Events

Everything You Must Do in Nashville on Your Next Visit

Updated On 12/19/2017 at 05:44PM EST Updated On 12/19/2017 at 05:44PM EST
Nick Cave's Soundsuit
Nick Cave's Soundsuit | John Schweikert
December
Nick Cave's Soundsuit
Nick Cave's Soundsuit | John Schweikert
December
Wednesday - Friday
Dec 20-Jun 1
Downtown
Musician Nick Cave also dabbles in the visual arts, and this display of his funky, human-shaped sculptures made from scavenged materials is just part of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ multimedia exhibition. Prepare to have your mind expanded.
Cost: $12
Saturday
Dec 23
Downtown
Mega-star Garth Brooks sold more than 6 million tickets to his North American tour, but he chose to end it with a multi-night run in Nashville. He’s sure to make the finale night something special if you can can make it. If it's sold out and you still want to go, try StubHub.
Cost: Tickets start at $74.98
Sunday - Sunday
Dec 24-31
East Nashville
As if Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve weren’t already reason enough to party, the Tennessee Titans scheduled their last two regular season homes games on those consecutive Sundays. Their season finale against the Jaguars might very well be for a playoff spot. For tips on the #TitanUp tailgating and spots like Acme Feed & Seed and Back Alley Diner offering specials, check out Nashville Guru's game day guide.
Cost: $40-$275
Thursday - Friday
Dec 28-29
Downtown
As part of the festivities for the 20th annual Music City Bowl -- when the Northwestern University Wildcats face off against the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky in a feline fracas -- organizers will block off Lower Broad to set up a free fan zone with two days of food, drinks, activities, demos, and music. A real highlight will be the Live Fire on Broadway area where some of Nashville’s best chefs will be cooking up free food for anyone who wants some!
Cost: Tailgate is free; game tickets are $16-$217
Thursday
Dec 28
Downtown
There’s nothing half-assed about the full brass on display when the full marching bands of the participating Music City Bowl contestants meet up at the base of Broadway for a full-on battle. The crowd votes to choose the winner, so be a part of the jury.
Cost: Free
Sunday
Dec 31
Downtown
We get it: Nobody looks cool in the vintage Aloha shirt if you have to wear a down jacket over it. Fret not, because it will be warm and cozy inside the Bridgestone arena when Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band welcome 2018 with an evening of frivolity and boat drinks.
Cost: $200-$275
Sunday
Dec 31
Germantown
Lower Broad is always a bit of a zoo, and on New Year’s Eve it’s even crazier. So consider heading down to Bicentennial Mall instead for fireworks and free musical performances from Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Carly Pearce, Jonny P, Larkin Poe, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
Cost: Free
Sunday
Dec 31
12 South
This all-inclusive fundraiser for the W.O. Smith music school is always popular thanks to an open bar with top-shelf spirits, great beers, all-night bubbles, food, and pumping music. Black tie is optional, and free shuttles are available to and from many local neighborhoods.
Cost: $150
January
polar plunge
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January
Monday
Jan 1
East Nashville
If jumping into a 40-degree pool of water at the Polar Plunge doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, what if you found out you were raising money for the Special Olympics? That would make it worth it, wouldn’t it? Form a team, gather some pledges, and get plunging!
Cost: Minimum $75 donation to participate
Thursday
Jan 4
Downtown
War Memorial Auditorium is the venue for these concerts hosted by SiriusXM radio personality Storme Warren and country artist Joe Denim. In a town full of great performers, organizers have pulled some A-list talent for these shows in the past including Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, and Martina McBride. These concerts go down on the first Thursday of every month, and a few upcomers include Tim Montana, Love & Theft, and Earl Bud Lee.
Cost: $25
Tuesday
Jan 16
Downtown
When the NHL calendar came out for this year, a lot of Preds fans thought they might head out to Vegas to watch the newest expansion team take on our boys in gold. Then it turned out the game was on January 2 when hotels in Sin City are still quadruple the normal price. Oh well -- you can always welcome the Golden Knights to town with some good, old-fashioned Southern inhospitality. If you can't make it to the game, keep on the lookout for viewing parties at any of the usual haunts around town.
Cost: $34-$220
Thursday - Thursday
Jan 18-Mar 15
Private homes around town
University School of Nashville offers a series of classes for adults where you can learn new arts & crafts skills, how to cook, all about wine and spirits, or take exclusive tours of some of Nashville’s hidden treasures. You’ll be helping out the school’s scholarship fund while edifying yourself and having a great time.
Cost: $59-$99
Thursday - Saturday
Jan 18-20
Downtown
Nashville’s Grammy Award-winning symphony orchestra will entertain audiences with the music of Elvis during this three-night stand. In addition to the classical takes on his tunes, the King’s wife Priscilla will be on hand to share her stories and memories of Elvis.
Cost: $30-$135
Friday
Jan 26
Downtown
Watch a talented troupe of actors create a spooky storyline that you might even get dragged into as part of the show. Your job is to figure out who the perpetrator is when the show is over. Bonus: You get a nostalgic pasta meal at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
Cost: $62.95
February
Nashville Wine Auction
Nashville Wine Auction | SheHeWe Photography
February
Friday
Feb 16
Downtown
This magical extravaganza is straight from Broadway and features prestidigitators that you might have seen on various television talent shows. Some of their tricks are small, sleight-of-hand routines, while others will dazzle you with huge dramatic effects.
Cost: $30-$70
Saturday
Feb 17
Germantown
These two fun runs take off from Bicentennial Mall and wind around downtown before finishing back at the Mall after the tour. Runners enjoy chocolate treats before and after the run and all along the route. You can burn off those calories at the same time.
Cost: $49-$79
Saturday
Feb 17
Sobro
A sister event to Wine on the River, the party moves inside for this grand tasting. Attendees enjoy more than 30 wines, beers, and spirits, as well as snacks from many of Nashville’s favorite restaurants. Plus, it makes for a fun, late Valentine’s date to get a little dressed up and head downtown.
Cost: $69-$125
Thursday - Saturday
Feb 22-24
Downtown
The Nashville Wine Auction has raised millions of dollars by bringing generous wine lovers to the table to enjoy fantastic food and drink. At their annual Pairings event, they team up Nashville chefs with guest cooks from another city to put on a full weekend of eating and drinking opportunities. This year they’re bringing in a bunch of chefs from New Orleans, so you know it’ll be off the chain.
Cost: $125-$275
Friday
Feb 23
East Nashville
Wait, what? The father of funk is coming to TopGolf, possibly the most white-bread attraction in town? That’s right, baby! TopGolf has a 500-person music venue attached, and George Clinton is bringing his Parliament Funkadelic Mardi Gras Madness Tour to town. This will be ridiculous and amazing. Fore!
Cost: $35
Sunday
Feb 25

Rock out with half of the Black Keys at the Mother Church

Rock out with half of the Black Keys at the Mother Church

Downtown
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys moved to Nashville from the Rust Belt (from Akron, to be specific), and we'll happily claim him as a resident now. This night is sure to be a warm homecoming gig when he plays the Ryman Auditorium with his other band, The Easy Eye Sound Revue.
Cost: $25-$65
Wednesday - Sunday
Feb 28-Mar 4
Downtown
Nashville signed a deal with the Southeastern Conference to host either the men’s or women’s hoops conference championship tournament every year for a dozen years, and 2018 is the ladies’ time to shine. All 14 teams from across the conference will descend on downtown with their rabid fan bases, so go be part of the action.
Cost: $100
March
Dustin Diamond
Dustin Diamond | Taylor Hill/Getty Images Entertinament
March
Thursday
Mar 1
Melrose
OK, maybe he wasn’t “saved by the bell” when he appeared on celebrity boxing and wrestling shows after his career as a teen actor was done, but Dustin Diamond has a lifetime of crazy experiences to draw from for his stand-up routine. (Hint: “rhymes with hex” tape.)
Cost: $20