Music City’s calendar is full of celebrations all through the year… but Spring and Summer events usually take the cake! Just take a look below at the events you must attend this spring in Nashville: they involve everything from Steeplechase events to fantastic local music festivals!
CHEEKWOOD IN BLOOM – MARCH 18-APRIL 23
On the 55-acre estate of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, over 100,000 tulips begin to bloom during the spring. Cheekwood celebrates the occasion with Cheekwood in Bloom offering family fun events that will bring a smile to everyone’s face this spring.
TIN PAN SOUTH – MARCH 28-APRIL 1
Tin Pan South is the world’s largest songwriter festival. In 2016, more than 360 songwriters and acts performed at 92 shows in 10 different Music City venues over the course of 5 days. 2017 marks 25 years of this unique festival which gives fans an up-close-and-personal experience with the music they love. The music is spread out across the city with showcases each night at various venues.
NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK – APRIL 4-8
Awesome April kicks off with Nashville Fashion Week, a celebration of Music City’s upcoming fashion and retail community. Each night offers a must attend event with industry panels, parties, workshops, really good looking people, and a lot more. If you must pick and choose, the later events of the week are usually incredibly spectacular.
EAST NASHVILLE BEER FESTIVAL – APRIL 8
Nashville migrates to East Park for the East Nashville Beer Festival to try the best of Music City’s craft beer community. Hydrate, grab your pretzel necklace, and get ready to enjoy a great spring festival in one of Nashville’s unique neighborhoods.
WILD WEST COMEDY FESTIVAL – APRIL 17-23
Experience Nashville with a laugh. The fourth annual Wild West Comedy Festival, featuring some of the funniest comedians in the world, takes place in the city of Nashville April 17-23. This year’s lineup includes Adam Sandler & friends, Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, Larry The Cable Guy, and more.
NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL – APRIL 20-29
The Nashville Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country. Each year, guests come to view more than 280 films from 55 countries. Festival-goers enjoy a plethora of works from documentaries and narrative features to animated and experimental shorts. Panels and workshops are also offered for those looking to enrich their knowledge beyond the screen.
RITES OF SPRING – APRIL 21-22
Each year, Vanderbilt University showcases a weekend full of live music from a wide range of genres during Rites of Spring. This event is not limited to students; everyone is welcome to join in the fun. This year’s lineup includes The Shins, Rae Sremmurd, St. Lucia, and more.
ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON & 1/2 MARATHON – APRIL 27 & 29-30
In April, more than 30,000 runners, walkers, wheelchairs, and spectators will attempt the annual Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon through the streets of Music City lined with 28 stages as live bands perform the soundtrack of the day. The main marathon will take place on April 29 with a KiDS Rock race on April 30 and new this year is a 1 mile race happening April 27.
PROJECT 615’S NASH SPRING BASH – APRIL 30
Centennial Park will play host to Nash Spring Bash presented by Project 615. There will be food, music, and some great shopping as local vendors display their goods to the masses in this wonderful spring festival in Music City.
TENNESSEE CRAFT FAIR – MAY 5-7
Tennessee Craft is best known for its free, juried craft fairs. The May annual crafts fair in Centennial Park has served not only as a market for fine crafts, but as a conduit for demonstration programs, hands-on opportunities, and the chance to meet and talk with professional craft artists. The three-day crafts festival attracts more than 45,000 people to view the craftsmanship of more than 200 exhibitors.
IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE – MAY 13
Held on the second Saturday of every May at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is the premier spring race meet in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring. Seven races are held throughout the day and the event typically attracts more than 25,000 spectators, most decked out in their finest spring wardrobe, including the biggest and best hats in the South.
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