Updated on Thursday, July 2, 2020

It’s officially July, and after being at home for a few months, we’re ready to join in on the virtual and socially distant events happening this month. As we scan through the canceled or postponed events, we look toward new ways to celebrate summer. Here are 16 Nashville events you won’t want to miss!

Hot Chicken Festival, a Nashville event

The spirit of the Hot Chicken Festival continues in a safe and supportive fashion on July 4. Image: Nashville Hot Chicken Coalition

16 Nashville Events & Happenings: July 2020

July 1, 2020: CMA Summer Stay-Cay

CMA Fest may be canceled this year, but the Country Music Association has shifted gears to a live stream event — CMA Summer Stay-Cay. Hosted by country music stars Jimmie Allen and Lindsay Ell, fans can tune in live via CMA’s YouTube channel or Facebook page. The virtual event begins promptly at 5 p.m. on July 1, and fans can experience special performances from more than 50 of their favorite stars. Stay up to date with CMA’s social channels, as they are set to announce the Stay-Cay lineup soon! cmasummerstaycay.com

July 4, 2020: Music City Hot Chicken Festival

A beloved Nashville event, the Music City Hot Chicken Festival returns this month in a new way to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The festival celebrates Nashville’s unique dish with a new COVID-aware, curbside takeout event. The festival offers socially distant entertainment while patrons pick up orders at participating restaurants, such as Prince’s Hot Chicken, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish, 400 Degrees, Party Fowl and Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. hot-chicken.com

July 4, 2020: The 4th on 4

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy a spread of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, and a $25 dinner credit at Ellington’s for the night of July Fourth. The 21+ event costs $50 to attend, and you can purchase your tickets online. fairlanehotel.com

CANCELLED: July 4, 2020: Let Freedom Sing!

Nashville’s Fourth of July turns to an on-screen fireworks show — Let Freedom Sing! The city’s virtual event includes music by Nashville artists and honors healthcare heroes, first responders and frontline workers. The artist lineup includes John and Lilly Hiatt, Keb’ Mo,’ and Tenille Townes. Watch the show online or on NewsChannel 5 at 9 p.m. visitmusiccity.com

July 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2020: Food Truck Feast in East Nashville

Every Saturday in July from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., head over to The Marketplace in East Nashville to enjoy a smattering of unique Music City food trucks. Enjoy the eats of the city while strolling local vendors at the event. Guidelines are in place following suit with Nashville’s phased plan for reopening. eventbrite.com

July 10 through July 14, 2020: The Reserve Sale

Join Onward Reserve July 10 through July 14 for their first-ever Reserve Sale. Customers can stop by its Hillsboro Village location on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; or Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., to enjoy up to 80% off all of your favorites. Shop in-store or online. onwardreserve.com

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Through July 11, 2020: Hill Center Green Hills is Back!

Starting June 29, the Hills Center in Green Hills is fully open. Shoppers can rediscover shopping, dining options, and health and wellness destinations. Through July 11, take advantage of all the Hill Center has to offer, with store re-opening specials, Fourth of July offerings and more! Visit the Hill Center website for specific retailer offerings. hillcentergreenhills.com

July 11, 2020: Sunny Flower Virtual Painting Class with Dabble Events

Get in tune with your creative side during a virtual painting class with Dabble Events. The Saturday class walks you through the steps to paint a beautiful sunny flower — all from the comfort of your home. Those with their own materials are welcomed to join for free, or you can purchase the $20 Paint-&-Snack kit to get everything you need for your virtual painting class. dabbleevents.com

July 11 & 12, 2020: Case Fine Art, Antiques & Jewelry Cataloged Auction

Known for its high-end art, antiques and jewelry from around the South, Case Antiques is set to host its summer auction on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on July 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Due to COVID-19 precautions, seats must be reserved in advance, or bids can be placed online or via telephone. In addition, StyleBlueprint readers receive complimentary pickup and discounted delivery from Case’s Nashville office in Hillsboro Village. View the catalog and arrange your bidding online. caseantiques.com

July 18, 2020: Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party

The Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party combines local food and music to help preserve one of Nashville’s most unique landmarks: the Cornelia Fort AirPark. The music series offers local bluegrass music, craft beer and fine food. All proceeds go toward the conservation of the AirPark and Shelby Park & Bottoms. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the first band comes on at 7 p.m. Head over to their website for admission, tickets and lineup information. corneliafortpickinparty.org

July 18, 2020: Community Farm Day

Visit the Nashville Farmers’ Market during the peak of the summer growing season for their annual Community Farm Day. Enjoy live bluegrass music as you stroll aisles of local produce. Plus, take advantage of and check out a variety of fun-filled contests and live cooking demos. Head of to the market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the community-based event. nashvillefarmersmarket.org

July 18, 2020, to January 10, 2021: Chihuly Nights

Stroll the Gardens of Cheekwood at night and gaze upon the fabulous works of Dale Chihuly during Chihuly Nights. On select Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 1 0 p.m., guests can view the extraordinary artwork at a new vantage point. Advanced tickets are required and can be purchased online. cheekwood.org

Through July 25, 2020: July Jubilee with Goat Yoga Nashville

Stretch out and relax with a fun yoga class with goats as Goat Yoga Nashville reopens its farm. Grab your mat and pick a Saturday this month to unwind in the beautiful Tennessee countryside. Each class costs $25. goatyoganashville.com

July 25, 2020: The Carnegie Writers’ Workshop

Learn how to grow as both a creative and professional writer with the Carnegie Writers’ Group. The group is offering a virtual writing workshop at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 26 at the Nashville Public Library in Green Hills. The workshop includes guest speakers and readings and is free to join. carnegiewriters.org

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Through July 26, 2020: Jazz on the Deck

Enjoy live jazz music in the beautiful vineyard courtyard at Arrington Vineyards. Partake in a complimentary wine tasting, bring a picnic, and enjoy the summer night. Take a look at their website for more information about times and to see what bands are playing. arringtonvineyards.com

July 31, 2020: Red, White & Zoo

Sample 30+ wine brands from around the world as you stroll through the Nashville Zoo’s exotic habitats. The event also features a variety of food trucks, live music, animal encounters and a selection of craft beer and spirits. Check the zoo’s website in the upcoming weeks to purchase tickets. nashvillezoo.org

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