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
5th Avenue of the Arts

Take a virtual walk through art gallery after art gallery during the 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.

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. Don't miss their current exhibit, Chihuly at Cheekwood (July 18, 2020-January 10, 2021).

Frist Art Museum
Museums 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. Museum exhibits that will be on display during the winter are Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar (February 20, 2020-January 3, 2021), We Count: First-Time Voters (May 1, 2020-January 3, 2021), Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World (October 9, 2020-January 10, 2021), and 2020 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs (October 9, 2020-February 7, 2021)

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 Children’s Theatre is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2020-2021 with dazzling new productions, exciting drama classes, and the most unique special events in the city.

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. All productions have been postponed for 2020 so be sure to check back for the 2021 schedule.

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 Long Distance (October 1-December 21).

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. All concerts have been postponed for 2020 so be sure to check back for the 2021 schedule.

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. TPAC's Salon Series, which runs until December 8, is free and features entertaining and interactive online conversations that explore the diversity of Nashville’s arts and culture community.