Arts & Entertainment
Wilson County’s hometown atmosphere combined with all the amenities of being in close proximity to the Nashville metropolitan area offers its residents convenient access to the attractions and cultural amenities afforded to big cities.
The Wilson County community offer fun, family-oriented activities, including movie theaters, bowling alleys and Watertown is home to Stardust Drive-in Theatre.
The Encore Theatre Company, Inc. established in 2006 and Mill Works Theatre opening in 2009 offer dinner theatre performances throughout the year. The Fine Arts Guild exhibits in different locations throughout the community each month and hosts monthly Art Opening Receptions.
Wilson County Fair - Ranked as one of the Top 50 Fairs in the United States, the Wilson County Fair had over 450,000 visitors in 2008. The fair occurs in mid-August and takes place at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Nashville Superspeedway – NASCAR racing roars into Wilson County three times a year at the 1.33 mile Nashville Superspeedway. The track is host to two NASCAR Nationwide Series races and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The track also hosts Delk Performance Adrenaline Drags which run consistently (with a few exceptions) every Friday night from mid-April through the end of August.
“A Toast to Tennessee” Wine Festival - is held the third Saturday in May at Nashville Shores. This event features over 15 wineries from all across the State of Tennessee, dozens of fine artisans, gourmet specialty food vendors, live music, free wine-related seminars, and free lake cruises.
Watertown Jazz Festival – 2009 marks the 14th year of this celebration of all things jazz! Hosted by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, this event has grown from approximately 200 attendees to over 5,000 jazz fans from all over the region. The Jazz Festival team works to promote the arts while also drawing in visitors to the quaint, historic downtown Watertown community. Plans include multiple music acts, food vendors, visual arts vendors and the new VIP Jazz Sky Box and reception for sponsors and VIP ticket holders.
Native American PowWow – Each fall, Native Americans across the country descend on Mt. Juliet to participate in the Native American Powwow. The two-day festival includes activities such as storytelling, ethnic foods, arts & crafts, a colorful parade, and a dance competition.
Mile Long Yard Sale – 2009 marks the 21st year for the yard sale that takes place once every spring and fall in this town of 1,358 people. The Tennessee Central Railway Museum excursion train brings in people from Nashville for this semi-annual event. Visitors will enjoy wonderful art, eats, antiques and specialty shops.
Wilson County is located approximately 20 miles east of downtown Nashville, Tennessee which provides an array of museums, theaters, performance halls, historical and cultural offerings. Nashville, Tennessee is also recognized as Music City USA which provides for many other unique musical entertainment opportunities.
The middle Tennessee area is known for its many attractions including: the Grand Ole Opry, Jack Daniels Distillery, State parks, lakes, festivals, and arts & crafts. Nashville, Tennessee also offers the Adventure Science Center, Nashville Shores, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Country Music Hall of Fame, General Jackson Showboat, Nashville Zoo, “The Hermitage” – Home of President Andrew Jackson, and the recently completed Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Our area not only offers the local sporting events within the local schools but professional sports as well that include The Tennessee Titans football, Nashville Predators hockey and the Nashville Sounds baseball. College sports are popular and include the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University.
Numerous concerts and performances are held throughout each year at the Sommet Center, Tennessee Performance Arts Center (TPAC) and at Opryland USA.
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