This day long event will include a cook-off focusing on cowpea based recipeas from local, professional chefs. A market place will feature arts and crafts, produce and other local items for sale. Returning this year will be a larger children’s area, entertainment, the photo contest, food vendors and a heritage area to share other parts of Charleston’s story such as Cherokee, Civil War and Wild River history. 

Cowpea Festival Charleston TN

In addition to music throughout the day and the Cowpea Cook-off, the festival will feature storytelling, character greetings and a family fun field with games and air toys. A market place will offer handmade arts and crafts, fresh produce and booths featuring festival sponsors and heritage information telling Charleston’s nationally significant history. A character greeting will feature the “Princess and the Cowpea” for photo opportunities. Food vendors will have popular festival food favorites available for purchase. 


Parking will be available in designated lots near the festival for $5 or you can park for free a few blocks from the park. We may have shuttles available for overflow parking. We will post an update as soon as we have the information.

Get The Map

The Cowpea Festival will be held minutes away from Cleveland at Charleston City Park in Charleston, TN. Click here for directions and a map.

Keep Our Park Green & Clean

We love our four-legged friends but for the safety and enjoyment of all of our guests, today they need to stay home. Park rules state that no dogs are allowed. We are thankful to have such a beautiful park to hold our festival. Please do your part to help keep it clean. 

Festival Hours

The Festival will start at 10:00 am and will end around 8:00 pm after the final musical act. Please note that most festival activities will end at 6 so everyone can focus on the headliner taking the stage at 6:30 pm.


This is an outdoor event, held in a natural setting. Wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs are welcome. Pathways vary from grass and dirt to concrete. Handicap parking will be available near the entrance of the park.

How Much Does the Festival Cost

The Cowpea festival is free to enter but you may want to bring cash for the food and craft vendors and some activities in the children’s area that cost money. There is not an ATM on site so make sure you have cash with you.


The International Cowpea Festival and Cook-off can’t happen without many dedicated volunteers. We are grateful to those willing to donate their time to provide a quality, family experience for our community.  

Volunteering can be an excellent project for individuals as well as school groups, youth groups, church groups, service clubs, etc. We welcome the opportunity to work with you. If you have any questions about volunteering please contact Sherry Crye at or call (423)472-6587.