smyrna Artist Cooperative for its art show featuring works inspired by and supporting significant cultural changes on Friday, Sept. 23, from 6–9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Meet the artists, enjoy live music, see live art being created, get your face painted and enjoy refreshments at 101 Front St., Smyrna.
Sept. 24 – Magic Show
Stones River Mall and its Kids Club program will host a magic show on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in Center Court at Stones River Mall. In addition to the magic show, attendees can enjoy face painting, crafts and balloon art at this free family-friendly event. For more information, visit stonesrivermall.com.
Sept. 24 – School of Rock
Participate in fun projects and learn about different aspects of geology at the Earth Experience: The Middle Tennessee Museum of Natural History (816 Old Salem Rd.) from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is $10 per child. For more information, call (615) 605-1417 or visit theearthexperience.org.
Sept. 24 – Oaklands Oktoberfest
Oaklands Mansion hosts its Second Annual Oktoberfest from 5–9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, featuring local craft brewers such as The Brewsters, Panther Creek Brews, Mayday Brewery, Good People Brewery, Lagunitas, Devils Backbone and the MidState Brew Crew. Tickets are available at Oaklands Mansion and at oaklandsmansion.org.
Sept. 24 – Puppy Plunge
Bring your pup to enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool at Sports*Com (2310 Memorial Blvd.) from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, before it gets too cold. All dogs must be current on vaccinations; spayed and neutered pets are preferred. Humans will not be allowed in the water (dogs only). No aggressive dogs allowed. For more information, contact (615) 895-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is $1 per dog.
Sept. 25 – SoundBreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
The Grammy Museum and Higher Ground present three educational conferences with themes taken from the eight-part PBS series Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music; one will be held at MTSU’s BAS State Farm Room from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, offering episode screenings followed by moderated panel discussions with industry professionals featured in the series. Topics include the intricacies of recording and the recording process, the introduction of technology in music and the evolution of music into what we know today. The episodes “The Human Instrument” and “Going Electric” will be screened at MTSU.
Sept. 29 – Business Before Hours
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce presents Business Before Hours on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 7:30–9 a.m. at Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, 555 New Salem Hwy. Join area business leaders each month at Business Before Hours. For more information, visit rutherfordchamber.org.
Tuesdays and Fridays – Rutherford County Farmers Market
Join market vendors from more than 20 Middle Tennessee counties with a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, baked and canned goods, flowers, plants and more from 7 a.m.–noon each Tuesday and Friday at Lane Agri-Park (315 John R. Rice Blvd.). For more information, call (615) 898-7710.
Saturdays – Main Street Saturday Market
Join vendors on the west, north and south sides of the historic Rutherford County Courthouse for local fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, and flowers from 8 a.m.–noon each Saturday. For more information, call (615) 895-1887 or visit downtownmurfreesboro.com.
Saturdays – Bicycle Tours of the Stones River National Battlefield
Join a ranger for a 90-minute bicycle tour of the Stones River National Battlefield (1563 N. Thompson Ln.) at 9 a.m. each Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call (615) 893-9501 or visit nps.gov/stri.