350. Nineteen Things To Do This Week in Nashville (April 26-May 3)

Nashville will be home to thousands of runners this weekend for the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. Plus, there are plenty of other fun activities to take part in. See below for the upcoming events, a Nashville restaurant, and upcoming concerts. Don’t forget to look at what will occur the following week in Music City


Nashville will induct Amy Grant and Martha R. Ingram into Music City Walk of Fame on April 27. The ceremony is free to the public and will start at 1pm at Music City Walk of Fame Park. visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame

The 48th annual Nashville Film Festival continues until April 29th. The event features over 250 films from 42 countries and takes place at Hollywood 27. visitmusiccity.com/nashvillefilmfestival

You may experience the chefs of MStreet restaurants during MStreet Chef Week, April 24-30. Each night features a different dinner from an MStreet chef and visual art experience that pairs with the meal. Find tickets and more information.

The Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival will take place throughout Nashville April 27-30. You can enjoy events like Bourbon & Bluegrass, Polynesian Pop: A Tiki Extravaganza, and many more to teach them about the art of mixology. musiccityspiritsandcocktail.com

The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will take place through the streets of Music City April 29. In addition, there will be the FREE Health & Fitness Expo April 27 and 28 that is open to the public, the post-race concert, April 29, featuring headliner act The Band Perry, and the KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee on April 30. Also, new this year is the 1 Mile run on April 27. Discover more at: visitmusiccity.com/marathon.

Adventure Science Center’s next Way Late Play Date will be April 27 and the theme is Marvel vs. DC. Find out more. They will also have a Superhero Science Day, on April 29, that includes special superhero activities. adventuresci.org

Comedian Tom Papa will perform City Winery Nashville on April 28. citywinery.com

Lightning 100’s annual Spring Block Party will take place at Marathon Music Works on April 29. The lineup this year features The Delta Saints, Okey Dokey, The Lister Bros, and more. marathonmusicworks.com

You will be able to bring their four-legged friends to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President on April 29. thehermitage.com

Nashville’s Herb Society will host a plant sale, on April 29, at The Fairgrounds Nashville. thefairgrounds.com

On April 29, Ales & Tails will take place at Tin Roof Demonbreun featuring unlimited crawfish, bottomless beer, and more. alesandtailsnashville.com

The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere will host their annual Autism Awareness Day on April 30. The day will feature special animal shows, sensory tours, and more. Find more information. In addition, children may meet Spider-Man during their next Meet Me at the Zoo on April 29. Read more from the press release.

You can travel to Centennial Park for Project 615’s Nash Spring Bash featuring 50 local business vendors, live music, and food trucks on April 30. The event is free and open to the public. nashspringbash.com

Fontanel Mansion will be the place for Wicked Wine Run on April 29. The event features a 5K with wine at the end and a 1K with 4 wine tasting stops along the route. wickedwinerun.com

TPAC is hosting the adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time April 25-30. tpac.org

Fisk University is presenting a special screening of Tell Them We Are Rising at Belcourt Theatre on April 27. belcourt.org

OZ Arts Nashville is hosting The Intergalactic Nemesis, a live comic book experience, April 28-29. ozartsnashville.org

The Nashville Ballet’s next production will be Seven Deadly Sins featuring Ten out of Tenn. The show will occur at TPAC May 5-7. nashvilleballet.com

The Fine Arts Gallery at Vanderbilt’s current exhibit is The Dada Effect: An Anti-Aesthetic and Its Influence which will remain open until May 27th. as.vanderbilt.edu


The Best of India Cuisine, like its name states, offers some of the best dishes from India. One of our favorite items on their menu would be the Aloo Gabhi which is cauliflowers and potatoes with herbs and spices. Also, the Mango Lassi, a classic Indian drink prepared with yogurt, pairs well with any spicy entrée. Address is 5815 D Charlotte Pike.


Jake Owen @ Ascend Amphitheater – April 27
Def Leppard @ Bridgestone Arena – April 27
Maybird w/ BRUNS @ The Basement – April 27
Mozart & Rachmaninoff @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – April 27-29
Snoop Dogg @ Ascend Amphitheater – April 28
Susto @ The High Watt – April 28
Nightingail and Katie Pruitt @ The Basement – April 28
Dawes @ Ryman Auditorium – April 28-29
St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Post-Race Concert ft. The Band Perry @ Ascend Amphitheater – April 29
Paul McDonald @ Mercy Lounge – April 29
Cage the Elephant @ Ryman Auditorium – April 30
Joey Knelser, JKutchman, and Todd Farrell @ The Basement – May 1
Nao @ Mercy Lounge – May 2


See below for a couple events in the coming weeks.
The Big Payback @ Throughout Nashville – May 3
Lightning 100’s May the 4th Be With You ft. My S-Called Band @ Throughout Nashville – May 5
Sevier Park Fest ft. The Lone Bellow @ Sevier Park – May 5-6
Tennessee Craft Fair @ Centennial Park – May 5-7
Downtown Derby Bed Race @ Downtown Nashville – May 6

350. Nineteen Things To Do This Week in Nashville (April 26-May 3)

349. Project 615’s Nash Spring Bash

Centennial Park will play host to Nash Spring Bash presented by Project 615. There will be food, music, and some great shopping from local vendors. Just to name a few, Aviate Press, Baya Designs, Black Sheep Goods, Eat Well Nashville, Project 615, Rusty Rats, and The Trunk Nashville will display their goods to the masses at this wonderful spring festival in Music City. Proceeds for the event go to local non-profit Corner to Corner. It’s free to attend and takes place on April 30.

See more at: nashspringbash.com.


349. Project 615’s Nash Spring Bash

348. Lightning 100’s Marathon Village Block Party

One of Nashville’s coolest radio stations, Lightning 100, hosts an annual Spring Block Party at Marathon Music Works each year. They always do a fantastic job with the lineup and this year is no exception as The Delta Saints, Okey Dokey, Waker, and more are set to perform. You can trust Nashville’s independent radio station in case you don’t know any of the bands aforementioned. Their taste is fantastic and the reason our radio dial is often turned to 100.1. Join the spring fun.

Get tickets to this year’s block party happening April 29 at: marathonmusicworks.com.


348. Lightning 100’s Marathon Village Block Party

347. Sunday Funday Time

Today, head to Lipscomb University to celebrate the 453rd birthday of the Bard, William Shakespeare. Birthday cupcakes, live music, Shakespeare karaoke, AND the Eight Annual Biggest Balcony Scene Ever will all take place during this celebration put on by Nashville Shakespeare Festival. After the festivities, guests are welcome to watch the Nashville Shakespeare Festival perform Richard II. All of which should provide a unique, excellent addition to your Sunday Funday. Find out more.

In case you didn’t know, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival aims to educate and entertain the Mid-South community through professional Shakespearean experiences. One of you favorite times of year is when they host Shakespeare in the Park which takes place at Centennial Park and is always free to attend. This year’s Shakespeare in the Park will take place August 10-September 17 and feature both The Winter’s Tale and Antony & Cleopatra. Get the details.

347. Sunday Funday Time

346. Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Like always, Centennial Park is hosting Music City’s annual Earth Day festival. All day there will be fun activities to take part AND educate people on the importance of protecting our environment. To be exact, over 100 booths will be set out and hosted by various community groups, environmental organizations, and government agencies. Plus, what’s a Nashville festival without music? Not one is the correct answer, so rest assured a stage will be up and hosting live music throughout the day. OH! It’s free, too. So come!

Find more information at: nashvilleearthday.org.


346. Happy Earth Day

345. Nashville Rockstars – Amy Grant & Martha R. Ingram

We have two special Nashville Rockstars for you this month and they are Amy Grant & Martha R. Ingram. We wanted to make sure to highlight these wonderful people because they are about to be inducted into Music City Walk of Fame. Get to know them with the brief bios below and plan to be there when they are honored in Nashville, on April 27, at 1pm at Music City Walk of Fame Park.

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Amy Grant has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Ever since she burst on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native gained a reputation for creating potent songs that examined life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. She became the first artist in Christian music to have a Platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her musical gifts transcending genre boundaries to make her a household name. She’s earned six GRAMMY Awards and numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, as well as three multi-Platinum albums, six Platinum albums and four Gold albums. She’s achieved 10 Top 40 pop singles and placed 17 hits on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart, as well as scoring numerous hits on the contemporary Christian charts. A longtime and active Nashville resident, Grant is as well known for her philanthropy as her music. She and husband, Vince Gill, are tireless in their efforts to aid worthy causes.

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Martha Rivers Ingram is the Chairman Emerita of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., one of America’s largest privately held companies. Mrs. Ingram is a member of the Ingram Industries board and served as its Chairman from 1995 to 2008. In addition to her roles in business, she has been widely recognized as a leader in educational and civic organizations and the arts. She was chairman of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in Nashville from 1997 to 2011. She is now an emerita member of the board. She is a past chairman of the Nashville Symphony Association board of directors and was vice chairman of the campaign to develop Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the orchestra’s spectacular home in downtown Nashville. She continues to serve on the Nashville Symphony board. She also serves on the boards of the Nashville Opera Association and the Nashville Repertory Theatre, an organization that she co-founded as the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in 1985. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Nashville Ballet and a former member of the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She received a special award from the Kennedy Center in 2005 for lifetime accomplishments. She was the guiding force in the creation of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where she continues to serve as a board member, and she chaired the 1996 Tennessee Bicentennial Commission.

345. Nashville Rockstars – Amy Grant & Martha R. Ingram

344. Nashville Film Festival @ Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX – April 20-29

The Nashville Film Festival is one of the longest-rfilmfest12women300x200 2.jpgunning film festivals in the country, celebrating its 48th year in 2017. Festival-goers enjoy a plethora of works from documentaries and narrative features to animated and experimental shorts. Panels and workshops are also offered for those looking to enrich their knowledge beyond the screen.

This year, guests come to view more than 300 films, 18 World Premieres, and more TN-made films than ever before.

What to See
Features and Shorts, Narratives and Documentaries, Special Presentations, and more can be seen during the Nashville Film Festival. 

Music Films
Since we are in Music City, it’s only fitting the Nashville Film Festival has a Music Films/Music City Competition. These films celebrate music, musicians, and the impact music has on our lives.

List of films: Arctic Superstar, Bill Frisell: A Portrait, Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape, Davi’s Way, G Funk, The Last Songwriter, Score: A Film Music Documentary, Straight Into a Storm, and Tokyo Idols.
More information on the films.

Competition Feature Films
48 additional feature films will be shown in the Narrative, Documentary, New Directors and Graveyard Shift competitions. The selections include familiar faces such as Tom Hanks, Aisha Tyler, Bruce Dern, Jonathan Pryce, Maggie Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Katee Sackhoff, Jeremy Sisto and Heather Matarazzo.
The films represent 27 nations and every inhabited continent and were selected from over 1,240 feature submissions. A jury of industry professionals will select the winning films that will take home up to $20,000 in cash and prizes.

A complete list of the films.

Creator’s Conference – April 26-29
This year, during the Nashville Film Festival, will be the Creator’s Conference happening April 26-29. This conference, presented by NashFilm, includes robust tracks for filmmakers, screenwriters, musicians, and all kinds of creators. Come hear about the latest industry trends, paths that have led to success, ways to hone your craft, and meet others in the community! People like Jake Basden of Big Machine Label Group, Daisy Hamilton of TriCoast Worldwide and Dawn Soler of ABC Studios will all be there to share tips and tricks of the trade. This is the perfect opportunity for those with the dream to have their name next to “written by” when the credits roll. Check out more.

Fun Facts
The Nashville Film Festival is one of only 17 festivals worldwide where the winners of the Short Documentary, Short Narrative, and Short Animation competitions automatically qualify for Academy Award consideration.

The Nashville Film Festival, named one of the top five in the U.S. by Brooks Institute, has become one of the premier showcases for the best new work of American and international filmmakers.

In addition to the many films about music and the Music Films in Music City awards, NaFF presents showcases, workshops, and other events where Nashville songwriters and artists come together with film professionals from Hollywood and around the world to promote collaboration.

For more information about the festival head to nashvillefilmfestival.org.

344. Nashville Film Festival @ Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX – April 20-29