Guide to September Happenings

Guide to September Happenings

Where has the year gone? It's already September and that means Fall is on the way and cooler weather will soon hit Music City.  This month brings several events that are Nashville favorites along with some new ones that celebrate all things Nashville and, of course, some great races!  Here's our picks for not-to-be-missed September happenings:


Dragon Boat Festival - ACTIVENOWDragon Boat Festival

On Saturday, September 7, at Riverfront Park, local corporate and community teams will take the ride of their lives paddling on the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville.  It is much more than a great day on the water. It is being part of a community that cares about tradition, water, the river, health and each other. There are different and interesting ways to experience the sport for both team members and spectators. Whether you’ve paddled in a festival, regularly in a dragon boat or just cheered a team on, you feel connected to it. That’s the beauty of it – from the moment you pick up a paddle, you’ll love dragon boat racing!


Nashvegas TriathlonNashvegas Triathlon - ACTIVENOW

We hope you will join us on September 7, 2013 for the 3rd Annual Riverbluff Triathlon (also known as Nashvegas) and Festival beginning at 7:00 am. Start 2 Finish is proud to support the Cheatham Vision of "building tomorrow together". The race venue location of Riverbluff Park is "close to everything...away from it all". This picturesque, rural area is perfect for a triathlon. 


Nashville Whiskey Fest 2013Nashville Whiskey Festival

It will be hard to top last year’s Nashville Whiskey Festival blowout. That won’t stop us from making this year’s celebration a double, featuring Scotch, Irish, Canadian, and Japanese whiskeys in addition to bourbon and Tennessee whiskey, our very own “Native Spirit.”

Nashville Whiskey Fest 2013 is going to be bigger, better, bolder, smokier, and peat-ier than anything you’ve ever seen. Join us for a week of contests, sampling sessions, seminars, and spirits education panels beginning on September 11th and culminating in a Grand Tasting at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Curb Conservatory and Courtyard on September 14th, 2013.


Franklin 4 the Cure 5k & Concert

 This is a great 5K Course that will appeal to everyone! The course is self-timed and prizes will be awarded to the top male and top female finishers. The two children’s runs will be held right after the 5K and each child will receive a medal.  The races will finish in the “Hope Street” festival area where there will be music and activities for children. Sponsors will have booths and fun give-away items. There will also be a Pancake Breakfast. Each race registration includes admission to the Pancake Breakfast

This is the 8th year for Concert 4 the Cure and features acclaimed songwriter, Jeffrey Steele! The Great Lawn at Westhaven is a beautiful setting to enjoy an evening under the stars while listening to great music! Food, along with wine and beer, will be available for purchase.


Made in NashvilleMade in Nashville

September 14, 2013.  Made in Nashville is a celebration of all things local! Presented by & supporting the Tennessee Literacy Coalition, the second annual Made in Nashville will feature some of the best musical talent, local artisans, and craft beer that this wonderful city has to offer!


Wine on the RiverWine on the River

Come join us as we travel through 10 different regions spanning the globe.  Sample wine, beer, and/or spirits specific to that region and a restaurant featuring a culturally themed menu.  Take a break from your travels and enjoy the soothing sounds of live jazz music.  The World Tour will be held on the beautiful Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, the perfect place with breathtaking views overlooking downtown Nashville. 

Enjoy live music featuring the Nashville Symphony Quartet and local Jazz musicians.  Relish in the sultry sounds that set the tone atop the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. Sample wine, beer, and spirits from ten different regions spanning the globe: Australia / New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South America, South Africa, California, Tennessee, and Washington / Oregon.

Enjoy the beautiful views of downtown with a glass of wine and delicious dishes.  Each regional restaurant will feature a culturally themed menu.  Their variety of tasteful foods are sure to satisfy everyone's taste buds.


Jazz on the CumberlandJazz on the Cumberland

On September 15th, Metro Parks presents season #2 of our Jazz On The Cumberland Concert Series 2013 and the Laura Vida Band . 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. 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!! 


Full Moon Pickin’ PartiesFull Moon Pickin Party

September 20, 2013.  These laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers feature Middle Tennessee's finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon. Musicians and music lovers alike are invited to enjoy this beloved Nashville tradition. Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while three headlining acts perform on the main stage.  Full Moon Pickin’ Parties are held at the Percy Warner Park Equestrian Center at 2500 Old Hickory Blvd.


ROC RACE NashvilleROC RACE Nashville

ROC Race combines a 5K course with game show inspired obstacles to give you the craziest run ever!

This is an untimed event and anyone 13 and up can participate no matter what your athletic ability is! The course is designed so you’ll even be able to watch some of the obstacles and wipeouts before it’s your turn! All runners will receive a finisher T-shirt.

Your obstacles will include: World’s Largest Inflatable Slide, Wrecking Ball, The World’s Largest Moon Bounce, Belly Flop Drop, Tarzan Swing, Tight Rope Traverse, Get It Up (And Over), Gorilla Bars, Concree-stadores, Aqua Drag, Tire Mile

Stick around for the post run celebration and enjoy Live Music/DJ’s and other entertainment, a beer garden, and great food


Music City SUP Splash RaceMusic City SUP Splash Race

Mountain High Outfitters presents the inaugural MUSIC CITY SUP SPLASH RACE, benefiting the Cumberland River Compact Nashville's first SUP (standup paddleboard) race will take place on the Cumberland River. Choose from a recreational/beginner 2-mile race or join the pros in the elite 6-mile race. In addition to the race, the weekend includes clinics with pros, lunch and awards ceremoney in the brand new Cumberland River Center in the Bridge Building and much more.


The Original Mud RunMud Run - Nashville

On September 28, come down to Franklin and race the Original Mud Run! Two courses! 5K (3.1 mile) & 18 plus obstacles. 10K (6.2) mile & 30+ obstacles. Both courses are Military Style Obstacle Course for runners 12 years and older. Runners under the age of 18 must have waiver signed by an adult and must be accompanied by an adult during the entire race. 


The Zombie Run NashvilleThe Zombie Run

The Apocalypse is infecting Nashville on September 29, 2013. The Zombie Run is an untimed 5K fun run. 

Register as a human and wear three life balloons around your waste as you run for your life through our apocalyptic racecourse! 

Or, register as a zombie, get an awesome makeover, and pop runners’ balloons as they flee with terror. There is not age limit to participate. When the run is over, celebrate all things zombie at our afterparty.



Posted Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 by Michael Gonzales in Guides, Events, Festivals, Races