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.

Jefferson Street Art
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. Exhibits Manhattan Memories: Soaring Towers and Park Visions of Jefferson Hayman and A.C. Webb (November 20, 2021-February 13, 2022) and more.

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 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 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 the show 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. Check out the exhibit 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 The Music of the Beatles (January 13-15), Symphony in Space! (January 15), Brian McKnight (January 17), Tchaikovsky's Pathetique (January 20-22), Ballet Folklórico de México (January 23), Final Fantasy VII Remake Orchestra World Tour (January 28), Disco Fever: Get Down Tonight (February 3-5), Carnival of the Animals (February 5), Pat Metheny with James Francies & Joe Dyson (February 7), Brahms, Birds, and "Blue Cathedral" (February 11-12). Rocketman (February 17-18), Joyce Yang (February 24-26), Celtic Thunder: Ireland (February 27), Gregory Porter (February 28), 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. This year's shows include Disney's The Lion King (January 6-23) and more.