Memorial Day is the traditional start to the summer break and numerous festivities. In Nashville, there are so many great things to do, from great music to great races. We've pulled together our picks for the best not-to-be-missed summer activities in greater Nashville and put them in our first "ACTIVENOW Guide to Summer Activities in Nashville."
The Nashville Farmer's Market, 12th South, the Franklin Farmers Market... there are numerous markets to choose from. Now that we're hitting some warmer temps, the seasonal produce will be hitting the shelves. Finding the freshest fruits, vegetables, herbs and more isn't hard to do in Nashville as long as you know where to look! On top of that, it's a great way to spend an afternoon or Saturday morning: getting out,walking, and supporting local farmers. Check out the scoop on all the best local farmers markets in the area in our rundown: Nashville Farmers Markets are Back!
June 22, 2013 When we arrived to Nashville from New Orleans 13 years ago, the city was known for meat and three's, but not as a culinary capital. How things have changed! For $45 in advance ($55 day of, if still available) you get to sample all the food and drink specialties from the who's who of Nashville eateries and breweries. Think Taco Mamacita, Watermark, The Wild Hare, Abita Beer, George Dickel TN Whiskey and more. And that's before we even begin talking about the music and entertainment! Make sure to check out their website and Facebook page often as they are constantly announcing new additions to this awesome event.
Two of our favorite parks! Centennial Park boasts over 132 acres and is always playing host to something fun and unique in Nashville. Some of the most interesting include Yoga in the Park, Big Band concerts, Movies in the Park at dusk, the American Artisan festival and more. And don't forget about the Parthenon! Coming in as a close second is one of the cities coolest new features, especially for families and kids. Cumberland Park is a combination park, water park, rock climbing facility, jungle gym. The 6.5 acre park is located on the Nashville riverfront just in front of LP Field and includes areas such as the sprayground, the hollow, the Gorge climbing wall area and more.
Rivers, Lakes and Waterways
Davidson, Williamson and numerous other counties are home to some of the most beautiful, exciting and easily-accessible waterways in the country. The Cumberland river, Stones River, Harpeth River, Duck River and more crisscross the region and form a myriad of opportunities to get out with a canoe, kayak or other watercraft and enjoy a leisurely day on the river. That's even before we start talking about the unbelievable lakes in this area including Percy Priest, Old Hickory, Tims Ford and more. To take advantage of these resources, Metro Parks offers guided trips so check out their website for more information. In Williamson County, find and explore the rivers in your own backyard with our favorite canoe and paddleboat rental company, Paddle Dog Adventures. And for all day fun don't miss out on a trip to Nashville Shores and their Treetop Adventure Park.
Thursdays at 4:00pm in June starting 6/6/13. 2013 will be the 19th season for the annual Movies in the Park series. This year's lineup will be held in Elmington Park on Thursday afternoons with the fun and festivities beginning at 4:00pm. There will be activities, food trucks and, of course, movies. This year's lineup includes: Brave 6/6; Madagascar 3 6/13; Life of Pi 6/20; Pitch Perfect 6/27.
Last Sunday of June, July & August Carnton Plantation serves as a unique venue for friends and families to relax on the lawn and listen to some of area’s most talented musicians. The gates open at 4:30 P.M. and the music lasts from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tickets may be purchased either in advance or at the door. Guests are welcome to pack picnic dinners or take advantage of on-site food and beverage vendors.
Music City Festival and BBQ Championship celebrates the “MUSIC” in Music City and the “BBQ” in Tennessee State BBQ Championship. This years two-day festival is held August 24 & 25, 2013, at the beginning of the fall cooking season. There will be live music on the banks of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville; a BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP competition with Professional and Amateur BBQ teams along 1st Ave competing for over $25,000 in prizes and cash; the Cool Cars & Hot Bike competition on 2nd Ave; a Biergarten pouring specialty beers and the Blues Society Stage featuring local bands & DJs; The Music City Corn Hole Tournament; and much more.
Other Activities Around this Summer:
Bonnaroo 2013 CMA Music Festival 2013 Yoga in the Park There are many, many other events, festivals, activities and more to enjoy this year. Let us know which ones are your favorites or which ones we left off the list and others need to know about! Most importantly, get out, get active and enjoy the city this summer!