Sweet, glorious, wonderful, three-day, majestic weekend. We’re so ready for you. See below for a full list of weekend happenings, a Nashville Restaurant, and upcoming concerts. Don’t forget to check out what will occur the following week, too!
75TH RUNNING OF THE IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE
Percy Warner Park will play host to the 75th Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase on May 14. It’s the premier spring race meet in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring. Each year, they offer new and exciting ways to view the race. From tailgate spots to skybox suites, you can find all the options here: visitmusiccity.com/steeplechase.
Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Andy Davis, Caroline Glaser, Halfbrass, and more will play the Spring 2016 Season Kick Off Celebration of Musicians Corner, on May 14, at Centennial Park. This free music event will continue every Saturday from now through June. Also, new this year will be Acoustic Friday Nights occurring May 13, 20, June 17, and 24. musicianscornernashville.com
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW AT CMHOF
Old Crow Medicine Show will perform Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater May 13. Find tickets and more information.
HISTORIC RURAL LIFE FESTIVAL
Children of all ages will love to discover what life was like before electricity through hands-on activities during the Historic Rural Life Festival at Tennessee Agricultural Museum May 12-13. tnagmuseum.org
Nashville’s local homebrew making community will be on display for all to try during Exploring Homebrew. The event goes to benefit Explore! Community School, and takes place at Pavilion EAST on May 13. exploringhomebrew.com
NASHVILLE SCENE MARGARITA FESTIVAL
Restaurants around town will display their best version of the margarita during the annual Nashville Scene Margarita Festival, happening May 13, at Pine & 11th Parking Lot. This year will feature Americano, Bajo Sexto, Little Donkey, and so many more. Find more information and tickets.
GOODGUYS 11TH NASHVILLE NATIONALS
Goodguys 11th Nashville Nationals returns to Music City May 13-15. Over 2,500 of the finest 1972 and older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks, and classics in the country will be on display during this car festival happening at Nissan Stadium. visitmusiccity.com/goodguys
FRANKLIN HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
The annual Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival featuring craft vendors, live music, food trucks, and a spectacular hot air balloon glow at dusk will take place, May 14, at Westhaven. franklinballoonfestival.com
CARRIE’S CRAWFISH BOIL
The Battle of Franklin Trust’s inaugural Carrie’s Crawfish Boil will be at the Carnton Plantation on May 15. The event will have yard games, live music from Boy Named Banjo, a vintage baseball game, and more. Find more information and tickets.
ZANIES COMEDY NIGHT CLUB
Nephew Tommy will perform Zanies Comedy Night Club May 12-15. zaniesnashville.laughstub.com
NASHVILLE REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS INGRAM NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Ingram New Works Festival is taking place May 4-14. This year’s works include: We See What Happen by Jonathan Alexandratos, Thrill Day by Helen Banner, This Is About You by Edith Freni, and more. nashvillerep.org
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
One of the most romantic stories ever written, The Bridges of Madison County, can be seen live at TPAC May 10-15. tpac.org
NASHVILLE BALLET PRESENTS DEGAS + THE LITTLE DANCER
Families will love to see the Nashville Ballet’s production of Degas + The Little Dancer. The show will last from now until May 22nd at The Martin Center. nashvilleballet.com
KEITH URBAN SO FAR…
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit Keith Urban So Far … will close on May 15. This will be the last time for them to explore the life of the music superstar and his path to Nashville. countrymusichalloffame.org
A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD
The Nashville Children’s Theatre’s production of A Year With Frog & Toad will end May 15. Meaning this will be the last weekend for you to see the show! nashvillechildrenstheatre.org
Street Food Month
May, in Nashville, is Street Food Month. Our wonderful food trucks celebrate the occasion through special events like Street Food Thursdays when 18 food trucks gather each Thursday at Fourth Avenue and Deaderick from 11am-2pm. This weekend will be a great time to get out and experience some excellent food from a truck, too. Spread the word about this special month, and if you need information about our food trucks go to: visitmusiccity.com/foodtrucks.
Alabama @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – May 12-14
Bottle Rockets @ 12th & Porter – May 13
Jordan DePaul, David Borne, & Brittany Kennell @ The Basement – May 13
Vinyl Radio with The Rocketmen @ 3rd and Lindsley – May 13
Stacked Little Pancakes @ 12th & Porter – May 14
BASECAMP w/ SPZRKT & Bobby Raps @ The Basement East – May 13
Ghostfinger @ Exit/In – May 13
Seratones, Tennessee Muscle Candy @ The Basement – May 13
Nick Hickman EP Release Show @ The Basement East – May 14
Highway to Dublin: Celebrate The Music of AC/DC and Thin @ The Basement East – May 14
Rubik’s Groove @ 3rd and Lindsley – May 14
Joseph plus Liza Anne @ The Basement – May 14
Savages @ Exit/In – May 14
Paul Simon @ Ryman Auditorium – May 14-15
Baroness with Youth Code @ 3rd and Lindsley – May 15
Stephanie Falcone, Lockwood Barr, Jeff Holbrok @ The Basement – May 15
There’s your list for this weekend and see below for a couple events in the coming weeks.
Wild West Comedy Festival @ Throughout Nashville – May 16-22
116th Spring Outing @ Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President – May 18
Yoga on the Field @ Nissan Stadium – May 19
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – May 20
3rd Annual Science Spectacular @ Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – May 21
Capitol District Street Fair @ Morgan Park – May 21
Richland Park MarketFest @ Sylvan Park – May 21
Tour De Nash @ Morgan Park – May 21
Tennessee Titans 5K Walk/Run @ Nissan Stadium – May 21
And so much more.
Until next time!