With annual events like the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, Cheekwood in Bloom and Tennessee Flavors, we’re thrilled for the arrival of March. Sure, we spent many afternoons in January and February enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, but it’s safe to say we spent our fair share of afternoons warming up by the fire. This month, bid farewell to the winter doldrums and enjoy these great Nashville events.
March 2, 2016: T&T with Dee! An uproarious Tequila Tasting Tupperware Party
This wild night will benefit Nashville Grown, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides production coordination, distribution, education, and marketing services to Nashville-area farms. Get ready for hoots and hollers from host Jenny Littleton (Doyle and Debbie) and Dee W. Ieye (one of America’s top selling tupperware “ladies”). Ticket holders will be treated to tequila, locally-brewed beverages, games and prizes, and food from great local restaurants, including Acme Feed & Seed, Husk, Silo, AVO Nashville and more. Tickets are $48 to $98. eventbrite.com.
March 3 – 6, 2016: The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show
The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show will feature stunning live gardens, free lectures and demonstrations, a floral design gallery and a vendor marketplace. Held at The Fairgrounds Nashville, the event will run Thursday through Saturday. And, on March 5, there will be a one-day wine festival inside the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show featuring wines produced in Tennessee! Learn more here.
March 5, 2016: Beer Bacon and Bourbon
The Factory at Franklin will be transformed into a wonderland of craft brewed beers, bacon-themed hor d’oeuvres and delicious southern bourbon. In addition, there will be a local home brew competition in which contenders compete to be the “Old South Home Brew Winner.” Tickets are $75 and are limited so grab yours today so you can celebrate all things beer, bacon and bourbon. Click here to learn more.
March 5, 2016: Weed Wrangle
Get out there and help eliminate invasive plants from 20+ public parks and green spaces in Nashville. It’s fun! You will be placed in a group and supervised by an expert in invasive weed management. Community volunteers learn what exotic plants look like and why they endanger our native plants. Then, they locate and remove them. For more information: invasiveplantcontrol.com
March 6, 2016: Taste of Williamson
The Annual Taste of Williamson is presented by Nissan and benefits United Way of Williamson County. The event will held at Cool Springs Galleria on Sunday, March 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Taste of Williamson features the area’s best restaurants and caterers who offer “tastes” of their favorite creations. Ticket holders will also be able to meet the chefs, sip a favorite beverage and enjoy musical entertainment. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. This event will help kick off Restaurant Week (which runs March 7 through March 12). Visit tasteofwilliamson.com.
March 8, 2016: Tennessee Flavors
Raise a fork to local and regional food and beverage artisans, whose creations have brought Nashville to the forefront of the culinary world. Tennessee Flavors, now in its 5th year, is an event celebrating the culinary arts and a continued focus on Tennessee-sourced products and local flavor, all of which help make our growing community so special. Tickets for this annual tasting event are $50-$165. Visit tnflavors.org.
March 9 – 20, 2016: The Phantom of the Opera at Andrew Jackson Hall
The Phantom of the Opera will take the stage at Andrew Jackson Hall March 9 through March 20. Andew Lloyd Webber’s production will come to life and the critics are in agreement that the show is as brilliant as ever. The well-loved story will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, which makes this one of the largest productions on tour. Get lost in the captivating sounds of “The Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” and other beloved numbers. Ticket start at $70; Visit patron.tpac.org to learn more.
March 11, 2016: The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film at Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Make your way to Frist Center for the Visual Arts between March 11 and July 4 to see The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film, which captures the relationship between art and politics during the early years of the Soviet Union. According to the museum, Soviet photographers played a pivotal role in the history of modern photography and you have the opportunity to see the pieces that shaped ideology, social change and political engagement during this period. Visit fristcenter.org.
March 12, 2016: Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee’s 5th Annual Great Futures Gala
Help support the kids that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee helped in 2015 and the many more they will help this year. With Martin Short as the special guest, this evening of Hollywood glamour, fine dining and auction experience is sure to delight. CenWood Appliance, Christie Cookie Co., Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry, Epice Restaurant, Escape Day Spa + Salon, Etch Restaurant, Evins Mill, Fleet Feet Sports, Iron Tribe, Moto Restaurant and Savory Spice Shop are only a few of the great businesses contributing to the auction. The event will be held at the Omni Hotel and tickets are $300. To purchase tickets, visit bgcmt.org.
March 12, 2016: Whiskey Warmer
The end of winter is something we are all happy to raise a glass to. For this one night, Whiskey Warmer will include whiskey tastings, local food and live music by Tattletale Saints. Held at Westhaven in Franklin, this outdoor event might be a bit chilly, but with more than 60 types of whiskey, you will quickly warm up! Visit xorbia.com.
March 12, 2016: Ballet Ball and Ballet Ball Late Party
Celebrate the arts at this elegant, black-tie affair. With a glamorous cocktail hour, a gourmet seated dinner and an exclusive gala performance by Nashville Ballet, this promises to be a delightful evening. The Late Party, which is held during the main ball dinner, is a chic evening of cocktails and desserts that is popular among 20- and 30-somethings. Late Party attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the gala performance. Tickets are $600 and can be purchased at nashvilleballet.com.
March 12, 2016: Nuit Belge at Marathon Music Works
Experience a taste of Belgium through beer and cuisine. Belgian beers can be enjoyed with small plates from some of Nashville’s favorite restaurants. This event, held at Marathon Music Works, will be limited to only 500 guests, so get your tickets today and don’t miss the chance to embrace the unique taste of Belgium. Ticket prices range from $99-$149. Visit nuitbelge.com.
March 19, 2016: Fourth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Kegs & Eggs 5K/10K
Hundreds of Nashvillians, clad in costumes, will participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Kegs & Eggs 5K/10K runs, then will continue the celebration at the race’s after-party. Held at Tin Roof, the official after-party will feature music, beer and egg burritos. Visit orbia.com.
March 20, 2016: Music City Half Marathon and 10K
Try your luck on one of the flatter races held in Music City. Although the first and last mile take you up some of Nashville’s favorite hills, you can gain some speed in between. Starting at Public Square park, the half marathon will kick off at 8 a.m. and the 10k will begin at 8:30. Be sure to stick around for food, drinks and prizes that will be given out after the race. Learn more at team-magic.com/events.
March 26, 2016: Eggstravaganzoo
Treat the young’ns in your life to a day of Easter-themed fun at the Nashville Zoo. With egg hunts, Easter treats, activities, spring-themed games, bounce houses, face painting and visits from the Easter Bunny, this event will be packed with fun. Bring the whole family to this festive affair. Also, come early for the Bunny Breakfast and stick around for the Bunny Lunch. Learn more at nashvillezoo.org.
March 26 – April 30, 2016: Cheekwood in Bloom
Each year, we look forward to the colorful transformation at Cheekwood. As the tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and violets bloom, the gardens become decorated with vibrant color. During the length of the celebration, there will be special events for folks of all ages. Learn more at cheekwood.org.