Top Picks for Happenings in Nashville this June!

There are so many wonderful ways to spend the early days of summer here in Nashville! Here are the events at the top of our list. We’ll see you there!

 

Eat, Drink and Be Merry: June 4th

On June 4th, a group of Nashville’s most revered restaurants will donate a percentage of their sales to The Land Trust of Tennessee, an organization dedicated to keeping farmland protected and our state more green. Nashville continues to have a seat at the table, so to speak, in the national food scene, and this first-time event promotes positive change through food activism. The farm-to-table movement begins at the farm, so protecting the land is paramount to its success. Participating restaurants include: Capitol Grille, Provence Bakery, Rolf & Daughters, Miel, The Mad Platter, Sunset Grille, Burger Up, Sloco, Lockeland Table, Marche, Pharmacy Burger, Porter Road Butchers, The Bloomy Rind, Más Tacos Por Favor, Chago’s Cantina, The Stone Fox, Las Paletas, Pub5, Fat Bottom Brewery, Buttermilk Road Private Supper Club hosted by Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Joe Natural’s Farm & Cafe, Bagel Face, Paradise Park. eatgreentennessee.com

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Chef Tyler Brown of the Capitol Grille in the garden.

 

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Chef Jeremy Barlow of Sloco admires fresh harvested mushrooms.

Movies in the Park: Every Thursday in June

The organizers of movies in the park made a wise decision when they decided to move the event to Elmington Park this year. While I am a huge fan of the past two venues, Centennial Park and Percy Warner, the parking can be confusing and limited. In Elmington Park, parking is much easier. You’ll be able to access parking at West End Middle School since school’s out for the summer in addition to the park’s designated parking and side streets. And, as a ton of families live in the neighborhoods surrounding Elmington Park, the need for a car moot for many. Yeah!

The series kicks off in June and runs every Thursday throughout the month. Movies in the Park is brought to you by the Nashville Scene with the support of the Parks and Recreation Department.

The line-up was recently announced:

  • June 6 – Brave
  • June 13 – Madagascar 3
  • June 20 – Life of Pi
  • June 27 – Pitch Perfect

Pack a cooler and grab blanket or chair for a perfect evening of family fun. www.nowplayingnashville.com

 

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The Nashville International Puppet Festival: June 20-22

In case you are not aware, it’s a huge coup for our city to host a festival of this caliber! The Nashville Public Library hosted Nashville’s first international puppet festival in 2008, which attracted more than 18,000 people. This year’s festival will be even better with a the street surrounding the library transformed into a family-friendly street fair. In addition, the Puppet Festival Parade will wind down Church Street through the Arts District and feature performers with stilts, unicycles, floats, vintage cars and puppets. While the events are free and open to the public, you must reserve your tickets NOW. Click here to reserve.

In addition to the festival, the library will hold two special events in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and TPAC. The first event is Thursday, June 20, and will feature the debut performance of Wishing Chair Productions’ String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. On Saturday, June 22, TPAC will present a performance by world renowned puppeteer Phillip Huber. Known for his work with marionettes in Being John Malkovich and in Disney’s Oz, The Great and Powerful, Huber will perform Suspended Animation. If you’re not a kid, don’t let this deter you. The Puppet Festival appeals to all ages. nashvillepubliclibrary.org/puppetfestival

 

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Nashville Dancin’: Thursday Nights Between June 13th – August 1st

For those of you who were saddened when Dancin’ in the District bit the dust, it’s back under a different name and configuration. Nashville Dancin’ is the new version and promises to be tons of fun. It will be held at Riverfront Park most Thursdays between June 13th and August 1st. 

Not only will you be wowed by the music lineup, some of our favorite food trucks will be there–The Grilled Cheeserie, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and Hoss’ Loaded Burgers. 

You can thank the folks at Dollar General for underwriting this fun event. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and no rain! For more information and the musical line-up, see: the Nashville Dancin’ website.

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LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood: Open now through November

Insiders tell us that the Bruce Munro exhibit at Cheekwood is one of the most impressive events to ever come to Nashville. Not only is it the second-ever North American exhibition, it is simply stunning as you will experience hundreds of mile of glowing optic fiber. The grounds of Cheekwood have been transformed into a dream-like landscape. At the center of the exhibition is the Field of Light, which captivates with a landscape of 20,000 lighted glass spheres, each rising from the ground of a slender stem. We’ve seen this exhibit and truly it will leave you speechless.

Cheekwood is offering extended hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings until 11 p.m. to present this grand-scale exhibition in its most stunning state: under the night sky. For more information: click here

 

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Porter Flea Market, AirCraft 2013: June 1

Nashville’s modern handmade market is this weekend! Browse through the workmanship of more than 80 amazing designers and makers who will be joining together on Saturday, June 1st, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Cornelia Fort Airpark (2641 Airpark Dr, Nash TN 37206). Eight of Nashville’s favorite food trucks will on hand throughout this day-long event. Cornelia Fort’s breezy hangars, large open spaces and greenway connections (hello, bike riders!) ensure that this Porter Flea will be the largest and most accessible Porter Flea yet (good news for people who hate to wait in lines!) Looking for the perfect way to kick off summer? Look no further.

Tickets are being sold for the first ever Preview Market, to be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday night, May 31st. Preview Market attendees will get the first chance to buy this summer’s hottest items. Plus, the laid back evening promises ample opportunities to chat with vendors in this more intimate setting while sipping on complimentary craft beer from Fat Bottom Brewing and munching on tasty treats from The Bloomy Rind, Porter Road Butcher, and Sweet Betweens. DJ sets by The Groove and former WRVU DJ Outtheother; and other Preview night surprises. A portion of the night’s ticket proceeds will benefit Friends of Shelby and Rosebank Neighbors. For tickets (and there are only 18 remaining at the publish time of this post) click here. But, if you can’t make the Preview Party, do go to the FREE Saturday Porter Flea! www.porterflea.com

 

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Joint Project 2: June 14 – 16

If you are the type wanting to attend an event that you can talk about to your friends and have them instantly know that you really are the coolest thing that hit this city, well, this is your event. The theme of joint project 2 is 50′s, ‘60s and ‘70s car and motorcycle culture. This pop-up happening is comprised of three days of art, music, food and style.

JP2 features a range of events that are all free and open to the public. In the mix are a pop-up shop featuring vintage T-shirts from LA’s Filth Mart, a motorcycle rally hosted by Andy Mumma of Barista Parlor, a yakitori dinner (Japanese grilled meats served on skewers atop various pickles) from Sarah Gavigan’s Otaku South, and live music from the Nashville-based duo Kings of the F**king Sea (aka Poni Silver of The Ettes and Chet Weise of the Ultras S/C). There will also be a limited edition poster sale commemorating the event, designed by Bryce McCloud of Isle ofPrinting
 
Curated photography will anchor the show, specifically chosen by Susan Sherrick. For this edition, she’s chosen thematic work by local and national photographers including Caroline Allison, Yve Assad, William Claxton, Bruce Davidson, Barry Feinstein, Allen Ginsberg, Mikael Kennedy, Leon Levinstein, Danny Lyon, Jim McGuire, Joel Meyerowitz, Heidi Ross, Phil Stern, Dennis Stock, Scott G. Toepfer, and Joshua Black Wilkins. Also on view in the gallery: a selection of vintage motorcycles on loan from local collectors. The show is open through the weekend, with all the art available for sale. Hosts are Susan Sherrick and Libby Callaway.
 
Friday, June 14
  • Gallery and Filth Mart store, 11 am – 9 p.m.
  • Yakitori dinner by Otaku South, 6 – 9 p.m. 
  • Live music from Kings of the F**king Sea, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 15
  • Gallery and Filth Mart store, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Gallery talk with curator Susan Sherrick, 11:30 a.m.
  • BP x JP2 car and motorcycle rally, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 16
  • Gallery and Filth Mart store, 1 – 5 p.m.

 

Location: 516 Hagan Street / Nashville / 37203

 
All events are free and open to the public. Vendors charge individually for food, clothing and art.
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Dennis Stock, Sons of Silence, Colorado, 1971. Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

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Click here to check out our Happenings page for even more great events around town! 

 

Can you believe it? All this fun packed into just one month of summer right here in our fair city! We can’t wait!

 

 

Additional Happenings

Sept 23: Periodic Table: Edible Equinox

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Nutrisha, a Nashville-based company teaching nutrition with an emphasis on connecting the community and nourishing the body with locally sourced foods, will present Periodic Table: Edible Equinox on September 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.Nutrisha’s Edible Equinox event will be the second in a series of Periodic Table Supper Clubs that will occur with each season […]

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Sept 2-30: Tuesdays for Tots at Cheekwood

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Each Tuesday in September and December, Cheekwood offers a chance for toddlers to craft original art work and participate in activities that change weekly. The fun begins on September 2, with Flower Power. Make memories with your toddler during these classes held in the studio in the Learning Center. You can stop by the studios anytime […]

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Sept 25: 8 Days

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Feature film to raise awareness for human trafficking in the United States. Inspired by actual events, the Nashville film premiere proceeds go to End Slavery TN and ilonka Ministries. Short Synopsis: After sneaking to a party with her friends, sixteen year old Amber Stevens goes missing. Forced into the world of sex trafficking, her family […]

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Sept 25: Posh Birthday Bash

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Posh is celebrating 16 years of business on September 25 (cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. and fashion show starts at 8 p.m.). They will have live music, photo booth, food and drinks. They will be giving 100% of the ticket sells to Happy Tails, a no kill animal shelter in Franklin. General tickets are $10 and VIP tickets […]

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Sept 25-29: Predators Preseason Kicks off in Nashville

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The Predators 2014 preseason will open on September 23 in Tampa bay, then will return home for a four game run at Bridgestone Arena from September 25 through September 29. We suspect that the double header against Florida, on September 27, will be an exciting match and a great start to the season! http://predators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=723247    

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Sept 26-27: Ladies Designer Consignment Sale

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All seasons, all sizes! Designer clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags & evening wear. The best shopping experience at the best prices! Stop by MBA on Friday, September 26, from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday, September 27, from 8:30 a.m. – noon.

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Sept 26: Grand Opening of the YWCA Boutique

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Join the YWCA for the grand opening of 2616, an on-trend, exclusive resale boutique of the YWCA featuring women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. It is located at 2616 Gallatin Pike in the heart of East Nashville and is a bona fide entrepreneurial business created to generate revenue to help fund our much needed community services. http://ywcanashville.com/programs/2616-resale-boutique

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Sept 26-28: FallFest – Nashville Flea Market

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The Nashville Flea Market at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds is considered to be among the top ten fleamarkets in the country. Dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. flea marketEager shoppers travel hundreds of miles, often by the bus load, to peruse the bargains and hard-to-find items offered for […]

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Sept 26-28: Tennessee Fall Craft Fair

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Celebrate and support America’s rich craft heritage on the lawn of Nashville’s famed Parthenon. No matter what you are looking for, you’ll be sure to find it among the artists participating in the always anticipated, juried fair. Uncover a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted piece of American treasure. The fine craft works on display are perfect for birthdays, […]

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Sept 27: 3rd Annual Warehouse Sale at Hester & Cook

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Hester & Cook Design Group will host their third annual warehouse sale featuring products from their three lines, CAKE Vintage, Kitchen Papers and The Pencil Factory. A large volume of discontinued and overstocked merchandise will be available to the public at wholesale pricing, items include, signature placemats, serving papers, table runners, silver-plate, drink-ware, stationery and […]

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Sept 27: River Swing

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The 11th annual River Swing silent auction, dinner and dance is a funtastic way to support the State Scenic Harpeth River and clean water in Tennessee. On the banks of the Harpeth River at the elegantly scenic Harpeth Westover Farm, with music is retro-dance tunes by Floyd the Barber Band, and a silent auction for […]

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Sept 27: National Public Lands Day

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Join Radnor Lake State Natural Area for an awesome celebration of National Public Lands Day! This is sure to be a great event for the entire family! Volunteers, along with Ranger staff, meet at the Visitor Center. Projects include mulching trails, exotic plant removal, trail repair and more. Friends of Radnor Lake provides bottled water, […]

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Sept 27: Nashville Symphony Free Day of Music

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The perfect way to celebrate a fall day! We invite the entire community to enjoy free musical performances all day and into the night at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. During Free Day of Music, we shine a light on some of the most talented and up-and-coming musical talent in Nashville, showcasing what makes Music City truly […]

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Sept 27: Walk to Defeat ALS

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People have been embracing the challenge to bring awareness and raise money for the ALS Association via the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Now, we challenge all SB readers to Walk to Defeat ALS. This one mile walk is designed to bring hope, raise money and come together as a community to support our local chapters of the ALS Association. […]

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Sept 28: Fall for Cheekwood

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FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD will be a high-end take on an old-fashioned fall festival, with hay rides, live entertainment, lawn games, a Southern supper, bier garten, s’mores and caramel apples – the best of fall! Fall for Cheekwod is the first all-family benefit supporting Cheekwood’s mission to make art and gardens accessible to everyone, specifically through the free […]

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Sept 30: The Council on Workforce Innovation Women’s Conference

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The Council on Workforce Innovation proudly announces the 2014 Women’s Conference hosted by Belmont University and the Trailblazer Award Winner, Anastasia Brown. The Women in the Workforce Forum & Awards, presented by Variety, will be on Tues., September 30 at 7:30 a.m (breakfast) at the Belmont University Maddox Atrium of Curb Event Center. Dawn Soler, […]

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Wednesday: Hump Day Happy Hour at Park Café

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Each Wednesday, Park Café will celebrate hump day by offering Hot Chicken & Waffles with Maple Bourbon Butter for $6 in the bar, lobby, and patio all night! As always, Happy Hour begins at 4:30 with $5 drink specials and $4-$6 appetizers. [email protected]  

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Starting Sept 8: Yoga at Acme

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Acme Feed & Seed is teaming up with Sanctuary Yoga to bring yoga to the rooftop of Acme five days a week. They’ll have a ‘power lunch hour’ session Monday-Friday starting at 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. http://theacmenashville.com

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Sept 21 & Oct 19: Jazz on the Cumberland

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Jazz on the Cumberland, a monthly concert series at Cumberland Park on the banks of the great river, returns for 2014. Concerts take place every third Sunday, August through October. The concerts, held from 5:30 –8 p.m., at the park’s amphitheater (located at 592 South 1st Street, Nashville, TN) are free and open to the […]

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Sept 2–Oct 4: Jared Small, a solo exhibition at David Lusk Gallery Nashville

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Stately Abandonment, an exhibit by Jared Small, opens this September in Nashville. This is Memphis artist Jared Small’s first solo exhibition at David Lusk Gallery Nashville. His new paintings on panel and mylar take inspiration from Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood and continue his narrative of an imaginary community through realistically painted portraits and architectural structures. As […]

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Oct 2: 2014 Academy for Women of Achievement Honorees

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There are those who speak to us and those who inspire us. The YWCA invites you to join us as we celebrate the 2014 Academy for Women of Achievement honorees-Janet Ayers, Rosetta Miller-Perry, Rita Mitchell, Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, Abby Rubenfeld, Laura Smith Tidwell and Seigenthaler Public Relations. Lift your voice as the YWCA honors those who’ve given […]

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Oct 2: Dinner on the Bridge

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Greenways for Nashville’s annual Dinner on the Bridge brings the city together for a wonderful dinner, a beautiful view, an almost full moon and great company on Nashville’s most famous Greenway! Held on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, Dinner on the Bridge raises funds to support the exciting Greenway momentum in Nashville. Join us on October […]

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Oct 2: Frame Drum Wisdom

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Frame Drum Wisdom is an introductory ‘play-shop’ that is designed to reduce stress and help participants reclaim their voice. Join the Scarritt Bennett Center as they explore the mystery of sound through the ancient wisdom of the frame drum. No musical experience required. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/694788100594803

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Oct 2: The Young Invincible Battle of the Bands

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You never know which celebrities might appear at The Young Invincible Battle of the Bands featuring TurboThrust and This Old Bear, a benefit for Family & Children’s Service on Thursday, October 2 from 6-9 p.m. at Paradise Park Trailer Resort. William Liles and Callaway Alexander bring their bands to one of downtown Nashville’s most fun watering holes […]

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Oct 3: Full Moon Pickin’ Party

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Full Moon Pickin’ Parties are laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers featuring Middle Tennessee’s finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon. Pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while headlining acts perform on the stage at the Percy Warner Equestrian Barn. Admission includes complimentary water, soft drinks and up to four […]

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Oct 4: Great Golden Gathering

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An event celebrating Golden Retrievers and Golden lovers! Inspired by the annual gathering of Golden Retrievers in Scotland where the breed originated, Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue is hosting a day of celebration for Golden Retrievers and those who love them here in Middle Tennessee! Bring your dog, Golden or other, and check out an amazing silent […]

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Oct 4: Quest

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A Nashville favorite event, Quest, is back and this time it’s “Outsiders Style”! To coincide with our production of The Outsiders, which runs from September 18 – October 5, NCT’s annual adults-only city-wide scavenger hunt (Quest) is set for October 4. Chaired by Maggi Duncan and Jim Schmidt with honorary co-chairs Melissa Frist and Ashley […]

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Oct 10: The Abundance Series by Marla Faith

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The Abundance Series by Marla Faith is a collection of thirteen large oil paintings full of rich color and warm emotion. The portraits feature local women in Nashville locations. Faith has worked in art education at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Guggenheim Museum, Storm King Art Center and Cheekwood Museum of Art and currently […]

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Oct 10-12: Germantown Street Festival

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The Germantown Street Festival is three days of free fun for the whole family! Food, drinks, music stages, kids play area, vendors, activities, 5k and p.u.p parade. Put it on the calendar and bring your friends. Dates: Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday, and Sunday, October 10-12. https://www.facebook.com/GermantownStreetFestival

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Oct 10-11: 4th Annual Vintage Market

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The 4th Annual Vintage Market will be in Franklin this year at Harlinsdale Farm. The theme: “A Spectacle of American Vintage” will celebrate the rich heritage of our Southern roots as well as 150 years since the Civil War. Vendors from around the southeast will create stunning displays. This year we are adding several family/pet friendly […]

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Oct 12: Music With a Mission

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Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Steve and Rudy, along with the GRAMMY® award-winning Nashville Symphony, will host this year’s “Music With A Mission” on Sunday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This annual event benefits and raises awareness for Nashville Rescue Mission, which serves more than 2,000 meals per day to the hungry […]

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Oct 17-18: City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show

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Those who scored a wealth of curated vintage, antique and artisan goods at last year’s City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show can rejoice! Popular Franklin-based “pickers” David and Kim Leggett are bringing back the second annual event October 17-18—one that will include a number of big-name guests, more than 150 vendors from across the U.S., and a unique […]

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Oct 20: 2014 President’s Cup Golf Tournament

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The outing will include lunch, driving range, putting contest, skill holes with prizes, hole-in-one contest sponsored by Lexus, snacks and beverages throughout the day, a valuable gift for every golfer, dinner, awards, and silent auction, including a tremendous Pebble Beach opportunity presented by Lexus Champions for Charity that can ONLY be won through the auction! […]

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Oct 22: Herend Event at Corzine & Co.

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On Wednesday, October 22, Corzine & Co. will celebrate a landmark occasion orchestrated by the internationally acclaimed Herend Porcelain Manufactory of Hungary. As one of only ten US retail dealers handpicked to host the event, the store will feature display shelves and tables laden with gallery-worthy porcelain finery rarely seen in the US, while accomplished Herend painter Marianna […]

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Oct 24: Laughter for the Children

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Laughter for the Children, October 24 at OZ Nahsville, is the primary fundraising event for Monroe Harding. This year you can enjoy side show acts from Playing by Air, live and silent auction, drinks, dinner, live band (Almost Famous), and dancing. Country music star, Rodney Atkins will be joining them that evening to share his story about […]

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