2021 Calendar of Events

Discovery Park is strictly following all recommended health and safety guidelines for guests and employees.

Discovery Park of America is excited to announce the 2021 calendar of events. Many of your favorite events are returning, and there will be new ones for you and your whole family to enjoy.

Stay up-to-date on everything happening at Discovery Park by checking the calendar on our website, subscribing to our e-newsletter and following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

New at Discovery Park of America

On Dec. 5, 2020, Discovery Park opened “AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival” in the Simmons Bank Ag Center. This permanent exhibit tells the story of farming innovation in the past, present—and especially—future in a fun and interactive way.

Temporary Exhibits

  • July 2, 2020 – Spring 2021 – “The Outdoor Art of John Toras: Man of Stainless Steel
  • March 4 – Sept. 27, 2021 – “Southern Artist Showcase: The Caldwell Collection, Works by Southern Self-taught Artists”
  • July 21 – Sept. 6, 2021 – “40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World”
  • Dec. 2, 2021 – March 1, 2022 – “The Fascinating World of Murry Hudson’s Globes and Maps”

Events

 

January 2021

Kids Free

Children 17 and under will receive FREE admission to Discovery Park’s museum and heritage park the whole month of January 2021. Plan a visit to explore our ten exhibit galleries focused on topics like Native American history, the military, natural history, science, space, technology, art and transportation. Also, walk through our 50-acre outdoor heritage park that includes a man-made river.

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April 23-25, 2021

Military Living History

Throughout the weekend, there will be reenactors located at various places around the museum and park sharing the stories of those who were present during the Civil War, World Wars and Vietnam. 

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MAY 15, 2021

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Start making your boats early for the Cardboard Boat Regatta on the lake at Discovery Park. Boats can only be made of cardboard and duct tape – nothing more! 

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June 12, 2021

Cruise-In Car Show

Bring your favorite vintage cars to show on the grounds at Discovery Park. All participants who bring a car for the Cruise-In will receive complimentary admission to explore the museum and heritage park. 

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July 4, 2021

Independence Day Celebration

Discovery Park will be open on the Fourth of July with several outdoor historical activities in different areas of the park. 

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Aug. 6-7, 2021

Antique Tractor Show

Families from all over Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi load up their antique tractors and bring them in to showcase on the beautiful grounds of Discovery Park.  This event is sponsored by First Choice Farm & Lawn – Kubota.

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Sept. 18, 2021

Pediatric Day

Discovery Park and Pediatric Place of Union City are partnering on Sept. 18, 2021, to provide information about a wealth of resources and services available to children in this area. There will be vendors and organizations located throughout the park with information, fun activities for kids and plenty of swag for both children and adults. 

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Sept. 25-26, 2021

Southern Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival

Numerous vendors will have their unique makings displayed inside Discovery Center at Discovery Park. See homemade pillows, jewelry, pottery, glassware, wood carvings and more as you walk through the galleries. The craftspeople will be selling their items, so bring some cash in case you find something you cannot leave without buying. 

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Oct. 1-31, 2021

Pumpkin Village
Back by popular demand! Explore the incredible displays of pumpkins at Pumpkin Village.

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Nov. 12 – Dec. 31, 2021

“Let It Glow” Light Show Drive-Through and—new for 2021—Walk-Through

The popular “Let It Glow” drive through light show returns in 2021, with a new component where guests can walk through a light show on part of the grounds. This event is sponsored by McDonald’s.

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From here, you can return to the Visit page, find information about hours and locationgroup admission, our education resourceslodging and visiting Northwest Tennessee.  Curious about what you’ll find at Discovery Park? You’ll find photos and more information about our museum and heritage park on our Explore page and in the FAQ.