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2013 bannersMainStreet Cleveland is a non profit organization dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of historic downtown Cleveland, Tennessee.

Cleveland, TN has a proud heritage going back more than 160 years. It’s a fun place to visit and a great place to live. With so much to do and enjoy, everyone feels at home in Downtown Cleveland.

An accredited Tennessee Main Street Community since 1990, downtown Cleveland has more to offer - more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life.

MainStreet Cleveland is composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends who recognize the important role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our community's identity, spirit and economy.

Mainstreet Cleveland Announces Property Enhancement Grant Recipients

Downtown Building Inventory GIF Map.



Membership Meeting - Join us for the membership luncheon on Monday, March 27.  Welcome for the program County Mayor Gary Davis.  Please note the meeting date on the 4th Monday again this month.  Please RSVP for the buffet lunch.  

Hot Slaw and Art Y’all
- Spring is almost here and that means fun outdoor events!  April 1 kicks it off with the Hot Slaw and Art Y’all food and art festival to celebrate the community’s hot slaw heritage.  It’s a full day of art, live music, food, and hot slaw in Downtown, noon – 8 pm, and will stretch from the Courthouse Square, Ocoee Street, down 1st Street to Parker Street. The festival organizers include the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Development, City of Cleveland, Art is Here Partnership, and MainStreet Cleveland.  Special thank you to Food City/Cooke’s Food Store the festival’s Big Batch sponsor.

Enjoy live music on 3 stages, over 100 artist exhibitors and food vendors, pop-up street performances, Food City/Cooke’s Food Store Slaw-dog Eating contest at Mash N Hops, and yes, hot slaw including a Slaw-Off contest.  There is hot slaw on the menus, hot slaw sampling, and hot slaw to take home!

Save the Date:

  • Cleveland Great Strides and 65 Roses 5K – March 25 at 9am
  • Hot Slaw & Art Y’all – April 1
  • Keg, Cork & Barrel – April 15 from 3-7pm at the Museum Center
  • Chair-ries Jubilee – April 21 at the Museum Center
  • 22nd Mainstreet Cruise season opens on April 22 from 11- 4 pm and continues the 4th Saturday through October
  • Downtown Dine Around is Thursday, April 27 from 5 – 8pm

MainStreet Cruise-In
Join us during the 2023 Cruise-In season. The very popular car show attracts an average of more than 500 classic cars and special interest vehicles to our downtown. Fourth Saturday of Each Month, April - October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no entry fee to exhibit a vehicle or attend the cruise-in and it is open to all vehicles – antique, classic, muscle, street rods, and special interest.

Contact Randy Howard (423-421-6356) or visit the Cruise-In website for more information.

MainStreet Minutes - Test your Cleveland knowledge. Watch this video series for interesting & fun facts about downtown Cleveland, featuring Mayor Emeritus Tom Rowland. 

Downtown Cleveland Events

MainStreet Cruise-In - The 4th Saturday of each month, April - October- 1 am to 4 pm

April 22, 2023   Aug. 26, 2023
May 27, 2023   Sept. 23, 2023
June 24, 2023   Oct. 28, 2023
July 22, 2023    
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Hot Slaw and Art Y’all - Food & Art Festival,
April 1, 2023, 12:00 - 8:00 pm

Downtown Dine Around
- April 27, 2023...
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday Festivals - June 2023
Fridays from 7-9:00 p.m. at First Street Square

Downtown Farmer's Market at the Mill - June 8 - Aug. 2023. Open every Thursday begining June 8, from 3-6 p.m. at the Old Wollen Mill

Cleveland Apple Festival - October 21 - 22, 2023
Visit for more information

Downtown Halloween Block Party - Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023 - Don’t miss this 35-year downtown tradition complete with tons of Mars chocolate on Treat Street, live music, delicious foods, games, and costume contest. 5-10 p.m.

A Classic Christmas in Cleveland - Nov. - Dec., 2023. Christmas on the Square  & Community Tree Lighting Nov. 18. Christmas Parade Dec. 2.

Mainstreet Cleveland Announces
Pet Friendly Downtown

Shop Your Downtown
Merchants & Restaurants...


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    As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, MainStreet Cleveland is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by Main Street America.
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