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
Nashville Street Food Month

Nashville celebrates the month of May with Nashville Street Food Month. It’s day after day of Nashville's famed food trucks parked and ready to serve delicious treats to the masses. What’s really cool is a portion of all the profits from the individual food trucks go to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Join in on the celebration.

May 30

East Nashville's food scene is on display for all to see during Yum!East. Over twenty different restaurants from this Nashville neighborhood will be there to provide a taste of their goods. And like any great Music City event there will be live music to keep the party going until closing time. It all takes place at Pavilion East.

May 31
Brew at the Zoo

Sampling brews from so many craft breweries, while strolling through the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is most definitely a unique experience. An animal show, live music, and food from local food trucks fill out the evening.

June 1
Taste of Music City

Taste of Music City is Nashville's largest food and drink festival happening at Public Square Park. One ticket offers unlimited samplings of food and drink from some of the best restaurants and beverage crafters in Nashville and beyond. Taste Music City's best - all in one festival.

July 4
Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Every year on the 4th of July, hot chicken lovers gather at East Park for the Music City Hot Chicken Festival. 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 you head over to Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th celebration.

July 27
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 9-10
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. There are multiple stages throughout the area, which host FREE music for everyone to enjoy.

August 10
Annual Harvest Party

The annual Arrington Vineyards Harvest Party offers a free day of music, hot air balloons, food, and wine, set among a beautiful backdrop of vineyards. It's a wonderful time to cherish the coming season with good friends and family.

August 17
Sweet Corn Fun Festival

Lucky Ladd Farms, Tennessee's largest petting zoo, plans to celebrate corn on the cob with family fun activities like Corn Eating, Corn Shucking, and Sweet Corn Selfie Competitions.

September 1
Old School BBQ Festival

Get down with After 7, Avant, Keke Wyatt, and more during the annual Old School BBQ Festival happening at Fairgrounds Speedway. Make sure to bring your appetite, too, as food will be a major feature during this Nashville event.

September 7
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 20-22
Music City Food + Wine Festival

Music City Food + Wine Festival is the creation of Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon, world-renowned chef Jonathan Waxman, C3 Presents, and Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn. The country's top chefs and wine, spirit, and beer crafters join chefs from in and around Nashville at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Music City Walk of Fame Park for three days of panels, showcases, cooking demos, meals, and more.