Events This Week
Kids of all ages can meet mini horses Magic and Hamlet, learn about their work as therapy horses, and read along with their new book. Don't leave without a horse hug.
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 5 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK FREE
Nashville Dancin' presented by Dollar General brings local and national artists to the stage for a free summer concert series held every Thursday through July 31. Riverfront Park's grassy slopes provide natural stadium seating for all to enjoy the live music. Plus, a variety of local food trucks will be on-site. The lineup for Thursday, July 17 includes Hayes Carll, Rayland Baxter, James Wallace & The Naked Light and Oak Creek. Gates open at 5 pm and the music begins at 6 pm. Note: road closures are associated with this event. Closures include 1st Avenue (Broadway to Church Street).
FRIDAY, JULY 18, 6AM - 4PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the American Red Cross, Metro Nashville Police Department and Nashville Fire Department for the Music City Battle of the Badges blood drive. Local first responders will “battle” it out to see who can recruit the most people in their community to donate blood. This event set a single day record last year to make blood drive history in Middle Tennessee. 526 usable pints of blood were collected, 170 more pints than the year before. It is estimated that those donated pints had the potential to save almost 1,578 lives! All donors will receive a free pair of pre-season tickets to a Predators game, a Davidson County Battle of the Badges t-shirt and a Chick-fil-A Coupon, while supplies last. In addition, there will be an hourly drawing for Titans, Predators and Music City Bowl tickets and more.
The Foundry at McKendree United Methodist Church will host silent auction in the Fellowship Hall. Proceeds will benefit The Foundry Ministry by transitioning the shelter into a fully functional, fully accessible facility.
The Foundry, a ministry of Restoration Pointe located at McKendree United Methodist Church in downtown Nashville, is a transitional housing shelter that helps men get off the street, obtain secure employment, and find permanent housing.
Enjoy shopping, wine from the cash bar, live music, artisan booths, kids' activities and much more at this event held on the third Friday of each month. Market House restaurants and shops will be open. Vendors in the farm sheds will sell local produce, meat, cheese, plants and more!
SATURDAY, JULY 19 - TUESDAY, JULY 22, 8AM-4PM
LOCATION: BICENTENNIAL MALL FREE
The Game Show Network is looking for fun and interesting people to be on its new show, “The Line.” Pre-registration is required and allows participants a chance to select a preferred day of taping. Pre-registration will also confirm your place in the line. Please note: you may only register for one day of taping. Head out to the Court of Three Stars at Bicentennial Mall from Saturday, July 19 to Tuesday, July 22 for your chance to win cash prizes by answering questions and playing physical games. Participants must arrive on location no earlier than 7 am, (the show starts at 8:30 am), with a valid ID and sign in with the show staff. Dress appropriately and be prepared for a day of fun in the sun. Pre-register here.
SATURDAY, JULY 19, SESSION A: NOON - 4 PM; SESSION B: 6 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: WALK OF FAME PARK $39 - $69 GENERAL ADMISSION; $75 VIP
Brewers from around the country call the Music City Brewer's Festival one of the best festivals they participate in all year! Sample beer from more than 70 local, regional, national and imported breweries. Plus, live entertainment by San Rafael Band, Get Right Band, DeRobert & the Half Truths and Dirk Quinn Band. Food options from area restaurants and an array of vendors will also be available! This festival has two sessions; buy tickets to one or both. VIP tickets include entry to the Friday Night Brewer Reception with food and beer pairings and early admission to the festival's first session the following day. Event patrons are welcome to bring camping chairs and blankets. This is a 21 or older event and there will be no re-entry once inside the gates.
SATURDAY, JULY 19, 4 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: THE GULCH $10
Nashville's newest summer block party features live music, food from local restaurants and trucks, and a great beer selection. Tickets include two free beers and admission to four live shows. Performances by Queen City Heist, BREE, Oliver and The Spectacles, Frances and The Foundation and Kansas Bible Company. Gulch Groove will take place on the third Saturday of every month through August on Gleaves Street and 9th Avenue South. Note: road closures associated with this event. Gleaves Street (8th Avenue South to 9th Avenue South) and 9th Avenue South (Division Street to Gleaves Street) will be closed beginning as early as 6 am on Saturday, July 19 to as late as 2 am on Sunday, July 20.
SUNDAY, JULY 20, 5:30 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: CUMBERLAND PARK FREE
Enjoy live jazz on the third Sunday of every month through October. Joe Johnson will perform on Sunday, July 20 in the park's amphitheater. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome at this event. Food available for purchase from local food trucks.
Join Mayor Karl Dean in his citywide health challenge designed to encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to get regular physical activity. This 2.55 mile walk will begin at the AT&T Building and circle the heart of downtown Nashville. It will last approximately 45 minutes. Everyone is encouraged to sign up here but it is not required to be a part of the walk.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 11 AM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: CHURCH STREET PARK FREE
Head to Church Street Park on your lunch break and enjoy a picnic in the park! Live entertainment beginning at 11:30 am. Plus, food available for purchase from Jonbalaya and Gigi's Cupcakes from 11 am - 1:30 pm. 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.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Brandon Holder Band at Legends Corner Wednesday, July 16
Eric Nicholas at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Wednesday, July 16
The Matte Gray Band at Tin Roof Broadway Wednesday, July 16
Kelly Hoppenjans and Friends at The Rutledge Wednesday, July 16
Nick Smith at Whiskey Bent Saloon Wednesday, July 16
Minnie Murphy at Sambuca Wednesday, July 16
KISS & Def Leopard at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, July 16
Hurray for the Riff Raff at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, July 16
Painting Class: Christmas in July at Sips 'n Strokes Wednesday, July 16
Super Science TN at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, July 16
Rebecca Moreland at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, July 16
Dishcrawl Music City Food Tour Wednesday, July 16
Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, July 16
Memphis Belle at Second Fiddle Thursday, July 17
Uncorked Wine Dinner at Nashville City Club Thursday, July 17
Jimmy Smith at The Rutledge Thursday, July 17
How to Cold Call and Build New Customers at NovaCopy Thursday, July 17
Dailey & Vincent at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, July 17
Cultural Food Experience at Nashville Public Library Thursday, July 17
Music at the Frist: The Contrarian Ensemble at Frist Cafe Thursday, July 17
Workshop: "Drop-in Drawing" at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, July 17
B.B. King All-Stars at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Thursday, July 17
Good Thursdays at Anthem Thursday, July 17
IBMA Showcase at Station Inn Thursday, July 17
Ricky Young at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, July 17
Biff Kapow at Silver Dollar Saloon Friday, July 18
Jer Gregg Friday, July 18
Night Market at Nashville Farmers' Market Friday, July 18
Stacy Mitchhart Band at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, July 18
SIMO at Mercy Lounge Friday, July 18
Magnolia Sons at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Friday, July 18
Great American Ideas at Nashville Public Library Friday, July 18
Music at the Frist: Vocal Duo Joe and Tree at Frist Cafe Friday, July 18
ARTini: Maira Kalman: The Elements of Style at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, July 18
Red Wanting Blue at 12th & Porter Friday, July 18
The Human Condition at Rocketown Friday, July 18
Martin McDaniel at Legends Corner Saturday, July 19
The Brazilbilly Boys at Robert's Western World Saturday, July 19
Rickers Pickers at Barlines Saturday, July 19
Johnny T Saturday, July 19
Diggy Band at Sambuca Saturday, July 19
Gala of the Royal Horses at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, July 19
Songwriter Session: Ray Stevens at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, July 19
Listener at Rocketown Saturday, July 19
Little Walter Tube Amp Jam at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, July 19
Puppet Show: Stonecutter at Nashville Public Library Saturday, July 19
Puppet Show: Stonecutter at Nashville Public Library Saturday, July 19
Katie Shuett at Bootleggers Inn Sunday, July 20
Justin Myers at Second Fiddle Sunday, July 20
Mad Hatters Finest at Tin Roof Broadway Sunday, July 20
Harmonica Demonstration: Jelly Roll Johnson and Pat Bergeson at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, July 20
Artful Tales: "Rudy Rhythm and the Rules of Writing" at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Sunday, July 20
Kids' Open Mic at Two Old Hippies Sunday, July 20
J. Curly Speegle at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Sunday, July 20
Kyle Jennings at Tin Roof Broadway Monday, July 21
Chaz Mckinney and Friends at The Rutledge Monday, July 21
Tim Waters at Silver Dollar Saloon Monday, July 21
Jami Grooms at Wildhorse Saloon Monday, July 21
Open Jam with ANDY T & Nic Nixon at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Monday, July 21
Story Stretchers and Shakers at Nashville Public Library Monday, July 21
Senior Monday at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Monday, July 21
Josh Helms at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Monday, July 21
12th & Porter Trivia at 12th & Porter Monday, July 21
Michael Scott at Whiskey Bent Saloon Tuesday, July 22
Josh & Matt at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, July 22
Death Valley Wreckers at Tin Roof Broadway Tuesday, July 22
Rachel Pearl at Sambuca Tuesday, July 22
Painting Class: $20 Tuesday at Sips 'n Strokes Tuesday, July 22
Great Books Reading and Discussion Program at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, July 22
The Insiders at Anthem Tuesday, July 22
The Music City Doughboys at Station Inn Tuesday, July 22
Marti Dodson, Rivers Rutherford, and George Teren at The Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, July 23
Catfish Dinner at Bootleggers Inn Wednesday, July 23
Johnny T at The Stage on Broadway Wednesday, July 23
Cort Carpenter & Triple C at Second Fiddle Wednesday, July 23
Lane Kristian & The Jakehead Mob at Robert's Western World Wednesday, July 23
Hillbilly Casino at Barlines Wednesday, July 23
The Matte Gray Band at Tin Roof Broadway Wednesday, July 23
Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, July 23
Maxwell at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday, July 23
Rusty Maples at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, July 23
Kid Craft at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, July 23
Wooten & Friends at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, July 23
Honeyboy and Boots at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Wednesday, July 23
Happy Hour Specials
Take advantage of downtown drink deals! There are tons of happy hours to choose from each day in downtown Nashville. Check out our complete list of happy hour offerings and head to one of these restaurants or bars soon.
Enjoy summer with a ride on a Nashville B-cycle! More than 200 bright red bikes are located at 23 automated B-stations around town. 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!
Large groups and events (300+ attendees) that are downtown July 16 - July 30, 2014 include Desire2Learn (1,200, July 14 - 18), NAMM International Music Products Association (13,000, July 17 - 19), Pennwell Corporation (4,000, July 22 - 25), B Convention, LLC (950, July 23 - 27), Cross Country Education (600, July 24 - 26), 2014 All White Affair (4,000, July 25 - 27), SVMIC Physicians Training (600, July 30 - 31), American Idol Auditions (10,000, July 30) and Idol Productions (600, July 30 - August 1). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.