Nashville Downtown Details

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Featured Event This Week

Music City Center Grand Opening

SUNDAY, MAY 19 - MONDAY, MAY 20, SUNDAY: 1:30 PM - 7 PM; MONDAY: 9 AM - 11 AM, 6 PM - 9 PM

Two-day celebration for the grand opening of Nashville's Music City Center. Join Mayor Karl Dean for a Walk with the Mayor just prior to the center's opening at 1:30 pm on Sunday, May 19. Public preview tours and an open house including kids' activities, a zip line through the exhibit hall, and the grand opening of the Songwriters Hall of Fame are scheduled from 2 pm to 6 pm. The Nashville Symphony will headline the music on Sunday with a performance at 3 pm. On Monday, May 20 at 9 am Mayor Karl Dean will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the corner of 5th Avenue South and Demonbreun. He will deliver his State of Metro address at the center at 10 am. Concluding the two-day celebration will be the Grand Opening concert with performances by Sheryl Crow, The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and Mikky Ekko. A fireworks show will be the finale. Click here for more information about these events.


Events This Week

Picnic in the Park


Head to Church Street Park on your lunch break and enjoy a picnic in the park! The Drumbinos will perform a percussion ensemble along with cast members from The Lion King. The Drumbinos is a group of children ages seven to twelve who will play upbeat west African-style music. Music from noon to 1 pm. Plus, local food truck, Jonbalaya, will be on site from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Or, bring your own lunch and enjoy eating outdoors. Tables and chairs will be set up for this event.


Goodguys 8th Nashville Nationals Giant Car Show

FRIDAY, MAY 17 - SUNDAY, MAY 19, FRI & SAT: 8 AM - 5 PM; SUN 8 AM - 3 PM

This event showcases over 2,000 candy-colored '72 and earlier hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars, trucks, and classics. Plus, vendor and sponsor exhibits, swap meet, cars for sale corral, the Goodguys AutoCross, live music and more!


Ellie's Run for Africa 5K


Ellie's Run for Africa 5K and family fun day is this Saturday. A 5K and cultural performances and activities for kids. Plus, games, prizes, and food. This event raises money for schools in Kenya. Free parking available. Registration opens at 6:30 am, 5K starts at 7:30 am, and the kids' fun run begins at 8:30 am. Start and finish line at 1st Avenue and Broadway. NOTE: Road closures along Demonbreun, Broadway, 1st and 2nd Avenues associated with this race. Expect rolling road closures between 5:30 am and noon on Saturday, May 18.


The Memphis Men's Chorale

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 3:30 PM - 4:30PM

The Memphis Men's Chorale presents a concert of sacred and secular choral music. This concert features music by Aaron Copland, Mack Wilberg, John Lennon, Otis Redding, Randall Thompson and others. The Memphis Men’s Chorale is an auditioned ensemble of 24 men and is in its sixth season of providing the distinctive sound of an all male ensemble to audiences in the Mid-South.

Kris Kristoffersen Book Signing and Granville Automatic Concert


Photographer Kris Kristoffersen will speak about his work and sign copies of his book, North & South: The Brothers War. Following the book signing, the bluegrass duet, Granville Automatic, will perform songs inspired by the Civil War era. This event is held in collaboration with Camp Chase Gazette, The Civil War Courier and the Citizens’ Companion.


Association of Legal Professionals Event

MONDAY, MAY 20, 6 PM - 7:30 PM

The 65th Annual Installation and Members' Dinner of the Nashville Chapter of the Association of Legal Professionals will be held at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in the Nashville City Center building. Click here to RSVP.



Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville

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

The Lion King at at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through June 2 

Spring Sample Sale at Modern Trousseau Nashville Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 18

Kris Kristofferson at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, May 15

An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, May 15

Q It Up Live: Darryl Worley and more at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Wednesday, May 15

Opry Country Classics featuring Crystal Gayle at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, May 16

Heath Haynes & The High Dollar Band at Sambuca Thursday, May 16

Uncorked! at Nashville City Club Thursday, May 16

Couture Gown Sale at Modern Trousseau Nashville Thursday, May 16 - Saturday, May 18

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18

Proverbial at Hard Rock Cafe Friday, May 17

Brandi Carlile at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, May 17

Goodguys 8th Nashville Nationals Giant Car Show at LP Field Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19

En Fuego - White at Anthem Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18

Go, Dog. Go! at Nashville Children's Theatre Saturday, May 18

Ellie's Run for Africa 5K at Riverfront Park Saturday, May 18

The Memphis Men's Chorale at First Lutheran Church ELCA Saturday, May 18

Walk Me Home at Bicentennial Mall Saturday, May 18

The Avett Brothers at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, May 18

One Way Experience at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19

The Red Wine Effect Fundraiser at Two Old Hippies Saturday, May 18

The Dean Martinis at Sambuca Sunday, May 19

Loren Benjamin at Nashville Center Stage Sunday, May 19

Music City Center Grand Opening at Music City Center Sunday, May 19 - Monday, May 20

Dallas Starke at Sambuca Monday, May 20

Ellie Goulding at Ryman Auditorium Monday, May 20

New Monday with Val Storey, Carl Jackson, and Larry Cordle at Station Inn Monday, May 20

Teri Reid at Sambuca Tuesday, May 21

Bryan Adams at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, May 21

Guitar Man Tribute to Jerry Reed: To Benefit Music Cares at 3rd and Lindsley Tuesday, May 21

45 RPM with Daryl Singletary at Station Inn Tuesday, May 21

Kyndon Oakes at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, May 22

Opry Country Classics featuring the Oak Ridge Boys at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, May 23

Pete Lanctot at National Underground Thursday, May 23

Cirque Musica at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, May 23 - Saturday, May 25

The Guitar Show Live at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, May 23

Molly Hunt at Two Old Hippies Thursday, May 23

The Barrel Jumpers at Station Inn Friday, May 24

Margo Macero featuring the Django Riders at Back Alley Diner Saturday, May 25

Holly Williams with The Staves at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, May 26

Vicki Reid at Sambuca Tuesday, May 28

Frampton's Guitar Circus at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, May 28

Elise Testone at 3rd and Lindsley Tuesday, May 28

Audience Opportunity: CMT Hot 20 Countdown at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, May 28

Dispatch at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, May 29

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday, May 29

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

Downtown Hotels

Do you have guests coming to visit soon? Help them find the perfect place to stay while visiting Music City! Browse our online hotel map to find the option closest to any venue of your choice. Everything you want to see and do is under the PLAY menu on our website.

Nightlife and Live Music Options

Downtown Music City boasts over 40 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.

Convention Update

Large groups and events that are downtown May 15 - 29, 2013 include the Festival of Homiletics (2,000, May 13 - 17), Daimler Trucks North America (350, May 15 - 17), Goodguys Rod & Custom Association (2,000, May 16 - 19),  HCPro (675, May 19 - 25), Gospel Music Association (350, May 26 - 28), and American College of Nurse-Mid-Wives (1,500, May 29 - June 2). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions:

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