12 Food Events this Summer

Nashville likes to eat. And not just in restaurants. We like to celebrate food. Take a look at some of the events happening this summer all dealing with the art of food.

Nashville Hot Chicken Festival
Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar Classes
Goo Goo Candy making class

Visit the Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar for a sweet treat, a little history lesson, and the chance to make your own candy bar. Taste your way through a sample of classic Clusters or customize your own.

Nashville Farmers' Market
Nashville Farmer's Market

The Farm Side is open with local produce, meats, cheeses, and more. The Market House restaurants and shops have special hours and menus. Cooking demos, wine & beer, and more make for a great night out at the Farmers' Market.

Saturdays, July-September
Food Truck Feast

The Food Truck Feast is every Saturday in July through September from 11am to 4pm at the Marketplace in East Nashville (400 Davidson Street). ​​​​While you are munching on some delicious cuisine, live music will play, beer will be available to purchase, and local vendors will offer their goods for you to purchase. Admission is free!

September 16-17
Nashville Cocktail Festival

Nashville Cocktail Festival is Tennessee's premier celebration of the craft of the cocktail, highlighting award-winning authors, boutique spirits, small-batch mixers, and the trend-setting bartenders who put it all together. It's the perfect event for those who love the art of mixology. 

September 24
Internashional Food Series

Each year, the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition organizes the InterNASHional Food Series showcasing Nashville's diverse community and its food. The second event of the series is the first-ever InterNASHional Night Market which will bring 15+ immigrant and refugee-owned food vendors together for a culinary experience like no other. The event will feature live music performances and a DJ.

September 29-October 1
Nashville Whiskey Festival

The Nashville Whiskey Festival celebrates whiskeys and bourbons, offering the opportunity for guests to meet distillers, taste whiskeys, learn about the whiskey-making process, enjoy live music, good food, and more. 

May 2023

East Nashville's food scene is on display for all to see during Yum!East. Let the fun come to you and join the online auction featuring exclusive and priceless experiences.

May 5, 2023
Cinco de Mayo
Saint Anejo Taco

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage. It commemorates the date of the Mexican army's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. Celebrate with tacos or a meal inspired by Latin American flavors. Nashville area restaurants serve authentic, flavorful meals that will have you singing for more. Nashville’s Hispanic & Latin American culture is lively and growing. Discover something new by exploring the Hispanic & Latin American culture through businesses and events celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

June 2023
Brew at the Zoo

Sampling brews from more than 80 craft breweries while strolling through the Nashville Zoo is most definitely a unique experience. Animals, live music, and food from local food trucks fill out the evening.

July 2023
Red, White, & Zoo

Savor the evening in Music City during Red, White & Zoo as you explore the Nashville Zoo's exotic habitats while tasting wine from around the world. Patrons to the event will also enjoy live music, food bites from local restaurants, and craft beer and spirits.

July 4, 2023
Music City Hot Chicken Festival
Nashville Hot Chicken Festival

Each year, hot chicken lovers gather to celebrate Nashville's unique dish on the traditional July 4 date. Nashville's best hot chicken creators offer up tastes of their fiery dishes to all. It's FREE and the perfect opportunity to try Nashville's staple food before watching the Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th celebration.

August 2023
Tomato Art Fest

The Tomato Art Fest is an art show celebrating the tomato during late summer. The festival is FREE and takes place in East Nashville’s Five Points area or online. There are multiple stages throughout the area, which host FREE music for everyone to enjoy.