Events This Week
THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 6 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $75 GENERAL ADMISSION; $200 VIP
Join the Nashville Predators Foundation for its annual Wine Festival & Tasting over the ice at Bridgestone Arena. The event includes more than 225 wines, spirits and brews as well as hors d’oeuvres. Plus, a silent auction featuring Predators memorabilia and exclusive packages. A VIP option is available including a five-course dinner with wine pairings. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation, which supports Middle Tennessee nonprofit groups and programs in the community. Click here to purchase tickets.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 6 PM
LOCATION: THE PINNACLE AT SYMPHONY PLACE SUGGESTED DONATION OF $50/PERSON
Enjoy food, wine, beer, soft drinks and more at this fundraiser for Rooftop held on the Pinnacle at Symphony Place's rooftop deck. Plus, a silent auction, live music and one the best views Nashville has to offer. Rooftop's mission is to preserve shelter, prevent homelessness and provide hope. RSVP in advance.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS GALLERY ADMISSION REQUIRED
This Curator's Perspective will consider the historical representation of war in the context of the exhibitions "Goya: The Disasters of War" and "Steve Mumford’s War Journals, 2003–2013." The lecture will raise the questions: Why do artists depict conflict? How and by whom are their images used? Does their work change anything?
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 7 PM
LOCATION: SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER $50 GENERAL ADMISSION; $75 VIP
The third annual Mix It Up Blue Gala will feature hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a dessert bar, live entertainment and a silent auction. VIP tickets include a pre-gala happy hour. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks supporting autism research and outreach efforts in the United States.
The all-day event will begin with a Country Music Marathon viewing party from 6 am - 11 am. The party will include food truck fare, beer and wine, and live music. VIP tickets available ($50) including brunch by Riffs Fine Street Food, two drink tickets and a special marathon viewing area. The "Takeover" will continue from noon - 6 pm when more than 15 local food trucks bring their unique menus to Nashville Farmers' Market. Plus, live entertainment, a friendly competition among food trucks and more!
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, MARATHON 7 AM
The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan runs through Nashville on Saturday, April 26 beginning at an all-new start line at 4th Avenue and Broadway. Featuring local bands playing live on 28 entertainment stages and a fantastic finish line festival. Find a spot downtown to cheer on the runners! Or, sign up for the 3.1-mile mini marathon. A post-race concert featuring ABC "Nashville" stars Charles "Chip" Esten, Clare Bowen and Chris Carmack with Chase Rice at Bridgestone Arena at 7 pm. Plus, the Health and Fitness Expo at Music City Center on Thursday and Friday and the Kids Rock run at LP Field on Sunday at 2 pm. Note: road closures associated with the marathon and related events. More than 30,000 runners and walkers will participate. This year's marathon includes new road closures due to new marathon and half marathon routes. Click here for the course map and click here for a complete road closure grid.
Listen To Your Mother is a national series of live readings created to take the audience on a well-crafted journey through giving voice to motherhood with original readings performed on stage by their authors. The Nashville production will donate a minimum of 10% of ticket sales to Thistle Farms.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27, NOON - 6 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD FREE
Join the YMCA at LP Field for Healthy Kids Day. This free event will feature obstacle courses, sports drills, mini boot camp classes and the Kids Rock 1-mile run in association with the Country Music Marathon beginning at 2 pm. Plus, face painting, musical entertainment, healthy snacks and more.
MONDAY, APRIL 28, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: THE 404 KITCHEN $55
The second installment of Cooking with Yazoo featuring James Beard Award-nominated chef Matt Bolus. Chef Matt will combine his modern take on classic European cuisine with an emphasis on local, seasonal fare. Each course will be paired with a Yazoo brew. Click here to RSVP.
Metro Public Works will host a third and final informational open house to update the public about the ongoing Multimodal Mobility Study. The goal is to develop comprehensive strategies for achieving an optimum balance of transit service, taxi/limousine services, bicycling, walking, automobile circulation and parking for the region. At this meeting, team members will present their recommended list of projects and policies. Click here for more information.
The Symphony Fashion Show will highlight Christian Siriano’s fall 2014 collection. The Band Perry will be the featured entertainment. Plus, an elegant post-show cocktail buffet and silent auction. Different ticket options available. Click here for more information. Proceeds will support the Nashville Symphony’s education programs, which annually serve 100,000 children and adults across Middle Tennessee.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 11 AM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: CHURCH STREET PARK FREE
Plan ahead and visit Church Street Park on your lunch break to enjoy a picnic in the park! Live music by Daniel Epperson beginning at 11:30 am. Plus, food available for purchase from Smoke Et Al and Jay's Chicago Hot Dogs. Or, bring your own lunch and enjoy eating outdoors while listening to great live music. Shaded tables and chairs will be set up for this event.
THURSDAY, MAY 1, 6:30 AM - 7:45 AM
LOCATION: MUSIC CITY CENTER $25/SEAT; $200/TABLE OF 8
The keynote speaker for this year's National Day of Prayer Breakfast will be firefighter, paramedic and author Tommy Neiman. Plus, enjoy a performance by Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning Christian music artist Steve Green. Complimentary parking at First Baptist Nashville's Lot D with shuttle service to Music City Center. Click here to register in advance.
One Year Anniversary Special at E.Allen!
312 11th Avenue South. 615-915-2571. Celebrate E.Allen's one year anniversary on Thursday, April 24! Enjoy sips and sweets as well as 30% off all purchases. Thursday's hours of operation are 10 am - 8 pm.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Santana at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, April 23
James Marke at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, April 24
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Thursday, April 24
Spring Fever Frenzy at The Rutledge Thursday, April 24
Sarah Gayle Meech at Robert's Western World Thursday, April 24
Jim Rooney's Irregulars at Station Inn Thursday, April 24
We Came As Romans at Rocketown Thursday, April 24
Spring Bride Mixer at Wedding 101 Thursday, April 24
Opry Country Classics featuring Billy Yates and more at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, April 24
The Matte Gray Band at Legends Corner Friday, April 25
Brother Trouble at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, April 25
Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner at First Baptist Nashville Friday, April 25
Brandon Holder Band at Second Fiddle Friday, April 25
Painting Class: Guitars at Sips 'n Strokes Friday, April 25
Eric Heatherly at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, April 25
All Mozart! at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, April 25 - Saturday, April 26
Phil Barton, Bruce Wallace and Friends at The Listening Room Cafe Friday, April 25
Foster the People at Ryman Auditorium Friday, April 25
"Looking East" Food and Film Event: "Yojimbo" at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, April 25
The Diggy Band at Sambuca Friday, April 25
Greylan James at Two Old Hippies Friday, April 25
B.B. King All-Stars at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Friday, April 25
Steven West at Bootleggers Inn Friday, April 25
Josh Helms Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Saturday, April 26
Jesse Lee & Brazilbilly at Robert's Western World Saturday, April 26
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top Express at Station Inn Saturday, April 26
Biff Kapow at Silver Dollar Saloon Saturday, April 26
We Are Nashville: A Benefit for Relay for Life at 12th & Porter Saturday, April 26
Lyle the Crocodile at Nashville Children's Theatre Saturday, April 26
Kevin Costner & Modern West at War Memorial Auditorium Saturday, April 26
Joe Bonamassa at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, April 26
The Frog Prince at Nashville Public Library Saturday, April 26
Songwriter Session: Sunny Sweeney at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, April 26
Michael Scott at Whiskey Bent Saloon Saturday, April 26
The Singing Studio's Country Showcase at Two Old Hippies Saturday, April 26
The Chris Weaver Band at Sambuca Saturday, April 26
Dusty Hundley at Legends Corner Sunday, April 27
Painting Class: Dandelions at Sips 'n Strokes Sunday, April 27
Puckett's Sunday Spotlight: Zac Carter at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Sunday, April 27
Sunday Afternoon Yoga at Rocketown Sunday, April 27
Project Paradox Art Exhibition at Rumours Wine Bar Sunday, April 27
John Oates with Pat & Jamie McLaughlin at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, April 27
Jami Grooms at Wildhorse Saloon Sunday, April 27 - Monday, April 28
Sindustry Sundays at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Sunday, April 27
Switchfoot at War Memorial Auditorium Sunday, April 27
Tom Jones at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, April 27
Jazz on the Move: Music of Carmen McRae at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Sunday, April 27
Spring Concert featuring the Trevecca Madrigalians at Nashville Public Library Sunday, April 27
Instrument Demonstration: Belmont Bluegrass Ensemble at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, April 27
Haim at Cannery Ballroom Sunday, April 27
Rob Skaggs at Silver Dollar Saloon Sunday, April 27
Cory Farley Band at Second Fiddle Monday, April 28
Junior Citizen at The Rutledge Monday, April 28
Healthy Aging Seminar Series at First Baptist Nashville Monday, April 28
Randy Moore at Bootleggers Inn Monday, April 28
Bastille at War Memorial Auditorium Monday, April 28
Randy Nations at Whiskey Bent Saloon Monday, April 28
McKenzies Mill at Wildhorse Saloon Tuesday, April 29
Harry Fontana & Johnny G at Robert's Western World Tuesday, April 29
Painting Class: $20 Tuesday at Sips 'n Strokes Tuesday, April 29
Three Ring Circle at Station Inn Tuesday, April 29
Nashville Opportunity Today at Piranha's Bar & Grill Tuesday, April 29
Great Books Discussion Group at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, April 29
Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls at 3rd and Lindsley Tuesday, April 29
Minnie Murphy at Sambuca Tuesday, April 29
Spirits on the Cumberland: Water Photography with Fat Bottom Brewery at The Bridge Building Tuesday, April 29
Hellogoodbye at 12th & Porter Tuesday, April 29
Matt Delrosi at Bootleggers Inn Tuesday, April 29
Eric Nicholas at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Wednesday, April 30
Cort Carpenter & The Triple C Band at Second Fiddle Wednesday, April 30
Lane Kristian & The Jakehead Mob at Robert's Western World Wednesday, April 30
The Nashville TwangCats at Station Inn Wednesday, April 30
Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, April 30
Local Natives at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, April 30
Journey Resurrection at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, April 30
Fiona at Sambuca Wednesday, April 30
Billy Block Folk Night at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, April 30
Carl Stewart at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, April 30
Opry Country Classics featuring Loretta Lynn, Rhonda Vincent and more at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, May 1
Hume-Fogg and MLK Orchestra Concert at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School Thursday, May 1
Arcade Fire at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, May 1
Spring Into Street Food Thursday, May 1
The Ben Folds Project at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, May 2 - Sunday, May 4
Lana Del Rey at Ryman Auditorium Friday, May 2
Dianne Reeves at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, May 2
Relay For Life of Nashville at Cumberland Park Saturday, May 3
Girls on the Run 5K at Cumberland Park Saturday, May 3
Walk Me Home 5K at Bicentennial Mall Saturday, May 3
An Evening with Sandi Thom at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 3
CPA at the Ryman at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, May 3
Tres de Mayo at Riverfront Park Saturday, May 3
Les Miserables at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, May 3 - Sunday, May 4
Keith Urban's 5th Annual We're All 4 The Hall Benefit Concert at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, May 6
Beer and Cheese Tasting at Jackalope Brewing Company Wednesday, May 7
Arts Appetizer: Million Dollar Quartet at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Wednesday, May 7
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Large groups and events (300+ attendees) that are downtown April 23 - May 7, 2014 include the Country Music Marathon Health & Wellness Expo (22,000, April 24 - 25), Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (1,200, April 24 - May 1), Stage One Productions (1,000, April 25 - 27), National Association for College Admission Counseling (1,000, April 26 - 27), QCS Purchasing (350, April 27 - 30), Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (2,600, April 30 - May 7) and Building Owners and Managers Association International (550, May 1 - 2). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.