News & Information
Downtown Employee Appreciation Week! Do you work in downtown Nashville? Join us during Employee Appreciation Week (Monday, October 10 - Friday, October 14) for events scheduled each day! Activities include Get Your Sweet Treat at the Goo Goo Shop, Fresh and Local at the Nashville Farmers' Market, Nashville's Largest Coffee Break, Corporate Tug-of-War, Make Your Own "Wearable" Art, Golden Lunch Break with the Nashville Predators and much more. Click here for the FULL schedule of events. Plus, check out this list of merchants and other businesses who are offering special discounts and freebies during the week.
New Furniture & Home Decor Store: Blue Sky Cottage!
527 8th Ave S. 615-429-4820.
Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 am - 2:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm, and Saturday, special hours.
Events This Week
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, SHOW TIMES VARY BY DATE
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $20 - $155
Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way as Disney on Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales live on ice, including appearances by favorite characters Ariel, Cinderella, Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from "Frozen," and many more. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 5:30 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE FARMERS' MARKET $10 FOR DINNER
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Nashville Farmers' Market invite you to enjoy a meal prepared by the Nashville Food Project and a free screening of the film "Just Eat It" on Thursday, October 6. This family-friendly event will also feature local organizations and businesses that are working in our community to reduce food waste. Enjoy free admission to the film screening and exhibit area. Dinner is $10 with a cash bar available on-site. Free parking will be available at Nashville Farmers' Market and at nearby State employee lots.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 6:15 PM
LOCATION: WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM $10 - $27.50
Rick Riordan is the beloved author of books for middle-grade students and readers of all ages. He is the New York Times best-selling author of "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," based on Greek mythology; the "Kane Chronicles," based on Egyptian mythology; and the "Heroes of Olympus," based on Greek and Roman mythology. "The Hammer of Thor" is the second book in the "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard" trilogy, which is based on Norse mythology. Salon@615 is an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee and Bookpage, designed to nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting bestselling authors for talks and book signings.
Mozart takes on the libertine adventures of Don Juan, and John Hoomes brings modern relevance to this ageless story. Examining good and evil (and the lies people tell themselves), "Don Giovanni" masterfully mixes comedy and drama as we follow the lascivious Don Giovanni from one conquest to the next. Mozart’s incredible music propels the story to its breathless finale, because every party must come to an end...and everyone must pay for their sins. Or do they? This strikingly visual production offers a different take on the traditional tale, making it even more relevant to today’s audience.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 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.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: CITY WINERY $25 - $100
This special Who Knew event celebrates R.E.M.’s "Out of Time" album. Noted music journalist Craig Havighurst will conduct a thorough, engaging interview with Mike Mills, founding member of R.E.M. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask Mills questions, learn more about the inner workings of R.E.M. and hear The Long Players perform the record note for note as only they can do. They will also perform a set of R.E.M.’s greatest hits.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 8 PM
LOCATION: SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER $22 - $109
Written and premiered in the final months of World War II, Prokofiev's soul-stirring Fifth Symphony is one of the composer's greatest achievements, with a rousing, pulse-quickening finale. Plus, Grieg's spectacular and instantly recognizable Piano Concerto opens with some of the most dramatic music ever written and closes in a burst of energy. Nashville Symphony Associate Conductor Vinay Parameswaran will make his Classical Series debut at this performance.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 5 PM
LOCATION: NISSAN STADIUM $30 - $250
The annual Mexican National Team U.S. Tour will make its first ever trip to Music City on Saturday, October 8! Mexico will take on New Zealand in this exciting match up. Plus, Los Cheetahs will take the field prior to the game to show off their tricks and play alongside families at the pre-game Fútbol Fiesta from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, NOON - 2 PM
LOCATION: UNION STATION HOTEL FREE
Union Station Hotel Nashville, in partnership with Historic Nashville Inc., will host “History Transformed, Welcome Back to Union Station,” a community open house and celebration to mark the completion of the hotel’s property-wide redesign. The celebration will feature tours of the property, brunch bites and beverages from Union Station’s new bar and restaurant Carter’s, a silent auction and more.
Join former Mayor Karl Dean and a panel of local baseball luminaries as Dean shares his love of the sport, stories of growing up as a Red Sox fan, and the importance of the Sounds and First Tennessee Park. Panelists include Dean, Skip Nipper (author of “Baseball in Nashville”), Scott O’Neal (The Sports Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee) and other distinguished guests from Nashville’s baseball community.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 5:30 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: CUMBERLAND PARK FREE
Enjoy Jazz on the Cumberland in the park's amphitheater (the final one of the season)! Sunday, October 9 will feature the Nashville Jazz Workshop Band. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome at this event.
In partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations, the Frist Center presents “Food for Thought: Exploring Your World Through Three Cultural Moments,” a three-part series of lunchtime conversations presented by Vanderbilt professors, Frist Center curators and other members of the Nashville community. This event is free with advance registration (lunch and gallery admission included).
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, NOON - 2:30 AM
LOCATION: TOOTSIE'S ORCHID LOUNGE FREE
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 56th birthday with a free Broadway street party! Enjoy live music all day by Joe Diffie, Trick Pony, Love and Theft, and Montgomery Gentry. Please note: road closures associated with this event. Broadway (4th Avenue to 5th Avenue) will be closed from 3 am on Tuesday, October 11 until 5 am on Wednesday, October 12.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
John Hiatt Trio at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, October 5
Alter Bridge at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, October 5
Nashville Ballet presents Ferdinand the Bull at Nashville Public Library Thursday, October 6
Cody Johnson at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, October 6
The Big Rock Show at 12th & Porter Thursday, October 6
Artist Meet and Greet with Bill Steber at The Arts Company Thursday, October 6
Noteably Nashville Thursday, October 6 - Monday, October 10
Lecture: The Contemporary Urban Parks of Nelson Byrd Woltz: A Family Album of our Cities at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, October 6
Creative Zone: Design an Album Cover at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, October 6
Opry Country Classics: Connie Smith, Rhonda Vincent & More at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 6
Reel Rock 11 at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, October 6
An Evening with Kings of Leon at Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater Thursday, October 6
Pretty Lights at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Friday, October 7 - Saturday, October 8
Geoff Buell at 12th & Porter Friday, October 7
Gabe Dixon & David Ryan Harris at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, October 7
Current Events Discussion Group at Nashville Public Library Friday, October 7
College Night at the Frist at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, October 7
Family Program: Songwriting 101: Bluegrass Style at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, October 7
Todd Snider at Ryman Auditorium Friday, October 7
Jackopierce at City Winery Saturday, October 8
Hellbound Glory at 12th & Porter Saturday, October 8
Boy & Bear at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, October 8
LEGO Kids at Nashville Public Library Saturday, October 8
Advanced Drawing Session at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, October 8
Poets & Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Paul Overstreet at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, October 8
Kansas at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, October 8
Silly Songs for Silly Kids at Nashville Farmers' Market at Nashville Farmers' Market Saturday, October 8
The Temper Trap at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, October 9
Toad the Wet Sprocket at City Winery Sunday, October 9
Banjo Demonstration: Justin Hiltner at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, October 9
Switchfoot and Relient K at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, October 9
Gilmore Guys Live: A Stars Hollow Town Meeting at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Sunday, October 9
Sadhguru in Nashville: Meet, Mingle & Meditate at Music City Center Sunday, October 9
Howie Day at City Winery Monday, October 10
Tim Akers & The Smoking Section at 3rd and Lindsley Monday, October 10
Lunchtime Meditation for Stress Relief at Nashville Public Library Monday, October 10
Lindsey Stirling at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Monday, October 10
Steve Poltz & Friends at City Winery Tuesday, October 11
Great Books Reading & Discussion Group at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, October 11
Celtic Thunder: Legacy at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tuesday, October 11
Yoga on the Bridge at The Bridge Building Tuesday, October 11
Church and Politics: Differing Perspectives at Christ Church Cathedral Wednesday, October 12
Lyn Avenue at 12th & Porter Wednesday, October 12
Wayne Krantz and 2x(Salvation) at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, October 12
2nd Wednesday Book Club: Homegoing at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, October 12
Grades 5-8: American Originals at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday, October 12
Al Menah Temple Shrine Circus at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16
Love for Louisiana Benefit featuring Kenny Neal, Jimmy Hall & More at City Winery Thursday, October 13
Craft Beer Love at Frothy Monkey Thursday, October 13
Word Art Poetry Discussion Group at Nashville Public Library Thursday, October 13
Creative Zone: Embellished Instruments: Charlie Daniels at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, October 13
Opry Country Classics: Crystal Gayle, Charlie Worsham & More at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 13
Florida Georgia Line at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, October 13
Music at the Frist: Sonja Porter Hopkins at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, October 13
Music City Circuit
Getting around downtown is easy! Hop a ride to the Nashville Farmers' Market for lunch or to shop, catch happy hour in The Gulch, see the newest exhibit at the Frist, attend a concert at the Ryman, check out an art gallery, attend a Preds game ... the possibilities are endless. Music City Circuit makes it easy to travel to destinations around downtown! Click here for the route map. The best part? This service is free.
Clean and Safe Request Form
If you notice something amiss while walking downtown, let us know! Report graffiti that needs to be removed, public sidewalks that need pressure washing, weeds, trash and other unsightly items. Use this form to send a request directly to our Clean and Safe Team manager. Please note: these services are only available in the CBID and the GBID (maps of these areas are provided on the form page).
Large groups and events (500+ attendees) that are downtown October 5 - 19: Design Professionals Risk Control Group (500, October 4 - 8), American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (800, October 5 - 8), CTSO Middle Tennessee Fall Leadership Conference (1,000, October 6), International Smart Tan Network (1,100, October 7 - 9), International Entertainment Buyers Association (500, October 8 - 11), Michigan State University (550, October 10 - 13), American Bankers Association (1,400, October 12 - 19), Tennessee Housing Development Agency (700, October 12 - 13), NCVC Workforce Development Job Fair (600, October 18), Tennessee Hospital Association (900, October 18 - 21), and SouthComm/Firehouse Expo (7,500, October 18 - 22). For more information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.