Four Seasons of Fun in Gallatin
Whether you visit in the summer, fall, winter, or spring, there’s always something going on in Gallatin. The city is home to high-profile annual events that draw thousands from throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond.
Stay in the know about Gallatin happenings by visiting the event calendars on the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce website (gallatintn.org), the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau website (visitsumnertn.org), and Now Playing Sumner (nowplayingsumner.com).
Total Solar Eclipse: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event
It was the party to end all parties on Aug. 21, 2017 when a full solar eclipse swept across the U.S. from Salem, Ore., to Charleston, S.C. The center of totality ran through Gallatin’s Triple Creek Park where more than 20,000 visitors from as far away as Japan descended to view Middle Tennessee’s first total solar eclipse since 1478. Gallatin enjoyed the longest viewing length of totality with two minutes and 40 seconds of darkness. The last solar eclipse that took place in the continental U.S. was visible only in the Pacific North in 1979. Outside of 2017, the next visible one in 2024 will pass just north of Tennessee.
The Community that Plays Together Stays Together
Charity runs, marathons, fishing derbies, adult and youth sporting leagues, community fitness challenges, recon runs—you name a fitness-oriented event, and Gallatin most likely has it covered. There’s something fun for everyone.
Ignite the Holiday Spirit
The holiday season in Gallatin is a special time of year, a magical six weeks where memories are made. Just about every Gallatin neighborhood dresses up beautifully for the yuletide season and the city’s event calendar is packed with events to delight young and old. The fun begins in November with the annual Tinsel & Treasures Open House, a nearly 50-year tradition that marks the official start of the holiday shopping season at the city’s best retailers. During the first week of December, children of all ages gather for the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in the historic town square. A few weeks later, the Gallatin Christmas Parade winds its way through town from Sumner Regional Medical Center to Gallatin High School. Throughout the season, you can enjoy holiday movie classics at The Palace Theatre, pick up a commemorative Christmas ornament from the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce, listen to church bell renditions of Christmas carols, and immerse yourself in the sounds of the season by attending one of the dozens of holiday concerts held at schools and churches throughout the city. Don’t miss Gallatin’s most magical time of the year!
Where to Celebrate
Is there a wedding, reunion, or special event in your future? Don’t bother looking for out-of-town event venues when so many great options are available right here in Gallatin. Rock Creek Farms, Depot Square, Epic Event Centre, Grand Inheritance, Long Hollow Gardens & Nursery, Bagsby Ranch, Wildflower Farms, and Sycamore Springs are all good options to explore, along with Sumner County Family YMCA, The Pick Inn, NCG Gallatin, The Palace Theatre, CenterStage Performing Arts Academy, and Trinity Music City. If you want an event steeped in tradition, consider renting one of the lovely historic sites in and around the city such as Rosemont, Sumner County Museum or Historic Cragfont. The Gallatin Civic Center is a popular party spot, especially for kids, and pavilions in city parks can be reserved for picnics, meetings, and gatherings. And many of Gallatin’s restaurants are large enough to accommodate private parties. With so many venues to choose from, no matter what you’re celebrating, you’ll find a great place for your party in Gallatin!