We dub September the month of local. Well, isn’t that every month in Nashville? It may be, but we’re super excited to kick off fall with these events, which celebrate all we know and love about our city! Check out how you can enjoy local, live music, local eats and local treats and support local charities all month long!
September 2-30, 2014: Tuesdays for Tots at Cheekwood
Each Tuesday in September and December, Cheekwood offers a chance for toddlers to craft original art work and participate in activities that change weekly. The fun begins on September 2, with Flower Power. Make memories with your toddler during these classes held in the studio in the Learning Center. You can stop by the studios anytime between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to participate in an introduction to the world of art! www.cheekwood.org/Education/Tuesdays_for_Tots
September 4 & 11, 2014: Shakespeare in the Park
This year’s 27th annual Shakespeare in the Park production will feature As You Like It. As to be expected, this production will come with a twist. A Depression-era setting and original music by songwriter David Olney will make for a fun, interactive evening in the park. Head to the park around 6 p.m. to enjoy the food vendors and the pre-show entertainment before the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. This is a free event but donations are greatly appreciated. nashvilleshakes.org
September 4-6, 2014: Live on the Green Festival
Thursdays are our favorite nights in August, thanks to Live on the Green, and we are thrilled that this fun is being carried into September. This year, Live on the Green is stepping things up and adding a three-day festival filled with live music, vendors and local flavor. The music starts on Friday, September 4 at 6 p.m. with Johnny Swim and does not stop until 10:45 on Sunday. Look for your favorite bands including: Cage the Elephant, The Wild Feathers, Ingrid Michelson and G Love and Special Sauce. This free, outdoor music festival is held in Public Square Park in Nashville, TN, and is free to the public. For more information: www.liveonthegreen.net.
September 5-6, 2014: Taste of Tennessee and Craft Brewers Fest
The State Fair is back in town again from September 5-14 and we are thinking the first weekend is the time to go. With the Taste of Tennessee Festival festivities, including the 2nd Annual Craft Brewers festival on September 5, we are ready for a large dose of everything local. Plan to indulge in beer from more than 35 brewers from across the state, local music and food. Tickets start at $45 and we promise you will get your money’s worth! tnstatefair.org/tasteoftn
September 5, 2014: Full Moon Picking Party
Our Friends of Warner Parks are inviting us all to participate in the 15th annual season of Full Moon Pickin’ Parties! The parties started in May and run through October. Make September 5 your night to relax and soak up some Bluegrass tunes. All funds raised by the Pickin’ Parties will go directly toward protecting the Warner Parks as well as funding educational programs and special projects that benefit park-goers of all ages. www.friendsofwarnerparks.com/pickingparty
September 5, 2014: Mad Hatter
Benefiting Sexual Assault Center for over 20 years, The Mad Hatter is one of Nashville’s premier social events and is one that attracts a large crowd as everyone is eager to purchase a ticket and help raise awareness and funds for counseling and educational services. This year’s event will take place at The Hutton Hotel. Cocktail attire. $175/ticket. www.sacenter.org
September 6, 2014: Sunset on the South Harpeth
Hiking, kayaking,exploring, music, dancing and bonfires are among the things you can enjoy at Sunset on the South Harpeth. Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation and David Marks invite you to David’s gorgeous farm on the South Harpeth River in Williamson County to partake in the festivities. Tickets are $30; Host levels begin at $500. Casual Attire RSVP to [email protected] or (615) 329-4441.
September 6, 2014: First Saturday Art Crawl
From April – December, we find ourselves looking forward to the first Saturday of each month, when we have an excuse to check out our favorite galleries around downtown. On August 2, we will be stopping by The Arts Company, Rymer Gallery, Tinney Contemporary, Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery, and David Lusk Gallery for their new exhibits! www.nashvilledowntown.com
September 6, 2014: Chukkers for Charity
At this “Summer’s Last Swing” event, guests can enjoy an afternoon filled with polo and outdoor excitement. Activities will include a car show, parade, a petting zoo, friendly decorating competition and entrainment making it a day of fun for the whole family. There will also be a silent auction and fine dining with proceed benefiting the Rochelle Center and Saddle Up. Purchase individual, general admission tickets for $10 or a cabana for $300 online here: exclusives.nowplayingnashville.com
September 11, 2014: Nashville’s Night of Freedom Event
Celebrate hope and freedom for survivors of sex trafficking right here in Tennessee as well as throughout the United States and around the world. Join the solution by purchasing a ticket and becoming an informed citizen empowered to battle modern day slavery. The night includes drinks, dinner, live music, and special guests and friends of Abolition International. Tickets start at $50/person. www.nowplayingnashville.com
September 13, 2014: Mad Again! A Madmen Affair
The Nashville Opera invites you to go back and time and enjoy an evening of martinis, style, dancing and dinner. From the red-carpet entry to the 12-piece orchestra, this is sure to be a retro-style celebration that you will never forget. This fundraiser event benefits the Nashville Opera Association. An individual ticket is $350 and can be purchased here: nashvilleopera/MadAgain
September 13, 2014: Made in Tennessee
We love everything free and everything Tennessee! The Made in Tennessee Festival will bring these two together at their event on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Centennial Park’s Event Pavilion. This event benefits the Tennessee Literary Coalition and celebrates all things local! In typical Nashville fashion, there will be music, eats, drinks and artists! www.madeinnashville.org
September 13, 2014: Wine on the River
Take a trip around the world with samples of wine, beer and spirits specific to 10 different regions across the globe, all while overlooking downtown Nashville from the Shelby Pedestrian Bridge. These tastings will be matched with a culturally-themed menu and accompanied by some live, smooth jazz tunes. This is Wine on the River’s 12th annual event and is one that you will not want to miss! Tickets start at $55 and can be found here: www.wineontheriver.com.
September 13, 2014: Music City Hot Wing Festival
If you like hot wings, beer and music, you can officially consider yourself a Nashvillian. The Music City Hot Wing Festival will be bring us all together to enjoy some of our favorite things at Public Square Park downtown on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Munch on treats, sip cool drinks and if you are feeling competitive enter the cooking contest with a grand prize of $5,000 or the eating contest with the reward of $350. mchwf.com
September 16, 2014: End Slavery Tennessee Breakfast and Lunch
The 2nd annual benefit event for End Slavery Tennessee will be held on September 16 at Richland Country Club. Breakfast is at 7 a.m. and the luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. The mission of End Slavery Tennessee is “to promote healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in our state.” Purchase a ticket for $30, a half table (5 seats) for $150 or a whole table (10 seats) for $300. www.endslaverytn.org
September 16-21, 2014: Americana Music Festival
We all might shed a tear when Live on the Green comes to an end, but onto the next music series! For four nights, September 17-20, you can jam to 165 live performances scattered around different music venues downtown. Go big and purchase a wristband to experience every exciting moment of the festival or purchase a tickets for individual showcases for $20. On Saturday, September 20, The Avett Brothers will headline a riverfront concert in Nashville as part of the festival (tickets are $52.50). americanamusic.org
September 18, 2014: Chic Awearness
This annual event, to benefit Gilda’s Club Nashville to promote Ovarian Cancer Awareness early symptom detection and treatment, will be emceed by StyleBlueprint’s very own Elizabeth Fox. Be prepared for an evening of fun, friends, education and new fall fashion from Levy’s. This event will be held at ELAN Salon and tickets can be purchased here: gildasnashville.wufoo.com
September 20, 2014: Music and Masterpieces
Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 20 and enjoy the 7th annual fundraise, Music and Masterpieces, at the Green Door Barn. The event includes and art auction and live music and benefits the Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation. Purchase tickets online here: www.thisbeandnoah.org.
September 20-21, 2014: Music City Food + Wine Festival
Chefs and wine experts work with local Nashville talent to introduce you to everything the growing culinary scene in Nashville has to offer. Samplings, demonstrations, panels and music will make for a magical weekend that will ignite your taste buds. The festival will take place September 20 and 21 at Public Square Park & Walk of Fame Park. This year’s talent includes Sean Brock from Husk, Matt Farley from The Southern Steak & Oyster, Larry Carlile from SILO and many, many more. www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com
September 25-29, 2014: Predators Preseason Kicks off in Nashville
The Predators 2014 preseason will open on September 23 in Tampa bay, then will return home for a four game run at Bridgestone Arena from September 25 through September 29. We suspect that the double header against Florida, on September 27, will be an exciting match and a great start to the season! predators.nhl.com
September 27, 2014: Walk to Defeat ALS
People have been embracing the challenge to bring awareness and raise money for the ALS Association via the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Now, we challenge all SB readers to Walk to Defeat ALS. This one mile walk is designed to bring hope, raise money and come together as a community to support our local chapters of the ALS Association. Gather a team or walk as an individual and walk for ALS. webtn.alsa.org
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