Events & Festivals

RC Moon Pie 2015
Mule Show 2015
Horse Show Celebration 2015
Car Show 2015
Bedford County Courthouse
Alpaca Show 2015
Webb Art Craft Fair 2015
Wartrace Musicfest 2015
Wartrace Horse Show 2015
Strolling Jim Run 2015
Sorghum Squeeze 2015
Scenic View in Bedford County of Person Fishing
Scenic View in Bedford County of Road in Autumn
Scenic View in Bedford County of Carnival
Scenic View in Bedford County of Horses
Scenic View in Bedford County
Daffodil Day 2015

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration - Shelbyville

Late August early September

Beginning in 1939, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville is held each year for ten days ending on the Saturday before Labor Day.  This is the premier event in the industry with the World Grand Champion being crowned on the last Saturday night.  Spectators and exhibitors from around the world assemble in Shelbyville at the historic Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds for the annual spectacle.  Fans fill the 30,000 seat arena in anticipation of the new World Grand Champion each year.


Webb School Arts and Crafts Festival – Bell Buckle

Third Weekend of October

The Webb School Arts and Crafts Festival is the premier arts and crafts show in Tennessee.  There are over 500 booths with unique and eclectic items from across the United States.  Over 100,000 people attend this event each year.  This festival includes live music, plenty of food vendors, health vendors, hand made furniture, photography, pottery, prints, clothing, purses, yard items, antiques, and so much more.


Wartrace MusicFest – Wartrace

First Weekend in June

This annual celebration of various genres of music takes place the first weekend in June each year at Jernigan Field in Wartrace.  Whether it’s rock and roll, blues or country, you will find some of your favorite songs being played here.  There is fun for the entire family with great food, pony rides for the kids, arts and crafts and a fireworks show finale on Saturday night.  


Bedford County Fair – Shelbyville

Last Week of July

The Bedford County Fair is held each year for six days the last week of July at the Bedford County Agricultural Center and Fairgrounds.  This is one of the top county fairs in the area with all types of fun activities for the family.  Events include a tractor pull, baking contests, carnival rides, music, livestock judging of all types and great food.  This is great way to cap off the summer before school starts each year.   


R.C. Cola Moon Pie Festival – Bell Buckle

Third Weekend of June

Celebrating two southern favorites, R.C. Colas and Moon Pies, this festival in Bell Buckle draws visitors from around the country each year on the third weekend in June.  Highlights include a 10k Race, parade, music and food.   The parade culminates in the crowning of the King and Queen of the Festival followed by games for all ages.  The grand finale is the cutting of the World’s Largest MoonPie. 


The Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show – Shelbyville

Second Weekend in July

The Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show is held each year at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration ground on the second weekend of July.  The show brings three days of quality mules and donkey.  The show features mules and donkeys from 25 states.  Riders and exhibitors of all ages are welcome to come and show their prized animals.  The festive atmosphere includes vendors with unique items for sale as well as great food.


Strolling Jim 40 Ultra Marathon – Wartrace

First Saturday in May

For nearly 4 decades, the Strolling Jim 40 mile Ultra Marathon has taken place in Wartrace on the first Saturday in May.  The race is named after a legendary Tennessee Walking Horse.  Road Warriors from around the world return each year to compete in the race which winds through some of the most picturesque vistas in the south.  In conjunction with the race, there is a standard 26.2 mile marathon and a 10 K race for those not quite ready to take on the challenge of the big one.  


Calsonic Arena Events - Shelbyville

The Calsonic Arena located on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds is host to many events throughout the year in Shelbyville.  The arena can seat up to 7,000 people for concerts.  The arena has hosted monster truck shows, circuses, concerts, dog shows, car shows, motocross races, rodeos and of course horse shows.

The following are just a sample of the many events held in the last year:

The Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Annual Fall World Championship

September 30 – October 3, 2015

The Australian Shepherd Club of America National Specialty Show

October 9 – 17, 2015

Tennessee Indoor Motocross Championship

January 22 – 23, 2016 

Lone Star Championship Rodeo

February 20, 2016

Garden Brothers Circus

February 27, 2016

The 48th Annual National Walking Horse Trainer’s Show

March 17-19, 2016

The 31st Annual Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Spring Show

May 6-7, 2016

The 25th Annual Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show

July 7-9, 2016