Rutherford Weekend: 5 Things to do This Weekend

1. Outdoor Murfreesboro Family Camp-out

WHAT: Outdoor Murfreesboro has made backpacking family-friendly! This adventure will begin with an easy one-mile hike to the campground. Once there, park staff will be on-hand to help you set up and settle in. Your family will be able to choose from various activities throughout the night or just relax in front of the campfire. Dinner (hot dogs or campfire pita pizza, chips, drink, and smores) and breakfast (muffins, coffee, and orange juice) will be provided and are included in your registration fee. There will also be guided night hikes, children’s activities and games, campfire fun, and music to make this camping experience a night to remember. This is open to all ages. Tents (2-person and 4-person), ground cloths, sleeping pads, and backpacks (available in both youth and adult sizes) are available by request when registering to camp. Reservations are required, and tickets are priced $10 per adult and $5 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are free. Contact the Wilderness Station with questions and to register at 615-217-3017 or [email protected]

Don’t forget to schedule your Wilderness Awareness Workshop when you register – this workshop is required before you camp. They have times Friday, April 26 at 6pm and April 27 at 3pm before the event.

WHEN: Saturday, April 27 with check-in 4-6:30 pm – Sunday, April 28

WHERE: Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy, Murfreesboro

2. 14th Annual See Spot Run 5K

WHAT: Every year MTSU and Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity team up for the Annual See Spot Run 5K run/walk. Not only can you have great fun with your family, your dog can join too. The run features CHIP timing for all runners and a flat and fast course. Registration is $35. Tickets include t-shirt, doggie bandana, coupons, prizes & more. Proceeds go towards funding a new Habitat house. For more information on the event or to register, check out their website at

WHEN: Sunday, April 28 starting with check-in at 8am

WHERE: Peck Hall on MTSU Campus, 612 Old Main Cir, Murfreesboro

3. The 43rd Annual Pioneer Days

WHAT: Join a long-held Murfreesboro tradition of the Cannonsburgh Village Pioneer Days this Saturday. As always there will be tons of entertainment including live music, clogging, pottery and blacksmith demonstrations, hayrides, craft vendors, food trucks and an art exhibit.

Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with staff and volunteers who will be dressed in period costume. Riverchase Posse will perform a gun-slinging show, and 1800s working Steam Engine will be on site.

There’s also more than 65 craft vendors, and refreshments will be available for purchase from food trucks, including Big G Express, The Dawg Bar, Honky Tonk Café and Get Poppin.

Rutherford Parent Magazine is also hosting their annual kids fest at the Pioneer days which includes bounce houses, a mini train ride, and other attractions. Free bike helmets donated by local attorney John Day will be given to the first 500 children in attendance.

Finally, The Murfreesboro Lions Club will also have their annual great Pancake Breakfast that morning from 7 a.m. -11 a.m. in the clubhouse with a donation of $9 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Children under the age of 6 eat free at the breakfast. All funds are used to buy glasses for needed elementary school age children in our community.

There’s also wonderful events close by including the Earth Day celebration on the Murfreesboro Square and the below listed event at the Discovery Center. Park and walk between all these great events.

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 10a-4p

WHERE: Cannonsburgh Village, 312 South Front Street, Murfreesboro

4. Free Art Day at the Discovery Center


WHAT: Join the Discovery Center for one of their regular free art events as they celebrate Arts in April! Through music, dance, and art, children and their families will experience different cultures presented by local and regional talent.

Arts in April will also be a celebration of their Spring Artist in Residence Program. Come meet the current artist, Abby Reish, and see her finished work from her time at the Discovery Center.

Free and open to the public! Sponsored by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Greater Nashville Regional Council, and Tennessee Arts Commission.

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 10:30a-4p

WHERE: Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 SE Broad St, Murfreesboro

5. Love Your Neighbor Potluck Picnic

WHAT: The Murfreesboro Cold Patrol & Murfreesboro Muslim Youth cordially invites you to the next Love Your Neighbor Potluck Picnic. Murfreesboro Muslim Youth first hosted the Love Your Neighbor event in October of 2015, feeding about 250 people. The potluck has since became a regular event held three times a year: spring, summer, and fall. The event is meant to bring together the Murfreesboro community regardless of the differences in faith, color, ethnicity, or any other characteristic to show the community love for each other. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Sunday, April 28 3-8p

WHERE: Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy, Murfreesboro