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Employee Appreciation Week!
Do you work downtown? Employee Appreciation Week continues through Friday, August 29. Remaining events include Corporate Tug-of-War and Get Your Sweet Treat! Plus, check out this list of merchants and other downtown businesses that are offering special discounts and freebies this week (and some are running longer promotions).
Events This Week
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 6 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE
Enjoy free 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. The lineup for Thursday, August 28 includes All Them Witches, The Features and headliner, Capital Cities. $10 parking available in the Metro Courthouse parking garage, located directly below the park. Free bicycle parking with Walk/Bike Nashville. VIP tickets available for $60. Tickets include beer, wine, soft drinks, water, food and an incredible view of the stage. 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 28 and will reopen at midnight on Friday, August 29.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS FRIST MEMBERS: FREE; NON-MEMBERS: $10
This year's final concert of the Frist's popular summer concert series. Attendees are invited to enjoy an evening of live music, light snacks and beverages as well as the exhibits on view in the center’s galleries. The Tyrone Smith Revue featuring Super T will perform in the courtyard. This high-energy group dazzles audiences with their expansive set lists covering hits from classic rock to R&B and everything in between.
The fifth annual John Merritt Classic "Back to the Bridge" Mixer! The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge will transform into a kick-off party for the Tennessee State University vs. Edward Waters College football game, which takes place the following day on Saturday, August 30 at LP Field. Featuring live music, dancing, and food and drink vendors.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 8 AM - NOON
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE
Join Mayor Karl Dean as he hosts the finale celebration for all participants in the Walk 100 Miles with Nashville campaign. The event will begin with a 4-mile walk around downtown at 8 am and continue with activities, live music and a ceremony recognizing all participants who walked 100 miles. Families can enjoy splash water fountains located near the lawn of Public Square, healthy food and games for the kids. Walk 100 participants who completed the total 100 miles since the campaign started can pick up their free t-shirts.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 11 AM - 5 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE FARMERS' MARKET FREE TO ATTEND
A free, all-ages event with more than 30 local food trucks participating in a friendly, culinary competition. A panel of judges will sample blind entries from competing trucks in a variety of street food categories throughout the day. The winners will be named at the conclusion of the event at 5 pm. Plus, craft beer, live music, farmers’ market vendors and activities for children.
The second annual Gulch Beer Fest will feature 40 Southern craft beer brewers and more than 100 different types of beer. Enjoy unlimited samples of delicious beer, music, food trucks and local vendors.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 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. Enjoy Annie Selleck's hard-swinging singing with the Hot Club of Nashville's fiery guitar and violin solos on Tuesday, September 2.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 11 AM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: CHURCH STREET PARK FREE
Plan ahead to visit 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 Gigi's Cupcakes with another food truck (TBA) 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
Trapped Above Ground at Acme Feed & Seed Wednesday, August 27
The Matte Gray Band at Tin Roof Broadway Wednesday, August 27
Paula Deen Live! at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Wednesday, August 27
Jeff Bridges & The Abiders at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, August 27
Fever City Presents: Chicks Rock Night at The Rutledge Thursday, August 28
Johnny T at The Stage on Broadway Thursday, August 28
Kristi Manna and Friends at The Listening Room Cafe Thursday, August 28
Painting Class: Choose Your Own Football Team at Sips 'n Strokes Thursday, August 28
Bryan Sutton & Courtney Hartman at Carter Vintage Guitars Thursday, August 28
Les Richardson Band at Barlines Thursday, August 28
Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings at LP Field Thursday, August 28
Landon and The Tennessee Thunder at Bootleggers Inn Friday, August 29
Josh Helms Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, August 29
The Brazilbilly Boys at Robert's Western World Friday, August 29
Ecology: Remembering Marvin Gaye at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, August 29
Cort Carpenter & Triple C at Second Fiddle Saturday, August 30
Soiree Saturdays at Anthem Saturday, August 30
Introduction to Off Camera Flash Photography at Dury's Pro Shop Saturday, August 30
Closing Reception: A Tribute to H.R. Giger at Corvidae Collective Saturday, August 30
Plexnation at Silver Dollar Saloon Saturday, August 30
Journey Resurrection at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, August 30
Matt McAtee & The Eventuals at Sambuca Saturday, August 30
Larry Frick at Wildhorse Saloon Saturday, August 30
Songwriter Session: Jim McBride at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, August 30
Brandon Giles at Hard Rock Cafe Saturday, August 30
Emoni Wilkins at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Saturday, August 30
Mad Hatters Finest at Tin Roof Broadway Sunday, August 31
Urban Soul Cafe: Tasha Page-Lockhart at 12th & Porter Sunday, August 31
Sunday Afternoon Yoga at Rocketown Sunday, August 31
Rewind BBQ Festival at Riverfront Park Sunday, August 31
Martina McBride at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, August 31
Kids' Open Mic at Two Old Hippies Sunday, August 31
Bluegrass Jam at Station Inn Sunday, August 31
J. Curly Speegle at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Sunday, August 31
Puckett's Sunday Spotlight: Maybe April at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Sunday, August 31
You Can! at Nashville Farmers' Market Sunday, August 31
Open Mic Night with Jutt Huffman at National Underground Nashville Tuesday, September 2
Thinking Out of the Lunch Box at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, September 3
Live on the Green: Weekend Festival Finale at Public Square Thursday, September 4 - Saturday, September 6
Music at the Frist: John Richards at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, September 4
September Swag Party at Alfred Williams & Company Thursday, September 4
Falling in Love with Street Food Thursday, September 4
PBR Jack Daniel's Invitational at Bridgestone Arena Friday, September 5 - Saturday, September 6
Home Decorating & Remodeling Show at Music City Center Friday, September 5 - Sunday, September 7
ARTini: Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, September 5
A Midsummer Night's Dream at Nashville Public Library Friday, September 5
West Side Story at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, September 5 - Saturday, September 6
Fujifilm Demo Day at Dury's Pro Shop Friday, September 5
Music Nights at The Hermitage Hotel at The Hermitage Hotel Friday, September 5
First Saturday Art Crawl at 5th Avenue of the Arts Saturday, September 6
Panel Discussion: 50 Years of the ACM Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, September 6
Days of Summer: Canaan Smith at The Bridge Lounge Saturday, September 6
The Piano Guys at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, September 6
Fujifilm Photo Walk at Dury's Pro Shop Saturday, September 6
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Ole Miss Rebels at LP Field Saturday, September 6
8th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival at Riverfront Park Saturday, September 6
Courtyard Concerts: Marshall Chapman, David Olney & RB Morris at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 9
8th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, September 9
Picnic in the Park at Church Street Park Wednesday, September 10
2nd Wednesday Book Club: The Fault in Our Stars at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, September 10
Jason Mraz at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, September 10
Winemaker's Dinner at Etch Wednesday, September 10
Be Cheap with BEEP!
During Bridgestone Arena events, park for free at LP Field Lot R. Optional round-trip shuttle service is $3 per person with a convenient drop-off point near the arena. Click here for details. (Tip: You don't have to attend an event at Bridgestone to use this service. However, the free parking is only available on the stated event dates).
Shop 'Til You Drop!
Did you know there are more than 130 shopping options downtown? Use our online map and select specific retail categories to locate stores of interest to you.
Large groups and events (500+ attendees) that are downtown August 27 - September 10, 2014 include Tractor Supply Company (1,400, August 26 - 29), Home Decorating & Remodeling Show (5,000, September 2 - 8), Dollar General Corporation (800, September 7 - 9), National Association for Healthcare Quality (800, September 7 - 10), Associated Wholesale Grocers Food Show (600, September 8 - 11), Middle Tennessee Realtors Convention (500, September 8 - 11), Comfortech (1,000, September 8 - 12) and Penton Media - Cleveland (1,000, September 9 - 11). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.