Since 1980, Nashvillians have gathered in the Germantown neighborhood to celebrate everything Bavarian, especially beer and brats. Pretty much the whole section of the city shuts down for this massive street party with beer stands every couple of blocks, live German music, a Dachshund Derby, a 5K Bier Run, and all sorts of other fun activities. Go ahead and plan to take Monday off.
October 12-January 6
Frist Art Museum
“Paris 1900: City of Entertainment” is the name of an exhibition at the Frist Art Museum that will take visitors back to the time of the Paris Exposition Universelle. The exhibit will feature more than 250 works including paintings, decorative art, costumes, posters, photographs, jewelry, and sculptures that have previously been exhibited in local Parisian museums.
Actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, and DJ: Whatever Donald Glover attempts, he’s probably better at it than you are. So you’d better just give in and enjoy how talented this dude is by watching him perform as Childish Gambino at the Bridgestone Arena. Heck, he’ll probably be his own opening act.
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Kids can come in costume and trick or treat while parents socialize at this fun alternative Halloween event at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Many of the animals are nocturnal, too, so you might see some exotic zoo denizens up past their normal bedtimes as you stroll around the ground of Grassmere. The park fills up fast, so buy your tickets in advance.
For one weekend every October, downtown Nashville becomes the center of the Southern literary universe as authors gather to give lectures, readings, and sign books all around Legislative Plaza. Publishers and booksellers will have their wares for sale in tents around the plaza, and you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with all sorts of literary luminaries from the worlds of fiction and non-fiction.