The Nashville Festivals are a celebration of music and history. The music industry's draw brings together songwriters and musicians that make this possible.
The history of the area from the time of settlement, the civil war, and present times are celebrated by re-enactments and festivals. They are to celebrate past struggles, enjoy the present, and to plan for the future.
There is even a castle with it's own festival about 16th century England.
I love these festivals. They dress up in period clothing and become a part of the festival. The smell of the food and the sound of music as it drifts over the crowd is amazing. The people that put these events on are very professional and that is what makes them awesome.
I think in order to get a better feel for the area, I must go beyond Nashville. That is why I have festivals and fairs from the surrounding counties also.
Here in Nashville there is fun for the whole family. If you brought
you kids to the fairs and festivals, the kids may still want to go on
some fun rides and play video and arcade games. Come to the
Nashville Fun and Games Page
and see some kids entertainment.
Tin Pan South Song and Songwriters Festival celebrates the songwriters and their songs. It is an early spring festival and the world's largest of its kind. It is a five day event of legendary and up-and-coming songwriters and performers.
Nashville Film Festival - This is an 8 day spring festival that takes place at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. Enjoy the stadium style seating and Dolby digital sound. There is free parking in a six tier parking garage behind the theater. The address is 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville Tennessee.
Tennessee Renaissance Festival - Every weekend in May. It is about 25 miles south of Nashville, but worth the trip. The time is 16th Century England, and the village of Covington Glen is full of activities. It is a Renaissance Marketplace with over 60 skilled artisans that display their wares from silks to swords, and gems to jewels. Mouth watering aromas of food, and the sound of musicians are in the air. Located at 2124 New Castle Rd, Arrington, TN 37014.
Tennessee Craft Fair - In May, it is a three day weekend event held in Centennial Park. This is the state's premier outdoor showcase for fine craft. The event attracts over 45,000 people to see what 180 of the finest artisans and craftspeople of Tennessee have to offer. It is located at West End Avenue and 25th Avenue in front of the Parthenon.
Historic Rural Life Festival - In May, this Nashville Festival held at the Agricultural Museum in Nashville, looks at the history of agriculture by displaying farm animals, and traditional crafts. There will be shade tree activities and demonstrations such as sheep shearing, butter churning, gardening, and story-telling. This is a good family activity that is both educational and entertaining.
Songwriters Festival - In June, this Nashville Festival is held on the third weekend of June, every year. You will hear original music on multiple outdoor stages and open sing rings on the street. Along with the live performances, there are open house and educational events going on. Festival for Songwriters will be located in the Music Row area.
CMA Music Festival - In June, this Nashville Festival is a four day festival with daytime events at the riverfront stage, and evening concerts at LP Field. To get the best of this experience, it is a must to purchase a four-day pass. The four-day pass is divided into several price packages. Located on Broadway downtown Nashville.
Fourth of July Nashville Festival - This Nashville Festival begins at noon, and the pre-show music goes from 3 to 6 PM. The evening concert will start at 7 PM and the fireworks show will begin around 9 PM. This annual event attracts more than 100,000 spectators and is hailed as the best fireworks display in the Nation. Located at Riverfront Park on 1st Avenue in downtown Nashville.
Wilson County Fair - In August, it hosts a wide array of attractions, competitions, entertainment, and special events which make it fun for the whole family. Located at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, Tn 615-443-2626.
Oktoberfest - In October, this Nashville Festival, is a one day event. There will be authentic German food and beverages, Polka Dancing, Street Performers, tours of Historic buildings, arts, crafts and specialty booths. This is good fun for the whole family. Located at 7th Avenue and Monroe Street in Nashville.
Music and Molasses Festival - In October, this Arts and Crafts Festival is a celebration of the harvest season. It is held on the third weekend of October from 9 AM to 4 PM. It has two music stages and many demonstrations including molasses making.
You will be entertained by bluegrass music, story-tellers,
country cloggers, a grist mill, free buggy rides, and much more. Good
entertainment for the family. Located at the Agricultural Museum in
Celebration of Culture Festival - In October, this Nashville Festival held in Centennial Park, takes an authentic look at the customs and traditions of the participating cultures. The backdrop will be a global village that you will walk through and see the dances, food and clothing of each culture. They will speak their native languages. A center stage demonstration of cultural talents and traditions. It is located at West End Avenue and 25th Avenue close to the Parthenon.
Mt Juliet Pow Wow - is a celebration of American Indian Heritage. It is held in the Charlie Daniels Park in Mt Juliet, Tennessee just 15 minutes from Nashville. It is an annual two day event filled with Native American music and dancing. You will enjoy watching a Hoop Dancer, sample native food, and browse the displays of arts and crafts. There is also a Silversmith on site. The address is 1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway, Mt Juliet, TN 37122, or you can call 615-443-1537.
Re-enactment, The Battle of Franklin is a 3 day Re-enactment of the Civil War Battle in Franklin, Tennessee. Franklin is located about 30 minutes south of Nashville just off of Interstate 65.
Re-enactment, Daniel Smith Colonial Days is an annual two day re-enactment and Colonial Fair. The time is from 1760 to 1800 when Tennessee was still a frontier.
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