What’s Happening in Spring 2020 in Nashville?

Spring brings 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. But let’s start with the end of winter. UPDATED 2-18-20

First Saturday Art Crawls–March 7

Downtown Crawl. The epicenter is 5th Avenue N., also called Avenue of the Arts to the north of Church Street. Now that spring is officially arriving, you’ll find more reasons to roam about. Enjoy live music, 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.

SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament

logo of SEC 2020 Men's Tournament in Nashville

March 11-15. Bridgestone Arena. In addition to all the typical downtown visitors, make way for an annual spring ritual as thousands of Southeastern Conference basketball fans fill the restaurants, bars and hotels as well as our massive arena. Tips: try to eat early or late to avoid restaurants that will be slammed or walk several blocks away from the arena to avoid long waits.

Music City Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K

Music City Half-Marathon
Photo: TeamMagic FB page

Saturday, March 14. Not to be confused with St. Jude’s Rock’n’Roll Marathon in April (see below), this spring race draws hundreds, not thousands. The course runs primarily along the Cumberland River instead of through downtown and neighborhoods. It’s simply a race–with no concert or workshops–but still a great opportunity to tour a portion of Nashville’s greenways.

Eastside Stumble

Gallery during Eastside Art Stumble, Nashville
Photo: Eastside Art Stumble FB page

Saturday, March 14, 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.

Tin Pan South

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

Thursday, March 24-Sunday, March 28. Our first major spring event in live music, the world’s biggest guitar pull brings together thousands of songwriters and fans to celebrate a variety of musical styles. Ten official venues will host both legends and up-and-comers with many other bars and clubs shining the spotlight on songwriters. 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. 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. 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.

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.

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. Join 30,000 runners 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 exhibit is stunning during the day and magical at night with installations around the grounds and pedestal works in the mansion.

Tennessee Crafts Fair

Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3. Held in Centennial Park, 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. 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. 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. 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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