It’s that time again – the work week is (almost) done and we’re all gearing up for the weekend’s festivities and thankfully in a city like Nashville, there’s always something going on. With so much to choose from, here are a few standout events taking place over the next couple days.
Taylor Swift at Bridgestone Arena
We would be remiss not to highlight the fact that superstar Taylor Swift is headlining two nearly sold out shows at Bridgestone Arena tonight and tomorrow with supporting act, Vance Joy. It’s no secret that her 1989 World Tour makes headlines with practically every stop, with surprise guests ranging from Dierks Bentley to Lisa Kudrow of Friends fame. We can only imagine whom she’ll bring on stage during her weekend in Nashville.
Franklin’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was inspired by friendship, history, and the desire to create a meaningful experience. The fun-for-all-ages festival showcases Middle Tennessee’s best food and drink. There are also some great performances that you won’t want to miss! The line-up at the festival, going on Saturday and Sunday, include Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Stephen Tyler, Weezer, Cage The Elephant, and more. The music wraps up around 7:30pm each night giving festival goers the opportunity to explore Downtown Franklin. This music and cultural festival has two admission options: general or VIP.
This weekend, head over to Divine Art Café to enjoy wonderful toffee while supporting a great cause. Owner Paula Hock recently opened this nonprofit café as a place to sell her homemade toffee to raise money for individuals in recovery, the disabled, and the elderly. Their mission statement says it best: “Divine Art Toffee is handmade toffee with a mission. It provides training and employment opportunities for disabled adults, the elderly, and those in recovery who would otherwise not have an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families. Divine Art Toffee’s mission will serve a reviving community through its candy-kitchen and cafe.” Grab the kids and treat them to some candy! You can also order toffee or donate to the cause here. Current hours are Tuesday – Sunday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. with live music on the weekends.
The weather is cooling off which makes for the perfect time to grab a tent and sleeping bags and head out into the great outdoors for an adventure. Pick up some marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate bars and get ready to make s’mores by the campfire. Oh, and don’t forget the flashlights and bug spray! There are multiple campgrounds perfect for tent camping in Nashville like Seven Points Campground, Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, and Nashville KOA. There are also multiple state parks in Middle Tennessee that have campsites.
This is the last weekend to head to TPAC to see Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage. This live experience combines romance and dancing with heart-pounding music. The known story of Babby and Johnny is played out on stage featuring hit songs. Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation.
Tennessee Fall Craft Fair
Not far from the Bridgestone Arena, you’ll find the annual Tennessee Fall Craft Fair at Centennial Park. The lawn of Nashville’s Parthenon will be transformed into an artisan’s dream, complete with unique, one-of-a-kind fine craft goods. Art enthusiasts will delight in the variety of handmade works and goods that can be found at this festival, ranging from clay to mixed media, with photography, jewelry and furniture in between. Local vendors will provide food and the Kids’ Tent is home to family friendly activities. Artists will also be on hand to answer questions and talk about their pieces, in addition to how they craft their creations.
Friday, Sept. 25 & Sat., Sept. 26: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, Sept. 27: 10 am – 5 pm
Ninth Annual Toys For Tots Motorcycle Run
This year’s Motorcycle Run is in remembrance of the Chattanooga Shooting Victims. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided before the race that begins and ends at Nissan Field. Start time is 11am. There will be live music and lunch after the race included with the original registration fee of $20 per bike plus a newly wrapped toy.
Wizard World Comic Con
Thousands of fans will be at the Music City Center this weekend celebrating the best in pop culture. There will be music, comics, toys, video games, anime, wrestling, and much more. This event is brought to town by the group who produces the famous Comic Con tour. All General Admission attendees will get a limited-edition cover of The Walking Dead #1.
A Musical Taste of Coffee
If you’re looking for an out of the ordinary kind of music event, check out A Musical Taste of Coffee, hosted by the Frist Center. In collaboration with Music City Baroque, Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies and CREMA Coffee Roasters, this special event celebrates classical songs inspired by coffee. While sipping on the expertly crafted caffeinated beverage, guests will be entertained with various compositions and a presentation by Vanderbilt’s Dr. Ted Fischer about Venetian coffeehouses in the early twentieth century. There’s no doubt this will be music to every coffee (and classical music) lover’s ears.
Sun., Sept. 27 at 2 p.m.
In spite of the hot days we’ve been feeling the past couple weeks, there is still an autumn chill in the air and with it comes Cheekwood’s Harvest, running now through Nov. 1. The Harvest offers no shortage of outdoor activities and programs like weekly garden-themed demonstrations and hands-on art projects. This Saturday, the Cumberland River Compact will discuss all things rain gardens from design to plant recommendations. On Sunday, Cheekwood hosts a moon viewing celebrating Japanese art and gardens, along with a tea demonstration. It’s the perfect way to kick off the fall season!