Actually Fun Things To Do in Nashville This Weekend
Ride your bike, take a whiskey tour, and celebrate Dolly Parton.
Whether you want to celebrate the music of the ’90s or discover the greatest musical instrument innovations of today, Nashville has got you covered this weekend. You can also get some fresh air on a bracing bike ride or by planting some trees to help beautify East Nashville. Personally, we’re looking forward to a little introspection at a group meditation event in Shelby Park. Who are we kidding? We’re totally going to drink whiskey at Pennington Distilling. Here are the best things to do in Nashville this weekend.
The National Association of Music Merchandisers is one of the biggest events in Nashville every year, but it’s usually limited to professional players and music stores. This year, it’s opening the (virtual) doors to anyone who wants to (virtually) attend with a week of seminars and events that will interest anyone who loves and believes in the power of music. Online panels will feature performers like Lzzy Hale, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Jackson Browne, and others plus live performances sponsored by gear manufacturers. Act like a music insider without having to go outside.
Pennington Distilling makes local favorites like Pickers Vodka, Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream, and Davidson Reserve whiskeys. The distillery opened its tasting room for sampling and for socially distant tours of their distillery on weekends, and you can also pick up bottles, barware, branded clothing and other distillery swag to take home to remember your visit. Tours and tastings are $6 apiece, or you can combo them for the no discount price of $12.
Cost: $6 and up
Show what a badass you are by taking a ride with your friends from Walk, Bike Nashville on any of the routes that they are organizing for group excursions around town on this chilly day. To maintain safe protocols, they’re encouraging folks to organize their own groups of quaranteams to travel at their own pace, but the experience will still be communal and invigorating.
Shelby Avenue is literally one of East Nashville’s major arteries in that it connects downtown to the heart of the neighborhood. Nashville Tree Conservation Corp is working to beautify the city with strategic tree plantings, and they'll be meeting up with volunteers to plant some foliage along the avenue. Help them build a new urban arboretum. They’ll bring the shovel, so all you have to do is stock up on IcyHot for afterwards.
If you’ve ever visited the whimsical Graduate Nashville Hotel, you’re aware that Dolly Parton is their patron saint. Not only does she appear in much of the artwork adorning the hotel, but her altruistic vibe drives the gestalt of the entire property. In honor of St. Dolly’s birthday week, the Graduate is hosting a Dolly-themed mini market in the hotel lobby featuring items from local tastemakers such as Sam Sidney, KCG Cookies, and The Tilly Goose. Dolly’s Imagination Library that distributes books to children all over the state will benefit from a portion of the sales, so go help out the kids. There’s also talk of a Dolly balloon sculpture installation, and we can only imagine what that might look like!
Fat Kat Slim’s is a good time any time, with its upscale retro diner vibe and menu, but when they bring Ana Trio in to belt out your favorite '90s tunes from their small stage, it’s totally a party! Singing along is encouraged, well, damned near mandatory, and they’ll be offering drink specials to lower your inhibitions. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the words; it’s all about the enthusiasm.
A lot of us could use a little centering right about now, just a little time for introspection and decompression. Nashville Meditates invites the public to join them for an hour of mediation, sitting, walking and not doom scrolling in the bucolic environs of Shelby Park. They follow the silent hour with some Buddhist studies that will open your mind and heart. If the weather is nice, the group meets outdoors or in the Windmill Hill Shelter at Shelby Park if it’s too chilly to chill in nature.
There’s no easier way to brighten up your household than by bringing home some flowers, but if you’re like most of us, you probably just dig the vase out from under the sink and stuff the bouquet in it. You can do better! Instead, why not paint some lovely florals that you can hang permanently at home after taking this painting workshop which will teach you how to assemble a lovely collage? Bring any art supplies you want to play with or they’ll provide the materials for a small additional fee.
Gaylord Opryland Resort plays host to this massive wedding show put on by Perfect Wedding Guide. It’s not just for the bride-to-be either as guys are invited to (quietly) contribute their input into important decisions associated with impending nuptials. Vendors will be on hand to provide just about any service you could imagine to help plan the perfect wedding, and there will be all sorts of giveaways to help absorb some of that budget. Plus, if it gets too overwhelming, you could alway elope and take a quick honeymoon at the Opryland Resort!
Cost: $15 and up
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