NASHVILLE AIRPORT BREAKS RECORD
The Nashville Airport has surpassed 10 million passengers for FY 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013). The only other time BNA has exceeded 10 million passengers was in 1993 at the peak of the American Airlines hub. Read the press release.
RENAISSANCE HOTEL ACQUIRE MEETING SPACE
The Renaissance Nashville Hotel has acquired 70,000 square feet of additional meeting and pre-function space from the Nashville Convention Center. Read more from PR Newswire.
NASHVILLE ZOO'S NEW GALAPAGOS TORTOISES
Two Galapagos tortoises will make their public debut this Saturday, July 27 at the Nashville Zoo's recently remodeled Critter Encounters area. Read the press release.
GAYLORD OPRYLAND'S A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Gaylord Opryland has announced plans for this year's A Country Christmas holiday celebration. ICE! will feature Frosty The Snowman, A Not So Silent Night Concert Series will feature a different artist each night, and more holiday events take over Gaylord Opryland November 15-January 1. See all the happenings at A Country Christmas.
MISS JEANNE'S MOVED TO MUSIC VALLEY
Miss Jeanne's Mystery Dinner Theatre has moved to 2416 Music Valley Drive, across from Gaylord Opryland. They are now open for business and showing The 6th Annual Gimmee Awards Show. missjeannes.com
TORRID NOW OPEN AT OPRY MILLS
Torrid is now open at Opry Mills. This is the first Torrid outlet location in Middle Tennessee. facebook.com/OpryMills
NEW ADDITIONS TO DEMOBREUN
Luke McKee, the man behind the upcoming Fulton's Tavern and Second Wind will also soon open three other concepts on the strip of Demonbreun at the end of Music Row. El Caminos, opening in September, will replace Otter's. The Pavilion and The Industry will replace Red Rooster. Read more from the Nashville Business Journal.
SOPHIE ISABELLA'S CUPCAKES
Sophie Isabella's Cupcakes, currently operating in Old Hickory, will soon open a second location in The Arcade in downtown. Read more from the Nashville Business Journal.
32-STORY SOBRO TOWER
Tony Giarratana is planning a 32-story tower called SoBro at 2nd and Demonbreun. Construction is expected to begin by year-end with plans to include apartments, restaurant and retail space, and parking. Read more from The Tennessean.
NASHVILLE BALLET'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
The Nashville Ballet is celebrating Christmas in July by offering a special discount to Nashville's Nutcracker. All tickets purchased by July 31st will be discounted by $12. There's only a little over a week left to take advantage of this offer, so please share with guests. nashvilleballet.com
TIP OF THE WEEK
ICE CREAM SPOTS
Nashville was recently ranked #3 by Travel + Leisure for America's Best Ice Cream! And being summertime, this is the perfect time to indulge in the cold treat. Check out http://www.visitmusiccity.com/icecream for a list of 11 great spots to get ice cream and gelato in Music City. The visitors are asking!
FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
THE STORY OF NASHVILLE DOCUMENTARY
"For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville" is a new documentary to share the true and authentic story of how Nashville became Music City. A trailer is currently available to view at thestoryofnashville.com. Visit the site, watch the trailer, and share with the world your #storyofnashville.
SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE
The 2013 Southern Living Idea House is now open for tours at Nashville's very own Fontanel. The Idea House is composed of a series of buildings inspired by a Middle Tennessee farmhouse. Every Sunday night through August 25, the Southern Living Biscuits & Jam Concert Series offers a night out with live music in the courtyard of the Idea House. Elizabeth Cook plays this Sunday's concert. See pictures and learn about the house at visitmusiccity.com/southernlivingideahouse.
NASHVILLE DANCIN' CONCERT SERIES
The free family-friendly summer concert series takes place every Thursday evening through August 1 at Riverfront Park. Free parking is available at LP Field. Fans can walk across the Pedestrian Bridge to the Park or take the free shuttle. Edwin McCain, The Kicks, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, and Modoc play this week's show. visitmusiccity.com/nashvilledancin
BLUEGRASS NIGHTS AT THE RYMAN
Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman plays its last show of the year with a Thursday performance from Ricky Skaggs. Tickets are still available. The free Pickin' On the Plaza precedes the show. ryman.com/bluegrass
MUSIC CITY BREWER'S FESTIVAL
This Saturday, July 27 is the 12th Annual Mafiaoza's Music City Brewer's Festival. Taking place in two sessions, afternoon and evening, guests will sample brews from all over while enjoying live music at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Session B is sold out but Session A tickets are still available. musiccitybrewersfest.com
HOT TIME, SUMMER IN THE CITY
Summer is here and Nashville is celebrating. Music City offers an endless array of music, food, arts, family, and outdoor activities throughout the summer months. Check out visitmusiccity.com/summerinthecity for things to do, events, restaurants, summer deals, and more.
AMERICA'S FAVORITE CITIES
Travel + Leisure's annual America's Favorite Cities Survey is back. Last year, Nashville ranked high in the following categories: Friendly, Wireless Coverage, Music Scene, Safety, Affordability, and Girlfriend Getaways. We all know that Nashville ranks high on all aspects! Please go and vote Nashville in America's Favorite Cities Survey and let's see Nashville top the lists. You can vote as many times as you like, so vote often! Share the voting with friends, family, and co-workers. And when sharing on your social networks, use #TLCities to keep up the hype! travelandleisure..com
BE A HITMAKER
MUSIC CITY HITMAKERS
The Music City Hitmakers program recognizes Nashville's front line. Visitors are encouraged to nominate the individual that made their stay unforgettable. Details and nomination form can be found at visitmusiccity.com/hitmakers.
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