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.


Chef Tyler Brown of the Capitol Grille in the garden.



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.




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.




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




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!




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.

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

Dec 20: Bear it No More at Wilder

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Wilder will host an in-store reception featuring the art of Bear It No More, a furniture company that specializes in reclaimed lumber. All furniture is designed and made in Murfreesboro, TN.


Dec 20: The Ugly Sweater Run

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Rummage up the Ugliest Sweaters you can find and celebrate the Holidays by participating in the one of the best 5k of the year. Join thousands of runners and walkers from around the nation at a local Ugly Sweater Run near you. If you’ve never run a 5k before, this is a great way to […]


Dec 20: Winter Celebration!

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Join Warner Park Nature Center as they celebrate the Winter Solstice by watching the sunset on one of the shortest days of the year, enjoying winter stories, warming up by the fire and walking through the woods on a luminary-let pathway.  Call 615-352-6299 for more information and to register for this special program.


Dec 20: Cookie Decorating with Christie Cookie

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Join Nashville’s own Christie Cookie inside NFM’s Market House for Cookie Decorating! Did you know Santa LOVES Christie Cookie snickerdoodles? Christie Cookie does so they’re bringing 100 cookies for kids to decorate for their holiday enjoyment! This event will begin at  10 a.m. and continue while supplies last and will take place inside NFM’s Market House. […]


Dec 1-24: December Market at Spaces


Are you interested in buying local or supporting local small business and fine crafters and artists? Do you want to wow your friends, neighbors and family with unique, beautifully, handcrafted local jewelry, pottery, art, body creams, handmade soaps and bath salts, creative gifts, elegantly packaged local gift foods, fabulous clothes, hand drawn note cards and […]


Dec 6-21: Parade of Homes at Kings’ Chapel


Packed with a spectacular array of building, design and holiday ideas, the Parade of Homes returns to the gorgeous, gated community of Kings’ Chapel in Arrington, just south of Nashville, daily December 6-21 with 12 Days of Christmas events helping fund the multiple wishes for Make-A-Wish Middle TN children. Derek Hough, from Dancing With the […]


Now through Christmas: Siloam Gift Catalog


Give the gift that gives twice! Siloam Family Health Center cares for uninsured in Middle Tennessee by providing affordable, whole-person care that addresses the physical, emotional, spiritual and social determinants of health. Siloam serves people who fall through the cracks of the health care system due to financial, cultural or language barriers. More than 85% […]


Now through Christmas: 18th Annual Holiday Arts Market

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Whether you are looking for a unique gift or just wanting to add to your own collection, The Arts Company is CHOCK FULL of the fresh, original and unexpected this holiday season. Between now and Christmas, stop by and see new works by selected artists, special vintage items, pop-up books, handmade ceramics & more!


Through Dec 31: Apropos Day Spa Gift Certificates

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APROPOS Day Spa Gift Certificates are always the perfect fit! Purchase a Gift Certificate for $125 or more and receive a $25 Sea Salt Foot Scrub added for no charge! Offer good through December 31. (Not to be combined with any other specials, unlimited gift giving, limit 2 for personal use.)


Dec 6-23: Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker

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Relive the wonder of a child’s holiday dream and accompany Clara on a fantastic adventure through the Lands of Snow and Sweets. Enjoy the grandeur of yesteryear as we travel back to 1897 for what has become Nashville’s own beloved holiday tradition.


Dec 16-21: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical


The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Join TPAC in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters as they come to life in the all newRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that […]


Dec 22: Mr. Steve, The Music Man at Sugar Dive


Mr. Steve, The Music Man is known for his weekly spot on Lightning 100’s “Good Morning with Mr.Steve” and has been featured on NPR’s “Artist of the Day” for his “Responsibility Song”. Join us for this super sweet holiday treat and get your last minute stocking gifts. You’ll find lots of unique candy and Christmas […]


Dec 23: Sugar Dive’s Holiday Show


Sugar Dive is thrilled to announce this free holiday show with Lee Holyfield and Jimmy Stanley (of A&E’s “Crazy Hearts:Nashville”) with other surprise guests. They are also excited to welcome back Elle Maze at 7:30 p.m. to get the party started. Join them for fun giveaways, hot chocolate for a dollar and more surprises!


Dec 25: Christmas Feast at the Salvation Army


On Christmas Day, with the help of volunteers, The Salvation Army expects to serve more than 150 people a traditional turkey dinner. The meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 631 Dickerson Pike Center of Hope location. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Misty Ratcliff at (615) 242-0411, or [email protected]


Dec 27: Elf at the Belcourt

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Buddy the Elf doesn’t feel like he fits in with the other elves of the North Pole. But this Christmas, when he learns that he’s adopted, he journeys to New York to find his real father…and maybe spread a little Christmas cheer. Watch this holiday favorite at the Belcourt on Saturday, December 27 at 10 […]


Through Dec 31: Holiday Sale at Bliss Home

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Now you can save an extra 20% off Floor Model Markdowns, for up to 50% off or more in savings! The Floor Model Sale features quality, handcrafted furniture for your bedroom, living room, dining room or office. Their Holiday Sale extends to the digital world! Shop the website and receive free shipping on all orders over $75. Certain restrictions […]


Through Jan 1: Make-A-Wish Ornament Sale

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One-of-a-kind, handmade Make-A-Wish holiday ornaments are available in the Hutton lobby. Each year, the Hutton hosts a group of children with life-threatening illnesses an afternoon of ornament decoration and holiday activities. The ornaments then go on the Make-A-Wish tree in their lobby, where they can be purchased. They offer multiple denominations, and all proceeds go towards making […]


Through Dec 26: Iroquois Steeplechase Early Bird Special

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For a limited time only, the Iroquois Steeplechase is offering an early bird special on select tailgating spots. Now through December 26, each available tailgating spot is $600 and includes 10 armbands (two more than during regular ticket sales), one tailgating parking pass and two guest parking passes. Limited spaces are available in Family Area, […]


Through Dec 31: Posh Partners with Soles4Souls

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Posh has partnered with Soles4Souls, a local not for profit organization dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothes, for the month of December. Bring in a pair of gently worn shoes at any 3 of the Posh locations and receive 15% off your purchase.


Until Dec 31: Holiday at Cheekwood

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Live reindeer will be visiting Cheekwood during the month of December. Pop by to visit Santa’s trusted companies, decorate cookies, hear great music, take a gingerbread house workshop and visit with Santa. Holiday at Cheekwood is a month long celebration to get you in the spirit for the holiday season. This family-friendly event is full of […]


Thru Jan 31: Ms. Cheap Penny Drive

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The Ms. Cheap Penny Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank is revving up for their sixth annual hunger fight, and they want your help. Big or small, every penny counts in this drive where they pool all of pennies, nickels and quarters, as well as some dollar bills and checks, to experience the power of how it all adds […]


M Street NYE Party: 4 Parties, One Party

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The Rosewall + Virago + Saint Anejo + Whiskey Kitchen Here is your way to hit four parties and for one price. General admission is just $50. For those who purchase VIP ($125) all access tickets, they will have access to the VIP Mezzanine and VIP Bubble Lounge, separate plush lounge seating, DJ’s, party favors, […]


Dec 31: Dinner at 1808 Grille

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Make the last meal of the year unforgettable … At 1808 Grille, Executive Chef Jake Strang will be preparing a special four-course prix fixe menu. Wine pairings by Sommelier Lou Vargo available.


Dec 31: Dinner at Silo


On New Year’s Eve Silo will have extra dinner seatings at 10:00, 10:15 and 10:30 p.m.. They will be serving the menu that they’ll run that week; no pressure, order what you like and save room for the bubbles!


Dec 31: Pop the Cork at City Winery

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A night of champagne and dessert to ring in the New Year is just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy cheese and dessert samples and sip on sparkling wines as you watch the downtown fireworks in the City Winery Lounge or on the patio. $45/person


Dec 31: Acme’s New Year’s Eve Party


For $50, you can enjoy live music, balloon drops, specialty cocktails, a champagne lounge, worldwide countdown TV broadcast, a DJ dance party and a photo booth. If this is not enough, treat yourself to a $150 VIP ticket to add rooftop access, fireworks and an hour of complimentary champagne to the list of reasons to attend.


Dec 31: Bash on Broadway

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Ring in the New Year with Lady Antebellum, this year’s headliner; Gavin DeGraw, Kristen Capolino and The Apache Relay at the Jack Daniel’s Bash on Broadway. This free, New Year’s Eve event features live music, fireworks and the Music Note Drop. Party with your fellow Nashvillians downtown.


Dec 31: Dinner at 360 Wine Bar & Bistro


Ring in the New Year at 360 Wine Bar & Bistro. For $100 per person, you can enjoy a four course meal with wine pairings for an additional cost. 360’s chef has created an exquisite menu featuring Smoked Quail, Scallops, Duck Breast, NY Strip and many other options to please your palette. Please call for reservations: […]


Dec 31: Celebrate with the Nashville Symphony

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Join the Nashville Symphony and celebrate the most joyful night of the year with two vocalists and a piano soloist as they perform festive favorites by Gershwin (“I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Rhapsody in Blue”), along with traditional Viennese waltzes by Strauss & more (“Die Fledermaus,” “On the Beautiful Blue Danube,” “Merry Widow Waltz”). It’s the […]


Jan 10: Eric Church at Bridgestone Arena

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By popular demand, Eric Church is adding dates to his THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR! A tour that features a one-of-a-kind, wide-open, 360 degree stage that’s decked out with 10 different microphone placements.


Jan 10: Getting Started Writing Class

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Sometimes the hardest part is to begin. This class is designed to get writers past the difficulty that comes with a blank page. In this session, you;ll discuss the habit and the why of writing before jumping in with writing prompts and story starters. The goal of the session is both to get the juices flowing […]


Jan 10: Periodic Table: Midwinter Gathering

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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: Midwinter Gathering on January 10 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. This winter event is the third in a four part series of The Periodic Table and will be special as […]


Jan 6-11: TPAC Presents The Blue Man Group

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Experience the Phenomenon. Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that […]


Jan 15: Passion for Fashion


The Bootstraps Foundation is excited to host the third annual “Passion for Fashion” Cocktail and Charity event at Marathon Music Works in downtown Nashville on January 15, 2015. After a highly successful fundraiser in 2013, Bootstraps is gearing up for an even bigger event in 2015. The red carpet fundraiser will include a festive cocktail […]