The dog days of summer are upon us — and we have loads of ideas to help you enjoy the sultry days ahead without breaking the bank. Grab an iced tea, find a shady spot on your porch and take a look!
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
First Saturday Art Crawl
Enjoy fabulous exhibitions featuring local and internationally renowned artists in galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and the Historic Arcade. Admission is free! www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl
Live on the Green
This free downtown concert series features far more than honky tonk. Listen to incredible lineups with craft beer and bites from your favorite Nashville food trucks. www.liveonthegreen.net
Throwback Thursdays at Greer Stadium
Take me out to the ball game! Cheer on the Nashville Sounds at Greer Stadium and enjoy $2 concessions (beer included) all night long. Visit their home page for discounted ticket prices and family packages. www.milb.com
Kids Bowl Free at Strike and Spare
Register your kids, ages 15 and younger, at KidsBowlFree.com for two free games of bowling daily all summer long at Hillwood Strike and Spare. www.kidsbowlfree.com
Pack a cooler, park the car and enjoy a feature film at Franklin’s Pink Cadillac Drive-In Movie Theater (adult tickets are $8, but kids get in free.) Or pack a picnic for Leiper’s Fork Lawnchair Theatre, which shows free movies every Friday beginning at dusk.
Nashville Flea Market
It costs $5 to park, and then it’s up to you what to buy — the treasures are endless! The flea market runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the fourth weekend of every month. www.nashvilleexpocenter.org
FOOD & DRINK
Free Queso Dip at Chuy’s
Get ready to dive into nacho nirvana! Chuy’s offers free queso and unlimited chips from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every weekday. You need to go to the bar area to get your queso, and you can bring it back to your table. (Nashville locations include Midtown, Cool Springs and Opry Mills).
Burgers at Table 3 Restaurant & Market
This French bistro serves up $5 burgers at the bar all day long every Wednesday. Pair it with a happy hour beverage, served from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. table3nashville.com
Most restaurants have some type of happy hour, and summer is just the time to embrace them! Linger longer in the extended daylight. Check out our post from 2013 on 5 Happy Hours in 5 Days under $50 here. And check out our SB Guide, under Happy Hours, for a full listing of where to go in Nashville’s Best of the Best places! SBGUIDE.com
National Ice Cream Month
Kids and adults alike will be happy to know that Sugar Dive is celebrating this holiday with happy hour (ice cream scoops for $1) every day throughout July!
Polenta Cakes at Dose
Hate to waste? Dose Coffee and Tea sells their day-old polenta cakes (and other baked goods) for half the price. And trust us, these gluten-free polenta cakes are even better on day two at $1.25/each!
Nuts at Trader Joe’s
We go nuts over Trader Joe’s selection of legumes and dried fruits. The coconut cashews, sold at $6.99 for a 14-ounce bag, are delightful sprinkled on salads (or enjoyed by the fistful).
Okay, there is a bumper crop of corn in Tennessee. Look for really cheap prices and plan to embrace! We have several favorite corn recipes (just go to Browse SB Topics on the homepage and click “recipes” to find them all). Or consider having an “Ears and Beers” party: grab some craft-brewed beer and lots of corn for the grill, and make some yummy herb, spicy or sweet butters to smother on top! This is a proven way to get to know your neighbors. Let the party begin!
Expensive face creams have their place, but we are crazy about the Intense Hydration Night Cream from Yes to Carrots. Loaded with aloe and vitamin E, it leaves your skin soft and supple after nightly use. Available at Target for $12.99.
Fast-Drying Top Coat
Achieve a salon-quality finish with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Apply to nails for extra shine and stay chip-free for days! This is one way to make any manicure last that much longer, saving you time and pennies along the way. Available for $9.90 at The Cosmetic Market.
A summer without Garnier’s BB cream would be a dark one indeed. The powerful lotion delivers sun protection and creates an even-toned finish for only $9.99! Available at Target.
Fair-skinned ladies, rejoice! If you seek a self tanner that’s streak-free, lightweight, effective and nicely scented, L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee is the one for you! Available at Walgreens for $10.99.
Need a lift? Indulge with a 30-minute express peel at Therapy Systems. This $40 custom glycolic treatment will leave you feeling fresh and fabulous.
Element Salon is offering a New Guest Summer Package, which includes cut and style, a mini balayage color, a Kerastase treatment and a blowout — all for $80! Find out more at elementsalonnashville.com.
Facial at 50% off
You follow our fabulous SB Deals, right?! We have a 50% off deal for 2 facials from the fabulous Windy Jones at Trumps Salon. The Anti-Aging Oxygen Facial is $62 for $125 value. If you add a Lactic Acid Peel Booster to the Anti-aging Oxygen Facial, it is a $75 for $150 value. (deal is available for purchase until midnight July 15th). Our deals are really incredible. If you don’t receive our deal emails, sign up for SB Deals today! http://styleblueprint.com/sb-deal-signup/
APPAREL & ACCESSORIES
Several SB staffers have been spotted wearing the uber-cute Timex Weekender Watch with interchangeable canvas bands. This pick is chic, versatile and more importantly, durable! Available at Target for $34.99.
It seems like every boutique is advertising summer sales. Embrace them! This entire city seems to be on sale. But at UAL, great deals last all season long, each and every day! The West End retailer stocks its shelves with discounted designer clothing and accessories for a shopper’s high like none other.
Save some money and make a little, too! Take high-quality consignments to Flip and get cash on the spot. Don’t leave without browsing their fabulous selection of trendy threads and accessories.
There are so many sales going on in Nashville right now; it really is the time to save on everything from furniture to blue jeans to shoes to jewelry and more. Follow us on Facebook as we try to share sales at SBGUIDE stores each day during these heavy sales times!
We also have many sales listed in our Happenings section, found here.