Nashville is the place to be if you want to hear some of the best music around, but that certainly isn’t all that Tennessee’s music city has to offer. Summer months are chock full of festivals to appeal to all ages, and many of them are free to attend. The atmosphere in this lively city and surrounding area will buzz with festive celebrations of food, fun, and fireworks, craft, and artisan markets, and even a festival showcasing tiny houses!
Here is a sample of what you can enjoy around music city this summer.
For those with kids, some great events happening this summer will delight the whole gang!
- Lucky Ladd Watermelon Festival happens on July 2, and takes you all back down to the farm, Lucky Ladd Farms, that is. Almost every component uses watermelons as a theme, like the competitive games, a watermelon eating contest, and lots of water activities like water slides and a splash pad to help you cool off in the early summer heat.
- Red, White & Zoo on July 29 is an annual evening event. Enjoy soft night breezes while tasting wine vintages from around the world as you meander through the exotic habitats of Nashville’s beautiful zoo. Live music enhances the backdrop, and you can also sample food from local area restaurants and try local craft beer and spirits.
For the Foodies
Nashville residents love their food, and every summer, there are multiple opportunities to enjoying some tasty treats. Here are a few to check out.
- Music City Hot Chicken Festival, July 4. Nashville residents love their food, and what better way to celebrate while supporting Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms than attending the Music City Hot Chicken Festival. The event is kicked off with a fire truck parade, with the festival officially opening at 11 am in East Park. Tickets aren’t required, and a variety of vendors and local restaurants are there to offer you a mouth-watering sample of their hot chicken. There will even be an amateur cooking competition.
- Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival on June 25 will undoubtedly appeal to the beer connoisseurs out there, and here you’ll join up with the Preds for some games, food, entertainment, and of course, a variety of craft brews.
- Tomato Art Fest runs from August 12 to 13 at Five Points in East Nashville. In another ticket-free event, attendees celebrate the red fleshy fruit with a tomato-themed art show, parade, and an interactive home decorating contest. Live music is there to entertain as you enjoy some tomato-themed food.
Nashville is known for music, and there are many music-themed events in Nashville this summer. The country music events are easily located, but here are a few non-country music events worth visiting.
- Musician’s Corner is a free and famous annual event in Centennial Park. Local live jazz music is performed in the lovely outdoors, with many food trucks, artisan booths, vendors, and a special area for children called Kidsville.
- If you love jazz and blues, check out the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival on July 23. The annual event commemorates the Jefferson Street legacy of blues, jazz, and R&B music and is located at the Fisk University campus. Tickets are required through Eventbrite.com, and proceeds go to J.U.M.P., or the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, which is dedicated to revitalizing the area of North Nashville. There will be multiple vendors and musicians present to entertain.
- Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman is another annual event providing the best in bluegrass music with a series of top-notch talent, including the Ricky Staggs and Kentucky Thunder, or the Earls of Leicester. The best part is a free pickin’ jam at the Plaza concert before the headliners for all you bluegrass players.
There are countless fun and entertaining events in the Nashville area this summer. You’ll find something for everyone, from country fairs to night concerts, family events, and food and beverage-themed festivals. Talk to the administrative team at Green Hills Office Suites to help you make the most of Nashville this summer!