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.

Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston

Not too far from Downtown Nashville is the neighborhood Wedgewood-Houston which hosts an art crawl they call Arts & Music. Dozens of 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. Their current exhibit is 2019 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Umwelts 2019 (As the Crow Flies): David Brooks (September 19, 2019-January 5, 2020). Also, during the holiday season they celebrate Holiday LIGHTS (November 23, 2019-January 5, 2020) featuring cookie decorating, gingerbread workshops, LIVE reindeer, and one million lights strung across the grounds.

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. The exhibits that will be on display during the winter are Murals of North Nashville Now (August 10, 2019-January 5, 2020), Hearts of our People: Native Women Artists (September 27, 2019-January 12, 2020), OSGEMEOS: In between (September 27, 2019-January 12, 2020), and Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (October 18, 2019-February 23, 2020).

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. Auntie Claus (November 15-December 29, 2019) and Secret Soldiers: Civil War Heroines in Disguise (January 16-February 3, 2020).

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. Every Brilliant Thing (November 8-10), Patrick Barlow’s A Christmas Carol (November 29-December 22), and A Streetcar Named Desire (February 8-23) will be their winter productions.

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 enables leading artists from multiple disciplines to present brave new art in a non-traditional context. Some of their upcoming shows include Na Pista and a US Premiere (November 14, 16, & 17), Mellotron Variations (December 7), The Longest Night (December 20-21), The Day (January 18), Notes of a Native Song (January 31-February 1), and The Triangle (February 20-22).

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. Get ready to see The Elliston Trio Plays Beethoven and Tower (November 6 & 8), India.Arie with the Nashville Symphony (November 14-15), Music City Christmas with the Nashville Symphony (December 5-7), and Guerrero Conducts Handel's Messiah (December 19-22).

Shows at TPAC

With four theaters, TPAC is Nashville's official go-to spot for award winning musicals, Braodway series, and breathtaking shows. Some of their upcoming performances include CATS (November 19-24, 2019), Aladdin & His Winter Wish (December 12-22, 2019), Hamilton (December 31-January 19, 2020), My Fair Lady (February 4-9, 2020), and Blue Man Group (February 11-16, 2020).