12. Fourteen Things To Do In Music City This Weekend (April 17-19)


It has arrived. Your weekend, and Nashville has a lineup that will meet anyone’s fancy. Everything from a festival featuring the funniest people in the world to a family fun extravaganza that will certainly put a smile on your face. Music City is the place to be this weekend, and always. You just have to decided what it is you wish to do, and go do it. So, follow along with us as we hit what’s happening this weekend, a Nashville must-try restaurant, upcoming concerts, and what will occur the following week.

Weekend Events

(Events arranged in alphabetical order.)BZ0T9707

Earth Day at Adventure Science Center – April 18
This Saturday the Adventure Science Center will host fun activities like Fossil Clues, Geoengineering, Tennessee Geology, and a whole bunch more in honor of Earth Day.

Earth Day Festival – April 18
There will be a Earth Day Festival taking place at Centennial Park. It’s free and open to the public offering a day filled with live music, exhibits, and activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment.

Family Farm Day – April 18
The Glen Leven Farm is providing families and friends the chance to enjoy tasting stations, music on the back porch, raffles, and more during Family Farm Day.

Free Family Festival Day – April 19 The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is offering a Free Family Festival Day that includes art-making, live music, and exciting performances.

Highballs & Hydrangeas – April 17
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is going to celebrate their annual Highballs & Hydrangeas with live music, cool cocktails, and art.

LEGO KidsFest – April 17-19
Be the best parent ever or channel your inner child during LEGO KidsFest. It will cover more than three acres of space bringing plenty of hands-on, minds-on fun for families and friends. It all takes place at the Music City Center.

The Man from Muscle Shoals: Rick Hall in Conversation with Peter Guralnick – April 18
You can enjoy The Man From Muscle Shoals: Rick Hall in Conversation with Peter Guralnick at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. During the event Rick Hall will talk with Peter Guralnick about his impressive career and how he helped shape the sound of American music by producing legendary musicians Mac Davis, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and more.

Nashville Film Festival – April 16-25
Take a venture to Regal Green Hills Cinema for the 46th annual Nashville Film Festival featuring over 250 films from 55 countries, red carpet events, panels, workshops, Bridgestone Free Film Day (April 20), and more.

Opening Day at First Tennessee Park – April 17 (Opening Day)
The Nashville Sounds will play their first game at their new home, First Tennessee Park, this weekend. It all kicks off with an Opening Day celebration that includes a ribbon cutting from Mayor Karl Dean, and Charles Esten, a.k.a. Deacon Claybourne from ABC’s Nashville, will provide the music for the day.

Record Store Day – April 18
Nashville’s doing Record Store Day big this year (as always). A bunch of record stores are offering something special and it’s all free to the public. Fond Object Records, The Groove, and Grimey’s New & Preloved Music will have live music. Third Man Records is selling an exact copy of the 10″ of Elvis Presley’s first ever recording for the occasion. The Great Escape will open early at 7am to please shopping needs, and Alison’s Record Shop is going to provide deals throughout the day. To see all the details check out our post from the other day that explains the lineups and more.

Rites of Spring – April 18
This year’s Rites of Spring, an annual music festival at Vanderbilt University, features performances by Young the Giant, Chance the Rapper, T-Pain, Portugal the Man, and others.

Shade Tree Trot 5K – April 18
Put your running shoes on and participate in the Shade Tree Trot 5K occurring at Vanderbilt University. Proceeds benefit the Shade Tree Family Clinic, a medical student-run, free clinic in East Nashville.

Wild West Comedy Festival – April 14-19
The second annual Wild West Comedy Festival, featuring some of the funniest comedians in the world, continues in Music City. You still have the opportunity to see Joel McHale at Ryman Auditorium (April 17), Nick Kroll & John Mulaney at Ryman Auditorium (April 18), Kevin Hart at Bridgestone Arena (April 19), and more.

Nashville Restaurant

Edley’s Bar-B-Que
Edley’s Bar-B-Que unites the Nashville tradition of meat & three restaurants with the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi. It’s a great place to experience how Nashville does barbecue. So it’s no wonder why we would feature it as a must try this weekend. Just so you know, they serve smoked pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, ribs, and wings, as well as fried shrimp and catfish sandwiches. And their meats are smoked low and slow that day, so you know it’s fresh. Check it out, and make sure to let us know what you think on Twitter.

Upcoming Concerts

Rites of Spring ft. Young the Giant, Chance the Rapper, and more @ Vanderbilt University – April 16-18
Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives @ The Franklin Theatre – April 16-18
Jim Lauderdale Band @ Station Inn – April 17
City Winery & Nashville Jazz Orchestra present Duffy Jackson @ City Winery Nashville – April 19
Jim Lauderdale Band @ Station Inn – April 17
Eddie Money @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium – April 18

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 St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, Battle of the Burger, Low Country Shrimp Boil, and more! It’s all apart of this wonderful month we call Awesome April.

12. Fourteen Things To Do In Music City This Weekend (April 17-19)

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