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S&EN weekend recommendations

To say there is a wide array of activities to do in Nashville this weekend would be an understatement. From an antique car show to Franklin’s hot air balloon festival, Music City is bustling with unique events. See what we recommend.


Tennessee Renaissance Festival

 The Tennessee Renaissance Festival continues its run this weekend with the theme of Artisan and Crafts. Explore the marketplace that boasts out-of-the-box handcrafted items from all around the world ranging from swords to jewelry. You can also witness these skilled artisans craft their creations and provide demonstrations. Additionally, there will be a hair adornment contest on Sunday where guests are encouraged to where their most festive hat or hair adornment in honor of the significance of the headpiece during Renaissance times, which served as a symbol of status and virtue.

We also interviewed actor Tom Zadokyo, who participates in the Buckle and Swash Show at the festival. You can listen to our full interview below in our Sports and Entertainment Nashville podcast.

When: Sat., May 14 & Sun., May 15, 10am – 6pm

Where: 2124 New Castle Road, Arrington, TN 37014

Admission: $8 – $22


Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival

 This Saturday, the Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival takes off in what is truly a sight to see. Observe these colorful giants at an event that concludes with a stunning hot air balloon glow at dusk as they light up the night sky. This family-friendly experience also includes food trucks, craft vendors, live music and a KidZone that is perfect for the little ones.

When: Sat., May 14, 3pm – 9pm

Where: Franklin’s Westhaven community

Admission: GA – $15, VIP – $60


Exploring Homebrew

 While there are countless bars in Nashville to grab a quality cold one, Pavilion East presents Music City’s first ever festival honoring the art and craft of creating a homebrew beer. Several of the best regional home beer brewers will be on hand to discuss the process of how they make their product, allowing guests to sample these homemade beers. If that wasn’t reason enough to attend, proceeds from the event also benefit Explore! Community School in East Nashville, an organization that aims to instill critical thinking and creativity in a way that meets the needs of a diverse range of students. Helping others never tasted so good.

When: Fri., May 13, 6pm – 9pm

Where: Pavilion East

Admission: $30  


Goodguys 11th Nashville Nationals

 Antique car enthusiasts are sure to revel in the Goodguys 11th Nashville Nationals this weekend in downtown Nashville. Check out more than 2,500 cars dating back to 1972 and older that include muscle cars, trucks, classic vehicles and more. Plus, 150 vendor exhibits will be on hand, along with a timed racing competition, swap meet and crowning of the Hot Rod of the Year. It’s southern-style hot rodding at its finest.

When: Fri,, May 13 & Sat., May 14, 8am – 5pm; Sun., May 15, 8am – 3pm

Where: Nissan Stadium

Admission: $6 – $20


The Bridges of Madison County

 This famed love story turned Tony Award-winning musical comes to life at TPAC, with this weekend being your last chance to see the production in Nashville. This story of an Italian bride and a “National Geographic” photographer who meet when he comes to Iowa’s Madison County to shoot its historic bridges has dazzled audiences everywhere. With stunning musical numbers by James Robert Brown, couple with a beautiful story of love and fate, this production is sure to not be missed before it leaves Music City.

When: Fri., May 13, 8pm; Sat., May 14, 2pm & 8pm; Sun., May 15, 1pm & 6:30pm

Where: TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall

Admission: $25 – $75