EVENTS

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays in August – Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in August, plus catch a show on Wednesday nights through August 9. Since 1925, country’s best have mesmerized audiences at the Opry, the show that made country music famous. While performances from both legendary entertainers and the latest country music acts are the norm, when you go to the Opry, you’ll also enjoy bluegrass bands, comedy, and more. See the new stars, superstars, and legends of country music on the stage where many of them got their start and some are experiencing the thrill for the very first time. Artists scheduled to appear this month include Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Old Crow Medicine Show, Charlie Daniels Band, Jon Pardi, and more! For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

August 1 – Nashville Rollergirls

Nashville Expo Center, Sports Arena, 625 Smith Avenue. Doors open at 4:30 pm; Bouts begin at 5:30 pm and 7pm. Admission: $15 ages 13+; $7 seniors 62+; military and children 7-12; free for children 6 and under; $5 parking. nashvillerollergirls.com

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Free Yoga in the Parks

Grab your yoga mat and head to the park on a Tuesday evening to enjoy a free, one-hour yoga class (weather permitting). All levels. Yoga at Centennial Park meets at the intersection of Park Plaza and 31st Avenue at 6 pm. King of Pops Yoga takes place at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway, at 6:30 pm.

August 1, 11-14, 19-22, 24-31 – Nashville Sounds Home Games

First Tennessee Park, 401 Jackson Street. Take the family out to the ballgame at the city’s new minor-league ballpark located in Sulphur Dell north of downtown. The Nashville Sounds home games are August 1 vs. Salt Lake; August 11-14 vs. Memphis; August 19-22 vs. Iowa; August 24-27 vs. Round Rock; August 28-31 vs. Omaha. nashvillesounds.com

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Thursday Nights in the Garden

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Celebrate the “Dressing Downton” museum exhibit with themed programming every Thursday night! Join us for live jazz music, dancing with Metro Parks Dance, 1930s lawn games, cash bars with signature cocktails, and fashion pop ups from Nashville Fashion Alliance members. Magical memories are made in the beautiful Cheekwood gardens! cheekwood.org

August 4 – Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2520 Old Hickory Boulevard. Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while three headlining acts perform on the main stage. No glass, large coolers, or alcohol. Bring blankets or camping chairs. Family-friendly. Dogs on a leash welcome. 7–11 pm, Advance Tickets: $7–$20, include water, soft drinks and beer (adults 21+). Food available. friendsofwarnerparks.com

August 4, 5, 12, 19, 26 – Musicians Corner

Centennial Park, 2600 West End Avenue. It’s Music City’s family-friendly weekly festival and giant lawn party with stellar music, a mix of Nashville’s best food trucks, free Kidsville activities, Dogville, and a Beer Garden serving Nashville’s local brews. Acoustic Friday night on August 4 from 5–9 pm; Saturday afternoons 12 noon–5 pm. musicianscornernashville.com

August 4-12 – Williamson County Fair

Williamson County Agricultural Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. You’ll find plenty of attractions for the entire family – from farm animals carefully groomed and blue ribbons proudly on display to the Midway’s exciting rides. Enjoy entertainment every day on the main stage and bluegrass stage, plus special events including agriculture demonstrations, fireworks, challenges and various contests and competitions. Mouth-watering fair foods include the world’s largest turkey legs, jerk chicken, catfish plates, fried macaroni and cheese, red velvet funnel cake, chocolate dipped bananas, and much more! williamsoncountyfair.org

August 5, 10, 12, 26 – Planetarium Laser Shows

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard. Escape the heat and settle into the summer laze as you enjoy watching a wide array of music brought to life with incredible fulldome digital imagery, brilliant lasers and millions of stars! Three laser shows each evening feature a different soundtrack. See a single show or make it a full evening and buy tickets for all three shows! Showtimes are at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm, except the Second Saturday Laser Shows on August 12: Summer Laze at 8:30 pm; ElectroPop at 9:30 pm; ElectroLaze EDM at 10:30 pm. sudekumplanetarium.com

August 5, 12, 19, 26 – Big Band Dances

Centennial Park Event Shelter. Spend your Saturday nights dancing and listening to live big band music played by some of Nashville’s finest musicians. Each week features a different 18-24 piece band playing big band, jazz and swing music. There are two free group dance lessons held 7–7:30 pm and again 8:30–9 pm. One savory and one sweet food truck will be on-site. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. No alcohol. nashville.gov

August 5, 26 – Fairgrounds Speedway

Fairgrounds Speedway, 625 Smith Avenue. Come out and join us! Admission: $10; $8 seniors, kids 12 and under; $5 military. Check the website for gate times and when the green flag will fall. $5 Back to School Night is August 5. fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com

August 6, 13, 20, 27 – Sundays LIVE! at the Hermitage

4580 Rachel’s Lane, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Experience the 19th century come to life! August 6: Horse-Racing & Slavery; August 13: Life in Jackson’s Tennessee; August 20: Jackson & Indian Removal; August 27: To Avenge Fort Mims: Tennessee and the Creek War. thehermitage.com

August 10, 17, 24, 31 – Live On The Green

Public Square Park, downtown Nashville. The historic Metropolitan Courthouse serves as a fantastic backdrop for these free concerts, showcasing Nashville’s emerging musical talent and well-known national acts. Headliners August 10: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Michael Franti & Spearhead; August 17: Local Natives, Real Estate; August 24: Spoon, Portugal. The Man; August 31: John Butler Trio, DISPATCH, Roots of A Rebellion. liveonthegreen.net

August 11, 12 – Tomato Art Fest

Historic 5 Points, East Nashville. Celebrate the beloved fruit/vegetable at this costume-friendly, family event! Put on your most stunning (or outlandish) tomato ensemble and join the fun, imagination, play, music, food trucks, live art, games and contests galore. Friday evening 6–11 pm, and Saturday 9 am–9 pm. tomatoartfest.com

August 15-19 – Cheatham County Fair

Cheatham County Fair Grounds, Ashland City. Features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, music, pageants, rides, agricultural exhibits, chickens, goats, pets, and a wide variety of food and attractions. ?Head to the Arena for go-kart races, demolition derby, ATV races, “mini super” sanctioned tractor pull, mud racing, and pony mud bog.

August 18 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Explore the Farmers’ Market for one of the most unique Friday night experiences in Nashville on the third Friday ?of each month, 5–8 pm. Enjoy shopping and dining with various local food artisans, locally owned restaurants and shops, locally raised meats, freshly baked desserts, seasonal cocktails, craft beer, local wine, and more! Free admission. nashvillefarmersmarket.org

August 18-21 – Italian Lights Festival

Bicentennial Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway. Celebrate the culture and cuisine of the old country, with a dash of southern charm, in a family-friendly environment. Savor food, wine, and music celebrating vibrant Italian traditions with a nod to Music City hospitality. Entertainment highlights include the Frank Sinatra Music Celebration on Friday night, and television and recording sensation Nathan Pacheco on Saturday. Enter the meatball eating and grape stomping contests, take part in free weekend wine tastings, and shop the Craft Fair. The festival is also a NASA certified viewing location for the 2017 Music City Eclipse. Free admission. italianlights.org

August 18-26 – Wilson County Fair

James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon. The largest county fair in Tennessee will light the sky with fireworks at 10 pm every night at this award winning fair. Each year brings new exhibits and activities, and there’s absolutely something for everyone including racing pigs, a train museum, Fiddlers Grove events, the Mighty Midway, competitions, animal shows, creative and cultural arts, rose show, farm crops, food contests, kids events, antique car show, demolition derby, talent contests, rooster crowing contest and special events. Oak Ridge Boys perform on August 21. wilsoncountyfair.net

August 19 – Family Day at Oz

OZ Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. Spend a day engaged in indoor and outdoor “sports and art” themed arts activities for families, designed to spark creativity and imagination. The parking lot will be transformed into a park of BMX and skateboard ramps for two stunt performances. ozartsnashville.org

August 19, 27 – Titans Pre-season Football

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Come cheer on the Tennessee Titans August 19 vs. Carolina Panthers at 7 pm; August 27 vs. Chicago Bears at 2 pm. titansonline.com

August 20 – Jazz on the Cumberland Concert Series

Cumberland Park Amphitheater, 592 South First Street. Enjoy great live music, the Nashville sunset, and watch the downtown skyline light up overlooking the Cumberland River. You’ll hear some of the area’s best local, regional, and national jazz artists. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Fun for the entire family, with a kid’s play zone, including a climbing wall, playground, and water slides. This is a free evening event (5:30–8 pm) with plenty of free parking in Lot R, under the pedestrian street bridge.

August 21-26 – Robertson County Fair

Robertson County Fair Grounds, Springfield. The 150th annual fair begins with an old fashion parade featuring local celebrities, local bands, community floats and classic cars. The week is filled with events, competitions and talent shows, a rodeo, sanctioned tractor pulls and a world class demolition derby. Dine on southern barbeque, Polish sausage, turkey legs, bucket-o-fries and many other fair delicacies. robertsoncountyfair.com

August 25-27 – Nashville Flea Market

Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, (615) 862-5016. Indoors and outdoors! You’ll find a huge variety of gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, tools, housewares, handmade clothing, and hundreds of thousands of other items each month, at one of the top ten flea markets in the country. Dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. Admission is free; parking $5. Friday 8 am–5 pm; Saturday 7 am–6 pm; Sunday 7 am–4 pm. nashvilleexpocenter.org

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays – Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in September, plus catch a show on Wednesday nights beginning September 13 through September 27. Since 1925, country’s best have mesmerized audiences at the Opry, the show that made country music famous. While performances from both legendary entertainers and the latest country music acts are the norm, when you go to the Opry, you’ll also enjoy bluegrass bands, comedy, and more. See the new stars, superstars, and legends of country music on the stage where many of them got their start and some are experiencing the thrill for the very first time. Artists scheduled to appear this month include Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Patty Loveless, the Charlie Daniels Band, Marty Stuart, Trace Adkins, Jon Pardi, and more! For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

Thursdays – Opry Country Classics

Emanating from the historic Ryman Auditorium during the spring and fall season, Opry Country Classics is hosted by Opry member Larry Gatlin, and features the country music the world knows best, performed by legends of the genre and the rising stars those legends have influenced. The fall run continues Thursdays beginning September 21. For tickets and information, visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

September 1, 2 – Live On The Green

Public Square Park, downtown Nashville. The historic Metropolitan Courthouse serves as a fantastic backdrop for these free concerts, showcasing Nashville’s emerging musical talent and well-known national acts. Headliners Sept. 1: Sheryl Crow, Goodbye June; Sept. 2: Future Islands, Elliot Root. liveonthegreen.net

September 2, 9, 16 – Musicians Corner

Centennial Park, 2600 West End Avenue. It’s Music City’s family-friendly weekly festival and giant lawn party with stellar music, Nashville’s best food trucks, Free Kidsville activities, Dogville, and a Beer Garden serving Nashville’s local brews. Saturday afternoons 12 noon–5 pm. musicianscornernashville.com

September 5 – Nashville Rollergirls

Nashville Expo Center, Sports Arena, 625 Smith Avenue. Doors open at 4:30 pm; Bouts begin at 5:30 pm and 7:15 pm. Admission: $15 ages 13+; $7 seniors 62+; military and children 7-12; free for children 6 and under; $5 parking. nashvillerollergirls.com

September 5, 12, 19, 26 – Free Yoga in the Parks

Grab your yoga mat and head to the park on a Tuesday evening for a free, one-hour yoga class (weather permitting). All levels. Yoga at Centennial Park: intersection of Park Plaza and 31st Avenue at 6 pm on Sept. 5 only. King of Pops Yoga: every Tuesday at Bicentennial Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway, at 6:30 pm.

September 7, 14 – Thursday Nights in the Garden

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Join us for live jazz music, dancing with Metro Parks Dance, 1930s lawn games, cash bars with signature cocktails, and fashion pop ups from Nashville Fashion Alliance members, as we celebrate the “Dressing Downton” museum exhibit with themed programming. Magical memories are made in the beautiful Cheekwood gardens! cheekwood.org

September 8 – Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2520 Old Hickory. Boulevard Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while three headlining acts perform on the main stage. No glass, large coolers, or alcohol. Bring blankets or chairs. Family-friendly. Dogs on a leash welcome. 7–11 pm. Food available. Advance tickets online. friendsofwarnerparks.com

September 8-10 – Nashville Greek Fest

4905 Franklin Pike. Experience a rich, multi-sensory experience of Greek hospitality and culture with savory cuisine, soulful music, lively dancing, and tours. $3 tickets, free for 12 and under, military, police and fire personel (with ID). Free parking and shuttle (limited hours). nashvillegreekfestival.com

September 8-10 – The Vintage Market

Two Rivers Mansion, 3130 McGavock Pike. This beautiful 1859 antebellum mansion and adjacent 1802 Federal style brick home was once the centerpiece of Donelson, Tennessee and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Spend a day shopping antiques, vintage items and crafts. $5/adults, $2/children, members free, friendsoftworiversmansion.org

September 8-17 – Tennessee State Fair

Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Avenue. “Tennessee Proud” continues the longstanding traditions of family entertainment, educational experiences and Volunteer state pride. Experience thrilling rides at the Midway, the wide variety of competitions, and mouth-watering fair foods. tnstatefair.org

September 9 – Wine On The River

Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. Travel through 10 different global regions and sample wine, beer, and spirits specific to that region and a restaurant featuring a culturally themed menu. Enjoy the soothing sounds of live jazz at Nashville’s largest wine tasting event, with breathtaking views overlooking downtown Nashville. wineontheriver.com

September 9-10  – Vintage Base Ball

Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin. Come enjoy America’s favorite past time, 1860s style, as 12 teams vie for the the Sulpher Dell Cup. The rules, uniforms, even the music is accurate to the Civil War. This free event takes place in the west field at Carnton Plantation. Saturday game times at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Sunday’s games begin at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Bring out your lawn chairs or blankets and take in a base ball game played by 1860s rules. boft.org

September 9 – Middle Tennessee Highland Games

The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a fun-filled day of music, dancing, exhibitions, games, competitions, as well as food and craft vendors. The 9 am–5 pm festival is family and dog-friendly! thehermitage.com

September 9 – Planetarium Laser Shows

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard. Enjoy watching a wide array of music brought to life with incredible fulldome digital imagery, brilliant lasers and millions of stars! Three laser shows each evening feature a different soundtrack. See a single show or make it a full evening and buy tickets for all three shows! That (mostly) ’70s Laser Show at 8:30 pm; Jukebox Heroes at 9:30 pm; Laser Led Zeppelin at 10:30 pm. adventuresci.org

September 10, 24 – Titans Football

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. It’s football fever in Nashville when the tailgating season begins! Come cheer on the Tennessee Titans September 10 vs. Oakland Raiders and September 24 vs. Seattle Seahawks. titansonline.com

September 12-17 – Americana Music Festival & Conference

Various locations. Catch at least one show of the 230 stellar acts performing in 14 music venues throughout Music City. Legendary artists, rising stars and industry professionals come together for four days of music and education. The conference features numerous panels, seminars and much more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum. Get the full schedule at americanamusic.org.

September 9 – Dragon Boat Festival

East Bank Landing, Cumberland River, directly across from downtown Nashville. Fans cheer 1000 paddlers in 46-foot-long authentic, Hong Kong-style dragon boats, and celebrate the long tradition of dragon boat racing with a cultural festival unlike any other in Music City. Celebration dances will be performed by the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville. Opening ceremony at 8 am, Races begin at 9 am, Drummer’s parade at 11 am, Award Ceremony for race winners and spirit awards, including best-dressed drummer, best-decorated tent, and highest-pledge earner at 2:30 pm. cumberlandrivercompact.org

September 10, 17, 24 – Sundays LIVE! at the Hermitage

4580 Rachel’s Lane, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Experience the 19th century come to life! Sept. 10: Gone to Texas; Sept. 17: The Plantation Business ; Sept. 24: The Art of Painting History. thehermitage.com

September 15 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Explore the Farmers’ Market for one of the most unique Friday night experiences in Nashville on the third Friday of each month, 5–8 pm. Enjoy shopping and dining with various local food artisans, locally owned restaurants and shops, locally raised meats, freshly baked desserts, seasonal cocktails, craft beer, local wine, and more! Free admission. nashvillefarmersmarket.org

September 22-24 – Fall Craft Fair

Centennial Park, 2600 West End Avenue. One-of-a-kind, handcrafted works at this juried fair are perfect gifts for friends, family… and yourself! Enjoy food from area vendors, family-friendly activities in the Kids’ Tent and demonstrations from artisans aimed to educate as they create pieces before your eyes. Friday and Saturday 10 am–6 pm, Sunday 10 am–5 pm. Free and open to the public. tennesseecraft.org

September 22-24 – African Street Festival

Hadley Park, 1037 28th Avenue North. This free family-oriented festival includes the cultures of the Caribbean, North, Central and South America and other places around the world where African culture is represented. Highlights include the Children’s Pavilion, arts and crafts, drumming, dance, storytelling, tasty authentic African, American and other cuisines; an eclectic mix of live music – African, reggae, Latin, R&B, jazz, gospel, neo-soul, country, blues, African drumming, spoken word, dance, and more! A cultural and educational experience for all! Friday 6–8 pm, Saturday & Sunday 11 am–9 pm. Free admission and parking. aacanashville.org

September 19, 28, 30 – Nashville Predators Preseason Games

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Enjoy NHL hockey in Smashville on September 27 vs. Florida Panthers doubleheader at 3:30 pm and 7 pm; September 29 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets at 6 pm; Tampa Bay Lightning on September 30 at 7 pm. predators.nhl.com

September 17 – Jazz on the Cumberland Concert Series

Cumberland Park Amphitheater, 592 South First Street. Enjoy great live music, the Nashville sunset, and watch the downtown skyline light up overlooking the Cumberland River. You’ll hear some of the area’s best local, regional, and national jazz artists. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, and food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Fun for the entire family, with a kid’s play zone, including a climbing wall, playground, and water slides. This is a free evening event (5:30–8 pm) with plenty of free parking in Lot R, under the pedestrian street bridge.

September 22-24 – Nashville Flea Market

Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, (615) 862-5016. Indoors and outdoors! You’ll find a huge variety of gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, tools, housewares, handmade clothing, and hundreds of thousands of other items each month, at one of the top ten flea markets in the country. Dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. Admission is free; parking $5. Friday 8 am–5 pm; Saturday 7 am–6 pm; Sunday 7 am–4 pm. nashvilleexpocenter.org

September 30 – Fairgrounds Speedway

Fairgrounds Speedway, 625 Smith Avenue. Come out and join us! Admission: $10; $8 seniors, kids 12 and under; $5 military. Check the website for gate times and when the green flag will fall. fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com