Everything You Must Do in Nashville This Weekend

Crawfish season has officially started.

Tax Day has been put off for another month, so take advantage of the extra time by enjoying a glorious weekend of outdoor activities in and around Nashville. Whether you take your dog for a walk in the park or listen to “Sugar Magnolia” under the dogwoods, it’ll be a fine time to take advantage of robust efficacy to get some fresh air. Crawfish season also kicks off with a bountiful boil at a favorite local distillery, so don’t forget to suck the head!

Channel your inner Dead Head with Dark Star Orchestra at the Caverns

Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18
Pelham, Tennessee 
The only thing better than catching a show by this premier Grateful Dead tribute in the lovely fields above the Caverns would be seeing them inside the cave below. But alas, we’re not quite there yet. However, this show staged in the socially distanced amphitheater overlooking Payne’s Cove should be a magical evening. (Plus, the restrooms are inside the caverns, so you’ll have a chance for a little subterranean experience if you want it.)
Cost: $70 and up

Take your pooch for a stroll at Dogs and Dogwoods

Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18
West Nashville
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens opens up their grounds to four-legged friends for a day of puppy photo opportunities in their fields of flowers and dogwood forest. It’s the perfect opportunity to include your furrier family members in the annual Xmas card photo.
Cost: $13 and up

Take a Mint Julep Mural Tour

Friday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17
Nashville is filled with public art, thanks to numerous mutual installations on walls all over town. Rather than map out your own scavenger hunt, let the good folks at Mint Julep Tours do the driving for a gun private tour that includes bonus drinks and sweets to keep you going during the ride. Make sure your phone and camera are charged up for a day of serious ‘Gramming.
Cost: $89

Quiet your "monkey mind" with Tai Chi River

Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18
Have you ever thought about improving your flexibility and balance through yoga, but just didn’t really want to get down on the floor and deal with all that twisting and stretching? Then the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi might be perfect for you. At Tai Chi River, you can take part in online sessions throughout the month for less than the price of a large pizza, plus you’ll receive access to a whole catalog of recorded lessons for a quick ten minute pick me up. All you need is four square feet of space and some comfy clothes to experience all the health benefits of these entertaining sessions. All ages and expertise levels are welcome to dip their toes in the River.
Cost: $18

Pick a sack of mudbugs at Crustaceans in the Nations at Pennington Distilling Co.

Saturday, April 17
The Nations
This year’s big crawfish boil at Pennington DIstilling Co. will be a drive-thru affair, but it should still be quite entertaining. They’ll have live music and the tasting room will be open, so you can drop by to pick up some fine canned cocktails or spirits to accompany your order of boiled crawdaddies with the usual accoutrements of corn, potatoes and spicy sausage. As they say in Cajun country, “Aiyyeeee!”
Cost: $8 and up

Eat, drink and do commerce at Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18
West Nashville
The open-air ONEC1TY complex off Charlotte is the site for this free weekend of shop ops from booths of local artisans offering up their wares as part of one of the city’s best crafts fairs. Some of Nashville’s favorite food trucks will be on-hand to provide the eats, and craft cocktails and beers will also be available while you shop and stroll around the park.
Cost: Free

Get your ears pinned by by the soulful sounds of Charles Wigg Walker

Friday, April 16
The Gulch
Even at the ripe old age of 80, Charles “Wigg” Walker still brings the soulful sounds as he fronts a band of ace musicians at Rudy’s Jazz Room. The organ will be pumping and the horns will be tight as Walker takes the audience through a grooving collection of his R&B hits from throughout his decades of performing. Get down there and get down!
Cost: $22 and up

Check out Fifth + Broadway's month-long celebration of local art

Saturday, April 17
Not only is the new Fifth + Broadway and fantastic spot for shopping, eating and drinking, but they also demonstrate a commitment to public art with a collection of murals from local artists decorating the walls of the outdoor complex. To celebrate their artsy side, they’re holding a special opening event with an artist meet and greet, sidewalk chalk artists and complementary in-store art activations.
Cost: Free

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Chris Chamberlain is a food, drink, and travel writer based out of his hometown of Nashville. Find him on Twitter @CeeElCee
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