NASHVILLE TRIP IDEA: Nashville Americana
Music City hits the high notes year round with music flowing out of our streets, clubs, and concert halls at all hours of the day. But never is the music more abundant than in the fall. Music festivals, events, concerts, and shows fill up the fall calendar and practically overlap with one ‘can’t miss’ event after another.
It’s Festival Season
Americana music hits the festival stage in Nashville during the fall months. We obviously have to start with the Americana Music Festival featuring mulitple acts performing over five nights at severeal different venues across town. It’s an all-star lineup of some of the greatest musicians in the world. Some of the past performers include The Lumineers, Iron & Wine, Dori Freeman, Lee Ann Womack & Friends as well as surprise performances that steal the show every year. Also, make sure to be there during the Americana Honors & Awards held at the Ryman Auditorium.
Musicians Corner fall season runs every Saturday, September through October. There is also Acoustic Friday Nights May that happens the night before. All events are free and open to the public at Centennial Park's South West lawn. Musicians Corner and Acoustic Friday Nights offer a great chance to enjoy local live music in a beautiful outdoor setting, with Kidsville, Dogville, MC Pub, food trucks, vendors, and local artisans.
What has quickly become one of the most anticipated music festivals of the year, Lightning 100's Live on the Green offers a great lineup each year. In the past, they have had Portugal. The Man, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and more. Shows are Thursday nights at Public Square Park in August. Followed by a three-day festival during Labor Day Weekend. And get this, it’s all FREE! That’s Music City at its finest.
Music City Roots, a weekly, two-hour live radio show and concert, is broadcast on Wednesday nights from the Factory at Franklin and showcases Nashville's diverse country and Americana music scene with a "roots and branches" format that brings together fans of different tastes and generations.
Food For the Soul
And by food for the soul, we mean actual food. Second only to good music, Nashville loves good food.
Want to taste many of Nashville’s best restaurants all in one spot? Head to the annual Music City Food + Wine Festival which happens each September. Showcasing national top chefs, winemakers, and spirits experts alongside local talent, you’ll get a taste of Nashville’s vibrant culinary scene.
And since this is a list of (mostly) all things Americana in Music City, there are still those Nashville staples that, to our delight, offer an un-changing menu of Southern goodness year after year. Places like Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Martin’s Bar-B-Que, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, and the Nashville Farmers' Market are the perfect places to fuel up before a music-filled night out.
But Wait, There’s More
The Tennessee State Fair will take over the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in early September. From rides and food to cooking contests and animal shows, it’s a chance to celebrate all the things that make Tennessee special. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ features world class exhibit year-round. TPAC is always hosting a Broadway play or great musical. And lastly, always a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, the First Saturday Art Crawl takes place, you guessed it, on the first Saturday of every month from 6-9pm along Downtown’s 5th Avenue of the Arts. Over 20 art venues participate, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork.