So many pretty cars. Shiny and colorful. The Goodguys Nashville Nationals returns to LP Field this weekend, May 17-19. More than 2,000 pre-1972 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks will take over the lots at LP Field to display their prettiness. You could spend all weekend looking at these beauties. But there are also Vendor and Sponsor Exhibits where you can shop the latest collector car products. The Ahwooga.com Swap Meet offers parts and automotive memorabilia. If you’re in the market, you can pick up your own classic car at the AutoTrader Classics Cars 4 Sale Corral – or sell your own if you’re looking to empty the garage. You can even compete in the Goodguys AutoCross, if you know how to drive a car – like, really drive a car. Got a late model American car or truck that you want to show off? All American Sunday celebrates those vehicles. It’s fun. Lots of cars. Lots of chrome. Lots of engine noise – the good kind.
It’s the sporting and social event of the season. It’s the horse race that has run every year since 1941 – except for 1945 when it was suspended during WWII. Iroquois Steeplechase is a 3-mile, weight-for-age horse race held at Percy Warner Park in west Nashville every May. It’s usually a day-long event even though the first race doesn’t actually begin until 1pm. It’s a day of tailgating, seersucker, big hats, horses, hounds, and Music City society. But you don’t have to be a member of a country club to attend. Tickets start at just $15 for general admission. Or you can get a tailgating spot for up to 16 people. And there’s box seating as well. There are 7 races throughout the day, culminating with the Iroquois. But it’s not just about what you’re wearing or how the horses are running. For the past 31 years, the Steeplechase has contributed more than $9 million to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. So, it’s fun AND good. Everyone, visitor and resident alike, should go at least once.
Get a real sense of the event and watch this video: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/events/steeplechase
The Nashville Rollergirls are Music City’s only all-female, flat track roller derby league. Founded in 2006, The Nashville Rollergirls bring in thousands of fans at each home bout. With names like Hildabeast, Lady Fury, Maulin Monroe, Rambo Sambo, Slammylou Harris, Slayla, and Rocco Sock ’em, these ladies are pretty fierce on the track. Most bouts are March-November across the country and here at home in Music City. They started at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds but grew out of that space and now skate at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville. It’s fun and exciting to watch and it is all real. You can hear the crunches, the grunts, and the squeaks along the floor. Definitely something to experience for anyone who’s never seen roller derby. And if you have seen it, I’m sure you’ve gone back.
It’s a bowling alley. But not just any bowling alley. You can obviously bowl here. You can also play arcade games, air hockey, pool, laser tag, bumper cars, and there’s even a soft play area for the little ones or extremely delicates. But again, that is not all. For the children of the 80s, or the parents of those children: they have an original Rock-afire Explosion set. The ShowBiz Pizza band! Just sitting off in Circus World. Remember Fatz Geronimo, Mitzi Mozzarella, and Looney Bird? They’re now hanging out at the Hillwood Strike & Spare. Super, super cool. The Nashville Scene recently did a piece on the band set: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/a-hot-1980s-band-has-its-final-residency-in-a-west-nashville-bowling-alley-andmdash-if-their-animatronic-arms-dont-fall-off-meet-rock-afire-e/Content?oid=3253115
Back to the Strike & Spare. So, bring the kids to play at Circus World. Bring the buddies to bowl some balls. Bring your sentimentality for the ShowBiz Pizza band. It’s fun for all.
The Nashville Sounds are the AAA-affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Sounds play baseball at Greer Stadium April through September every year. With a music note for a logo, a guitar for a scoreboard, and of course their name – the Nashville Sounds – the ball club embraces their home of Music City. Fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays, $1 hot dog nights, Military Sundays, bobblehead giveaways, Faith Nights concerts, and so many other promotions fill the season’s calendar. You not only get a fun time at a baseball game – you get all this other cool stuff, too! Fun for families. Fun for friends. What’s summer without baseball?
Feeling green today? Go green. Go on a Green Fleet Bicycle Tour of Nashville. They’re available every day. They last 3 hours. Bikes, helmets, and gear included. You don’t have to be a pro to do this. Each group is about 5-12 people. The gang of bicycles rides through Nashville to see sites, smell the air, and get a little exercise while you’re at it. Clarification: this is fun exercise. It’s a unique way to see Nashville – whether you live her or are just visiting. I think you should do it.
Feeling energized by all this SEC excitement in Nashville and all the St Patrick’s Day parties going on? Run it off at the St. Patty’s Day Kegs & Eggs 5K/10K on Sunday, March 17, 2013. It’s not just any run. It’s put on by Nashville’s What Do You Run For? They do fun runs, party runs, costume runs. And there is a costume contest for this one. I can’t wait to see all the leprechauns, clovers, and pots of gold running through the streets. The run starts at 2pm and Tin Roof opens at 10am serving $2 GREEN draft beer. Take that information, and do what you will. There’s also a post-race party when you finish where you can pick up your free Michelob Ultra, collector’s cup, t-shirt, and more. Online registration closes today at 5pm. But you can register on Race Day as well. Or you can just show up and watch all these crazies running in green through the streets of Music City.