Here in Nashville, we’re glass-half-full kind of people (preferably half full of Jack Daniel’s, but that’s not our point.) We’ve got an answer to everyone suffering from the winter blues. It’s too cold outside? Perfect time to check out that cozy new coffee shop! Going through football season withdrawals? Head to a Nashville Predators game for some rowdy action. Feeling a little culture deprived? Check out Nashville’s amazing museums and galleries. Missing all those fall music festivals? We’ve got live music coming out of our ears! Ok, you get the point. Now is a great time to visit Nashville and enjoy all the music, food, arts, and shopping it has to offer year round. And to help you get in a Nashville mood, here is a Music City playlist of Nashville artists, some of whom played at the Nashville's New Year's Eve event.
Nashville doesn't stop during the winter. We heat up with killer concerts, stunning art exhibits, incredible shopping deals, and unique special events during Winter Remix in Music City.
Mark Your Calendars
The cold weather forces us indoors. Why not take advantage of that and check out some of the unique exhibits, galleries, and events that are currently taking residence in Nashville?
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is showcasing three fascinating exhibits this season. Samurai: The Way of the Warrior features ninety objects, including armor & weapons, ranging in date from the 14th to the 19th centuries to illustrate the story of the Samurai, a warrior class from early Japanese history. Harmony Korine: Shadows and Loops showcases Nashville-based film director, screenwriter, and artist, Harmony Korine. Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors is a video installation which has nine screens showing various musicians performing in the Rokeby Farm, a historic mansion located in New York's Hudson River Valley. Also be sure to take in the city’s popular First Saturday Art Crawl, which (as you can imagine) is the first Saturday of each month.
While the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is always on the ‘must-visit’ list, two temporary exhibits currently on display add even more reason to go. Brad Paisley: Diary of a Player explores the career and personal life of one of the the country's greatest guitar players, Brad Paisley, and Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City visits the time in the late 1960s and early 1970s when Nashville music saw a culture shift with the presence of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.
A sure fire way to beat the winter blues is to head to the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville, February 3-5. The three-day event, which continues to be the largest of its kind in the country, is celebrating its 27th year and will feature more than 150 vendors, renowned experts, antique collectors, and fabulous gardens.
Oh No, It’s Almost Valentine’s Day!
Don’t worry, we’re here to help you plan a romantic Music City Valentine’s. It’s an easy three-step process.
Step 1: Order chocolates.
Girls love chocolate. It’s a scientific fact. Check out the Goo Goo Shop downtown which has a full line of the Nashville-made Goo Goo clusters, or head to East Nashville and visit Olive and Sinclair for their Southern artisan chocolates or Chocolate F/X for its delectable butter toffee among other things.
Step 2: Plan dinner.
You can go the fancy route and reserve a table at one of the Nashville restaurants topping all sorts of lists like Rolf and Daughters, Adele’s by Jonathan Waxman, Sinema Restaurant & Bar, or Husk Restaurant. Or you can go the more casual route and hit up Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Acme Feed & Seed, Desano Pizza Bakery, or The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden.
Step 3: Plan a post-dinner activity.
The options are limitless. Take your valentine out for some live music & nice cocktails at The Sutler Saloon, The Patterson House, Prima, or Pinewood Social, or cozy up at a coffee shop for the rest of the night. Check out Fido, Frothy Monkey, Eighth and Roast, or Crema for a caffeinated nightcap.
Who Said Sports Season Was Over?!
It’s time to pull out the fang fingers because Nashville goes crazy for its Nashville Predators. The season runs through April and even longer if, we mean when, the Preds make it to the playoffs. Home games are played at the Bridgestone Arena downtown so there are plenty of places to grab dinner within walking distance of the arena including Pub5, Puckett’s Grocery, Rippy’s Smokin' Bar & Grill, or The Southern Steak & Oyster.
Rather watch the game on the big screen? Head to one of Nashville’s sports bars including Party Fowl, which you can gather from the name has a very chicken-centric menu. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, Bailey’s Sports Grille, Crow’s Nest, and Sam's Sports Bar are also good spots to hole up and watch the big game.
Dierks Bentley, Lukas Graham and The Beach Boys All Walk Into A Bar…
Hey it could happen, especially since they are all playing within days of each other in Nashville during the winter. If that doesn’t show you Nashville’s musical diversity then how about Brain McKnight performing two days before The Oak Ridge Boys at Schermerhorn Symphony Center? Or Ariana Grande playing the same week as The Temptations? Or Steve Earle taking the City Winery stage the same night Joe Russo's Almost Dead plays Ryman Auditorium? That’s just a small taste of the big names playing in Music City over the coming weeks. And don’t forget to hit other Nashville venues such as Mercy Lounge, Marathon Music Works, and The Station Inn for other big name performers. You can check out a full lineup of upcoming shows here.
As you can see, Music City has it all. From concerts occurring each and every day to an eclectic dining scene that continues to grow. This winter, change it up. Feel the heat through experiences that will warm you up, both in body and soul. It's the Nashville way. It's the Winter Remix. Come check it out.
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