Annual Events

Photo Showcase: Local shutterbugs strut their stuff at this March library display. Call 731.642.3955 or visit

World’s Biggest Fish Fry: Henry County’s signature event is a celebration of food, fun and family, where local volunteers serve more than 13,000 tons of fried fish and all the fixings. More than 80,000 visitors each year enjoy the Grand Parade, carnival, rodeo, mule pull and even catfish races. Visit

Artist Showcase: The art is tres bon each April. Call 731.642.3955 or log on at


Noon on the Square: Come hear live music at noon on Fridays in Downtown Paris. Lunch is available. Go to

Arts & Crafts Festival: Attended by thousands each year, held the first weekend after Labor Day at Paris Landing State Park. Contact Phil or Jean Seliger, 731.641.0269

Pioneer Day: Takes place the third Saturday in September in the City of Henry, with a parade, games, country music, square dance and shoot-out. Call City Hall, 731.243.4091

Demolition Derby: Thousands flock to the Henry County Fairgrounds Areana to see and hear the best frivers in the region smash and crash. Visit

Eyes Full of Paris: Enjoy three days of arts and fun the last full weekend of September each year, with a live concert, art show and sale, Arts Round the Square, ballroom dancing and Downtown Churches Rejoice music and picnic. The grand finale concert is at Paris Winery. Check for the schedule at

Oktoberfest: Holy Cross Catholic Church is the site for this annual event with games, booths and authentic German and Mexican music and food. Call the Church at 731.642.4861

Spooktacular: Join the hundreds of little ghosts and goblins, along with their pets and parents as they gather in Downtown Paris the Saturday before Halloween to play free games, compete for prizes and trick or treat with the merchants. Go to


Concert Series at Paris Winery: Bring a picnic, chairs, stemware, the family and friends to join us for an evening of live music under the stars most Saturdays in June and July. Visit

Grapes & Gourmet: This gala event is held on the lawn of Cavitt Place, home of the Heritage Center on historic North Poplar Street the first Saturday in June. Guests enjoy a variety of wines, tasy morsels and an exciting wine auction. Call 731.642.1030 or visit

Relay For Life: Relay celebrates cancer survivors and fundraising efforts each June, with a walk, live music, fun and food. Contact:

July 4th Fireworks at Paris Landing State Park: Thousands come by boat to see a spectacular firework display over the water. Thousands more enjoy the free concert at the park before darkness falls and the sky lights up. Call 731.642.4311

Freedom Festival: July 4th at Cottage Grove includes a parade, motorcycle ride, barbecue, games, turkey shoot, music, dancing and fireworks. Contact the Cottage Grove Fire Department or Kathy Ball, 731.782.3424

Water Fun Run: An Adventure on Kentucky Lake that ends with the luck of the draw, sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce the third Saturday in July. All watercraft welcome. Call 731.642.3431 or visit

Duck Banding: Friends of the National Wildlife Refuge know that catching, banding and releasing is fun for any age. Visit

Henry County Fair: Recognized as one of the premier county fairs in the State of Tennessee, Henry County’s farming families are celebrating in September, with displays of canning, homegrown vegetables, flowers, photography, baked goods, quilting, junior livestock show, ham curing competition, carnival, demolition derby and more. Call 731.642.1833 or visit


Downtown Unwrapped:

Open House: Christmas candlelight and afternoon open houses feature festive shops, live holiday music, refreshments, stunning decorations and gifts that are sure to please. Check out

North Pole Family Fun Day: Santa, Rudolph and the elves roll into downtown Paris on the big, red fire engine Friday morning after Thanksgiving, kicking off North Pole Family Fun Day. With more than a dozen free activities for busy little hands, the fun, food and music last from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. visit

Mini Concert Series: Each Saturday afternoon between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Leach’s Music in Downtown Paris hosts a free holiday Mini-Concert Series from 3-5 p.m. visit

Community Christmas Concert: Performed in early December, this concert alternates between Handel’s Messiah and the director’s choice of all things Christmas. Afterwards, stroll through historic Downtown Paris past the glow of luminaries on historic North Poplar Street to holiday reception at the Heritage Center with food, live music and lovely decorations. Call 731.642.3955 or visit

Holly Jolly Christmas Parade: All you’ll want for Christmas is this festive Parade that fills the streets with music, lights and merriment for all ages. Go to for complete details.

Downtown Advent Walk: Five historic, beautifully decorated churches welcome more than 300 worshipers as they process by candlelight through Victorian downtown Paris. Cookies and hot chocolate delight the walkers at their last stop. Go to

New Year’s Eve on the Lake: Celebrate with a live band, dinner and midnight champagne toast on New Year’s Eve at Paris Landing State Park. Overnight accommodations and a brunch are available. Call 731.642.4311

Winter Waterfowl Bald Eagle Tours: You would be surprised at who winters at the National Wildlife Refuge. Visit for details.

Mardi Gras Ball: Let’s party at the Mardi Gras Ball in February. Attire is dress (black tie optional) or costume. Includes dinner, royalty, music and dancing. Call 731.642.1030 Visit