Top 5 Things to Do in Nashville
Nashville is a phenomenal city to live in. Whether you’re visiting or moving to Nashville, you have been a long-time resident or you’re a native born Nashvillian, almost everyone can enjoy these top five things to do in Nashville.
1 – Enjoy the (sometimes free!) Music
Almost too many to name, the music scene in Nashville is (obviously) quite vibrant. With a rich history of famous musicians coming from our area, Nashvillians all take a little bit of ownership and a lot of pride in the music opportunities throughout our town.
Music Days at Schermerhorn in spring and early summer of each year. See more about Schermerhorn below under Theater & Arts
Centennial Park’s Big Band Dancing.
Saturday evening Big Band dancing and listening to live music from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. Free ballroom dance lessons sponsored by Dance World from 7:00 to 7:30 and 8:30 to 8:50.
Red Caboose Concerts in Bellevue.
Friday evening concerts at the Red Caboose Amphitheater in Bellevue. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Bring your picnics and blankets.
Sunset Concerts at the Carnton Plantation. Upcoming is August 28: The Bicho Brothers Present Soul Sacrifice, A Tribute to Santana
Arrington Vineyard’s Music in the Vines. Every Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 5-9pm and Sunday 2-6pm. Music in the Vines is a live outdoor jazz event featuring local groups in the vineyard courtyard.
Musician’s Corner in Centennial Park, Saturdays from September 3 to November 5.
Beachaven Winery: Jazz on the Lawn in Clarksville. Bring a blanket and a picnic, buy a bottle of their wine and have a great time! Every other Saturday through October.
2 – Festivals
It seems like there is a great festival in the metro Nashville just about every weekend, especially as we see cooler temperatures coming our way.
New to the festival scene is the National Folk Festival that Nashville is hosting for the next three years with the first one being September 2-4, 2011.
More wonderful festivals to look forward to this fall are:
Music City Fest and BBQ Championship Music and BBQ….two Southern classics. August 26 – 27, 2011.
Tomato Art Fest – voted for many years as one of the best festivals in the Nashville area. August 13, 2011.
Country Music Festival – while you have to wait until 2012, this festival of four days sells out each year. You can actually buy your tickets now for the June 7-10, 2012 event.
3 – Theater & Arts
From professional touring, local union, community, dinner, children’s and all points in between, there are so many wonderful opportunities to see staged works in Nashville.
Just about every show at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center is memorable. Besides walking into the grand contemporary neoclassical building downtown, the inside is also a state of the art facility for experiencing live music.
4 – Greenways & Outdoors – Native Nashvillians and those transferring here alike love to get outside and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Our city has an abundance of greenways and many outdoor areas that are very safe and scenic. There are great places to walk and ride bikes.
Check out Peeler Park, Harpeth River, Mills Creek, and dozens more at the Nashville.gov site that is full of great info including maps.
More places to enjoy the outdoors:
Cheekwood – Nashville’s Botanical Gardens. They have a lively calendar, including first Friday nights of the month date nights, Highballs & Hydrangeas, and a scarecrow decorating contest.
Belle Meade Plantation – a lovely, historic place to tour – both the mansion built in 1853 and the grounds.
Edwin and Percy Warner Parks – The Warner Parks are the largest municipally administered parks in Tennessee and together span 2684 acres of forest and field, 9 miles from downtown Nashville.
Nashville Riverfront – A work in progress and an example of revitalization of Downtown Nashville. It’s host to many popular festivals and soon to be Play Park. It’s a great place to go for a run and enjoy being near the water.
5 – Sports
Pick your choice of sports events to attend in Nashville, from youth sports to college-level athletics to pro-level games.
Nashville Sounds Baseball (cheap tickets, family friendly, and a fireworks show)
Vanderbilt (great scholastics and great sports)
Titans – Tennessee’s professional football team
Predators – Nashville’s professional hockey team