10 Things to do in Nashville this Fall
We invite you to experience for yourself what makes Nashville special during the Winter months. It’s a city that resonates with life and vibrates to the beat of every kind of song. It’s a town that sizzles with American music, Southern hospitality, unbelievable cuisine and a boundless spectrum of nightlife. Come join us and together we will keep the music playing!
- Hit the Hall — Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This isn’t just a museum; it’s an experience with something for everyone. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments, and tear-stained lyric sheets are only the beginning, as the museum is home to the largest collection of country music artifacts in the world. Current exhibits include The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, and Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You. Don’t miss the Music City Walk of Fame across the street in Walk of Fame Park, where music celebrities who lived, worked and played in Nashville are commemorated with sidewalk stars.
- Ride the Row — Take a tour of Music Row and visit historic RCA Studio B, the famous recording studio where Elvis recorded over 200 songs. Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold and many more recorded classic hits here. Not surprisingly, the heartbeat of Music City is driven by music—from country to classical.
- Visit the Home Of the Greek Gods — In Nashville’s Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon houses an art gallery and museum as well as Alan LeQuire’s Athena Parthenos. Standing at almost 42 feet in height, Athena is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
- Take In a Songwriters-In- the-Round Show — One of the most unique ways to hear music in Nashville is at a songwriters show. Typically called a “writers night”, songwriters are put somewhere where they are not used to being - in the spotlight. Several singer/songwriters will play ‘in-the round’ as they sit on stage accompanied only by a microphone, a guitar and their immense talent. These shows can be found in small, intimate clubs all over town, including the famous Bluebird Cafe.
- Time To Shop — Check out the unique shopping Nashville has to offer. Stroll through the great antique stores and boutiques that fill neighborhoods like East Nashville, 12South and Hillsboro Village. Get some holiday shopping finished at Gaylord Opryland’s Country Christmas or the annual Christmas Village show, or catch the post-holiday sales at Opry Mills. Don't miss the Antiques and Garden Show, one of many shows during Antiques Week in February.
- Visit the Ryman Auditorium — Sure, it’s called the “Mother Church of Country Music,” but artists as diverse as Jon Bon Jovi and Tony Bennett perform on its legendary stage. Since 1892, the world’s greatest stars have headlined the Ryman Auditorium, from Caruso to Cash. You can take a backstage tour and record your own song in the Ryman recording studio.
- Take a Timeless Journey — The stars of the Grand Ole Opry perform every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night with guest appearances by the biggest names in music. With 87 years under its belt, it’s the world’s longest-running radio broadcast and shows no signs of slowing down.
- Salute — Three U.S. Presidents called Tennessee home - Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. You can revisit the past at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Polk is buried on the grounds of the historic State Capitol building.
- Visit Honky Tonk Highway — Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, The Stage, Bluegrass Inn and Robert’s Western World are all experts at serving up cool longnecks and hot country music. You never know who you’ll see in these Lower Broadway clubs in the shadow of the Ryman. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley and other stars began their careers on Lower Broad.
- Special Events — Winter in Nashville features a full slate of cultural celebrations, concerts, theatrical performances, and sporting events. Be sure to check out the 2 million indoor and outdoor Christmas lights that transform Gaylord Opryland into a Winter Wonderland. Take your family to the Nashville Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’, or to TPAC’s performance of ‘A Christmas Story', 'Nashville's Nutcracker', or Studio Tenn's 'A Christmas Carol.' Grab your jersey and catch all the action at a Nashville Predators hockey game, at a variety of college basketball games, or at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Ring out the old and sing in the new during Music City’s Bash on Broadway as thousands count down the seconds to a Happy New Year. Although there’s a chill in the air, Nashville will warm up your post-holiday spirits with the Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry, and with the celebration of Black History Month taking place throughout the month of February.