News & Information
Do you work in downtown Nashville? Join us for Employee Appreciation Week (Monday, October 1 - Friday, October 5) - for events scheduled each day! Activities and events include corporate tug-of-war, Nashville's largest coffee break (free coffee!), Fresh and Local at the Farmers' Market, Downtown's Next Superstar, Artober @ Fifth Third, and much more. Click here for the FULL schedule of events. Plus, check out this list of merchants and other businesses who are offering special discounts and freebies during the week.
Events This Week
Featuring performances by the Bankesters, Songs of the Fall, Monroeville, The Deafields, and many more! Part of IBMA week. Free show!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 6 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE; VIP: SOLD OUT
Enjoy live music outside in Public Square, located in front of the Metro Courthouse. This fourth annual concert series brings local and national artists to the stage. Blankets, folding chairs, strollers, and water bottles are welcome. The line-up for Thursday, September 27 includes Fly Golden Eagle, The Apache Relay, and the Alabama Shakes. Local food trucks on site. $3 parking available in the Metro Courthouse parking garage located directly below the park. Free bicycle parking.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS $8 MEMBERS/ $10 NON-MEMBERS
Join Dr. Robert Barsky, Vanderbilt University, as he moderates a panel discussion with Frist Center Curator Trinita Kennedy, John Hoomes, artistic director of the Nashville Opera and Andy Campbell, Nashville Symphony education and community engagement program manager. The panel will explore the cultural makeup of Germany during the early twentieth-century German Expressionist movement which spawned a new style of music, art, and theater. The discussion will include examples of art and vocal/musical excerpts, as well as a live musical performance. German Expressionism from the Detroit Institute of Arts will be on view at the Frist Center from October 19, 2012 through February 10, 2013.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, SCHEDULE VARIES EACH DAY
LOCATION: NASHVILLE CONVENTION CENTER AT THE GATE: SINGLE DAY: $55 AND THREE-DAY: $95
Over sixty bluegrass artists will perform. Plus, the Grand Master Fiddler Championship, Master's workshops, discussion circles, artist interaction areas, an expo hall with over 100 booths, jam sessions and more. Click here for the full schedule of performers or here for the overall schedule. The World of Bluegrass convention began this week and Puckett's, the Hard Rock Cafe, and other downtown locations are featuring Bluegrass performances all week.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FRIDAY: 11 AM - 8 PM; SATURDAY: 10 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: THE HERMITAGE HOTEL
Trunk show featuring Alabama Chanin's clothing and accessories. Each piece is made-by-hand by talented artisans from Florence, Alabama and is constructed with organic material.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 11 AM - 7 PM
LOCATION: HILTON PARK $10
The 2nd Annual Music City Hot Wing Festival will fill downtown Nashville with the aroma of hot wings as teams vie for the title of Music City's Best Wings. Also, a hot wing eating competition. Food vendors will be on site and taste tests (1-2 wings) will be on sale by some of the competitors for $1/taste. Live music by Melissa Bollea, Ty Brown, Randall Clay, Lorna Flowers, The Goats of Kudzu and many others! Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed at this festival. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. PLEASE NOTE! Road closures associated with this event include Demonbreun Street between 4th and 5th Avenues, 5th Avenue South between Broadway and Demonbreun, and the west lane of 4th Avenue South from Broadway to Demonbreun. These closures start at 8 am and end at 7 pm on Saturday, September 29.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 10 AM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS FREE WITH DOWNLOADED MUSEUM DAY LIVE TICKET
Enjoy free admission to the Frist Center all day on Saturday, September 29 as part of Smithsonian Magazine's National Museum Day Live. Visitors who download and present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance to the Frist for two adults.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM FREE
In conjunction with The Best of Tennessee Craft: The 2012 TACA Biennial exhibition currently on view at the Tennessee State Museum, a special reception will be held to honor the artists and their work. During the reception, the "Best of Show" will be awarded. The exhibit is free and will be on view until October 21.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 9 AM - 11 AM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE REGISTRATION: $19
You Have the Power… Know How to Use It will host their annual Walk Off Crime event. Founder of YHTP and former First Lady of Tennessee, Andrea Conte, will lead the scenic two-mile walk through downtown. This event raises funds to help alleviate the posttraumatic effects of crime for victims and pays for educational programs devised to prevent crimes against individuals and communities. The walk begins and ends in Public Square in front of the Metro Courthouse and will weave its way by many of the criminal justice system buildings located downtown.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2 PM & 6:30 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE CHILDREN'S THEATRE $12 - $19
At the height of his powers, Sherlock Holmes has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career. A case of blackmail pits the world's greatest detective and his brave friend Dr. Watson against Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime! This entertaining and thrilling theatrical exploit has everything Holmes' fans enjoy: danger, mystery, humor, twists, turns, and romance. For families and children age 10 and up. Show dates also scheduled through Sunday, October 7.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 8 AM - 4 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK FREE FOR SPECTATORS
The Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival combines the excitement of racing with the beauty and spectacle of Nashville's diverse culture. In Chinese tradition, the dragon is a symbol of health and prosperity, and dragon boat racing inspires health and fitness among participants as well as spectators. The races begin at 9 am and four teams will race approximately every 10 minutes. One team will be crowned the Grand Champion.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS IN OCTOBER: 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE BALLROOM $8 PER CLASS OR $35 FOR THE MONTH
Nashville Ballroom is now offering Zumba classes. Every class feels like a dance party! No experience required. Enjoy Zumba on Mondays and Tuesdays in October from 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 11:45 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE
The library's hit music series continues. Bring a lunch to the library courtyard and enjoy free music by top acts in many genres every Tuesday through October 9. Latin singer Rachel Rodriguez will perform on Tuesday, October 2.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Folk Night Hosted by Billy Block at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, September 26
Circa Survive with Touche Amore, Balance & Composure, and O Brother at Cannery Ballroom Wednesday, September 26
Doug McCormick at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, September 27
Dinner on the Bridge at Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge Thursday, September 27
International Bluegrass Music Awards at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, September 27
AcoustiCana Series at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, September 27
Music City Doughboys at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Thursday, September 27
Live on the Green: Alabama Shakes at Public Square Thursday, September 27
Keith Moody Band at National Underground Thursday, September 27
Big Daddy Love at 12th & Porter Thursday, September 27
Hot Mess at The Rutledge Thursday, September 27
Southern World Spoken Poetry Workshops at Nashville Public Library Thursday, September 27
Bluegrass Fan Fest at Nashville Convention Center Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Friday, September 28
Martina McBride at Ryman Auditorium Friday, September 28
Eric Von at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, September 28
Guilty Pleasures at Mercy Lounge Friday, September 28
Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cannery Ballroom Friday, September 28
Marty Raybon at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, September 28
Ellingtown at Nashville Public Library Friday, September 28
Celebrate the City at War Memorial Auditorium Friday, September 28
Alabama Chanin Trunk Show at The Hermitage Hotel Friday, September 28 - Saturday, September 29
2nd Annual Music City Southern Hot Wing Festival at Hilton Park Saturday, September 29
The Doyle and Debbie Show at Station Inn Saturday, September 29
Stars with Diamond Rings and California Wives at Mercy Lounge Saturday, September 29
Jesse Lee & Brazilbilly at Robert's Western World Saturday, September 29
Nashville Cats: Millie Kirkham at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, September 29
Museum Day Live! at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, September 29
Decades Party at The Rutledge Saturday, September 29
TACA Reception at Tennessee State Museum Saturday, September 29
Walk off Crime ... with You Have the Power at Public Square Saturday, September 29
6th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival at Riverfront Park Saturday, September 29
Darien Clea at National Underground Sunday, September 30
Chris Hatchfield at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Sunday, September 30
Nick Waterhouse with Allah-Las at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Sunday, September 30
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at Nashville Children's Theatre Sunday, September 30
Zumba classes at Nashville Ballroom at Nashville Ballroom Monday, October 1
Concerts in the Courtyard: Rachel Rodriguez at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, October 2
David Byrne & St. Vincent at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, October 2
Salon@615: Michael Chabon at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, October 2
Gotye at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, October 3
Opry Country Classics featuring TG Sheppard, Mandy Barnett and more at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 4
Live on the Green: Trampled by Turtles at Public Square Thursday, October 4
Disney on Ice at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, October 4 - Sunday, October 7
The Price is Right, Live! at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, October 4
Beethoven's Fifth at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, October 4 - Saturday, October 6
Curator's Tour: Carrie Mae Weems at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, October 4
Lyndsey Crawford & Katie Kendall at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, October 4
Mary Chapin Carpenter at Ryman Auditorium Friday, October 5
State Fire Marshal's Fire Prevention Week Kick-off Event at Bicentennial Mall Friday, October 5
Music at the Frist: Amanda Contreras at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, October 5
Air Supply at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, October 5
Nashville Beer Festival at Public Square Saturday, October 6
Art for Change at 5th Avenue of the Arts Saturday, October 6
Camp Out Day at Tennessee State Museum Saturday, October 6
The Shins at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, October 7
Creating Puppets at Nashville Public Library Sunday, October 7
Concerts in the Courtyard: Jason D. Williams at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, October 9
Caroline Kennedy - Book Signing at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, October 9
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott at Station Inn Tuesday, October 9
Brother Love at Sambuca Wednesday, October 10
Gardens & Villa at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, October 10
ForeverandNever at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, October 10
Nightlife and Live Music Options
Downtown Music City boasts over 35 live music venues, plus additional nightlife options including bars and nightclubs. Plan your next night out by using our online guide. Click here to see a full list of the downtown clubs, bars and live music venues.
Guidebooks Are Available
The current edition of The Guidebook, our downtown retail, restaurant and amenity resource book, is available. Copies are available at most downtown hotels, restaurants, retailers, the Urban Market, the Visitor Information Center in the Bridgestone Arena, Arcade shops and restaurants, Lower Broadway bars, restaurants and stores, and many other locations! If your downtown business would like 100 or more books delivered to your location, please let us know. It is a great resource for large groups, conventions, downtown employees, and residents.
Large groups and events that are downtown September 26 - October 10, 2012 include the International Bluegrass Music Association (20,000, September 23 - 30), Furnaces North America (375, October 1 - 3), and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (1,500, October 3 - 6). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.