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Soak Up the Summer in Music City Nashville

An endless array of
music, food, arts, family fun, and outdoor activities
fills Nashville’s
playlist this summer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the
weather heats up, so does the entertainment in Music City. Live
music, unique festivals and events, culinary excursions, family fun,
and new exhibits all combined with summer sunshine and the great
outdoors makes Nashville the perfect place to plan your summer
getaway.
Music City hits the high notes this
summer with the $2.5-million makeover of Walk
of Fame Park
re-opening June 4, the $14-million expansion and
renovation at the Ryman
Auditorium
opening June 9, and the debut of the 6,800-seat,
state-of-the-art Ascend
Amphitheater
on July 30 on The Green at Riverfront Park.
In conjunction with the re-opening of
Walk of Fame Park, a free and public Music
City Walk of Fame ceremony
will take place on June 4 inducting
Loretta Lynn and Jack White. The Music City Walk of Fame is a
landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made
significant contribution to the music industry with connection to
Music City.
Four new exhibits
bringing the heat to Nashville this summer are Country
Music Hall of Fame’s Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New
Music City
(open
through December 31, 2016)
, which looks at the
Nashville music scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s when artists
such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Joan Baez, and Leonard
Cohen recorded in Nashville, the Musicians
Hall of Fame’s GRAMMY Gallery

(permanent
exhibit)
that will help children and adults alike
experience the process of making music through interactive stations,
the Frist
Center’s Italian Style: Fashion since 1945

(open
June 5-September 7, 2015)
chronicles the birth and
growth of the Italian fashion industry from post-World War II
recovery years to the present day, and in partnership with the Frist
where four sculptures will be on view, Cheekwood features Jaume
Plensa: Human Landscape
(May 22-November 1, 2015) with indoor
and outdoor installations from the internationally acclaimed Spanish
artist.
Music City hosts live music 24/7/365
and there’s plenty of FREE music throughout the summer. There’s
country music’s biggest party, CMA
Music Festival
, a rocking Let
Freedom Sing: July 4
th in Music City

with Martina McBride, Mikky Ekko, the Nashville Symphony, and one of
the top fireworks shows in the country, stellar concerts, and a
myriad of free music festivals. The return of the popular Musicians
Corner
offers free music in Centennial Park every Saturday
through June and the free concert series Live
on the Green
offers performances from local, regional, and
national artists at Public Square Park in August and September.
  • Music City Roots – Wednesday
    nights
  • Musicians Corner – Saturdays
    in
    May, June, September, & October
  • Walk of Fame Park Ceremony –
    June 4
  • CMT Music Awards – June 10
  • CMA Music Festival – June 11-14
  • Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
    June 11-14 – Packages
    Available Now
  • Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues
    Festival – June 20
  • Full Moon Pickin’ Party –June
    26, July 31, August 28, September 25, & October 23
  • Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman –
    June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, & July 30
  • Let Freedom Sing: July 4th
    in Music City – July 4 – Packages
    Available Now
  • Live on the Green – August
    20, August 27, September 3, & September 10-12
  • Americana Music Awards and
    Festival – September 15-20
Both local and national chefs will take
center stage as food
and drink festivals
are spread throughout the summer calendar
including Taste of Music City Festival, Music City Hot Chicken
Festival, Music City Festival & BBQ Championship, Music
City Food + Wine Festival
, and more.
Other Food
& Drink Festivals
include:
  • Taste of Music City – June 20
  • Music City Hot Chicken Festival –
    July 4
  • Nashville Rib & Jazz Festival
    – July 25
  • Music City Brewers Festival
    July 25
  • Music City Festival & BBQ
    Championship – August 28-29
  • Wine on the River – September
    12
  • Music City Food + Wine Festival –
    September 19-20
Step inside Music City’s art world at
the First
Saturday Art Crawl
, Art & Music, or
attend Frist
Fridays
at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Get your
cultural fix at Shakespeare in the Park at Centennial Park in August
and September or participate in Nashville’s wackiest art festival,
The Tomato Art Fest in August.
Other Arts
Events
include:
  • First Saturday Art Crawl – the
    First Saturday of the month along 5
    th
    Avenue of the Arts
  • Art & Music – the First
    Saturday of the month in Wedgewood/Houston
  • Opera on the Mountain at Dyer
    Observatory – June 4
  • Frist Fridays – final Friday
    of June, July, and August
  • Tomato Art Fest – August 7-8
  • Shakespeare in the Park – August
    13-September 13 on Thursdays through Sundays and Labor Day Monday
Follow www.explorenashvilleart.com
and check out the public art in Music City with detailed information
including images, brief descriptions, maps, links, and more!
Nashville’s Gone to the Kids
Of course, summer is all about fun
for the family
, and Nashville has plenty of that. From
waterslides at Nashville Shores and Canopy Zip Tours at
Adventureworks, to a night out at a Nashville Sounds baseball game at
the new First
Tennessee Park
, family friendly attractions, festivals,
restaurants, and outdoor
activities
will have your family singing a happy tune.
For more information visit:
http://www.visitmusiccity.com/familyfun
Festivals and Events
With more unique
festivals and Music City events
than you can count, here is a
highlight of Nashville’s hot summer calendar.
For more information about what’s
happening in Music City this summer, go to
http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/summerinthecity.
Summer packages are now available online.
Hotel and attraction packages are also available by calling the
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp at (800) 657-6910 or online
at visitmusiccity.com/vacationpackages.

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