Bell Tower Festival 2023

The 2023 Bell Tower Festival will be held on June 9-10 in downtown Jefferson. A fundraising downtown dinner will be held the evening of June 8. The festival theme is Live Your Legacy with the year of ’23 being a Legacy year. Activities and entertainment are planned for families to enjoy along with the famous parade. Class reunions traditionally return to the community during the festival weekend so it is a great weekend to catch up with family and friends.

The Bell Tower Festival website at and the Facebook page of Bell Tower Festival share all of the updates, links for registrations, entertainment and activities. A new website that highlights all Jefferson and Greene County is Be sure to check these out and save them to refer back to later on.

The Mahanay Memorial Carillon (Bell Tower) will be open extended hours during the Festival: Friday from 10 am – 8 pm; Saturday from 9 am – 8 pm; and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

Youth are FREE courtesy of the Victor Zike Trust and the Rosalene (Kay) Zike Trust, in memory of the parents of Bell Tower Foundation President Carole Custer. Adult admission is $5. There may be limited numbers allowed in the lobby and Paul Nally Observation Deck at a time, but everyone will have a chance to take the tour. Individual season passes are available at the tower for $25.

Come for the view. Stay for the bells. The bells continue to ring the Westminster Chimes each quarter hour. Two songs play after each hour from 8 am – 8 pm. Views from the observation are spectacular with rooftop art installations and the beautiful rural countryside.

Festival is smashing success!

The 2022 Bell Tower Festival that also celebrated Jefferson’s 150th birthday was an outstanding success. The attendance at the Mahanay Bell Tower over the three days was close to 1,000 visitors. So many comments of all ages on the bells ringing, rooftop art, view from the observation deck and friendly staff members were heard throughout the weekend.

The Bell Tower Festival was coordinated through The Jefferson Matters: Main Street & Chamber’s Events Team with Dr. Philip Heisterkamp serving as the chairperson for the third year. The attendance at the festival as a whole was greater than those of recent years. Other than a few showers, the weather cooperated with mild temps and no wind! The downtown was showcased in all of its beauty to class reunions, families and friends who gathered for the annual festival.

Bell Tower Festival 2022

The Bell Tower Festival is ready to kick into gear for this weekend. The theme coincides with the 150th Sesquicentennial of Jefferson. Activities begin on the square on Thursday night with a fundraiser Dinner Party and continue throughout the weekend.

Check out this website for a full schedule of events and sign-ups for all of the activities.

The Bell Tower Festival also offers info on Facebook & Instagram.

Annual Bell Tower Festival begins June 9 – 11

The annual Bell Tower Festival will also be the 150th Sesquicentennial for the City of Jefferson! Festivities kick off on Thursday, June 9 with a new fundraising street dinner. The festival is full of events, music, and hosts many class reunions on Friday, June 10 – Saturday, June 11.

Schedule of events

A full slate of activities planned is available at or follow on Facebook at Bell Tower Festival or Instagram at Bell Tower Festival.


Welcome to the Bell Tower Festival!

The annual Bell Tower Festival is ready to roll this weekend, June 11 & 12. The theme is Mission Impossible 2.0 since last year’s Mission Impossible festival was not able to be held. Activities and entertainment is planned for families to enjoy. Class reunions love to return on this weekend to catch up with their classmates. Events are being shared on the Bell Tower Festival Facebook page –

The Mahanay Bell Tower will be open during the Festival extended hours: Friday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday hours will remain from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Youth are free courtesy of the Rotary Club of Jefferson and adults are $3. There may be limited numbers allowed in the lobby and observation deck at a time, but everyone will have a chance to take a tour!

Bell Tower Festival 2019

Activities for the annual Bell Tower Festival can be found on the Facebook page: