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7 Can’t Miss Strawberry Festivals in Tennessee

Tennessee Strawberry Festivals

Whether you’re a native Tennessean or a recent resident, you’ve got a lot to celebrate when spring arrives: longer daylight hours, 70-degree weather, farmers markets and, of course, strawberry season.

Tennesseans celebrate strawberry season in style with multiple festivals all over the state. Head to one of the events near you to sample fresh baked goods, meet local farmers and stock up on strawberries grown near you.

Memphis Area

West Tennessee Strawberry Festival

The 79th annual West Tennessee Strawberry Festival in Humboldt is packed with events that run through the entire first week of May. Events kick off on Sunday, May 1 with a breakfast and end on Saturday, May 7 with a 5K run, barbecue cook-off and car show. Other highlights include Monday night fireworks, a Tuesday night recipe contest, a golf tournament, pageants and a horse show.

Dates: Sunday, May 1 – Saturday, May 7

Address: Varies. Click here for more information.

Hours: Vary. Click here for more information.

Website: Click here.

Nashville Area

Strawberry Jubilee at the Nashville Farmers’ Market

Strawberry season kicks off at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 7.

Come to this year’s Strawberry Jubilee and take part in the strawberry shortcake recipe contest. Bring your best shortcake or just sample the competition.

You can also enjoy live music and entertainment while checking out the local vendors showcasing their best strawberry-themed items. Expect to choose from lemonade, pies, cobblers, wine and more.

Date: Saturday, May 7

Address: 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, 37208

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Website: Click here.

Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

One of the largest and longest-running strawberry festivals in Tennessee is just a 45-minute drive north of Nashville in the city of Portland. Now in its 75th year, the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival is will be Saturday, May 14.

This year’s festival highlights include a strawberry-eating contest, bingo events, a parade, a fireworks display, a free concert and more than 100 vendors.

Date: Saturday, May 14

Address: 106 Main Street, Portland, 37148

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Website: Click here.

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Knoxville Area

Morristown Strawberry Festival

The people of Morristown celebrate strawberry season with a full week of events. Pets even join in on the fun on Saturday, May 14, with the city’s first annual canine carnival. Bring your dog and compete for prizes in categories like “best costume” and “canine congeniality.” If you’re looking for a little more competition, try the cornhole and disc golf tournaments.

Located next to a local strawberry farm, the strawberry festival on Saturday, May 21, features vendors selling arts and crafts, live bluegrass, food, kids’ activities and a fun run. This free event is located at 510 West Economy Road in Morristown.

Dates: Saturday, May 14 – Saturday, May 21

Address: Varies. See website for more details.

Hours: Vary. See website for more details.

Website: Click here.

Chattanooga Area

Dayton Strawberry Festival

Head to Dayton for the city’s annual strawberry festival on Saturday, May 7. This year’s highlights include live music, food vendors, an art show, parade, craft vendors, baking contests and derby car races.

If you’re looking for an all-day excursion, both the family fun area and the crafts and food vendors at Rhea County Courthouse are open until dark.

Date: Saturday, May 7

Address: 107 Main St., Dayton, 37321

Hours: 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Website: Click here.

Strawberry Festival at the Chattanooga Market

The Chattanooga Market is hosting its annual strawberry festival on Sunday, May 15. Freshly picked berries take center stage at this celebration of all things strawberries: salsa, cake, jelly, lemonade, candles and even chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Sample the treats and discover new recipes as you check out the local art and enjoy live music.

Dates: Sunday, May 15

Address: 1829 Carter St., Chattanooga, 37408

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Website: Click here.

Johnson City Area

Wayne Scott Strawberry Festival

Located just outside Johnson City, the 14th annual Wayne Scott Strawberry Festival will be held at the Unicoi Elementary School field on Saturday, May 21.

This event, which typically attracts more than 2,000 visitors for its one day of activities, features strawberry recipe contest, arts-and-crafts vendors and live musical entertainment.

Date: Saturday, May 21

Website: Click here.

Address: 404 Massachusetts Ave., Unicoi, 37692

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon is a Nashville writer and food blogger (http://foodloveswriting.com) who likes real food and real talk. Her work has been featured by Bon Appetit, Better Homes & Gardens, BlogHer and Entrepreneur.

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