by Jenna Bratcher

July 29, 2021

Jenna Bratcher is StyleBlueprint Nashville’s Associate Editor and Lead Writer. The East Coast native moved to Nashville 14 years ago, by way of Los Angeles. She is a foodie through and through and enjoys exploring the local restaurant scene bite by bite.

From a smashing penthouse pop-up bar to the 18th Annual Tomato Art Fest, Music City is the place to be this summer. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the sunshine or chow down or both, here’s the latest news in Nashville!

What’s New in Nashville: July 2021

Miel Announces Its 7th Annual Harvest Dinner

Celebrating local farm partners and the fresh produce they grow, Miel is hosting its 7th annual Summer Harvest Dinner on Sunday, August 22. For $85 per person, guests can feast on stunning seasonal dishes that feature the best of summer’s flavors, including vegetables, fruits, and herbs from Miel’s in-house garden. A specialty wine list will accompany the meal, with organically produced selections made from traditional farming methods. You can expect the menu to be posted 10 days before the event, and you can visit mielrestaurant.com for reservations.

The exterior of Miwl restaurant

Miel is serving up delicious seasonal dishes at its 7th annual Summer Harvest Dinner. Image: Miel

New Pop-Up Bar in the Fairlane Hotel Penthouse Suite

The Fairlane Hotel has done it again with its penthouse-turned-pop-up-bar extravaganza, Fairlane 54. This time around, you can channel your inner Liza Minelli or Elton John by visiting the dazzling Studio 54-themed space. Enjoy the skyline view from the balcony as you sip on fun cocktails such as the delicious “Donna Summer,” which features a boozy popsicle, and the “Disco Inferno,” which is served in a festive disco ball cup. You can also grab a few light snacks, such as hummus or a charcuterie platter. The boutique pop-up is scheduled to stick around until mid-September, so put on your dancing shoes and get your boogie on!

Neon Fairlane 54 sign with disco balls

Get your groove on and feel the Saturday night fever at the Fairlane Hotel‘s Fairlane 54! Image: Jenna Bratcher

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Music City Brew Hop’s New “Hop On/Hop Off” Tour

Launching in July, the brand new “Hop On/Hop Off” tour from Music City Brew Hop is a choose-your-own-adventure experience that appeals to locals and tourists alike. Jump on the vintage trolley for a one-hour journey with stops at Music City’s favorite local craft brewery destinations. Explore the sights and sounds while you sip at places from Germantown to The Gulch, such as Bearded Iris Brewing, Crazy Gnome Brewing, Jackalope Brewery, Tailgate Brewery, and more. Full-day adult passes are $35, kids’ passes are $10, and two-day trolley passes are $60. You can reserve a tour at musiccitybrewhop.com.

The Music City Brewhop Tour trolley in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame

Spend the day brewery-hopping with the new Hop On/Hop Off tour. Image: Rhonda Hodges

East Nashville Gears Up for the Tomato Art Fest

East Nashville is the place to be on August 13 and 14, as historic Five Points hosts the 18th annual Tomato Art Fest. The free event is a Music City favorite and features everything from live music, fun contests, and one-of-a-kind art to local vendors, more than 20 food trucks, and all things tomato-related. You can even attend (or participate in) the tomato-themed “Push, Pull and Wear” parade on Saturday, August 14 at 9 a.m. Get ready to see red!

Tomato Art Fest graphic of a tomato in the clouds

The Tomato Art Fest returns to Five Points in East Nashville. Image: Instagram

Guerrier Development Announces the Future Storyville Gardens Theme Park

Music City may have lost its only theme park in 1997 (we’re still mourning the nostalgia of Opryland), but Storyville Gardens is about to change that. With grand plans to open in 2025, the proposed park based on stories and books has an architectural blueprint that covers more than 100 acres. The park location is as yet undisclosed, but the town is abuzz nonetheless, as the interactive theme park is set to include rollercoasters, hotels, dining, retail, and entertainment. The project from Guerrier Development is sure to inspire literacy and a love of reading beyond the classroom, and we can’t wait to indulge our childhood wonderment and sense of adventure. Preview ticket sales start in September of this year. For more information, visit storyvillegardens.com.

Connectus Health offers Free Physicals and Immunizations for Children

As the summer gives way to the beginning of the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, Connectus Health offers physicals and immunizations to children and teens with no out-of-pocket expenses. With in-person fall classes on the horizon, it’s an opportunity for all children — regardless of insurance coverage status — to receive care. Services are available through August at the Connectus Health locations in Nashville and Antioch. For more information, you can visit connectus.org.

A little girl sitting at a desk, writing

Connectus Health offers free physicals and immunizations in advance of the 2021-2022 school year.

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Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee Begins Ticket Sales for the 2021 Red Door Bash

The Red Door Bash is back! Continuing its incredible nonprofit support of those impacted by cancer, Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee hosts its biggest annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 9. With a silent auction that begins at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and awards program at 7 p.m., the evening promises to be filled with fun fundraising to provide free cancer support to those in need. The in-person event will take place at the Omni Hotel, with a virtual viewing option as well. Tickets are $250 and include a three-course meal with wine, valet parking, and access to the silent auction. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit RedDoorBash.givesmart.com.

Charlie Worsham performing on stage at the Gila's Club Middle Tennessee event

Charlie Worsham performed at the 2019 Red Door Bash, and this year promises to be equally as exciting! Image: Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee

Enjoy soaking up the summer with all of these exciting new events, Nashville!

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