With schools letting out, we are ready to kick start summer and kick off our shoes. These no-hassle events will give you something fun and easy to do. Let the stress from the school year roll off your back and relax. Go for a hike on National Trails Day, let your kids embrace their inner artist, walk for Make-A-Wish® and hear some great live music. You can do all of this and more in June!
June 5-6: Porter Flea Summer Market
Porter Flea is back again to give Nashville access to some of the best local and regional artisans. The market is open and free to the public on Saturday, June 6, but a special preview market will be held on Friday, June 5, prior to the main event. Guests get a sneak peek at the market, in addition to having the chance to chat with vendors while sipping on Jackalope beer and enjoying food from Riddim N Spice. porterflea.com
June 6: National Trails Day
Outdoor enthusiasts come together for educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail projects for National Trails Day. While this takes place across the country, you can celebrate locally at Tennessee State Parks. They will offer a variety of ranger-led hikes. For a full schedule and listing of hikes, visit their website: tnstateparks.com/national-trail-day.
June 6: Franklin Kids Arts Festival of Tennessee
Elementary-, middle- and high-school-age artists (dancers, musicians, vocalists, thespians, poets, photographers and artisans) are invited to participate in this free festival. The festival features an art exhibit, art sale, performances, classes and more. There will be judged competitions and friendly fun. This event is perfect for all young, budding artists! franklin-gov.com/
June 6-7: 40th Annual Heritage Foundation Tour
Franklin and Williamson County are known for their historic preservation, and the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County celebrates this during its home tours. Homes and properties will host attendees, showcase their historical preservation and share the history of each home. For tickets, tour details and more information, visit: historicfranklin.com/events/event/tour-of-homes
June 7: Nashville Symphony’s Community Concert in Crockett Park
As part of The Nashville Symphony’s efforts to bring music to the folks of Middle Tennessee, they offer Community Concerts. These outdoor concerts take place in parks across the mid-state region and on Sunday, June 7, the music will be held in Crockett Park. This free event is open to the public. Grab your picnic basket and blanket for a summer night in the park. nashvillesymphony.org/crockett-park-concert
June 11-14: CMA Fest
Brace yourself for four days of all things country! Thousands of country music fans come from far afield to Nashville for CMA Fest. With guests such as Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, it’s the biggest country event of the season. If you can’t score tickets to the big-name shows, check out free concerts and activities around town. cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival
June 12- 28: Nashville Symphony Show House
We love show houses and this one looks to be pretty spectacular. Award-winning Castle Homes (builder of the 2013 Southern Living Idea House) and Wade Weissmann Architecture are behind this beautiful build and Julie Couch Interiors, Mark Simmons Interiors and Rozanne Jackson Interiors for The Iron Gate are teaming together for the interiors. The home is located off of Hillsboro Road in south Nashville. For more information, see: castlehomes.com/media-room
June 19-20: City Farmhouse Pop-up Fair
Shoppers and lovers of interiors, antiques and vintage finds flock to Williamson County for this unique shopping experience. More than 80 vendors from 13 states will be on-site to showcase their creations. The event takes place in the gardens and mansion of Buddy Killen, late music producer. In addition to shopping, enjoy live music and how-to exhibits. cityfarmhousefranklin.blogspot.com/p/shopper-info
June 20: Walk for Wishes
Walkers, sponsors and volunteers help the fundraising efforts of Make-A-Wish® in this walk. Each participant is encouraged to raise money (a minimum amount of $100) to help Make-A-Wish® reach itsfundraising goal. Take part in this community walk and make a difference in the lives of children. walkforwishes.kintera.org
June 20: 4th Annual Westhaven Porchfest
More than 100 musicians perform on porches around the community for three hours at Porchfest. With a variety of genres, passersby enjoy an eclectic range of tunes. After attendees stroll the streets, they can gather around the SunTrust Stage at Westhaven Lake to hear two bands. In addition, all the restaurants in the Town Center will offer specials, and food trucks will be parked at the Westhaven Residents’ Club and in the Town Center. westhaventn.com/porchfest
June 23: 10th Annual Music and Memories Presents Amy Grant
Amy Grant, Grammy-award winner, will wow guests at the 10th Annual Music and Memories concert at the Franklin Theatre. For those willing to pay $100, there’s a VIP reception and concert with transportation and premier seating. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be offered along with the chance to meet Amy. This event benefits the FiftyForward Martin Center. franklintheatre.com
So head on out and enjoy summertime!