Events This Week
A Nashville celebration of music and generosity for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The evening includes live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and more. Performers include Jamie Paulin, Justin Wilson, JT Hodges, Trent Tomlinson, and Love and Theft.
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: CITY WINERY $50
Second Harvest presents the return of Generous Helpings. This favorite annual food and beverage tasting event will feature many of Nashville’s best independent restaurants showcasing tastings of signature appetizers, entrées and desserts, with fine wines and craft beers.
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 11 AM - 2:30 PM
Enjoy a gathering of 15 to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. This event will take place every other Thursday through the fall.
THURSDAY, MAY 14, RECEPTION: 5:30 PM; FORUM: 6 PM - 7:30 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE CHILDREN'S THEATRE FREE
Meet the mayoral candidates and find out where they stand on the issues impacting Nashville's arts and creative community. Beginning with a 5:30 pm reception in the lobby, the structured forum will take place in Nashville Children's Theatre's auditorium from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. Free parking available.
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: AERIAL $60
The Pampered Night Out is an evening dedicated to the spirit and strength of women and Renewal House's commitment to building strong new beginnings for mothers and their children. Attendees will be pampered and renewed with mini massages and aromatherapy during this much-deserved night out. Complimentary valet provided at Merchants Restaurant.
Assembling paintings and sculptures from the collection of the New-York Historical Society, "Telling Tales" explores how 19th-century American works of art expressed the young country’s aspirations through narrative. This exhibit features influential American artists such as Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand and John Rogers. Join Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala for a tour of this exhibit and a glimpse at the artwork that helped shape America.
FRIDAY, MAY 15 - SUNDAY, MAY 17, VARIES BY DATE
LOCATION: NASHVILLE FARMERS' MARKET FREE
Strawberry Festival will kick off with A Very Berry Night Market on Friday, May 15 from 5 pm - 9 pm. Enjoy shopping, adult beverages, live music, artisan booths and much more. Market House restaurants and shops will be open and will feature strawberry-themed specials. The Strawberry Festival will continue on Saturday, May 16 with special contests, live music, food demonstrations and more. The festival wraps up on Sunday, May 17 with a berry brunch from 10 am - 2 pm, adult beverages, live music and more.
FRIDAY, MAY 15 - SUNDAY, MAY 17, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: 8 AM - 5 PM; SUNDAY: 8 AM - 3 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD $20 ADULTS; $6 AGES 7-12; 6 & UNDER FREE
This event showcases more than 2,500 candy-colored '72 and earlier hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars, trucks and classics. Plus, more than 100 vendor and sponsor exhibits, a swap meet, cars for sale corral, the Goodguys AutoCross, live music, model car show, free kids' entertainment and more!
FRIDAY, MAY 15; MONDAY, MAY 18 & WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, BIKE TO WORK DAY: 7:30 AM; DOWNTOWN WALK: NOON
Join Mayor Karl Dean's 100 Miles with the Mayor, a community-wide campaign to walk, bike and paddle 100 miles over the span of three weeks in May, to learn about the many greenways, bikeways and waterways in the city. Downtown events begin Friday, May 15 with Bike to Work Day at 7:30 am (5 miles; end at Public Square). TIP: Use Nashville B-cycle if you don't own a bike. Plus, join the Mayor for the Downtown Walk later in the day at noon (3.2 miles; start and end at Public Square). Additional downtown walks include one on Monday, May 18: The Gulch/SoBro Walk at noon (2.5 miles; start at the corner of 11th Avenue South and Pine Street). And another walk on Wednesday, May 20: the First Tennessee Park Walk at 4:30 pm (3 miles; start and end at the Nashville Farmers' Market). Events are open to all fitness levels and ages. Click here for more information and the full schedule of events.
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL $15 ADULTS; $5 STUDENTS
Commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral, this new musical by Marcus Hummon combines American roots music, 19th-century hymns and excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ memoirs to tell the story of how an American slave escaped to freedom and became a prophetic voice in his time.
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 3 PM - 5 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE FARMERS' MARKET $45 - $175
Learn the many uses and variety of ideas for preserved products that will enhance your cooking. This summer series kicks off Saturday, May 16 featuring strawberry jam and vidalia onion relish. The series continues on the third Saturday of each month through September, each highlighting a new preserved product. Check out one class or purchase a series. Click here for more information and to register.
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: THE GULCH $35
Join the Nashville Scene for its fourth annual Margarita Festival. Enjoy food from local favorites and sample drinks from some of the city's best margarita makers. Vote for your favorite and a winner will be crowned at the end of the festival. Tickets include 15 margarita samples. Food will be available for purchase from Cantina Laredo and Party Fowl. Plus, a cash bar with full-sized drinks available. The event will take place in The Gulch at the intersection of Pine Street and 11th Avenue South.
SATURDAY, MAY 16, NOON - 4 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK $79 GENERAL ADMISSION; $129 VIP
Enjoy the second annual Nashville Wine & Food Festival featuring more than 200 top notch wines from around the globe and Music City's own local chefs and cuisine! Participating downtown restaurants include Acme Feed & Seed, Sole Mio, The Southern Steak & Oyster, Southernaire Market and Watermark. Plus, food demonstrations, wine seminars, talks from top winemakers, live music, a beer garden, a cocktail lounge and more. The festival benefits the Nashville Symphony.
SATURDAY, MAY 16, FESTIVITIES BEGIN: 8:45 AM; WALK BEGINS: 10 AM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE FREE
The Lung Force Walk celebrates the collective power of our breath. Friends, neighbors and colleagues will rally together to raise their voices against lung cancer—and for lung health for everyone. Plus, a fitness station, exhibits, kids' activities, music and more. Please note: road closures associated with this event. Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, Korean Veterans Boulevard (1st Avenue South to 4th Avenue South), 4th Avenue (Korean Veterans Boulevard to Commerce), Commerce (4th Avenue North to 6th Avenue North), 6th Avenue North (Commerce to Deaderick), Deaderick (6th Avenue North to 3rd Avenue North), 2nd Avenue (Deaderick to Broadway), Broadway (2nd Avenue to 3rd Avenue), 3rd Avenue (Broadway to Symphony Place) and the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge will be closed beginning as early as 10 am until as late as 11:30 am on Saturday, May 16. Click here for the complete route.
THURSDAY, MAY 21, 7 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: SOUTHERNAIRE MARKET $75
Join Southernaire Market for a sampling of tequila and mezcal cocktails paired with a five-course meal prepared by TomKats' Executive Chef Matt Farley and Saffire's Chef de Cuisine Jason LaIacona.
THURSDAY, MAY 21, REGISTRATION: 6 PM; CLASS: 6:30 PM; COCKTAIL HOUR: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD $20
Join hundreds of yogis at LP Field for the inaugural Yoga on the Field. This celebration of Nashville's yoga community includes an invigorating class led by Susannah Herring of Hot Yoga Plus and Daphne Larkin of Sanctuary Yoga paired with a custom playlist by DJ Mindub. All levels welcome. Water will be provided, but bring your own mat and towel. Plus, stick around and enjoy a cocktail hour following the class.
This program features dramatic scenes and readings from the classic comedies, dramas and poems that inspired early American artists. Featuring talented actors and unforgettable words by Shakespeare, Byron and others, Shakespeare in the Galleries will not only offer a reunion between the works of art and the prose that inspired them, but also explore how these fanciful visual depictions often related subtly to contemporary concerns in America.
Join Capitol Grille Thursday, May 21 as brew master Ben Bredesen walks you through a very special night of beer made just for the restaurant. Bredesen used Capitol Grille's Double H Farms honey, cornmeal and benne seeds to create three very special beers to be paired with dinner courses. Ticket price includes valet parking.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Motherhood the Musical at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Sunday, May 17
L.C. Jones, Hilary Romaine & Matt Walberg at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, May 13
OnStage with Bob Marler & Xiao-Fan Zhang at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday, May 13
Facts, Figures and FUNds: A Night of Trivia at Riverfront Tavern Wednesday, May 13
Who Knew at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, May 13
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, May 13
Alex Michael Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, May 14
Erin Kidd & Friends at The Listening Room Cafe Thursday, May 14
J.C. Andersen Band at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Thursday, May 14
Symphonie Fantastique! at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, May 14 - Saturday, May 16
Opry Country Classics: Oak Ridge Boys, The Gatlin Brothers & More at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, May 14
Curator's Tour: Telling Tales at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, May 14
Andrew Velez at Tin Roof Broadway Thursday, May 14
WSM Live Broadcast: The Willis Clan at Station Inn Thursday, May 14
Communion Nashville May Club Night at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Thursday, May 14
Aaron Kamm at Acme Feed & Seed Friday, May 15
Hot Chicken Happy Hour at Agenda Friday, May 15
The Makers Series at The Listening Room Cafe Friday, May 15
AC Drive at Silver Dollar Saloon Friday, May 15
Biff Kapow at Whiskey Bent Saloon Friday, May 15
Coffee & Classics: Symphonie Fantastique! at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, May 15
Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally at Ryman Auditorium Friday, May 15
Telling Tales Film Series: Gangs of New York at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, May 15
Friends of the Library Book Sale at Nashville Public Library Friday, May 15
Government Cheese at Mercy Lounge Friday, May 15
Willie Watson at City Winery Friday, May 15
Larry Frick & Van Lears at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, May 15
Chris Shrader at Legends Corner Saturday, May 16
Chris Mouch Band at The Stage on Broadway Saturday, May 16
Harpeth Hill at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Saturday, May 16
Rick Vito at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, May 16
The Brazilbilly Boys at Robert's Western World Saturday, May 16
Turnip the Beet at Nashville Farmers' Market Saturday, May 16
Roots of Rebellion at Acme Feed & Seed Saturday, May 16
Songwriter Session: Deric Ruttan at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, May 16
TV on the Radio at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, May 16
Nashville Sounds vs. New Orleans Zephyrs at First Tennessee Park Saturday, May 16
Kidz Bop Kids at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 16
The Cat in the Hat at Nashville Children's Theatre Saturday, May 16
Emoni Wilkins at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Saturday, May 16
Reptar at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Saturday, May 16
Painting Class: Saxophone or Guitar at Sips 'n Strokes Saturday, May 16
Richie Scholl at Silver Dollar Saloon Sunday, May 17
2nd II None Sundays at Agenda Sunday, May 17
Full Immersion Canning Workshops at Nashville Farmers' Market Sunday, May 17
The Cat in the Hat at Nashville Children's Theatre Sunday, May 17
Butch Walker at War Memorial Auditorium Sunday, May 17
Nashville Sounds vs. New Orleans Zephyrs at First Tennessee Park Sunday, May 17
Jeff Beck at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, May 17
Nashville Venom vs. Columbus Lions at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Sunday, May 17
Artful Tales: The Legend of John Henry at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Sunday, May 17
Banjo Demonstration: Blake Williams at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, May 17
Friends of the Library Book Sale at Nashville Public Library Sunday, May 17
The Bros. Landreth at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, May 17
Stephanie Adlington at Sambuca Sunday, May 17
The Matte Gray Band at The Stage on Broadway Monday, May 18
Chris Mouch Band at Legends Corner Monday, May 18
Cory Farley Band at Second Fiddle Monday, May 18
Song Suffragettes at The Listening Room Cafe Monday, May 18
Josh Hedley & The Honky Tonk Heroes at Robert's Western World Monday, May 18
Nashville Sounds vs. New Orleans Zephyrs at First Tennessee Park Monday, May 18
Painting Class: Hydrangeas at Sips 'n Strokes Monday, May 18
Jesse Cain at Silver Dollar Saloon Tuesday, May 19
Michael Scott at Whiskey Bent Saloon Tuesday, May 19
Blair's West at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Tuesday, May 19
Tennessee High Top All-Stars at Robert's Western World Tuesday, May 19
Wine Class 101 at City Winery Tuesday, May 19
Seether with Tremonti at War Memorial Auditorium Tuesday, May 19
Nashville Sounds vs. New Orleans Zephyrs at First Tennessee Park Tuesday, May 19
The Love Truckers at Tin Roof Broadway Tuesday, May 19
Cort Carpenter at Second Fiddle Wednesday, May 20
Matt Marinchick at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Wednesday, May 20
Story Time at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, May 20
The Jenerators at Sambuca Wednesday, May 20
Jeff Daniels at City Winery Wednesday, May 20
Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, May 21
SaraBeth at Nashville Street Tacos Thursday, May 21
Les Richardson Band at Barlines Thursday, May 21
Side-by-Side Concert at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, May 21
Two Way Crossing at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, May 21 - Saturday, May 23
Music City Toppers at Acme Feed & Seed Thursday, May 21
Welcome to Nashville Showcase at Silver Dollar Saloon Thursday, May 21
Plexnation at Whiskey Bent Saloon Thursday, May 21
CMA Music Festival Parking
Parking passes for the 4-day music festival are available at the Metro Courthouse Garage. The 4-day pass is $80 ($20/day) and includes in and out privileges at the garage. This garage is a short walk from LP Field and all of the other downtown activities. Purchase your pass today.
Nashville Art Walk
Create your own custom walking tour of downtown Nashville! Our Nashville Art Walk features over 80 downtown destinations. Curate the tour to one that features places of interest to you: architecture, art, history, music, government and more. A map with distance information and the estimated route time will be generated after you make your selections. The Tennessean's Ms. Cheap recently profiled this free tour in her column.
Large groups and events (500+ attendees) that are downtown May 13 - 27, 2015 include FLIR Systems (650, May 11 - 14), American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (1,600, May 14 - 17), Goodguys 10th Nashville Nationals (2,000, May 15 - 17), National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (1,200, May 15 - 19), Association of Legal Administrators (3,000, May 17 - 21), Nashville Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo (600, May 28 - 31), Music City Sports Festival (3,000, May 30 - 31), and Institute of Industrial Engineers (700, May 30 - June 2). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.