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 offers 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 offers theatre performances throughout the year.  The Fine Arts Guild exhibits in different locations throughout the community each month and hosts monthly Art Opening Receptions.

Annual Events

Wilson County Fair – Ranked as one of the Top 50 Fairs in the United States, the Wilson County Fair had 589,229 visitors in 2013.  The fair occurs in mid-August and takes place at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

“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 – 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 – The yard sale that takes place once every spring and fall in this town of 1,477 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.

More Entertainment

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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