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
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.

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.

July 2
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 9
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 11-17
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 23
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.

July 23-34
Whisky Live
Jimmy Kelly Whisky

Join a community of like-minded spirits aficionados, distillers, and industry veterans from all over the globe to celebrate premium whiskies. Whisky Live is bringing exclusive tastings, education, distiller sit-downs, demonstrations, and curated food pairings to Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for an experience unlike any other.

July 29
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.

August 12-13
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.

September 10
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 16-17
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.