Frequently Asked Questions
IS THERE AN ADMISSION COST FOR THE FESTIVAL?
The actual festival is free to attend, as well as most of the activities happening during the festival.
Some events do have a minimal admission cost (such as the Rotary Pancake Breakfast and Kidtown, USA)
WILL THERE BE STRAWBERRIES FOR SALE AT THE FESTIVAL?
We have local farmers who plan to set up at the festival each year. The weather during the Spring plays a big role in the
amount of strawberries that will be available the weekend of the festival to pick & sell. We have 30,000+ people that
attend the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival each year, so once the farmers set up the strawberries sell very quickly.
We will make every effort to have as many strawberries available as possible, but you can also visit our local farms during
the Spring and Strawberry Festival weekend to purchase strawberries as well as pick-your-own. We recommend calling
the farms to check availability, pricing and hours of operation.
Bottom View Farm - 185 Wilkerson Lane; Portland, TN 37148
Crafton Farms - 209 Crafton Road; Portland, TN 37148
Bradley Kountry Acres - 650 Jake Link Road; Cottontown, TN 37048
Oak Grove Farms - 3904 Hwy 31E; Bethpage, TN 37022
WHERE CAN I PARK?
There are free parking lots in the downtown Portland area that can be parked in. Most of those spaces fill up by lunchtime. This year there will be free parking at Portland High School (600 College Street), and First Baptist Portland will be providing a free shuttle to the festival area. Below are the times the shuttle will run:
10:00am - 7:00pm (shuttle will not run during the parade from 4:00-5:00pm)
*There will be a handicap accessible bus*
CAN I BRING MY DOG TO THE FESTIVAL?
Dogs are allowed at the festival, however they must be on a leash. Dogs will not be allowed in the KidTown area. Please be advised there are large crowds.
IS THE EVENT RAIN OR SHINE?
Yes, the event is planned rain or shine. Emergency Management will be on site in case of severe weather. Any weather updates, postponements or announcements will be posted on the Middle TN Strawberry Festival Facebook page.
WHAT ROADS WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE FESTIVAL?
8-9am: Highway 52 from Lyon Crest to Searcy Lane; College Street; Searcy Lane (Strawberry Stride 5K)
7am-9pm: N. Russell Street and E. McGlothlin Street
9am-9pm: North Broadway from CEMC to College Street; Main Street; Market Street; E. McGlothlin Street; Church Street (Festival Activities)
12-5pm: Victor Reiter Parkway; Freedom Drive (Parade Lineup)
4-6pm: Highway 109 from Freedom Drive to Portland East Middle School (Parade Route)