What’s Happening in Spring 2020 in Nashville?

Spring brings typically Nashville to life with festivals, free outdoor concerts, the St. Jude Rock’n’Roll Marathon and the year’s biggest musical event–the CMA Music Fest. UPDATED 3-27-20 (I’m trying to stay on top of changes due to COVID-19)

Tin Pan South

Commodore Grille, one of the more active listening rooms
Commodore Grille, a hotspot for songwriters

Thursday, March 24-Sunday, March 28.   NEW DATES: OCTOBER 20-24 Our first major spring event in live music, the world’s largest gathering of songwriters covering a variety of genres. Ten official venues will host 100+ shows featuring both legends and up-and-comers. Many other bars and clubs will be unofficially joining in the celebration. Passes available for purchase starting February 25. Want to amp up your excitement? Watch the terrific documentary “It All Begins With A Song” online free.

Nashville Fashion Week

Fashion show runway

March 31-April 4. August 4-8. Get over the stereotypes of Nashville fashion being limited to cowboy boots, rhinestones and fringe. There are some cutting edge designers here and an impressive roster of guests who will fill your week with the stunning and sassy.

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 4. POSTPONED. A celebration of spring and Japanese culture, this annual event is held at Public Square (about four blocks north of Lower Broadway between 1st Avenue N. and 3rd Avenue N.). There will be live music, dance exhibitions, a CosPlay event, food and all sorts of Japanese-themed vendors.

First Saturday Art Crawls–April 4

Downtown Crawl. The epicenter is 5th Avenue N., also called Avenue of the Arts to the north of Church Street. The better the weather, the more fun these are with outdoor entertainment, free nibblies and all sorts of media. Fast food to fancy dining within a few blocks.

Wedgewood-Houston Crawl. Located about a mile south of downtown in an industrial area undergoing a renaissance, things skew a tad more avante garde. It’s a little more spread out so be prepared to walk several blocks to make it around the hub of galleries. The area is also home to several upscale restaurants, Jackalope Brewery and Diskin Cidery.

Eastside Stumble

Saturday, April 11, 6-9pm. East Nashville’s slightly bohemian take on an art crawl. With all the galleries, restaurants and bars compressed into a walkable footprint, it’s easy to make a full night at this single destination.

Soccer: Nashville vs. Kansas City

Saturday, April, 7pm. NashSC tentatively scheduled to return May 10. Traffic may be a little heavier than usual with the Eastside Stumble just up the road so plan accordingly. That, said, go NashvilleSC!

Nashville Comedy Festival

April 13-19. Hook lines give way to punchlines with headliners including Lewis Black, Bill Burr, James Gregory, Bert Kreischer, Heather McMahan, Theo Von and Last Podcast on the Left. Held in clubs and larger venues across town.

Record Store Day

Saturday, April 18. New date: June 20, 2020. This has begun a big deal in Nashville and gets bigger every year. Among its chief promoters is Jack White whose Third Man Records always plans a little something special. But it’s just one of more than a dozen area stores celebrating vinyl that day…And when you’ve finished shopping…

East Nashville Beer Festival

Saturday, April 18@East Park in East Nashville. Fifty-plus breweries will be on hand to tempt you with their craftworks including local favorites and new arrivals for you to discover. Cost is $65 plus a handling fee. Live music? You betcha.

Nashville Soccer

Saturday, April 18, 7pm.  NashSC tentatively scheduled to return May 10. While you’re on the East side, ramble down to Nissan Stadium for a great time as NashvilleSC takes on DCUnited.

St. Jude Rock’n’Roll Marathon

St Jude RocknRoll Marathon in Nashville
Way-organized check-in for St. Jude RocknRoll Marathon

Saturday, April 25-Sunday, April 26. TO BE RESCHEDULED. Join 30,000 runners this spring as they trek through some of our most interesting neighborhoods, cheered on by locals on the sidewalks. The weekend kicks off with a Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday and Friday where you can pick up tips, swag and your registration materials. On Saturday morning, you’ll hit the road, cruising past ten stages of live music route and the day comes to a close with a concert by Michael Ray and Carly Pearce. Visitors tell us we’re among the best hosts in the country.

Chihuly at Cheekwood

Saturday, April 25-Sunday, November 1. Ten years ago, Nashville went nuts over Dan Chihuly’s mesmerizing glass installations all around the Cheekwood gardens and grounds. That was a wonderland lit for night viewing. The artist’s new spring exhibit is stunning during the day and magical at night with installations around the grounds and pedestal works in the mansion.

Nashville Wine and Food Festival

Crowd enjoying Nashville Wine and Food Festival
Credit: Nashville Wine and Food Festival/FB

Saturday, April 25, 11am-4pm. Now August 8, 2020. Omni Hotel. A lovely way to spend a Saturday, this one-day event will bring together more than 50 wineries, 20 local restaurants and 10 breweries. Mini-seminaries will enhance your culinary knowledge and you can shop an Artisan Market featuring local producers. And, of course, they will be live music. Admission ranges from $40-135.

Tennessee Crafts Fair

Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3. CANCELLED. Held in Centennial Park each spring, visit dozens of artisans presenting some of the finest crafts in the state and beyond. Expect demonstrations, a Kids Art Tent and a variety of food vendors.

Musicians Corner

Musicians Corner concert in Centennial Park, Nashville

Friday and Saturday afternoons in May and June. This free concert series, held in Centennial Park, grows in popularity each year with good reason. An eclectic line-up of artists. Kidsville activity zone. Food trucks. A beer garden. Who’s performing? An announcement is forthcoming.

First Saturday Art Crawls–May 2

Downtown Crawl. The epicenter is 5th Avenue N., also called Avenue of the Arts to the north of Church Street. The better the weather, the more fun these are with outdoor entertainment, free nibblies and all sorts of media. Fast food to fancy dining within a few blocks.

Wedgewood-Houston Crawl. Located about a mile south of downtown in an industrial area undergoing a renaissance, things skew a tad more avante garde. It’s a little more spread out so be prepared to walk several blocks to make it around the hub of galleries. The area is also home to several upscale restaurants, Jackalope Brewery and Diskin Cidery.

Iroquois Steeplechase

Saturday, May 9. Now June 27, 2020. Nashville’s upper crust dress in their finest and perch in the stands for these annual world-class horse races. The rest of us just pack picnics and perch on the hill to watch the festivities. Individual tickets start at $75 which includes admission to the race and family areas, parking, shuttle service and access to the for-pay food trucks area.

Eastside Stumble

Saturday, May 9, 6-9pm. East Nashville’s slightly bohemian take on an art crawl. With all the galleries, restaurants and bars compressed into a walkable footprint, it’s easy to make a full night at this single destination.

Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Friday, May 15, 7-11pm. Spring comes to the Warner Park Equestrian Center. Come to listen or circle up to form an impromptu band. Music happens in the barn with admission going toward funding programs at the park. Plan ahead–these sometimes sell out.

Rolling Stones

May 20. TO BE RESCHEDULED. Nissan Stadium. Yep, Mick and the Boys are making a stop in Nashville this spring. Seems right since they’re semi-frequent visitors to Music CIty and they’ll be singing “Honky Tonk Women” right across the river from our Honky Tonk District.

CMA Music Fest

CMA Fest, Nashville

Thursday, June 4-Sunday, June 8. CANCELLED FOR 2020 The one place every year where you can hear dozens of popular artists in a four-day extravaganza. Multiple stages. Major exhibit areas. Giveaways. Fan club parties. Make secure your registration and lodging reservations early. The city sells out.

Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Friday, June 5, 7-11pm. Warner Park Equestrian Center. Come to listen or circle up to form an impromptu band. Music happens in the barn with admission going toward funding programs at the park. Plan ahead–these sometimes sell out.

First Saturday Art Crawls–June 5

Downtown Crawl. The epicenter is 5th Avenue N., also called Avenue of the Arts to the north of Church Street. The better the weather, the more fun these are with outdoor entertainment, free nibblies and all sorts of media. Fast food to fancy dining within a few blocks.

Wedgewood-Houston Crawl. Located about a mile south of downtown in an industrial area undergoing a renaissance, things skew a tad more avante garde. It’s a little more spread out so be prepared to walk several blocks to make it around the hub of galleries. The area is also home to several upscale restaurants, Jackalope Brewery and Diskin Cidery.

Eastside Stumble

Saturday, June 12, 6-9pm. East Nashville’s slightly bohemian take on an art crawl. With all the galleries, restaurants and bars compressed into a walkable footprint, it’s easy to make a full night at this single destination.

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