Events This Week
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 8:30 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $39 - $300
The Nashville Predators’ Western Conference Quarterfinal Series against Central Division-rival the Chicago Blackhawks returns to Bridgestone Arena for game five. Plus, a Preds Plaza Party will begin at 5:30 pm featuring festive family activities, street hockey rinks, live music, food and drinks, giveaways and more. Please note: a limited number of tickets remain; beginning Thursday morning at 10 am, the Predators will release 100 $15 tickets online here.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24 - SUNDAY, APRIL 26, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: 7:30 PM; SUNDAY: 2 PM
LOCATION: TPAC - TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER $28 - $89
Nashville Ballet is celebrating spring with the return of the Shakespeare classic "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" featuring the Nashville Symphony. Set in a fairy world, follow Puck through a family-friendly comedy of errors, as mischief reigns and entangled love runs wild. Plus, add some bourbon before your ballet at Bourbon at the Ballet Saturday, April 25 from 5:30 pm - 7 pm featuring specialty drinks, hors d’oeuvres and sweeping views of downtown at Waller Law located inside the Nashville City Center.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, TWO SESSIONS: 3 PM - 6 PM; 7 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE FARMERS' MARKET $25 - $45
The third annual Extra Large Ramen Festival will feature renowned chefs from across the country who are famous for using traditional Japanese techniques, regional ingredients and a style all their own to create delicious ramen dishes. Craft beer pairings available. Proceeds benefit The Pablove Foundation, fighting childhood cancer with love.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, MARATHON: 7 AM
The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan runs through Nashville on Saturday, April 25 beginning at 4th Avenue and Broadway. Featuring local bands playing live on 28 entertainment stages and a fantastic finish line festival to be capped off by a post-race concert featuring Martina McBride at Bridgestone Arena at 7 pm ($35). Find a spot downtown to cheer on the runners! Or, sign up for the 3.1-mile mini marathon. Plus, the Health and Fitness Expo at Music City Center Thursday, April 23 - Friday, April 24 and the Kids Rock Run ($30) at LP Field on Sunday, April 26 at 2 pm. Please note: road closures associated with the marathon and related events. More than 30,000 runners and walkers will participate. Click here for the course map and click here for a complete road closure grid.
City Cycling is a free community course focusing on bicycling in traffic hosted by Walk/Bike Nashville. The course is designed to give you the skills and confidence to ride in traffic and on a variety of road types. Each course is taught by league certified bicycle instructors and covers bike maneuvering skills, scanning and signaling, crash avoidance and more.
Meet local artist and illustrator Wayne Brezinka as he signs limited first run prints of his latest work "Dylan: From Greenwich Village to Nashville," currently on view at the Tennessee State Museum. The piece is an assemblage of cut paper, collage and mixed media on canvas that contains original materials from the 1960s, including a 1964 concert ticket, several 1960 subway transit coins, a postdated 1965 handwritten card from Greenwich Village and more.
The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, presents the ninth season of the popular jazz performance and education series, Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist and educators, the series offers world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz. This year's series concludes Sunday, April 26 with a tribute to Billy Strayhorn featuring Kevin Whalum & The Nashville Jazz Workshop All-Stars.
Join Metro Arts Nashville as it unveils its five-year strategic plan at the Nashville Children's Theatre on Wednesday, April 29. A Q&A will follow.
A job fair for both Hilton Nashville Downtown and Trattoria Il Mulino, the new casual chic restaurant concept from iconic Il Mulino New York. Available hotel positions include culinary, banquets, housekeeping, engineering, sales and more. Trattoria Il Mulino is looking for talented professionals in the hospitality/restaurant field including hosts, bartenders, servers, master cooks and more. On-site hiring available.
Mayor Karl Dean will present his final State of Metro address on Thursday, April 30 in the Grand Reading Room of the Nashville Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 6 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD FREE
The official Tennessee Titans draft party. Activities include player autograph stations featuring current and former Titans, T-Rac, Titans' cheerleaders, and live coverage of the NFL draft with 104.5 The Zone and Mike Keith. Plus, a kids' zone featuring face painting, balloon artists, inflatables and games. Also, self-guided locker room tours, NFL equipment display, on-field activities, Titans trivia and more.
This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs in the group’s distinctive signature style. The 10th Anniversary Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women with a full band, plus the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers all under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 7 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: SOUTHERNAIRE MARKET $85
Join the Southernaire Market for a night of Jim Beam's finest spirits and a five course meal prepared by TomKats' Executive Chef Matt Farley and Acme Feed & Seed's Chef de Cuisine Kevin Powell. Click here to view the full menu and to purchase tickets.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30 - SATURDAY, MAY 2, THURSDAY: 7 PM; FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: 8 PM
LOCATION: SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER $22 - $138
Gripping from start to finish and rich with feeling,Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6" is one of the most amazing pieces of music ever written, with a stunning conclusion that will leave you breathless. Mendelssohn was only 21 when he wrote his "First Piano Concerto," and the music sparkles with youthful energy and originality. Soloist Ingrid Fliter will join the orchestra to bring Mendelssohn’s gorgeous melodies for piano vividly to life. Plus, don't miss Happy Hour at the 'Horn on Friday, May 1 at 6 pm, a free event for concertgoers featuring live music from local favorites, Yazoo brews, specialty cocktails, local food and art.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Saturday, April 25
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City at First Tennessee Park Wednesday, April 22 - Friday, April 24
Jon Mullins at The Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, April 22
Honeyboy & Boots at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Wednesday, April 22
Art in the Indigo at Hotel Indigo Wednesday, April 22
Halestorm at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, April 22
Pokey LaFarge Album Release Party at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, April 22
The Global Battle of the Bands at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, April 22
Lunch Box Lecture: 100th Anniversary of TDOT at Tennessee State Museum Thursday, April 23
Fiona at Sambuca Thursday, April 23
Painting Class: Nashville Skyline at Sips 'n Strokes Thursday, April 23
WYA Thursdays at Agenda Thursday, April 23
Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, April 23
A Tribute to Billie Holiday with Cassandra Wilson at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, April 23
Opry Country Classics: Craig Morgan, The Gatlin Brothers & More at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, April 23
Battle of the Burger at The Gulch Thursday, April 23
Williams & Company at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, April 23
Student Art Exhibit at Cummins Station Friday, April 24
The Other Side at Tin Roof Broadway Friday, April 24
Mary Fletcher at Nashville Street Tacos Friday, April 24
Drew Mowell & Friends at Two Old Hippies Friday, April 24
George Jones Museum Opening Weekend at George Jones Museum Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26
Tyrone Wells at City Winery Friday, April 24
Ten out of Tenn at Ryman Auditorium Friday, April 24
Yoga Class at 217 2nd Avenue North Friday, April 24
Walk the Moon at Cannery Ballroom Friday, April 24
Night of the Living Cover Bands at Mercy Lounge Friday, April 24
Scat Springs at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, April 24
Turnip the Beet at Nashville Farmers' Market Saturday, April 25
Bashville Stampede 11 at Rocketown Saturday, April 25
Bourbon at the Ballet at Nashville City Center Saturday, April 25
Rickers Pickers at Barlines Saturday, April 25
The Brazilbilly Boys at Robert's Western World Saturday, April 25
Teenage FBI at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Saturday, April 25
Guilty Pleasures at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, April 25
Little Seeds at Nashville Public Library Saturday, April 25
Songwriter Session: Deric Ruttan at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, April 25
Studio Workshop: Creative Crowns at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, April 25
Nashville Venom vs. Richmond Raiders at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, April 25
Ramsey Lewis at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, April 25
The Cat in the Hat at Nashville Children's Theatre Saturday, April 25
Brandon Holder Band at Legends Corner Saturday, April 25
Cort Carpenter at Second Fiddle Saturday, April 25
Summertime Album Release Show at Rocketown Sunday, April 26
Robert Eskew at Sambuca Sunday, April 26
The Steel Wheels at City Winery Sunday, April 26
Richie Scholl at Silver Dollar Saloon Sunday, April 26
Tom Bullard at Whiskey Bent Saloon Sunday, April 26
Biff Kapow at Bootleggers Inn Sunday, April 26
The Cat in the Hat at Nashville Children's Theatre Sunday, April 26
Sunday School with Chef Maneet Chauhan at Chauhan Ale & Masala House Sunday, April 26
Bluegrass Demonstration: Belmont Bluegrass Ensemble at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, April 26
Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration at Nashville Public Library Sunday, April 26
Mendelssohn’s "Elijah" at First Baptist Nashville Sunday, April 26
Rachel Brathen at Cannery Ballroom Sunday, April 26
Stacy Mitchhart Band at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Sunday, April 26
Kassie & Ben at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Monday, April 27
Song Suffragettes at The Listening Room Cafe Monday, April 27
Lower Broadway Band at Tin Roof Broadway Monday, April 27
Ryan Adams at Ryman Auditorium Monday, April 27 - Tuesday, April 28
Bob Dylan & His Band at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Monday, April 27
The Time Jumpers at 3rd and Lindsley Monday, April 27
MP&F Speaker Series: A Conversation with Dana Thomas at Nashville Public Library Monday, April 27
Cory Farley Band at Second Fiddle Monday, April 27
Jesse Cain at Silver Dollar Saloon Tuesday, April 28
Tennessee High Top All-Stars at Robert's Western World Tuesday, April 28
The Love Truckers at Tin Roof Broadway Tuesday, April 28
Kristy Cox at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Tuesday, April 28
The Offspring at War Memorial Auditorium Tuesday, April 28
Story Time at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, April 28
The Chris Weaver Band at The Stage on Broadway Tuesday, April 28
Holly Williams at City Winery Wednesday, April 29
Patton James & The Synchromatics at Sambuca Wednesday, April 29
Painting Class: Mint Julep at Sips 'n Strokes Wednesday, April 29
Jenny Beth Willis at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, April 29
Greg Friia at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Wednesday, April 29
Two Way Crossing at Wildhorse Saloon Wednesday, April 29
OnStage with Jessica Blackwell at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday, April 29
Godsmack at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, April 29
Death Cab for Cutie at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, April 29
Firkin Night at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Wednesday, April 29
Shakin' the Shack at Party Fowl Wednesday, April 29
Of Mice & Men at Rocketown Thursday, April 30
Michael Fair at Sambuca Thursday, April 30
18 South at Station Inn Thursday, April 30
Elvis Perkins at City Winery Thursday, April 30
Dusty Hundley Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, April 30
Express Bus Service to Airport
Traveling by air anytime soon? Save time and money by riding the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority's bus route to and from the airport. Hourly express bus service to and from Nashville International Airport and major downtown hotels is available for only $1.70 or less each way. Click here for route information.
Park It! Downtown
Check out the responsive and mobile-friendly Park It! Downtown website! The website includes an interactive parking map to search and compare rates for the closest parking facilities to your downtown destination. Plus, a database with hourly, daily and monthly parking rates, info on transportation services and more. Parking downtown has never been easier!
Large groups and events (500+ attendees) that are downtown April 22 - May 6, 2015 include Associated Wholesale Grocers Food Show (600, April 20 - 23), Country Music Marathon (30,000, April 21 - 25), Revolution Talent Competition (700, April 23 - 26), Beauty Systems Group (1,000, April 23 - 28), Nashville Fashion Focus (5,000, April 23 - 27), Conexion Americas (600, April 24), International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association (800, April 24 - 28), National Association for College Admissions Counsel (1,000, April 25 - 26), Trivantis (500, April 25 - May 1), Southern Women's Show (44,000, April 27 - May 4), HealthStream (1,000, April 29 - May 1), PMI Nashville 2015 Symposium (500, April 29 - May 1) and Flexographic Technical Association (800, May 1 - 6). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.