Nashville Calendar

Nashville Calendar of Events: Adding a Little Extra Excitement

Of course, we’re known for its vibrant live music scene with performances every day of the year. But run through this Nashville events calendar and you’ll see we embrace all sorts of festivities. With so much happening in Nashville beyond its legendary music scene, you’ll find something that captures your interest.

Don’t forget to check out the dates for Spectator Sports including the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, Nashville Sounds, and Nashville SC.

Monthly Art Crawls

They’re a great way to explore a little part of the city. Typical 8-15 galleries (or artists) participate. All crawls are conveniently near a number of neighborhood restaurants and bars. I haven’t listed these individually in the events calendar–I’ll let you do the math to discover if this an arts crawl weekend.

First Friday
Downtown Franklin

First Saturday
Downtown and WeHo (Wedgewood/Houston)

Second Saturday
East Nashville Art Stumble  

Third Saturday
100 Taylor Street Arts Market (Germantown)

Art crawl

Nashville weather in early spring can be unpredictable so outdoor events tend to begin happening in April. However, you’ll find plenty to do by clicking on these posts:

February 26-March 3

All around town

Nashville Restaurant Week

Expect more than 50 restaurants–including many foodie favorites–to participate in this event. Typical offerings are two- and three-course prix fixe lunch, brunch, and dinner menus. Prices range from $25-55.

March 8

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

8th Annual Cashville Blues Festival

It’s a soulful night in Music City featuring performances by King George, Tucka, Pokey Bear, Lenny Williams, J’Wonn, & Melvia ‘Chick’ Rodgers. Other artists may join the line-up.

March 8-9

Nissan Stadium

Upper Deck Golfing

Ever wondered what it would be like to fire a golf ball from the top of an NFL stadium? Here’s your exclusive chance. It’s priced $79.99-99.99 with a few perks throw in.

March 13-17

Bridgestone Arena

SEC Tournament

Once again, March Madness descends on Bridgestone Arena. The above link takes you to ticketing information at the arena. Here’s the full schedule on the SEC website.

March 17

GEODIS Park

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

It’s a full day of fun at our soccer stadium with live Irish music, dancers, food a’plenty, and a wee bit of libations. Children under 12 admitted free.

March 18

Franklin Theatre

Variety on Main

A monthly series presented by Mandy Barnett and Monica Ramey. Guests this time around include Carlene Carter, Becky Isaacs, Gretchen Peters and Blue Mother Tupelo.

March 21

Bridgestone Arena

Dan + Shay: Heartbreak on the Map Tour

Ben Rector and Hailey Whitters open for one of country’s hottest duos.

March 29

Bridgestone Arena

Chris Tomlin: Good Friday Nashville

An annual Easter celebration led by Chris Tomlin with guest artists TBA.

March 30

3rd and Lindsley

Guilty Pleasures

Are you a fan of ’80s music? We’re talkin’ Michael Jackson, Madonna, Huey Lewis, Culture Club… If so, I thin you should reserve a spot for the “Guilty Pleasures” show, a glorious rollback to the ’80s.

April 2-6

Multiple venues

Tin Pan South songwriters’ festival

You won’t find another festival like this anywhere. We say Nashville is a songwriter’s town and this annual event proves it. Multiple genres will be represented with 200 performers hitting the stage at 10 venues around town. Your options are so good that the only real challenges are choosing where you want to be, who you want to see, and how you’re going to navigate among locations.

April 2-7

First Horizon Park

Nashville Sounds opening series

It’s baseball season again in Music City. The opening games are against St. Paul Saints. Always a good time–even if you don’t like baseball.

April 4

Bridgestone Arena

Lauren Diagle: The Kaleidoscope Tour

In just a few short years, Lauren has moved from background vocalist to arena headliner. She’s joined by opening act Blessing Offor.

April 6-7

Downtown Nashville

Premiere League Mornings Live

ATTN: Soccer fans. In addition to the live broadcasts, there will be guest appearances, mascot photo ops, exhibits, and activities. Events will take place on Broadway and at Riverfront Park. Press materials say this is free but looks like you need to register. Jump on this!

April 6

Musicians Hall of Fame

Iron Fork 2024

It’s a culinary showdown headlined by three top chefs with impressive track records for innovative (and sometimes starkly simple) creations. Move over, music, as food takes the spotlight.

April 6

Musicians Hall of Fame

Sip of History

President Andrew Jackson, meet Gentleman Jack Daniels. More than 20 distilleries are participating in this tasting extravaganza. Plus wine sampling, food vendors, and live music. Dog-friendly too.

April 9

Ryman Auditorium

Casting Crowns

Celebrating 20 years as a band, Casting Crowns will be joined by a symphony orchestra. Sure to be a memorable evening for CC fans.

April 12-21

Various venues

Nashville Comedy Festival

Laughs abound as comics take the stage all over town. Top names include Jeff Dunham, Tom Segura, Leanne Morgan, Andrew Schulz, Shane Gillis, Lewis Black, Dusty Slay, plus a ton of up-and-comers.

April 13

Public Square Park

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

You might not realize that Nashville has a large and vibrant community of people of Chinese descent. This festival celebrates the pageantry, the dance, the music, the food, and the crafts in a day-long event held in front of the Metro Courthouse downtown.

April 18-19

Bridgestone Arena

Tyler Childers: Mule Pull ’24 Tour 

Boy howdy, has this singer/songwriter blown up! Is he country? Is he Americana? Is he bluegrass? Well, yeah, to all three. Now he’s doing a two-night stand in our largest indoor event center.

April 20

Centennial Park

Earth Day

Slap on your Birkenstocks and head over to Centennial Park for this free festival featuring speakers, live music, all sorts of exhibitors, activities for children, and food trucks.

April 20

Various record stores

Record Store Day

More than a dozen Nashville record stores are participating in this year’s event with guest appearances, new releases, mini-concerts, and special pricing.

April 22

Ryman Auditorium

Walkin’ After Midnight: Patsy Cline Tribute

Check out this stellar line-up of artists celebrating the music of Patsy Cline: Ashley McBryde, Wynonna, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Kristin Chenoweth, Mickey Guyton, Mandy Barnett, Beverly D’Angelo, and more.

April 25

Bridgestone Arena

Tim McGraw with Carly Pearce

Expecting tickets will go fast for Tim’s “Standing Room Only” tour. Don’t dawdle if you want to see one of country’s legacy artists joined by a singer whose career is firecracker-hot.

April 26

Ryman Auditorium

Leftover Salmon/Infamous Stringdusters

Sure to sell out, progressive bluegrass fans are in for a doubleheader treat as these two bands come together for a rollicking night.

April 27

Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Nashville Kats season opener

Arena football roars back into Music City after a 17-year absence.

April 27-28

Downtown Nashville

St. Jude Rock’n’Roll Nashville Marathon

You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy this festive weekend in Nashville. Downtown will be abuzz both before and after the actual races which include a Doggie Dash, 1-mile, 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and marathon. A big concert on Saturday night caps off the celebration, artists TBD.

May 3-5

Centennial Park

Tennessee Craft Fair

People from far and near flock to Centennial Park to roam among the dozens of artisan tents set up to display their wares including jewelry, pottery, carvings, ceramics, paintings, musical instruments, and much more. Usually a fun collection of food trucks too.

May 3-4

Nashville Fairgrounds

The Great Junk Hunt

Didja really travel to Nashville to hunt for flea market finds all collected in one place? Well, here ya go. Unlike typical flea markets, yard sales, and estate sales, they do charge admission–just so you know.

May 5

Ascend Amphitheatre

The Music of Pink Floyd with the Nashville Symphony

Pretty sure this’ll sell out. Springtime. The Symphony. Pink Floyd. Outdoor venue. Sounds like a great evening.

May 8

Ryman Auditorium

Marshall Tucker Band/Jefferson Starship

It’s a curious combination, isn’t it? But I reckon it works if you’re of a certain age or into trailblazing acts from (cough) years ago. Great location to see them.

May 11

Warner Park

Iroquois Steeplechase

Tis the season of fancy hats as Nashville dips back in time for this iconic day of horseracing. Don’t believe me? Check out the crowd photos. If you don’t want to be among the city’s elite, there are areas for tailgating or you can just spread a blanket on the hill above the course.

May 17-18

Centennial Park

Musicians Corner

This Friday/Saturday series of free concerts has become a delightful Nashville tradition. Food trucks, kids’ activities, and an eclectic showcase of Nashville’s musical talent.

May 24-25

Centennial Park

Musicians Corner

This Friday/Saturday series of free concerts has become a delightful Nashville tradition. Food trucks, kids’ activities, and an eclectic showcase of Nashville’s musical talent.

May 30-June 1

Bridgestone Arena

Music City Rodeo

Get ready to hoot and holler as the cowboys come stampeding into the Bridgestone Arena.

May 31-June 1

Centennial Park

Musicians Corner

This free concert series has become a delightful Nashville tradition. Food trucks, kids’ activities, and an eclectic showcase of Nashville’s musical talent.

June 6-8

Centennial Park

Musicians Corner

A special edition of this eclectic free concert series expands from two to three days this weekend with a nod to country music for the benefit of CMA Fest visitors.

June 6-9

Downtown Nashville

CMA Fest

It’s Country music’s biggest come-together with concerts on multiple stages all day and a huge stadium show each night. Some areas are free but you’ll need festival passes for Fan Fair X, the big shows, and some showcases.

June 13

Ryman Auditorium

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman: Del McCoury Band

Kicking off this Thursday summer series is one of the most seasoned troubadours of bluegrass–Del McCoury and his spitfire sidemen.

June 13-16

Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo

Celebrating its 21st year (okay, COVID cancelled one year), Bonnaroo welcomes 150 acts–ranging from mainstage headliners to up-and-comers. Raves, comedy, carnival rides–a little bit of everything. Big names this year include Pretty Lights, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, Jason Isbell, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. FYI, Manchester is about 65 miles southeast of Nashville. Side note: just read about this company offering shuttles from surrounding communities to Bonnaroo.

June 14-15

Centennial Park

Musicians Corner

One of Nashville’s favorite free concert series. In addition to an eclectic musical line, expect kids’ activities and food trucks.

June 20

Ryman Auditorium

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman: Steep Canyon Rangers

The second week of this summer series featuring these guys–but don’t expect Steve Martin to be joining them.

June 27

Ryman Auditorium

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman: Earls of Leicester

Led by dobro wizard Jerry Douglas, this will be an unforgettable evening.

August 9-10

Bridgestone Arena

Chris Stapleton “All American Road Show”

Joined Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and Nikki Lane, Chris Stapleton brings his soulful rockin’ country tour to Bridgestone for a two-night stand. Sure to sell out.

September 13-15

Nissan Stadium

Music City Grand Prix

Attention: Race fans. Previously touted as a course that included a run through the Honky Tonk District, the race has been moved to Wilson County due to anticipated construction of the new Titans stadium. Festivities will be held at the Nashville Superspeedway. Due to limited lodging nearby, I recommend you book your accommodations immediately.

September 17-21

Venues around town

AmericanaFest

If you love blues, folk, quasi-country, or artists who are difficult to pigeonhole, this may be your week in Nashville. Concerts all around town capped with the Americana Awards night.