As we begin our transition to fall, there is much to look forward to and celebrate. While many of our favorite events have adapted to virtual or socially distant formats, creative new events are also popping up. From drive-in concerts and art festivals to marathons and shopping events, there is no shortage of fun to be had this month. Here are 21 of Nashville’s can’t-miss September events!

September 2020 Nashville Events: Daddy's Dogs Drive-In Concert Series

Celebrate a new month with these 21 Nashville events. Image: Daddy’s Dogs

21 Nashville Happenings: September 2020

September 1, 2020: Whiskey is a Science, Bourbon is an Art

Join Andy and Charlie Nelson, of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, and TPAC President Jennifer Turner as they share the untold story of Louisa Nelson, one of the only women of her time to run a distillery. The event is free and takes place via Zoom on September 1 at 7 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made on the TPAC website.

September 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2020: Daddy’s Dogs Drive-In Concert Series

Pack up the car and head to the Nations location of Daddy’s Dogs for a weekly drive-in concert. The series began in May with performances by Kris Allen and Cassadee Pope and quickly became successful. The free concerts take place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and performers are announced one week in advance on the restaurant’s social media accounts. If you’re unable to attend, the event is also livestreamed on the Daddy’s Dogs Facebook page.

September 3 & 10, 2020: Secret Sounds

On September 3 and 10 at 8 p.m., Bookable hosts socially distant concerts in the form of Secret Sounds. Taking place outside at Meet + Greet, the event features live music and wine tastings. The Bittersweets are set to perform on September 3 and Temecula Road takes the stage September 10. Admission is $60 and the event limited to 25 people, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance.

September 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2020: Socially Distanced Weekly Wine Tastings

Deacon’s New South hosts socially distant wine tastings every Thursday this month. Tastings begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature four sommelier-selected wines. Tickets are $10, and a local cheese plate can also be purchased for $18.

September 3 – 5, 2020: 4 Bridges Art Festival

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, 4 Bridges Art Festival is Chattanooga’s premier art event that offers world-class art from over 140 artisans. Exhibitors offer everything from furniture to jewelry, drawings, prints and more. Kicking off virtually on September 3 at 6 p.m. with a preview party, 4BAF continues through September 5. Adult tickets are $5, and children 17 and under are free.

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September 3 – 6: Live On My Green

The show must go on! Nashville’s annual Live on the Green music festival takes place via FM radio on Lightning 100 and is now appropriately titled “Live On My Green.” The event features recorded live performances and exclusive, never heard before interviews from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Bruce Springsteen, Margo Price and many more.

September 4, 11 & 18, 2020: Live at the Ryman

Music is once again playing at The Ryman Auditorium. The legendary music venue hosts virtual concerts on select Fridays this month with performances by Scotty McCreery, Brett Young, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Individual tickets can be purchased for $10, or you can purchase access to all three shows for $35.

Through September 7, 2020: Franklin Classic

The annual Franklin Classic has gone virtual this year. Through September 7, individuals can run or walk their own course, choosing from a 5K run/walk, 10K run or 1K kid run. Registration for the kid run is $15 and $40 for the 5K, 10K and 15K. All proceeds benefit Mercy Community Healthcare.

September 11 – October 31, 2020: Goblins & Giggles

Hosted at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Goblins & Giggles offers a unique experience for families. From September 11 through October 31, the resort hosts activities like Halloween-themed scavenger hunts, trick-or-treating, a Jack’olantern Walk, encounters with spooky animals and more. In honor of the event, the resort offers a special package that starts at $245 per room and includes a one-night stay at the resort, two Hide and Seek Scavenger Hunt booklets per room, and four passes for a ride on the Delta River flatboat. Guests can also purchase a package that includes a trip to SoundWaves, the resort’s indoor/outdoor water experience.

September 12, 2020: Dog Day Festival

September 12 is dedicated to our furry friends as the Nashville Humane Society hosts its annual Dog Day Festival. Now a virtual event, this year’s activities include a selfie scavenger hunt, costume contest, best trick contest, an owner look-a-like contest and an award for NHA’s biggest superfan. Tickets begin at $5, and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society.

September 13, 2020: She Did That Co. Pop-up

Created to showcase Black female-owned businesses and to close the gap in vendor events, the She Did That Co. Pop-Up takes place on September 13 at 1 p.m. at Wedgewood-Houston’s Wedge Building. 2020 vendors include Citrus Husk Boutique, Rolled 4 Ever Ice Cream, Naturalz Skin Care and many more. Early bird tickets are now available for $15.

September 17, 2020: WE COUNT Conversation: Beizar Aradini with Drenusha Kolshi and Shaun Giles

Artist Beizar Aradini is featured in the Frist Art Museum’s We Count: First-Time Voters exhibit, which highlights the first voting experiences of Nashville citizens. On September 17 at 5:30 p.m., Beizar is set to discuss her painting My Existence is Political. The piece features a poem as well as a portrait of Beizar’s friend Drenusha Kolshi, who was once a refugee and is now a U.S. citizen. Registration for this free event can be done through the Frist’s website.

September 18, 2020: PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day is an internationally recognized event, and Nashville’s Civic Design Center encourages residents to participate by transforming parking spots into small parks. The event draws attention to the need for green spaces and encourages individuals to improve their urban living environments. The day begins on September 18 at 9 a.m., and registration for creating your own space closes on September 7. The Civic Design Center encourages individuals to be safe when setting up their parking spots and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

September 18 – 22, 2020: “Tempo” Presented by Eamotion

Eamotion is Nashville’s newest live event experience. While the entertainment industry has been quiet for the past few months, Eamotion provides a timely, sustainable solution. The event’s “Tempo” driving course offers a one-of-a-kind audiovisual experience with over 2,000 video panels and a 400-foot wide projection map. The event takes place September 18 through 22 at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Tickets are $45.

September 18 – October 4, 2020: 2020 Heritage Ball Online Auction

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 2020 Heritage Ball Online Auction features some amazing items, ranging from a luxurious trip to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico to a virtual chat with country superstar Kelsea Ballerini and her singer/songwriter husband Morgan Evans. Proceeds from the event benefit the Heritage Foundation, which works to preserve the stories and places of Williamson County. Registration opens September 13, and bidding runs from September 18 through October 4.

September 19 – November 1, 2020: Cheekwood Harvest Festival

Cheekwood is the place to welcome fall as they kick off the season with the Cheekwood Harvest Festival. Explore the grounds as the leaves begin to change, and all ages will love exploring the multitude of pumpkins and the focal point pumpkin house. Perfect for a solo or group outing, Cheekwood’s Harvest Festival is a fall MUST.

September 24, 2020: Thankful Thursday at Nashville Cosmetic Surgery

Each year, Nashville Cosmetic Surgery holds their Thankful Thursday event to show extra gratitude to current clients and introduce themselves to new clients. This one-day-only event is the best way to get special pricing at one of Nashville’s favorite skincare locations. All non-surgical services (yes, that means lasers, fillers, botox, facials and more!) are available for a reduced price, 15 to 20% off. And, all skincare products are 20% off as well! You simply deposit money into your Thankful Thursday account and that money can be used throughout the year to purchase your treatments and products at the special, event-only rate. Follow @nashvillecosmetic on Instagram for exciting announcements and giveaways as they count down to September 24, so save that date!

September 25, 2020: Riverside Vibe

The Marketplace in East Nashville is set to host its first-annual Riverside Vibe event on September 25 at 6 p.m. With views of the surrounding skyline and Cumberland River, attendees can enjoy live music from three local musicians and bites from local food trucks. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.

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September 26, 2020: St. Jude Walk/Run

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is once again hosting its St. Jude Walk/Run. While the event has gone virtual, attendees can still participate in the 5K by walking or running a route of their choice on September 26. With the goal of raising funds to end childhood cancer, participants can join as individuals or gather friends to start a team. Registration is free, and individuals who raise over $100 receive a free t-shirt.

Through September 30, 2020: Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee

The 2020 Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) is still happening! The month-long event encourages cyclists to ride 688 miles, which is the distance between Bristol, TN, and Memphis, TN (the event’s typical route). Registration is $150 and closes on September 13. All participants receive a 2020 BRAT jersey and t-shirt.

September 30 – October 3, 2020: Ironware Warehouse Sale

Ironware’s warehouse sale offers up to 80% off gorgeous chandeliers, pendants, sconces, seating, tables, beds, and fireplace accessories. All items are handmade in Normandy, France and hand-finished here in Nashville. The event starts September 30 for trade-only purchases and is open to the general public October 1 through October 3. The store follows CDC guidelines, requiring guests to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Items are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis and can also be purchased online by emailing [email protected] with your phone number. Purchases are made with credit and debit cards only, and all sales are final.

Happy September, Nashville!


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