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Being a Tourist in Your Own City: Nashville Summer Activities

New to the Nashville area? Lived here your whole life? Nashville isn’t currently one of the fastest growing cities in America for no reason! The city is bustling and alive, especially during the warmer months. Here are 10 creative things to do in the area this summer!

1.Farmers Markets and Flea Markets

Many Nashville neighborhoods have farmers markets or flea markets throughout the week during the summer. Especially exciting, the Nashville Farmers’ Market hosts a night market on the third Friday of every month. Everywhere stays open late and the event is family friendly. 


2.Nashville Sounds

For a classic summer event, head down to First Tennessee Park for a hot dog and a ball game!


3.Full Moon Pickin Parties

The annual Full Moon Pickin Parties are held one Friday of every month from May to October. If you haven’t already checked it out, it is a bluegrass event held at The Percy Warner Park Equestrian Center. The event includes live music, jam circles and food!


4.Street Eats

Every Thursday from 11:00AM until 2:00PM, food trucks line up on Deadrick Street between 4th and 5th avenue. The lineup changes weekly so you can always discover new delicious Nashville eats!


5.Movies in the Park

Nashville’s annual Movies in the Park is celebrating its 25th year in Elmington Park. One date has already passed, but Air Bud will be shown on June 13th and Black Panther on June 20th. The movies start at sundown!


6.Live on The Green

Live on The Green is a FREE Music Festival in Public Square Park over Labor Day weekend. The 2018 line-up boasted artists such as Jimmy Eat World, X Ambassadors and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. The 2019 line-up will be announced June 20th!


7.Tomato Art Fest

The 16th Annual Tomato art fest will be August 9th and 10th in the Five Points area of East Nashville. The tomato themed event is one of the most popular free festivals in Nashville.


8.Slumber Party at the Zoo

Zzzoofari Slumber is an overnight camping experience for families occurring this year from 4:00PM on August 31st to 9:00am on September 1st. The event is geared for children 4-12 and includes outdoor activities, crafts, corn hole and marshmallow roasting.



There are plenty of ways to get your exercise on in Nashville! One being 5Ks. Two particular 5ks that will be thrown this summer are the Predators 5k on June 29th and the Fourth of July 5k.


10.French Fest

The French Fest is thrown annually by Alliance Francias de Nashville to celebrate Bastille Day. This year it will be Saturday, July 13th from 3:00-9:00PM in Sevier Park in 12 South. The festival is free and family/dog friendly.



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