Entertainment, On A High Note

S&EN weekend recommendations

From sporting to quality food and wine, Nashville has all the bases covered this weekend in all things entertainment. See what we recommend to keep you busy the next few days.

You can also listen to this week’s recommendations podcast for even more great info:


Tour de Nash/Capitol District Street Fair

 Kick your weekend off with the Tour de Nash, Music City’s largest urban bike ride that takes riders along scenic routes throughout our best bikeways and greenways. Participants can pick between an eight, 25, or 45-mile ride that adheres to all skill levels.

Afterward, celebrate your hard work at the Capitol District Street Fair, a music and food festival that unites the neighborhoods of Germantown, Salemtown, Hope Gardens and Buena Vista. Food trucks like The Grilled Cheeserie, Coco’s Italian Market, California Farm Fresh and more will be serving up good eats, while Sweet Home Nashville the Candelry, Bottle Cap Art by Kristie, the Punk Trunk and many others will be bringing their fabulous products.

When: Sat., May 21: Tour de Nash, 8:30am; Capitol Street Fair, 9am – 6pm

Where: Morgan Park

Admission: Tour de Nash, Free – $55; Capitol Street Fair, free


Nashville Wine & Food Festival

Nashville is known for its eclectic food scene and equally delectable drinks. Now enjoy the best of both worlds at the Nashville Wind & Food Festival, bringing together 25 local restaurants and more than 50 wineries nationwide and around the world. Explore the beer garden featuring Blackstone Brewing Company, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Germany’s Radeberger Pilsner and more, plus food from a variety of local favorites like Jim ‘N Nick’s, Prima and The Southern Steak & Oyster, just to name a few. You can also indulge in food demonstrations and seminars from expert winemakers and check out local products from the Nashville Jam Co., Olive and Sinclair and more.

When: Sat., May 21, 12pm – 4pm

Where: Bicentennial Park

Admission: GA – $79, VIP – $129


Wild West Comedy Festival

 While we may be named Music City, comedy is taking center stage this weekend in Nashville. Local talent and widely known stars are performing all across the city in various shows and events. Tonight, catch Chris Tucker at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Adam Conover at Zanies, Joe Rogan at the Ryman and more. Tomorrow night, national acts like Jeff Foxworthy and The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah take over the Ryman, while Kathy Griffin brings the laughs to TPAC. The festival closes out on Sunday with exciting performances from YouTube star Miranda Sings at the Ryman, Ralphie May at Zanies and more.

When: Now – Sun., May 22, various times

Where: Various locations (see site for details)

Admission: Tickets vary by venue


Tennessee Renaissance Festival

 Continuing its month-long run in Arrington is the Tennessee Renaissance Festival, as it transforms the town into a 16th century European scene. The theme of the festival this weekend is Pirate Invasion, which includes a children’s pirate costume contest for kids age 12 and under. And don’t miss the Buckle & Swash Show, featuring Tom Zadoyko as Captain Red in this comedy sword-fighting production that includes their pirate tales from journeys on the high seas (listen to our chat with Tom here), along with the many other festival activities going on all weekend.

When: Sat., May 21 & Sun., May 22, 10am – 6pm

Where: 2124 New Castle Road, Arrington, TN 37014

Admission: $8 – $22


Mud Bug Wingding Jamboree

 What could be better than dining on a slew of delicious crawfish, wings and craft beer? Tomorrow afternoon, indulge in this decadent feast at the Mud Bug Wingding Jamboree (try saying that 10 times fast), which includes fresh crawfish from the Louisiana Seafood Company, smoked wings catered by Nashville’s own Thunderbird Wings and craft beer from local favorites like Tennessee Brew Works, Fat Bottom Brewing Co. and more. Plus, the Top Tier Band will be on deck to provide the jamboree side of things bringing along their high energy and smooth jazz.

When: Sat., May 21, 2pm – 5pm

Where: 4825 Trousdale Dr.

Admission: $30 in advance, $35 at door