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

Jul 4-5: Jackson’s Fight for Our Independence at the Hermitage

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Sign the Muster Roll and join Jackson’s Fight for Our Independence! Featuring a Haversack Family Adventure, kids can go through marching and drill training, hear from War of 1812 soldiers about their experiences, talk to women of the period, and build a boat for the Raingutter Regatta! Learn how to celebrate properly with some dancing […]

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Jun 26-Jul 5: Merridian’s Independence Day Sale

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Don’t miss Merridian Home Furnishings Independence Day Sale which starts June 26. 15% off all furniture, including handmade wooden furniture, custom upholstery and special orders. This sale goes through July 5. For more information and to peruse their collection online, click here: www.merridian.com

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Jul 6: Iron Tribe’s Intro 101 Classes start

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Iron Tribe’s Intro 101 classes start Monday, July 6. All Nashville locations. Morning and evening options available. If you’ve wondered what Iron Tribe is all about, come experience it for yourself by visiting the first class on July 6 … for free! Follow the link to find the closest location to you and contact the manager […]

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Jul 7: TPAC Presents: Anthony Bourdain – Close to the Bone

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Chef, author, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world’s most exotic dishes on his hit TV shows Parts Unknown on CNN, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. Somewhat notoriously, he has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir, advocate, social […]

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Jul 7-25: LAND RUSH at David Lusk Gallery

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This July David Lusk Gallery-Nashville presents LAND RUSH, a blockbuster group exhibition exploring the immense and diverse world of landscape art. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculpture, and photographs by 21 nationally and internationally renowned artists. From detailed and representational to loose and abstracted, LAND RUSH explores the landscape from a number of vantage points […]

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Jul 10: Red, White & Zoo

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Head down to the Nashville Zoo for Red, White and Zoo, their inaugural wine tasting event. Experience the Zoo’s exotic habitats while enjoying wine from around the world. This is an adults-only evening fundraiser, guests must be 21 to attend. The fun goes from 7 to 10 p.m. and includes unlimited wine tastings, a commemorative glass, food […]

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Jul 10: “Roman Holiday” at Frist Center

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Film: Roman Holiday at 7 p.m. at Frist Center Auditorium Gallery admission required; members free First come, first seated The first Hollywood film to be shot and produced on location in Italy, Roman Holiday made Audrey Hepburn an enduring international star and fashion icon. Princess Ann (Hepburn), on a visit to Rome, decides to try to escape her […]

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Jul 11: Red, White and Brew

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The Tomorrow Fund’s Red, White and Brew will celebrate America and freedom at Sevier Park on July 11 with a mid-summer fest, with red and white wine, local brews, tasty food, music and a few games, too. Join us in the fun, and taste samples from several of Nashville’s most delicious restaurants and food trucks! This […]

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Jul 3: Trisha Yearwood Exhibition CMHOF

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Whether it’s “She’s in Love with the Boy” or “How Do I Live” or “XXX’s and OOO’s” or any of her numerous other hits, we’ve all connected with and felt empowered by Trisha Yearwood. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, in recognition of her incredible success, honors Trisha’s career through their five month exhibition about the […]

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Jul 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Family Night at Cheekwood

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Cheekwood invites you and your family back for their popular summer series. Every Thursday evening in July gather your family together for fantastic performances and shows, a ‘kids dance zone,’ and magical memories made in the beautiful gardens at Cheekwood! cheekwood.org/FamilyNightOut Family Night Out will now include a different food truck each week in addition to […]

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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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Jul 13: Barenaked Ladies at Woods Amphitheater

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Jul 16: Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations Book Launch

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Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations, the brain child of Nashville writer Lily C. Hansen, is a softcover coffee table book of interviews and portrait photography. It is a series of interviews with prolific Nashvillians in the art, culinary and music industries. The “Wild card” section encompasses individuals who eclipse any of those categories. On Thursday, July 16 at 6 […]

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Jul 19: Monteagle Sunday School Assembly Cottage Tour and Bazaar

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Make of day of it and visit one of this region’s best annual traditions! The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly Woman’s Association will be holding the 50h Annual Cottage Tour & Bazaar on Friday, July 19. Seven historic cottages will be open, located within the Assembly’s grounds, as well as the Auditorium (1927) and Gymnasium built in 1884. Bazaar shopping, a variety of lunch options, […]

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July 23-25: The 36th Annual l’Eté du Vin

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Jul 23: Artists’ Forum: Nashville Fashion Designers Presented by Amanda Valentine at Frist

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Artists’ Forum: Nashville Fashion Designers Presented by Amanda Valentine, VALENTINE/VALENTINE founder and designer and Project Runway finalist, and Mclaine Richardson, jewelry designer, Margaret Ellis, Inc. at 6:30 p.m. Frist Center Auditorium Free | First come, first seated Inspired by the exhibition “Italian Style: Fashion since 1945,” the Frist Center’s summer Artists’ Forums will feature some of Nashville’s […]

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Jul 24: Art After Dark: “Italian Style: Fashion since 1945″ at Frist Center

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Art After Dark: “Italian Style: Fashion since 1945″ Presented by Ginny Soenksen, assistant curator of interpretation, Frist Center for the Visual Arts at 6:30 p.m. Meet at exhibition entrance Gallery admission required; members free | Reservations recommended, but not required Enrich your Friday nights. Join in an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and […]

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Jul 25: Mafiaoza’s Music City Brewer Festival

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Jul 31: Full Moon PIckin’ Party

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Aug 8: YMCA’s Tomato 5K

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Aug 14: “The Barefoot Contessa” at Frist Center

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Film: The Barefoot Contessa at 7 p.m. Frist Center Auditorium Gallery admission required; members free | First come, first seated Humphrey Bogart plays Harry Dawes, a recovering alcoholic and film director who plucks simple nightclub dancer Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) out of obscurity and transforms her into an international movie star. The Barefoot Contessa details the rise […]

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Aug 20: Lecture: “Stylish Cities: Fashion and a Sense of Place—from Milan to Nashville” at Frist Center

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Lecture: “Stylish Cities: Fashion and a Sense of Place—from Milan to Nashville” Presented by Karen Elson, British top model and singer-songwriter, and Libby Callaway, fashion media professional and stylist at 6:30 p.m. Frist Center Auditorium Gallery admission required; Members free | First come, first seated Join one of the fashion world’s most sought-after models, Karen Elson, and […]

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Aug 28: Full Moon Pickin’ Party

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Aug 28: Frist Friday with Those Darlins

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Through Sept 4: Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Circus Exhibit

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Experience the excitement of the circus this summer with the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery as they dive into the colorful spectacle of the circus. Centered around several rare vintage posters, this exhibit promises human “oddities,” banners, toys, and even a funhouse mirror while also offering a unique insight into the interwoven history of the […]

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

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Through Sept 7: “Italian Style: Fashion since 1945″

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“Italian Style: Fashion since 1945″ chronicles the birth and growth of the Italian fashion industry from the post-World War II recovery years to the present day. Based on new archival research, this elegant and comprehensive exhibition explores the development of both womens- and menswear and highlights key designers and the outstanding techniques, materials and expertise […]

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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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