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
First Saturday Art Crawl
Art Crawl

Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of every month when art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings. Over 1,000 people attend this very popular monthly event. Presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, the galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art. The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary are must-stops when you go.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Cheekwood Lights

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.

Frist Art Museum
Frist Art Museum in Nashville

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. This winter, come and see exhibits like American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918-1939 (October 8, 2021-January 2, 2022), Mary Sibande: Blue Purple Red (October 8, 2021-January 2, 2022), and Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City (November 5, 2021-January 30, 2022).

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. Nashville Children’s Theatre is celebrating its 91st anniversary in 2021-2022 with dazzling new productions, exciting drama classes, and the most unique special events in the city. The whole family can enjoy shows like The Elves and the Shoemaker (November 26-December 19) and Peter Pan: Wendy's Adventure to Neverland (February 10-March 27).

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. This year, enjoy shows like Ragtime (November 11-14), A Christmas Story (December 2-19), and School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (February 10-20).

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. Exhibits include Miwa Matreyek (November 11-13), Dave Ragland, Shabaz Ujima, Inversion Vocal Ensamble, Diaspora Orchestra (December 2-5), and Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE (February 10-12).

Nashville Symphony
Nashville Symphony Conductor

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. Some performances include 1964 The Tribute (November 7), Kenny G & The Nashville Symphony (November 12-13), Strings on Prade with Jun Iwasaki (November 18-20), Jennifer Nettles with the Nashville Symphony - Under the Mistletoe (November 30-December 1), The Muppet Christmas Carol (December 3-5), Music City Christmas with the Nashivlle Symphony (December 16-19), and more.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Tennessee Performing Arts Center

With four theaters, TPAC is Nashville's official go-to spot for award-winning musicals, Broadway series, and breathtaking shows. Experience art through Broadway at TPAC, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. Some of this year's shows include Nashville's Nutcracker (November 27-December 24), A Christmas Story (December 2-19), A Charlie Brown Christmas Live (December 16-22), Disney's The Lion King (January 6-23), and more.