EVENTS

 

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

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays in July – Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in July, 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 Martina McBride, Chris Young, Josh Turner, Chris Janson, A Thousand Horses, and more! For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

July 1 – Fisk Community Music & Food Festival

Fisk University Main Campus, 1000 17th Avenue North. Last year’s 150th birthday celebration was such fun that Fisk University decided to continue the event, and invite the community to experience and explore north Nashville’s beautiful and historic campus. This year’s festival will feature number one contemporary jazz vocalist Lindsey Webster Trio, Kevin Whalum & the Kevin Whalum Band, The Hamilton Brothers Band, Les Sabler & the Les Sabler Band, and Dr. Mark Williams & The Mark Williams Band. The event is a free-to-the-public affair for the young and young-at-heart to come enjoy music, food, games, and just have fun on the historic Fisk campus. nashvillejazz.org

July 1 – 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

July 1 – 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

July 1 – Public Star Party

Edwin Warner Park, 2547 Old Hickory Boulevard. Join the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society from 9–11 pm as they set up telescopes for everyone to enjoy the view of the night sky! (Cancelled for clouds or inclement weather.) bsasnashville.com

July 1-3, 7-9, 25-31 – 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 July 1-3 vs. Oklahoma City; July 7-9 vs. Memphis; July 25-28 vs. Las Vegas; July 29-31 vs. Salt Lake. nashvillesounds.com

July 1, 4, 8, 13, 15, 21, 22 – 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 July 8: ElectroPop at 8:30 pm; ElectroLaze EDM at 9:30 pm; Hypnotica Electronica at 10:30 pm. sudekumplanetarium.com

July 3 – Fireworks at Nashville Shores

4001 Bell Road. You’ll be seeing two shows in one with the beautiful reflections of color on Percy Priest Lake. Fireworks at dusk are included with a season pass or that day’s waterpark admission. nashvilleshores.com

July 3 – Thirth of July

North 12th Street between Ordway Place and Calvin Avenue. Come join us for an annual huge block party featuring friends and neighbors, four bands, food trucks and Yazoo beer. Discover what makes East Nashville the best neighborhood around. thethirth.com

July 4 – Music City Hot Chicken Festival

East Park, 700 Woodland Street. Celebrate the uniquely-Nashville dish, Hot Chicken, beginning at 10:30 am with a parade of fire trucks and free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Live music from local bands all day long while visitors can look on as six teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Contest. Other edible options will also be available. The event ends at 3 pm when visitors make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display. hot-chicken.com

July 4 – Let Freedom Sing!

Downtown at Ascend Amphitheater, The Green at Riverfront Park. What better way to celebrate our country’s independence than with free live music in the heart of the city built on music? Enjoy a full day of family fun and an incredible fireworks show that has become one of the best July 4th events in the country! Climbing walls, water slides, samples, games, and so much more will keep every member of your family having a great time. An all-star lineup of Chris Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jonny P, The Sisterhood, and the Nashville Symphony are among the musical acts to perform, leading up to the incredible fireworks display accompanied to music from our Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony. musiccityjuly4th.com

July 4 – Red, White & Boom!

Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard. Celebrate Independence Day with Science! Bring your family for an exciting day of live science demonstrations, hands-on science activities, live music, games, and food trucks. The nighttime event offers an unobstructed view of Nashville’s downtown fireworks, including a live feed of the Nashville Symphony’s accompaniment to the fireworks. adventuresci.com

July 4, 11, 18, 25 – King of Pops Free Yoga

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway. Grab your yoga mat and head to the park each Tuesday to enjoy a free, one-hour yoga class from 6:30–7:30 pm (weather permitting). All levels – bring a friend and positive vibes!

July 6, 13, 20, 27 – Family Night Out in the Garden
Dressing Downton, Live Jazz & Dancing

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Magical memories are made in the beautiful Cheekwood gardens! The popular summer series is a perfect outdoor activity to gather your family for fun performances and games on the Arboretum Lawn. July 6: The WannaBeatles; July 13: Savannah Keyes; July 20: Singer-songwriter Bill Crosby; July 27: Rachel Rodriguez. A different food and dessert truck each week! Performances begin at 6:30 pm. Or step back in time to the 1930s celebrating Dressing Downton every Thursday night, featuring live jazz, dancing, 1930s lawn games, cash bars with signature cocktails, and fashion pop ups from Nashville Fashion Alliance members. cheekwood.org

July 7 – 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

July 7 – 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

July 8 – 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

July 8 – 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

July 8, 15, 22, 29 – Big Band Dances

Centennial Park Event Shelter. Spend your Saturday nights this summer 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

July 9 – Red, White and Brew

Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Lane. 3–6 pm. Celebrate America and freedom at this mid-summer fest with red and white wine, local brews, tasty food, music, and a few games. Bring your furry friends to join in on the fun. Proceeds support The Tomorrow Fund, which builds community awareness and responsibility in Middle Tennessee young professionals. cfmt.org

July 11 – Vintage Base Ball at the Hermitage

Home of President Andrew Jackson, 4580 Rachel’s Lane. Join The Hermitage from 12 noon–4 pm 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

July 15 – Super Cool Fun Fest

Cumberland Park, 592 South First Street. The annual event features everything 90’s! My So Called Band will be playing the best 90’s music, and nostalgia will set in playing favorite games including MTV Spring Break Dance Party, Skip It, Giant Jenga, 4 square, and Space Jam Knockout. Food trucks, beer, 21+ event.

July 16 – 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.

July 21 – 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

July 21-23 – 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

July 22 – 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

July 22 – 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

July 29 – Music City Brewer’s Festival

Music City Walk of Fame Park, Fourth Avenue South. One of the top 8 summer beer festivals has two main sessions: afternoon 12–4 pm and an evening 6–10 pm. Come join us and enjoy samples from some of the finest breweries!