Spring Has Sprung Music City Playlist
Can you believe it, we made it through winter! The sun is out and that means it’s time for you to get out as well. While you were in hibernation mode these past few months (and hey, we don’t blame you) Nashville was planning and conspiring to put together a pretty incredible spring line up of events, openings, food and musical performances that will have you dusting off that spring outfit you love so much, and hitting the town. And since you’ll need some music to jam to while you get ready, we’ve put together a special spring “playlist” of music by Nashville artists as well as a “play list” of suggestions to help you experience all that Music City has to offer this season.
The outdoors offer lovely area parks, spring festivals, and outdoor dining. Take the shades off and step inside for the hottest concerts, art exhibits, historical tours. Take a look.
Refill your Vitamin C
Aka...get outside! We could all use a little fresh air and that’s exactly what you’ll get if you visit Cheekwood in Bloom at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum. From now until September 4th,Cheekwood is showcasing Steve Tobin: Southern Roots exhibit which includes multiple structures, some of which are 15 ft. tall and weigh 7,000 lbs, placed across from the estate. Let the kiddos run off some steam at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere where they can get personal encounters with some of their favorite animals or be let loose on the 66,000 square foot jungle gym. History buffs can enjoy a history lesson and a wine tasting as they walk the grounds of Belle Meade Plantation. Or simply take a stroll through one of Nashville’s beautiful parks and greenways including Centennial Park, Shelby Bottoms Greenway or Percy Warner Park. If you need a little more fun in the sun, just take a look at how Music City celebrates outside at: visitmusiccity.com/outdoorfun.
Where’s That Music Coming From?
It’s probably coming from every direction because Nashville’s spring calendar is full of music. Two of the bigger musical events include Tin Pan South, the world’s largest songwriters festival, which celebrates Nashville’s greatest contribution to the world of music, the songwriter.
Nashville celebrates some of country music’s heroes this spring including the incomparable George Jones and the Man in Black. The Official George Jones Museum, in Downtown Nashville, includes an array of memorabilia as well as an interactive booth that will allow visitors to sing with The Possum himself. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum features Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City featuring the various rock and folk artists who came to Nashville in the late 1960s and early '70s. And at any time feel free to explore the life of The Man in Black, at the Johnny Cash Museum which holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.
Then mark your whole calendar down for the month of April, because you are not going to want to miss what happens. Music City celebrates the month of April with Awesome April, a musical tribute to the city that promises a major event each weekend. There's the Nashville Fashion Week, Wild West Comedy Festival, Nashville Film Festival, St. Jude Rock 'N' Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, and more. Check it all out.
Time to Eat
There’s no better time than now to get out and explore Nashville’s rapidly growing food scene. If you’re the kind that likes to be ‘in the know’ about what is new on the scene then head on over to The Gulch where several restaurants have recently opened to rave reviews. Biscuit Love, a beloved Nashville food truck, now has a permanent home and offers a locally sourced breakfast and lunch menu all day. Chauhan Ale and Masala House’s menu uniquely mixes classic Indian dishes with southern cuisine. It’s the kind of place that you have to experience yourself to understand what makes it special. For an elegant night out, head down the street to Prima, whose contemporary American menu includes seasonal selections of meats, fish and vegetables.
Another neighborhood that many delectable local eateries are calling home is East Nashville. Check out the new walking food tour Walk Eat Nashville which takes you on a walking tour of East Nashville with food tastings at six local restaurants and artisan food shops.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Nothing ushers in springtime more than the start of baseball season. We love cheering on the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park! Located a few blocks from Downtown Nashville, the location has historical significance as it was home to Nashville’s minor league team for nearly six decades until it moved in 1963.
Another great thing about the new location is its proximity to a plethora of restaurants to get a bite to eat before or after the game. Walk over to one of the city’s best kept secrets, the Market House at the Nashville Farmers' Market. Open seven days a week, the Market House includes over a dozen locally-owned restaurants including many ethnic options such as Asian, Jamaican and Indian cuisine.
Or walk a block over to the Germantown neighborhood and check out the new Butchertown Hall. This self-proclaimed “Texo-German” meat market and modern beer hall serves lunch, dinner and brunch. You can also check out some other Germantown favorites including The Red Bicycle, City House and Rolf and Daughters.
You could also explore the sights and tastes of historic Germantown with a Local Tastes of Nashville Tour Package. This exciting new walking food tour takes you through Bicentennial Mall and Germantown, as you savor foods from local restaurants and specialty shops. Learn about the rich history of Nashville's first neighborhood, while enjoying treats along the way.