The MainStreet Dayton Business Resource Center
in cooperation with the

Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Rhea Economic & Tourism Council

Bryan College

Chattanooga State


Downtown Events:

Annual Downtown Dayton Holiday Stroll
Thursday, November 10th

Come enjoy the kick-off to the Christmas Shopping Season!

Stroll our downtown shops from 5-8 pm. for our Christmas Open House with fabulous sales, entertainment, refreshments & drawings for prizes!

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas at the Courthouse

Come to downtown Dayton and kick off your Holiday Shopping! There is something for everyone with antiques, clothing and accessories, art, collectibles, restaurants and more! Shopping local small businesses helps our town grow and prosper!

Christmas at the Courthouse

December 3, 2016:
Christmas Downtown at the Courthouse!

2016 Historic Rhea County Christmas Ornaments
Pocket Wilderness- $25 each

The 2016 Ornament, Pocket Wilderness, the tenth in the Historic Rhea County Ornament series, is available for purchase. All proceeds go to the downtown projects of MainStreet Dayton. For more information on each of the ornaments, and how to purchase Click here.

May 2017:
Tennessee Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Festival

A Dayton Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Event

  • Strawberry Festival May 12 & 13, 2017
  • Strawberry Parade May 13, 2017

For more information: Contact the Dayton Chamber of Commerce at (423) 775-0361 or at their website!

Scopes Trial Play & Festival

July 15-17 & 23-24, 2016:
Scopes Trial Play & Festival

Featuring "Front Page News," a play with music produced in collaboration with Crossville, Tennessee's renowned Cumberland County Playhouse, performed in the actual Rhea County Courthouse Scopes Trial Courtroom! Enjoy the re-enactment of portions of the Scopes-Evolution Trial of 1925, and also the story about how the famous trial came to be litigated in the small southern of Dayton, Tennessee!

Enjoy live "Front Page News" Play performances: Friday evenings, Saturday matinee and evening performances, and Sunday matinees, July 15-17 & July 23-24. For specific performance times and ticket ordering information please visit

Also enjoy:
• Music
• Food & Vendor Booths
• Antique Tractors & Vintage Car Cruise-in
• Artisans, Exhibits & Demonstrations

Stroll through the downtown Dayton merchants & restaurants offering fabulous food, arts, antiques & small town atmosphere. Be sure to visit the Rhea Heritage & Scopes Trial Museum to learn more about the "World's Most Famous Court Trial!"

For more information see the Scopes website:

July 30, 2016:
Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to Table Invitation



2016 PumpkinFest:
Friday - Saturday, October 28th - 29th

The annual PumpkinFest is now a tradition in Downtown Dayton, Tennessee! The festival offers an alternative to traditional Halloween activities. Two days of Fall Festival Fun, Food, Games, Entertainment & Halloween festivities for the whole family! Here is the full schedule!

Join us for music & entertainment, a Movie in the Park, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Costume Contest,* and the kids favorite activity, trick-or-treating downtown on Saturday evening! Full schedule of events coming soon!

*Click here to print your Costume Contest Entry Form

Click here to print the 2016 Chili Cook-Off Entry Form

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Food and Craft Vendor Booths will be set-up on and around the Courthouse lawn, see applications below.

Event Sponsor Application
Non-Profit/Political Application
Food Vendor Application
Non-Food Sales Vendor Application

2016 PumpkinFest T-Shirt
2016 PumpkinFest T-shirts now on sale!
Click here for details on how to order!












MainStreet Dayton
107 Main St.
Dayton, TN 37321

Office Hours
Tues, Wed, Thurs: 8:30AM - 5PM

(423) 775-9847

Rachel Marshall
Executive Director