a FESTIval for EVERyone!

 
 

What is it?

theCOtoberfest is a celebration of those among us that are working with their hands, pioneering software development, picking up the paint brush and hitting the ground running on a business idea that will change their community for the better.


Who is it for?

These events are for the curious, thoughtful, hardworking, inventive—they are for ANYONE. Kiddos too! (They'll likely enjoy the Saturday events the most.) Our hope is that it will encourage you to think, create and imagine. All events take place here at theCO: 541 Wiley Parker Rd. Jackson, TN, 38305.

 
 

What's the schedule?

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

 
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Pop-Up Art Gallery 5pm - 7pm

Join us to see the work of local artists of various mediums, each piece based on a powerful quote from Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: "Survival is insufficient." The artists will be available if you would like to discuss or purchase any of their work, and drinks and appetizers will be provided. Hang around for food trucks at 6pm and A Night of Storytelling at 7pm!

 
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Our Jackson Home's A Night of Storytelling 7pm - 9pm
Plus Best in the West Pitches!

"A Night of Storytelling" is a biannual Our Jackson Home event that seeks to create a warm environment for you to dig deeper into the people and places of our city by hearing personal stories from your West Tennessee neighbors. At this free event, you'll enjoy being told four Jacksonian's tales, listen to some live music, and hear a bi of poetry— after munching on some dinner from a local food truck, of course! Click here for full details.

We'll start the event with our Best in the West pitches from our finalists, and you'll get a chance to vote for your favorite at intermission! The winner will be announced at the end of the night.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

 
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West Tennessee Maker Exhibits 11am - 5pm

The maker movement is not only a celebration of building and creativity; it’s sharing all of those methods of making with our community. The West Tennessee Maker Exhibits will showcase the work of all kinds and ages of makers. They are embracing the do-it-yourself and do-it-together spirit and are wanting to share with an appreciative audience, so that's where you come in! So many great, interactive exhibits, plus food trucks!

Interested in setting up as a maker? Click below to get more info and apply.

 

Power Wheels Build-to-Race 1pm - 3pm

For the first time in the history of theCOtoberfest, we will also be hosting a Power Wheels Build-to-Race! What exactly does that mean??? 

All it takes is a little bit of imagination and elbow grease. The challenge of creating a souped up, modded out, as-crazy-awesome-as-you-want-it-to-be race vehicle from a Power Wheels will be satisfying for everyone involved. Get together a team from your business or maybe make it a family activity, but be sure you don’t miss out!

Teams will be set-up in the West TN Maker Exhibits starting at 11, so you'll get to see them making last minute mods on their vehicles. Want to be a part? Click below to get info and register your team!

 



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