EVENTS

Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays – Grand Ole Opry

2804 Opryland Drive. Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in April. 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 Trace Adkins, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, Charlie Daniels Band, Oak Ridge Boys, Patty Loveless, 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 spring run continues Thursdays through May 31. Among those appearing: Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee, and more! For tickets and information, visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

Through April 15 – Cheekwood in Bloom

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. 11200 Forrest Park Drive. Celebrate all things spring with more than 150,000 blooming bulbs, a new flower house, the return of the Beer Garden, plus weekends of family fun, we can’t think of a better way to welcome the season. cheekwood.org

April 3-7 – Nashville Fashion Week

Various locations. All four nights of runway shows will be at OZ Arts Nashville. A city-wide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and its vast array of creatives – featuring local, regional and national design talent in fashion events and shows. Buy an all access pass or individual event tickets. nashvillefashionweek.com

April 5-8 – Southern Women’s Show

Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South. This annual event tailored especially for women features fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, beauty tips, health screenings, decorating ideas, personal growth opportunities, as well as celebrity appearances. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab a girlfriend and try out new products and services, consult with experts and register for prizes and giveaways. southernshows.com/wna

April 6, 10, 20, 27 – The Huckabee Show

30 Music Village Blvd., Hendersonville. Be part of a live studio audience and enjoy news, music, entertainment and fun with former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee and his special guests! Tickets are free. For ages 16+. Seating at 6:30 pm. Walk-ins welcome! Register online or call 833-HUCKABEE for more info. huckabeetix.tv

April 7 – East Nashville Beer Festival

East Park 700 Woodland Street. Try the best of Music City’s craft beer community. Hydrate, grab your pretzel necklace, and get ready to enjoy a great spring festival in one of Nashville’s unique neighborhoods. Ages 21+. eastnashvillebeerfest.com

April 7 – Nashville Predators Games

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. Enjoy NHL hockey in Smashville when the Predators take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at their final regular season game, 7 pm. predators.nhl.com

April 7 – Nashville Soccer Club

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Cheer on Nashville SC in their second home match vs. Charlotte Independence at 7:30 pm. nashvillesc.com

April 10-16, 25-29 – Nashville Sounds Home Games

First Tennessee Park, 401 Jackson Street. Take the family out to the ballgame for games April 10–12 vs. Iowa, April 13–16 vs. Omaha, and April 25–29 vs. New Orleans. nashvillesounds.com

April 14 – Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival and Walk

Public Square Park, Deaderick Street. This family-friendly celebration of spring and Japanese culture begins with the 2.5-mile Cherry Blossom Walk. Highlights include live Japanese music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, children’s activities, artists, vendors and a variety of Japanese food, including special festival menus from some of Nashville’s favorite food trucks. Walk 9:45 am, Festival 10 am–5 pm. nashvillecherryblossomfestival.org

April 14 – Dog’s Day

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, 4580 Rachel’s Lane. Bring your favorite canine and enjoy the preserved woods and historic landscapes with your family, and then stop by the festival area for animal-friendly vendors, food trucks, music, a Kid’s Korner, Bark Park play area, and an Adoption Event with local area animal shelters! thehermitage.com

April 20 – 21 – Rites of Spring Music Fest

Vanderbilt University Alumni Lawn. The perfect way to enjoy the sun while listening to the hottest talents in music today. Gucci Mane joins artists DNCE, Cheat Codes, H.E.R. , GoldLink, Kiiara vBorn Animal. Tickets available at vanderbilt.edu/ros.

April 20 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Shop and dine with various local artisans, restaurants and shops, locally raised meats, freshly baked desserts, seasonal cocktails, craft beer, local wine, and more! All are welcome for live music and family-friendly activities. 5–9 pm. Free admission. ?nashvillefarmersmarket.org

April 21 – Nashville Earth Day Festival

Centennial Park, 2500 West End Avenue. This free, family-friendly festival will feature exhibits and activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment. Fun and exciting hands-on activities, and live entertainment for all ages. 11 am–6 pm, nashvilleearthday.org

April 21 – Fairgrounds Speedway

Fairgrounds Speedway, 625 Smith Avenue. Come out and join us for our second race day of the season on the oldest running Short Track in the country! The 5/8 Mile has produced more NASCAR drivers than any other track in America. fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com

April 27-29 – Nashville Flea Market

Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, 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. Free admission; parking $5. nashvilleexpocenter.org

April 28-29 – Franklin Main Street Festival

Downtown Franklin. Saturday 10 am–6 pm, Sunday 11 am–6 pm. The two-day free spring celebration, which is one of the largest events in the Southeast, will feature more than 150 artisans and crafters, dynamic live entertainment for all ages on three stages, a dedicated kids’ area and an international food court. downtownfranklintn.com

April 29 – Full Moon Hike

Edwin Warner Park Picnic Site #9, 86 Vaughn Road. See the woods under a full-moon glow. Bring your flashlight or headlamp, water and walking shoes for a 4.25 miles hike on easy, paved trails. Kids, strollers, and leashed dogs welcome. Meet at 7:30 pm. nashville.gov

Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays – Grand Ole Opry

2804 Opryland Drive. 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 Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Luke Combs, Eric Paslay, Craig Morgan, Brett Young, 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 spring run continues Thursdays through May 31. Among those appearing: Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Tanya Tucker, Lorrie Morgan, Marty Stuart, the Charlie Daniels Band, and more! For tickets and information, visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

May 4 – The Huckabee Show

30 Music Village Blvd., Hendersonville. Be part of a live studio audience and enjoy news, music, entertainment and fun with former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee and his special guests! Tickets are free. For ages 16+. Seating at 6:30 pm. Walk-ins welcome! Register online or call 833-HUCKABEE for more info. huckabeetix.tv

May 4-5 – Sevier Park Street Fest

12th Avenue South. Tickets are required for the Friday night concert with TJ Roddy Walston, Amanda Shires, and SUSTO. 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 4-6 – 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 4-11, 21-28 – Nashville Sounds Home Games

First Tennessee Park, 401 Jackson Street. Take the family out to the ballgame for games May 4-7 vs. Memphis; May 8–11, 21–24 vs. Colorado Springs; May 25-28 vs. Oklahoma City. nashvillesounds.com

May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26-28 – 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. Cash only for food, beverages, rides, games, and souvenirs. No pets. tnrenfest.com

May 10-19 – Nashville Film Festival

Regal Cinemas Hollywood 27, 719 Thompson Lane. This 10-day celebration of film features competition films, educational presentations, red carpet events, awards ceremony, and closing night party. Brooks Institute named it one of the top 5 film festivals in the U.S. nashvillefilmfestival.org

May 11-12 – Goodguys Nashville National Car Show

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars and trucks through 1987. Vendor exhibits, swap meet, and Auto Trader Classics cars-for-sale area, Goodguys Autocross to test vehicle agility and performance, lots of fun for the entire family! good-guys.com

May 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 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 nights 5–9 pm; Saturday afternoons 12 noon–6 pm. musicianscornernashville.com

May 11 – Public Star Party

Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd. Join the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society as they set up telescopes to enjoy the view of the night sky! 8:30–10:30 pm. Cancelled for clouds or inclement weather. bsasnashville.com

May 12 – 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. This annual event combines the grandeur of horse racing with the power and spirit of community. iroquoissteeplechase.org

May 12 – Fairgrounds Speedway

Fairgrounds Speedway, 625 Smith Avenue. Come out and join us for Ladies Night Race Night at the first PowderPuff Race of the 2018 Season! $5 admission and specials on mixed drinks for all ladies. Grandstand gates open at 3:30 pm, Happy Hour 4–5 pm, Race start time is 5 pm. fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com

May 13 – Nashville Soccer Club

First Tennessee Park, 401 Jackson Street. Cheer on Nashville SC in their home match vs. Louisville City FC at 5 pm. nashvillesc.com

May 16 – The Hermitage Spring Outing

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 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. Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will be this year’s keynote speaker. thehermitage.com

May 17-19 – 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! franklinrodeo.com

May 18 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Shop and dine with various local artisans, restaurants and shops, locally raised meats, freshly baked desserts, seasonal cocktails, craft beer, local wine, and more! All are welcome for live music and family-friendly activities. 5–9 pm. Free admission. nashvillefarmersmarket.org

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. 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. eh.xorbia.com/yoga

May 25 – 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: $7–$25, include water, soft drinks and beer (adults 21+). Food available. warnerparks.org

May 25-27 – Nashville Flea Market

Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, 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. Free admission; parking $5. nashvilleexpocenter.org

May 26 – East Nashville Crawfish Bash

East Park, 700 Woodland Street. This free, family-friendly, pet-friendly event showcases the best of Nashville, from local food and art vendors to local breweries and, of course, a music bill stacked with regional acts. Food and drink will be available for purchase. VIP tickets guarantee that you get crawfish, and advance tickets are recommended. eastnashcrawbash.com

May 29 – Full Moon Campfire in Warner Parks

Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100. Bring a picnic supper to enjoy the full moonlight through the trees, 6:30–8 pm. All ages. nashville.gov