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! Also, make sure to check out what new things Nashville has to offer while listening to the “New Year/ New Nashville Playlist” and plan your trip to Music City!
- 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, as the museum is home to the largest collection of country music artifacts in the world. Current exhibits include The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, and Reba: All the Women I Am. 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. Speaking of stars, make sure to check out The Johnny Cash Museum dedicated to the life and music career of the late “Man in Black” which features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.
- Ride the Row — Take a tour of Music Row and visit historic RCA Studio B, 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 Alan LeQuire’s Athena Parthenos. Standing at almost 42 feet in height, Athena is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
- Take In a Songwriters-In- the-Round Show — One of the most unique ways to hear music in Nashville is at a songwriters show. Typically called a “writers night”, songwriters are put somewhere where they are not used to being - in the spotlight. Several singer/songwriters will play ‘in-the round’ as they sit on stage accompanied only by a microphone, a guitar and their immense talent. These shows can be found in small, intimate clubs all over town, including the famous Bluebird Cafe. Don't forget to check out the world's largest songwriter festival known as Tin Pan South, March 25-29. Join the 9,000 fans that flock to the city to see 92 shows from 350 songwriters at 10 venues over the course of 5 days.
- Time To Shop — Check out the unique shopping Nashville has to offer. Stroll through the great antique stores and boutiques that fill neighborhoods like East Nashville, 12South and Hillsboro Village. Shop for loved ones, or pick up something special for yourself at Opry Mills, Tennessee’s largest outlet and value retail shopping, dining and entertainment destination with more than 200 stores.
- 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 87 years under its belt, it’s the world’s longest-running radio broadcast and shows no signs of slowing down.
- Salute — Three U.S. Presidents called Tennessee home - Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. You can revisit the past at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Polk is buried on the grounds of the historic State Capitol building.
- 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, Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley and other stars began their careers on Lower Broad.
- Special Events — Spring in Nashville features a full slate of festivals, concerts, and theatrical performances. Flowers begin blooming and the sounds of music fill the air. Music City celebrates the month of April with Awesome April, a musical tribute to the city that promises several major events to cure spring fever. Throughout the month, visitors can see live performances from some of the best songwriters in the world at Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival or sit under the sun and stars while listening to some of today’s hottest artists at Rites of Spring music festival. Take in a potential Oscar-nominated documentary at the Nashville Film Festival or run the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon while being serenaded by more than 50 bands.