10 Things to do in Nashville this Spring
We invite you to experience for yourself what makes Nashville special during the Spring months. It’s a city that resonates with life and vibrates to the beat of every kind of song. It’s a town that sizzles with American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine and a boundless spectrum of nightlife. Come join us and together we will keep the music playing!
- Hit the Hall — Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This isn’t just a museum; it’s an experience with something for everyone. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments, and tear-stained lyric sheets are only the beginning. Don’t miss the Music City Walk of Fame across the street in Walk of Fame Park, where music celebrities who lived, worked and played in Nashville are commemorated with sidewalk stars. Be sure to stop and smell the roses in the Nashville Music Garden, home to over six dozen types of roses.
- Ride the Row — Visit historic RCA Studio B by taking a tour of Music Row to the famous recording studio where Elvis recorded over 200 songs. Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold and many more recorded classic hits here. Not surprisingly, the heartbeat of Music City is driven by music—from country to classical.
- Visit the Home Of the Greek Gods — In Nashville’s Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon houses an art gallery and museum as well as Athena Parthenos, created by Nashville artist Alan LeQuire. At almost 42 feet in height, it’s the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
- Take In a Songwriters-In-the-Round Show — In a city of working musicians and songwriters there’s no better way to hear the music. Typically called a “writers night,” several singer/songwriters sit on stage accompanied only by a microphone, a guitar and their immense talent. These shows can be found in small, intimate clubs like the famed Bluebird Café all over town.
- Kick Up Your Boots — The Wildhorse Saloon serves up country that kicks! Daily line-dance lessons are free for those adventurous enough to scoot onto the dance floor. Take a break from the dance floor to enjoy the famous barbecue. Music's brightest stars often perform here, too.
- Visit the Ryman Auditorium — Sure, it’s called the “Mother Church of Country Music,” but artists as diverse as Jon Bon Jovi and Tony Bennett perform on its legendary stage. Since 1892, the world’s greatest stars have headlined the Ryman Auditorium, from Caruso to Cash. You can take a backstage tour and record your own song in the Ryman recording studio.
- Take a Timeless Journey — The stars of the Grand Ole Opry perform every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night with guest appearances by the biggest names in music. With more than 85 years under its belt, it’s the world’s longest-running radio broadcast and shows no signs of slowing down.
- Take a Step Back in Time — Visit some of Nashville's historic homes, The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, Belle Meade Plantation, and Cheekwood, that not only offer a piece of history but also beautiful gardens that are in full bloom in the Spring.
- Visit Honky Tonk Highway — Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, The Stage, Bluegrass Inn and Robert’s Western World are all experts at serving up cool longnecks and hot country music. You never know who you’ll see in these Lower Broadway clubs in the shadow of the Ryman. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and other stars began their careers at Tootsie’s.
- Special Events — If it's Spring, then it's an awesome season for fun in Music City. April kicks off the festivities with Tin Pan South songwriters festival, Nashville Film Festival, and the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. In May, bring a picnic or tailgate to the Running of the Iroquois Steeplechase, the nation's oldest, continuously-run, weight-for-age steeplechase.