The summer solstice has officially declared it is summertime!

With longer and warmer days ahead, the cities and businesses of Rutherford County are hosting an array of events for families, couples, and friends to enjoy – from exciting local NASCAR races and rodeos to antiques shows and hot chicken festivals!

Here are a few highlights, but this is by no means an exhaustive list! Browse VIPMurfreesboro.com/calendar and VisitRutherfordTN.com for even more calendar events.

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Upcoming Events:

NASCAR Series Races

June 24-26, 2022 | Lebanon, TN 

Nashville Superspeedway will host the following events in Lebanon, TN:

  • Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m.
  • Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, June 25, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 26, at 4 p.m.

Find more information for the Camping World Truck Series here, the Xfinity Series here, and the Ally 400 Cup Series here.

Local Brewery Event

June 29-July 2, 2022 | Murfreesboro, TN

Panther Creek Brews will be hosting a four-day event from Wednesday, June 29, through Saturday, July 2, with food vendors, live music, and a different new brew release every day of the week.

For more information, visit Panther Creek Brews on Facebook.

Sunflower Experience

June 30-July 16, 2022 | Eagleville, TN

Lucky Ladd Farms has planted a sunflower field of 10 varieties and over 100,000 sunflowers and zinnias to provide a simply stunning experience for guests to enjoy. Guests may purchase tickets to access the sunflower field, take pictures, and purchase sunflowers!

There also will be several Golden-Hour Sunset Sessions for professional photographers on the following days from 6-8 p.m.: June 30, July 1, July 6, and July 7.

Click here for general admission tickets and for more information.

Friday Night Live!

July 1, August 5, September 16 | Murfreesboro, TN

The 2022 Friday Night Live! Summer Series is a FREE musical party held on Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Main Street (from June through September) just outside the courthouse. This summer’s Friday Night Live! events will be July 1, August 5, and September 16.

For more information about this year’s guest bands, visit MainStreetMurfreesboro.org.

Murfreesboro Antiques Show & Sale

July 15-17, 2022 | Murfreesboro, TN

The Murfreesboro Antique Show attracts some of the finest antique dealers from across the country and features furniture, decorative accessories, clocks, fine porcelain, pottery, crafts, fashion jewelry, garden ornaments, giftware, glassware & ceramics, handmade lampwork beads, and more! There will also be a crystal and glass repair specialist on-site. This year’s event will be held at the Middle TN Expo Center.

Admission is $7 for all three days and parking is free. For more information and to find registration for renting a booth, visit MurfreesboroAntiquesShow.com.

Murfreesboro Hot Chicken Festival

July 16 | Murfreesboro, TN

The Murfreesboro Hot Chicken Festival will take place in Cannonsburgh Village from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, featuring some of the best hot chicken in the BORO, as well as shopping, live music, and games. You can even participate as a judge and sample tenders from each hot chicken artisan!

For more information, visit the event website.

44th Annual International Pleasure & Colt Championship

July 22-July 30 | Murfreesboro, TN

The annual Pleasure & Colt International Grand Championship is FREE and open to spectators from July 22 through July 30 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum! The events on Saturday, July 23, specifically will feature barrel racing, pole bending, trail obstacles, and more!

For more information, click here.

Back to School “Splash Bash”

July 23 | Eagleville, TN

Lucky Ladd Farms will celebrate the “Back to School” season with a “Splash Bash” for children and their families on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Kids can cool off on the inflatable water slides, splash pad, and bubble blast pool and enjoy water balloon toss, outdoor games, and more!

Plus, all the regular Lucky Ladd Farms activities like the petting zoo, playground, wagon and pony rides, mining and mega slides will be open, too.

Visit LuckyLaddFarms.com for more information.

Recurring Events:

Friday Night Market in the BORO

Fridays | Murfreesboro, TN

Each Friday from April through October, local businesses and food trucks from Murfreesboro and Rutherford County set-up shop in Cannonsburgh Village! Bring the entire family to enjoy great food, shopping, music, and community fun!

Follow the Murfreesboro Markets & Events Facebook Page to keep up with each week’s featured food trucks and vendors.

Murfreesboro Farmers’ Market

Saturdays | Murfreesboro, TN

The Main Street Saturday Farmers’ Market is hosted in the downtown Murfreesboro square every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon beginning May 21.

Check out their Facebook Page for more information.