EVENTS

Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays in May – Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in May. 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 Brad Paisley, Dailey & Vincent, Terri Clark, Dustin Lynch, Trace Adkins and more!  For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

Thursdays in May – 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 spring run continues Thursdays in May. Among those appearing: Charlie Daniels Band, Brenda Lee, Craig Morgan, and more! For tickets and information, visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

May 1, 6-9, 11-14, 23-30 – 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 May 1 vs. New Orleans , May 6–9 vs. El Paso, May 11–14 vs. Albuquerque, May 23-26 vs. Omaha, and May 27-30 vs. Colorado Springs. nashvillesounds.com

May 5 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. A $5 unlimited trolley ticket runs all night to take guests from spot to spot. franklinartscene.com

May 5-6 – Sevier Park Street Fest

12th Avenue South. Tickets are required for the Friday night concert with The Lone Bellow alongside Muddy Magnolias and Family And Friends. Free entertainment on Saturday with family fun events, food, zany contests, balloons, face painting, games, crafts, Kids Area, Hot Wing Eating Contest, Nashville’s largest burrito, and more! 10 am–6 pm, sevierparkfest.com

May 5-7 – Tennessee Craft Spring 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, family-friendly activities in the Kids’ Tent and demonstrations from artisans aimed to educate as they create pieces in front of your eyes. A unique feature of Tennessee Craft Fairs requires artists to be on-site. Learn what inspires them, and how they take raw materials and transform them into fine craft. Friday and Saturday 10 am–6 pm, Sunday 10 am–5 pm. tennesseecrafts.org

May 6 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts to the Historic Arcade to Eighth Avenue to Broadway welcome you to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art. Galleries open 6–9 pm, with trollies making a continuous loop 6–10 pm. nashvilledowntown.com/play

May 6 – Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

Minutes from downtown, Wedgewood/Houston is rich with art and music culture. Check out groundbreaking art from the artist run spaces on Chestnut Street to the commercial galleries on Hagan Street along with popups, beginning at 6 pm. am-wh.com

May 6 – 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

May 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-29 – Tennessee Renaissance Festival

2124 New Castle Road, Arrington. Travel back to 16th century England with skilled artisans displaying their wares and specialty foods and drinks greet the festival-goer. Hear the sounds of Renaissance musicians and merrymakers as they echo through the trees. Color, movement, and peals of laughter welcome those who thrill to the challenges of games of skill and man-powered rides. Tours of the Castle Gwynn first floor and grounds are included with admission 11 am–3 pm (weather permitting). Hours: 10 am–6 pm. Free parking; free admission for children 5 and under. No pets. tnrenfest.com

May 6, 27 – 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. fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com

May 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 – 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 nights 5–9 pm; Saturday afternoons 12 noon–5 pm. musicianscornernashville.com

May 13 – Iroquois Steeplechase

Percy Warner Park. The premier spring race in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring – typically attracting more than 25,000 spectators. Since being designated in 1981 as the official charity of the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $10 million from the event proceeds. iroquoissteeplechase.org

May 13 – Second Saturday Laser Shows at Sudekem Planetarium

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard. After-hours showings of stunning planetarium and special laser music shows, with millions of stars and digital visual effects. See a single show or make it a full evening and buy tickets for all three shows! Jukebox Heroes at 8:30 pm; That (mostly) ’70s Laser Show at 9:30 pm; The Dark Side of the Moon at 10:30 pm. ?sudekumplanetarium.com

May 13 – East Side Art Stumble

East Nashville. Galleries, businesses, and studios stretch across the neighborhoods of East Nashville and Inglewood. Saturday event from 6-9, rain or shine. eastsideartstumble.com

May 13 – Public Star Party

Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike. Join the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society as they set up telescopes for everyone to enjoy the view of the winter night sky! 8:30–10:30 pm. Cancelled for clouds or inclement weather. bsasnashville.com

May 17 – The Hermitage Spring Outing

Home of President Andrew Jackson, 4580 Rachel’s Lane. The Hermitage hosts a tented picnic on the mansion lawn that dates back to the early days of The Ladies Hermitage Association. Guests are invited to join this time-honored tradition, beginning at 11:30 am. Laura Bush, former first lady of the United States, will be this year’s keynote speaker. thehermitage.com

May 18 – Yoga on the Field

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Join hundreds of yogis at the home of the Tennessee Titans for an invigorating twilight class that will stretch from end zone to end zone. All levels welcome. Water will be provided, bring your own mat and towel. Stay after and enjoy a specialty cocktail from our cash bar. Registration starts at 6 pm, class at 6:30 pm, cocktail hour 7:30–8:30 pm. eh.xorbia.com/yoga

May 18-20 – Franklin Rodeo

Downtown Franklin. One of the largest rodeos east of the Mississippi! Enjoy the excitement of national rodeo competition events – bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, barrel racing, bull riding and more! Tickets $5–$20. franklinrodeo.com

May 19 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Experience 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 a shopping and dining experience with lots of 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

May 19 – 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, Tickets: $5–$20, include water, soft drinks and beer (adults 21+). Food available. friendsofwarnerparks.com

May 19-20 – Goodguys Nashville National Car Show

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars and trick trucks through 1972 vintage. Vendor exhibits, swap meet, and Auto Trader Classics cars-for-sale area, special “themed” parking areas on Saturday, Goodguys Autocross to test vehicle agility and performance, lots of fun for the entire family! Friday and Saturday 8 am–5 pm, Sunday 8 am–3 pm. $20 admission; $6 for ages 7–12; Free for 6 and under; $5 off for active or retired military ID. Parking $10. good-guys.com

May 21 – Vintage Base Ball at the Hermitage

Home of President Andrew Jackson, 4580 Rachel’s Lane. Join The Hermitage as Nashville Vintage Base Ball League offers free admission to the Game Field! Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy an old-fashioned baseball game, complete with vintage uniforms and equipment. Classic ballpark fare will be available for purchase. thehermitage.com

May 26-28 – 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

May 27 – Jefferson Street Art Crawl

The crawl happens up and down Jefferson, starting at the Garden Brunch Cafe near Rosa Parks and ending at One Drop Ink Tattoo at Jefferson and 28th. The monthly event engages community and highlights art along this historic art corridor as well as the North Nashville Community. facebook.com/jsactn

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

Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in June, plus catch a show on Wednesday nights beginning June 14 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 Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Dustin Lynch, Sara Evans, Eric Paslay, Rascal Flatts, Craig Morgan, Kelsea Ballerini, Thompson Square, and more! For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

June 2 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. A $5 unlimited trolley ticket runs all night to take guests from spot to spot. ?franklinartscene.com

June 2, 3, 8-10, 23, 24 – 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 nights 5–9 pm; Saturday afternoons 12 noon–5 pm; plus a special June 8 Thursday evening concert from the Nashville Symphony. ?musicianscornernashville.com

June 3 – National Trails Day Statehood Hike

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway. Join a park ranger at 10 am on a one-mile walk around the mall and state capitol, and learn more about Tennessee’s rich history. Walk will include multiple stairs and steep climbs. Meet under the train trestle at the Visitors Center, 15 minutes before hike start time. tnstateparks.com

June 3 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts to the Historic Arcade to Eighth Avenue to Broadway welcome you to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art. Galleries open 6–9 pm, with trollies making a continuous loop 6–10 pm. ?nashvilledowntown.com/play

June 3 – Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

Minutes from downtown, Wedgewood/Houston is rich with art and music culture. Check out groundbreaking art from the artist run spaces on Chestnut Street to the commercial galleries on Hagan Street along with popups, beginning at 6 pm. am-wh.com

June 3, 10, 15, 17, 23, 24 – 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 June 10: Michael Jackson Classics at 8:30 pm; Queen at 9:30 pm; ElectroPop at 10:30 pm. sudekumplanetarium.com

June 4, 11 – Dragon Music Sunday

Fannie Mae Dees Park (Dragon Park) in Hillsboro Village, 2400 Blakemore Avenue. Grab a blanket or some chairs and gather for this annual concert event where the local world-renowned musician/artists play for neighbors! 4–6:30 pm

June 8-11 – 2015 CMA Music Festival

Downtown. The ultimate destination for Country Music fans from around the globe, featuring non-stop concerts, autograph signings, celebrity events, and more! Daily concerts on multiple stages, outdoor activities, free stuff, interactive games, surprises and more! The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage returns with a packed lineup to keep attendees rocking from 10 am–5:15 pm each day. The Chevrolet Park Stage, in Walk of Fame Park, will entertain crowds from 10:30 am–4:55 pm. A top Festival destination to discover new artists, Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe, Broadway and First Avenue, is the musical sweet spot between The Buckle on Broadway and Riverfront with shows 10:30 am–4:30 pm daily. cmafest.com

June 8, 11, 27, 28 – Nashville Symphony Community Concerts

Various locations. The Nashville Symphony will present free community concerts at area parks as part of their mission to bring music to everyone in Middle Tennesse. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a blanket or lawn chair, and immerse yourself in an evening of popular classic favorites. Centennial Park on June 8; Crockett Park on June 11; Hadley Park (near Tennessee State University) on June 27; Southeast Park Greenspace (adjacent to Ford Ice Center) on June 28. nashvillesymphony.org

June 9 – 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, Tickets: $5–$20, include water, soft drinks and beer (adults 21+). Food available. friendsofwarnerparks.com

June 10 – City of Hope Celebrity Softball

First Tennessee Park, 401 Jackson Street. For 27 years, some of Country Music’s biggest and hottest celebrities help City of Hope’s mission to cure and prevent cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. Reba McEntire will perform the National Anthem. nationalevents.cityofhope.org

June 10 – 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

June 10 – East Side Art Stumble

East Nashville. Galleries, businesses, and studios stretch across the neighborhoods of East Nashville and Inglewood. Saturday event from 6-9, rain or shine. eastsideartstumble.com

June 11 – 32nd Annual Purity Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’

First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road. Sample all the homemade ice cream you can eat, and support the mission of the Martha O’Bryan Center to empower children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship. Kid’s activities, live music, rain or shine 3–5 pm. marthaobryan.org

June 13-20, 26-30 – 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 June 13-16 vs. Iowa; June 17-20 vs. New Orleans; June 26-29 vs. Round Rock; June 30 vs. Oklahoma City. nashvillesounds.com

June 16 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Experience 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 a shopping and dining experience with lots of 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

June 16, 17 – Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival

This year’s event kicks off Friday with a “Bridging the Gap” Mixer on the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge with live music 7 pm–1 am. The music-filled festival takes place at Bicentennial Capitol Mall Amphitheater on Saturday. Festival-goers can enjoy jazz, blues and R&B from local artists and national headliners, Rose Royce and Shirley Murdock. The 12 noon–10 pm musical event features multiple stages set throughout the Bicentennial Mall filled with vendors, food trucks, a customized Children’s Pavilion (12 noon–3 pm), and much more. nashvillejazzandbluesfest.com

June 17 – Taste of Music City

Public Square Park, Deaderick Street. All-inclusive, one-price-admission food tasting extravaganza. Enjoy food, wine and beer with a focus on local flavors, plus live music throughout the event. Admission includes all food and beverage samples provided. tasteofmusiccity.com

June 23-25 – 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

June 24 – 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

June 24 – Jefferson Street Art Crawl

The crawl happens up and down Jefferson, starting at the Garden Brunch Cafe near Rosa Parks and ending at One Drop Ink Tattoo at Jefferson and 28th. The monthly event engages community and highlights art along this historic art corridor as well as the North Nashville Community. facebook.com/jsactn

June 24-25 – Nashville PRIDE Concert and Festival

Public Square Park, Third & Union Streets. Tennessee’s largest LGBT Pride Festival features multiple stages, great food, VIP area, Youth area, Kids Zone, and over 150 vendors. Various ticket packages are available. nashvillepride.org

June 25 – Carnton Sunset Concert Series

Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin. These historic grounds serve as a unique venue for friends and families to relax and listen to some of the area’s most talented musicians. The summer season opens with Jaggered Edge – a Rolling Stones Tribute. Gates open at 5 pm, music from 6-8 pm. Tickets: $10/advance, $12/gate for adults; $5 for children (6-15). Food and drinks are available for purchase or bring your own (including alcohol). boft.org