Diversity is a key part of the city's past, present and future.
Nashville is a model of the American "melting pot" with an active Native
American population, thriving Hispanic community and growing Middle
Eastern and Asian presence. Different cultures, religions, ideas and
customs come together harmoniously in Music City.
African Street Festival
Each September on Tennessee State University’s main campus, the African Street Festival celebrates the sounds of Africa. This free event offers daily stage shows featuring poetry, rap, reggae, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B and drama. During the festival, there are over 150 vendors from around the country selling Afrocentric wares from ankhs to zebra skin fabrics.
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival
This international festival featuring food, art and fun draws representatives from more than 50 cultures showcasing the diversity of Middle Tennessee each October. Activities include music, dance, an international food court and an international market.
In September, experience Greek culture with dance, music and food at the annual Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Tours of the cathedral with its Byzantine-style sanctuary and hand-painted iconography are included with the admission cost.
Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival
Each June, Jefferson Street keeps the music tradition alive with its annual Jazz & Blues Festival. This free festival is a full day of music and great food. From the 1940s through the early 60s, Jefferson Street was one of America’s best-known districts for jazz, blues and R&B. Famous African-American musicians like Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Memphis Slim played repeatedly in the many clubs.
Music City Soul Series
In celebration of Black History Month, Nashville hosts the Music City Soul Series. This weekly concert series offers the best in soul, jazz, blues, and R&B every Thursday night in February at Jazz and Jokes.
NAIA Pow Wow
The NAIA Pow Wow brings together Native Americans from across the nation and Canada. Held at Four Corners Marina in October during Tennessee Native American Indian Month, the festival includes competitive dancing, storytelling, demonstrations, fine art displays and food booths with traditional dishes from different tribes. Billed as the largest Pow Wow east of the Mississippi River, the festival serves as a reunion of family and friends, as well as a celebration of culture still nurtured by the 10,000 Native Americans who call Tennessee home today.
Tribute to African Americans in the Battle of Nashville
Held in December, this three-day commemoration pays tribute to African Americans who fought in the Battle of Nashville; a decisive Civil War engagement. Activities take place at Fort Negley, National Cemetery and Seay Hubbard Church.