1. #NashvilleNow Southern Living’s 50th Anniversary

SLNashvilleNow 2How lucky are we? Southern Living is turning the big 50 and bringing the party to Music City. They’re calling it #NashvilleNow and it is an event curated by Southern Living editors to provide you with an inside look at the real Nashville. It quite literally has everything you could think of including garden tours, food tastings, music, and all set at some of Music City’s finest places. We can’t wait! Just take a moment and look below for the amazing things you can experience from September 2-5 in Music City.

You can find even more information at: visitmusiccity.com/NashvilleNow.

Friday, September 2

Private Homes & Gardens Tour – 12-3pmcheekwood300x197.jpg
Tour some of Nashville’s most beautiful private homes and gardens with Southern Living Home Editor Zoe Grown, and meet some of the Nashville designers featured on the pages of the magazine. Click for tickets.

Walk Eat Nashville – 12-3pm
Walk Eat Nashville food tours offer a taste of the people, places and dishes making Nashville the new culinary capital of the South. Click for tickets.

Jack Daniel’s Tasting at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage – 3-4:30pm
Join Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans in celebration Jack Daniel’s 150th anniversary at the historic setting of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President. Click for tickets.

Dinner at Cheekwood – 7-10pm
Join Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans in celebration Jack Daniel’s 150th anniversary at the historic setting of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President. Click for tickets.

Saturday, September 3

Local Coffee House Tour – All DayFidoCoffee.jpg
Nashville’s coffee houses, including Music City favorites like Fido, Bongo Java, and Bongo Java East, will be serving up something special for Southern Living badge holders. Click for tickets.

Baubles & Bubbles – All Day
Spend time in one of Nashville’s most stylish neighborhoods, 12South. Fashionable shops, beautifully-restored homes, charming coffee shops, and a wide array of dining options are all within walking distance. Click for tickets.

Belle Meade Plantation Food & Wine Experience – 10am-2pm
A one-of-a-kind experience awaits at Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation. Join Home Editor Zoe Gowen on a tour of the mansion built in 1853. The group will enjoy music and mint juleps on the shaded back porch and hear about how the drink became a Southern standard. Click for tickets.

Hot Chicken & Craft Beer Tasting – 12-2pmHotChickenCraftBeer.jpg
Are you ready for a taste that’s uniquely Nashville? Curious about the history of hot chicken and Nashville’s craft brew scene? Then this event is for you! We have paired notable Nashville hot chicken restaurants with some of the top local craft breweries for a culinary experience you can only find in Music City. Click for tickets.

Sweets & Spirits Tour – 2:30-5pm
Enjoy a curated tour of local sweet shops and craft distilleries with Southern Living’s dessert expert, Pam Lolley. We’ll visit the Goo Goo Shop, home to the famous Goo Goo Cluster, the world’s first combination candy bar – and creator of the Hummingbird Goo Goo in honor of Southern Living’s 50th Anniversary. Click for tickets.

Songwriters in the Round at the Bluebird Cafe – 2:30-4:30pm
A quintessential Nashville experience in a legendary venue. The storied Bluebird Cafe has been the place for songwriters to perform for the past 35 years. Join Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans and Travel Editor Valerie Luesse in enjoying the stories behind the songs, told by two of Nashville’s most notable songwriters, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall. Click for tickets.

5th Avenue of the Arts First Saturday Art Crawl VIP Experience – 4-6pm
For 10 years the galleries on 5th Avenue of the Arts have celebrated Nashville’s visual art scene with the First Saturday Art Crawl. The monthly event draws thousands to downtown and you, as a guest, will have a sneak peek VIP experience. Click for tickets.

Dinners at Martin’s BBQ -7-10pm
Spend the evening enjoying the tastes of Nashville’s most beloved pit master, Pat Martin, as he prepares dinner on his open fire pits. Among other accolades, Martin is one of the few barbecue aficionados who has been invited to cook at the esteemed James Beard House in New York. Joining in the evening fun will be country music star Kix Brooks who will be on hand to sign his new book “Cookin’ It With Kix: The Art of Celebrating and Fun of Outdoor Cooking.” Guests will also be treated to live music by a Nashville artist. Click for tickets.

Sunday, September 4

Chef & Editor Drop-In Brunch – 10am-2pmPinewoodSocialPotRoastHash-9198.jpg
Spend time mingling with Southern Living editors at one of their favorite Nashville spots, Pinewood Social (also named to Southern Living’s 100 Best Restaurants in the South). Click for tickets.

Fisk Jubilee Singers – 11am-1pm
Did you know that the Fisk Jubilee Singers were Nashville’s first musical touring act? Created out of necessity to fund Fisk University after the Civil War, the singers toured the world in the 1800s, even performing their Negro Spirituals for Queen Victoria while touring Europe. Start the morning with pastries and coffee in the historic Jubilee Hall where you’ll learn about the Historic Black College and some of its notable alumni, including W.E.B. DuBois and Congressman John Lewis, among many others. Then head over to the Fisk Memorial Chapel for an inspiring performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers as well as a Q&A with Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans and Musical Director Dr. Paul Kwami. Click for tickets.

Honky Tonk Crawl – 2-7pm
It’s not a trip to Nashville without a stop to experience the legendary honky tonks on Lower Broadway, known for pumping out live music from 10 in the morning to 2 in the morning every day. Click for tickets.

Music on the Mountain
Enjoy award-winning Nashville songwriters Rivers Rutherford, Brett James, and Tim Nichols under the stars at Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory. Surrounded by scenic Radnor Lake State Park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dyer’s telescopes have pointed toward the sky since 1953. Local food trucks will provide a taste of Nashville and the telescope will be available for viewing. Click for tickets.

Monday, September 5

Monday Blues Breakfast – 10am-12pm
Wrap up the 50th Anniversary celebration with Southern Living Editors at ACME Feed & Seed. Enjoy buffet brunch and bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas, and champagne. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Music City send-off without live music! Nashville’s own Mikky Ekko is best known for writing and performing his song “Stay” with Rihanna, but his recent debut album for RCA Records has given him the chance to shine. Click for tickets.

1. #NashvilleNow Southern Living’s 50th Anniversary

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