From mountain trails and whitewater rafting to a Cherokee cultural event and a free concert series in the park, there’s lots for visitors and residents alike to enjoy in Cleveland, Tenn. and Bradley County, Tenn. this summer.
The Evening Shade Concert Series, free on Friday nights in Johnston Park in historic downtown Cleveland, continues May 22 with a performance by the VW Boys. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is presented by the Allied Arts of Cleveland in conjunction with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. The series ends on May 29 with a performance by Leon Redbone.
The Mainstreet Cruise-In has more than 400 cars of special interest on display in Historic Downtown Cleveland every fourth Saturday of the Month, April through October. For more information about this event, call 423-479-1000.
June brings the Mt. Olive Freedom Celebration with live music, food and fun. The festival is sponsored by Mt. Olive Church of God, which also provides a fireworks display to close the event. The celebration is the Sunday before July Fourth at the Tri-State Exhibition Center. For more information about this event, call 423-476-9310.
The Fifth Annual Ocoee Classic Walking & Racking Horse Show comes to Cleveland in July. The event brings in horse enthusiasts from all over the United States and is held at Tri-State Exhibition Center. For more information about this event, call 423-476-9310.
Also in July, the Singing Echoes Annual Blue Springs Valley Sing continues into its 38th year with gospel singing and activities that include watermelon cutting, softball tournaments and more. The event is held at Blue Springs Park Road. For more information, call 423-472-2421.
Another annual event in July is the White Oak Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Some of the best bluegrass bands perform at Tri-State Exhibition Center on the third weekend of the month. The event includes antique tractors, shade tree pickin’ and food. For more information, call 423-476-9210.
August brings one of the county’s biggest events of the year with the Cherokee Days of Recognition. Held at Red Clay State Historic Park, the location of the Cherokee’s last council before their forced removal west, the event includes demonstrations of Cherokee customs and culture, food, games, a blowgun tournament, crafts and more during the first full weekend of the month. Call 423-478-0339 for more information.
For more information about events and attractions in Cleveland and Bradley County, visit the Cleveland-Bradley County Chamber of Commerce.