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Clarksville visitor experience to skyrocket in 2022
July 25, 2022

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Clarksville downtown; image by kaylaclarksvillerealtor

CLARKSVILLE, TN – The growth trajectory for Clarksville is exceeding all expectations and that trend is set to continue at least through 2022. Unprecedented openings of new businesses, restaurants, and attractions all over the city will deliver an enhanced experience for both visitors and residents for years to come.

Clarksville’s historic downtown is home to many must-see attractions. New additions to the landscape will add even more appeal for those visiting. In late spring, Blackhorse Pub and Brewery will reopen after a devasting fire in March 2021. Next door to the Pub, wine enthusiasts can be excited about the addition of The Vine on Franklin. This store will be geared to wine drinkers domestically and abroad.

Three new restaurants in one location, Shelby’s Trio, is a highly anticipated addition to Clarksville’s downtown cityscape. This collection boasts a hot-rod-inspired ground-level burger restaurant, second-level upscale Italian dining, and Clarksville’s first rooftop bar which promises to elevate the food and nightlife scene of the city center.

The Customs House Museum is only weeks away from the reopening of a fully renovated Explorers Landing – the museum’s designated area for children and education. This impressive custom-designed section will feature exhibits that highlight the city’s river history, farming, construction, and much more. Kids and families can expect an engaging and hands-on learning environment for all ages. For more information on the opening and to purchase tickets, visit

In June of this year, Fort Defiance Civil War Park unveiled a statue paying homage to the 20,000-plus black Tennesseans of the United States Colored Troops. This new landmark will draw attention to the Fort’s status in the American Civil War as a recruitment point for colored troops looking to join the Union Army.

In recent weeks, Sol Press Co. officially opened, becoming one of Clarksville’s premier smoothie bars and healthy living markets. With much anticipation, Mochas & Minis launched a coffee shop, café, and indoor playground. This new all-inclusive play destination is geared towards parents that are looking for a safe place for their children to play while also having access to specialty coffee, teas, and treats.

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Sol Press Co.; image submitted

“We spent tireless hours building the ultimate indoor play experience for ages eight and under. We even kept parents in mind with a full coffee bar café,” said the owners of Mochas & Mini’s, Cheyenne and Jeremy Day. “We like to call ourselves the "parent hangout” – a safe space for parents and their children to let loose, make friends and have fun! This was our goal, and we are receiving wonderful feedback from our community that we have achieved this. We are excited to continue to build up our community through friendship and play,” added the Days.

Some of the other local favorites that opened this year include a second Star-Spangled Brewing Company location, The Fallen Brewery, Camacho’s Pizza, Taco Johns, Salad Station, and Rock n’ Roll Sushi.

Clarksville’s Most Travel Worthy Events of 2022

Chocolate Affair
Visitors can dive into the magic of tantalizing desserts, at this year’s Chocolate Affair. Chocolate Affair takes place the first Saturday in February each year at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. Local vendors come together for a friendly competition, where they will be judged based on taste, presentation, and creative use of chocolate.

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Clarksville Downtown Market

Downtown Market
America’s top outdoor market has returned for another year. Clarksville’s downtown market is a weekly open-air gathering where visitors can experience Clarksville’s freshest produce and baked goods. The market typically runs 8 am-noon depending on the weather. Those attending can expect a variety of local vendors, food trucks, and live music. This is a family and pet-friendly event that brings hundreds to Public Square each Saturday. Wander the large outdoor space to find handcrafted jewelry, pottery, wood creations, and more.

Summer Music Possibilities
Through October, Clarksville’s music scene comes to life. Visitors and locals can expect to hear every genre of music live under the stars. For those interested in these events, make sure to mark Downtown @ Sundown, Summer Music at Beachaven, and Friday Night Live at Old Glory Distillery on your calendars.

Independence Day Celebration
Each year, the City of Clarksville hosts an unforgettable Independence Day celebration. On July 3 thousands gather at Liberty Park to celebrate and honor the nation’s history. This patriotic occasion includes live music, local food, plus many family-friendly activities. The event takes place from 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm with an awe-inspiring firework show highlighting the occasion at about 9:15 pm. The Independence Day celebration is a summer highlight in the region and provides a spectacular firework display over the Cumberland River.

Riverfest is a weekend-long event filled full of community and concerts. From local bands to nationwide acts, Clarksville knows how to throw a party. This event brings more than 30,000 people to the Cumberland River shoreline, for music, art, local vendors, food, and much more.

Welcome Home Veterans
An event that Clarksville holds a dear to its heart is that of the Welcome Home Veterans Celebration. This five-day celebration is all about creating an environment for our country’s heroes, as they spend time together. The event honors and pays homage to the brave men and women within our community and across this nation with activities throughout the week. This year’s celebration will be headlined with the Veterans Day Parade as well as an intimate evening with Grammy Award-Winning artist Lee Greenwood.

Clarksville has no shortage of breweries. These artisan shops help create Clarksville’s identity. That is why during the month of October, those traveling can expect to find a local event that features their crafty brews. Many of these businesses highlight their artistry with various celebrations. Stay on the lookout for upcoming dates, times, and information on how you can be a part of all that is going on in the area.

Handmade Holiday Craft Fair

Craft fairs, Christmas lights, and hot cocoa are all specialties of Clarksville around the holiday season. Kicking things off the right way is Clarksville’s Handmade Holidays Craft Fair. This fair is a collection of more than 50 local vendors, artists, designers, and crafters. The event takes place around the second weekend in November, so it is the perfect destination to kick off the season.

Christmas on the Cumberland
No one does Christmas like Clarksville. A Clarksville Christmas is a Hallmark-worthy experience. When the fall rolls around, Clarksville turns up the lights. Or rather, turns them on. This is the time of year when all of Clarksville glows. From the riverwalk, through the streets of downtown, you can experience the joy of Christmas throughout the city. Clarksville’s Christmas on the Cumberland is an event of high anticipation each year. Experience millions of dazzling lights, that span a half-mile of McGregor Park’s Riverwalk.

Drive-Thru Christmas Lights
Load up the car and head to the Clarksville Speedway. Each year their one-mile track is transformed into a magical drive-thru display complete with Christmas music and dazzling lights. Family and friends can enjoy the magic of this event all from the warmth of their own car.

The events listed above are some of Clarksville’s top travel-worthy events. Throughout the year, Clarksville is home to many other travel-worthy attractions and outdoor recreation options. To stay up to date on the latest travel options or to plan your next vacation to Clarksville visit or download the VisitClarksvilleTN app.

About Visit Clarksville
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Tourism Commission was established by the State of Tennessee in 1979 to positively influence tourism in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area by promoting tourist attractions, hosting conventions and group tours, and engaging in large-scale marketing efforts. In 2015, the organization adopted the Visit Clarksville brand. Visit Clarksville is governed by a nine-member board of directors and is funded by a portion of the local hotel-motel tax.


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