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Uniquely Nashville arts: Summertime in the city

It’s almost summertime in Nashville, which means plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the summer sun. But one segment of the city that is always flourishing no matter what the season is our arts and entertainment scene and this season is no exception. Here are just a few of the arts-related events going on over the next few months:

Carrie Underwood at the 2015 CMA Fest. Carrie returns to the Nissan Stadium stage this year on Friday, June 10. PHOTO BY MATT MAXEY

Carrie Underwood at the 2015 CMA Fest. Carrie returns to the Nissan Stadium stage this year on Friday, June 10. PHOTO BY LARRY DARLING

CMA FestOne of the biggest events of the year in Nashville, CMA Fest takes over Music City June 9 – 12, 2016. Country music favorites like Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban and countless more will be hitting the main stage at Nissan Stadium all throughout the week. During the day, check out a variety of artists like A Thousand Horses, Charles Esten, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and newcomers Cam and Chris Janson, just to name a few, as they perform all around downtown Nashville. Fan Fair takes over the Music City Center with Q&A sessions and some of your favorite stars interacting with fans and signing autographs. It’ll be an exciting week not just for country music fans, but all of Music City.

City of Hope Celebrity Softball GameTo help kickoff CMA Fest week is the exciting City of Hope Softball Game, featuring a range of recognizable faces in country music. Each year, City of Hope brings together some of your favorite acts as they play against each other on the Grand Ole Opry and iHeart Country teams (past participants include Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line) for a light-hearted game of softball. It’s all in benefit of City of Hope’s worthy cause of finding cures for cancer and better treatments for patients. For more information, visit the official site.

The Nashville International Puppet Festival brings puppet troupes from all across the world to Music City. PHOTO COURTESY NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL PUPPET FESTIVAL

The Nashville International Puppet Festival brings puppet troupes from all across the world to Music City. PHOTO COURTESY NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL PUPPET FESTIVAL

Nashville International Puppet FestivalA unique festival that takes over downtown Nashville the weekend of June 17 – 19, the Nashville International Puppet Festival brings puppeteers from across the globe to Music City. Puppet troupes from as far as China, France, Argentina and more have brought their creations to the festival. Just some of the interesting shows going on during this year’s festivities include String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a musical timeline of the history of country music and its role in making Music City our worldwide identity, including the legends of the genre. Japanese troupe Kawasemi-za will present “Silent Poems,” a show that incorporates the skill of Bunraku puppetry utilizing only music and imagery. See the classic tale, “Three Little Pigs,” performed by Italy’s San Carlino Theatre Company who bring this story to life with foam puppets – all while adding their own twist. Visit the official site for the full schedule of programs going on during the festival.

Modular Art PodsIn the world of visual arts, don’t miss an installation like no other. Explore the minds of several artists – literally – at OZ Arts Nashville as it presents this eclectic “gallery tunnel” that allows visitors to crawl through connected cubes with each one designed by a different artist that gives one a glimpse into a whole other world that is the creative mind of these artists. More than 50 pods will be a part of this exhibit that includes artists across a wide spectrum from locals like Lain York of Zeitgeist Gallery and Brian Siskind to the Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society and countless others in between.