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S&E Nashville Recommends: Festivals

If you enjoy festivals, this is your weekend! Actually, if you love festivals, you live in the right city. The weather is getting warmer which means festivals galore for the Music City. With three separate festivals occurring on the same day this weekend, how will you choose which to attend? Maybe we can help.

Tons of crawfish will be prepared for the 16th Annual Ragin' Cajun Crawfish Boil. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAGIN CAJUN BOIL

Tons of crawfish will be prepared for the 16th Annual Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil.
PHOTO COURTESY OF RAGIN CAJUN BOIL

If you’re up for some Cajun cooking, the 16th Annual Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil is for you. This riverfront event will serve over 3,000 pounds of fresh crawfish to over 2,000 people. Tickets include all you can eat crawfish, Louisiana style sides, all you can drink beer, and live music some of Nashville’s local bands. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Tennessee. The boil is going on Saturday from 4pm-9pm presented by Nashville Junior Chamber. Come out and have some great food and fun while supporting a great cause.

The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is also happening on Saturday. The festival, which began in 2009, celebrates spring and the friendship between the United States and Japan. Cherry trees symbolize this camaraderie. Nashville has a goal to plant 1,000 cherry trees throughout the Music City in ten years and 700 have already been planted. The festival includes live music and various tents to demonstrate Japan’s culture. Food trucks will be present to give a ‘taste of Japan’, arts and crafts tents exhibit Japanese society, and a Ginza marketplace offer Japanese items for sale. Beforehand, the free Cherry Blossom Walk will take place, led by Mayor Karl Dean. The course is 2.5 miles and starts and ends in Nashville’s Public Square where the Cherry Blossom Festival is held.

Cherry blossom trees planted in Nashville.  PHOTO COURTESY OF METRO GOVERNMENT

Cherry blossom trees planted in Nashville.
PHOTO COURTESY OF METRO GOVERNMENT

But wait, there’s more. The 5th Annual East Nashville Beer Festival is on Saturday too! This event is from 12pm-5pm and highlights craft beers. You can sample beers from Black Abbey, Blackstone, The Duck Rabbit, Good People, Jackelope, Lagunitas, Mayday, Sweetwater, Yazoo, and much more. The festival benefits Ride for Reading. There will be food for sale from food trucks and East Nashville restaurants. Keep your ticket or wristband to get two for one craft beers at the after party taking place at 3 Crow Bar and Tenn 16 Food and Drink Co.

Maybe you’d prefer a concert this weekend. We welcome Alan Jackson to Bridgestone Arena Saturday night. Fans will enjoy a performance for his 25th anniversary tour presented by NRA with special guests Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi. Did you know Alan Jackson’s first job was in Nashville? It sure was!

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you have a great one.