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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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

Aug 30: Bluegrass Night at Sugar Dive


Sugar Dive is celebrating Labor Day with a Bluegrass music night featuring young performers, Uma and Giri Peters on fiddle. They will be accompanied by music industry veteran, Deanie Richardson, along with other musicians to be announced. Come on out at 7 p.m. for a fun, SWEET time! FREE!


Aug 30: Artist Reception with Fahamu Pecou


Artist Reception with internationally acclaimed artist, Fahamu Pecou. (Official event of the Nashville Culture Fest sponsored by Xfinity) Fahamu Pecou is a visual artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and academic work addresses concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity and how these […]


July 27 & Aug 31: Carnton Sunset Concert Series


2014 Carnton Sunset Concert Series Adults (ages 13+) are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate for each concert Children (ages 6-12) are $5 in advance or at the gate for each concert Free for 5 and under The gates open at 4:30 p.m. The concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m. The concert […]


Aug 22-Sept 6: The Arts Company Introduces Fahamu Pecou: Artist and Scholar


As part of Culture Fest Nashville, The Arts Company proudly introduces Fahamu Pecou: Artist and Scholar in a limited-engagement exhibition, August 22-September 6. Fahamu will present a group of self-portrait paintings that represent contradictory ideals and ideas of young black men. The exhibit will be on view during regular gallery hours, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday throughSaturday, […]


Sept 2–Oct 4: Jared Small, a solo exhibition at David Lusk Gallery Nashville

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Stately Abandonment, an exhibit by Jared Small, opens this September in Nashville. This is Memphis artist Jared Small’s first solo exhibition at David Lusk Gallery Nashville. His new paintings on panel and mylar take inspiration from Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood and continue his narrative of an imaginary community through realistically painted portraits and architectural structures. As […]


Sept 2-30: Tuesdays for Tots at Cheekwood


Each Tuesday in September and December, Cheekwood offers a chance for toddlers to craft original art work and participate in activities that change weekly. The fun begins on September 2, with Flower Power. Make memories with your toddler during these classes held in the studio in the Learning Center. You can stop by the studios anytime […]


Sept 4 & 11: Shakespeare in the Park


This year’s 27th annual Shakespeare in the Park production will feature As You Like It. As to be expected, this production will come with a twist. A Depression-era setting and original music by songwriter David Olney will make for a fun, interactive evening in the park. Head to the park around 6 p.m. to enjoy the […]


Sept 4-6: Live on the Green Festival

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Thursdays are our favorite nights in August thanks to Live on the Green. This year, they are stepping things up and adding a three day festival filled with live music, vendors, and local flavor. The music starts on Friday, September 4 at 6 p.m. with Johnny Swim and does not stop until 10:45 on Sunday. Look […]


Sept 5: Celebrate 2 Years of Business with Hyde Salon


Hyde Salon is having “Anniversary Week” to celebrate 2 years in business! Free treatments all week along with product giveaways. On Friday, September 5 they will unveil a cosmetic line exclusive to Hyde Salon in Nashville- only available on the East and West coasts until now! Stop in, enjoy a mimosa, and help them celebrate 2 […]


Sept 5-6: Taste of Tennessee and Craft Brewers Fest


The State Fair is back in town again from September 5-14 but we are thinking the first weekend is the time to go. With the Taste of Tennessee Festival festivities, including the 2nd Annual Craft Brewers festival on September 5, we are ready for a large dose of everything local. Plan to indulge in beer from […]


Sept 5: Full Moon Pickin’ Party


Full Moon Pickin’ Parties are laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers featuring Middle Tennessee’s finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon. Pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while headlining acts perform on the stage at the Percy Warner Equestrian Barn. Admission includes complimentary water, soft drinks and up to four […]


Sept 6: First Saturday Art Crawl

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From April – December, we find ourselves looking forward to the first Saturday of each month, when we have an excuse to check out our favorite galleries around downtown. On September, we will be stopping by The Arts Company, Rymer Gallery, Tinney Contemporary, Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery, and David Lusk Gallery for their new exhibits!


Sept 6: Chukkers for Charity


Nissan will present Chukkers for Charity, a polo game and outdoor event held in Franklin, Tenn. Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, a world-class polo player and the face of several Ralph Lauren and Polo brands will be a highlight of the September 6 event. The featured celebrity player this year is Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, renowned as one of the […]


Sep 6: Sunset on the South Harpeth


Join Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation and David Marks on his beautiful farm on the South Harpeth River in Williamson County for Sunset on the South Harpeth; Saturday, September 6 at 3 p.m.Explore a 1920s dairy barn, hike along the South Harpeth River and enjoy refreshments; Kayaking for all ages with the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (all equipment will […]


Aug 2-Sept 13: Tinney Contemporary Presents “The New Real 2: Figure-Focused,”


Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present “The New Real 2: Figure-Focused,” a figurative photorealism exhibition curated by Tinney Contemporary Gallery Director, Sarah Wilson. A follow-up to Wilson’s 2012 curatorial debut, this exhibition continues in the same vein as its predecessor by showcasing innovators in the contemporary realism genre with a roster of nationally and internationally […]


Sept 7: Art & Soul Open House


Art & Soul is a studio in the 12South District where you are welcome to take a class, a workshop, or drop in on any of our community-wide events. Our Open House & Art Show is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of art, food, and lively conversation. Next door to Art & Soul, […]


Sept 7: The Lost Loon Triathalon

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A triathlon that is fun for the whole family, sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park! The Lost Loon Triathlon consists of nine miles of biking, two miles of canoeing and four miles of running/walking. Racers may participate in all three or just pick one and any level of competition is welcome. Flat-fee donation of […]


Sept 9-10: 100% Italiano Wine Tasting at Amerigo


Join Amerigo for a 100% Italiano wine tasting, featuring 4 Italian wines & light hors d’oeuvres! A portion of all proceeds will go towards Rally 4 Paws, a local organization dedicated to helping 3 Non-Profit Organizations: Habitat for Paws Nashville, Proverbs 12:10Animal Rescue, and Lovie’s Legacy, which support the needs necessary to save pets in over-crowded animal […]


Sept 10: Wine Down Wednesdays at Mokara Spa


Need a midweek recharge? Enjoy yours with this exclusive spa and sip offer at our signature Mokara Spa every Wednesday starting September 10. Book a 50-minute treatment at our luxurious spa, and enjoy your choice of wine to start your appointment off right. Plus sample a selection of light bites and appearances from special guests […]


Sept 12: New Exhibition at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery


Friday, September 12 is the opening of the exhibition: “I Am Unbeatable – Documenting and Celebrating Stories of Empowerment – Photographs by Donna Ferrato,” which is free and open to the public at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition opens on September 12 and runs through December 4; aside from Fall & Thanksgiving break, the gallery […]


Sept 13: Music City Hot Wing Festival


If you like hot wings, beer and music, you can officially consider yourself a Nashvillian. The Music City Hot Wing Festival will be bring us all together to enjoy some of our favorite things at Public Square Park downtown on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Munch on treats, sip cool drinks […]


Sept 13: Wine on the River

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Take a trip around the world with samples of wine, beer and spirits specific to 10 different regions across the globe all while overlooking downtown Nashville from the Shelby Pedestrain Bridge. These tastings will be matched with a culturally themed menu and accompanied by some live, smooth jazz tunes. The Wine of the River World […]


Sept 13: Made in Tennessee


We love everything free and everything Tennessee! The Made in Tennessee Festival brings these two together at their event on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Centennial Park’s Event Pavilion. This event benefits the Tennessee Literary Coalition and celebrates all things local! In typical Nashville fashion, there will be music, eats, drinks […]


Sept 15: Girl Scout Luncheon


Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee is hosting their annual Girl Scout Luncheon at the Music City Center, September 15. Lee Ann Womack, Grammy and CMA Award Winning Country Vocalist, will be the featured guest and performing live as well as giving insight into the life a female in the music industry. This performance is paired with a […]


Sept 16-21: Americana Music Festival


We all might shed a tear when Live on the Green comes to an end, but onto the next music series! For four nights, September 17-20, you can jam to 165 live performances scattered around different music venues downtown. Go big and purchase a wristband to experience every exciting moment of the festival or purchase […]


Sept 16: 2nd Annual Benefit for End Slavery Tennessee


The second annual benefit event for End Slavery Tennessee will be held on September 16, 2014 at Richland Country Club. Breakfast is at 7 a.m. and the luncheon is at 11:30 a.m at Richland Country Club. The mission of End Slavery Tennessee is “to promote healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in our state.”  […]


Sept 17: Eat Green For Tennessee


Wednesday, September 17 will be the second annual Eat Green for Tennessee event, put on by The Land Trust for Tennessee. Local restaurants will give a percentage of the full day’s sales to support work protecting local farms and Tennessee’s natural open spaces. 41% of Tennessee’s acreage is farmland. Conserving farms bolsters a major economic […]


Sept 20: Centennial Park Dog Day Festival


Each year, 7,500+ dog owners descend upon Centennial Park for the Dog Day Festival, Middle Tennessee’s largest one day event celebrating and supporting our four-legged friends and their owners. Furrnatic pet owners are treated to a variety of activities to pamper their pets, including a HUGE shopping pavilion and the Nashville Humane Association Store, Doggie […]


Sept 20-21: Music City Food + Wine Festival

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Chefs and wine experts work with local Nashville talent to introduce you to everything the growing culinary scene in Nashville has to offer. Samplings, demonstrations, panels and music will make for a magical weekend that will ignite your taste buds. The festival will take place September 20 & 21 at Public Square Park & Walk of […]


Sept 20: Hustle for the House 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run


On September 20, check out the Hustle for the House 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Nashville. The race will start and finish at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House and follow a certified course through the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood. All participants are welcome to dress in their finest disco […]


Sept 25-29: Predators Preseason Kicks off in Nashville


The Predators 2014 preseason will open on September 23 in Tampa bay, then will return home for a four game run at Bridgestone Arena from September 25 through September 29. We suspect that the double header against Florida, on September 27, will be an exciting match and a great start to the season!    


Sept 28: Fall for Cheekwood


FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD will be a high-end take on an old-fashioned fall festival, with hay rides, live entertainment, lawn games, a Southern supper, bier garten, s’mores and caramel apples – the best of fall! Fall for Cheekwod is the first all-family benefit supporting Cheekwood’s mission to make art and gardens accessible to everyone, specifically through the free […]


Sept 30: The Council on Workforce Innovation Women’s Conference


The Council on Workforce Innovation proudly announces the 2014 Women’s Conference hosted by Belmont University and the Trailblazer Award Winner, Anastasia Brown. The Women in the Workforce Forum & Awards, presented by Variety, will be on Tues., September 30 at 7:30 a.m (breakfast) at the Belmont University Maddox Atrium of Curb Event Center. Dawn Soler, […]


Oct 3: Full Moon Pickin’ Party


Full Moon Pickin’ Parties are laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers featuring Middle Tennessee’s finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon. Pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while headlining acts perform on the stage at the Percy Warner Equestrian Barn. Admission includes complimentary water, soft drinks and up to four […]


Oct 10-11: 4th Annual Vintage Market


The 4th Annual Vintage Market will be in Franklin this year at Harlinsdale Farm. The theme: “A Spectacle of American Vintage” will celebrate the rich heritage of our Southern roots as well as 150 years since the Civil War. Vendors from around the southeast will create stunning displays. This year we are adding several family/pet friendly […]


Oct 25: One in A Bluemoon


The Land Trust for Tennessee is celebrating 15 years and 100,000 acres of land protection across the state of Tennessee. This year they head back to Glen Leven Farm with their extended friends and family to look back at all of our successes and forward to exciting projects on the horizon. Join them for a sophisticated shindig full […]


Nov 2: Sunday in the Park


Elegant, tented luncheon in the heart of Edwin Warner Park. 2014 Marks the 25th year of this beloved fall tradition. Since 1990, this tradition has brought park patrons together for an elegant, tented luncheon among Edwin Warner Park’s rolling hills and grand trees. Funds raised will support Friends of Warner Parks programs and preservation efforts.