The MainStreet Dayton Business Resource Center
in cooperation with the

Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Rhea Economic & Tourism Council

Bryan College

Chattanooga State


Downtown Events:

May 2016:
Tennessee Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Festival

A Dayton Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Event

  • Strawberry Festival – May 6 & 7, 2016
  • Strawberry Parade – May 7, 2016

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:


2015 PumpkinFest:
Friday - Saturday, October 30th - 31st

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!

Join us for music & entertainment, a Movie in the Park after Dark, and Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest on Friday night! The FUN continues Saturday with more music & entertainment, Downtown “Treating”, Costume Contests for ALL ages & come share your talents in the "Scary-oke" on Halloween Night!

Food and Craft Vendor Booths will be set-up on the Courthouse lawn
Click here for Vendor Booth Application

The ever popular Costume Contest for all ages will be held on Saturday evening! A limited number of entries per age category will be accepted so pre-registration is required. For more information contact or (423)775-9847. Or Click here for Costume Contest Application.

For a schedule of ALL the 2015 PumpkinFest events Click Here

*NEW FOR 2015* CHILI COOK-OFF! Click here for an entry form.

2015 PumpkinFest T-Shirt 2015 PumpkinFest T-shirts now on sale!
Click here to order using PayPal.

Annual Downtown Dayton Holiday Stroll
Thursday, November 12th

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

Stroll our downtown shops from 5-9 pm. for our Christmas Open House with fabulous sales, entertainment, refreshments & drawings for prizes!

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Antiques, clothing and accessories, art, collectibles, restaurants and more!

Also, this kicks off the Festive Fridays giveaways series!

Enter each week at participating downtown merchants for a chance to win a Historic Rhea County Ornament

New Darwing every Friday beofre Christmas!

Prize Drawings:
December 4, 11, & 18

Christmas at the Courthouse

December 5, 2015:
Christmas Downtown at the Courthouse!

2015 Historic Rhea County Christmas Ornaments
Washington Ferry- $25 each

The 2015 Ornament, Washington Ferry, the ninth 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.


"MainStreet Spring Fling" in Downtown Dayton! - Date TBD

• Join us downtown for Music, Entertainment, Food & Vendor Booths on Market Street and inside Merchant locations.

• Participate in various contests & downtown merchant drawings to WIN prizes!

• Downtown Merchant "Spring Fling" sales and promotions throughout the day!














MainStreet Dayton
107 Main St.
Dayton, TN 37321

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

(423) 775-9847

Rachel Marshall
Executive Director