Summer is flying by, but we are not quite ready for fall. Thankfully, this listing of regional events will keep us busy this month, allowing us to enjoy the final weeks of summer. Check your calendar and make time for one, two or all of these great Southern events.
August 1-31, 2016: David Lusk Price is Right — Nashville, Tennessee
This annual exhibition takes place at David Lusk Gallery and features original works priced under $1,000. On Saturday, August 6, stop by the gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the opening reception. The pieces vary in medium and subject matter, offering a wide range of works at a more approachable price point. Visit davidluskgallery.com/nashville.
August 5-7, 2016: Satchmo SummerFest — New Orleans, Louisiana
Legendary jazz musician Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was born in New Orleans in 1901 and, 100 years later in 2001, New Orleans had the first Satchmo SummerFest. It was so successful that the event became an annual festival and 15 years later, it’s better than ever. This year, the festival has a new home in the heart of the French Quarter at Jackson Square. Expect to hear fantastic contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands, mostly from New Orleans.
Tickets come in the form of a wrist band, which allows you daily access to the festival for just $5 a day. Come and go as you please and children under 12 are free. As far as food goes, it’s incredible. Our Atlanta SB Editor went last and she says, “The Red Bean Alley menu included crepes, crab cakes, shrimp yakisoba, jerk chicken and, of course, sno-balls from Plum Street Snoballs.” Learn more at fqfi.org/satchmo.
August 5, 2016: Secret Stages — Birmingham, Alabama
Secret Stages is one of the coolest music discovery festivals the Magic City has to offer! For two nights, attendees are treated to around 60 bands performing on the stages of Birmingham’s most beloved establishments. The acts include national, regional and up-and-coming acts from Birmingham’s own backyard. Conveniently, all Secret Stages events are within walking distance from each other, meaning festival-goers have access to all of the amazing shops, restaurants and parks in the heart of Downtown Birmingham. Currently, the “Rumor Tier” ticket level is available with day passes for $20, weekend passes for $35 and VIP Passes for $75. Final pricing, including day-of-show tickets, will become available when the “Rumor” tickets sell out. The event is held August 5 and August 6 and kicks off at 6 p.m. each night. secretstages.net
August 5, 2016: Art After Dark & Mountain Street Dances — Waynesville, North Carolina
This first Friday in Waynesville, North Carolina brings together two events in the charming historic downtown area. Enjoy extended evening hours at participating galleries and studios, which will be open until 9 p.m. with beverages and special exhibits. Just down the street at the historic courthouse, you can see an old-fashioned smokey mountain hoe down! With live mountain music and clogging — including instructions and demonstrations — the entire family will want to participate. Culinary concessions are available and the hoe down takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more at downtownwaynesville.com.
Thursday evenings 2016: Flowers After 5 — Richmond, Virginia
Throughout the summer, spend Thursday evenings at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden enjoying the gorgeous flowers and plants, as well as live music, libations, food and shopping. Tickets are $13 for adults; $11 for seniors; $8 for children under 12 (free for those three and under). Learn more at lewisginter.org.
August 10 – 16, 2016: Elvis Tribute Week at Graceland — Memphis, Tennessee
Plan a Memphis stay-cation for Elvis Week 2016 as thousands of fans make their way to Graceland to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will feature the best competitors from around the world and Elvis themed events will last all weekend. Full event information is available online at Graceland.com.
August 12-14, 2016: Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival — Clarksville, Mississippi
Experience the Mississippi Delta and the music that defines this region: blues. The festival features some of the most beloved blues artists from the Delta and across the region, including: Lonnie Shields, Super Chikan Johnson, Vasti Jackson, Toni Green, Jimbo Mathus, Sweet Angel and gospel legend, Lee Williams. This festival is free, so embrace the heat and music that will feed your soul. For more information, visit sunflowerfest.org.
August 12-13, 2016: Tomato Art Fest — Nashville, Tennessee
This fun and wacky festival is back with a concert on Friday night and more music and festival activities on Saturday, including a tomato toss, food trucks, contests, a 5K, exhibits, performances and much more. The fun will take place in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points and the events are free. tomatoartfest.com
August 13, 2016: Dirty Linen Night — New Orleans, Louisiana
Enjoy an event that only New Orleans could pull off. A spoof on the White Linen Night, Dirty Linen Night invites folks back for a follow-up weekend to peruse more than 50 shops and art galleries in the city’s famed French Quarter. Learn more: neworleansonline.com
August 18, 2016: Summer Wine Dinner at Rural Hill — Huntersville, North Carolina
Rural Hill is beloved in the Charlotte area as an historic site, event destination, farm and more. On August 18, embrace the last bit of summer with this wine dinner for only $60 per person. Each ticket includes a delicious four-course meal and four glasses of wines (one with each course). Grab your friends! For tickets, see: eventbrite.com.
August 19, 2016: Concerts in the Garden — Atlanta, Georgia
Known as one of best outdoor concert series, Concerts in the Garden is the perfect place to kick back under the stars for a stellar show. Featuring Lyle Lovett & His Large Band on the Great Lawn at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the show starts at 8 p.m. with gates opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65.50 with Botanical Gardens members receiving a discounted rate at $63.50. atlantabg.org
August 19-20, 2016: Asheville Food & Wine Festival — Asheville, North Carolina
Start off Friday night at SWEET and indulge in desserts, wines, and cocktails. Then, Saturday afternoon is the GRAND TASTING when more than 100 farm-to-table restaurants and other local food professionals serve their food, wine, beer and spirits to attendees. The Asheville Food & Wine Festival showcases the regions’ love of food, adeptly. Tickets for both nights are $130 per person. Individual tickets to SWEET are $50; individual tickets to the GRAND TASTING are $100. For more details, see: ashevillewineandfood.com
August 26-27, 2016: Songwriters Under the Stars — Nashville, Tennessee
Cheekwood will open the Swan Lawn and invite guests to hear hit songs written by Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and Chris DeStefano. In few other places than Nashville can you hear from these chart-topping songwriters in such a lovely setting! The show will start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $50. cheekwood.org
August 27, 2016: Sophisticated Living Polo World Cup — Louisville, Kentucky
This is a great ending to the summer every year and is always a great party. Oh, and there are horses too! The Sophisticated Living Polo World Cup is Saturday, August 27, starting at 3 p.m. at Oxmoor Farm. There will be a barbecue buffet, bourbon, wine, spirits and entertainment under the tents. General admission is $75 for adults (children under 14 are free); reserved field-side tables for eight under the tent are $600, and tailgating spots are $250. Food and drinks are included in the ticket price. Gates open at 3 p.m., with the first match scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. slpolo.com
August 28, 2016: Sunday Afternoon in the Park — Charlotte, North Carolina
Enjoy an afternoon of art, music and food at this fantastic event at Mint Hill Park. Pack a picnic or just kick back and relax on a blanket under the trees; hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more: minthill.com/event
Interested in more events? Our city editions of Atlanta, Birmingham, Louisville, Memphis and Nashville all have city-specific listing (just click on the city listed to see more). And, StyleBlueprint Charlotte will be in full swing in just a few weeks!