3 Reasons to Fall in Love with Nashville this Summer

FESTIVALS FROM 12 SOUTH TO EAST NASHVILLE

CMA Fest Downtown Nashville

There’s pretty much a festival for everything, for everyone, and for every weekend, so no matter what month you come to town this summer it’s likely there will be one for you to enjoy.  With beautiful parks, sunny weather, and a variety of charming and eclectic neighborhoods, Nashville is the perfect backdrop for a festival.

In May, there was one right in our backyard, when Sevier Park Fest was held in the 12 South neighborhood. June is chock full of festivals in Nashville and just concluded its most notable festival, CMA Fest, which brings thousands from all over the nation to celebrate their love of country music.

Next up this month is the Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival which is undoubtedly destined to be a popular favorite this year thanks to the Predators incredible season and journey to the Stanley Cup Playoff finals (proceeds will benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation). You also won’t want to miss the Let Freedom Sing Music City July 4th celebration which will be jam packed with free live music, all day family friendly activities and a gorgeous fireworks display over downtown.

Additional popular upcoming festivals happening in Nashville this summer include:

Any given weekend there will be multiple events for you to experience, and what better way to learn about a city’s culture and community than to attend? For more information check out the Nashville Festival Calendar.

NASHVILLE FARM TO TABLE RESTAURANTS

Fruit Bowl From Healthy RestaurantIt’s no secret that Tennessee is one of the nation’s agricultural epicenters so it should be no surprise that our farm to table restaurants offer some of Nashville’s best dining experiences. Additionally, the booming economic growth of the city has kept it growing at rapid pace, calling for more eyes on Nashville’s culinary scene, particularly from celebrity chefs like Sean Brock , Jonathan Waxman, and Maneet Chauhan, just to name a few.

Within the past 5 years, the food scene has exploded with farm to table hotspots like Farmhouse, Adele’s, 5th & Taylor, Old School, Lockeland Table, Rolf & Daughters and the Treehouse, and that’s only just a handful. While any time of year is a fine time to dine at one of these amazing restaurants, there’s just something special about the summer season when local foods seem to be at their peak. One word of caution to those out-of-towners staying in a vacation rental, though: be sure to book in advance. These local favorites are a hot commodity and reservations can be hard to come by last minute.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Summer Concert in Downtown Nashville

There are a ton of fantastic summer concert series that take place in Nashville over the summer months. While most of these events are extremely family friendly, the Musician’s Corner series is specifically suited for kids and even features a designated educational “Kidsville” play area for little ones to enjoy.

Live on the Green is another free outdoor concert series featuring indie and alternative acts that takes place on Thursdays during August until early September.

If Bluegrass is more your style, experience some of the finest local bluegrass talent by checking out the Full Moon Pickin’ Party series which takes place at beautiful Warner Park right underneath the stars, occurring once a month now through October. And for a downtown experience in the heart of Music City, check out the brand new Ascend Amphitheater which hosts a variety of concerts all throughout the summer.