Early spring is the perfect time to spend some time attending events going on in Nashville! Check out this list of seven events happening within the next few weeks across Music City!
1. Wild West Comedy Festival
If you love to laugh, head down to Nashville’s fourth annual Wild West Comedy Festival this coming weekend. The event is currently happening and ends on April 23rd. These aren’t your regular amateur comedy shows, either. The festival booked some of the most famous comedians in the United States, including guests like Adam Sandler, Larry the Cable Guy, Patton Oswald, and Judd Apatow. Performances will take place in various areas in Nashville, including the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Zanies comedy club.
Book tickets, here!
2. The Nashville Film Festival
Originally established in the 60s, the Nashville Film Festival helps keeps the importance of film, art, and culture alive. This is one of the oldest celebrated film festivals in America, so become a part of the tradition and watch some great films! Films are submitted from all over the world each year and carefully selected. You can view more than 250 new films at this festival, which sounds like a great deal to me! All different kinds of genres are included, so there is something for all tastes. There’s also educators at the festival, who teach workshops and serve on panels for those who are film students or simply interested in knowing more about this form of art.
The festival begins April 20 and lasts until the 29th. Reserve your place now, here!
3. Rites of Spring
This one is a bit more for the younger crowd aka festival goers. The Rites of Spring is a music festival hosted by Vanderbilt each year. They’ve got a solid line up this year, including several well known artists and bands, such as The Shins, Rae Sremmurd, Ty Dolla $ign, Amine, and a few others! It’s sure to be a fun event to let loose at, so if you like indie-ish, more underground artists, this might be something you’d be interested in going to!
Get your tickets before this weekend, since the event starts on Friday and ends on Saturday! (April 21-22).
4. Nashville Earth Day Festival
Nashville is celebrating Earth Day this weekend on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 11:00am to 6:00pm at Centennial Park. It’s no surprise that Music City has it’s own festival dedicated to staying environmentally conscious! There’s a lot of people in the city who are invested in keeping our Earth sustainable for living.
The celebration of Earth Day is completely free and a great place to take the kiddos. After all, we want to start them young when it comes to taking care of the place that they live on. They’ll also be several shops set up, live music, a market, and other eco-friendly vendors. Oh and beer!
Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday with the family! No tickets necessary, just bring yourself!
5. Record Store Day
If you’re in Nashville, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you love music. Why not celebrate on international Record Store Day? Keep the history of music alive by going to some of the best record stores our city has to offer, such as Third Man Records, Grimey’s, Fond Objects Records, and The Groove. Either way, vinyl is in style and you can just add to the collection or find a reason to get a record player!
I recently read that Richard Branson created Virgin Records off the idea that the record store was a place to hang out, discuss music, and celebrate art and culture. It was also a place where intellectuals could get together and just chill out. I think it’s a great idea to bring that concept back.
Music City will celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday on April 22nd. Head down to your favorite local shop and pick up a few albums to show your appreciation!
6. St. Jude Rock N Roll Marathon
If you’re more of the outdoorsy, athletic type, participate in one your favorite activities for a great cause! The St. Jude’s Rock N Roll Marathon is ran through stages of live bands cheering you on. As you can see from the picture, it’s a huge event that thousands of people run in. If you don’t feel like running, that’s also okay. Plenty of support groups are there to motivate the athletes to keep going.
Check out this event on April 27th and April 29-30th. Decide whether you’d rather run the full marathon or the half-marathon! Either way, you’re bound to have a blast running through the streets of Nashville!
Sign up, here!
7. Nashville Spring Bash
Finally, concluding the month of April, the Nash Spring Bash is going to be one for the books. Meet your friends for a Sunday Funday at Centennial Park a little before noon on April 30th.
The event is completely free, so don’t worry about scrambling to buy tickets! I’m down to go to anything free and hosted by Nashville’s most popular radio station, They put on some incredible events throughout the year, including this one, so don’t miss it!
Project 615 is also involved, so pick up some new cool gear here! They’ve got a ton of cute clothing that you can take home as a souvenir.
Food, music, local vendors, what more could you ask for?! Get out these next two weeks and enjoy the spring weather!