American Indian Festival       

Please note:
The 2009 Festival
has been canceled.

Friday - - School Day
Closed to public - open to field trips for all schools,
special educational groups, and home schoolers.

Sunday - - Scout Day
Advance sales Scout tickets will be available.

Tennessee Livestock Center   1720 Greenland Drive
Middle Tennessee State University    Murfreesboro, Tennessee


The MTSU American Indian Festival is dedicated to the American Indians and the celebration of their culture and heritage. This award winning Festival has becomeone of the largest events of its kind in our state.

The three day Festival hosts hundreds of dancers, dozens of Native musicians and special guests, nationally recognized drum and singing groups, Native arts of every kind, working craftsmen, traditional Native foods, game and skill demonstrations, photo opportunities, cultural displays and educational exhibits, audience participation, and safe family entertainment.

Dancers from as far away as New Mexico, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Canada, Oregon, the Dakotas, and Oklahoma plus every state in the South and Midwest attend this yearly event. In 2005 there were over 300 registered dancers from 14 states and eleven drum groups. In 2006 there were again over 300 dancers from 17 states and 10 drum groups.

The three days include celebrations of cultural traditions, Native music and exhibition dancing, family reunions, friendly competitions, honor ceremonies, and special dedications.

This is a truly unique opportunity for your family to attend an event structured for both entertainment and education, to learn about American Indian cultures and lifeways, to experience the excitement and pageantry of a traditional American Indian Festival, and to do all this indoors in a safe and comfortable atmosphere.

   Indoors!   Climate-controlled!   Free Parking!   

The Tennessee Livestock Center is a spacious and climate-controlled indoor arena located on the north side of the MTSU campus. The arena has plenty of seating around the performance ring for everybody and is perfect in case of inclement weather. Plus there is FREE parking in our huge lot for cars, vans and buses.

All of our artists, dancers, craft people, venders, and staff are kid-friendly and ready to visit, answer questions, share experiences, and pose for photos. Whether you and your family can visit for two hours or four hours or all day - there will be a wide range of entertainment, interactive activities, and cultural experiences available at all times.( Be sure to plan your visit to see at least one Grand Entry/Parade of Nations - and don't forget to bring your camera!)

Check out our information pages to read more about the Native Entertainment and Indian Traders Market, to get maps and directions, to find answers to Common Questions, to see our Photo Galleries, and much more!!

The Festival is: great family entertainment, a truly kid-friendly event, educational and fun, perfect for Scouting organizations, a home schooling opportunity, and a fantastic class field trip!

The MTSU American Indian Festival is a non-profit scholarship benefit program. Proceeds from ticket sales support direct Festival costs and no monies are used for any administrative fees. The majority of Festival workers are community service volunteers and the Festival administration is supported through MTSU departments including the MTSU Anthropolgy Program, Native American Student Association, and MT Anthropology Society. All profits from this event will be used to establish a fund to help generate a Native American scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University.

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