Fun in Nashville

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Hit the Hall — Kick off your Nashville experience with a day at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The world’s largest popular music museum offers ever-changing exhibits featuring the legends of country music past and today’s hottest stars. Grab a bite to eat inside the museum at 2|22 Eatery, a full-service restaurant serving Southern favorites, or at Bajo Sexto, an authentic Mexican taqueria. Then take some time to explore the museum’s two retail stores offering locally-made gifts, clothing, and a comprehensive selection of books and music.

Ride the Row — Take a tour of Music Row and visit historic RCA Studio B, the famous recording studio where Elvis recorded more than 200 songs. Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and many more recorded classic hits here. Not surprisingly, the heartbeat of Music City is driven by music — from country to classical. Tours of RCA Studio B depart daily from the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

Visit The Parthenon — In Nashville’s Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon houses an art gallery and museum as well as Alan LeQuire’s Athena Parthenos. Standing at almost 42 feet in height, Athena is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. Just a mile from The Parthenon is the LeQuire Gallery, where you can visit Alan in his studio and witness one of the nation’s premier sculptors.

Take In A Songwriters-In-The-Round Show — One of the most unique ways to hear music in Nashville is at a songwriters show. Typically called a “writers night,” songwriters are put somewhere they are not used to being — in the spotlight. Several singer/songwriters will play ‘in-the-round’ as they sit on stage accompanied only by a microphone, a guitar, and their immense talent. These shows can be found in small, intimate clubs all over town, including the famous The Bluebird Cafe in Green Hills and downtown’s The Listening Room CafeOutdoor Concerts — Music steps outside in the summer. Events like Musicians Corner at Centennial Park, Full Moon Pickin’ Parties at Percy Warner Park Equestrian Center, Bluebird on the MountainMusic in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards, and Live on the Green at Public Square Park bring the high notes to the great outdoors. Head to Riverfront Park for a concert at the Ascend Amphitheaterand take in the incredible views of downtown and the Cumberland River.

Take a Timeless Journey — The Ryman Auditorium, also called the “Mother Church of Country Music,” has had artists as diverse as Elvis Costello and Patsy Cline perform on its legendary stage since 1892. You can take a backstage tour and record your own song in the Ryman studio. The stars of the Grand Ole Opry take the stage every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday night (at the Ryman Auditorium November-January; at the Grand Ole Opry House February-October) with guest appearances by the biggest names in music. With 90 years of history, the Opry is the world’s longest-running broadcast and shows no signs of slowing down.

Nashville’s Newest Sounds — Honoring musicians from stars to studio players that represent all genres of music, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is housed in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. From Hank Williams, Sr. to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motown to Southern Rock – there is truly something of interest to everyone. Pay homage to the Man in Black at The Johnny Cash Museum located on 3rd Avenue. Featuring the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world, this is THE Cash venue to visit for all ages. Then stroll up to the George Jon on 2nd Avenue, which offers visitors a never-before-seen look into the life and career of the musical icon.

Salute — Three U.S. Presidents call Tennessee home: Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. You can revisit the past at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President. Polk is buried on the grounds of the historic State Capitol building in downtown Nashville.

 

 

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Visit the Johnny Cash Museum

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Dedicated to the life and music career of the late “Man in Black” and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Exhibits chronicle The Man in Black’s life with stunning graphics, artifacts and interactive technology and include stage costumes, instruments, personal letters, artwork and handwritten songs as well as artifacts from family members and notable friends.

FUN AND FREE IN MUSIC CITY

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Nashville is offering more free fun than ever before. Visit Music City and do (way) more for less. Of course, there is FREE live music 365 days of the year. Enjoy Nashville’s wonderful parks that offer some of the best views of the city. Check out our many art galleries that are FREE to public, and host regular events. See which attractions offer FREE admission, and those who offer admission to children for FREE.

Check out a complete guide to Nashville’s FREE music scene. The best places and best music for under a penny in Music City can be found right here: visitmusiccity.com/freemusic.

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood

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Celebrate the season aboard Old Town Trolley Tours on their Holiday Lights and Sights Trolley. You’ll have the option of choosing between two exciting tours: Our Holiday Lights at Cheekwood Tour or our Sights and Lights Trolley Tour.

Old Town Trolley Tours will share with you Nashville’s newest yuletide tradition, the Holiday Lights at Cheekwood. Guests will be enchanted with Cheekwood’s displays featuring over 1 million lights!  Join us on a fun-filled, three hour tour with music, lights and holiday cheer!

WHERE: Ryman ticket booth located at 201 Broadway, Nashville, TN  37201.

TIMES: 5pm.

WHEN: 2016: December 6-24.
No tours offered on Mondays as Cheekwood is closed.

DURATION: Approximately 3 hours.

Celebrating Christmas In Nashville

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Christmas is a magical time in Nashville and middle Tennessee and as the song goes…these are a few of my favorite things. Starting mid November the tunes in Music City start to include your favorite Christmas carols. The city lights change from honkytonk neon gold to festive holiday reds, greens, gold & silver. Although it is rare to see a white Christmas in Nashville you won’t miss the snow as you check out the many festive holiday events in our Nashville Events Calendar to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Enjoy the holiday life, Nashville Life!

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas is a holiday celebration and Nashville tradition. From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Grinch, to 2 million pounds of ice, 2 million lights, and snow tubing and ice skating, A Country Christmas has it all. Take a look here.