By Becca George
Murfreesboro’s downtown offers a wide array of events and a true sense of community. Regardless of the season there is something for all ages to enjoy.
Main Street JazzFest, May 6th-7th. JazzFest is an anticipated event every year. It is a place to watch, eat, drink, relax and hear some great contemporary live jazz. The best part is, it is a free event and all ages are welcome. http://mainstreetjazzfest.net
The Discovery Center Shakesbeer, May 6th. Shakesbeer is a night of revelry dedicated to craft brews, The Discovery Center and Shakespearian activities and plays from the Murfreeboro Little Theater and M-Prov. http://explorethedc.org/shakesbeer
Boro Art Crawl, June 9-10, August 12th (and the second Friday of the month every other month). The Boro Art Crawl was founded last year by a group of local artists who want to foster the artistic community in Murfreesboro. The art crawl, taking place the second Friday every other month, is a collection of galleries and businesses that host local art, offer samples of cuisine and facilitate live events. http://boroartcrawl.com
Main Street Saturday Market, every Saturday June through October. The Saturday Market is a weekly farmer’s market that offers local produce, flowers, baked goods and more. www.downtownmurfreesboro.com
Friday Night Live, June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th and September 2nd. Friday Night live is a summer concert series held the first Friday of each month featuring local music, food vendors and more. http://www.downtownmurfreesboro.com/
Uncle Dave Macon Days, July 8th-9th is a multi-day, family-oriented festival featuring traditional music and dance. The event takes place at Cannonsburgh and offers children’s activities, historic demonstrations, gospel and shape-note singing, a historic photo exhibit and this year they hope to facilitate the world’s largest square dance. http://uncledavemacondays.com/
Discovery Center Disco Night, July 14. DISCO Night is a night at the Discovery Center that gives adults a chance to bring out their inner child while exploring the museum with drinks through science, pop-culture themes and hands-on activities. http://explorethedc.org/disco/
Main Street THE Summer Party, Taste of Rutherford, July 22 is an evening full of food, drink, music and laughter and is the major fundraiser for other Main Street events.
An Evening on Main, September 13th is an evening hosted by Main Street’s board of directors featuring beverages and hors d’oeuvres. This event brings awareness about our downtown and raises funds for Main Street. www.downtownmurfreesboro.com
Wine Around the Square, September 17th benefits the Power of Pink fundraising for breast cancer detection and treatment. This event features a stroll around the square while enjoying wine tastings and food samples. http://www.winearoundthesquare.org
Trick or Treating on the Square, October 31st takes place each year in the afternoon on Halloween. Businesses on the square open their doors for crowds of children in their finest costumes. http://www.downtownmurfreesboro.com
The Christmas Tree Lighting, December 2nd features the lighting of a Christmas tree, chosen locally, live music and a vist from Santa. www.downtownmurfreesboro.com
Oaklands Candlelight Tour of Homes, December 2016 is a fundraising event for Oakland’s Historic Mansion that sends you through a tour of some of the most beautiful homes in our community adorned in their holiday finest. http://www.oaklandsmansion.org/
Wedding Dresses though the Decades, January-March takes you on a step back through wedding dress trends from the mid 1800’s to the present. This features wedding dresses worn by women from Murfreesboro and all over the country. www.oaklandsmansion.org
Many of the local attractions such as the Discovery Center, Oaklands Mansion and the Center for the Arts offer year round attractions and summer camps.
Regardless of the time of year, there is something going on in the hub, the heart, of our city. Connections are made, friendships are built and a community grows within the businesses and the streets of the square.
COME JOIN IN: Uncle Dave Macon Days
The World’s Largest Square Dance
Bring out the banjo and your dancin’ shoes, this year’s annual Uncle Dave Macon Days music and dance festival isn’t just offering great pickin’ music but is attempting to break the Guinness record for the World’s Largest Square Dance.
On the evening of July 7th on the Public Square in Murfreesboro the Tennessee tradition of square dancing will be introduced with Marcia Campbell from the Grand Ole Opry Dancers and WSM650. The Hog Slop String Band, which formed as a pickup square dance band but quickly became one of the most popular old time string bands in Tennessee, will lead the attempt for the world’s largest square dance.
According to the Guinness World Records the current standings for the largest square dance involved 800 participants. There is hope to bring that title, currently held in Illinois, to Murfreesboro. The free event, happening on opening day of Uncle Dave Macon Days, will bring this portion of the event back to the square where it began nearly 40 years ago.
The square dance will take place at 7pm on the court square and will follow the choreography guidelines set by Guinness World Records. After the world’s largest attempt there will be music and dancing for all on the square with Hog Slop.
There will be a community-wide square dance rehearsal May 15th at 2pm at the Rutherford County Courthouse inner circle. Those who are interested in participating, either as a dancer or a volunteer may attend the rehearsal.
For more information call 615-893-2371 or visit: http://uncledavemacondays.com/the-worlds-largest-squaredance/