Now that we’ve made it past July 4, it’s easy to find ourselves in the mid-summer slump. For those not quite ready to throw in the towel, there’s still plenty of summer fun to be had at these five upcoming Nashville food and drink festivals.
Red, White & Brew
What: The Tomorrow Fund’s Red, White and Brew will celebrate America and freedom at Sevier Park on July 11th with a mid-summer fest, featuring red and white wine, local brews, tasty food, music and a few games, too.
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Where: Sevier Park in 12 South
Why: Proceeds from the event support The Tomorrow Fund, which builds community awareness and responsibility in Middle Tennessee young professionals by establishing a pattern of community service and charitable giving.
Price: $25 online, $30 at the door
Tickets: Tickets include 2 drinks, food samples, raffle tickets, music entertainment, and games. Click here to buy them online.
Mafiaoza’s Music City Brewers Festival
What: The 14th Annual Music City Brewer’s Fest is an opportunity to sample some of the most respected brews from over 40 local, regional, national, and imported breweries with live music entertainment all day.
When: Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Where: Walk of Fame Park
Why: You can try beer here that is not normally available in Nashville. There are two sessions so make sure you buy tickets to at least make one!
Tickets: Tickets include tastings from all breweries and a souvenir glass. Buy them online for $39 plus tax or at the door for $49 plus tax (if not sold out).
Nashville Rib & Jazz Festival
What: The Nashville Rib & Jazz Festival is an all day event featuring the top “Jazz & Blues” artists in the industry: Annie Sellick, Paul Warren, Miranda Louise, Denny Jiosa, Michael Whittaker and the Bottom 40, Tom Hemby, David Wells. There will be ribs provided from vendors from all over the country.
When: Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Where: Cumberland Park
Why: Proceeds from the event support the non-profit Chocolate Jazz Foundation, which is dedicated to keeping music alive in the public schools.
Tickets: Buy your tickets online for $20.00 each. Kids 5 & under are FREE and Kids 6 to 12 are $10.00. Tickets will be $30.00 at the gate.
Tomato Arts Festival
What: The Tomato Art Fest will return this year for it’s 12th year! Located in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points, the festival celebrates the tomato with events and activities for the whole family.
When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00 am
Where: 5 Points in East Nashville
Why: “One of the 5 things you need to know in the south right now” – Southern Living
Touted in the Oxford American as “Best Festival” in 2007 and 2008 and Southern Living “Best Festival” in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Voted in 2013 and 2014 Nashville Scene Reader’s Polls.
Tickets: This event is FREE!
Music City Hot Wing Festival
What: The 2-day Music City Hot Wing Festival will be on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Lower Broadway and 1st Avenue. There will be a hot wing cooking and eating competition as well as local vendors, craft beer, and live music.
When: August 14-15, 2015
Where: Downtown Nashville
Why: Proceeds from the two-day event will benefit The Bootstraps Foundation, which offers scholarships for youth in Middle Tennessee who persevere in the face of adversity.
Tickets: Tickets for the family-friendly event on August 15 are $15 for general admission, $40 for unlimited wings and $150 VIP which includes all you can eat and drink, a private bar and premium side stage seating. Buy them online here.
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.
Nashville’s 2015 4th of July fireworks will be the biggest in the country! photo credit: flickr user maf04
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sevier 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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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
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
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!