With annual events like the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, Cheekwood in Bloom and Tennessee Flavors, we’re thrilled for the arrival of March. Sure, we spent many afternoons in January and February enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, but it’s safe to say we spent our fair share of afternoons drying out by the fire. This month, bid farewell to the winter doldrums and enjoy these great Nashville events.
March 2-5, 2017: 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 March 4, there will be a one-day wine festival inside the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show featuring wines produced in Tennessee! Learn more here.
March 4, 2017: MAD Bash – Science of Taste
Step inside the Adventure Science Center and be amazed at the exciting and interesting ways in which science merges with food and cocktails. Embrace your inner mad scientist as you enjoy the creation of cocktails and taste pairings and watch live culinary demonstrations using blow torches and liquid nitrogen. Experience the wonders of science in the ASC’s Sudekum Planetarium, and enjoy live music before partaking in the silent and live auctions. This is an event you don’t want to miss, so bring your friends to explore the Science of Taste, while supporting our next generation of scientists, engineers, explorers and innovators who will change the world! Tickets are $100-$250 per person. Visit adventuresci.org for details.
March 4, 2017: 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. Ballet Ball will feature entertainment curated in creative collaboration with the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM): world-renowned choir the Fisk Jubilee Singers®, blues-rock duo Muddy Magnolias and GRAMMY/Dove/Emmy award-winning producer Shannon Sanders. 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 Jeanette Barker at [email protected] Tickets for the late party are $150 and can be purchased at nashvilleballet.com.
March 4, 2017: Mardi Gras Masquerade
You might not be able to make it to New Orleans but you can still celebrate Mardi Gras in Nashville. Head to The Standard, an 1840’s mansion on Rosa L. Parks. Blvd., for a swinging good time. For a $75 ticket, you can enjoy an open bar, jambalaya and swing dance lessons. For $125, you can gain access to the Shindig Mafia Lounge, have a private bartender, access the open top-shelf bar, and enjoy jambalaya and swing dance lessons. There will be a live band and costume contest so wear your dancing shoes and don your best attire. Learn more here.
March 4-12, 2017: House For Hope Designer Show House
We just love a good show house and this is no exception! The tour of this 4,200 square foot modern farmhouse, built by Carbine & Associates, is well worth the $15 ticket price. It’s located in the new Franklin neighborhood, Southern Preserve. With 15 of the best Southeastern design tastemakers having lent a hand, you know this house is stellar. Grab some friends and enjoy as this house benefits area children’s charities, so it’s all for a good cause! For more information, see: carbineandassociates.com.
March 5, 2017: 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 5 from 7 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 6 through March 11). Visit tasteofwilliamson.com.
March 7, 2017: 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 6th 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 more than 75 local chefs and makers. Tickets for this annual tasting event are $50-$165. Visit tnflavors.org.
March 8-12, 2017: SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament
This month, Nashvillians can enjoy five days of basketball with seven games, 14 teams and plenty of competition. Held at Bridgestone Arena, the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will bring our favorite Southern men’s basketball teams to Music City and the winner will get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Don’t miss all the action and get your tickets today! Find more information at secticketoffice.com.
March 11, 2017: 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. Held outdoors, this event will most likely be chilly, but with more than 30 types of whiskey, you will quickly warm up! Tickets are $34. Visit whiskeywarmer.com for more details.
March 11, 2017: Mercy & Magic at Green Door Gourmet
The Porch’s annual fundraiser event showcases stories and songs. This year, songwriter Mary Gauthier will take the stage with NYT bestselling author (and friend of Mary’s) Wally Lamb for conversations about art, truth, empathy and transformation — and musical performances. The pair will reflect on ways in which literature and music have made a crucial different in their lives. Proceeds for the event benefit The Porch Writers’ Collective. VIP tickets will include a meet-and-greet reception before the show with wine, beer, a signature cocktail, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. General admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $150. Learn more at eventbrite.com.
March 11, 2017: Music at the Mill
If you are looking to get out of town, head to Evin’s Mill for Music at the Mill. This concert series offers intimate evenings of acoustic music and in March, Tim Buppert will take the stage. Buppert is known for his singing and songwriting with stars such as Trisha Yearwood, Michael Peterson and Kevin Sharp. Purchase the all-inclusive package, which includes appetizers, a four-course dinner, a concert performance and full breakfast the following morning for $300-$370 per couple. If you aren’t looking to stay the night, attend dinner and the concert for $120 per couple. Call 615-269-3740 for ticket information and reservations. Visit evinsmill.com.
March 11, 2017: 14th 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 14 through April 15, 2017: Jack Spencer: This Land, An American Portrait at David Lusk Gallery
Photographer Jack Spencer’s recent book This Land has garnered attention for photos that capture his travels across 48 states. His depiction of America today artistically displays the country’s many facets. Jack is showcasing his work in his hometown of Nashville at David Lusk Gallery during a month-long exhibit. The show opens on March 14 with a book signing and opening event from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit davidluskgallery.com.
March 17 & 18, 2017: 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. The speakers haven’t been announced, but if the success of the past years is any indication, they will be impressive and inspiring. Visit tedxnashville.com.
March 18, 2017: Goodwill Wedding Gala
For brides to be, bridesmaids and lovers of weddings, this is a must-attend event. More than 1,000 wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses will be discounted and sold at Goodwill’s Wedding Gala. With prices starting as low as $49.99, you will find quality gowns for a fraction of the price! Visit giveit2goodwill.org.
March 18, 2017: Nuit Belge at Marathon Music Works
Experience a taste of Belgium through beer and cuisine. Belgian beers can be enjoyed with small plates from some of Nashville’s favorite restaurants. Don’t miss the chance to embrace the unique taste of Belgium at this event, held at Marathon Music Works. Ticket prices range from $99-$149. Visit nuitbelge.com.
March 18, 2017: Music City Half Marathon, 10K and 5K
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 and the 5k will begin at 8:30. 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 18 through April 23, 2017: 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. Learn more at cheekwood.org.
March 25 through April 15, 2017: Nashville Repertory Theatre’s production of A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry hits the stage at TPAC’s Johnson Theatre. Nashville Repertory Theatre’s production of this American classic is one not to miss. The story follows three generations of a Chicago family as they lose their patriarch. As the first play written by an African American woman to appear on Broadway, this play has earned its place in history. Visit nashvillerep.org for tickets and showtimes.
March 26, 2017: Nashville Chili Festival
Dive into a bowl of chili at the Nashville Chili Festival. Held at Basement East, this event will feature chili tasting, live music, kids activities and a pepper eating contest. If you believe your chili reigns supreme, you can go up against some of the best in the chili-making game. General admission tickets are $20; general admission plus four beer tickets are $40. Learn more at nashvillechilifestival.com.
Have a happy March!