Weekly Highlights – May 30th – June 4th


Free Day at Cheekwood – all day
Cheekwood’s Memorial Day gift to you is a free day at their wonderful establishment. Great for a family outing.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Shotgun Lovers, Modoc, Korean is Asian,Harrison Hudson,Cassino,The Gills, Michael Drury Peek, and Fires.

Hike Savage Day Loop at South Cumberland State Park – 8:30am
Meet Seasonal Ranger Aaron at Savage Gulf Ranger Station for a moderate 5-mile hike on the Savage Day Loop. Along the way you’ll see Savage Falls and the beautiful Rattlesnake Point overlook. Bring water/snack, and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget your camera! Yeah, it’s far away, but you have the day off!


I Am With You: A Celebration of Walt Whitman’s 192nd Birthday at Scarritt-Bennett Center – 6:45pm
An open mic night in honor of Walt Whitman where everyone is invited to read their favorite Whitman poem and share their personal feelings for America’s greatest poet.

Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor: Harpeth Riverwalk Greenway – 5:30pm
Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor is a community-wide effort, initiated by Mayor Karl Dean, encouraging all Nashvillians to improve their overall health by joining their friends and community in walking 100 miles in Nashville’s parks and greenways this spring and summer. Join Mayor Dean on any of 28 scheduled walks, ranging from two to 10 miles in length, or walk on your own.


Movies in the Park: 500 Days of Summer at Centennial Park – sunset
Bring a low-to-the-ground chair or blanket and get there early to snag a good spot for tonight’s Movies in the Park.

Geeks who Drink at Past Perfect – 8-10pm
This is not trivia. It’s a pub quiz. You get some friends together (you don’t actually have to be super nerds) and you compete in 8 rounds of questions and potentially win some really cool stuff. I love me some trivia, I mean quizzes.

Meditation Workshop with Swami Ken at First Unitarian Universalist Church – 7pm
Swami Ken, a teacher from the Shantivan Dhyana Meditation Retreat Center in Minnesota has been practicing the discipline known as “Tapas” for over twenty-five years, and will make this technique available to all who are sincerely interested in learning how to meditate.


NAAD Presents Art After Hours – 5-8pm
Be you downtown, in Hillsboro Village, in Clarksville, or elsewhere, there is probably an art crawl happening near you. There will be music, wine, finger foods (maybe), cool art, and awesome people. Don’t miss this, it only happens once a month.

The World of Reptiles at the Looby branch of the public library – 2pm
What kid doesn’t love reptiles? The Natural History Company of the Midsouth will present reptiles and amphibians from all over the planet. Reptiles will include a South African bullfrog, which can grow to up to 5 pounds and an Argus monitor, a large carnivorous lizard from Southeast Asia.

Herrick Industry Showcase at the Rutledge – 6pm
A free show by an up-and-coming band that mixes country, rock and blues.


Tales at Twilight: Playing by Air Jugglers at Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheatre – 7pm
Celebrate Cancer Awareness Month with some of Nashville’s most amazing jugglers! Bring your picnics and lawn chairs.

Best Song Wins Songwriter Contest at Red Rooster Bar – 6pm
It’s like a battle of the bands, but for songwriters. Winner will be chosen by industry and popular vote. Want to enter? Check here for the details.


Taste of Music City at Public Square – 11am-10pm
Almost 50 of Nashville’s best restaurants and breweries will be serving discounted food stuffs and drinks for your tasting pleasure. There will also be live music, a Kids Zone, and street performers.

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7-10pm
There will also be free ballroom dance lessons sponsored by Dance World from 7:00pm-7:30pm and 8:30pm-8:50pm. Get your groove on! This week the band is The Moonlighters.

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park – 3-6pm
This week Nashville’s favorite outdoor music festival will feature music from Trent Dabbs, Angel Snow, Carolina Story, Jeffery James, Kelleigh Bannen, and more to be announced. There will also be green tips from Cool People Care, a Dog of the Day award, food vendors, and plenty of fun stuff for kids!

First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown – 6-9pm
Look at some art, drink some wine, mingle, and repeat.

Shakespeare Allowed at the Main Public Library – 12:45
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to read Shakespeare’s play, Antony & Cleopatra out loud in a reading circle at Nashville’s Downtown Library.  There will be 16 chairs in a circle, and whoever wants to read out loud can choose one of the 16. There will be additional seating available for anyone who wants to read along silently. Bring your own copy, please, if you have one.

11th Annual Warner Parks Children’s Picnic at Warner Parks Nature Center – 11am-2pm
Bring your whole family for music and nature-related fun and games. Clowns, hikes, arts and crafts, face painting, and a fabulous silent auction are just a few of the highlights. Families may pack their own picnic or purchase picnic lunches during the event. Reservations are not required for this event.


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