Feet on the Ground, Head in the Sky: A Spectacular Summer in Rutherford County
The weather is warming up, and as we’re getting back into the swing of things, Rutherford County is ready to welcome you back with our most quintessential Rutherford fun. From dazzling aerial maneuvers from the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds to shopping and dining delights, get ready to make your summer spectacular with these favorite Smyrna experiences:
Great Tennessee Air Show
Back for a historic celebration, the Great Tennessee Air Show returns on June 5th – 6th. This summer’s show marks the 50th anniversary of the air show at Smyrna Airport, and we’re proud to welcome the stunning Thunderbirds squadron and some of the most skilled air show performers in the world back to Rutherford County. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the show ends at 4:30 p.m. This year’s show is jam-packed with a ton of exciting events and performers. Featured aerial performers on the lineup include U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, Quicksilver P51 Mustang, Mike Wiskus Lucas Oil, Mike Goulian, Ace Maker T-33, Rob Holland, Navy EA-18 Growler Demo, Navy F-35C Demo, and the U.S. Navy Legacy Flight featuring the F-35, EA-18G and F4U-4 Corsair. One of the county’s top events, this year’s show will feature a newly designed guest experience with limited capacity to ensure social-distancing. Capacity is limited to allow for both safety and a more intimate experience. Tickets are available online now and must be purchased in advance. While you’re here, you can pay your respects to beloved Captain Jeff Kuss at the USMC Memorial. This is truly an unparalleled event that trains guests to keep their eyes to the skies.
Jeff Kuss Memorial photo courtesy of Charles A. Atkeison.
Need to freshen up your wrdrobe? Rutherford has all you need to be stylin’ and profilin’. Crossroads Women’s Boutique has new designs on the floor every week. And with sizes stocked from small to 3X, they make sure everybody feels trendy and beautiful. If you’re looking to take your leather-goods game to the next level, you’ll find some truly unique pieces at Buckle and Hide Leather. Once you’ve conquered your closet, head on over to Lowry Street Pickers to spruce up the home with unique finds and furnishings. From vintage wares to cool home goods, you’ll find just the right conversation piece to keep your guests talking, oohing and ahhing.
Photos courtesy of Crossroads Women's Boutique and Buckle and Hide Leather.
R and R
Kick back and relax at The Salt Barn where you’ll be treated like royalty. With massages, facials, a float tank, salt cave, infrared sauna, footbath and more, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated. After you’ve had a chance to really treat yourself, take those reinvigorated muscles down to Stars & Strikes for a bit of friendly competition. With 24 bowling lanes, including 8 VIP lanes in the signature Main St Lounge, a 7,000-square-foot arcade and prize store, a two-story laser tag arena, bumper cars and Escapology escape rooms, the Smyrna Stars & Strikes location is over 54,000 square feet of excitement for the whole family!
Photo courtesy of The Salt Barn.
Experience home-grown goodness from the Smyrna Depot Farmer’s Market. Nothing says delicious quite like local Tennessee produce. Or if you’re out and with an appetite, head to Hickory Falls Wood-Fired Bar & Grill. As the name suggests, here you’ll get wood-fired grilling that will knock your socks off. Don’t believe us? Try the Tender Beef Medallions. Italian lovers will go for La Tavola Ristorante Italiano. Here, old-world recipes bring a sense of amore right to the Deep South. Be sure to try their chicken piccata or the chicken Florentino—just save room for dessert! The Limoncello marscapone cake is a must. If you’d rather go for a slice, boot-scoot over to Two Boots Pizza for New York-style ‘za with a touch of Louisiana flair. Then grab your caffeine at Bella Vista Coffee Shop or Carpe Café and polish off your meal with ice cream from Janarty’s. And if your birthyear starts with a 19, slip on over to The Casual Pint for a summertime sipper sure to make your vacation feel even more chill. Mix a six-pack to go or grab a seat and choose from more than 32 craft beers straight from the tap.
Photos courtesy of Smyrna Farmers Market, Two Boots Pizza, and Janarty's Homemade Ice Cream.
For more Rutherford fun, be sure to explore what else awaits at Visit Rutherford. Here, you’ll love feeling like a local and we can’t wait to have you in our midst!