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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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

May 26-31: Newsies at Andrew Jackson Hall

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Disney’s crowd-pleasing, energetic hit, Newsies, takes the stage at Andrew Jackson Hall for six days. Watch the cast explode in song and dance during the spectacular performance. You do not want to miss this, so be sure to purchase tickets today! patron.tpac.org/events/detail/newsies-2015-tpac

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May 26-28: Wine/Cocktail Pairing Dinner at Amerigo

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Book your spot for a five-course wine/cocktail pairing dinner presented by Chef Steven Robilio. Ingredients are sourced from the Franklin Farmers Market for this interactive dinner event. Reservations are required & available by calling 615-377-7070 (Cool Springs) or 615-320-1740 (Nashville).

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May 28: TITLE Boxing Club’s Rock & Rumble with Juice Nashville

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You box while the live band rocks! Join TITLE Boxing Club Nashville for their 2nd Rock & Rumble Event on Thursday, May 28! They will be offering a FREE explosive, full-body workout boxing/kickboxing class with live pulsating music from Foster McGinty.While you’re there checkout Lululemon and their new summer collection of athletic gear & Juice Nashville will be […]

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May 28: Saffire’s Backyard BBQ

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Head to Saffire’s Courtyard for a “backyard BBQ” tasting on Thursday, May 28. Chef de Cuisine, Jason LaIacona, will lead guests through sampling of Southern classics, paired with a variety of specialty brews. Tickets are $50/pp and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brews-and-bbq-tick Dinner menu: Amuse-Bouche  Smoked Salmon Crostini paired with Fat Bottom Lychee Weiss First […]

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May 29: Brew at the Zoo

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Nashville Zoo welcomes all species of beer lovers to the fourth annual Brew at the Zoo happening on Friday, May 29 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Animals, live music, local food trucks and 100 craft beers are on tap at this unique after-hours event. nashvillezoo.org/upcoming-events/entry/brew-at-the-zoo

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May 29: Full Moon Pickin’ Parties

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Friends of Warner Parks is celebrating its 15th season of Full Moon Pickin’ Parties. These laid-back fundraisers feature Nashville’s finest bluegrass and roots music under the light of a full (or nearly full) moon. Pickin’ Parties are held at the Warner Park Equestrian Center and admission includes complimentary water, soft drinks, and beer for adults. warnerparks.org

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May 30: The Music Country Grand Prix

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The Music Country Grand Prix is Middle Tennessee’s premier equestrian show jumping competition featuring top riders and horses from across the nation competing for a $40,000 purse. All proceeds from the event will benefit Saddle Up!, the largest and oldest therapeutic horseback riding program for children with disabilities. musiccountrygrandprix.com

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Jun 1: Iron Tribe 101 Introduction Course

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This month, try out Iron Tribe 101. This is their introcution course where you will meet an incredible community that will push you while learning the basics of their fitness program. Spots are limited so sign up quickly! This month-long instruction course will start June 1 at all locations (Belle Meade, Belmont, Brentwood and Cool Springs). http://www.irontribefitness.com/nashville

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Jun 4, 11, 18 & 25: Movies in the Park

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Movies in the Park is back! This annual events brings movies (and food trucks) to Elmington Park every Thursday in June. The events are always family friendly so pack a blanket and bring the whole clan! Get there early to grab dinner from The Grilled Cheeserie and Pizza Perfect or dessert from Retro Sno and […]

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May 26 – Aug 16: Penny Weight Pop Up and Launch Party at Wilder

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Wilder, a design shop for home and life, will host a three-month Pennyweight pop up event this summer, curated by Elise Joseph. Elise is a Nashville-based stylist, blogger, creative consultant and social media influencer. The pop up shop will kick off on Tuesday, May 26 and will run through Sunday, August 16. The launch party event, […]

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Jun 4: Yum!East

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Yum!East, a food tasting event that gathers select restaurants, chefs, food artisans, and specialty purveyors to showcase the best of East Nashville’s culinary landscape, is back for its third year. Admission includes unlimited tastings from East Nashville eateries, souvenir glass, open bar with craft beer and wine and live music. Participating restaurants include Eastland Cafe, Five Points Pizza, The […]

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Jun 4: Shelter Me Spotlights Crossroads Campus Metro Animal Care and Control and Bonaparte’s Retreat

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The PBS: Shelter Me series highlights the efforts of animal welfare organizations across the country who are trying to find homes for abandoned animals. Rather than focus on the sad, they celebrate the successes, and their Nashville episode celebrates the collaborative efforts of Crossroads Campus, Metro Animal Care and Control and Bonaparte’s Retreat. Find out how […]

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Jun 5-7: Weekend-Long Sale Featuring Masaya & Co. at Wilder

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Wilder, a design shop for home and life, will host a weekend-long sale featuring the outdoor furniture of Masaya & Company. Dedicated to design and sustainability, Masaya & Co. uses traditional artisanal techniques and sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods to make contemporary modern designs. The event will kick off on Friday, June 5 and run through the […]

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Jun 5-6: Porter Flea’s Summer Market

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A unique and uniquely Nashville shopping tradition, Porter Flea’s summer market returns in June 2015 for a fifth annual warm weather gathering of the area’s most talented designers and makers, who’ll share handmade wares spanning from apparel and accessories to prints, paper goods and furniture. This year’s summer market will again run over two days […]

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Jun 6: National Trails Day

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Outdoor enthusiasts will come together for educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail projects for National Trails Day. While this will be taking place across the country, you can celebrate locally at Tennessee State Parks. They will be offering a variety of ranger-led hikes. For a full schedule and listing of hikes, […]

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Jun 6: Swan Ball

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Each year, hundreds of guests gather for The Swan Ball. This charity event, which benefits Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, will feature entertainment by Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson. Guests will be clad in white tie attire for this festive affair. www.swanball.com

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Jun 6-7: Heritage Tour

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Each summer, members and supporters of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County open their homes and businesses as part of the Heritage Tour, showcasing the community’s dedication to protecting those resources as part of our legacy. Now in its 40th year, the Tour will invite the public inside historic residences, commercial structures and […]

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Through Jun 7: “Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art” at the Frist

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“Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art” assembles paintings and sculptures from the collection of the New-York Historical Society that recount stories relating to American cultural aspirations and everyday life in the early to mid-nineteenth century. The sections convey the narrative content that was deemed an essential component of a work of art […]

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Jun 9: Stars for Second Harvest

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This year, Dierks Bentley will headline the 11th annual Starts for Second Harvest. Held at Ryman Auditorium, this event promises an intimate evening of music with songwriters and performers–such as Dierks Bently and Charles Esten and Lennon and Maisy Stella, from ABC’s Nashville. Tickets start at $35 and will go fast! www.secondharvestmidtn.org/stars

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Jun 11-14: CMA Fest

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Brace yourself because for four days of all things country. Nashville will packed with thousands of country fans coming from far and wide for CMA Fest. With guests such as Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, it will be the biggest country event of the season. If you can’t score tickets […]

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Jun 12-28: The Nashville Symphony Show House

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The Nashville Symphony Show House will be open for tour June 12-28 in the beautiful Forest Hills area south of downtown Nashville. Being built by Castle Homes in partnership with noted architecture firm, Wade Weissmann Architecture Inc., the event is slated to be Nashville’s top home tour of the year while helping support the Nashville […]

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Jun 14: Pride Drag Queen Brunch

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POP is (really) excited to announce, in partnership with Pride Drag Queen Brunch on June 14.  Brunch features performances by Brooke Lynn Heights, ObSinity, Raquel Redd, and more. MENU french toast skewers | ginger peach preserves maple glazed house bacon | buttermilk biscuits crustless red pepper + leek quiche rainbow pancakes | sparkle whip cream […]

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Jun 17-21: Hot Yoga Plus Yoga Adventure in Mexico

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Join Hot Yoga Plus for a five-day yoga adventure in paradise in Punta Monterrey, a private beach just 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Luxury eco-casitas dot the jungle just steps from the sand. Punta Monterrey combines the super gorgeous Pacific coastline of Mexico with an organic living experience. Each day begins with a coffee, tea and […]

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Jun 18-20: Memory Rings at OZ

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Through a combination of fairy tale, fable, puppetry, choreography, original music and visual design, a 5,000 year journey of human and environmental change will come to life at OZ. The story will take place under the watchful eye of the world’s living tree and will chronicle humanity’s relationship to the environment. www.ozartsnashville.org/programs/memory-rings

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Jun 19-20: The City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair

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The City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair has been named one of the top five events to attend in October Southern Living magazine, and thousands of shoppers from around the globe (literally) flock to Williamson County each year to attend the Fairs. This year, there will be 80+ vendors from 13 states to show off their wares at the […]

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Jun 20: SuperCoolFunFest

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This 90s-themed event will feature My So Called Band, giant jenga, skip it and a Legend of the Hidden Temple obstacle course. Relive the 90s at the SuperCoolFunFest in Cumberland Park. It will take you back to your childhood but this time, you can legally drink beer. www.supercoolfunfest.com

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Jun 20: The Ultimate Beer Run

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Nothing will motivate you to run more than an ice cold beverage. Each lap, you and your running pals will be greated with a craft beer sample and after the race, you will get to drink down a cold 16oz beer. The Ulimate After-Party, which will take place immediately after the race, will include music, games, […]

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Jun 20: Walk for Wishes

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Walk for Wishes 2015 will be held on June 20  at Judge Fulton Greer Park in Franklin, TN. Powered by wish kids and families, volunteers, donors, corporate sponsors and friends, Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish® signature fundraiser that celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. http://www.middletennessee.wish.org/

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Jun 20: Nissan Taste of Music City

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Nashville’s largest Food and Drink Festival is celebrating 12 years! This event started in the concourse of what is now the Bridgestone Arena and has been held on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge and most recently at Riverfront Park and will make a return to Public Square Park this […]

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Saturdays May-Jun: Musicians Corner

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Musicians Corner, a program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, presents free weekly lawn parties in Nashville’s Centennial Park on Saturday afternoons in May, June, September and October. Musicians Corner is a central point in Nashville’s Centennial Park, free and open to all, where Music City gathers to perform and enjoy its […]

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Jun 25: Grand Cru

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As part of Nashville Wine Auction’s l’Eté du Vin, Grand Cru will be held on Thursday, June 25. This is the annual beneficiary and auction preview party which will kick off a series of events that will run through July. Each event raises funds to support the fight against cancer. www.nashvillewineauction.com/leteduvin2015

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Jun 26: Full Moon Pickin’ Party

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Friends of Warner Parks is celebrating its 15th season of Full Moon Pickin’ Parties. These laid-back fundraisers feature Nashville’s finest bluegrass and roots music under the light of a full (or nearly full) moon. Pickin’ Parties are held at the Warner Park Equestrian Center and admission includes complimentary water, soft drinks, and beer for adults. warnerparks.org

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Jun 27: Gilda’s Club The Dinner Party & Comedy Night

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The Dinner Party & Comedy Night is Gilda’s Club Nashville’s signature event. Now in it’s 17th year, the event is comprised of a small silent art auction, awards presentation, dinner and comedy. This year’s honorees include: Benjamin Goldberg and Max Goldberg from Strategic Hospitality receiving the Shining Star Award & Bruce Lyon receiving the Nancy […]

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Jul 3: Spanish Nights at Cheekwood

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Join Cheekwood for Spanish Nights inspired by Cheekwood’s exhibition, Human Landscape, featuring works by Barcelona based artist Jaume Plensa. Explore his art both in the gardens and the museum while experiencing the sounds and culture of Spain. It will be a night filled with music, live performances, and so much more! http://cheekwood.org/Public_Programs/Spanish_Nights.aspx • Duo Sudeste | classical […]

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Jul 31: Full Moon PIckin’ Party

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Friends of Warner Parks is celebrating its 15th season of Full Moon Pickin’ Parties. These laid-back fundraisers feature Nashville’s finest bluegrass and roots music under the light of a full (or nearly full) moon. Pickin’ Parties are held at the Warner Park Equestrian Center and admission includes complimentary water, soft drinks, and beer for adults. warnerparks.org

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Through Sept 4: Intimate Devotions and Everyday Objects from Late Antiquity

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How was religion lived at the private level of the household or individual? Much of our perception of religion in late antiquity stems from the official and monumental art associated with Greco-Roman religions, Judaism, or Christianity. Temples, imposing statues, churches, catacombs, and cemeteries can give the impression of communal religion practiced on a grand, public […]

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Through Sept 7: “Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape” at the Frist

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“Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape” is composed of three large-scale works, exemplifying different aspects of Jaume Plensa’s oeuvre. Plensa creates figurative sculptures from such materials as steel, bronze, alabaster and synthetic resin. His idealized faces and figures reflect timeless philosophical queries about the nature of spirituality and the role of the individual in shaping culture and […]

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Sept 12: Wine on the River

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Travel through 10 different regions spanning the globe. Sample wine, beer, and/or spirits specific to that region and a restaurant featuring a culturally themed menu. Take a break from your travels and enjoy the soothing sounds of live jazz music. The World Tour will be held on the beautiful Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, the perfect […]

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Through Nov 1: Human Landscape at Cheekwood

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Experience the dramatic sculptures of internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa in the debut of Human Landscape. The exhibition, which marks Plensa’s largest in the United States to date, will be on display throughout the estate’s historic grounds and Museum of Art. http://www.cheekwood.org

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