Nashville Things to Do – Week of October 2-8, 2023

🤩 What to do in Nashville this week? There’s soooo much to do!

🎵 Nashville’s got a whole lot happening this week – here are my top picks! 🤩 Whether you’re a music lover, foodie, or just looking for some fun, there’s something for everyone. Check out these 9 must-do activities in Music City this week! 🎸

Get out there and make the most of your week in Nashville! 🎉

Be sure and tag @indieinsidernashville while you’re out having fun. 🤗


1. Fall Migration Bird Banding

Nashville Things to Do October 2-8 - Fall Migration Bird BandingJoin up for fall migration bird banding at Warner Park Nature Center! Observe federally licensed bird banders capture, band, and collect information about each bird’s age and health. This banding station is free to the public, and has been ongoing since 1983 to help us to understand bird populations and the importance of Warner Parks for birds.

Depending on the number of birds and the number of trained volunteers assisting that session, they happily answer your questions about the birds, banding, data collected, and bird banding tools. Hear the amazing bird banding stories they tell. Kids are welcome!

Where: Warner Parks Nature Center, 7311 Hwy 100, Nashville

When: Tuesday, October 3 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Event website: https://www.nashville.gov/departments/parks/events/fall-migration-bird-banding-3


2. Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony

Nashville Things to Do October 2-8 - Music City Walk of Fame Induction CeremonyThe Music City Walk of Fame has announced four new inductees: three-time Grammy Award-winner Darius Rucker; Don McLean of “American Pie” fame; rock and roll guitarist Duane Eddy; and former record-label executive Joe Galante.

Members of the public are invited to view the ceremony.

This exceptional inductee class for the Music City Walk of Fame embodies iconic moments in the history of music – from Darius Rucker’s rendition of “Wagon Wheel” to Don McLean’s classic “American Pie” to the distinctive twang of Duane Eddy’s guitar. Nashville’s music industry would not be the dominant force it is today without Joe Galante, who solidified Country as a leading genre in the record industry and who continues to nurture the next generation of music leaders through tech startups and entrepreneur programs.

The induction ceremony will bestow the 101st, 102nd, 103rd and 104th stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. Inductees are recognized for their significant work of preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song.

Where: Music City Walk of Fame Park, 121 4th Avenue South, Nashville

When: Wednesday, October 4 at 11 am

Event website: https://www.visitmusiccity.com/media/press-release/2023/music-city-walk-fame-ceremony-october-4-induct-darius-rucker-don-mclean


3. Opry 98 – The Grand Ole Opry has a birthday!

Nashville Things to Do October 2-8 - Opry 98

The Grand Ole Opry is celebrating its 98th birthday by honoring the women of country music, including multiple-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association award winner Sara Evans’ official Grand Ole Opry induction ceremony!

Be sure and check their website for tickets – you can get tickets for individual shows, or a full birthday package.

Where: Grand Ole Opry, 600 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville

When: Wednesday, October 4 – Saturday, October 7

Event website: https://www.opry.com/opry-celebrates-98


4. Nashville Whiskey Festival

Nashville Things to Do October 2-8 - Nashville Whiskey FestivalThe Nashville Whiskey Festival is back this year, hosting over 1,000 whiskey and spirits enthusiasts and various vendors from the industry. Join up to enjoy great Spirits, local entertainment, and exclusive educational seminars.

The Nashville Whiskey Festival is the place to sip, savor, mix and mingle your way through an impressive line up of the whiskies and spirits.

On Thursday, Women in Whiskey celebrates the refreshing and empowering rise of women making their mark in a historically male-dominated field.

Saturday is the Grand Whiskey Tasting – an unforgettable experience for whiskey enthusiasts. Enter the elegant venue and be greeted by an enchanting aroma of aged oak and rich malt. Expertly organized rows of tables showcase an impressive collection of world-class whiskeys, ranging from smooth and mellow bourbons to smoky and peaty scotches.

Where: The Omni Hotel Broadway Ballroom, 250 Rep. John Lewis Way South, Nashville

When: Women in Whiskey is Thursday, October 5 from 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm.

The Grand Tasting & World Beyond Whiskey is Saturday, October 7 from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Event website: https://www.nashvillewhiskeyfestival.com/


5. Mac & Cheese Festival / Wing a Ding Ding

One Ticket for two Amazing Festivals! The Nashville Mac and Cheese Festival is Merging with the Nashville Wing a Ding Ding Festival!

Over 30 Kinds of Mac and Cheese!

Over 30 Kinds of Wings/Fried Chicken!

Top Chefs, Food Trucks, and Food Vendors will be serving up the world’s most cheesy and amazing dish – America’s own Mac & Cheese AND now with even more fun – Wings and Fried Chicken!

There will also be an amazing selection of Craft Beers, wines, and ciders to enjoy.

Where: First Horizon Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville

When: Saturday, October 7 from 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Event website: https://do615.com/events/2023/10/7/nashville-mac-and-cheese-and-wing-a-ding-ding-festival-tickets


6. Nashville Oktoberfest

Nashville Things to Do October 2-8 - Nashville OktoberfestFood & Wine Magazine – “America’s best Oktoberfest celebration!”

Join the Longest Running Southeast Party – Consecutive since 1980 – FREE ADMISSION!

Live Music – Celebrate German heritage and immerse yourself in the festivities, enhanced by electrifying performances.

Draft Beer – draft beer stations imported from Germany and serving authentic German brews positioned throughout the festival!

Pup Parade – All dogs are welcome to join the fun, dressed in adorable costumes, and strut their stuff in front of the Main Stage!

Party Tent – Celebrate with beer, bratwurst, and live music!

And more – Oktoberfest has something for EVERYONE! Delicious German foods from dozens of restaurants & vendors, tons of events, Arts & Crafts vendors, the Dachshund Derby, and the 2nd largest 5K Race & Run in Tennessee!

Where: Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville

When: Thursday, October 5 – Sunday October 8. Be sure to check their website for schedule of events.

Event website: https://thenashvilleoktoberfest.com/


7. Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

One of Nashville’s favorite and most vibrant festivals!

In a city where one in six residents is foreign–born, the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival is a celebration and reminder of what makes Nashville a great place to live. This FREE Festival provides an opportunity for intercultural dialogue through a Nashville festival experience. It features a variety of dance and musical performances on different stages, food vendors offering authentic and exotic tastes from around the world, hands-on children’s activities, an area just for teens, a marketplace, and so much more!

Be sure to check their website for schedule of events.

Where: Centennial Park behind the Parthenon, 2500 West End Avenue, Nashville

When: Saturday, October 7 from 10 am – 6 pm

Event website: https://celebratenashville.org/


8. First Saturday Art Crawl

Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of every month from 5 – 8 PM when art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings! Over 1,000 people attend this very popular monthly event. Presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, the galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art.

Where: Downtown Nashville. Be sure to check their website for list of participating art galleries.

When: Saturday, October 7 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Event website: https://nashvilledowntown.com/events/first-saturday-art-crawl


9. Music in the Vines

Music in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards is the perfect place to spend a weekend afternoon. Listen to free live jazz and bluegrass bands while enjoying delicious food from Simply Living Life.

Relax with beautiful vineyard views, tasty food, and live music.

This Sunday, enjoy live Jazz on the Hillside Stage with the Josh Karas Trio from 3 – 7 pm, and live Bluegrass at the Barn from the Craig Duncan Band from 3 – 7 pm.

The Vineyard is open from 12 – 8 pm, and food is available from Simply Living Life all day.

Where: Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington TN

When: Sunday, October 8 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

Event website: https://arringtonvineyards.com/events/10-8-23/


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