The second Saturday of each May celebrates everything strawberry in Portland, Tennessee! The much-loved tradition of the annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival has been a fixture of Portland for over three-quarters of a century and for good reason: it’s a wonderful day filled with amazing fun! It’s free to attend the festival, so there are no pesky entrance fees to worry about!
There are so many reasons that make this festival incredible, but we’ve broken it down into 5 reasons we love the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival!
1. Live Music
Live music also known as the “Strawberry Jam” is a staple of the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival both throughout the day and at the festival’s close with their grand finale concert. Visitors to the festival enjoy live music for free as part of their Strawberry Festival experience! A fantastic fireworks show also closes out the festival after the final concert, which again is totally free to enjoy!
2. Festival Food & Drinks
The smell of smoke from grilled barbecue and burgers, the dust-covered fingers from freshly cooked funnel cakes, and the sweet taste of fresh lemonade means it’s a festival! There is an incredible array of food and drinks at the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival, so come hungry!
3. Games & Rides
There are tons of rides that festival goers can pay to enjoy: bungees, rock climbing, and more! There is also an area called KidTown USA that is full of inflatables that little ones can enjoy for just $5/child; that $5 gets the kids into KidTown USA all day long for all-day play so they can come and go as they please!
4. Family Fun
The family-friendly atmosphere of the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival makes it the perfect stop for families to make memories! Lots of vendors are on-site to provide treats and smiles to families as they explore the festival and there are plenty of great moments for photo opportunities!
Of course we can’t forget the strawberries! Weather plays a big role in the availability of fresh strawberries at the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival, but the farmers and organizers do what they can to make it happen! People line up to buy farm-fresh berries and guests enjoy strawberry-themed foods and drinks throughout the day. The strawberry stalls typically open later than the festival start time, so don’t fret if you can’t find the strawberries right away. Don’t forget to stop for a photo with Patch, the official mascot of the festival!
The Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival, held annually on the second Saturday in May, is a favorite festival that families look forward to each year thanks to its affordability and fun setting. The festival runs from 9am-9pm with lots of great activities all day long. Check out the full schedule of events on the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival website!