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
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 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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gallery and Filth Mart store, 1 – 5 p.m.
Location: 516 Hagan Street / Nashville / 37203
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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!