EVENTS

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays – Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry shows are performed every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 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 (pictured), Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, the Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Houser, Craig Morgan, Crystal Gayle, and more! For Opry tickets and information visit opry.com or call (615) 871-OPRY.

Saturday Nights – Big Band Dances

Centennial Park Event Shelter. Spend your summer Saturday nights dancing and listening to live big band music played by a different 18-24 piece band each week. There are two free group dance lessons held 7–7:30 pm and 8:30–8:50 pm. One savory and one sweet food truck will be on-site. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic blanket. No alcohol. nashville.gov

Tuesdays Through Sundays – TN State Museum Highlights Tours

TN State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Our free Museum Highlights tour is a great way to see some never-before-seen artifacts and hear some of the great stories of Tennessee history. 2–2:45 pm (except for holidays). tnmuseum.org

August 1 – Gulch Night Market

11th Avenue South and Laurel Street. Enjoy Nashville’s Gulch area with local artisans, food and drink vendors, entertainment, and a live DJ. Free admission, and dogs are welcome. Hours: 3–9 pm. gulchnightmarket.com

August 1, 2-5, 15-18, 30-31 – Nashville Sounds Home Games

First Tennessee Park, 401 Jackson Street. Take the family out to the ballgame for games August 1 vs. El Paso; August 2-5 vs. Albuquerque; August 15-18 vs. Omaha; August 30-31 vs. San Antonio.
nashvillesounds.com

August 2-11 – 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 2, 6, 7, 23, 27 – The Huckabee Show

30 Music Village Boulevard, 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

August 3 – U.S. Air Guitar National Finals

EXIT/IN, 2208 Elliston Place. Regional Air Guitar champions from twenty cities across the country will face off against the defending National Champions Mom Jeans and Georgia Lunch in a battle for the 2019 crown. The winner will be sent to Finland to represent Team USA at the Air Guitar World Championships. usairguitar.com

August 6 – Open House at Dyer Observatory

1000 Oman Drive. Astronomers offer free tours of the observatory and the Seyfert telescope from 9–11 pm. The format is “open house” so you may arrive and depart any time during the event.Advance reservations online. Suggested for ages 8 and up. dyer.vanderbilt.edu

August 7, 10, 21, 24 – Nashville Soccer Club

First Tennessee Park. Cheer on soccer as they take on the Hartford Athletic on August 7; Bethlehem Steel on August 10; New York Red Bulls II on August 21; Charleston Battery on August 24. Kickoff at 7 pm. Tickets $15-25. nashvillesc.com

August 8, 22 – Summer Cocktail Crawl

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. This fun walking tour takes you through our summer gardens and featured outdoor art exhibition Storybook Houses as you “crawl” from bar to bar, tasting signature craft cocktails along the way. There will also be food trucks, DJs, and lawn games. cheekwood.org

August 9-10 – Tomato Art Fest

Art and Invention Gallery, 1106 Woodland Street. In and around the Art & Invention Gallery in Five Points in East Nashville. This two-day festival of costume-friendly fun has plenty of tomato eating, tomato-themed games, contests, a parade, art and business booths and music. tomatoartfest.com

August 10 – Fairgrounds Speedway

625 Smith Avenue. Come out and join us for our “5 Dollar Back to School Family Night.” Admission: Adults $10; Senior & Military $8; Kids (6–12) $5; free for 5 and under. fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com

August 14-18 – 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 15, 22, 29-31 – Live On The Green

Public Square Park, downtown Nashville. The historic Metropolitan Courthouse serves as a fantastic backdrop for these free concerts with headliners: Aug. 15: Gary Clark Jr.; Aug. 22: Johnnyswim; August 29: O.A.R.; Aug. 30: St. Paul & The Broken Bones; Aug. 31: Grace Potter. Find out who else is playing at liveonthegreen.net

August 16 – Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Shop and dine with 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. Free admission, 5–9 pm. nashvillefarmersmarket.org

August 16 – Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2520 Old Hickory Boulevard. Bluegrass and roots pickers jam 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, includes water, soft drinks and beer (adults 21+). Food available. warnerparks.org

August 16-24 – Wilson County Fair

James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon. The largest county fair in Tennessee. Each year brings new exhibits and activities, and there’s absolutely something for everyone including mutton busting, a robotics challenge, 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. Jason Crabb will perform on August 19, and The Kentucky Headhunters on August 20.
wilsoncountyfair.net

August 17 – Nashville Rollergirls

The Fairgrounds Nashville, Sports Arena, 500 Wedgewood Avenue. Cheer on the Rollergirls in a doubleheader! Doors open at 4:30 pm; Bouts begin at 5:30 pm and 7:15 pm. Admission: $7-$15; $5 parking. nashvillerollergirls.com

August 17 – Movie in the Meadow – Dumbo

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. Pack your picnic goodies for a fun evening and a new classic movie for all ages. Meet Owl’s Hill’s non-releasable live owls and go for a hike! Gates open at 5:30 pm for picnics, hikes and meeting the owls; Movie starts at 7 pm. Early Bird Ticket: $8/person ($10 at the door); $25 picnic table reservation (quantities limited). owlshill.org

August 17, 25 – Titans Pre-season Football

Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way. Come cheer on the Tennessee Titans August 17 vs. New England Patriots at 6 pm; August 25 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at 7 pm. titansonline.com

August 20-24 – Robertson County Fair

Robertson County Fair Grounds, Springfield. The 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 23-24 – Defy Film Festival

Studio 615, 272 Broadmoor Drive. This two days of short and feature films has been named “Best Indie Film Festival” by the Nashville Scene. defyfilmfestival.com

August 24 – Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party

Cornelia Fort Airpark, 2640 Airpark Drive. If you enjoy great bluegrass, local craft beer, and good food then this event is for you! The festival combines the tastes and talents of East Nashville. Musicians are encouraged to bring any of their bluegrass instruments and play into the night. corneliafortpickinparty.org

August 24-25 – Fan Fest Nashville

Gaylord Opryland, 2800 Opryland Drive. Fan Fest brings the stars of today’s television shows and movies to you! From superheroes, to horror, to pop-culture, we’ve got it! Meet stars like Cailey Fleming, Nadia Hilker, Ryan Hurst, Nestor Carbonell and more. fanfestevents.com

August 24-25 – Nashville Flea Market

The Fairgrounds Nashville, 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. Free admission; parking $5. nashvilleexpocenter.org