Annual Events in Nashville, TN 2024

In Nashville, TN there is always fun to be had year-round. Each week there is guaranteed to be some cool, unique festival. As we leave the holiday months behind and move into Spring and Summer, we will see a pick-up in the community activities and events. Below are our top favorite events that shouldn't be overlooked in Spring and Summer 2024.

Continue to read to find the best annual events in Nashville, TN 2024.

Annual Events in Nashville Tennessee 2024

March

Tin Pan South 

Tin Pan South is an event dedicated to songs and those who write them. Fans have the unique opportunity to experience the music they love at various venues throughout Nashville. Each day in 2024 will be packed full with good tunes and good times. Take a look at the schedule to see when your favorite Songwriter is playing. Over 5 days, local music venues host two shows a night, bringing together over 400 songwriters for an experience like no other.

April

Tennessee Flavors 

Tennessee Flavors is an annual tasting event that brings together Nashville's top restaurants and food and beverage artisans for a delicious evening in support of the Nashville State Community College Foundation. The focus is on Tennessee-sourced products and the culinary talents and local flavors that help make the growing community so special. The flavors this year will consist of the Frothy Monkey Roasting Co., Old Hickory Bourbon, and Midtown Cafe.

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival 

The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival brings together different cultures from around the world to share their individual beauty with the residents and visitors of Nashville. This family-friendly celebration of spring and Japanese culture is on the front lawn of the Metro Courthouse at Nashville Public Square. Festival highlights include a full day of live Japanese music and dance, a roving "Candyman," martial arts demonstrations, children's activities, anime merchandise, a Cosplay Contest, sumo-suit wrestling, and a variety of Japanese food, including special menus from some of Nashville's favorite food trucks.

Rites of Spring 

Rites of Spring is an annual festival that attracts some of today's hottest acts to unite the Vanderbilt student body with local Nashville residents. The music festival brings in plenty of entertaining artists, with 2024 bringing in new attendees that have yet to be listed.

May

Tennessee Craft Fair

Join in on the Nashville tradition of celebrating and supporting American handmade craft at this premier event on the lawn in Centennial Park. At the Tennessee Craft Fair, you can shop one-of-a-kind, finely crafted artwork directly from the juried, award-winning artists. A unique feature requires artists to be on-site, while shopping, you can meet the artists, learn what inspires them, and how they take raw materials like clay, wood, metal, and glass and transform them into fine craft.

Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival 

Kilgore Park offers some of the most beautiful concert venues in Tennessee with a gently sloping field leading down to the covered stage. Classes include fiddle, clogging, and beginner musician Big Barn Dance Friday night. There is always an opportunity for food or merchandise booths to connect with the event fans.

June

Full Moon Pickin' Party 

The Full Moon Pickin' Party bluegrass music series has been a beloved Nashville tradition for 25 years, attracting families and friends from all over to hear bluegrass under the stars in Percy Warner Park. With events, you can enjoy live bluegrass, local food trucks, cold brews, and more, all summer long.

CMA Fest 

At the CMA Fest, get ready for amazing live performances, meet and greets, exclusive artist experiences, and more. Hundreds of artists perform for free to help fund the CMA Foundation's mission of enriching music education programs across the country. By attending the CMA Fest, you are helping the CMA Foundation work to ensure every child, no matter their situation, has an opportunity to participate in music education.

Make Music Nashville 

Make Music Nashville is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year. Enjoy and participate in concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. The primary goals are to provide an equal platform for musicians of all skill levels, interests, and walks of life and to inspire the next generation of musicians through innovative outreach programming.

July

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th 

Downtown Nashville will light up with one of the largest fireworks in the nation. At the Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th the pyrotechnics are synchronized to a live performance by the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. A new featured headliner will give live performances, while a variety of fun activities will be planned, including food vendors and dancing.

Music City Brewers Festival 

Music City Brewers Festival is one of Nashville's longest-running beer festivals where residents and visitors can enjoy brew tastings from approximately 50 local, regional, national, and imported breweries. There will also be vendors, food, yard games, and live music. This event is 21+ only, making for a good escape from children, or a long week of work.

Red, White & Zoo 

The annual Red, White & Zoo is a wine-tasting event that enjoys unlimited samples from 30+ beverage purveyors—this includes wine, craft beer, spirits, and ciders—as well as live music, local food trucks, and animal encounters. General admission includes admission into the vent, a souvenir tasting cup, all beverage samples, and a portion to benefit Operation Stand Down Tennessee.

August

Tomato Art Festival 

The Tomato Art Festival attracts people from all over with fun-themed art, local music, delicious food, costumes, wacky contests, shopping, kids activities, and more. The two-day festival and concert are free to attend, welcoming to all, and costumes are encouraged. You can also find some fun floats to watch pass by, and over 300 tomato-inspired pieces throughout the weekend.

Defy Film Festival 

Defy Film Festival is determined to bring bold and extraordinary cinematic work from around the world to East Nashville. The festival celebrates unconventional films made by filmmakers who want to defy traditions and expectations. The festival is driven by the desire to bring unknown talent from around the world to Nashville audiences who are looking for a unique cinematic experience.

Shakespeare in the Park 

The Nashville Shakespeare in the Park seeks to bring Shakespeare's works alive for all learners through the art of performance. The mission of this festival is to educate and entertain the mid-South community through professional theatrical experiences. For over three decades, a reputation has been built for producing engaging theatre experiences with modern perspectives that create indelible memories for all ages.

Interested in spending the spring and summer attending Nashville events? These events which range from food venue festivals and artisan shows to music festivals bring the community together in all the best ways. Explore the best of Nashville today. 

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