23 boasts the unrivaled convenience (walk score of 86) of a live-work-play lifestyle. A popular choice for Vanderbilt undergrad and grad students, Elliston 23 is less than a block from Vanderbilt University. The pet-friendly community offers direct access to some of the city’s top employers including CAT Financial, St. Thomas Hospital, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, and Children’s at Vanderbilt. Tennessee State University is just 10 minutes South.View Site
You’ve probably heard: Nashville is known for its music.
Dubbed “Music City USA,” Nashville is crazy for tunes, mainly due to the important and renowned recording studios.
So, it’s safe to say our list of Nashville events will likely include music festivals.
However along with music, we’ve scoped out a few other city events that are awesome for everyone visiting or living in Nashville.
Our Top 11 Nashville TN Events
1. Nashville Film Festival – April
Nashville Film Festival has been dubbed as one of the top 5 film festivals in the United States each year by Brooks Institute. This popular festival was founded in 1969 and brings in over 40,000 film lovers each year. This fun-packed film festival typically occurs in April at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 27 & RPX in 100 Oaks Mall, South of Downtown Nashville.
2. Tin Pan South – April
Calling all songwriters! Tin Pan South is the largest songwriter festival in the world!
Over 250 songwriters and on-stage acts are performed over more than 90 shows in ten Music City venues in five days. This festival usually happens in the West End and Midtown Nashville in Spring.
3. St. Jude Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon – April
The St. Jude Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon is a hearty 26.2-mile course that welcomes thousands of runners to Nashville every year. Of course, the marathon features live music from start to finish.
Local Nashvillians are often seen supporting runners by handing out water (or booze) as they make their way through Downtown Nashville. Proceeds go to St. Jude Hospital for children’s cancer research.
4. Wild West Comedy Festival – May/June
Who doesn’t like a good laugh?
While Nashville loves to sing, we also love a good chuckle. The Wild West Comedy Festival brings in some of America’s biggest comedians every year. Throughout the years, The Wild West Comedy Festival has hosted performers such as Weird Al, Tim Allen, Jay and Silent Bob – the list of hilarious characters goes on and on! Check out the 2018 lineup here.
5. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – June
Bonnaroo is a colorful festival that brings in some of the best rock, hip-hop, pop, and country musicians in the world.
Bring your camping gear and set up in the designated campground on the beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester before heading out to explore the festival site: from vendors and activities at Centeroo to live performances at the main stage, you’ll have no trouble making memories.
2018 Bonnaroo has a fantastic line up. Be sure to look out for performances from Eminem, Muse, and the Killers – just to name a few.
6. Nashville Pride Festival – June
Every good city has a solid pride festival, and Nashville is no exception.
In celebration of Nashville’s LGBT community, the Nashville Pride Festival includes music, DJs, food and games.
7. Tennessee State Fair- September
State fairs are classic family fun! The Tennessee State Fair is an annual event showcasing what makes Nashville great: arts and crafts, agriculture explorations, food competitions and wild rides.
What makes this state fair special is its founding purpose. It was formed to promote agriculture education as well as the creative and performing arts, recreation, and natural resources.
A fair with a whole lot of heart. Bring on the funnel cakes and Ferris wheels!
8. Dog Day & Music City Mutt Strutt – September
Nashville’s Dog Day Festival and Music City Mutt Strutt make for double the fun. Hosted in Centennial Park near Elliston 23 apartments, these two events help benefit the Nashville Humane Association – making it a day for the dogs. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the food trucks, contests, door prizes, demonstrations and more, or sign up for the 5K walk (with your pooch!) to raise funds for a great cause.
9. Southern Festival of Books – October
Celebrating the written word, Southern Festival of Books invites local and national authors by the hundreds to Nashville for readings and signings as well as panel discussions. This free festival hosts authors such as Kathryn Ormsbee, Richard Nelson, and Amy Reed.
10. A Country Christmas – November
This is a Christmas spectacle you can’t miss. Every year Opryland near Cabin Hill magically turns its 9-acre indoor garden into a Christmas dream. Featuring lights, Christmas trees, ice sculptures, activities and carriage rides, this Nashville event is one for the whole family.
You can get the early Christmas feels with A Country Christmas in November.
11. Bash on Broadway – New Year’s Eve
Bash on Broadway is Nashville’s BIGGEST party – occurs on New Year’s Eve. This mega party includes live music, fireworks, DJ sets, food close by – and a lot of people ready to party!
The music-themed celebration hits a high note with a classic countdown to the new year – when a huge musical note drops 115 feet and a beautiful fireworks display (including confetti cannons!) welcomes everyone to the new year.
What’s a city without juicy shopping options? Nashville brings the fashion by offering a wide-range of different shopping malls and unique local spots for everyone. Come one, come all!
The Mall at Green Hills
A high-end shopping mall that is arguably the best shopping mall in Nashville, located between Downtown Nashville and suburban areas. A one-stop shop to get everything you need to stay in style, The Mall at Green Hills is a wonderful location to explore with family or on a ladies’ day out.
It has every type of store you’ll need: From accessories to shoes and gifts, and popular clothing shops like Ann Taylor and Banana Republic, you can easily spend a full day here!
Opry Mills has everything you need to shop ‘til you drop. From electronics to the highest fashion clothing stores and an eatery to feed your rumbling tummy and rest your weary feet, Opry Mills sounds like a pretty productive (and enjoyable) afternoon if you ask us.
Browse through the popular clothing stores like Aerie and Forever 21 or treat yourself to a new personal care product at Bath and Body Works.
Nashville West Shopping Center
For shoppers roaming or living on the West End of Nashville, this is the mall for you. Catering to affluent neighborhoods, the Nashville West Shopping Center provides a range of different stores for your shopping needs.
Shop at the eclectic and fun World Market, pick up some new toys for your favorite furry friend at PetSmart, then stop at IHOP for a well-earned break!
Cool Springs Galleria
This regional shopping mall, located in Franklin, is a fashionable regional shopping ground for visitors or residents of the area. Eat, shop and find sales for you and the whole family! Shop at Forever 21, Toys R Us or Aeropostale, just to name a few.
Stacey Rhodes Boutique
Looking for something a little more unique with a special designer touch? Stacey Rhodes Boutique in Brentwood is not only an adorable venue but offers everything you need to stand out like the fashion Queen you are. Shop for dresses, outerwear, handbags, jewelry, or footwear.
Located in the West End, Pangaea is a local and unique women’s boutique that provides what your apartment dreams are made of. Talk about eye candy! Stay away from the shopping mall hustle and browse through all the beautiful decor.
Who doesn’t like to play dress up? Especially when it’s cute, fashionable and super low-priced! Dress up is a women’s clothing store that offers affordable clothes and accessories – all of which are super adorable. Dress Up is located near Vanderbilt University at Hillsboro Village.
Located three-miles south of Downtown Nashville, 100 Oaks is one of Nashville’s most popular shopping malls. With loads of shopping stores to choose from, easy access and close to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 100 Oaks has everything you need for a convenient and enjoyable afternoon of shopping.
This mall holds a collection of discount stores and retailers such as TJ Maxx, Burlington, Ross and K&G, all of which are lit up brightly at night, drawing in shoppers near and far.
Two Old Hippies
Probably one of the coolest shops you’ll come across in Downtown Nashville, Two Old Hippies is a lifestyle store that offers eclectic clothing, accessories, books and gifts. If shopping isn’t your thing, this awesome shop also has live music five nights a week! How cool is that!
What’s Texas without a good ol’ boot store? Located in Downtown Nashville, Boot Country offers every style of boot you’d ever need with deals going off all the time. Also known as Two Free Boots, this store caters to men, women and children.
Attention ladies! For all of you who are looking for another unique store in the West End, Tennessee Chic is here for you. Catering to book and vintage lovers, this awesome local shop has edge and personality.
You can find vintage clothes and apartment accessories as well as books, necklaces, sunglasses and more!
Another unique spot for the ladies, Boutique Bella is cheerful, personable, and always throwing out awesome deals. Located in the Midtown/ West End Vanderbilt area, this adorable shop will have you enjoyably browsing for hours.
Boutique Bella has Nashville’s largest selection of designer denim. Shop from your favorite designers such as Hudson and J Brand, then head over to the accessory aisle to find a high-fashion necklace to match.
Food has a huge influence on the culture of a city. It’s literally the FLAVOR of a city.
As a large and bustling city, Nashville offers diverse and high-quality restaurant options. Of course, there’s always a Southern influence on at least some of the best restaurants. Which ones have you been to?
Top 10 Recommended Restaurants in Nashville:
Chauhan & Masala House
OK – this may be one of the most impressive restaurants in Downtown Nashville. In fact, Chauhan & Masala continually snags a spot on top ten lists of best restaurants in Nashville – and for good reason.
Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan serves Indian-flavored dishes with a Southern touch, paired perfectly with local ale. She also has a rocking vegetarian menu as well, which is always a huge plus.
Located in Midtown, Nashville, Le Sel is a French restaurant that serves up some of the best quality dishes in the city. Mixed with their modern décor and cool beats, Le Sel offers flavors and an unforgettable experience. Try the Bouillabaisse!
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Arnold’s Country Kitchen is a CLASSIC. If you live in Nashville, chances are you’ve heard of it.
Jack and Rose Arnold have been serving up classic Southern dishes since 1982 and have been recognized for their tasty classic grub through TV shows, various publications and the James Beard American Classics Award.
A must-munch! You can’t go wrong with the Roast Beef or Fried Chicken.
The Farm House
As farm-to-table restaurants are becoming more popular due to their fresh, healthy and environmentally-friendly aspects, The Farm House takes lead as one of the best in Downtown Nashville.
Chef and Farmer Trey Cioccia’s dishes are inspiring and continually inventive. The weekly special never ceases to impress!
House of India
For those of you who live near Brentwood and love a bit of spice to your life, House of India serves up the best Indian food around.
Classic Indian taste with authentic spices, served fresh with a lot of unique options such as House Special Dinner or Tandoori Mixed Grill.
Rolf & Daughters
Chic and modern, Rolf & Daughters brings class and comfort to Nashville with a wide-variety of uniquely crafted dishes for your palate to go wild over.
Match these flavors with one of their inventive cocktails, such as the Can’t Hardly Wait or the Room at the Top – and have yourself an amazing night out.
Herban Garden, Franklin
Located near Ashton Brook apartments, Herban Garden is doing something pretty special. They strive to provide organic and sustainable food choices to the Franklin area and go an extra step further by offering tasting stations and cafés, serving their organic and local products.
Before you head home, you can stock up on fresh and healthy groceries for the week!
Amerigo Italian Restaurant
Who doesn’t enjoy an Italian night? Amerigo Italian Restaurant is a tasty spot located in the Vanderbilt area that continually gains amazing reviews for their high-quality Italian dishes. If you’re going to treat yourself to some wine and pasta, may as well make it the best.
Sopapilla’s – A Taste of New Mexico
Mexi night is always something to get excited about. Located in Franklin, Sopapilla’s brings classic Mexican dishes to the table and maintains the best quality every time.
They also provide gluten-free options and have created modern spin-offs of the classic and well-loved Mexican dishes. Spice it up!
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Elliston 23 Area
There has to be a chicken restaurant on the list if you’re looking to the South. Located near Elliston 23 apartments, Hattie B brings the best fried birds to your table.
It’s simple, it’s hot and mainly, it’s delicious. There’s almost always a line out the door, so come long before you’re hungry!
Ah, nighttime, where the real fun begins. While some cities are renowned for their vibrant and vivacious nightlife, others only wish they had the spark that brings so much attraction and zest.
Nashville does a great job of being well-rounded in almost every aspect. Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to bring your date or if you just want a venue where you can let loose with girlfriends, Nashville has you covered.
Best Date Spots to Take That Special Someone
Flyte World Dining & Wine
Looking for a spot to take a date in Downtown Nashville? When in doubt: wine. Flyte World Dining and Wine serves a wide-range of quality wines from all over the world for any preference or palate.
Hit up Happy Hour and you’ll have an excuse to keep the date going even longer!
The Melting Pot
Melt your dinner the way your crush melts your heart. Talk about cheese! The Melting Pot, located Downtown Nashville, is a popular and high-quality fondue restaurant that’s fun, interactive, and of course – delicious.
Dubbed as a sultry hot spot, Sambuca provides drinks, food and best of all, live music. Take your date out for a fun night in one of the most popular spots near Downtown Nashville.
You can’t beat a classic date night at the movies. Since the Franklin Theatre is from the 1930s, the sentiment is even more romantic. Franklin Theatre in Franklin is the perfect spot to cozy up with a date to catch live music, a movie or live theatre, while exploring some of Nashville’s history.
Third Coast Clay in Franklin
If you and your date are more interested in creative and hands-on activities, Third Coast Café is the choice for you. Located at the Historic Factory in Franklin, you can choose from a variety of unglazed pottery to paint and get creative with.
Best Place for a Ladies Night
Just Love Coffee & Eatery, Brentwood
This café’s motto is, “All you need is love.” As a business, they love coffee and provide the best quality coffee to their customers.
On top of coffee, they love the world and strive to support social justice through their business choices. Just Love Coffee & Eatery’s purpose is to create a place where friends can sit with a cup of coffee, relax and think about the world. How cool is that?
The Old School, Ashton Brook
Alright, while this venue may seem like a place for guys to go to – due to the sports and beer aspect – we think The Old School is a great place to visit with a group of girlfriends. The Old School hosts live music and karaoke on a regular basis, creating a fun-filled atmosphere for an awesome girls’ night out.
Half Moon Yoga Healing, Franklin
This yoga studio in Franklin creates a wonderful community atmosphere that promotes mind, body and spirit healing. The Half Moon Yoga Healing center is a great idea for a girlfriend hang to sooth and revive your body and mind before hitting up cocktail hour!
Best Places to Meet a Potential Date
Robert’s Western World
A classic honky-tonk that’s very popular with locals and visitors too! They feature LIVE music 7 days a week and have all the beer and food options you could want.
Right next to the Ryman Auditorium, this is a great spot to hit up before or after a show.
Whiskey Room Live, Franklin
Located near Cool Springs, Franklin, Whiskey Room Live offers basically what its name suggests: great whiskey and live music. If you’re looking to meet someone with a similar interest, or you’re looking to show off your whiskey brand knowledge, this is the place to go.
Great cities provide green areas for locals to enjoy — amazing cities spend time ensuring these green areas are equipped with everything you need to spend a full day enjoying them.
No one really likes concrete buildings as far as the eye can see – at least not all the time.
Parks offer enjoyable exercise, fun in the sun and a breath of fresh air for the whole family. Nashville has this covered.
Located near Elliston 23 in the West End, Centennial Park is an urban park with beautiful statues, greenery and walking paths to enjoy. Visitors mainly come for the Parthenon, however there are many other sculptures and pieces of architecture to explore!
Fannie Mae Dee’s Park
This fun-sounding park is also located in the West End. It serves as both park and playground – making it a perfect spot to bring your whole family. The main spectacle is the dragon, and you can’t miss it. It’s a large dragon sculpture made for kids to explore and climb all over. Lots of fun in one area.
Shelby Farms Park
Located near Downtown Nashville, Shelby Farms Park has it ALL. Covering 4,500 acres – it is one of the largest parks in the country! If you’re looking for trails of every kind, wooded paths, river views, nature spots, you’ve hit the jackpot. You can also go boating, try out a ropes and zipline course, and more.
Richland Creek Greenway, Midtown Nashville
This location marks the start of McCabe Trailhead, a 4-mile paved nature trail that wraps around the McCabe Golf Course. For fresh air, exercise, and the thrill of getting knocked in the head with a golf ball, check out this Midtown area nature trail.
Aspen Grove Park, Cool Springs
A forested park with a creek-side trail for you and your family to loop around and soak up some nature TLC. Located in Cool Springs, this park also provides a children’s playground and picnic area for a full day of activities in the sun.
Marcella Vivrette Smith Park
Located near Ashton Brook, Marcella Vivrette Smith Park is a unique farm property offering walking trails and vast nature for anyone to enjoy.
Two Rivers Dog Park
This dog park on the outskirts of Downtown Nashville is a great place to let your dog live it up a bit and meet new friends. Bond with other pet owners while enjoying some greenery, just around the corner from downtown’s hustle and bustle.
Edwin Warner Dog Park
A popular dog park in Forest Hills, perfect to bring your pooch and catch up with local dog owners. The park is fenced in, so your dog can run off-leash if you are so inclined. It also features benches for owners and a doggy water fountain!
Maggie’s Bark Park, Franklin
This small yet intimate dog park is perfect for treating your pooch to an afternoon of exercise in the sun. Located in Franklin, Maggie’s Bark Park is perfect for locals to gather, catch up and meet.
Centennial Dog Park, West End
While Centennial Park, as mentioned above, is great for anyone looking to get some exercise in the great outdoors, it’s also an awesome spot to take your dog! This ultimate park has it all – for humans and canines alike. Located in the West End of Nashville, Centennial Dog Park is great for the WHOLE family.
Museum and Art: the backbone of a city’s culture. While so many people spend time in front of screens, it’s more than rewarding to get out of the house and soak up some educational entertainment in real-time.
Nashville has a ton of personality, and this personality definitely comes through the city’s art and culture scene.
Top 9 Art and Cultural Events in Nashville:
1. Johnny Cash Museum & Café
Located Downtown Nashville, The Johnny Cash Museum & Café is clearly a must-see for Johnny fans. It’s one of 6 museums in all of Nashville to have received the AAA Gem Rating, holding the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia.
2. Country Music Hall of Fame
You simply cannot come to Nashville without visiting this Museum. If you’re from Nashville, don’t even think about calling yourself a Nashvillian before checking this out.
Easily the best museum, located Downtown Nashville, The Country Music Hall of Fame is one of the world’s largest museums and research centers dedicated to preserving and presenting American country music.
A must-see for country lovers, this museum’s main highlight is its many exhibits, featuring country music stars throughout the years.
3. Frist Centre for the Visual Arts
A stunning museum in Downtown Nashville, The Frist Centre for the Visual Arts holds the best visual arts and offers constant exhibit rotations. In fact, each exhibit rotation happens every 6 to 8 weeks – making this museum a regular outing event for Nashvillians.
4. Cheekwood: Estate and Garden, West End
Another must-see in Nashville, Cheekwood Estate and Gardens offers an art museum, a historic home and vast gardens on a gorgeous site. If you’re looking for a full afternoon with enjoyable leisurely walking time and eye candy in every direction, this West End attraction is perfect.
5. Battle of Franklin – Civil War Museum
For those looking for a bit more history in your outings, The Civil War Museum in Franklin presents information, research and artifacts surrounding the Battle of Franklin. You’ll be able to visit the Carter House where the two opposing armies met on that very property’s front lawn.
6. Adventure Science Centre
Science is awesome. It’s a well-known fact. The Adventure Science Centre, located in Downtown Nashville, offers science activities for adults and children alike. Don’t miss the Adventure Tower, a beekeeping exhibit, Dino Rumble, Space Chase, and many more.
You can also check out the planetarium which hosts many different types of shows and exhibits, like Our Place in Space, Fantastic Fractals, and Destination Solar System.
7. Nashville Ballet
Looking for something different? Visit the Nashville Ballet! This is the biggest company in Tennessee and they specialize in both classical and contemporary dance by many notable choreographers, including Paul Vasterling – Artistic Director & CEO.
The Nashville Ballet also does beautiful outreach and dance education programs at community centers, colleges, and schools across TN.
8. OZ Arts Nashville
Featuring “Brave New Art,” this contemporary space is flexible to accommodate modern, innovative art installations. You never know what you’ll find here! From fashion shows, and percussion music to an “Ambient Vinyl Orchestra” operated by the audience, events at the OZ Arts are sure to be something you’ve never seen before.
9. Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl
On the first Saturday of every month, Music City turns into a city for the visual arts! Here you can join fellow art lovers as you visit multiple museums to view every genre of art during the Nashville First Saturday Art Crawl.
Over 20 locations participate and offer FREE admission for you to view local and world-renowned artists’ work.
So come on down to Nashville, one of the country’s top 2 most vibrant art scenes!
Awesome cities provide fun for the entire family. No matter what your family enjoys, Nashville offers activities and outings that will please, educate and entertain.
Family events are fun – and Nashville definitely knows how to do fun. Here are our top picks:
Yes, this is an aquarium underwater – well, basically. The Aquarium Restaurant is surrounded by aquarium tanks filled with fish and sea creatures. Aptly, the restaurant serves seafood – whether or not this is a pleasant or disturbing combination – kids tend to love it.
Either after or before dinner, you can sign up for a guide to learn all about how the aquarium works – from filtration to food prep. The tour is conducted by a biologist who is ready to answer any questions, making the experience exciting and educational for the whole family.
Gentry’s Farm, Franklin
Gentry’s Farm is a historic working farm, located in Franklin. This 7th generation farm has been diversified over the years to offer a hands-on approach by allowing visitors to pick their own pumpkins.
They also offer education programs for school groups and summer day camps. There’s so much to learn about farms – historic ones especially!
Locked Escape Games, Franklin
No matter what age you are, escape rooms are always fun. What is an escape room, you may ask? It’s basically a live, hands-on video game.
You and your group are locked in a themed room (Locked Escape Games provides “Antidote” and “Enchanted Kingdom”) and are given 60 minutes to find clues and solve all the room’s puzzles before the clock runs out. The sooner you figure out all the puzzles, the sooner you can be released!
Exhilarating and super interactive for the whole family.
Nashville Children’s Theatre – Do You Watch Shows or Perform?
Located near Downtown, Nashville Children’s Theatre is the oldest operating children’s theatre company in America. It’s a member of the Theatre for Young Audiences and provides child-friendly and educational theatrical plays for young audiences.
Buy tickets to watch an upcoming show, or sign up for a drama class. Unique and inspiring!
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, Brentwood
Owl’s Hill’s mission is pretty special. They are a private non-profit organization located in Brentwood, dedicated to providing hands-on environmental education for children and environmental research.
These endeavors include native flora and fauna restoration, natural resource conservation and spreading an enjoyment of and appreciation for nature. They offer many programs and events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Sky Hunters and Batty for Bats
Cooter’s Place – Dukes of Hazard Museum
If your kids love Dukes of Hazard, they’ll go bananas for Cooter’s Place.
This museum, operated by Cooter himself, provides relics from Dukes of Hazard and a gift shop where you can buy beloved memorabilia. It also offers pictures, props, and costumes for your little tykes to play with.
This Nashville activity just sounds fun. Explore Crawls are offered by Explore Nashville and offer many different walking tours such as Scavenger Hunts, The Honky Tonk Pub Crawl, Custom Crawls and more.
Depending on the crawl you choose, it can be a great way to spend time with the family while exploring Nashville in a fun and interactive way.
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