Events This Week
THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
The 17th annual Americana Music Festival features five nights of 215 live performances at venues throughout Nashville at night. Plus, seminars, panels and networking opportunities will take place throughout the day. Downtown venues include 12th & Porter, 3rd and Lindsley, Acme Feed & Seed, Cannery Ballroom, City Winery, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Downtown Presbyterian Church, George Jones Museum, High Watt at Mercy Lounge, Mercy Lounge, Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater, Ryman Auditorium, Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Emma, Station Inn, Third Man Records and Union Station Hotel. A $60 wristband grants access to all of the venues every night of the festival (wristbands do not guarantee entry if venue is at capacity). Click here for a full festival lineup and more information.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, THURSDAY: 7 PM; FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 8 PM
LOCATION: SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER $22 - $109
Mahler's epic Symphony No. 2 offers a resounding testament to the endurance of the human spirit, with some of the composer's most dramatic and transcendently beautiful music. This event will feature the Nashville Symphony chorus, vocal soloists and an ensemble of offstage musicians. The concert will also pay tribute to Schermerhorn Symphony Center's namesake, Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn, with one of his works for orchestra. Two movements from this piece were performed at the grand opening of Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Before you hear Kenneth Schermerhorn’s "Jubilee: A Tennessee Quilting Party for Orchestra," experience an interactive quilting bee exhibit on loan from the Tennessee State Museum. Pre-concert activities begin one hour prior to concert time in the East Lobby.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 11 AM - 2 PM
Enjoy a gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North every Thursday through October.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: UNION STATION HOTEL FREE
Union Station Hotel is presenting a special edition of its Riffs on the Rails music series in honor of the Americana Music Festival! The event will feature Billy Bragg and Joe Henry to launch their new album, “Shine a Light.” These legendary singer/songwriters have been recording from the great American railroad and have chosen Nashville’s historic train station to culminate their journey, as well as to play a few riffs.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 8 AM - NOON
LOCATION: BICENTENNIAL MALL FREE
The JDRF One Walk is a way for attendees to show support for those living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and raise funds for JDRF, the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Registration and fun kicks off at 8 am, and the one-mile walk (beginning and ending at Bicentennial Mall) starts at 10 am. Please note: road closures associated with this event. 6th Avenue North (Harrison Street to Jefferson Street), west-bound lane of Harrison Street (6th Avenue North to 7th Avenue North) and 7th Avenue North (Harrison Street to Jefferson Street) will be closed from 8 am - 11 am on Saturday, September 24.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, NOON - 4 PM
LOCATION: FIRST TENNESSEE PARK $40 GENERAL ADMISSION; $60 VIP
The Nashville Brew Festival will take place on the field and throughout the concourse of First Tennessee Park on Saturday, September 24 from noon - 4 pm. The event will feature more than 50 breweries, including Nashville’s best breweries, as well as food trucks, music, lawn games and more. Both general admission ($40) and VIP ($60) will include unlimited beer, with VIP attendees having early admission and access to specialty beer poured during the first hour. Food will be sold separately.
On Saturday, September 24, You Have the Power will be hosting the seventh annual Walk Off Crime! Join at the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge for a 5K walk through scenic downtown Nashville to raise awareness for crime victims. Don't miss out on a day of fun and activity all for a great cause.
Saint Thomas Health Ministry presents its A Day of Hope, Health and Healing on Saturday, September 24. Services provided at no cost include medical, dental and vision care, behavioral health care, diabetes screenings, cholesterol screenings, flu shots, spiritual care, select medications by the Dispensary of Hope and more. No appointment necessary.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: MUSIC CITY CENTER FREE
The School Choice Festival is a one-stop-shop where families can learn about their school choices and start to find the right fit for them. This is the only time all Metro schools (neighborhood, magnet, charter and more) are in one room together. Plus, the event will include bounce houses, Nashville Public Library puppet shows, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum instruments and crafts, and free books. Free parking will be available at Nissan Stadium with frequent shuttles to Music City Center. Or, take advantage of free rides on any MTA bus.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 3 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: WALK OF FAME PARK FREE
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Country Music Association will partner to host Forever Country Live, a free concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the museum’s opening and the CMA Awards. The community event will be held on Sunday, September 25 at Walk of Fame Park with performances by Charlie Worsham and Grammy-nominated ensemble The Time Jumpers, featuring Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, "Ranger Doug" Green and Paul Franklin. Past CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Patty Loveless will join The Time Jumpers for a special appearance.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2 PM
LOCATION: MERCY LOUNGE $25 IN ADVANCE; $30 DAY OF SHOW
The Mercantile is a ticketed event that offers a platform for socially conscious brands to tell their story and sell their wares. Tickets include signature cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, live music, dancing and access to the nation's most inspiring retailers. An organic blend of commerce, cause and community, curated and packaged into an unforgettable shopping experience. This event will feature live music by The Shadowboxers.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LOCATION: WILD EGGS FREE
Join Wild Eggs, along with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, as they celebrate their opening with a ribbon cutting and egg cracking ceremony! There will be food samples and giveaways. The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 am.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 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 4. Paul Burch & WPA Ballclub will perform on Tuesday, September 27. For more than two decades, Burch has combined an indie rock ethos with a personal vision of roots music that has attracted a mix of equally ineffable collaborators from punk to bluegrass including Mark Knopfler, The Waco Brothers and Ralph Stanley. His albums consistently land on pop, rock and country “best of” lists in the U.S. and U.K. His latest, "Meridian Rising," is an imagined autobiography of Jimmie Rodgers, the genre-bending superstar of the late 1920s whose blend of pop, folk and blues anticipated rock ’n’ roll.
Learn more about Lipscomb University's graduate degree programs and their downtown location that will be open in January at this free lunch and learn! RSVP here.
The fourth annual Farmhand Dinner will offer guests a unique opportunity to enjoy a family-style meal with the men and women who produced it. The Farmhand Dinner features eight of Nashville’s most talented chefs who will create a casual yet inspiring Southern meal made with fresh ingredients grown by our local farmers. This event, inspired by fifth-generation farmer Troy Smiley, honors the celebratory meal farm workers enjoyed after a long day in the fields. Mayor Megan Barry will give the welcoming remarks. The evening kicks off at 6 pm with a traditional “water break” featuring signature cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. The dinner bell will ring at 7 pm to begin the four-course dinner and will include wine pairings and live music by Bluegrass favorite Jeremy Holt and the Tennessee Field-Hands.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 6 PM - 10 PM
The 30th annual Progressive Party begins at Anderson Design Studio (217 2nd Avenue North), continues to The Valentine (312 Broadway) and ends at the Wildhorse Saloon (120 2nd Avenue North). The event includes delicious food, libations, music, a silent auction and free parking. Plus, Mayor Megan Barry will present Ron Gobbell of Gobbell Hays Partners with the Spirit of The DISTRICT Award. Proceeds from this event go to support The DISTRICT's holiday decorations and other projects of The DISTRICT.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: CITY WINERY $100
Vino on the Veranda is an annual wine tasting and silent auction. This year’s event will showcase more than 40 superior wine selections with food tastings in a beautiful location overlooking the Nashville skyline. Guests will enjoy a silent auction featuring events, travel, wine, and home and entertainment packages from a variety of local and national businesses.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, NOON
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS GALLERY ADMISSION REQUIRED
Join Trinita Kennedy as she explores the largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in more than 25 years and offers new insights into the Newcomb community’s enduring mark on American art and industry. "Women, Art and Social Change" is on view in the Upper-Level Galleries through November 6.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
The Last Five Years at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Saturday, September 24
Downtown Discount: 20% off at The Italian Kitchen at The Italian Kitchen through Friday, September 30
Brandon Holder at The Stage on Broadway Thursday, September 22
Karen Pendley at Layla's Bluegrass Inn Thursday, September 22
Feminars: A Seminar for Women Who Mean Business at Frothy Monkey Thursday, September 22
Painting Class: Special Prince Tribute at Sips 'n Strokes Thursday, September 22
The Regulars at Tin Roof Broadway Thursday, September 22
Mahler's Second at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, September 22 - Saturday, September 24
Les Richardson at Barlines Thursday, September 22
Americana Music Festival: Red Shahan, Aubrie Sellers & More at Mercy Lounge Thursday, September 22
Americana Music Festival: Caleb Caudle, Jason D. Williams & More at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Thursday, September 22
Spoken Word Poetry Workshop at Nashville Public Library Thursday, September 22
Music at the Frist: Grant Ferris at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, September 22
Opry Country Classics: Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers & More at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, September 22
Chevelle at War Memorial Auditorium Thursday, September 22
Carrie Underwood at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, September 22
The Lumineers with Special Guests at Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater Thursday, September 22
Concert: Del McCoury Band Plays Del & Woody at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, September 22
Americana Music Festival: Indigo Girls, Rodney Crowell & Friends at Cannery Ballroom Thursday, September 22
Neil Michael Hagerty & Power at Third Man Records Friday, September 23
Hazel at Two Old Hippies Friday, September 23
Love Truckers at Tin Roof Broadway Friday, September 23
James Bay at Ryman Auditorium Friday, September 23 - Saturday, September 24
Jesse Cain at Whiskey Bent Saloon Friday, September 23
Justine Blazer at Bootleggers Inn Friday, September 23
Americana Music Festival: The Lonely Heartstring Band & More at Station Inn Friday, September 23
Puss in Boots at Nashville Public Library Friday, September 23
Book Talk: Your Song Changed My Life with Bob Boilen & John Paul White at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, September 23
Americana Music Festival: Smooth Hound Smith, Robbie Fulks & More at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Friday, September 23
Americana Music Festival: Buddy Miller, Lee Ann Womack & More at Cannery Ballroom Friday, September 23
A Tribute to Journey at Rocketown Friday, September 23
NEEDTOBREATHE with Special Guests at Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater Friday, September 23
10th Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run at Nissan Stadium Saturday, September 24
Painting Class: Country Cowboy Boots at Sips 'n Strokes Saturday, September 24
Mad Hatters Finest at Tin Roof Broadway Saturday, September 24
Reed Ferguson at Two Old Hippies Saturday, September 24
Americana Music Festival: The Americans, Dead Horses & More at Station Inn Saturday, September 24
B.B. King All-Stars at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Saturday, September 24
Americana Music Festival: Sarah Jarosz, The Travelin' McCourys & More at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, September 24
Music Masters: A Conversation with Producer Jim Rooney at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, September 24
St. Martin's Voices at Christ Church Cathedral Saturday, September 24
Rotating Saturday Workshops with Special Mentors at Nashville Public Library Saturday, September 24
Seminar: An Introduction to Collecting Arts and Crafts Pottery at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, September 24
Kanye West at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, September 24
Americana Music Festival: Ruston Kelly, Wild Reeds & More at City Winery Saturday, September 24
Americana Music Festival: The Bellfuries, River Whyless & More at 12th & Porter Saturday, September 24
OJR & Charley Crockett at Acme Feed & Seed Saturday, September 24
Rickers Pickers at Barlines Saturday, September 24
Afflicted: Daughters of Salem at Nashville Children's Theatre Saturday, September 24
Words Like Daggers at Rocketown Saturday, September 24
The Brazilbilly Boys at Robert's Western World Saturday, September 24
Hillbilly Casino at Sambuca Saturday, September 24
Tim & Friends at Bootleggers Inn Sunday, September 25
Tom Bullard at Whiskey Bent Saloon Sunday, September 25
David Oakleaf at Wildhorse Saloon Sunday, September 25
Stacy Mitchhart Band at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Sunday, September 25
Faydra & Jake at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Sunday, September 25
Stephen Kelly Hunt at Legends Corner Sunday, September 25
Fish On at Second Fiddle Sunday, September 25
Natalie Brady Band at The Stage on Broadway Sunday, September 25
Hannibal Buress: The Hannibal Montanabal Experience at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Sunday, September 25
Melanie Martinez at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, September 25
Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders at Nissan Stadium Sunday, September 25
Rene Izquierdo: Virtuoso Showcase Classical Guitar Series at Nashville Public Library Sunday, September 25
Creative Zone: Instrument Bookmarks at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, September 25
Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles at City Winery Sunday, September 25
Champagne Jam with Coach & Rate at Acme Feed & Seed Sunday, September 25
Les Richardson at Barlines Sunday, September 25
Afflicted: Daughters of Salem at Nashville Children's Theatre Sunday, September 25
Chris Mouch at Legends Corner Monday, September 26
Cory Farley Band at Second Fiddle Monday, September 26
Tom Yankton Band at The Stage on Broadway Monday, September 26
Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight! at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Monday, September 26
3 Doors Down at Ryman Auditorium Monday, September 26
Artful Tales: Story Time in the Galleries at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Monday, September 26
Natalie Brady Duo at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, September 27
Chad Bearden Band at Legends Corner Tuesday, September 27
Stephen Kelly Hunt at Second Fiddle Tuesday, September 27
Chris Mouch at The Stage on Broadway Tuesday, September 27
Tennessee Line Band at Two Old Hippies Tuesday, September 27
Love Truckers at Tin Roof Broadway Tuesday, September 27
Painting Class: Tuscany Hillside at Dabble Studio Tuesday, September 27
Doug McCormick at Wildhorse Saloon Tuesday, September 27 - Wednesday, September 28
Randy Nations at Whiskey Bent Saloon Tuesday, September 27
Alex Hernandez at Bootleggers Inn Tuesday, September 27
Yoga on the Bridge at The Bridge Building Tuesday, September 27
Prophets of Rage at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, September 27
Yusuf / Cat Stevens at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, September 27
Brian Ashley Jones at Sambuca Tuesday, September 27
Tennessee High Top All-Stars at Robert's Western World Tuesday, September 27
Richie Scholl Band at Barlines Tuesday, September 27
Grant Garland Trio at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Tuesday, September 27
Doyle and Debbie Show at Station Inn Tuesday, September 27
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Wednesday, September 28
Chase & Earl Show at Whiskey Bent Saloon Wednesday, September 28
Landon Lingerfelt at Bootleggers Inn Wednesday, September 28
The Ruf Nex at Station Inn Wednesday, September 28
Rachel Rodriguez at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, September 28
Adam Rausche Duo at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Wednesday, September 28
Brandon Holder at Legends Corner Wednesday, September 28
Josh Gallagher Band at Second Fiddle Wednesday, September 28
Jerry Jacobs Band at The Stage on Broadway Wednesday, September 28
Painting Class: Beautiful Bouquet at Sips 'n Strokes Wednesday, September 28
Fred & Toody at Third Man Records Wednesday, September 28
Matt Ferranti at Tin Roof Broadway Wednesday, September 28
7th Annual Extended Warranty & Service Contract Innovations Summit at Renaissance Nashville Hotel Wednesday, September 28 - Friday, September 30
Cassie LaBeau Band at Barlines Wednesday, September 28
Tory Lanez at Cannery Ballroom Wednesday, September 28
Celebrate Nashville at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, September 28
Pierce the Veil at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, September 28
Fiction Writing Class at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, September 28
Fastball at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, September 28
Eric Dodd at 12th & Porter Wednesday, September 28
Trapped Above Ground at Acme Feed & Seed Wednesday, September 28
Nick D' & The Believers at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, September 28
Wild Child at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, September 28
Afflicted: Daughters of Salem at Nashville Children's Theatre Wednesday, September 28
Brandon Holder at The Stage on Broadway Thursday, September 29
Karen Pendley at Layla's Bluegrass Inn Thursday, September 29
Painting Class: Heels or Football at Sips 'n Strokes Thursday, September 29
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Large groups and events (500+ attendees) that are downtown September 21 - October 5, 2016 include National Association of Broadcasters (1,200, September 19 - 23), Certified Angus Beef (525, September 21 - 23), American Bus Association (600, September 23 - 28), Ramsey Solutions (600, September 23 - 28), SourceMedia (500, September 27 - 29), ETCH Family Ministry Conference (1,200, October 2 - 5), Design Professionals Risk Control Group (500, October 4 - 8), American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (800, October 5 - 8). For more information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.