Nashville Downtown Details

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Events This Week

Picnic in the Park


Head to Church Street Park on your lunch break and enjoy a picnic in the park! The Library's Wishing Chair Productions will present a puppet musical revue for all ages. And local food trucks Jonbalaya and Moovers and Shakers will be on site. Or, bring your own lunch and enjoy eating outdoors. Tables and chairs will be set up for this event.

2nd Annual Mayor's Field Day


Mayor Karl Dean will host this free, citywide Field Day. This event features an obstacle course and educational fitness fair, as well as field games including a classic sack race, water relay, and more in a relaxed, tournament-style format. Tennessee Titans players, cheerleaders and mascot T-RAC will participate in the day's activities. Advance registration is encouraged but not required.

Whole Kid Festival


The Whole Kid Festival will celebrate Children's Mental Health Week. The Children's Mental Health Week Coalition and Tennessee Voices for Children invite Middle Tennessee families to enjoy entertainment, fun activities, and information from vendors and agencies.


Scout Day with the Titans

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2 PM - 5:30 PM

Come out and see what its like to be a Scout at this event hosted by the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts of America. Enjoy free activities including archery, tent pitching, bottle rockets, flag folding, outdoor cooking, knot tying, and fire building. Those who sign up to be a Scout ($10) can participate in the sports and fitness drills and activities on the Titans' field, take a tour of the locker room, and watch a movie on the Jumbotron from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. Also, there is an option to camp out on the field and get a free Titans' game ticket ($40, plus $10 to join). The campout begins at 6 pm.

Quest, Dog. Quest!

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 6:30 PM - 8 PM

The Quest will be a dog-gone doozie of an evening. Teams will compete in a clue-driven scavenger hunt across town followed by a Big Dog Party at the theatre with food, drinks, additional points-earning games, music, dancing, a silent auction and the announcement of the winning team. The clues for Quest, Dog. Quest! are based on NCT's production of Go, Dog. Go! Seeing the show may give your team an advantage. Play clothes, costumes or team-themed uniforms are encouraged (and worth extra points) but are not mandatory. The grand prize is a week-long beach vacation rental in Seaside, Florida. It has been 10 years since NCT last hosted this event. Scavenger Hunt from 6:30 pm - 8 pm and Big Dog Party from 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm.

First Saturday Art Crawl


Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings every month. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. See this month's gallery listing. NOTE: All galleries are now located in The Arcade or on 5th Avenue North so there is no longer a shuttle service for this event. Participating galleries include:

69 Arcade. 266-4028. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

The Arts Company
215 5th Avenue North. 254-2040. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

BelArt Gallery
56 Arcade. 397-2347. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

Blend Studio
79 Arcade. 554-1340. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

75 Arcade.
6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Nashville Lines
58 Arcade. 200-8230. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

O Gallery
42 Arcade. 416-2537. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

57 Arcade. 966-6282.
6 - 9 pm. Free.

Picture This on 5th
44 Arcade. 889-5640. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

The Rymer Gallery
233 5th Avenue North. 752-6030. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

61 Arcade.
582-2098. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

Studio 66
66 Arcade. 498-3320.
6 - 9 pm. Free.

Sweeney Art Gallery
83 Arcade.
6 - 9 pm. Free.

Tennessee Art League
219 5th Avenue North. 736-5000. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Tinney Contemporary
237 5th Avenue North. 255-7816. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Twist Art Gallery
73 Arcade. 888-535-5286. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

UltraViolet Gallery
59 Arcade. 521-2632. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.


Additional downtown locations open especially for the crawl include St. Mary's Catholic Church and CoLab. St. Mary's Catholic Church will be open from 6 pm to 9 pm and is located one block north of the galleries on 5th Avenue. Artwork on display by Sketch, plus live music, wine, refreshments, and tours of the historic church. CoLab (across from the Arcade's 4th Avenue entrance) will be open from 6 pm - 9 pm showcasing work by local artists and serving complimentary wine and coffee.


Cinco de Mayo


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring the Watermelon 'Rita and Dos XX Lager Draft. 

Great Strides: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk


Great Strides raises awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Expect an action-packed day of fun, music, refreshments and activities to keep the entire team happy. Registration at 2 pm, walk begins at 3 pm.

Mother's Day Brunch

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 10:30 AM - 2 PM

Enjoy a bountiful buffet including brunch and lunch items. Plus, a play and activity area for children, and family photographs. Seatings available at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Call 615-620-1327 to make a reservation.

Mother's Day Dinner

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 5 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: THE PALM 615-742-7256

The Palm will offer dinner service on Mothers' Day with reservations accepted. Every mom who dines at The Palm will receive a $25 bonus card to be used at her next visit (valid May 13 - June 30, 2013). Call 615-742-7256 to make a reservation.



Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville

Click here to see a complete calendar of all events happening in downtown Nashville!

The Columnist at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Saturday, May 4

National Dance Week at Avenue 2 Ballroom through Sunday, May 5

Boz Scaggs at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, May 1

Rush at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, May 1

Heath Haynes & The High Dollar Band at Sambuca Thursday, May 2

Opry Country Classics featuring Terry Clark and more at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, May 2

National Day of Prayer Breakfast at Renaissance Nashville Hotel Thursday, May 2

National Day of Prayer at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, May 2

Hume-Fogg and MLK Orchestra Concert at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School Thursday, May 2

The Chris and Tami Show at The Filming Station Thursday, May 2

Debussy and Brahms at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4

Gian Cage & The G.C.B. at Pure Zenn Friday, May 3

The Black Keys at Bridgestone Arena Friday, May 3

Scott Simontacchi, Matt Combs, David Long, Mike Bubb at Station Inn Friday, May 3

Salon@615: Isabel Allende at Nashville Public Library Friday, May 3

Go, Dog. Go! at Nashville Children's Theatre Saturday, May 4

Jeanne Robertson at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 4

Songwriter Session: Leslie Satcher at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, May 4

Kids Open Mic at Two Old Hippies Sunday, May 5

Dallas Starke at Sambuca Monday, May 6

Honor Thy Song: A Night Honoring Songwriter Tim Johnson at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, May 7

Il Divo at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, May 8

Keith Anderson, Chad Warrix and Brian Nutter at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, May 8

Opry Country Classics featuring Lorrie Morgan at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, May 9

Mendelssohn's Elijah at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, May 9 - Saturday, May 11

Anthony Hamilton at War Memorial Auditorium Friday, May 10

The Cash Kings: Johnny Cash Tribute Band at Hard Rock Cafe Friday, May 10

Gabe Dixon at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, May 10

Nashville Rollergirls vs. D.C. All Stars at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, May 11

Dinosaur Petting Zoo at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 11 - Sunday, May 12

A Prairie Home Companion at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, May 11

Royal Comedy Tour at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Sunday, May 12

Rodriguez at Ryman Auditorium Monday, May 13

Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Monday, May 13

Tim Hinkley at Two Old Hippies Tuesday, May 14

Brandon Ray with Jeff Allen at 3rd and Lindsley Tuesday, May 14

Arts Appetizer: The Lion King at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Wednesday, May 15

Kris Kristofferson at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, May 15

Tillers Folley with John Cowan & Friends at Station Inn Wednesday, May 15

Click here to see a complete calendar of all events happening in downtown Nashville!

Shop 'Til You Drop!

Did you know there are 110 shopping options downtown? Use our online map and select specific retail categories to locate stores of interest to you.

National Bike Month: Nashville B-cycle

May is National Bike Month, so give Nashville B-cycle a try! Need to run a quick errand that is too far to walk but too close to drive? Use Nashville B-cycle! 190 bright red bikes are located at 20 automated B-stations within three miles of downtown. 24-hour memberships are $5 and annual memberships are $50. Nashville B-cycle is priced for quick rides. After joining, you can take an unlimited number of rides during your membership period with no additional charge for the first hour of any ride. Usage fees apply for all rides that exceed one hour. Nashville B-cycle: bikes you love and leave!

Convention Update

Large groups and events that are downtown May 1 - 15, 2013 include the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (500, April 27 - May 3), United Service Organizations (300, April 29 - May 2), Talent on Parade (2,500, May 4), Association of Local Government Auditors (300, May 4 - 8), Water Environment Federation (500, May 5 - 9), Tennessee Dental Association (500, May 8 - 11), Tennessee Education Association (1,150, May 10 - 11), Showbiz National Talent (2,000, May 11 - 12), and Festival of Homiletics (2,000, May 13 - 17). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions:

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