I’d love to tell you that spring has sprung, but I think you might have heard that one before. With March 20 marking the first official day of spring, the month ahead promises all the things we love most about the season: the departure of winter and cooler temperatures, outdoor festivals with food, beer and music, blooming flowers and Easter egg hunts. Take full advantage of everything March has to offer with the help of the 19 events listed below!
Through March 31, 2018: FABU Farewell Sale
We’re so sad that Fabu is closing! Luckily, they’re having a HUGE going away sale for the month of March. Stop by to shop what’s left and let them know how much we will miss this Charlotte Avenue store. (Good news, they will be on to new and exciting things!) styleblueprint.com/nashville/happenings/mar-1-31-fabu-farewell-sale
March 1-4, 2018: The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show
The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show will feature stunning live gardens, free lectures and demonstrations, a floral design gallery and a vendor marketplace. Held at The Fairgrounds Nashville, the event will run Thursday through Saturday. And, on Saturday, March 3, there will be a one-day wine festival inside the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show featuring wines produced in Tennessee! Learn more here.
March 3, 2018: Ballet Ball and Ballet Ball Late Party
Celebrate the arts at this elegant, black-tie affair. With a glamorous cocktail hour, a gourmet seated dinner and an exclusive gala performance by Nashville Ballet, this promises to be a delightful evening. The Late Party, which is held after the main ball dinner, is a chic evening of cocktails and desserts that is popular among 20- and 30-somethings. Late Party attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the gala performance. To inquire about an invitation to Ballet Ball, contact Nicholas Gulick at [email protected] Tickets for the Late Party are $175 and can be purchased at nashvilleballet.com.
March 4, 2018: Red Carpet Evening 2018 at The Belcourt
Film fans, don your finest wears and walk the red carpet at A Red Carpet Evening at The Belcourt. After walking the red carpet, you will be treated to food and drinks, a silent auction and movie buzz. Gold tickets, for $125, grant access to an open bar (from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) with cocktail buffet; platinum tickets, for $200, grant you early arrival plus open bar all night and a platinum gift; diamond tickets, for $350, grant you early access, reserved seating, access to a backstage Diamond lounge with bar and buffet, all-night open bar and a diamond gift bag. belcourt.org
March 4, 2018: Taste of Williamson
The Annual Taste of Williamson is presented by Nissan and benefits United Way of Williamson County. The event will held at Cool Springs Galleria on Sunday, March 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Taste of Williamson features the area’s best restaurants and caterers who offer “tastes” of their favorite creations. Ticket holders will also be able to meet the chefs, sip a favorite beverage and enjoy musical entertainment. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. This event will help kick off Restaurant Week (which runs March 5 through March 10). Visit tasteofwilliamson.com.
March 6, 2018: Tennessee Flavors
Raise a fork to local and regional food and beverage artisans, whose creations have brought Nashville to the forefront of the culinary world. Tennessee Flavors, now in its 7th year, is an event celebrating the culinary arts and a continued focus on Tennessee-sourced products and local flavor, all of which help make our growing community so special. In support of the Nashville State Community College Foundation, this annual tasting event has become a beloved tradition for both friends of the Foundation and the wider food-loving community. Plan to come hungry, as you will be treated to a wide selection of mouthwatering samples from dozens of local chefs and makers. Tickets for this annual tasting event are $50-$65. Visit tnflavors.org.
March 10, 2018: MAD Bash at Adventure Science Center
Enjoy a special opportunity to explore the Adventure Science Center and raise funds for this Nashville treasure at MAD Bash 2018. Unleash your inner mad scientist as you explore the science of sound with dramatic visual representations of sound waves and discover the science in music. Experience the wonders of ASC’s Sudekum Planetarium, with simulations of the new, immersive Fantastic Fractals!, the fulldome show that zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals accompanied by original music. You will also be the first to experience Adventure Science Center’s latest Virtual Reality module — Planet Pollinator. During your discovery of the science in music, indulge in incredible food and cocktails, enjoy the live and silent auction, hit the dance floor while a DJ plays the hits and take the opportunity to explore the science center’s activities and exhibitions — without the kids. Visit adventuresci.org for details.
March 11, 2018: The Bloody Mary Festival
Everyone knows the best way to start a Saturday is with a little hair of the dog — preferably in the form of a Bloody Mary. The Bloody Mary Festival celebrates this favorite brunch-time drink with an afternoon of Bloody Mary tastings, food and drink specials and music. You can even vote for your favorite locally made Bloody Mary. General admission tickets are $45, and VIP tickets are $65 and include early admission. thebloodymaryfest.com
March 10, 2018: Whiskey Warmer
The end of winter is something we are all happy to raise a glass to. This one night, Whiskey Wonderland will include whiskey tastings, local food and live music. Even if the cool temperatures are hanging out, with more than 30 types of whiskey, you will quickly warm up! Food will be available for purchase from Puckett’s Grocery, The Grilled Cheeserie, Cousin’s Maine Lobster and Donut Distillery. There will also be a cash bar. Proceeds benefit The Westhaven Foundation. Tickets are $34. Visit whiskeywarmer.com for more details.
March 14, 2018: Women’s Day on the Hill
Women’s organizations, including YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, The Next Door, Empower Tennessee Sexual Assualt Center, End Slavery Tennessee and others, have joined together to present 2018 Tennessee Women’s Policy and Action Day on the Hill. The day will start with breakfast, then you will have the opportunity to meet with legislators before and after the Women’s Political Collaborative of TN Luncheon with special guest Tarana Burke. wpctn.com
March 16 & 17, 2018: TEDxNashville at Andrew Jackson Hall
Leaders in technology, entertainment, design, science, art, education, government, public policy, health care and other areas will gather to share their inspiring ideas for social change. A series of events will be held at TPAC. This year’s speakers include award-winning songwriter and musician Mary Gauthier; Gigi Butler of Gigi’s Cupcakes; author, biologist and professor David George Haskell; head of Google Fiber Nashville Martha Ivester; former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw; Nashville Entrepreneur Center CEO Michael Brody-Waite and more. If the success of past years is any indication, these speakers promise to be impressive and inspiring. Visit tedxnashville.com.
March 17, 2018: 15th Annual Main Street Brewfest
Each year, Main Street in Franklin hosts a lively, outdoor party. Beer lovers will gather for local, national and international brews, live entertainment, food trucks, shopping and more. Dozens of varieties of craft beers will be offered as you stroll down Main Street. General admission tickets are $55. Learn more at downtownfranklintn.com.
March 17, 2018: St. Patrick’s Day Music City Half, 10k and 5k Run
Try your luck on one of the flatter races held in Music City. Although there are a few hills tossed into the course, you can gain some speed in between. Running along the Cumberland River (starting at East Bank Landing), the half marathon will kick off at 8 a.m., the 10k will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the 5k will begin at 8:30 a.m. Be sure to stick around for food, drinks and prizes that will be given out after the race. Learn more at team-magic.com.
March 17 & 18, 2018: Music City Irish Fest
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic musicians, Irish step dancing, local bands, food and fun. Held in Riverfront Park, the festivities will last all day. The celebrations are free and open to the public! musiccityirishfest.com
March 17 through April 15, 2018: Cheekwood in Bloom
Each year, we look forward to the colorful transformation at Cheekwood. As the tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and violets bloom, the gardens become decorated with vibrant color. Throughout the month-long celebration, there will be special events for folks of all ages. Every Saturday, there will be an ‘art’ivity, garden activity and beer garden with live bluegrass music and food trucks. On Sundays, the beer garden will open again, plus there will be yoga in the garden and behind the scenes and garden tours. Learn more at cheekwood.org.
March 22, 2018: An Affair of the Hat
Join Stacey Rhodes Boutique for their 16th Annual “An Affair of the Hat” on Thursday, March 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dozens of exquisite hats for women and men will be unveiled from designers around the world for the Steeplechase, Derby or any occasion. Every hat sold until the races benefits The TJ Martell Foundation. staceyrhodesboutique.com
March 22, 2018: No Kid Hungry Dinner
One in six kids will face hunger this year, and No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger with proven, practical solutions. Support their mission during a dinner with Chef Levon Wallace at 21c Museum Hotel’s Gray & Dudley. The multi-course dinner will raise funds for the fight to end childhood hunger. Tickets start at $175. nokidhungry.org
March 29 through June 30, 2018: Rolling Stones Museum Exhibit
Nashville is the final U.S. stop for The Rolling Stones Exhibit, following visits to New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. The exhibit features more than 500 rare items, with many of the items personally contributed by the band. See 50 years of fashion, artwork, instruments, interactive sound mixing desks and recording studio, a screening cinema and a 3D concert. Tickets are $39.50. stonesexhibitionism.com
March 31, 2018: Oyster Easter at Green Door Gourmet
Beer by Blackstone Brewing, wine by City Winery and spirits from Pennington Distillery, cigars by Principle Cigars and a Cajun feast by Puckett’s Boat House with jambalaya, dirty rice, mac and cheese, fish tacos and all the oysters you can eat (raw, fried or shooters) is the recipe for a perfect day at Green Door Gourmet. After the party, head to the after-party at Blue Moon Waterfront Grille to continue the fun under the final Blue Moon of the year. Tickets are $65, or $80 at the door. oystereaster.com
March 31, 2018: Eggstravaganzoo
Treat the young’ns in your life to a day of Easter-themed fun at the Nashville Zoo. With egg hunts, Easter treats, activities, spring-themed games, bounce houses, face painting and visits from the Easter Bunny, this event will be packed with fun. Bring the whole family to this festive affair. Also, come early for the Bunny Breakfast and stick around for the Bunny Lunch. Learn more at nashvillezoo.org.
Have a happy March!