Things to Do on July 4th in Nashville TN!

Independence Day is only a week away so we thought we should provide a list of things to do on July 4th in Nashville TN! While most Americans look forward to escaping the daily grind, Nashvillians typically want to stay put and enjoy local favorites for July 4th in Nashville. If you already have plans to celebrate elsewhere, you can still view Let Freedom Sing via live-stream.

Things to Do on July 4th in Nashville TN

Nashville’s 2015 4th of July fireworks will be the biggest in the country! photo credit: flickr user maf04

ANNUAL EVENTS

How will you celebrate July 4th in Nashville?

Saturday, July 4, 2014

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival celebrates an original Nashville culinary tradition! The event begins at 11:00 am with a parade of fire trucks and free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville’s best Hot Chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo and other delicious edibles from local vendors.

Live music from local bands keeps the “Nashville” vibe going all day long and visitors can look on while six teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.

The event ends at 3:00 pm, when visitors can make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display.

Let Freedom Sing

Located in Downtown Nashville, Let Freedom Sing has been named one of the Best Fourth of July Fireworks in the USA. This year the big event just got bigger, as AT&T announced they will live-stream the festivities! The music lineup will include Martina McBride, Mikky Ekko, and the Nashville Symphony leading up to the incredible fireworks display. It’s one of the biggest parties Nashville throws all year and it’s all free!

Franklin on the Fourth

Franklin on the Fourth will be held on the Square in Downtown Franklin beginning at 10:00 am. The annual celebration, coordinated by the Franklin Lions Club, TN Events, and the City of Franklin, will include jazz music, crafts, food, antique cars and a kids’ zone. Franklin on the Fourth ends at 8:00 pm to give attendees time to get to the Fireworks Display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The fireworks display, put on by the City of Franklin, will begin at approximately 9:00 pm.

Independence Day Celebration at Brentwood’s Crockett Park

Each year, the City of Brentwood sponsors a July 4th Celebration at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park. From 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, entertainment will be provided by The Kadillacs. Admission is free to the community and the fireworks begin at 9:00 pm.

Mother’s Day in Nashville

Are you ready for Mother’s Day this weekend? If you haven’t made plans yet, don’t worry! Our great city has brunch specials and a variety of events that can entertain mom! Take a look at some of our favorite Mother’s Day Weekend events:

Mother's Day in Nashville

Don’t forget to let Mom know how much you care this Mother’s Day! Better Homes & Gardens gathered heartfelt poems for Mom’s card.

1. Brunch

OpenTable put together a phenomenal list of restaurants and you can make reservations in a matter of clicks! Make your reservations soon as many of them offer special menus, serving hours, and limited space.

2. Arts & Culture

Does your mother love all things regal and British? She may enjoy the special exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House. Sunday, May 10 is the final day of this exhibit.

If mom has an appreciation for country music, she may enjoy the special exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame which include Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keeping it Country, and Kenny Rogers: Through the Years.

You can also celebrate Mom with a classic concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Multiple GRAMMY®-winning vocalist Natalie Cole and the Nashville Symphony will perform hits like “This Will Be,” “Miss You Like Crazy,” “I Live for Your Love,” “Pink Cadillac” and of course her “Unforgettable” salute to her father, Nat King Cole.

3. Family Fun

Looking to have a fun day with multiple generations? Let mom enjoy the grandkids with these family friendly events. The Nashville Children’s Theatre will have a 2:00 pm performance of Dr. Suess’s The Cat in the Hat. Cheekwood will have several family friendly activities to celebrate the reopening of the TRAINS exhibit.

Celebrate! Spring Things To Do in Nashville

Today is officially the start of spring, so put away the heavy winter clothes and welcome spring with a full calendar of fun activities and events around Nashville. From outdoor festivals to Easter egg hunts, there’s plenty to enjoy for young and old.

Celebrate! Spring Things To Do in Nashville

The tulips may not be up but there’s still other spring blooms in the garden including crocuses, hyacinths, and daffodils!

Cheekwood in Bloom

March 21-April 26

Every spring, Cheekwood becomes the Southeast’s premier spot for celebrating the new season and enjoying the return of bold, vibrant color to the landscape. Sweeping views, large-scale colorful plantings, budding trees and special programming make Cheekwood a favorite destination for families, groups and nature lovers from across the region. The tulips are still a couple of weeks away from blooming but this weekend 18,000 daffodils are in bloom.

Edgehill Rocks

April 4, 2015

Edgehill Rocks is a one day outdoor music and food celebration located in historic Edgehill. The event is a benefit for the Organized Neighbors of Edgehill, a not-for-profit group working for over 45 years to assist the diverse people of the Edgehill Neighborhood. The event will take place on Villa Place in the heart of Edgehill on Saturday April 4th from 10 am-6 pm.

Easter Egg Hunts

April 4, 2015

Looking to have some Easter fun? Egg hunts and activities are happening all around town including at Cheekwood, the Nashville Zoo, Adventure Science Center, and more!

Earth Day Festival at Centennial Park

April 18, 2015

Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family friendly event with live entertainment through out the day celebrated each year in April.  This year’s festival will help the community take another step toward Mayor Karl Dean’s goal of making Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast. The event will feature exhibits and activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment. With nearly a hundred family-friendly booths, it will offer fun and exciting hands-on activities for all ages.

Celebrate! Spring Things To Do in NashvilleSevier Park Fest

May 1-2, 2015

The purpose of the Sevier Park Street Fest is to bring together the Belmont/Hillsboro and 12South neighborhood communities in partnership to promote local talent and businesses. Friday night’s concert is $25, and will feature Johnnyswim and Penny & Sparrow from 6pm to 10pm. Saturday’s festival is FREE from 10am to 8pm and will feature live music, vendors, a bike race, a hot wing eating contest, kids’ area, and more.

Christmas Light Displays in Nashville TN and Middle Tennessee

Each year throughout the holiday season, Nashville is filled with twinkling and sparkling Christmas light displays. Nashville even has a long standing competition of lights.

If you’re hunting for some of the best residential and neighborhoods Christmas Light displays in town, then you need to make a point every year to check out the local winners of the Nashville’s Annual Holiday Lights Competition. If you would like to load up your car with friends and family and tour the homes who entered this year’s competition, click on this link for the full list of addresses.

Christmas Light Displays in Nashville TN and Middle Tennessee

photo via The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park

In addition to the Nashville lights competition, the following light displays are in and around Greater Nashville.

Gaylord Opryland

The Gaylord Opryland has an extensive light display that is free to peruse. Wander throughout the resort and you will find more than two-million dazzling Christmas lights which draw visitors from all over the world. Get in the spirit of the season as you discover the unique and festive décor around every bend.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas

Not far from the Gaylord Opryland, you could tour this drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show. Located in Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at 2572 Music Valley Drive Nashville, TN 37214 and the cost is $25 per car. Open nightly from 5 pm until 10 pm with extended weekend and holiday hours.

Franklin Christmas

Franklin Christmas is an organization of Christmas light enthusiasts dedicated to spreading the joy and magic of the season through computerized lighting displays. With two locations offering a computerized Christmas display, Lights on Old Charlotte in Franklin, TN and Lights on Sparrow Street in Spring Hill, TN boast over 80,000 lights combined. Viewers are able to watch and listen in their cars as the lights dance perfectly to music. The show is free to enjoy, however donations are accepted that are donated to Franklin’s GraceWorks Ministries.

Chad’s Winter Wonderland

For 30 years, Chad Barnard has been putting up one of the nation’s largest Christmas light displays in Lebanon, TN. Known as Chad’s Winter Wonderland, visitors can take in more than 2 million lights at this incredible eight acre drive-through holiday light display. For $15 a carload, visitors can enjoy the wonderment of the lights as well as drive through Santa’s house, featuring Santa himself giving away candy canes and taking Christmas lists from eager boys and girls. Chad’s lights are available for tours from 5 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will be available to see until Dec. 31st.

Christmas on the Cumberland

Over one million Christmas Lights are on display in the city of Clarksville’s festival of lights at McGregor Park. The Montgomery County Park’s RiverWalk is decorated with several holiday light displays, including giant toy soldiers, animated toys, and a tunnel of lights. Every year, this event attracts over 10,000 people.

Tell us: do you have a favorite light display? Or any traditions involving them?

Don’t Miss these Nashville Fall Events & Festivals!

Don’t Miss these Nashville Fall Events & Festivals!

photo via flickr

At last! It’s time to embrace the sights, sounds, food and fun that make Nashville a great place to enjoy the fall. With amazing fall temperatures here to stay, we know Nashvillians are busy enjoying the outdoors, watching football, and improving their curb appeal by decorating with pumpkins, corn, hay bails and much more.

Nashville is pulsing with great events going on this fall, offering a reason to celebrate the season every weekend during October.

Festivals to Celebrate the Season

Cheekwood Harvest
September 27 – October 26

Experience one of Tennessee’s most beloved seasons at Cheekwood! A stroll around the grounds during Cheekwood Harvest is a wonderful way to enjoy the crisp fall air and drink in the changing hues of the landscape. With over 5,000 chrysanthemums planted, weekly special events, live music, drop-in “Art”ivities in the studio and some of the most gorgeous weather of the year, Cheekwood Harvest is one of Nashville’s favorite fall traditions. You can also pick your favorite pumpkin or spend an afternoon finding the friendly scarecrows hidden around the Turner Seasons garden, each created by a different community group or organization.

Pumpkinfest in Franklin
October 25 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

In it’s 31st year, this festival takes place in the charming area of Downtown Franklin where Main Street fills with families, 75+ arts and crafts booths, food and drink vendors, games and live music. With free admission and continuous family-friendly entertainment, Pumpkinfest is worth the 25-minute drive from Nashville.

Festivals Celebrating Food & Drinks

Nashville Oktoberfest in Germantown
October 10 – 12

Nashville Oktoberfest in Germantown is back and better than ever with three days of celebration. Expect authentic German food, three stages with live music, a limited release Yazoo Oktoberfest brew, craft vendors and more. Best of all, admission is FREE.

Nashville Whiskey Festival
October 11 – 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

The Nashville Whiskey Festival will celebrate three years at the 2014 festival. This festival takes place Downtown at the Country Music Hall of Fame and is all about celebrating whiskeys and bourbons. It offers guests the opportunity to meet distillers, taste whiskeys, learn about the whiskey-making process, enjoy live music, good food, and more. Tickets are $100 and include 3+ hours of tasting time with 32 tables of whiskey, scotch, bourbon, and moonshine.

Tennessee Beer Festival
October 18

This is a Nashville event put on by Nashville residents in hopes to provide the perfect festival for beer aficionados. There will be plenty of craft, seasonal and micro beers for everyone to enjoy and all festivities will be located on the grounds of the Historic Two Rivers Mansion. Admission includes 4 oz. samples from the best local, regional, national, and import breweries in the world – and this year features 2 oz. high gravity beer samples too. This is a strictly 21 and up event and tickets are $35/person online, $45.00/day of the event, and $15.00/Designated Driver (non-drinking admission).

Music City Bacon & Barrel Festival
October 25 – 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join the fun at the Nashville Farmers’ Market as we celebrate two commonly appreciated southern traditions: hearty food & distilled spirits. We will bring together 25 of Nashville’s best restaurants and a vast array of distilled spirits to savor a weekend of bacon, bbq and all the good things that come from old oak barrels. Enjoy healthy portions of your favorite bacon dishes while listening to live bluegrass music. Tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased online.

We have highlighted at least one festival per weekend in October, but be sure to check out sites like NowPlayingNashville.com and NashvilleGuru.com for even more fall events and Halloween activities in the next month!

How will you celebrate July 4th in Nashville?

Celebrate July 4th in Nashville with an annual staple or a unique exhibit!

Nashville holiday celebrations typically include music, good food, and a great time but Independence Day truly brings out the best of Music City. While most Americans look forward to escaping the daily grind, Nashvillians typically want to stay put and enjoy the local events for July 4th in Nashville. This year’s Fourth of July celebrations include annual favorites and special events that you won’t want to miss!

How will you celebrate July 4th in Nashville?

photo via flickr

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

Many of Nashville’s unique events take place before July 4th this year, allowing everyone to be free for the main event on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture: A Star Spangled Evening

Beat the heat and celebrate the Independence Day holiday with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center! It’s an evening of all-American classics by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and more, along with some of your favorite patriotic tunes featuring the 101st Airborne Division Band. We’ll go out with a bang — literally! — when the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Family Night Out at Cheekwood

It’s time to break out your blankets and picnic baskets because Cheekwood is, once again, welcoming back Family Night Out! Every Thursday evening in June and July come gather in Middle Tennessee’s most magnificent botanical gardens and take in a magic show! The performance begins promptly at 6:30 and lasts approximately 45-60 minutes.

Nashville Dancin’ at Riverfront Park

Those in attendance can expect to taste true Nashville as the city’s favorite food trucks line up on First Avenue (“Food Truck Row”) to showcase the unique culinary scene in Music City while East Tennessee distiller, Ole Smoky Moonshine, will be on site to mix up specialty summer cocktails. This week’s lineup includes The Apache Relay, Steelism, Promised Land Sound, and ELEL. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the music starts at 6:00.

ANNUAL EVENTS

How will you celebrate July 4th in Nashville?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival celebrates an original Nashville culinary tradition! The event begins at 11:00 am with a parade of fire trucks and free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville’s best Hot Chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo and other delicious edibles from local vendors.

Live music from local bands keeps the “Nashville” vibe going all day long and visitors can look on while six teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.

The event ends at 3:00 pm, when visitors can make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display.

Let Freedom Sing

Located in Downtown Nashville, Let Freedom Sing has been named one of the Best Fourth of July Fireworks in the USA. This year, an all-star lineup of Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe, and Striking Matches are among the musical acts to perform leading up to the incredible fireworks display accompanied to music from our GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. It’s one of the biggest parties Nashville throws all year and it’s all free!

Red White and Boom at Adventure Science Center

Join the Adventure Science Center in celebrating the 4th of July with an unobstructed view of Nashville’s downtown fireworks from the rooftop or lawn. Don’t worry about parking and don’t fight the downtown traffic! Just bring your family to Adventure Science Center and enjoy this exclusive nighttime event.

Franklin on the Fourth

Franklin on the Fourth will be held on the Square in Downtown Franklin beginning at 10:00 am. The annual celebration, coordinated by the Franklin Lions Club, TN Events, and the City of Franklin, will include music, crafts, food, antique cars and a kids’ zone. Franklin on the Fourth ends at 8:00 pm to give attendees time to get to the Fireworks Display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The fireworks display, put on by the City of Franklin and sponsored by Hyundai of Cool Springs, will begin at approximately 9:00 pm.

Independence Day Celebration at Brentwood’s Crockett Park

Each year, the City of Brentwood sponsors a July 4th Celebration at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park. From 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, entertainment will be provided by The Kadillacs. Admission is free to the community.