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 Nashville Farmers' Market offers a vibrant and bustling atmosphere where locals and visitors alike can explore a wide variety of local produce, meats, and cheeses. It's a place where the community comes together to enjoy not only shopping but also special events like cooking demos and tastings of local wines and beers. With its unique blend of Market House restaurants and shops, the Nashville Farmers' Market provides a delightful experience for a fun and tasty night out.

July 25-27

The Nashville Wine Auction brings together wine enthusiasts and collectors each year to support cancer research and treatment initiatives. Participants are treated to a sophisticated experience, featuring tastings of rare vintages and the opportunity to meet esteemed winemakers.

August 9-10
Tomato Art Fest

The Tomato Art Fest is a vibrant celebration that pays homage to tomatoes in late summer. Situated in the bustling Five Points area of East Nashville, this free festival delights attendees with its multiple stages featuring live music, creating a lively atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

August 17
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 food & craft vendors with the option to purchase picnic-style seating stageside for live music and entertainment!

August 24
Music City Brewer's Festival

Grab your pretzel necklace for the annual beer festival that celebrates brew from local, regional, national, and international breweries. Live music and food also play a key role in this summer staple event happening at GEODIS Park.

August 24
Watermelon Festival

Join the Nashville Farmers' Market in a celebration of the Southern favorite that really beats the heat! Nashville's free premiere watermelon festival will be all things watermelon, watermelon tastings, produce specials, food trucks, a DJ cranking some epic tunes, and more.

September 1
Old School BBQ Festival

Get down during the annual Old School BBQ Festival happening at Riverfront Park. Don't miss this event that highlights the aroma of traditional BBQ & soul food cooking in the air while bringing together families and friends in an outdoor social setting for a day of reunion, information, and live national award-winning entertainment.

September 7
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 14
Wine on the River

Each year guests are welcome to sample wine, beer, and spirits from different regions spanning the globe, and enjoy live jazz music during the annual Wine on the River at Riverfront Park. Regions featured include Australia, New Zealand, California, France, Germany, Italy, South America, Spain, Tennessee, and the US.

September 21
InterNASHional Night Market

Each year, the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition organizes the InterNASHional Night Market, showcasing more than 25 local international restauranteurs, food vendors, and performers for an exciting night of tastings, performances, and community. This blend of global influences creates a unique and enriching experience, making Nashville a grand forum of cultures.