As we look toward one of the last months of summer, we’re ready to soak up the final days and experience as much as we can. Although some of our typical August events may be canceled, many virtual events or adaptations of our favorites have taken their place. Here are 16 Nashville events to check out this August.

Biker in Tour de Nash — August event in Nashville

This year’s Tour de Nash may look different, but the event continues its tradition of biking around Music City. Image: Walk Bike Nashville

17 Nashville Events & Happenings: August 2020

August 2, 2020: Online Pilates

Switch up your normal workout routine with a virtual full-body Pilates workout with Willow Pilates Studio. This Pilates Sculpt includes a total body workout that focuses on building muscle. Sign up for this class online for $10.

August 4-8, 2020: Nashville Fashion Week Digital Experience

Support Nashville Fashion Week in this new age. They have pivoted into a digital realm and it promises to be spectacular. This is the perfect opportunity for everyone who has been interested in the past but hasn’t been able to go, to check it out. And, for all of those who have been, support this newest incarnation of a beloved Nashville event, put on by volunteers, which benefits the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. We couldn’t be more excited to see this event, originally scheduled for April, see new wings. Find out more:

August 5, 2020: Online Painting Class

Embrace your creative side with this online Zoom class from Painting With A Twist. Starting at 6 p.m., participants receive step-by-step instructions on how to paint a beautiful beachscape. The online class costs $35 and includes all of the necessary art supplies, including a 16-by-20-inch canvas. Reserve your spot online.

August 5 – 28, 2020: DANCEFIX On-Demand

Participate in the high-energy adult dance workout class from Nashville Ballet, DANCEFIX. Taking place every Wednesday and Friday throughout the month, the 45-minute sessions include a warm-up, toning session and original choreography that is sure to make you sweat while having fun. Sign up for an on-demand class online. Buy a drop-in class for $15 or buy a class pack starting at $70.

August 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2020: Dog Nights of Summer

Get your family and your pup out of the house to enjoy the Dog Nights of Summer at Cheekwood. On select Thursdays through August, your family’s pet is welcome to stroll the beautiful gardens at Cheekwood. Pick a Thursday that best works with your schedule and get your tickets online, starting at $23 for non-member adults.

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August 7 – 9, 2020: East Nashville Tomato Virtual 5K

This year’s Tomato 5K hosted by the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA has gone virtual. From August 7 through August 9, participants can sign up to complete their 5K on their own course. Registration starts at $24 and includes a race shirt and a 20% discount for the 2021 East Nashville Tomato 5K, and the first 200 registrants receive an exclusive medal. Register for the 5K online.

August 8 & 9 2020: Porter in Place (a virtual Porter Flea Market)

Pivoting into the virtual is the name of the game when one finds oneself in the middle of a global pandemic, and that’s exactly what has happened with Porter in Place (PiP), the new virtual Porter Flea market. With 95 vendors represented (mostly from Middle Tennessee, but some artisans from around the south as well), each is contributing three new, limited-edition products to the sale, along with more amazing goods. That’s right, there are products you will only have access to during PiP. You won’t want to miss this! From homewares to paper goods to furniture and even clothing and more, you’re sure to find something the catches your eye. PiP’s official shopping hours are from 10 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday, August 8 to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 9. For those who attend every Porter Flea, think of the upside: no ticket price! You’ll shop on the vendor’s individual sites, but they are all accessible from the Porter Flea site, here.

August 9, 2020: Michael Taylor in Conversation with Margaret Renkl

Join Parnassus Books’ Facebook Live event with Michael Taylor and Margaret Renkl on Sunday, August 9. Michael Taylor authors the book Hidden Nature, which accounts for his comprehensive work of well-researched facts about Tennessee caves. In this specific account, Michael looks at the cave system near Fall Creek Falls. Tune into the discussion on the Parnassus Books Facebook account.

August 13, 2020: Tennessee’s Book Club

Join the Tennessee State Museum for its Tennesse’s Book Club event featuring The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss. The discussion revolves around the campaign of getting Tennessee to ratify the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Admission to the book club is free, and reservations can be made online.

August 17, 2020: The Yellow Rose Tea

Head to the Hermitage Hotel on August 17 to raise a glass of tea in honor of the 19th Amendment. The Yellow Rose Tea celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. The tea mimics what would have been served in the 1920s and food includes tea sandwiches and desserts from The Women’s Suffrage Cookbook published by Mrs. Hattie A. Burr. In addition, attendees can enjoy a visit from author Mary Morgan Ketchel, stories from “Anne Dallas Dudley” (a prominent women’s rights activist), a commemorative menu, and caricature drawings. Seatings take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and tickets are $82 for adults and $48 for children (10 and under).

August 22, 2020: Splash the Trash River Cleanup

Enjoy the outdoors with the Friends of Warner Parks while volunteering at the Splash the Trash river cleanup event. The team cleans up the water of the Little Harpeth River to help keep it as clean as possible. Fill out the online form to secure your spot in this month’s cleanup.

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August 22, 2020: Tour de Nash

The 16th annual Tour de Nash is set for August 22, with riders choosing from an 8-mile, 25-mile and a 45-mile ride option. This year’s event looks different than previous years, as there is to be no mass start, and each rider receives a start location and a specific start time. In addition to these changes, riders must bring a mask and are asked not to gather in groups larger than 25 at any time. Visit the website to learn more and to register.

August 27 – 30: Junior League of Nashville’s Virtual Spring Auction

Join the Junior League of Nashville for its Soirée Virtual Auction August 27 through 30. The event offers an exclusive, curated collection of jewelry, apparel, vacations and other luxury products for attendees to bid on and peruse. Proceeds benefit 15 Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations that focus on making impacts in areas of human trafficking and literacy. Bidding begins at 4 p.m. on August 27 and ends at noon on August 30. Visit the event’s website to register to bid.

August 29, 2020: 19th Annual Hummingbird Celebration

This year’s Hummingbird Celebration is virtual for the first time in 19 years. Mark your calendars for August 29 and follow the Friends of Warner Park on social media and check their website for additional information and updates.

Through August 31, 2020: Virtual Escape Game

If you’re looking for a new way to catch up with friends and family, consider playing The Escape Game virtually! By using a virtual screen and a host, you and up to six friends or family members can navigate through a story no matter where you are in the world. Sign up for $25 per person and select your adventure online.

Through January 3, 2021: We Count: First-Time Voters

Enjoy the Frist Art Museum’s We Count: First-Time Voters exhibit online. Explore the works of five artists and sections of the exhibit by clicking on each artist’s profile. This exhibit honors the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, the history of voting in the United States, and the first voting experiences for this diverse group of Nashvillians. View the exhibit on the Frist’s website. 

Through January 10, 2021: Chihuly at Cheekwood

Buy tickets in advance and marvel at the gorgeous glass art of Chihuly all over Cheekwood! This exhibit celebrates today and the 10 year anniversary of the first Chihuly at Cheekwood. See it in the day, in the evening, and then go back again! It’s spectacular. See more information:


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