White Oak Craft Fair, Bacon Festival, fish fry

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Here are some fun events in Rutherford County this month.

Charity Boxing

Squaring off in the boxing ring this weekend to raise money for charity are Murfreesboro’s Fire, EMS and Police departments. The boxing match, set for 5-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, will be held at Middle Tennessee Expo, 1660 Middle Tennessee Blvd. 

Proceeds from the event will go to Endure Athletics, a nonprofit that supports children in order to break the cycle of homelessness. Money will also go to youth boxing programs across Rutherford County. General admission is $40. Find tickets on Eventbrite.

9/11 ceremony

The 21st Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10 at the 9/11 Memorial at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s office, 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro. The local monument includes a 3,000-pound I-beam from Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. All ages are encouraged to attend.

Light up the Night

The Child Advocacy Center’s fifth annual Light Up the Night end-of-summer party is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Oakland’s Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro. Attendees will be treated to cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing to music from Zone Status and a white mystery box silent auction. Tickets are $100 each or $175 for a couple and can be purchased online at cacrutherford.org/events. 

White Oak Craft Fair

The 32nd annual White Oak Craft Fair is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway in Woodbury.

The 32nd annual White Oak Craft Fair is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway in Woodbury. More than 75 artisans will present an enormous variety of work, all of which is chosen for it excellence and integrity by a highly respected selection panel. For more information, phone 615-563-2787 or visit artscenterofcc.com/.

Bacon, bacon, bacon

The third annual Murfreesboro Bacon Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at McKnight Park, 120 Dejarnette Lane. 

With free admission and parking, this outdoor event features artisans, food trucks, a mechanical hog ride, plenty of activities for kids and a bacon-eating contest from 3-4 p.m.

Wings of Freedom Fish Fry

Smyrna Rotary members Carolyn Peebles, right, and state Rep. Mike Sparks at a Wings of Freedom Fish Fry.

Smyrna Rotary presents the 20th annual Wings of Freedom Fish Fry and classic car cruise-in from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Smyrna Airport, 278 Doug Warpoole Road. Enjoy fried fish and all the fixings for $50 for adults, $25 for ages 5 to 16. Cost to enter the cruise-in is $50 per car. 

This year’s event honors Teachers of the Year from any Rutherford County school. Register to be a guest of honor, sign up your classic car or purchase tickets by visi wofsmyrna.com/. Proceeds benefit the numerous community projects sponsored by Smyrna Rotary.

Hop Springs 

Join Runaway Gin, the world’s most active Phish tribute project, on stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Hop Springs, 6790 John Bragg Highway in Murfreesboro. Tickets start at $15 and are available for purchase on TicketWeb. Visit hopspringstn.com/events for details.

Music in the Field

The Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra is coming together for a night of toe-tapping tunes for “Music in the Field” on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the farm of Ruth and Eddie Taylor, 7421 Cainesville Pike in Lascassas. Farm gates open at 3 p.m. and the concert begins at 4 o’clock.

A string quartet will perform along with a dance band, and there will be familiar tunes for all. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family and can be purchased on eventbrite.com.


Comin Home, the band

Listen to singer-songwriter husband/wife duo Comin Home perform a blend of folk, rock and acoustic blues from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 16 at Cedar Glade Brews, 906 Ridgely Road in Murfreesboro. 

Friday Night Live 

The last Friday Night Live of the season will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 on the Murfreesboro Public Square. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes. Admission is free.

Food festival

Discover Rutherford cultural food festival is set for 4-7 Sept. 17 at Discovery Center museum, 502 S.E. Broad St. in Murfreesboro.

Celebrate the diversity and traditions of Rutherford residents through food, music and dance while supporting Discovery Center at this outdoor event. The event will honor longtime Rutherford County educator Greg Lyles.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth. Purchase online at explorethedc.org/events/discoverrutherford. Ticket prices go up $5 if purchased at the door. 

Participating food vendors include:

  • The Clay Pit Indian Cuisine
  • El Hornito Bakery 2
  • I Take It
  • Lilly Belle’s BBQ and Catering
  • Love Thai Sushi
  • Om Sai Indian Grocery
  • Opah Greek Frill
  • Panaderia La Michoacana
  • Patricia Veals
  • Wise Girls LLC
  • Global Star Market
  • Thai Pataya
  • Thai Spice

Cedar Glade Brewery will be onsite at the traditional German Beer Garden. Beer may be purchased by guests 21 and older at the event for $8 per pint. 

Performers include:

  • shackled feet DANCE!
  • Tula Tribe
  • Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
  • MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture
  • Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville

Programming will be provided by MTSU Japan Club, MTSU Asian Arts Association and Big Blue Marble Academy.

The museum will be closing early on this date at 1:30 p.m. to prepare for the event.

Overflow parking will be located in the city lot on the corner of South Church Street and East Sevier Street (across the street from WGNS). There will be a shuttle transporting guests to and from the Discovery Center throughout the event.