8 Art Experiences in Nashville during the Winter

There's truly nothing better to warm the soul than art. Whether it be a dancer performing on stage or an artist's masterpiece. Art brings out the emotions that make us feel alive.

First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl
FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown

Take a walk through Downtown Nashville and stop by art gallery after art gallery during the FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl. It happens each month, from 6pm to 9pm, and over 20 art venues participate. The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary are must-stops when you go.

WeHo Art Crawl

Not too far from Downtown Nashville is the neighborhood Wedgewood-Houston which hosts the monthly WeHo Art Crawl. Over a dozen venues, commercial galleries, artist-run studios, and co-working spaces exhibit groundbreaking art that will offer a great experience in Music City.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Experience Cheekwood, the 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate in the United States. During the holiday season, they celebrate Holiday LIGHTS featuring cookie decorating, gingerbread workshops, LIVE reindeer, and one million lights strung across the grounds. Their current exhibits are 2020 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards (January 31-March 15) and 2020 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Hiroshi Sato (January 31-March 29). 

First Art Museum

Frist Art Museum is a world-class art center dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions. Children love to take part in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, a colorful interactive space offering thirty incredible hands-on stations that relate art concepts to Frist Art Museum exhibitions and examine ways in which art relates to everyday life and culture. An exhibit that will be on display during the winter is The Nashville Flood: Ten Years Later (January 10-May 17).

Nashville Children's Theatre

Founded in 1931, Nashville Children's Theatre provides a season of plays for kids and families by professional adult actors and has year-round drama classes for youth. NCT has been ranked as one of the top five children's theaters in the United States by TIME magazine.

Nashville Repertory Theatre

Since 1985, Nashville Repertory Theatre has been a critically acclaimed regional theatre, creating the highest quality professional productions and serving as a prime cultural, educational, and economic resource within the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities.

OZ Arts Nashville

OZ Arts Nashville is a destination for innovative contemporary art experiences. Housed in a newly-renovated former cigar warehouse, OZ’s modern, flexible performance and installation space enable leading artists from multiple disciplines to present brave new art in a non-traditional context.

Nashville Symphony

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home to the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony, is among the best acoustically in the world. Musicians from across the country have come to play in this one-of-a-kind venue.

Shows at TPAC

With four theaters, TPAC is Nashville's official go-to spot for award-winning musicals, Broadway series, and breathtaking shows.