Guide to August's Top Events & Festivals

With the start of August comes a slew of festivals, events, activities, races and more.  The month has some amazing, not-to-be-missed events.  We've compiled our list of the ones you definitely need to get on your calendar.  Here is our Guide to August's Top Events:

 

Williamson County Fair - ACTIVENOWThe Williamson County Fair

The Williamson County Fair presents “Rock Around the Fair”, celebrating our agricultural past, present and future, featuring live music, competitions, livestock shows, carnival rides, food, and much more.

People from across the county are preparing for a grand get together, a kind of countywide family reunion. From August 2-10, the sweet smell of cotton candy, popcorn and fried dough, the sounds of carnival music, hucksters and laughter, the sights of a Ferris wheel on the horizon, farm animals carefully groomed and blue ribbons proudly on display will await children of all ages. 

Mon, Aug 5 thru Thurs, Aug 8 – “Buy One Get One Free” with coupon from brochure (brochures available at County Rec Centers, Libraries, and the County Mayor’s Office).

 

Smokin' in McMinnville BBQ FestivalSmokin' in McMinnville BBQ Festival

Smokin' in McMinnville is a 2-day festival of live entertainment, amazing food, vendors, children's play zone, and access to the fabulous Gilley Swimming Pool. 40 Professional Kansas City Barbeque Society teams along with backyard grill masters vying for $12,000 in total prize money in this Tennessee State Championship Competition. FREE Admission.

Aug 9, 2013: 5 pm - 10 pm (Fri)

Aug 10, 2013: 11 am - 4 pm (Sat)

 

Tomato Art FestTomato Art Festival

Voted “Best Festival” in the 2007, 2008, and 2009, 2010 Nashville Scene Reader’s Polls, the Tomato Art Fest will return this year on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Located in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points area, which has been coined by Budget Travel Magazine as “Nashville’s version of New York’s East Village,” this FREE, costume-friendly event provides a fun-filled day for thousands.

It is hard to believe that this year is the 10th annual Tomato Art Fest! It has been a thrill to watch it grow from a small neighborhood event into a festival with 18,000 in attendance…all braving the heat of August to come out and play.

Tomato Art Fest has received kudos from both local and national press. It has been mentioned in Southern Living Magazine, Family Circle, and Epicurious to name a few, and we were voted “Best Festival” 6 years in a row in the Nashville Scene’s readers poll.

The Tomato Art Fest is all about community and participation. It is truly a family event where everyone is encouraged to come out, enjoy a day filled with fun, imagination, and play…oh, and tomatoes!

True to our motto, “The Tomato…A Uniter, Not A Divider- Bringing Together Fruits And Vegetables”, the Tomato Art Fest brings together community and FUN!

 

East Nashville Tomato 5k

The East Nashville Tomato 5K and Kids Fun Run is back for another year, benefitting the Annual Giving Campaign at the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA. This year’s Tomato 5K will take place Saturday, August 10, 2013, at 7:30 a.m. , near East Nashville’s Historic Five points, on the corner of South 10th Street and Woodland Street. The Kids Fun Run will precede to the 5K and begin at 7:00 a.m. in the same location.

As always, the Tomato 5k coincides with the Tomato Arts Festival located in the same area which makes for a great all-day experience! East Nasty Running club is hosting the Potato to Tomato training.

 

Predators Craft Beer Festival - ACTIVENOWNashville Predators Craft Beer Festival

Get out of the Summer heat and join us for craft brews, food, games and entertainment at the Inaugural Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival. 

This event is guaranteed to be the coolest beer festival in town!

General Admission Ticket Includes: Entry into the beer festival; Souvenir glass; Unlimited tastings; Voucher for an Upper Bowl ticket to a Monday-Thursday Predators home game in September or October (excludes Opening Night).

VIP Ticket Includes: Entry into the beer festival; Souvenir glass; Unlimited tastings; VIP check-in area; VIP tasting area, which includes food and special craft brewed beer; Free parking in the 6th Avenue garage; Voucher for a Lower Bowl ticket to a Monday-Thursday Predators home game in September or October (excludes Opening Night)

Designated Driver Ticket Includes: Entry into the beer festival; Complimentary soda and water; Voucher for an Upper Bowl ticket to a Monday-Thursday Predators home game in September or October (excludes Opening Night)

Proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation which supports Middle Tennessee non-profit groups & programs in the community.

Limited number of tickets available. Event is 21+ no exceptions. Must present a valid ID with ticket for entry.

  

Arrington Vineyards Harvest PartyArrington Vineyards Harvest Party - ACTIVENOW

This family-friendly event includes food vendors, wine tastings, a hot-air balloon launch and a special concert by award-winning Country artist Kix Brooks.  Proceeds from the sale of specially bottled red and white wines, commemorative t-shirts, and Hatch Show Print posters will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.  Balloon launch and concert at 6:00pm.

 

Girls "Tri-It-On"

Team Magic is excited to keep a "ladies only" triathlon on our calendar of events. Yes, fellows, that means only the gals racing this one. This family friendly event is being held in conjunction with the Vaco Brentwood Kids Triathlon.

The Girls "Tri-It-On" is part of the Making A Move Series.

Making a Move is a series of five Middle Tennessee events. The series is designed to encourage women to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle by participating in some or all of the events.

The main staging area is comprised of the transition area (where the bikes are staged while competitors are swimming and running) and the race finish line. The main staging is located in the front of the Maryland Farms YMCA. Awards and post-race celebration will also be in this area. 

Swim Course:

An outdoor 50 meter pool at the Maryland Farms YMCA. 

Bike Course:

A flat bike course on a great road surface which will be completely closed to vehicular traffic other than race officials. 

Run Course: 

A mostly flat run course which will be completely closed to vehicular traffic other than race officials. 

Check out our Event Guide for more details.

 

 Vaco Kids Triathlon

Join Team Magic, our title sponsor Vaco, the Brentwood Endurance Athletic Team and our host, the Maryland Farms YMCA for our third year of this fun event. The Girls "Tri-It-On" Triathlon to the weekend. This will be a ladies only triathlon using the same course as the older kids for the kids triathlon. The Girls "Tri-It-On" Triathlon will be using the same course as the older kids for the kids triathlon. The Girls "Tri-It-On" will take place on the early side of race day, beginning at 7:00 am. The kids race will follow with the first racers hitting the water at 9:30 am.

The main staging area is comprised of the transition area (where the bikes are staged while competitors are swimming and running) and the race finish line. The main staging is located in the front of the family-friendly  Maryland Farms YMCA.  Awards and post-race celebration will also be in this area.

Ages 5-7: 50m swim / 2k bike / 1k run

Ages 8-12: 100m swim / 4k bike / 1k run

Swim Course:

An outdoor 50 meter pool at the Maryland Farms YMCA. 

Bike Course:

A flat bike course on a great road surface which will be completely closed to vehicular traffic other than race officials. 

Run Course: 

A mostly flat run course which will be completely closed to vehicular traffic other than race officials. 

Check out our Event Guide for more details

 

Jazz on the Cumberland

Metro Parks present: season #2 of our Jazz On The Cumberland Concert Series 2013. Every Third Sunday (May thru October) 5:30pm-8:00pm, at the Cumberland Park Amphitheater, beside the Titans Stadium on the riverfront.

Come enjoy the downtown skyline, sunset, lights, and some of the city's premiere live entertainment. Plenty of free parking in Lot R, under the pedestrian street walking bridge.

August 18th--Connye Florance Band

Bring your favorite blanket, lawn chair, cover, picnic basket-and kick back with area residents, friends, tourists, and music aficionados alike. Check out Nashville's new tradition in live entertainment on the downtown riverfront.  Plenty of Food, Fun, Music, and the Series is FREE!!

 

5K 2013Best Buddies 5K

Race to the finish at the 5th annual Best Buddies 5K in beautiful Franklin, TN. Best Buddies is all about friendship. But for 3.1 miles, leave your friends at the starting line! It is every man, woman and child for themselves as they dash through the course for a chance to claim the title as Best Buddies 5k victor. The BB5K is simply a runners’ race: we don’t play around with costumes, color or any other gimmicks. A fast, competitive course with rolling hills keep things honest; with no steep grades or sharp turns to slow you down, it allows for a quick time or even a personal best! Bonus features at this year’s BB5K include an elite runner’s corral, an instant results tent that provides live scrolling results and touch-screen kiosks allowing runners to find their race time on the spot. 

Make some extra room in your wallet as the overall male and female winner will be rewarded with a $500 prize purse. There will also be awards for the top three male and female finishers in each age group. Not an expert runner? No problem! We gladly welcome those who want a nice relaxing jog or stroll throughout the course.  No matter if this is your very first race or if you’ve participated in countless 5K’s, it will without a doubt be a fun and exciting morning for everyone involved!

 

Carnton Summer Concert Series Carnton Concert Series

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. 

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

August 25: Bad Dog featuring classic rock from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

 Tickets can be purchased in advance at Carnton Plantation & The Carter House beginning Friday, June 7th. Adults (ages 13+) are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate for each concert. Children (ages 6-12) are $5 in advance or at the gate for each concert. Free for 5 and under. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. The concerts are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The concert is held on the east lawn next to the house. Parking is free. Restrooms are onsite. Food and drinks are available for purchase or attendees may bring their own (including alcohol). No tents, grills or pets are allowed. Tickets are non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather, every effort will be made to reschedule the concert.

 

Franklin Jazz Festival

Franklin Jazz Festival ACTIVENOW

This year the Franklin Jazz Festival is returning to last years successful location, the Factory at Franklin.  The Factory at Franklin is a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment complex located in Franklin, Tennessee and a member of the National Register of Historic Places. This facility has something for everyone! Shop at the boutiques, search for antiques, browse the art galleries and eat at one of the restaurants.  The Factory at Franklin is quickly becoming one of Williamson County's top event venues.  The Franklin Jazz Festival music and art will be in Liberty Hall with food and art for sale in the ajoining Heritage room. 

The Franklin Jazz Festival is glad to once again include the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission which will be displaying art throughout the festival.  Art will also be displayed and available for sale in the ajoining Heritage room. 

Saturday will feature, "Blues, Brews & BBQ"

Music:  Starting with our popular "Blues Writers in the Round", then 2 different blues groups followed by a headlining Blues Legend.

Beverages:  Several Brewerys throughout the region featured.  Water, Soft Drinks, & Coffee

Food:  Several regional BBQ booths featuring their unique styles that made them famous.

Sunday will feature, "Traditional Jazz & Local Flavors"

Music:  Starting with Dixieland then 2 different jazz groups ending with a great Headlining Big Band & Legend

Beverages:  Williamson County Brewerys Water, Soft Drinks, Coffee

Food:  Local restaurants showcasing and selling the food that has make them so popular.

Time: Sat: 10:00 am - 10:30 pm; Sun: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

 

Mafiaoza's Run for the Hills 5k ACTIVENOWMafiaoza’s Run For The Hills 5K

This August, hundreds of runners will again pound the pavement for a good cause at the Green Hills Family YMCA’s Run for the Hills 5K. The annual race, presented for a fourth year by MAFIAoZA’SPizza go to benefit the YMCA of Middle Tennessee’s Annual Giving Campaign. 

 

 

 

Posted Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 by Michael Gonzales in Guides, Events, Festivals