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Downtown Employee Appreciation Week!
Do you work in downtown Nashville? Join us for Employee Appreciation Week (Monday, August 25 - Friday, August 29) - for events scheduled each day! Activities and events include Walk with the Mayor (free lunch!), Nashville's Largest Coffee Break (free coffee!), Fresh and Local at the Nashville Farmers' Market, Party on the Plaza with the Preds and Nashville B-cycle, Corporate Tug-of-War 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
THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 24
This semiannual event sponsored by Nashville Originals, Restaurant Week is a great way to enjoy Nashville's unique local dining establishments. Participating downtown restaurants include Flyte World Dining and Wine, Provence, Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant, Rumours Wine Bar, Sole Mio and Watermark. These restaurants will feature special prices and menus throughout the week.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 6 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE
Enjoy live music outside in Public Square, located in front of the Metro Courthouse. This sixth annual concert series brings local and national artists to the stage. Blankets, folding chairs, strollers and water bottles are welcome at this free six-week concert series. The lineup for Thursday, August 21 includes Goodbye June, Wild Cub and headliner, The Head and the Heart. $5 parking available in the Metro Courthouse parking garage, located directly below the park, and at LP Field. Free bicycle parking with Walk/Bike Nashville. Please note: road closures associated with this event! 3rd Avenue North between Union Street and James Robertson Parkway and Union Street (two lanes of westbound traffic) from 3rd Avenue North to LP Field will be closed beginning at 1 pm on Thursday, August 21 and will reopen at midnight on Friday, August 22.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 11 AM - 2 PM
Enjoy the final Summer of Street Food event of the season! More than 15 local food trucks will line Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: THE HERMITAGE HOTEL FREE
Enjoy Music Nights at The Hermitage Hotel, a twice monthly event held in the hotel's Performing Arts Suite. The series will feature the musical stylings of Americana band Sheriff Scott and the Deputies. Plus, the Oak Bar at The Hermitage Hotel will offer happy hour specials as well as unique cocktails created just for these evenings. Click here for a complete list of upcoming shows.
Visit the Sea Cuisine Taco Bar for free samples and to learn how to upgrade your taco night at home.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 10 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: JOHN SEIGENTHALER PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE $52 IN ADVANCE; $62 FINAL ENTRY
UQuest is part obstacle course, part scavenger hunt and part unknown. Teams of two to four will compete in this urban adventure that will have participants racing through downtown climbing rockwalls, walking balance beams, solving clues, completing missions and more. Registration includes a signature UQuest t-shirt and access to the after party including one drink ticket and food and drink specials. The start and finish line is located at the base (3rd Avenue South side) of the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. Click here for the complete route and to register.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 4 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: THE GULCH $10
Enjoy the final Gulch Groove of the summer! The event features live music, food from local restaurants and trucks, and a great beer selection. Tickets include two free beers. Heavy Sole, Magnolia Sons, The Future and Alanna Royale will perform. This block party is held 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, August 23 to as late as 2 am on Sunday, August 24.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 11 AM - 4 PM
LOCATION: MUSIC CITY CENTER $10
Meet the best local wedding professionals face-to-face and find the ones who share your vision for your special day. Many vendors will offer samples, coupons and budget-saving discounts. Also, bridal fashion shows, giveaways and live entertainment.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2:30 PM
LOCATION: BICENTENNIAL MALL FREE
This match of vintage base ball (it was two words in the 1860's) has been organized by the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball. Players will use the rules, equipment, and costumes of the 1860's–1880's. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are welcomed at this event. An additional match is set for noon on Sunday: Phoenix of East Nashville vs. Franklin Farriers.
This season's kick-off event and reception for the Crescendo Club, a young professionals group for the Nashville Symphony. Complimentary wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres. Plus, enjoy tours of the symphony hall and an instrument petting zoo. Network with other young professionals and learn about the benefits of being a Crescendo Club member. Click here to RSVP.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 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 7. Classical cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio will perform on Tuesday, August 26.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 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 music by Noelle Larae beginning at 11:30 am. Plus, food available for purchase from food trucks Jonbalaya and Moovers and Shakers 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
The Matte Gray Band at Tin Roof Broadway Wednesday, August 20
Scott Skittle Johnson at Silver Dollar Saloon Wednesday, August 20
Hits and Grins at The Listening Room Cafe Thursday, August 21
Painting Class: Into the Distance at Sips 'n Strokes Thursday, August 21
Film Screening: La Última Película at Third Man Records Thursday, August 21
Killer Nashville's International Writers' Conference at Omni Nashville Hotel Thursday, August 21 - Sunday, August 24
Tommy Tietjen and Friends at Two Old Hippies Thursday, August 21
Les Richardson Band at Barlines Thursday, August 21
Mode Fresh and Friends at The Rutledge Friday, August 22
Tintype Portraits at Third Man Records Friday, August 22
Tim James & Friends at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, August 22
My So-Called Band at Mercy Lounge Friday, August 22
The Art of Beer at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, August 22
Emoni Wilkins at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, August 22
The Matte Gray Band at The Stage on Broadway Saturday, August 23
Rickers Pickers at Barlines Saturday, August 23
It's Just a 10K at LP Field Saturday, August 23
Music City Center Tours at Music City Center Saturday, August 23
Lissie with George Stanford at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, August 23
Family Program: Guitar 101 at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, August 23
The ConSoulers at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, August 23
Mad Decent Block Party at Anthem Saturday, August 23
Gala Fundraiser 2014 at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, August 23
Mad Hatters Finest at Tin Roof Broadway Sunday, August 24
Don Kelley & Friends at Robert's Western World Sunday, August 24
Carla Cappa at 12th & Porter Sunday, August 24
Sunday Afternoon Yoga at Rocketown Sunday, August 24
Patton James at Sambuca Sunday, August 24
Brother Trouble at Wildhorse Saloon Sunday, August 24
Song Suffragettes at The Listening Room Cafe Monday, August 25
Jutt & Adam at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Monday, August 25
New Country Night at Acme Feed & Seed Monday, August 25
New Monday with Val Storey at Station Inn Monday, August 25
Charm City Devils at Mercy Lounge Monday, August 25
Story Stretchers and Shakers at Nashville Public Library Monday, August 25
Merle Haggard at Ryman Auditorium Monday, August 25
Matt Marinchik at National Underground Nashville Wednesday, August 27
Catfish Dinner at Bootleggers Inn Wednesday, August 27
All Night Train at Station Inn Wednesday, August 27
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, August 27
Paula Dean Live! at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Wednesday, August 27
Live on the Green: Capital Cities at Public Square Thursday, August 28
Andrew Velez at Tin Roof Broadway Thursday, August 28
The Farmer & Adele at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Thursday, August 28
Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings at LP Field Thursday, August 28
Wah Watusi at Sambuca Thursday, August 28
Rocco Deluca at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Thursday, August 28
RAW Nashville Presents ALLURE at Cannery Ballroom Thursday, August 28
Art-Making in the Lobby: Paint by Word at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, August 28
NDP Annual Meeting
The Nashville Downtown Partnership celebrates 20 years of transforming downtown on Tuesday, September 23! Our 2014 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon will be held at the Omni Nashville Hotel from noon to 1:30 pm. Register to attend this annual event.
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Large groups and events (500+ attendees) that are downtown August 20 - September 3, 2014 include TSMSDC Marketplace of Opportunities (500, August 19 - 22), Pennwell Corporation (3,000, August 20 - 24), Mega Group USA (900, August 20 - 26), Nashville Pink Bridal Show (4,000, August 21- 24), Tennessee Healthcare Association (1,200, August 23 - 27), Tractor Supply Company (1,400, August 26 - 29), and Home Decorating & Remodeling Show (5,000, September 2 - 8). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.