13 Spring Events in Nashville

Music City's calendar is full of celebrations. Just take a look below at the events you must attend this spring in Nashville.

Cheekwood in Bloom

On the 55-acre estate of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, over 150,000 bulbs begin to bloom during the spring. Cheekwood celebrates the occasion with Cheekwood in Bloom offering family fun events that will bring a smile to everyone's face this spring.

SEC Men's Basketball

The SEC Men's Basketball Championship sees some of the country's best teams compete on the floor of downtown Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Don't forget about FanFare! It's a free event offering four days of interactive games and displays, live entertainment, and interviews with this year's SEC Legends. The celebration is open to fans of all ages.

Tin Pan South

Tin Pan South is the world's largest songwriter festival. In 2019, more than 250 songwriters and acts performed over 90 shows in 10 different Music City venues over the course of 5 days. Dedicated to songs and those that write them, Tin Pan South is an annual event in Music City where fans get a unique, up-close-and-personal experience with the music they love. The music is spread out across the city with showcases each night at various venues.

Nashville Fashion Week

Awesome April kicks off with Nashville Fashion Week, a celebration of Music City's upcoming fashion and retail community. Each night offers a must-attend event with industry panels, parties, workshops, really good looking people, and a lot more.

Nashville Comedy Festival

Experience Nashville with a laugh. The Nashville Comedy Festival, featuring some of the funniest comedians in the world, takes place in Music City. The 2019 lineup included Ali Wong, Jim Jefferies, Tom Segura, John Crist, and much more.

Rites of Spring

Each year, Vanderbilt University showcases a weekend full of live music from a wide range of genres during Rites of Spring. This event is not limited to students; everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Last year's lineup included 21 Savage, Moon Taxi, and more.

East Nashville Beer Festival

Nashville migrates to East Park for the East Nashville Beer Festival to try the best of Music City's craft beer community. Hydrate, grab your pretzel necklace and get ready to enjoy a great spring festival in one of Nashville's unique neighborhoods. 

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

In 2009, Nashville made it a goal to plant 1,000 cherry trees within 10 years and we did it! Each year, during the spring, we celebrate those cherry trees and the friendship between Japan and America with the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival. It kicks off with a Cherry Blossom Walk, followed by festivities at Public Square Park that include demonstrations and exhibits of Japanese culture, the Ginza Marketplace with Japanese products, Taste of Japan with food from local Japanese restaurants, youthful Japanese culture, and live entertainment.

Nashville Wine and Food Festival

Get ready for Nashville Wine & Food Festival celebrating wines paired with Music City's own local chefs & cuisine along with some great live music at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The festival will feature winemakers from around the country. All guests will have the opportunity to talk with the creators of both wine and food, learn from them, and enjoy the delights of the pairings.

Earth Day Festival

Families and friends flock to Centennial Park each year for Earth Day. Music City's FREE festival features live music, plus there are over a hundred family-friendly booths hosted by community groups, environmental organizations, and government agencies.

St. Jude Rock 'N' Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

More than 30,000 runners, walkers, wheelchairs, and spectators will attempt the annual Rock 'N' Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon through the streets of Music City lined with 28 stages as live bands perform the soundtrack of the day.

Tennessee Craft Fair

Tennessee Craft is best known for its free, juried craft fairs. The May annual crafts fair in Centennial Park has served not only as a market for fine crafts, but as a conduit for demonstration programs, hands-on opportunities, and the chance to meet and talk with professional craft artists. The three-day crafts festival attracts more than 45,000 people to view the craftsmanship of more than 200 exhibitors.

Iroquois Steeplechase

Held on the second Saturday of every May at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is the premier spring race meet in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring. Multiple races are held throughout the day and the event typically attracts more than 25,000 spectators, most decked out in their finest spring wardrobe, including the biggest and best hats in the South.