Now that your holiday calendar is starting to wind down, an entirely new decade is ready to fill up with exciting happenings and activities. These events will inspire you to embrace the cold and get out to enjoy yourself. Here’s to a new year of happenings in and around Music City!
Through January 5, 2020: Holiday Lights at Cheekwood
You don’t want to miss your chance to take part in the cherished tradition of Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS! Now through January 5, bring the whole family to see one million lights illuminate the beautiful gardens. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., seven nights per week, head to Cheekwood for the brightest holiday stroll in Nashville. Reserve your tickets now! cheekwood.org
Through January 11, 2020: Marshmallow Hikes
Yes, it really is as great as it sounds! Get your family out of the house and head to Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary for a hike through the woods, followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows. Reserve your spot in advance for $10 online or $12 on the day of. Layer up to start the fun at 10 a.m. This annual event is an adventure that everyone will love! owlshill.org
Through January 19, 2020: Hamilton at Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Experience the theatrical phenomenon of Hamilton, through January 19, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Immerse yourself in the story of one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, through showstopping performances that tell the wonderful story of America. With the popularity of this show, there are limited tickets left. Call the box office to see what tickets are still available or check online at tpac.org.
Through January 25, 2020: Opry at the Ryman
If you’re looking to escape the cold, consider seeing one of the Opry at The Ryman concerts, which are held every Friday and Saturday this month! Each show features eight or more artists, from new stars to country greats. It’s a must for all of your Nashville visitors to experience! Check the calendar for the most current lineups and ticket availabilities. opry.com
Through January 25, 2020: Dance Lessons at Plaza Mariachi
Dance the night away with free salsa lessons at Plaza Mariachi every Saturday night through January! Lessons from Michael Alexander start promptly at 8 p.m. After learning your new moves, stick around for Bailamos at 8:30 p.m., featuring non-stop music and dancing until 2:30 a.m. Grab your favorite dance partner and head over to Plaza Mariachi one Saturday this month. plazamariachi.com
Through January 28, 2020: Tipsy Tour at 21c Museum Hotel
Every Tuesday through January, learn about contemporary art with 21c Museum Hotel’s Tipsy Tours. Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy discounted drinks at Gray & Dudley, including select $6 cocktails, $7 craft beer and $8 wines by the glass. Make your way to the lobby at 7 p.m. to learn about 21c Nashville’s current exhibit, Fragile Figures: Beings and Time, with a guided tour. 21cmuseumhotels.com
January 3, 2020: First Friday Art Scene at The Visitor Center
The first Friday each month, Visit Franklin presents an evening to celebrate work from local artists! From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., stop by the Visitor Center to see a display of featured artwork as you enjoy refreshments, food and live music. Also, be sure to check out other Franklin Art Scene locations to see more local art on display. visitfranklin.com
January 4, 2020: Resolution Run
Start your resolutions on the right track this year by joining Fleet Feet Nashville for its annual Resolution Run. Whether you’re looking to get back into running, or you’re training for an upcoming marathon, this easy-paced three-mile run/walk will be a perfect way to get yourself on track for the new year. After the run/walk, gather back at the store for snacks, drinks and the chance to mingle with fellow Nashville runners. Lace your sneakers and head over to Fleet Feet for the Resolutions Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 4. fleetfeet.com
Jan 6: Daryl Davis at Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA)
The Independent Schools of the Nashville Area (ISNA) welcome Daryl Davis for a public talk on January 6 at 7 p.m. at MBA. Davis has a powerful message of inclusion and reconciliation that will strengthen the Nashville community. Davis is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in jazz and has worked with everyone from Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis. At one of his many performances, he met a KKK member who was shocked and awed by the ability of an African American man to play music with such skill. That interaction inspired Davis to become the first black author to travel the country interviewing KKK leaders and members, all detailed in his book, Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Read more about Davis here, with an article on NPR.
Location: Paschall Theater on the Campus of Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37205; 7 p.m. More information here.
January 7, 2020: Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins
Breakout your favorite Predators gear (and your catfish) for the Preds against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, January 7. Head downtown to see your favorite NHL team hit the ice for the first time in Nashville this year. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena. As always, go Preds! nhl.com/predators
January 7, 2020: Drumline Live at Nashville Symphony
The international sensation, Drumline, returns to the Nashville Symphony for one night only on January 7. Become immersed in the explosive energy of an HBCU marching band with a mix of original compositions and new favorites. The versatile cast will have you up on your feet and dancing the night away! Head over the symphony for the lively 7:30 p.m. show. nashvillesymphony.org
January 16, 2020: Brewing Up Business with the Nashville LGBT Chamber
Join the Nashville LGBT Chamber for its first 2020 Brewing Up Business event! From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., enjoy light fare and drinks while networking with local LGBT business members at Liberty Party Rental on Brick Church Park Drive. The event is free for chamber members and $10 for repeat non-member guests. nashvillelgbtchamber.org
January 18, 2020: Winter Wellness Fest
A healthy and fun day out for all the Family! With free workshops, cooking demonstrations and lots of activities for kids. More than 100 vendors will be on hand to browse with door prizes, free gifts and lots more. nashvillewellnessfest.com
January 20 – 26, 2020: Nashville Restaurant Week
Mark your calendar for the return of Nashville Restaurant Week in January 2020! From January 20 through 26, enjoy delicious specials and menus at more than 60 beloved locally-owned restaurants in Davidson and Williamson Counties. Stay tuned for menu updates and more to come! Nashvilleoriginals.com
January 21, 2020: Nashville MLK Day
Join the Nashville community in honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for this national day of community service, which is grounded in the teachings of nonviolence and social justice taught by Dr. King. In one of the oldest MLK Day commemorative marches in the country, there are opportunities throughout the day to learn and to give back! The full schedule of events will post soon. Mlkdaynashville.com
January 24 – 26, 2020: Nashville Flea Market
Dive into the first Nashville Flea Market weekend of the year, from January 24 to January 26, to explore various local artisan goods, as well as antique and unique finds. Spend the day roaming the fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Grab the whole family (or your antique-loving friend) to explore all the wonderful new finds and craftsmanship this year.
January 31 – February 2, 2020: Antiques and Garden Show
This event, located in Music City, has a lineup of designers, gardeners and architects that are coming in from around the world. In addition to lectures, there will be over 150 antique dealers and beautiful gardens that attendees will get to enjoy. Each day holds new experiences such as book signings, bourbon parties, shopping and music. All proceeds benefit two charities in the southern community: Cheekwood Estate and the charities of Economic Club of Nashville. General admission starts at $20, lecture tickets start at $50, and special event tickets start at $75. To see all of the details and schedule for each day, head to antiquesandgardenshow.com!