Can You Go to 14 Nashville Festivals this Weekend?

Burgers, Bob Dylan, Wine, and Cowboy Monkeys! How many of these great festivals in Nashville can you get to this weekend?

1. Nashville Lifestyles’ Battle of the Burger – May 18

Which of your favorite restaurants will win the title of “2016 Burger Champion”? Watch as thirteen of your favorite local burger restaurants battle it out in the 3rd Annual Battle of the Burger, a live burger competition on Pine Street in the Gulch. Your ticket includes getting to taste each of the featured burgers and meeting some of Nashville’s top chefs!

Battle of the Burger
Nashville Lifestyles’ Battle of the Burger. Image:

Also, you’ll get to vote on the best burger, and the winner of the evening’s competition will be eligible for the 2016 World Food Championships!

Tickets are $20 and non-refundable, non-transferable.

Wednesday, May 18 — NEW DATE, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

1055 Pine Street in the Gulch (between Velocity and Pine Street Flats)

2. 16th Annual Full Moon Pickin’ Party – May 20

Come celebrate one of Nashville’s most beloved traditions, 16 years of Middle Tennessee’s finest bluegrass music! Under the light of a full moon, musicians and music lovers alike are invited to enjoy one of Nashville’s most beautiful settings – Warner Parks.

Full Moon Pickin' Party. image:
Full Moon Pickin’ Party. image:

These laid-back, family-friendly fundraisers at the Warner Park Equestrian Center hosts some of the best bluegrass musicians the city has to offer on the main stage, while Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds. Want to jam yourself? There are jam circles waiting for you to join in!

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Full Moon Pickin’ Party. Image:

All funds raised by the Pickin’ Parties go directly to benefit the Warner Parks. We recommend getting your tickets in advance. Buy in person from Warner Park Headquarters (cash or check only) OR buy online.

Adults 18 and up, $20

Youth 7-17, $7

Children 6 and under, Free

Season Passes, $100

Warner Park Equestrian Center at 2500 Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37221

Fridays closest to the full moon, from 7-11 pm: May 20, June 17, July 22, August 19, September 16, and October 14, 2016

3. Hungry Mother Market – May 20

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Hey Mom, this is a great one to make your girls’ night out special! Hungry Mother Market is a unique Sip & Shop event featuring more than 50 upscale local vendors, with complimentary wine for both shoppers and vendors. You’ll get to explore a variety of high quality products with your friends in a sophisticated atmosphere. Held in historic Liberty Hall in The Factory at Franklin.


Low $5 admission at the door with complimentary wine.

4-9 pm on Friday, May 20th.

Liberty Hall – The Factory at Franklin – 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN  37064

4. Capitol District Street Fair / Tour de Nash – May 21

Capitol District Street Fair
Capitol District Street Fair. Image: Capitol District Street Fair on twitter.

The Capitol District Street Fair is FREE. There will be lots of live music, food trucks, artisans’ booths, and lots of fun activities. The fair will bring together the Germantown, Salemtown, Hope Gardens, and Buena Vista neighborhoods of Nashville in beautiful Morgan Park for a full day of fun.

Capitol District Street Fair @ Morgan Park – May 21

Morgan Park: 411 Hume Street, Nashville, TN 37208

This event benefits Crossroads Pets

At Morgan Park, expect to see lots of bicyclists, because included in the Capitol District Street Fair is Tour de Nash, Nashville’s largest urban bike ride. Watch it start and end at Morgan Park, or sign up to ride in Tour de Nash yourself! There’s an 8 mile family ride, along with a 25-mile and 45-mile option.

Tour de Nash
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5. Nashville Wine and Food Festival – May 21

I highly recommend taking advantage of Uber or Lyft for this one!

At the Nashville Wine & Food Festival, you’ll get to experience the best of Music City’s delicious local foods paired with more than 150 of the finest wines from around the world. Intimate and educational, you’ll get to mingle and talk with prominent chefs and sommeliers during cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. Enjoy the delights of their wine and food pairings.

Nashville Wine & Food Festival
Nashville Wine & Food Festival. Image: Nashville Wine and Food Festival on facebook.

And because this is, after all, Music City, you’ll be serenaded by top-notch performances from local bands! You’ll receive a complimentary 6-bottle wine tote, a Riedel wine glass, and various wine accessories. There will also be a beer garden where you can chat with craft brewers while sampling their beers, along with a Cigar Lounge and a preview of the 2016 Nashville Whiskey Festival.

Benefits the Nashville Symphony

General admission tickets are $79, and VIP tickets are $129

6. 3rd Annual Science Spectacular – May 21

Take the kids to this FREE Science Show, where they can participate in hands-on science at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center!

Mr. Bond and the Science Guys
Mr. Bond and the Science Guys. Image:

Mr. Bond and the Science Guys are holding their 3rd annual Science Spectacular on Saturday, featuring scientific experiments with audience participation. The events are all free, but you’re encouraged to contribute a donation to benefit Shelby Bottoms Nature Center. They are also meant to promote Mr. Bond and the Science Guys’ summer science camps.

1900 Davidson St, 37206

10 am, Saturday May 21

FREE, all ages welcome!

Donations welcome but not required

7. Appraisal Fair at GasLamp Too – May 21

Several years ago at a GasLamp Appraisal Fair, an antique Bible box was identified and ultimately sold at auction for nearly $50,000! Do you have a special heirloom or antique that you’re certain is a priceless piece just waiting to be discovered? Bring it to the GasLamp Too Appraisal Fair.

Gas Lamp Appraisal Fair
GasLamp Appraisal Fair. Image: contributor Susan W. N. Ruach

For only $10 per item, you can have Sam Holden, a member of the Appraisers Association of America, appraise up your special piece. There is a two item limit per person. Just complete an application, and you’ll be assigned an appraisal time to be at GasLamp Too. Then enjoy the surprise and excitement as special pieces are identified and appraised!

GasLamp Too is located at 128 Powell Place, Nashville, TN, 37204.

Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Appraisal: $10 per item

8. Richland Park MarketFest at Sylvan Park – May 21

Come this Saturday and celebrate the “Hipstoric” West Nashville neighborhoods! It’s a festival of local artisans, food makers, and musicians all gathered to help you celebrate the opening day of Richland Park Farmers’ Market.

There will be more than 50 farm, food, and artisan vendors, such as Delvin Farms, Bugtussle Farms, Sugar Camp Farm, Green Door Gourmet, Kelly’s Berries, Bang! Candy, The Creole Diva, Papa C Pies, and Double N Urban Farm and Apothecary.

West Nashville Farmers Market at Sylvan Park. Image:

Throughout the day, live music and dance will take the stage with performances by William Tyler Band, Matt Rollings & the West Nash Jam, Rocky Block Band, Glencliff Mariachis, and Global Education Center Music and Dance. And don’t miss Old Fashioned Field Day with the McCabe Community Center Staff, Storytime with the Richland Park Library Staff, Charlotte’s Garden Experience with Todd Breyer and a performance by Mr. Steve at 10 am. The Friends of the Library will host a book sale and the Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association will host a community Yard Sale.

This is the first annual celebration that brings together the communities of West Nashville. The Richland Park Farmer’s Market will continue every Saturday for the spring/summer season featuring 30-40 farmers, vendors, and food trucks each week.

Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sylvan Park – Charlotte Avenue & 46th Avenue

Kids’ activities for ages 4-14: 10-noon

9. MudBug WingDing Jamboree – May 21

Get ready for all you can eat crawfish and wings! Join the 4th Annual MudBug WingDing Jamboree on Saturday, May 21. Food will be catered by Louisiana Seafood Company and Thunderbird Wings—all you can eat until it is gone. Draft beer will be available outside in event area.

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And of course, this being Nashville, you know there has to be great live music, from Top Tier Band. This is an annual event that celebrates great crawfish, delicious wings, cold beer and great music.

There will also be a collection taken (voluntary) for the Nashville Humane Association WISH LIST.  Anyone who brings a donation will receive a free beer.

Nashville Humane Association
Nashville Humane Association. Image:

Currently they need canned cat food and dog food, Milk Bones in every size, peanut butter, Clorox bleach, paper towels, collars of all sizes, and basically, anything else that would be useful in caring for pets.

Tobacco Road Coffee & Smoke Shop, 4825 Trousdale Drive

May 21, 2016, from 2-5pm

$30/ticket $35/at the door

10. 39th Annual Bellevue Community Picnic – May 21

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Annual Bellevue Community Picnic. Image:

Join in this gigantic neighborhood picnic! There’s no need to take food with you, as there will be a myriad of local vendors, unique food trucks, live music, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, inflatables and rides. After dark, there will be a spectacular fireworks show!

This event is one of the longest-running events in Nashville, and is FREE and open to the public. The first one was held in 1978 when D.E. Ryan wanted to do something special for his clients (he owned a Century 21 in the area, so he threw a community picnic that involved a small sound system and free watermelons. About 1000 community members showed up!

The picnic now has grown into one of the most popular events on the west side of Nashville, drawing close to 15,000 people!

Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheater

656 Colice Jeanne Rd (Hwy 70), Bellevue, TN 37221

Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10AM-9PM

11. Annual Spring Fling Car Show – May 21

This Saturday, Gateway Classic Cars is hosting its 17th Annual Spring Fling Car Show. With food, music, family entertainment, multiple vendors, and beautiful classic cars, this is a great family event!

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. Image: Gateway Classic Cars on facebook

100% of proceeds will benefit The Children Miracle Network. So, gather your car loving family and friends for an exciting day of activities, charity outreach, and some of America’s greatest classic and collector cars. Enjoy everything there is to offer at this event ALL while supporting an outstanding organization!

Saturday, May 21, from 9am – 5pm

FREE – Donations accepted

Gateway Classic Cars of Nashville

320 Tech Park Drive, La Vergne, TN  37086

12. Urban Gardening Festival 2016 – May 21

Learn how to make your garden the envy of your neighbors! You’ll get to engage with local artisans, exhibitors, growers, markets, and producers, and learn about a wide variety of gardening methods and techniques! The certified Master Gardeners of Davidson County will be there to field questions and teach how-to workshops in both the 8,800 square foot Demonstration Garden and in the programs tent.

Urban Gardening Festival. Image: Master Gardeners of Davidson County on Facebook

The Demonstration Garden is a green learning space featuring many teaching areas for such topics as composting and fermentation; worms and vermiculture; container, keyhole, lasagna, raised bed, square foot, and vertical gardening methods; and more specific interests, such as butterfly and beneficial insects, decorative grasses, herbs, perennials, vegetables, and xeriscaping.

The Urban Gardening Festival is a unique educational outreach program of the Master Gardeners of Davidson County.

mastergardeners2Saturday, May 21

FREE community event

9am-4pm (rain or shine)

Ellington Agricultural Center

440 Hogan Rd, Nashville, TN 37211 (just off Edmondson Pike)

13. 67th Annual Franklin Rodeo – May 19-21

Franklin Rodeo on May 19, 2012 © Donn Jones Photography
Franklin Rodeo. Image: Donn Jones Photography on

Don’t miss this bareback riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing event! Founded in 1949, the Franklin Rodeo is the longest running family event in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest rodeos east of the Mississippi.

The Franklin Rodeo has raised millions of dollars over the past 6 decades to help many local charities.

Watch for Whiplash, the Cowboy Monkey! Whiplash is a white-headed capuchin monkey who rides his Border Collie mount, Booger, at rodeos across the country, and has been named Pro Rodeo Entertainer of the Year three times. He herds sheep and goats, and does barrel racing.

Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey on Booger
Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey on Booger. Image:

Saturday, May 19-21 at 7pm each night

Williamson County Ag Expo, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064

ADULTS and CHILDREN 13 & Older:

$20 for Reserved Seats

$15 for Standing Room only (at the gate when all reserved seats are sold out)

CHILDREN 12 & Younger:

$10 for Reserved Seats

$5 for Standing Room only (at the gate when all reserved seats are sold out)

Small children on a parent’s lap FREE.

14. Dylan Fest – May 23-24

Celebrate the life and legacy of Bob Dylan at the legendary and historic Ryman Auditorium for two nights next Monday and Tuesday! Dylan Fest is a celebration of Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday – he was born on May 24th, 1941.

Nashville will celebrate Bob Dylan’s Birthday with over 30 acclaimed artists at Ryman Auditorium May 23-24 during Dylan Fest. An extraordinary and eclectic lineup that includes Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Ann Wilson, Kurt Vile, Boz Scaggs, City & Colour, Moon Taxi, Holly Williams, Ruby Amanfu, The Whigs, and more, will be paying tribute to the music of Bob Dylan with performances of their favorite Dylan songs.

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The concerts also mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Blonde on Blonde, Dylan’s first album recorded entirely in Nashville.

This is truly a one-of-a-kind all-star charity concert! Proceeds will benefit Thistle Farms, a Nashville-based charity committed to helping a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

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“We are so thrilled by the generosity of all of these incredible performers,” says the organizer. “They’re lending their time and talent for their love of Bob, and for a wonderful cause.”

Ryman Auditorium

Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24

Tickets: $45 and up

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And don’t forget about these festivals that we’ve talked about before, and are still going on:

Tennessee Renaissance Festival – May 21-22

Travel back to 16th Century England in the Village of Covington Glen, and experience the bustle of a Renaissance Marketplace. This year, more than 70 skilled Artisans from all over the country display their wares, from silks, gems and jewels, to swords other medieval weapons.

Pirate Invasion Weekend at Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Pirate Invasion Weekend at Tennessee Renaissance Festival. Image:

Each weekend has its own theme. This weekend (May 21-22) is Pirate Invasion Weekend! Huzzah! The hills will be swarming with rascals and rogues as a crew of scurvy pirates invade Covington Glen. See the swashbuckling and sword-brandishing of pirates galore. Children Rascals and Pirates aged 12 and under can participate in the Children’s Pirate Costume Contest on both May 21st and May 22nd. Contest location and time will be posted at our Information/T-Shirt Booth (the first tent as you enter the festival).

Read more about the Tennessee Renaissance Festival HERE and HERE.

Musicians Corner – May 14-June 25

Read about Musicians Corner HERE.

Wild West Comedy Festival – May 16-22

Read about Wild West Comedy Festival HERE.


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