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

Mar 1: Wedding Day at The Hermitage

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Join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage on Sunday, March 1, for an exclusive tour of the property’s four unique wedding venues and to interact with Nashville’s top wedding vendors. From 12 to 4 p.m., enjoy a glass of champagne while you sample food from The Hermitage’s preferred caterers and take in beautiful floral arrangements – set up […]

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Feb 14-Mar 2: President’s Day Sale at Merridian Home Furnishings

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Merridian Home Furnishings will be discounting all of their inventory 15% off for their President’s Day Sale starting February 14 through March 2. Stop in to find one of a kind items, as well as beautiful furniture, accessories, lighting and art. The discount also applies to all special orders. For more information, check out their website […]

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Weekdays: Mokara Lunch & Luxury

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Mokara Lunch & Luxury includes one selection from a special menu of 25-minute services and a healthy meal designed to leave you feeling recharged and ready to take on the rest of your day. Includes complimentary valet parking. A weekday recharge has never been so convenient – be in and out of the spa in […]

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Nightly: Bongo at Night

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Sip, savor and unwind with friends at Bongo at Night. Every night between 5 and 10 p.m. enjoy an expanded menu that includes pour over options, local beers, wines, spirits and savory and sweet snacks. Kick back and listen to our vinyl record spins while enjoying a board game or two with friends. For more […]

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Mar 2: “Thanks Germantown Dinner” at Silo

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Normally closed Mondays, Silo will be open this Monday, March 2 to throw a “Thanks Germantown” dinner. They’re running happy hour prices all night in the dining room as well as the bar and their new pastry chef, Nick Castro, will show off his latest delicious offerings. silotn.com/reservations

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Mar 6: Music City Fine Art Opening

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Music City Fine Art will officially open to the public on Friday, March 6 at 11 am. The gallery will be located within the current Tennessee Art League space at 219 5th Avenue North and will feature a variety of local of nationally-known artists including Peter Max, Doug Bloodworth, Roy Laws, Sandy Spain and Pamela […]

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Mar 6: Best Buddies Gala & Casino

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Cue the confetti — it’s Best Buddies 5th Anniversary in Tennessee! They’re marking this milestone at the 2015 Best Buddies Gala & Casino, and they can’t wait to celebrate with you!As one of Nashville’s most anticipated events, the Best Buddies Gala & Casino will once again pack the house with over 600 guests — artists, athletes, […]

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Mar 6: Benton Hall Academy’s Food For Thought 2015

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Join Benton Hall Academy at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Friday, March 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for a “culinary celebration” featuring tantalizing tastings from some of Middle Tennessee’s finest chefs. Proceeds from the evening benefit Benton Hall Academy, a Nashville original since 1977, where teachers are dedicated to educating students who learn differently. The […]

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Mar 7: The Big Yellow Bird Bash

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The Big Yellow Bird Bash is an annual event with dancing, music, cocktails and light bites, and photos on the Yellow Carpet. Guests wear yellow in honor of a certain beloved children’s television character; proceeds support Nashville Public Television’s educational, cultural and civic programming. Tickets are $50 per person. wnpt.org/home

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Mar 7: York & Friends Fine Art 4th Anniversary Celebration

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York & Friends Fine Art celebrates the gallery’s fourth anniversary by pitching a tent and offering a delicious array of complimentary food and beverage with a portion of the day’s art sales benefiting Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) on Saturday, March 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the 107 Harding Place gallery in […]

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Feb 4 – Apr 19: A Celebration of Trees at Cheekwood

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In early 2015, Cheekwood will host A Celebration of Trees, in honor of its Level IV Arboretum status. Rooted with an exhibition in Cheekwood’s Museum of Art, featuring works by noted landscape artist Charles Brindley, the celebration will tie together Tennessee’s Arbor Day, National Arbor Day, and Tu B’Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, or “the New […]

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Mar 10: Evening with the Iroquois Alliance

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Join the Iroquois Alliance on Tuesday, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Golfsmith of Brentwood for an evening of golf and networking. The evening with the Iroquois Alliance includes: – Free clinics throughout the evening with Golfsmith’s golf pros – “Putting” and “closest to the pin” contests – Drinks and hors d’oeuvres – […]

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Mar 12: Martha Rosler Speaking at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

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The artist and writer Martha Rosler—one of the leading figures in contemporary art—will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Thursday, March 12 as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series (supported by Humanities Tennessee). Through work that includes video, installation, performance and text, Rosler has been an important critical voice in […]

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Mar 12: Opening Reception at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery

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Drawing on the combined resources of the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, the Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, local museums, and several private collections, MEMENTO MORI – LOOKING AT DEATH IN ART AND ILLUSTRATION will reveal multiple perspectives on the nature of death and our attempts to memorialize the dead in order to give meaning to […]

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Mar 12: Boots & Bling at Stacey Rhodes Boutique

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Join Stacey Rhodes Boutique for their special shopping event, Boots & Bling. This event will be held on Thursday, March 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. and will feature a special promotion: 40% off all in-stock corral boots. and a Charlene K Jewelry Trunk show with representative, Kaela Kreysa! They are kicking off the Celebrity Barn Dance […]

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Mar 13: Spring Fling for TennGreen

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Chaired by John Noel and Bob Tuke, and thanks to the generous sponsorship and patronage of many, TennGreen will host the inaugural Spring Fling for TennGreen at the Music City Center on March 13. This year’s event will honor the incredible achievements of Anne Davis with the Southern Environmental Law Center and her husband, Nashville’s […]

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Mar 14: Pi Day at OZ Arts Nashville

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Pi Day – 3.14.15 (March, 14, 2015). Come celebrate the only time in history that the date’s digits will really match the numeric constant of Pi. OZ Arts Nashville brings together visual art, live performance and discussion with a focus on the connections of science, technology, engineering, art and math. There will be several artists […]

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Mar 14: Nuit Belge at Marathon Music Works

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Nuit Belge, taking place the evening of March 14 at Marathon Music Works, will feature Belgian beers and some of Nashville’s finest cuisine. This event will be limited to only 500 guests, and will offer a very unique opportunity to sample Belgian beers paired with small plates from fourteen of Nashville’s top restaurants. All guests […]

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Mar 14: Main Street Brewfest

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Are you ready for our pre-St. Paddy’s Day party? Head to America’s Favorite Main Street on Saturday, March 14 for the 12th Annual Main Street Brewfest–a beer-lovers’ celebration happening just a few days before the holiday! Lipman Brothers will once again help showcase the latest national and international brands, and shine a spotlight on Williamson County’s microbrewery market […]

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Mar: Cheekwood in Bloom: Weekend Entertainment

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Mar 21: Art for Animals

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Founded and co-hosted by Nashville Paw magazine, Art for Animals is an evening of art, wine, food and fun in which 100% of proceeds benefit Pet Community Center. Their 2014 event welcomed over 300 guests and raised more than $24,000 for this worthy cause! This fundraiser offers an exciting and fun live auction of local artwork […]

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Mar 27-28: Designer Ari Madilian at Anatra Jewel

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Anatra, Tennessee’s exclusive retailer of Single Stone jewelry will be hosting designer Ari Madilian to provide insight on jewelry remounts as well as inventory from his collection. Attendees are encouraged to bring their gems and ideas as a 10% discount will be offered as part of the event. Please call 615.352.9696 or email [email protected] to […]

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Mar 28: A Night of Music at 3rd and Lindsley

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Multi-award-winning superstars Jewel, Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Tony Lane, Tony Lucca, and Josh Kear will be performing for one night only on March 28 at 3rd and Lindsley. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable evening with these talented artists in an intimate, 380-seat venue. This special event is sure to sell out! This […]

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Mar 28: Race Judicata 5k and 10k

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Race Judicata, presented by the Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, consists of a 5k and 10k run on March 28, 2015 that benefits two local charities, Able Youth and Achilles International Nashville. The new race course will be a flat out-and-back course along the Harpeth River Greenway at Edwin Warner Park. ABLE Youth leads […]

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Mar 29: Couture Construction

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Couture Construction is a private shopping event at Dillard’s in The Mall at Green Hills. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales ($50 per ticket) and a portion of the proceeds from all sales that evening support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s Women Build. Women Build is a unique partnership of female community leaders, […]

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Mar 31 – Apr 30: Cheekwood in Bloom

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What better place to celebrate the new spring season than among the most beautiful blooms in the city! With more than 100,000 tulips in every hue spilling from Cheekwood gardens, they can promise a color experience you won’t forget. Other plants across Cheekwood’s grounds will be in on the act too, as their daffodils, magnolias, […]

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Apr 1: Reaching New Heights, Women’s Luncheon for Cumberland Heights

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The mission of Reaching New Heights, Women’s Luncheon for Cumberland Heights is to highlight the women’s programs at Cumberland Heights, raise funds to help women in treatment, and celebrate those women in our families and community who are experiencing their own recovery one day at a time. This year’s keynote speakers, Kristina Wandzilak and Constance […]

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Apr: Cheekwood in Bloom: April Weekend Entertainment

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Cheekwood in Bloom: April Weekend Entertainment Saturdays: Art activities, garden demonstrations, live music, kids garden tales, museum and garden tours, and featured entertainment. Sundays: Concert series in the Mansion, book readings in the garden, and museum and garden tours. cheekwood.org Featured Entertainment: April 4: SPRING ART HOP! Egg hunts, crafts, performances, music and more! April 5: […]

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Apr 11: 6th Annual Dancing for Safe Haven Family Shelter

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The 6th Annual Dancing for Safe Haven Family Shelter will take place April 11 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown. It features a dancing competition of local celebrities paired with professional dancers, dinner and more! Cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and dancing competition to follow. Local celebrities will compete for three awards: Judges […]

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Apr 17: Highballs & Hydrangeas

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There will be live music by Annie Sellick, a cash bar with high-end cocktails and fabulous hors d’oeuvres from Nashville Originals’ member restaurants. $30 in advance/ $35 at the door cheekwood.org/Highballs__Hydrangeas

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Apr 17: Home Opener for the Nashville Sounds

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The Nashville Sounds announced their 2015 playing schedule and will host 72 games during their inaugural season at state-of-the-art First Tennessee Park in North Nashville. They will begin their 2015 home slate in Music City on Friday, April 17, against Colorado Springs. milb.com/news

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Apr 18: Walk in Their Shoes

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The Sexual Assault Center invites you to join them at their family friendly annual awareness event: Walk in Their Shoes. This event brings together our community to support survivors, raise funds and to stand up against sexual violence. Event date: Saturday April 18. Time: Pre-party and Registration: 9am. Walk: 10:30am. Location: S.A.C. 101 French Landing Dr. Nashville TN […]

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Apr 23: Songwriters Under the Stars

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Enjoy an evening of song and symphony featuring the acclaimed Music City Hit-Makers show. Award-winning songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Hillary Lindsey will perform their chart-topping country hits with an unexpected backing band — the Nashville Studio Symphony — on Cheekwood’s gorgeous Swan Lawn. You’ll also hear the stories behind some of your favorite recordings […]

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