Watermelons.jpgTennessee 2022 Tennessee Watermelon Festivals:  Find a Watermelon Festival Near You!

Looking for a Watermelon festival in Tennessee in 2022? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the Watermelon festivals in Tennessee we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more Watermelon festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

Always click on the links to the festival to confirm this year's dates; with COVID and weather, things may change at the last minute. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

Click here for the form to add a festival and have detailed information; or click here if you have general information and are not connected with the event!

2022 Tennessee Watermelon Festivals


Watermelons typically ripen from June (in northern Florida and Texas) through July, August  and September in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest and New England. July and August dominatesas the months for Watermelon production (and festivals) Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, watermelons are grown commercially far fewer states, since they require warmer temperatures and a much longer season.

There are two general types of Watermelon festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2). Watermelon festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they offer, and community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately. (of course not all states and areas have both.)
Following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making Watermelon jam, freezing watermelons, Watermelon pies and much more.

Community Watermelon Festivals

  • Franklin Farmers Market Watermelon Festival - August  from 8 am to 1 pm
    230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064. Phone: 615-592-1337. The festival is a big, juicy sweet seed-spittin' fun day for the whole family! The games for the kids and adults, includes the popular watermelon seed-spitting contest and the popular fastest watermelon eating contest. Don't miss the wild watermelon carvings and slices of ice cold watermelon!
  • Lucky Ladd Farms Watermelon Festival - Saturdayin June  from 10:00am to 5:00pm
    4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville, TN 37060. Phone: 615-274-3786. Email: [email protected]. . Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Centrally located in Middle Tennessee just south of Nashville, half-way between Franklin and Murfreesboro. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Crawl on down to the farm for some summertime family fun and enjoy a FREE slice of refreshing watermelon. Cool off in the Splash Zone featuring our Splash Pad, Bubble Blast Pool, inflatable water slides and more. Test your skills and win prizes in the Watermelon Crawl, Seed Spitting, Melon Toss and Watermelon Eating Contests. Lucky Ladd Farms - Family Adventure and Fun Park. Explore over 70 activities for all ages including Tennessee's largest petting farm. Adult: $13, Children: $11, Children Under 2: FREE.
  • The church of Christ on New York Avenue Watermelon Festival - See their website for this year's date, TBD
    219 New York Avenue , Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830. Phone: (865) 483-7418. News Line: (865) 482-9266​​. Email: [email protected]. How much hot air do you have? Put it to good use in our Watermelon seed spitting contest! First place takes home a watermelon! For those with less lung capacity don't worry, there is enough food, drink and fellowship to still have a blessed afternoon.

Farm Watermelon Festivals

In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own Watermelon festivals.  See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). T  Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.

  • We will be adding these as we find them;  Please write me, if you know of any to add!

Related Watermelon Information: Watermelon jelly and Pickled watermelon rinds

Besides eating them fresh, watermelons make two great preserves which are really easy to make with these illustrated, step-by-step instructions:


For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!

Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book