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
Ongoing
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.

June 18-20, July 16-18, 24, & 31
Goo Goo Summer Pop-Ups
Goo Goo Shop

The Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar will close for the summer with plans to unveil the new experiential Goo Goo Chocolate Co. in September. While the shop & dessert bar will be in the midst of a total(-ly awesome) transformation, you can still find Goo Goo Summer Pop-ups throughout Music City.

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.

July 23, August 20, & September 10
A Summer of Antinori

Each year the Nashville Wine Auction brings together wine enthusiasts and collectors to fund the fight against cancer. This year, join the Summer of Antinori for a taste of Piemonte at Giovanni Ristorante, an expression of Napa Valley at E3 Chophouse, and Toscana al Fresco at Johnny Haffner's Porch.

July 30
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 31
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 Music City Walk of Fame Park.

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 7-11
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.