22. TACA Tennessee Craft Fair

You have three days to experience all the fun of Tennessee Craft Fair, happening May 1-3, at Centennial Park. Don’t worry, that’s not a threat. We’re just informing you you only have THREE days to experience all the fun! I know, it’ll be hard, but we think you can do it.

This year, hundreds of Tennessee Craft artists will showcase their handmade treasures on the lawn of Centennial Park for thousands of guests looking for that one-of-a-kind piece. Handmade craft art of so many mediums are offered for sale, perusal, and appreciation. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your home, or a gift, Tennessee craft artists offer something special and unique.

Plus there’s a Kids’ Tent! Inside this fun zone the Nashville Ballet will perform a ballet story time and teach dance, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will lead a quilt-making experience, Oz Brave New Art will help create recycled kites, and the Nashville Public Library will perform a puppet show and build books structures of wallpaper samples and posters. TNCraftparthenon-and-tents

For more information just follow: visitmusiccity.com/tncraft.

22. TACA Tennessee Craft Fair

21. Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival

Love Nashville’s cocktail culture? Well then listen up! This week, from April 29 through May 3rd, the art of the drink will be celebrated during Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival (MCSCF). Each day will offer something new to experience (see below). Whiskeys, brandys, vodkas, and more will all be consumed, and enjoyed during this amazing festival in Nashville. So, buckle in as we hit each night and showcases what it is YOU can enjoy.

Full Schedule of Events (click the title links to purchase tickets):

MCSCF Opening Party presented by Jack Daniels @ ACME Feed & Seed – April 29
Celebrate the opening of this fantastic festival in Nashville with a party at ACME Feed & Seed featuring Jack Daniel craft cocktails and spirit tastings.

Bourbon & Bluegrass by Woodford Reserve & Old Forester @ Two Rivers Mansion – April 30
Two Rivers Mansion will play host to night two of MCSCF. You will have complete access to view the house and estate while sampling Woodford Reserve and Old Forester bourbons. In addition, some of the best bartenders in the world will use those bourbons to create unique cocktails of their own for you to enjoy. And live bluegrass music will provide the tunes.

Brandy: Americas Forgotten Spirit @ Pavilion East – May 1
Check out Brandy: Americas Forgotten Spirit at Pavilion East on Day 3. Copper & Kings and Nashville’s best bartender will educate you on the uses and the versatility of brandy.

Coffee & Cocktails with Matchless Coffee Soda @ Steadfast Coffee – May 2
Freshen up your morning and learn the art of coffee in cocktails from the producers of Matchless Coffee Soda. First, you will learn about coffee. The roast, the grind, location, and more. Then, craft cocktail bartenders will provide the crowd with their renditions of coffee inspired cocktails.

The Pioneers Experience with Toby Maloney @ DevDigital – May 2
Toby Maloney, craft cocktail expert, will reveal his story and experiences to all who love the art of the cocktail.

Speakeasy Spirits Party with Pickers Vodka & Pennington’s Whiskey @ The Sutler – May 2
From 6-9pm, Nashville’s Speakeasy Spirits will provide craft cocktails at the Sutler Saloon. Two drink tickets are presented to each patron to enjoy Pickers Vodka and Pennington’s Whiskey.

Bols Afterparty with Bols Genever @ The Holland House – May 2
Bols, a liquor company, will hand over the reins to Holland House as they use their product to make tasty beverages for the group. It will all take place in the private James Room, located in the back of The Holland House in East Nashville.

Italian Wine Dinner Hosted by 100% Italiano @ POP – May 3
Guests to this luxury event will be guided through a 4 course dinner with wine pairings by boutique wine distributor 100% Italiano.

MCSCF Wrap Up Party with George Dickel @ William Colliers – May
And to end a week of fantastic moments head to William Colliers for the wrap up party. George Dickel will provide the drinks and Chauhan Ale & Masala House will offer some bites to eat.

If you need more information just check out: musiccityspiritsandcocktail.com.

21. Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival

20. Nash Spring Bash

Today, head on over to Centennial Park for Nash Spring Bash, an awesome festival featuring some of Nashville’s best vendors. There will be a ton of local fashion merchants (see below for list) displaying their goods and offering you the chance to find a style that is truly Nashville. Not only that, but Nashville Food Trucks like The Grilled Cheeserie, Itty Bitty Donuts, Bacon Nation, and more will offer the food for the day. AND, of course, there will be live music performed by The Pressure Kids, Carly moffa, Joel Levi, Lyndsey Crawford, and Forest Fire Gospel Choir. It’s a Nashville event filled with Nashville things that equals the perfect Nashville day. Join the fun.

List of Vendors:

11059486_821606004555547_2884524506118231983_nMiriam Designs
Blush Boutiques
t-615
Hey Wanderer
Fashionable
Margaret Grace Design
The Well
Top knot vintage
Exile International
m.florita jewelery
L.O.C.A.L
Sweet Sleep
One Man
and more!

Just in case you missed it – this event was part of our 15 Things To Do in Music City This Weekend (April 24-26) post.

20. Nash Spring Bash

19. Fifteen Things To Do in Music City This Weekend (April 24-26)

It’s here, it’s here! The weekend has arrived. And Nashville’s lineup is strong for the next couple of days. Just take a look below at what’s happening this weekend, a Nashville must-try restaurants, upcoming concerts, and what will occur the following week.

Weekend Events

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(Events arranged in alphabetical order.)

Catan Con 2015 – April 24-26
Families and children of all ages will love to venture to Gaylord Opryland for Catan Con. During this convention you can enjoy your favorite Mayfair games on the Mammoth Carpet, play Catan games, compete in tournaments, and more.

Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday – April 26
This year, The Bard (William Shakespeare) is turning 450 year’s old and The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is celebrating with the Biggest Balcony Scene Ever. Everyone who attends can play Romeo or Juliet in a mass recitation of the famous balcony scene. Plus there will be live music, karaoke, and costume contests taking place at Nashville’s Public Library. It’s perfect for inspiring thespians and FREE to all.

Improv Comedy with LOL Nashville – April 25
Enjoy a night of laughs at the City Winery Nashville during Improv Comedy with LOL Nashville. And yes. It takes place on April 25th. And yes. Doors open at 8pm. And yes … They will do a better job at improve then us.

Jackalope’s Four Years of Beer – April 25
Man how time flies. Nashville’s Jackalope Brewing Company will celebrate four years this weekend. Join them in celebration, at their taproom, as they party with great beer, food trucks, and live music.

Lightning 100’s Marathon Village Block Party – April 25
Check out this lineup: All Them Witches, The Black Cadillacs, Sol Cat, American Hotel, and Smooth Hound Smith. That lineup will perform at the Ligntning 100’s Marathon Village Block Party. And if by chance you’ve never heard of any of those bands just know Nashville’s independent radio station, Lightning 100, knows their stuff and would not do you wrong when it comes to live music.

Low Country Shrimp Boil – April 26
The annual Low Country Shrimp Boil will offer all the beer and shrimp you can eat while supplies last. You can find a lot more information by reading our post from the other day.

Spring Fest – April 26
Green Door Gourmet will host Spring Fest that’s free to the public. Executive Chef Jay Flatley, of Nashville’s Tavern, and Executive Chef, of Green Door Gourmet, will cook a New Orleans inspired brunch experience. Children can hangout in the kids area with games, face paint, balloon art, and Mr. Steve the Music Man. In addition, there will be flower workshops, square dancing in the grand barn, and more.

Nashville Film Festival – April 16-25
TOMORROW, April 25, will be the last day for this year’s Nashville Film Festival. Make it count and see a show!

Nashville Flea Market: Spring Extravaganza – April 24-26
Head on over to the The Fairgrounds Nashville for the Nashville Flea Market: Spring Extravaganza. Between 800 to 1200 dealers and vendors from 30 states will bring their supplies for you to see, purchase, and marvel in.

Nash Spring Bash – April 26
Centennial Park will host Nash Spring Bash, presented by Project 615, which will feature food trucks, local vendors, and some groovy tunes for the day. All the proceeds aid in the fight against human trafficking. Some of the vendors include: Miriam Designs, Blush Boutiques, t-615, Hey Wanderer, Fashionable, Margaret Grace Design, the Well, and more.

Otaku South presents Ramen Festival – April 25
Ramen lovers must check out this year’s Otaku South presents XL3 Ramen Festival. Ramen chefs from around the country will provide the cuisine. Like any good festival there will be craft beer. And all the proceeds go to support PABLOVE FOUNDATION. OH! Just so you know, the festival is free. You just have to pay for the food and drinks.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Nashville Symphony – April 24-26
The greatest love triangle story ever told will be displayed this weekend, at TPAC, during A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Nashville Symphony. Bring a date and make it a classic night in Music City.

St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon – April 25
Grab the shoes and go for a run during Nashville’s St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. Over 30,000 runners and walkers will descend upon the streets of Nashville. 28 stages will line the path offering great music throughout the day. Plus there will be a post-race concert, that night, featuring headlining act Martina McBride. Don’t forget to let the kiddos run, too! KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee happens April 26. It’s a non-timed, non-competitive event for children in gra

des K-7, so they can get involved with the marathon excitement and run with kids their own size.

Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike – April 9-25
Saturday, April 25, will be the last day of Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike. The most recent production from Nashville’s Repertory Theatre. It’s a laugh out laugh production that is sure to offer its money’s worth.

Zoovie Nights – April 24
Snag a blanket and watch a film under the stars at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere during Zoovie Nights. April 24 will be the first movie of this season and they will showcase Epic. The other films for the season include Toy Story (May 15), Ice Age (June 12), and How to Train Your Dragon (September 4).

Nashville Restaurant

San Antonio Taco Co.
One of Nashville’s best Tex-Mex spots is none other than San Antonio Taco Co. in Midtown. Or as we, the locals, call it: SATCO. It’s perfect for a nice sunny day in Nashville as the patio is shaded by trees so you can feel the warmth, but not get burned by the rays. One of the best parts is how you order the food. You are provided with a check list that has everything from tacos to enchiladas. You make the checks, you tell them what you want, and BAM, out it comes like magic. Check it out, or enjoy it again, and make sure to let us know what you think on Twitter.

Upcoming Concerts

Ten Out of Tenn @ Ryman Auditorium – April 24
Tyrone Wells @ City Winery Nashville – April 24
Lightning 100’s Marathon Block Party ft. All Them Witches, The Black Cadillacs, Sol Cat, and more @ Marathon Music Works – April 25
Post-Race Concert ft. Martina McBride @ Bridgestone Arena – April 25

Next Week

Hope the above information provided you enough to make stellar plans this weekend in Nashville. Just make sure to pay attention next week as we talk about Beer & Hymns, Sevier Park Festival, First Saturday Art Crawl, and more!

19. Fifteen Things To Do in Music City This Weekend (April 24-26)

18. Low Country Shrimp Boil

All the beer and shrimp you can eat while supplies last. Sounds nice, right? That’s the tag line for the Low Country Shrimp Boil occurring at Historic Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum this Sunday, April 26. It’s an annual event that brings people together to enjoy a nice shrimp boil, beer, and live music. Hopefully, you can acceptfinalboil the challenge of making sure there is nothing left over, right? Meaning you will need to eat all the shrimp. We dare you.

The food is provided by Jim N’ Nick’s, a great barbecue place, the beer is from Nashville’s own Jackalope Brewing Company, and Les Kerr & the Bayou Band will provide the musical backdrop for the day. See you out there!

For more information see: travellersrestplantation.org.

18. Low Country Shrimp Boil

17. Battle of the Burger

Get ready for the battle of the century with the best possible combatants. The weapons are burgers. Yep – burgers. And the soldiers are none other than Nashville’s best burger joints. Throw it all together and you have the Battle of the Burger, a live burger competition, in Music City. Yes – TOMORROW, April 23, at Pine Street in the Gulch you can watch Nashville restaurants like 1808 Grille, Barlines, Burger Republic, FLIP Burger, M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, and more go head to head in a competition that’s so good, you will want to eat it.

Tickets are just $20 and include the tasting of all burgers (see full list of contestants below), meeting some of Nashville’s top chefs, and you have the chance to vote for best burger. Be there or be square!

Contestants include:
1808 Grille
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Burger Republic
FLIP Burger
Hard Rock Cafe
Hoss’ Loaded Burgers
Kitchen Notes
Mason’s Nashville
M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers
The Palm
Paradise Park
The Pub
Riffs Fine Street Food
The Slider House
Tavern

Just one more event in April that makes it Awesome April in Music City.

17. Battle of the Burger

16. St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

MarathonRunnerHat192x272It’s that time of year! You know, when over 30,000 runners descend upon our great city for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. Not only that, but the streets of Music City will be lined with 28 stages as live bands perform the soundtrack of the day. The routes take participants from Lower Broadway to LP Field, through Nashville neighborhoods like 12South, Belmont, and Downtown, passing by landmarks such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, TN State Capitol, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Bicentennial Mall, and more. It’s A LOT of fun and all goes down on April 25.

Also, there’s more than just the race to take part in. There will be the FREE Health & Fitness Expo, April 23 & 24, that is open to the public, the post-race concert, April 25, featuring headliner act Martina McBride, and the KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle TN on April 26. So, grab those running shoes and get ready for a full week in Nashville. See you out there!

The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is one of the many events that occur in April that makes it Awesome April in Music City.

16. St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon