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 is FREE. Tickets will be $5 and will be available at the gate.

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 6:00 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

Tickets for the event will be $5, and will be cash only, and are available at the gate. Children and students under 17 will be free, as will first responders with proper identification. Parking is free. You may want to bring cash for the craft and food vendors, as there is not an ATM on site.


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 Melissa Woody at or call (423) 472-6587.

Festival Sponsors

Bush's Beans
Cleveland Chamber
TN Arts Commission
Visit Cleveland
Bradley Farm Bureau
Minor Classic Restorations
Food City
Tennessee Valley Vet Clinic
First Horizon
BrownHaven Homes
Don Ledford
Sun Paper
Cleveland Insurance
MacPC Market
Dan Howell
Billy Haney
Towneplace Suites
City of Charleston, TN
City of Calhoun TN
Cleveland Daily Banner
Farm Bureau
Rhonda Meyers