Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Soak Up the Summer in Music City Nashville

An endless array of music, food, arts, family fun, and outdoor activities
fills Nashville’s playlist this summer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the weather heats up, so does the entertainment in Music City. Live music, unique festivals and events, culinary excursions, family fun, and new exhibits all combined with summer sunshine and the great outdoors makes Nashville the perfect place to plan your summer getaway.

Music City hits the high notes this summer with the $2.5-million makeover of Walk of Fame Park re-opening June 4, the $14-million expansion and renovation at the Ryman Auditorium opening June 9, and the debut of the 6,800-seat, state-of-the-art Ascend Amphitheater on July 30 on The Green at Riverfront Park.

In conjunction with the re-opening of Walk of Fame Park, a free and public Music City Walk of Fame ceremony will take place on June 4 inducting Loretta Lynn and Jack White. The Music City Walk of Fame is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City.

Four new exhibits bringing the heat to Nashville this summer are Country Music Hall of Fame’s Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City (open through December 31, 2016), which looks at the Nashville music scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s when artists such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen recorded in Nashville, the Musicians Hall of Fame’s GRAMMY Gallery (permanent exhibit) that will help children and adults alike experience the process of making music through interactive stations, the Frist Center’s Italian Style: Fashion since 1945 (open June 5-September 7, 2015) chronicles the birth and growth of the Italian fashion industry from post-World War II recovery years to the present day, and in partnership with the Frist where four sculptures will be on view, Cheekwood features Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape (May 22-November 1, 2015) with indoor and outdoor installations from the internationally acclaimed Spanish artist.

Music City hosts live music 24/7/365 and there’s plenty of FREE music throughout the summer. There’s country music’s biggest party, CMA Music Festival, a rocking Let Freedom Sing: July 4th in Music City with Martina McBride, Mikky Ekko, the Nashville Symphony, and one of the top fireworks shows in the country, stellar concerts, and a myriad of free music festivals. The return of the popular Musicians Corner offers free music in Centennial Park every Saturday through June and the free concert series Live on the Green offers performances from local, regional, and national artists at Public Square Park in August and September.

  • Music City Roots – Wednesday nights
  • Musicians Corner – Saturdays in May, June, September, & October
  • Walk of Fame Park Ceremony – June 4
  • CMT Music Awards - June 10
  • CMA Music Festival - June 11-14
  • Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – June 11-14 – Packages Available Now
  • Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival – June 20
  • Full Moon Pickin’ Party –June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, & October 23
  • Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman – June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, & July 30
  • Let Freedom Sing: July 4th in Music City - July 4 – Packages Available Now
  • Live on the Green – August 20, August 27, September 3, & September 10-12
  • Americana Music Awards and Festival - September 15-20

Both local and national chefs will take center stage as food and drink festivals are spread throughout the summer calendar including Taste of Music City Festival, Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Music City Festival & BBQ Championship, Music City Food + Wine Festival, and more.

Other Food & Drink Festivals include:
  • Taste of Music City - June 20
  • Music City Hot Chicken Festival - July 4
  • Nashville Rib & Jazz Festival – July 25
  • Music City Brewers Festival – July 25
  • Music City Festival & BBQ Championship - August 28-29
  • Wine on the River - September 12
  • Music City Food + Wine Festival - September 19-20

Step inside Music City’s art world at the First Saturday Art Crawl, Art & Music, or attend Frist Fridays at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Get your cultural fix at Shakespeare in the Park at Centennial Park in August and September or participate in Nashville’s wackiest art festival, The Tomato Art Fest in August.

Other Arts Events include:
  • First Saturday Art Crawl – the First Saturday of the month along 5th Avenue of the Arts
  • Art & Music – the First Saturday of the month in Wedgewood/Houston
  • Opera on the Mountain at Dyer Observatory – June 4
  • Frist Fridays – final Friday of June, July, and August
  • Tomato Art Fest – August 7-8
  • Shakespeare in the Park – August 13-September 13 on Thursdays through Sundays and Labor Day Monday

Follow www.explorenashvilleart.com and check out the public art in Music City with detailed information including images, brief descriptions, maps, links, and more!

Nashville’s Gone to the Kids
Of course, summer is all about fun for the family, and Nashville has plenty of that. From waterslides at Nashville Shores and Canopy Zip Tours at Adventureworks, to a night out at a Nashville Sounds baseball game at the new First Tennessee Park, family friendly attractions, festivals, restaurants, and outdoor activities will have your family singing a happy tune.

For more information visit: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/familyfun

Festivals and Events
With more unique festivals and Music City events than you can count, here is a highlight of Nashville’s hot summer calendar.

For more information about what’s happening in Music City this summer, go to http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/summerinthecity. Summer packages are now available online. Hotel and attraction packages are also available by calling the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp at (800) 657-6910 or online at visitmusiccity.com/vacationpackages.

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