2014 Calendar of Nashville & Surrounding Area Events
With its numerous tourist attractions, a unique interesting history and brimming with music and arts, there is never a boring moment in Nashville. Whether you want to explore the city’s rich history, check out its art centers or indulge in its country music, all of which are offered in a number of events held throughout the year and the choice is yours.
The following is a compilation of the events in Nashville and the surrounding Middle Tennessee area. They are listed in a chronological order starting from the beginning of June and go until New Years day of 2015.
Be sure to take some time to check a few of the events below out and if you see one or two events you like, be sure you discuss with your professional travel consultant who can not only arrange travel to the event(s) of your choice but also make sure you get the best travel deals, vacation values and receive complimentary upgrades, perks and amenities as well. If you require additional information about events such as schedules, visit the official website by clicking on the links provided.
June 5 – June 8
This is unarguably one of the biggest music events for the year. The four day event will feature a total of 11 stages and hundreds of artists performing. Some of the big artist names that will be present include Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles and Alabama. Tickets for the main field shows are already sold out. You can however still get Fan Fair X tickets. Other festivities held during the day are open to the public for free. June 6 The Outlaw Project A music concert to be held at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. You can expect great performances from the likes of Tommy Shane, Bo Bice and Jeremiah Richey. Event kicks off at 11pm and you can buy tickets at ticketmaster.com for $10 only.
This year will be the second time the Coopertown Barrel festival will be held. This event celebrates the history of the town of Coopertown in Tennessee. The town is 25 miles from Nashville. Activities include historical exhibits, a corn hole tournament, wooden barrel games, food, music and shopping. It is a whole family event and free for all.
Do you want to learn some medicine, crafts and healing arts of Tennessee? If so, this is the festival for you. Its purpose is to pass on various skills and traditions down to ensure that they don’t die off. It would be a good opportunity to pick up a new skill or simply learn about the ancient folk traditions of the area. The event will be held at Red Boiling Springs, TN between 9 am and 6 pm. Charges are $2 for each educational session and $10 for all.
Will be held at Overton Country Courthouse square and admission is completely free. Come experience the best of Americana music and the beautiful historic sight of the courthouse square.
June 13 – June 14
The yearly event is held to celebrate and promote LGBT rights. This year’s planned event is massive with three stages, lots of food, a VIP area, an area for kids and a youth area. Over 120 vendors will be present. The event starts with a music concert on June 13 and the annual festival will be held the next day in downtown Nashville at Public Square Park.
Now in its 13th year, Nashville Dancin’ is a mixture of activities including food trucks, music and dancing. The event is free and will be hosted by Caroline and Jen from Amazing Race on CBS.
Event begins at 3pm and activities include vendor tents, train rides, hayrides, Bounce houses and Cakewalks. At 10pm don’t miss out on the firework finale. Venue is at Ricky Woodard Park.
July 4 – July 5
This for music and crafts lovers as well as anyone else who would love a day listening to great performances and browsing various crafts. Enjoy your independence day celebrations with the various foods at the event and various family friendly activities. The venue for the event is Public Square Smithville, TN. July 12 Red, White and Brew It is the month of freedom and there is no better way to celebrate it than with some wine, food and music. All these is at the red, White and Brew event at Sevier Park on 12th June. Major food vendors that will be present include Loving Pie, Nashville Sweets, Noelle and Commerce Street Grill. Tickets are going at $22 if bought before 22nd July after which they will go for $35.
The biggest beer festival in the state and certainly one you must attend if you are a beer connoisseur. The festival is in its 13th year and still going strong. You will get to sample over 40 beer brands from numerous breweries both local and imported. Music will acoompany the festivities. Venue is Walk of Fame Park. Advanced tickets for session A are going for $39 while those for session B are $59.
July 21 – July 26
This is one of the biggest family events that you should certainly not miss out on. Its free and you will have the opportunity to enjoy numerous activities including horse and mule races, carnivals, beauty contests, food and wine and lots of exhibits not forgetting the music. It is a clash of pomp and color that is a must attend.
July 25 – July 26
Presented by St. Patrick’s Church, this 2 day event consists of sumptuous foods, live music and dancing and fun games. It is a great opportunity to interact with people as well as have fun. Admission is free and the venue of the event is the picnic grounds of St. Patrick’s Church.
August 7 – August 10
Welcome to the world’s longest yard sale. Beginning on 7th August, the festivities will include miles and miles of yard sales starting from Gadsden to Chattanooga, TN. You can buy anything from antiques to unique collectibles and even dishware. For food lovers, there are homemade jellies and jams and fresh garden produce. The yard sale will be held along the 93 mile Lookout Mountain Parkway scenic route.
An antique trucks and cars show like no other. These beautiful machines will take you back to the good old days. If you are an antique car lover do not miss out on this event. It will be held at the Historic Courthouse Square in Livingston at 4pm to 8pm. No entry charges will be charged.
The sixth annual event will be held at Public Square Park in Nashville downtown. Actually, the event is held for three consecutive Thursdays and August 21st is the second Thursday. Others are August 14 and August 28. You can expect lots of music, food and retail vendors. The admission is free and time of event is from 4 pm.
Mad Decent is a US record label that has housed major artists such as Diplo, Rusko and RIFF RAFF. They annual outdoor block party in Nashville will feature various artistes including Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, GRiZ and Diplo among others.
August 27 – September 6
This is one of the most popular events of the year in Nashville and surrounding areas. It brings together hundreds of people for the 11 days preceding Labor Day. Events include the naming of 20 world horse champions, various horse competitions, barn decorating contests, dog shows and a trade fair. Over the course of the festival, over $650,000 in prizes are given away.
Between 8 am and 3 pm all activates in Nashville will be concentrated at Riverfront Park. There will be 50 teams each consisting of 22 paddlers. The races are among 46 foot long Dragon boats. There is a large viewing area for spectators and there are no admission charges for the viewers. Food trucks will also be available.
It is the biggest wine tasting event in the city. Sample the best wines from local and international vineyards as you enjoy the amazing downtown skyline views. Food and beer are also available as well as live jazz music. 3000 are expected to attend so buy the tickets early before they get sold out. They are going for $55 and if you wait till the day of the event you have to pay $65 if there will be any tickets left.
Well known story tellers from various parts of the state will converge at Standing Stine State Park to tell some of their best stories. The event is free and great for families. It runs from 10 am to 3 pm.
October 4 – October 5
Expect to find live music, various artisans and special foods and drinks. This event is held to benefit The Hermitage. Children under the age of 11 will come in free of charge while adults pay $5.
October 10 – October 12
This one is for all those who love the written word. This festival is one of the earliest book festivals and has inspired others like it all over the world. In the event you will be able to interact with other writers and readers as well as promote a reading culture in the community. Activities include book signings, book readings and panel discussions. There will also be book exhibits and sales.
The event is in its seventh year and this year it’s bigger and better. The main goal is to showcase global diversity through food, culture, traditional arts and sensory experiences. If you are looking to learn more and experience other cultures, this is the place to be. Entry is free of charge but you have to be there by noon so as not to miss anything.
October 18 – October 19
A weekend filled with fun, music and molasses. There will be demonstrations on how to make molasses, live music, lots of different foods, buggy rides, pony rides for kids and storytelling. Children under age 4 are not charged while adults will pay $5. The venue is Tennessee Agricultural Museum.
November 7 – November 8
For the shopping enthusiasts, this is the place to be in November. Come and have your fill of two whole days of shopping in more than 50 boutiques all under one roof. If hunger strikes, there is an on-site café to ensure that your day is not cut short. The event will be at Leslie Town Center.
Christmas will be drawing near and there is no better way to celebrate it than at the Downtown Square in Livingston. There will be tree lighting, Santa and Christmas Music. There will be buggy rides and foods will include popcorns, peanuts, hot apple cider and hot cocoa. It is free.
The antique cars, floats, fire engines and jolly fellows will make for a good old fashioned parade. Come join the Christmas merry as the 49th parade goes down on December 13.
December 26 – December 27
This tour showcases privately held homes spectacularly decorated for the Christmas activities. This is one event you will not regret attending. The two day event also includes a number of activities. A full schedule of the event is listed on the official website.
Music City’s annual event features a free for all street party that brings thousands of New Year’s revelers together. Welcome the New Year in style with fireworks at midnight. Popular artistes will be at the event. Jan 1 2015 New Year’s Day Hike and Feast
Celebrate 2015 with a hike along the 2.5 plus miles Millennium Trail. You carry your own lunch which you will leave at the picnic shelters and collect at lunch time. There are also additional optional hikes after lunch. There you have it, your events calender for the next of the year. Now you have no excuse not to go through with those travel plans to Nashville. Whether you are a music fanatic, an art lover, a food connoisseur or a history nerd there is something for everyone. Be sure to check out all the details of an event including price and venue before attending it to ensure no confusion at the entrance.