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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

CMA Music Festival

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.

June 7

Coopertown Barrel Festival 2014

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.

June 7

Folk Medicine Festival

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.

June 13

Live in Livingston

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

Nashville PRIDE Festival

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.

June 19

Nashville Dancin'

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.

June 28

Freedom Fest 2014

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

Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree & Crafts Festival

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.

July 19

Music City Brewers Festival

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

76th Annual Overton County Fair

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

160th Annual Irish Picnic

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

Overton County Cruise-In

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.

August 9

US 127 Corridor Sale

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.

August 21

Live On The Green Week 2

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.

August 23

Mad Decent Block Party

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

76th Annual TN Walking Horse National Celebration

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.

September 6

8th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival

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.

September 13

12th Annual Wine on the River

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.

September 27

Annual Storytelling Festival

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

Fall Fest The Hermitage

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

Southern Festival of Books

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.

October 11

Celebration of Nations

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

Music and Molasses Festival

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

Annual Mistletoe Market

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.

November 28

Christmas In the Country

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.

December 13

Livingston County Christmas Parade

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

Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour

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.

December 31

New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway

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

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.

If you know of an event and would like it added to our list, feel free to contact Steven Talbott via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or via his website: http://stevenwtalbott.com.

CMA Music Festival 2014
CMA Music Festival 2014 Xcalibr

CMA Music Festival 2014

CMA Music Festival

June 05 – June 08 in Nashville, TN

This is unarguably one of the primary music events for the year. The four day event will feature you use 11 stages and a huge selection of artists performing. A few of the big artist names that is to be present include Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles and Alabama. Tickets for the main field shows are sold out! You may be able to score tickets by searching Craigslist or eBay. You can still get tickets to Fan Fair but act fast! Other festivities held during the day are open to the general public and totally free.

The Outlaw Project 2014
The Outlaw Project 2014 Wildhorse Nashville

The Outlaw Project 2014

The Outlaw Project

June 06 in Nashville, TN

A music concert to become held at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. You can expect great performances from the kind of Tommy Shane, Bo Bice and Jeremiah Richey. Event starts at 11pm and you may buy tickets at ticketmaster.com for $10 only.

Coopertown Barrel Festival 2014
Coopertown Barrel Festival 2014 Coopertown Barrel

Coopertown Barrel Festival 2014

Coopertown Barrel Festival 2014

June 07 in Coopertown, TN

2013 was the first time the Coopertown Barrel Festival took place. This year will be the second time and its launch celebrates a history with the area 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's a hole family event and free for all those.

Folk Medicine Festival 2014
Folk Medicine Festival 2014 Folk Medicine Festival

Folk Medicine Festival 2014

Folk Medicine Festival

June 7 in Red Boiling Springs, TN

Do you need to learn some medicine, crafts and healing arts of Tennessee? If so, this can be the festival for you personally. Its purpose would be to offer various skills and traditions down to ensure it doesn't die off. It will be a good prospect to pick up a brand new skill or simply just find out about the ancient folk traditions with the area. The big event will likely be held at Red Boiling Springs, TN between 9 am and 6 pm. Charges are $2 for each and every educational session and $10 for all those.

Live in Livingston 2014
Live in Livingston 2014 Live in Livingston

Live in Livingston 2014

Live in Livingston

June 13 in Livingston, TN

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.

Nashville PRIDE Festival 2014
Nashville PRIDE Festival 2014 Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

Nashville PRIDE Festival 2014

Nashville PRIDE Festival

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.

Nashville Dancin' in the District 2014
Nashville Dancin' in the District 2014 Nashville Dancin'

Nashville Dancin' in the District 2014

Nashville Dancin'

June 19 in Nashville, TN

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. Starting off the series on June 12th are Houndmouth Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Los Colognes The Kernal & His New Strangers. Doors open at 5:00PM - music starts at 6:00PM. 

Freedom Fest 2014
Freedom Fest 2014 Freedom Fest

Freedom Fest 2014

 Freedom Fest 2014

June 28 in Westmoreland, TN

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.

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