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.

April 30
Picnic with the Library
Nashville Public Library Picnic

Picnic with the Library is an annual, family-focused event that raises funds for Nashville Public Library's Wishing Chair Productions, storytimes, Puppet Trucks, and early literacy initiatives reaching more than 100,000 children and their families each year. Attracting more than 200 families annually, Picnic with the Library features family-friendly activities including puppet shows, musical performances, crafts, face painting, photo booths, and more.

May 5
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.

May 6
Sip TN

Sip TN, is Nashville's first all Tennessee wine festival and coming to the Nashville Farmers' Market this season. Wine producers from across the state will showcase their best selection during this festive food event. Plus, there will be live music, artisan crafts, and gourmet food.

May 13
Strawberry Jubilee

Save the date for all things strawberry! Nashville Farmers' Market will have tons of fun activities for the whole family, live music, and strawberry-themed specials from our vendors!

May 18

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.

June 2
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.

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!

July 1
Music City Jerk Festival

Take part in Nashville’s Annual Jamaican and Caribbean Food Festival at Music City Walk of Fame Park this Summer. Enjoy the tantalizing flavors of authentic Island cuisine while basking in the atmosphere rich with Culture from the Tropical Islands of the Caribbean, live music, and activities for the entire family. Free general admission to access food & craft vendors with the option to purchase picnic-style seating stage side for live music and entertainment!

July 1
Watermelon Festival
Lucky Ladd Watermelon Fest

Crawl on down to Lucky Ladd Farms for some summertime family fun and enjoy a FREE slice of refreshing watermelon. Cool off in the Splash Zone featuring a Splash Pad, Bubble Blast Pool, inflatable water slides, and more. Test your skills and win prizes in the Watermelon Crawl and Watermelon Eating Contests.

July 4
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.