by Jenna Bratcher

April 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.

April ushered in the spring as well as some exciting new events and openings to look forward to. From the adventurous annual family Picnic with the Library to the highly anticipated return of The Peach Truck, we’re all abuzz with news …

What’s New in Nashville: April 2021

Anzie Blue Launches a Live Music Series

Anzie Blue is Hillsboro Village’s go-to spot for coffee, cocktails and CBD products. Now, it’s a go-to spot for music, too. Owners Derek and Marcie Van Mol are launching a weekly live music series so guests can dine Music City-style. Thursday through Sunday during brunch, happy hour, and dinner, you can enjoy jazz, soul, blues and R&B as you feast on everything from specialty brunch dishes like Southern fried chicken biscuits or honeyberry pancakes to dinner entrées like Harvest Gnocchi and the pulled pork BBQ board. For more information, visit anzieblue.com.

The Anzie Blue storefront in Hillsboro Village

Anzie Blue‘s new live music series is bringing a little jazz and blues to Hillsboro Village. Image: Mary Craven Photography

Sidebar Takes Up Residency at Bode Hotel

Bode offers a fun new way to experience curated craft cocktails and a dose of Southern hospitality with a laid-back cocktail lounge, Sidebar. Celebrating its grand opening at the beginning of April, the bar gives you a chance to cozy up in a rugged, leather-accented space that also boasts vintage Americana trinkets and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the courtyard. Sip on spring favorites like The Wallflower (Hendrick’s Gin, jasmine, lemon, bergamot, egg white, bitters and loose-leaf hibiscus tea) or the tangy Maple Cherry Old Fashioned, and take in the great outdoors as you play lawn games and enjoy light fare near the fire pits. Sidebar is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. You can find additional information at bode.co.

 Sidebar at the Bode Hotel

Sidle up to Sidebar, the hip spot serving up locally inspired cocktails at Bode Nashville. Image: Bode Nashville

The Nashville Public Library Announces the 6th Annual Picnic with the Library

For the second year in a row, the Nashville Public Library is taking its ever-popular Picnic with the Library virtual. Benefiting the Nashville Public Library Foundation, the annual family event on Sunday, May 16, raises funds for NPLF’s literacy initiatives while simultaneously offering families a fun opportunity to dine in style. 2020’s virtual event broke fundraising records, and this year promises to be equally exciting with its magical, whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” theme. For $200 per family, the at-home picnic package includes “Alice in Wonderland” games, crafts from Little Art House, tasty snacks, and access to an interactive virtual performance from the library puppet troupe, Wishing Chair Productions. There’s also a chance to win a special prize package through the art contest taking place in advance of the event — a private visit from the NPL Puppet Truck! For more information and tickets for the virtual event, visit nplf.org.

A family dining at the Public Library picnic

While Picnic with the Library remains virtual this year, it’s guaranteed to be a whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” adventure! Image: Mary Craven Photography

The Red Bicycle Reopens in Germantown

Red Bicycle Coffee in Germantown has finally made its long-awaited return. Area residents are rejoicing as the neighborhood coffee joint’s flagship location reopens after tornado damage kept it closed for over a year. The gourmet coffee and crepes hotspot received a modern design upgrade along with its reopening, which replaced the rustic decor with a bright, inviting new look that includes beautifully handcrafted work from Redhouse Designs. Also, look for a nod to the disaster the business rose above with a latte called “The Tornado.” Stop by the Germantown location Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit redbicyclecoffee.com.

Red Bicycle in Germantown

Germantown’s Red Bicycle location is finally back open. Image: Bailey Torkelson

Gallery 100 Celebrates its Grand Opening

Germantown is upping its art game with the grand opening of Gallery 100, an art collective and a gift shop that offers a unique showcase for creatives of all kinds. Located at the 100 Taylor Arts building, the space offers everything from fine art to handmade jewelry and ceramics. The gallery’s community-based opening exhibit is called Dear Nashville and features 11 local artists who share their creative journey in Nashville through their work. For more information, click here.

Interior of Gallery 100 shop

The iconic 100 Taylor Arts building is Music City’s newest gallery and gift shop, Gallery 100. Image: Caleb McLaughlin

The Return of The Peach Truck

The Peach Truck recently announced it will be opening for the new season on May 17, and it’s celebrating a decade of satisfying peach cravings across Music City. With locations from the Nashville Farmers’ Market to pop-up booths at various locations around town, The Peach Truck makes sure you’re never far from the fuzzy, juicy treat. For more information on where to find your peaches, including how to subscribe to have peaches delivered directly to your doorstep, visit thepeachtruck.com.

The owners of The Peach Truck with their original Jeep filled with peaches

The Peach Truck is finally back! Image: Eliesa Johnson

Tennessee Brew Works Announces its Crawfish Boil

Tennessee Brew Works is hitting the streets with its 6th Annual Crawfish Boil. Head out to the family-friendly (and dog-friendly) festivities on May 1 and 2 for live music from local bands and more than 1,800 pounds of Louisiana crawfish — boiled in Tennessee Brew Works’ IPA, of course. For $15, you can get a basket of crawfish with andouille sausage, corn and potatoes, or for $10, you can purchase a basket of crawfish only. Plus, grab a beer,  Tennessee cider, wine, or something tasty from the limited cocktail selection. Seating will be available on the street and at the Tennessee Brew Works Taproom patio, and you can reserve a spot in advance at tnbrew.com. Admission is free, and the event will take place rain or shine.

Tennessee Brew Works Crawfish Boil Ad

Head out to the Tennessee Brew Works Crawfish Boil for family fun and, of course, crawfish!

Bring on the spring weather and exciting events!

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