Arts & Culture

Franklin Street Downtown

Franklin Street in Downtown Clarksville

Explore Downtown Art | First Thursday Art Walk

Channel your inner creativity with Historic Downtown Clarksville’s vibrant art scene. Experience local art at the Downtown Artists Co-op, Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, and DBO Gallery. Design something unique at ArtLink, River City Clay, or Courtney’s Creative Palette. Spot all the public artwork dotting the streets from murals and fountains to sculptures and historic architecture. Visit Downtown Clarksville on the first Thursday of each month for the First Thursday Art Walk where you will be able to meet local artists and musicians, enjoy complimentary treats, and maybe even find a new piece for your personal collection.

Get Your Daily Dose of Live Music

Being so close to Nashville, one can always find live music here. Downtown Commons hosts a concert series throughout the summer months. Beachaven Vineyards and Winery has live music every weekend from May until October and is open to all ages. Be sure to check out Beachaven's Jazz on the Lawn events, a fan-favorite among the locals. Riverfest occurs each fall and has two full days of music and performances. Local restaurants and breweries have great line-ups each weekend, as well, so keep an eye out for where your favorite artist is playing.

Enjoy a Performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre

Have you ever wanted to watch a live performance but haven't had a chance to attend a Broadway show in NYC? You're in luck. Clarksville is home to the Roxy Regional Theatre, a professional performing arts center bringing in top talent from across the nation. With a full performance schedule, patrons are able to enjoy performances year-round both on the mainstage and in the more intimate black-box theatre, affectionately referred to as "theotherspace".

AndVinyl Records

&Vinyl Records

Discover a New Musical Talent or Treasure

Calling all music lovers! Whether you play an instrument or want to learn, or simply enjoy a good album, you are sure to find whatever you are looking for in Clarksville. Check out Mom & Dad’s Music and Mary’s Music for gear and lessons in several instruments. Prefer to listen to music rather than make it? Be sure to stop by &Vinyl to find the latest records and band merch.

Expand Your Mind at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Visit Tennessee’s second-largest general interest museum to discover fine art, local history, and a bubble cave that is fun for all ages. Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Clarksville, the Customs House Museum has a vast offering of permanent and traveling exhibits reaching everything from sports to model trains. Admission is just $12 for adults 18+, $9 for college students, and $5 for children ages 3-17.

Insider Secret: The outside of the museum is the perfect backdrop for a photo!

 

Outdoor Recreation

Dunbar Cave

Dunbar Cave State Park

Go Underground During a Cave Tour at Dunbar Cave State Park

Did you know that Dunbar Cave is the only place in the world where the public can view Mississippian dark zone cave art? This state park has such an interesting history with many chapters. in the 14th century, Native Americans viewed the cave as a portal into the underworld and declared the area sacred grounds. In the mid-to-late-1800s the area was converted into a wellness resort offering miracle springs, cabins, and a hotel. In the 1900s, Dunbar Cave saw countless famous singers and musicians from Big Bands to Grand Ole Opry stars. Today the cave and state park offer locals and visitors alike a place to go and be one with nature. If you visit during the warmer months, be sure to schedule a cave tour.

Take the Path Less Traveled

With over 30 parks in the county, there are plenty of trails to wander. A few of our favorites include the Clarksville Greenway with over 9 miles of paved trail and expansion plans in place, Port Royal State Park with two trails both under a mile, and McGregor Park with the 2-mile Cumberland RiverWalk running parallel to the river's edge.

Relive Your Childhood With Clarksville BCycle

Looking for a chance to bike those trails without the commitment of owning and storing a bicycle? There are several membership options with Clarksville Bcycle. Users can purchase a 24-hour membership for just $3, a 7-day membership for $10, a 30-day membership for $15, or an annual membership for only $50. Clarksville Bcycle has three docking stations throughout Clarksville - one at Austin Peay State University, another at Liberty Park, and a third station at the Pollard Road Trailhead of the Clarksville Greenway.

Disc Golf at Rotary

Disc Golf at Rotary Park

Compete in a Round of Disc Golf

Have you ever played disc golf? Clarksville is home to two disc golf courses, one in Rotary Park and another in Barbara E. Johnson Park. Rotary Park boasts a more challenging, hilly 18-hole course while Barbara E. Johnson Park is home to a more laid-back 9-hole course. The courses are free, but you will need to provide your own discs.

Play in the Water

Remember when you were a little kid splashing in all the puddles you found? Well, Clarksville has some pretty big puddles you can explore with over 650 navigable miles of waterways ready for you to kayak, float, canoe, and paddleboard. Check out Run-A-Muck Outfitters, Float Ya Boat, Wildflower SUP, and Red River Canoe to schedule some time on the water.

Have a Picnic at Liberty Park

Whether you prefer sitting by the Cumberland River, in the middle of open green space, under a shady tree, or watching the geese at the 10-acre pond, you'll find your new favorite picnic spot at Liberty Park. Bring a blanket or opt for one of the picnic tables scattered throughout the park.

Insider Secret: Check out one of our great local restaurants to grab something tasty for your picnic. Liberty Park Grill is within walking distance!

Go Golfing

Enjoy some fresh air and quiet time at one of Clarksville’s four public golf courses.

 

Indoor Fun

Show Your Competitive Side at The City Forum

Treat your inner child to bowling, mini golf, laser tag, go-karts, and an arcade at the City Forum. Do you want to know the best part? It’s all under one roof! If you get hungry, grab some food from The Streatery or the bowling lounge or head right next door to Dock 17.

Jump Around at DEFY Clarksville Extreme Air Sports

This indoor trampoline park is fun for all ages. Play basketball, challenge your friends to the battle beams, try out parkour, or just simply jump around for hours.

woman stands in aisle of shopping warehouse

Miss Lucille's Marketplace

Search for Hidden Gems at Miss Lucille’s Marketplace

Grab a coffee or some lunch at Miss Lucille’s Café before perusing the 52,000-square-foot marketplace. You will find everything from vintage records, plants, old books, and antiques to trendy clothing, fun stationery, unique home décor, and tasty treats.

Release Frustration at The Flip’n Axe

Release some tension by throwing axes and demolishing objects in the Rage Room. We all need to rage a little from time to time, right?

Play a Round at D&D Blacklight Mini Golf

Compete in mini golf, arcade games, and a round of pool before navigating your way through a laser maze in this fun entertainment center.

Go Exploring at the Thrift Shop

There is certainly no shortage of thrift and consignment shops, antique stores, and vintage shops in Clarksville. Check out this blog for a full round-up of Clarksville's best spots.

Relax With a Yoga Class at Sanctuary on Main

Just a block away from the Austin Peay bookstore, this cozy wellness studio is the perfect place for some quiet time. The outdoor spaces at Sanctuary on Main are the perfect spot to study or get some reading in. They even have a coffee shop inside so you can grab caffeine and snacks whenever you need a little pick-me-up.

Couture Crush

Couture Crush on Franklin Street

Discover Your Unique Style at Local Boutiques

In need of a game-day outfit or just a little retail therapy? Instead of running to Target, switch it up with one of Clarksville’s fun local shops. A few we recommend are The Copper Petal, Re:defined Boutique, Couture Crush, Mildred & Mable’s, Trendy Rooster, Three Daughters Boutique, Briggs Clothiers, and Sango Pharmacy.

Gather Your Friends for Trivia at Thirsty Goat on Wednesdays

What's better than pizza and trivia? Thirsty Goat pizza and trivia! Grab your pals, form a team, and play some trivia at the Goat!

Bonus: Complete a Challenge Trail

Download the Visit Clarksville mobile app and complete our unique Challenge Trails. All you need to do is check in at the locations listed on the trail as you visit them. Once you complete a trail, you will receive a pin. Collect all the trail pins for a special bonus pin. Trail categories include sweet treats, the most Instagrammable spots, heritage stops, and more!

This is truly just scratching the surface. Check out our website and calendar of events to see all of the fun Clarksville has to offer.