Another sweet sign of things slowly returning to normal, the 80th annual strawberry festival in Portland is on this year May 7 and 8. The city has only canceled it twice in its long history, once during World War II and then last year for COVID.

The Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival provides an opportunity for people to travel to Portland to enjoy the events, the food, the community and the small-town charm of Portland with family & friends. Nearly every activity is outside this year to keep people socially distanced, and the theme is super berries. Kickoff the festival with free live music and vendors at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 7 off Market Street.

The main concert that night is Resurrection – A Journey Tribute at 7:30 with fireworks at 9. On Saturday, May 8th enjoy live music, over 200 vendors, bingo, activities for kids, 5K walk/run magic shows, strawberry farms & strawberry treats, mechanical bull, robocars, parade and more! and more! The parade will be at 4 p.m. to end the festival.

There's free parking and a free shuttle beginning at 10 a.m. at Portland High School.

For more information, visit the event's website.

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