Festivals and small towns often go hand-in-hand, and Spring Hill is no exception. All year long, this Tennessee town and its neighboring cities host events designed to bring the community together over food, music and … mules? (We’ll get into that later.) Be sure to add these Spring Hill festivals and annual events to your to-do list as you plan out your travels for this year.
Mule Day, April
One of Tennessee’s biggest festivals is held just South of Spring Hill in Columbia, the annual Mule Day festival actually lasts nearly a week. Columbia is the “Mule Capital” of the world, and the event nods to the city’s heritage by celebrating all things mule. Events include a wagon train that travels through the middle Tennessee region, a log pulling competition, mule races, and of course, plenty of food and live music throughout.
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Pickin’ in the Park, May–September
An ongoing outdoor music series, Pickin’ in the Park runs annually when the weather warms up. Located in Harvey Park, the series brings together live music and local food vendors for weekly outdoor entertainment. Bring your lawn chair and pack a cooler; the first show of the season kicks off in early May and is a great excuse to soak up the beauty of one of Spring Hill’s parks.
Photo: Pickin' In The Park
The Homestead Festival, June
Also just across the Spring Hill-Columbia border, the Homestead Festival kicks off summer by spotlighting all things farming. The two-day event teaches attendees how to raise chickens, milk a cow, garden and harvest, tend to bees and much more. Hosted at celebrity Rory Feek’s historic farm, the event brings expert speakers and panelists and musical guests to provide education and entertainment.
Photo: The Homestead Festival
Shrimp Festival, July
The historic event venue Magnolia & Vine hosts its annual Spring Hill Shrimp Festival in July. Tickets included access to gourmet shrimp dishes, charcuterie, shaved ice, and entertainment like retail vendors and live music. The venue is set on five rolling acres, making it one stunning backdrop to wine, dine and dance the night away.
Tennessee International Indie Film Festival, August
The Tennessee International Indie Film Festival (TIIFF) is a tenured event each summer of fall, and every year it rotates among venues in Williamson and Maury counties. In an average year, up to 80 films may be screened over the five-day event, and attendees are treated to panels and speeches from industry executives. This year’s festival will be held in nearby Franklin in 2023 with a potential return to Spring Hill slated for a future event.
Whole Hog Festival, October
Each fall, enjoy the Whole Hog Festival at Spring Hill’s Oaklawn Mansion, an event filled with food, entertainment and tons of family fun. With admission just $5, tickets include access to more than 20 food vendors serving pork-based dishes like barbecue, ribs, brisket and gourmet bacon, complete with all-day live music, arts and crafts vendors, and a kids' zone outfitted with games and a petting zoo. It wouldn’t be a festival without a few silly contests, and this one delivers with hog-calling and “guess the weight of the hog.”