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.


East Nashville's food scene is on display for all to see during Yum!East. Join the fun in May & June for 3 different experiences, as well as other delicious fundraising opportunities, to enjoy all that the East neighborhood has to offer.

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.

May 16
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 award-winning early literacy initiatives that change the lives of more than 100,000 children. This year’s theme of Alice in Wonderland recognizes that we have all been “down the rabbit hole” in the past year. Visitors have the option to "picnic" at home or celebrate together outside.

June 26
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.

July 13-19
Nashville Scene's Burger Week
Acme Burger

The Nashville Scene has partnered with several Music City eateries to present Burger Week for all burger lovers to enjoy. Multiple restaurants will serve their best of this American classic at discounted prices. This year's participating restaurants included Double Dogs, Fleet Street Pub, Germantown Pub, Burger Joint, Jack Brown's, and more.

July 17
Music City Jerk Festival

Take part in Nashville’s Annual Jamaican and Caribbean Food Festival. Try authentic food and experience the culture from the Islands at Riverfront Park this summer.

August 13-14
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.

August 21
Sweet Corn Fun Fest
Lucky Ladd Corn Box

Late summer brings super sweet fun for all! Lucky Ladd Farms will be serving up everybody's seasonal favorite - fresh roasted sweet corn on the cob dripping with warm butter and covered in your favorite flavored seasoning. Test your skills and win prizes in the Corn Eating and Corn Shucking Competitions. Kids can cool off on the inflatable water slides, splash pad, and bubble blast.

September 5-October 17
Internashional Food Series

Each year, the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition organizes the InterNASHional Food Crawl showcasing Nashville's diverse community and its food. Patrons to the event are guaranteed to try at least 8 different restaurants. This year, InterNASHional Food Series is a two-month lineup of events, both virtual and take-out, that will highlight the most talented chefs in the region.