News & Information
Interstate 40 Closures This Weekend
TDOT's Fast Fix 8 continues this weekend. I-40 will be closed from the I-40/I-65 split west of downtown to the I-40 split south of downtown. Jo Johnston Avenue will be closed from 11th Avenue to 16th Avenue. Closures begin Friday. July 31 at 8 pm and end Monday, August 3 at 6 am. Detours and more info can be found on the Fast Fix 8 website. NOTE: the Demonbreun exit will be closed during this stretch of time. Use the 2nd Ave/4th Ave exit to access downtown from I-40.
New park and music venue: Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater!
Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater opens tomorrow! Join Mayor Karl Dean for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ascend Amphitheater in Riverfront Park on Thursday, July 30 at 11 am. Plus, the public is invited to a Community Open House on Sunday, August 2 to celebrate the grand opening. The much-anticipated dog park will open on Sunday, August 2, as well. Click here for a list of upcoming Ascend Amphitheater shows. NOTE: Check out this parking information for Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater.
Events This Week
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: CANNERY BALLROOM $25
Get your sugary sweet fix at Nashville Scene's Sugar Rush. It's a candy-coated competition at Cannery Ballroom that pits local confectioners, creameries, cupcake makers and other curers of cravings against one another for the title of Nashville's sweetheart. Tickets include one drink ticket, all the sweets you can eat and a chance to vote for your favorites. The winner will qualify to compete in the 2015 World Food Championships. 21+ event.
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 7 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: UNION STATION HOTEL FREE
Union Station Hotel will present its first ever Riffs on the Rails Songwriter Session on Thursday, July 30. Get up close and personal with local songwriters in the hotel lobby to hear the stories behind their songs. The night will have two rounds. The One of the Guys Round begins at 7 pm and will feature Matt Bell, Jesse Taylor and Justin Owens. The Next Women of Country Round begins at 8 pm and will feature Apryl Evans, Dakota Leigh, Savannah Chestnut and Jennifer Jordan.
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 7 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: SOUTHERNAIRE MARKET $80
Join Southernaire Market for its third Salon Series, Summer Brew. Enjoy a six-course dinner with beer pairings prepared by The Southern Steak & Oyster's Chef de Cuisine Paul Brantley and TomKats' Executive Chef Matt Farley. Click here to view the full menu.
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 7 PM
LOCATION: THE DISTRICT FREE
The Old Hickory Fun Run is a powerboat sporting event and boat display. The event begins on Friday, July 31 at 7 pm with a free and open-to-the-public street party. Powerboat and luxury automobiles will be on full display for the public to talk to drivers and learn about the vehicles. A variety of vendors will be on hand offering discounts and freebies. The party continues on Saturday, August 1 outside of downtown with nearly 100 powerboats traveling along Old Hickory Lake from Sam's Cove at Blue Turtle Bay Marina. Please note: road closure associated with this event. Broadway (1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue) will be closed from 6 pm until 11 pm on Friday, July 31.
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 5:30 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: 5TH AVENUE OF THE ARTS FREE
Art talks on 5th Avenue of the Arts hosted by Paul Polycarpou, editor of Nashville Arts Magazine. Cocktails will be served at 5:30 pm. At 6 pm, Tinney Contemporary will start the evening with a conversation with José Betancourt about his recent work "Cuba: Reconstructing Memories/New Work." At 6:45 pm, explore “Nature’s Wildest Moments” with National Geographic photographer Barrett Hedges at The Rymer Gallery. The Arts Company will complete the evening at 7:30 pm with Kentucky-based folk artist and former Kentucky Wildcat basketball champion LaVon Williams. Free valet parking and complimentary refreshments. This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP.
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS FRIST MEMBERS: FREE; NON-MEMBERS: $12
Now in its 13th year, this popular summer series takes place on the final Friday of June, July and August. Attendees are invited to enjoy an evening of live music, light snacks and beverages as well as the diverse exhibits on view in the Frist Center’s galleries. On Friday, July 31, The Long Players will perform David Bowie’s 1972 album "Ziggy Stardust" with a bonus set of the style icon's fashionable hits. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Frist Fridays take place rain or shine.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, SATURDAY: 10 AM - 1 PM; SUNDAY: 1 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER FREE
The Nashville Symphony Chorus will hold its next round of auditions in August for singers interested in joining the ensemble. Auditions will be held at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 1 PM - 5 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $45 - $70
The Nashville Predators Foundation’s inaugural Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival. Hot Shots will bring together Middle Tennessee’s best hot chicken restaurants and bourbon and whiskey from both locally and nationally known distilleries for a fun afternoon in support of the Nashville Predators Foundation. In addition to enjoying unlimited bourbon and whiskey tastings and more than twelve full servings of hot chicken, guests will enjoy appearances by Nashville Predators personalities and Preds mascot, Gnash. Plus, live music. Tickets include a voucher for an Upper Bowl ticket to a 2015-2016 Monday through Thursday Predators home game in September or October (excluding opening night).
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, GATES OPEN AT 3 PM; MUSIC BEGINS AT 5 PM
LOCATION: NISSAN STADIUM $35 - $68
The 10th annual Soul Food Festival will feature music by Monica, Cameo, The Ohio Players, Dru Hill, Avery Sunshine and Kool Moe Dee. Gates open at 3 pm and music starts at 5 pm. Soul food and beverages will be sold at the festival. The festival also includes a Comedy Jam on Friday, July 31 and a Sunday Serenade on Sunday, August 2.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: 5TH AVENUE OF THE ARTS FREE
Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings every month. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. See this month's gallery map. Enjoy live music on the performance platforms along 5th Avenue North by 12 Angry Men and Kent Burnside Trio. Plus, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Puckett's Trolley will be on-site. Two Gray Line Art Crawl Downtown Trolleys will circulate the route from 6 pm - 10 pm. Shuttle service is free. Please note: road closure associated with this event. The southbound lane on 5th Avenue North (Church Street to Union Street) will be closed beginning as early as 5 pm and ending as late as 9 pm on Saturday, August 1. Participating galleries in this month's crawl include:
69 Arcade. 615-266-4028. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
5th Avenue of the Arts Community Corridor Exhibition at Country Music Hall of Fame
222 5th Avenue South. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
219 5th Avenue North. 818-430-7779. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Andy Anh Ha Gallery
83 Arcade. 615-668-7598. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Art at Music City Marketplace
501 Broadway (inside Bridgestone Arena Tower). 615-259-4747. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
The Arts Company
215 Avenue North. 615-254-2040. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
56 Arcade. 615-397-2347. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
79 Arcade. 615-852-7009. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
75 Arcade. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
11 Arcade. 615-251-1609. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Craig Brabson Fine Art Photography
64A Arcade. 615-308-7751. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Downtown Presbyterian Church's Browsing Room Gallery
154 5th Avenue North. 615-254-7584. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Erabellum Artisan Co-Op
61 & 63 Arcade. 615-601-1568. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
44 Arcade. 615-398-0146. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Hannah Lane Gallery
64 Arcade. 225-315-0221. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery
224 5th Avenue South. 615-577-7711. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
73 Arcade. 615-567-3702. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
58 Arcade. 615-495-1120. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
42 Arcade. 615-416-2537. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
57 Arcade. 615-966-6282. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
The Rymer Gallery
233 5th Avenue North. 615-752-6030. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
66 Arcade. 615-498-3320. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Tennessee Art League
219 5th Avenue North. 615-736-5000. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
237 5th Avenue North. 615-255-7816. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
59 Arcade. 615-521-2632. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
Unconventional Gallery at Music City Center
201 5th Avenue South. 615-401-1400. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.
77 Arcade. 615-383-4848. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.
Rhinestone Wedding Chapel is celebrating its new boutique and gift shop addition at an open house during the First Saturday Art Crawl. From 6 pm - 8 pm, author and musician Chris Gantry will sign copies of his book, "Gypsy Dreamers in the Alley." Gantry will perform live following the signing. Plus, enjoy complimentary refreshments. The boutique and gift shop will sell books, apparel, and novelties and small home decor.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: PRINTERS ALLEY $10
The first Saturday of each month, Printers Alley will transform into its own gallery—complete with local artwork exhibits plus a live paint show inside Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar (cover charge at Bourbon Street is $10). This event will continue on the first Saturday of each month through October 3, 2015. Check it out while downtown for the First Saturday Art Crawl!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, NOON AND 2:30 PM
LOCATION: BICENTENNIAL MALL FREE
This match of vintage base ball (it was two words in the 1860s) has been organized by the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball. Players will use the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s - 1880s. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are welcome at this event. Two games on Sunday, August 2: noon and 2:30 pm.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 1 PM - 5 PM
LOCATION: ASCEND AMPHITHEATER FREE
Celebrate the grand opening of Ascend Amphitheater at this free Community Open House. The event will include live local music and DJs on the amphitheater stage from 2 pm - 5 pm and limited backstage access. Concession stands will be open to purchase food and drinks. Plus, family-friendly activities at Riverfront Park including fitness demonstrations, docent-guided tours, container garden demonstrations, educational booths and more. Also, the much-anticipated dog park officially opens on Sunday, August 2. Open House attendees are encouraged to bring school supplies to donate to LP Pencil Box. Free parking provided at Nissan Stadium.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, NOON - 4 PM
LOCATION: MUSIC CITY CENTER $10 IN ADVANCE; $15 AT THE DOOR
Perfect Wedding Guide is a one-day ultimate planning experience for couples. The event includes more than 75 of Nashville's most experienced and respected wedding professionals, fashion shows featuring the latest wedding trends, grand prizes including catering, DJ packages and all-inclusive honeymoon packages, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cake samples and desserts, and much more.
Join the Downtown Presbyterian Church for its second annual Benevolences Bazaar. Meet with fifteen nonprofits that make the city a better place, from advocating for affordable housing to helping women recover from drug addiction. You’ll have the opportunity to walk around, ask questions, cool off with some iced tea and lemonade, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 6:15 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE
New York Times best-selling author Paula McLain is well known for writing "The Paris Wife," a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage. McLain will visit the Nashville Public Library to speak about her latest book, "Circling the Sun," which is about the remarkable Beryl Markham. A book signing will follow.