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

Nov 23: Game Day Sunday and Acme

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On Sunday, November 23, head to Acme to watch all your favorite football match ups,, including  Titans vs. Bengals, while sipping on Coors light and enjoying live music. 21+ / Free / 11 a.m. –  7 p.m. http://theacmenashville.com/calendar/1167

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Nov 23: Bottle Release & Fundraiser Party

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Join brewers from Blackstone, Yazoo, Jackalope, Little Harpeth, Tennessee Brew Works, Black Abbey, Fat Bottom, Mayday, and more to raise money for the fight against lung cancer. In honor of Stephanie Weins, co-founder of Blackstone Brewing Company who lost her batter with lung cancer, this event will raise money for Stephanie’s Fight, a non-profit that […]

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Nov 21-23: Holiday Preview Nashville Flea Market

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The Nashville Flea Market at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds is considered to be among the top ten flea markets in the country. And this is the perfect time of year to go! Dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. Eager shoppers travel hundreds of miles, often by the bus […]

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Nov 21-23: Music in the Vines

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From April to December, Arrigton Vineyards hosts Music in the Vines, which features local jazz groups. Stop by on Friday or Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. to enjoy this live outdoor jazz event. Great music, tasty wines and stunning views of the vineyard are ingredients for a […]

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Until Nov 24: Lucy Pop Makeover

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Do you know someone who deserves a little Lucy Pop in their lives? Nominate them to be one of our Holiday Makeover Contest winners! send a recent pic of your nomination, contact info for them and yourself, along with a short explanation of why they deserve to be #lucypoppped to [email protected] They’re looking for people […]

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Nov 19-30: %30 Off Sale at Calypso St. Barth

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Stop by and shop for yourself or for a friend! Calypso St. Barth has a fabulous 30% off sale going on in their Calypso Nashville Boutique. Select cashmere, knits, boots, scarves and other cozy essentials. Located in the Hill Center between Anthropologie and Sweet Cece’s. calypsostbarth.com

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Thru Dec 1: Jeff Grady at The Rymer Gallery

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Drawing from digital and 8-bit icons, Jeff Grady makes iconic imagery about vintage tech, using upcycled iPods as his medium. Jeff Grady, an entrepreneur who in 2001 started the world’s first iPod accessories company, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO), is exhibiting his iPod artwork at The Rymer Gallery through December 1. therymergallery.com

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Give Back This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving brings together family and friends in the spirit of giving. Before, of after, you indulge in your holiday traditions, consider giving back. These seven opportunities allow you to lend a helping hand and give back to the Nashville community. November 22: Saint Luke’s Thanksgiving Health Fair and Feast A turkey lunch with all the fixings! […]

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Nov 24: Hockey & Heels

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Hockey & Heels presented by Hermitage Lighting Gallery, November 24 6-8:30 p.m. Girls Night Out! Get an inside look at the Nashville Predators organization through Hockey 101, skill demonstrations with Preds players, locker room tour, and Q&A with special guest Preds Rinkside Reporter Lyndsay Rowley, and Preds broadcasters. Event registration ($50/person) includes a souvenir gift, […]

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Nov 25: Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett Center

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Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett, a monthly poetry reading, will feature Tom Lombardo on Thursday, November 25 from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Fondren Building at the Scarritt Bennett Center. Free and open to the public. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/679319245446882

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Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Deals

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Whether you want to face the crowds and the chill of an early morning on Black Friday, let your turkey digest and shop small on Saturday, or perhaps a combo of both, we’ve got you covered. The list below offers a glimpse at the best deals and steals for a weekend of shopping. Black Friday Fleet Feet […]

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Nov 27: The Boulevard Bolt

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The 2014 Boulevard Bolt will be the 21st anniversary of this annual Thanksgiving Day event. Every year, people all over Nashville and beyond come together to run or walk the 5-mile course on Belle Meade Boulevard. Whether you are a competitive racer, or just want to walk with friends and family, the Boulevard Bolt is […]

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Nov 29: Holiday at Cheekwood

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‘Tis the season for holiday spirit at Cheekwood! From Santa portraits and live reindeer, gingerbread house workshops and festive music, to elaborately decorated trees and creative art activities – the end of the year is a fun and festive time at Cheekwood. Join the fun to make wonderful memories and start a lasting holiday tradition with […]

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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 […]

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Dec 2: Season’s Treatings at Acme

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12th & Broad and Nashville Originals are bringing together Nashville eateries for a sweet holiday celebration. 12 chefs, from local restaurants, will participate in an invitational dessert competition. These dishes, crafted with local ingredients, will be tasted and judged by Maneet Chauhan, James Beard Award Winner of Excellence and Chopped Judge. Enjoy some local competition, brews and […]

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Dec 2: Giving Tuesday

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In honor of Giving Tuesday, recycle your old electronics! Electronics can be dropped off at any Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee’s offices from now until December 5. You can protect the enviroment and invest in Girl Scouts by giving your old electronics. Items accepted: cell phones, MP3 players, handheld games, e-readers, digital still and video […]

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Dec 2: Feast of the Seven Fishes at Amerigo

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Chef Steven Robilio presents the “Feast of the Seven Fishes”, also known as “The Vigil” in Southern Italy. Each seafood course is paired with wine or craft cocktails; reservations are required. The event will take place at Amerigo’s Cool Spring location. http://www.amerigo.net

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Dec 3: Parnassus Books Presents: Chef Sean Brock In Conversation with Jason Isbell

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Enjoy an evening with Sean Brock, The James Bread Award-winning chef of Husk, and Jason Isbell, singer-songwriter and guitarist. Presented by Parnassus Books and POP, this evening will feature drinks and bites, provided by Otaku South. Each attendee will receive a copy of Heritage, Sean Brock’s cookbook. Heritage includes recipes for both comfort food and high-end restaurant […]

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Dec 3: Wine 101: An Introduction at The Skillery

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If “I like it” is all you know about wine, then this class is for you. Snooty servers, judgmental clerks, confusing labels, misleading marketing and opaque pricing — who hasn’t encountered these barriers? They keep would-be wine lovers watching from the sidelines, too overwhelmed and intimidated to explore further. But a little knowledge can make […]

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Dec 3-6: Carter Smith Trunk Show at Zelda

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Zelda’s Carter Smith Wearable Art Trunk Show will be a feast for the eyes! Carter is both a fiber artist and a gifted couturier, and his one-of-a-kind designs flatter every woman from size 4 to size 18. Priced $150 to $2,500, casual to dressy, never out of style, this is investment dressing at its very best. For […]

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Dec 4: Christmas in Hillsboro Village

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Hillsboro Village invites you to get in the Christmas spirit at their Christmas in Hillsboro Village event. Restaurants will be offering holiday food and drink specials and merchants will have holiday shopping discounts. There will be music all around the Village to enjoy as you shop local, eat well and embrace the joy of Christmas. […]

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Dec 4: Zap! Laser & Aesthetics Open House

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Zap!’s Holiday Open House is December 4 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. This very popular annual event is sure to be an exciting evening. The first 50 guests receive a gift bag full of great goodies. Guests can register to win amazing prizes throughout the night including Laser Hair Removal, Botox, Fraxel, skincare products and more. […]

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Dec 4: A Night with Tony Joe White Benefitting Saddle Up!

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A Night with Tony Joe White Benefitting Saddle Up! Thursday, December 4 at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Theatre Tony Joe White – best known for writing “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” – in a one-night-only performance at the historic Franklin Theatre. His touring credits include Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton and James […]

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Dec 4: Etsy Seller Boot Camp

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On December 4, Nashville’s The Skillery is hosting an all-day learning event with visiting Etsy Seller Education Specialists called Etsy Seller Boot Camp. It’ll include panels and break-out workshops focused on everything from getting an Etsy shop started to optimizing an existing shop with SEO, branding and marketing tips. We’re closing out the day with […]

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Dec 5: Martinis and Mistletoe

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While anyone over 21 is welcome to attended this festive get together, we have noticed it to be particularly popular for the young professionals. Held annually at Cheekwood Botanic Hall, this holiday party features local, late night eats, an open bar with festival cocktails and live music. Benefiting the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee, Martinis & […]

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Dec 5-17: Fourth Annual Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays

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Join Bill and Crissy Haslam for the fourth annual Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays open house event held at the Tennessee Residence. This year’s open house will be held Friday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 17, with tours offered Monday through Saturday. The decoration theme this year is “Tennessee Landscapes,” which will showcase the natural beauty of our state. Tennessee has […]

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Dec 5: Lucky Belly Grand Opening

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On December 5 check out Lucky Belly at their grand opening. Enjoy Nashville’s first neighborhood bar serving gourmet burgers, sushi and spiked shakes. Lucky Belly is inspired by the urban youth culture of modern Tokyo, which reflects a love of Americana. Lucky Belly will be a wonderful reflection of American culture as seen through a Japanese lens. http://eatatluckybelly.com

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Dec 5-6: Porter Flea’s Holiday Market

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A unique and uniquely Nashville holiday shopping tradition, Porter Flea’s holiday market returns in December 2014 for a fourth annual wintertime gathering of the area’s most talented designers and makers, who’ll share handmade gifts spanning from apparel and accessories to prints, paper goods and furniture. This year’s holiday market will again run over two days […]

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Dec 5-7: The Garden and Gun Jubilee!

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We are going to the Garden & Gun Magazine Jubilee! Anyone else want to come? Check out the event here for info and tickets. Dates are Dec 5-7th in Charleston, SC. Spend some time doing something for yourself before the month of Decemeber gets into full swing. We are SO excited to go; join us! http://bluepr.in/1vi4jai

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Dec 6: Home Alone with the Nashville Symphony

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While this holiday classic, which features Macaulay Culkin, plays on the big screen, the Nashville Symphony will perform a charming and delightful score composed by John Williams. Get into the Christmas spirit as you watch Kevin McCallister, Macaulay Culkin’s character, defend himself from two thieves after he is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for family vacation. This […]

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Dec 6-7: Holiday Lights Carriage Tours

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December brings the bright and stunning displays of holiday lights. What better way to see the lights and gorgeous homes than to tour the Hillsboro-West End neighboorhood via carriage? The Holiday Lights Carriage tours takes you through the heart of this Nashville neighborhood in horse-drawn carriages. Enjoy live music, carols, hot cider and refreshments during this festive, 30-minute […]

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Dec 6: It’s a Wonderful Life at War Memorial Auditorium

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The Wonderful Life Foundation invites you to be their guest for an evening of holiday cheer! Please join us for our eleventh annual holiday gathering. Doors open at 4 p.m., with a special viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life at 5 p.m. After the film, guests will proceed to the ballroom for a festive reception complete with […]

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Dec 6: Christmas on 18th Ave.

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Each Christmas Catherine Clement opens her cottage-style home in the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood to fellow artisans & makers to sell their handmade wares. Almost every square inch of her 950 square foot home is filled with beautiful items for sale including jewelry, acrylic paintings, pillows, children’s clothing, wreaths, calendars, soaps, prints, etc. Everyone who comes says […]

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

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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 […]

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Dec 6: 3rd Annual Winter WarmUp 6K/12K Race

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On December 6, 12 South will host the 3rd Annual Winter WarmUp 6K/12K race, which precedes the 5th Annual 12 South Winter Warmer Beer Festival. Proceeds from the race will benefit Hands On Nashville’s Home Energy Savings Project. FromNovember 1 until December 4, registration prices are $35 for the 6K and $40 for the 12K. […]

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Dec 6: Hester and Cook Holiday Party

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Please join Hester and Cook for a night of fun with a special viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, a silent auction, a festive party and help us raise money to assist families of children being treated for serious illness. Bring your family to enjoy music, dancing, food, drink, and merriment, at an event where 100% […]

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Dec 7: Holiday Cookie Extravaganza

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This holiday decorating party allows you to have all the fun without all the mess in your kitchen. You will leave with tips, demonstrations and recipes from Hannah Messinger, a bag full of decorated Christmas cookies and a belly full of warm, boozy cider. Bring your apron and your friends to this two hour class held […]

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Dec 7: Music City Suds Trunk Show at 8th & Argyle

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Knock out your holiday shopping to the tune of Music City Suds’ Trunk Show at 8th & Argyle! The entire line of Music City Suds products will be available for shopping, as well as $3 stocking stuffer soaps. They”ll also have special gift baskets and box sets, as well as their Body Scrub Bar, where you […]

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Dec 9: Merry Mercy Christmas Benefit at the Omni Nashville Hotel

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Mercy Ministries will host its annual Merry Mercy Christmas Benefit at the Omni Nashville Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and includes a reception, silent auction, dinner and entertainment by Danny Gokey and Dana Glover. Tickets are $125 per person ($60 of ticket is tax deductible) and may be purchased […]

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Dec 11: 1920’s Soirée and Screening

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You don’t have to wait until January 4 to watch the first episode of Downton Abbey Season 5 on MASTERPIECE! Attend Nashville Public Television’s 1920s Soirée and Screening at the Franklin Theatre on December 11. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in Roaring 20s attire or as their favorite Downton Abbey character. Tickets available at http://bit.ly/ZwneBs or […]

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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 […]

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Dec 13: Music City Christmas Run

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The “new” Nashville tradition is born with the Music City Christmas Run! If you are a serious runner, it will be a competitive race. If you want to run for fun or walk, this is for you too. Whatever your style, you can sing, cheer and raise money and awareness to prevent child abuse and […]

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